The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-19T23:51:16Z Media Release: InStitchu partners with gentSac and 4 Pines to raise funds this Movember. 2018-11-19T23:51:16Z media-release-institchu-partners-with-gentsac-and-4-pines-to-raise-funds-this-movember For Immediate Release InStitchu encourage gents to ‘Invest in Themselves’ this Movember. In partnership with gentSac and 4 Pines, this November, InStitchu are educating gentlemen on grooming, and most importantly of all, raise funds for the Movember Foundation. Australian made-to-measure online menswear brand, InStitchu, is opening their Sydney Showroom doors for their Movember Showroom event, in partnership with gentSac and 4 Pines. In collaboration with gentSac and 4 Pines, suits, grooming consultations and cold beverages are on the cards for InStitchu’s Movember Campaign and Sydney event. Revolving around a central theme of investing in yourself, the event will be raising funds for the Movember foundation—a global movement that addresses the many issues of men dying too early through causes such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health issues. Why Movember? InStitchu have been offering the modern gents affordable luxury custom, tailored menswear, since 2012, encouraging men to take pride in themselves through the way they dress. As a company for the modern gent InStitchu understands the importance of self-pride and respect and are proud to support Movember. The event will be a masterclass for styling and grooming, with InStitchu’s Stylists on hand for advice on suiting up, and gentSac providing education to guests on getting their grooming right through complimentary consultations via their grooming stations. Guests can also expect refreshing cold brew provided by 4 Pines Beer. The event will focus on the central theme of investing in yourself through the pillars of grooming, dressing confidence, mental health, and physical health. Founder and CEO of gentSac, Shira O’Sullivan-Linker said, “I'm a big believer in self awareness and habits of excellence as the cornerstone to elevated well being, happiness & success. It's a constant work in progress of course and that's totally ok. gentSac is on a mission to empower men when it comes to their own self-care, grooming and overall daily routine. We open up conversations about confidence stemming from investing in yourself and encourage all men to take a few minutes each day to look after themselves especially when it comes to the essentials such as skin care and their shave or beard ritual. We're very happy to support initiatives that build awareness around men's health and mental health and are proud to be supporting Movember alongside InStitchu and 4 Pines”. Most importantly, the event will be raising funds for the Movember Foundation, a foundation that addresses the many issues of men dying too early through causes such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. When asked about supporting the Movember cause, James Daniel, Brand Ambassador for 4 Pines Brewing company said “For me it’s raising funds and awareness for men’s health and inspiring the men and also women in my life to stay active, eat well and keep in check with their health, both physically and mentally.” To learn more about Movember Foundation, please visit: Most importantly of all, to learn more about how you can donate to a worthy cause that can save lives, and to RSVP for the event, please visit: Event details: Date and time: Tuesday 27th November - 5.30pm Location: InStitchu Flagship Showroom - level 2, 350 George Street, Sydney, Australia, 2000 Entry Fee: Free, except donations welcome! Share your story of personal/hair growth this Movember to raise awareness of this great cause. Simply tag #movemberfoundation #InStitchu #gentSac #showyourmo About InStitchu InStitchu specialises in custom, tailored menswear for the modern gentleman. Launching in 2012, customers are given the choice to either step into a Showroom for their signature old-world tailoring experience over a whisky where they can be measured by a Stylist. Customer’s measurements are saved to their online profile making reordering online easy and convenient. Alternatively customers can enter their measurements and design their custom, tailored garment from the comfort of home, with all orders covered by InStitchu’s Perfect Fit Guarantee—if a customer’s garment is anything but perfectly fitted, InStitchu will alter or remake the garment complimentary. InStitchu’s fabrics are of the highest quality, including Woolmark certified 100% Australian Merino wool, luxurious linens, and crisp cottons and customers can choose from hundreds of customisation options. InStitchu’s garments are luxurious, yet affordable, made-to-measure and constructed by their Saville Row trained Tailors. InStitchu has been featured in AFR, Buzzfeed, Forbes, GQ and more, for information visit InStitchu currently has ten Showrooms across Australia, New Zealand and USA, including: Sydney CBD George St, Sydney CBD Clarence St, North Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland and New York City. For more information and to RSVP, please contact: Hannah Croly P:0424 036 616 E: Gidget Foundation Australia urges parents to Start Talking this PNDA Awareness Week, 11 - 17 November 2018 2018-11-12T22:28:18Z gidget-foundation-australia-urges-parents-to-start-talking-this-pnda-awareness-week-11-17-november-2018 Gidget Foundation Australia urges parents to Start Talking this PNDA Awareness Week, 11 - 17 November 2018 Gidget Foundation Australia urges all Australians, especially new and expectant parents, to ‘Start Talking’ this November in an effort to break down the stigma surrounding perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA). This call to action coincides with Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week (PNDA Awareness Week), 11-17 November, which aims to drive awareness of an illness that affects around 100,000 Australians every year. Today, Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt, officially announced the Morrison Government’s investment of $300,000 into the Gidget Foundation. The Gidget Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation offering free support services to families suffering emotional distress throughout pregnancy and the early stages of parenting. The Foundation's mission is to raise awareness and knowledge of the importance of emotional wellbeing as well as providing treatment services. The Foundation’s latest service, the national ‘Start Talking’ telehealth program which launched in April this year, provides 10 free specialist perinatal psychology sessions for families experiencing PNDA. The new program, available via video call, substantially improves equity of access to perinatal mental health treatment services for people in regional, rural and remote locations across Australia. Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt, said perinatal mental health is of critical importance for new mothers, babies and families. The Minister firmly believes a major step in breaking the stigma surrounding PNDA is to begin a conversation and Start Talking. “Up to one in seven new mums suffer from perinatal depression and anxiety and most are filled with guilt because of this. That is why PNDA Awareness Week and initiatives such as the Start Talking telehealth service are so important in highlighting that these emotions are nothing to be ashamed of and are in fact normal human responses due to circumstances and physical impacts of having a child.” Father of five, Obstetrician, and Chairman of Gidget Foundation Australia, Dr Vijay Roach, re-iterates how vital PNDA Awareness Week is in getting the right message out. “Pregnancy and the first year of parenthood (the perinatal period) can be a uniquely special time. It is also a time of great adjustment and the impact is often underestimated in our society. Our community needs to understand these challenges and support pregnant women and new parents in the acknowledgement of their emotional health, encouraging them to seek help when they are feeling anxious or down,” Dr Roach said. The Gidget Foundation has recruited psychologists to further facilitate this initiative who are supervised by perinatal psychiatrist, Professor Bryanne Barnett AM. The dedicated team of psychologists operate remotely using tablets or computers to conduct the one-hour video call sessions. The national Start Talking telehealth program offers 10 free counselling sessions over the period of 12 months. “Tech has become such a big part of our lives. We’ve found that when people use the video call option, it has a disinhibiting effect, meaning that they find it easier to ‘open up’. Recent evidence also shows that when in expert hands, video counselling is just as effective as being face-to-face,” explained Chris Barnes, Clinical Psychologist at Gidget Foundation Australia. While much of the focus is often placed on the health of the child during pregnancy, and after birth, it is equally important that, as a community, we address the emotional wellbeing of the parents as well. During PNDA Awareness Week, the Gidget Foundation strongly encourages the community to reach out to loved ones and ask a simple question. ‘Gidget’ was the nickname of a vibrant young mother who took her own life while suffering postnatal depression. She hid her suffering from even her loving family and friends. They established the Gidget Foundation in her memory, determined that what happened to Gidget would not happen to others. Today, the Gidget Foundation assists thousands of expectant parents and their families each year. CEO of Gidget Foundation Australia, Arabella Gibson, said: “The foundation provides free psychological counselling services face to face at Gidget House and seven free video calls via the start talking program, as well as the Gidget Emotional Wellbeing Screening Program for pregnant women in hospitals. The Foundation also trains health professionals, supports research, develops resources and has established workplace awareness programs.” -Ends- For further information, images, or an interview please contact Tonic PR: Trudy Dear I I 0449 513 557 Belinda Sieben I I 04 432 474 558 About Gidget Foundation Australia Gidget Foundation Australia is a national not for profit organisation. It exists to promote emotional wellbeing and to raise awareness of perinatal depression and anxiety amongst expectant and new parents, their families, their health providers and the wider community to ensure that those in need receive timely, appropriate and supportive care. Gidget Foundation Australia’s programs include: Gidget Emotional Wellbeing Program, early intervention screening at hospitals Gidget House model of care, providing 10 free face to face psychological support sessions for families experiencing emotional distress during pregnancy and early parenthood Gidget Start Talking Telehealth Program, providing 10 free video call psychological counselling sessions for families experiencing emotional distress during pregnancy and early parenthood Education and awareness programs for health professionals and the community Advocacy and active memberships of professional networks Research and contribution to mainstream and professional publications Development and distribution of resources Gidget Foundation Australia I 1300 851 758 I Instagram @gidgetfoundation I I Natural medicine industry welcomes Wentworth victory for Dr Kerryn Phelps 2018-10-25T01:05:32Z natural-medicine-industry-welcomes-wentworth-victory-for-dr-kerryn-phelps-1 Media Announcement: 25 October 2018 Natural medicine industry welcomes Wentworth victory for Dr Kerryn Phelps The largest Australian body representing 10,000 natural medicine practitioners, The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS), today welcomed the historic victory for Dr Kerryn Phelps on securing her seat in Wentworth following the by-election. Dr Phelps recently spoke at a Candidates Forum in Wentworth hosted by ATMS with Angela Vithoulkhas, Licia Heath and Shayne Higson. The candidates presented their positions on natural medicine, healthcare and small business with strong support from all candidates for complementary medicine, recognising its current role as a viable option for the health and wellbeing of Australians. ATMS are thrilled that Dr Phelps has gained the seat and support her principles of continued coverage of natural therapies within health funds, despite changes being implemented by the current Government. Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS stated, “The election of a candidate who is supportive of complementary medicine is critical in this current environment seeking to remove subsidies for private health insurance. Further changes forecast by the recently announced Labor policy would seek to remove the GST exemption for naturopathy and herbal medicine treatments.” “ATMS maintains that restricting the choice of natural medicine treatments available within health insurance will prove a false economy. Policies targeted at limiting effective, proven natural medicine treatments will lead to greater pressure on public health and public hospitals,” finished Mr Wurf. ATMS looks forward to working with Dr Phelps and like-minded, committed Parliamentarians to ensure natural medicine treatments are available as effective, viable choices within the Australian healthcare and wellness system. To see how ATMS are representing natural medicine professionals in Australia, visit: -Ends- NOTES TO EDITORS: Interviews with: Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS, are available on request through the below contacts For media enquiries please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | Image: Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS About the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society: The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) is the leader of the natural medicine industry, promoting and representing professional practitioners of natural medicine, who are encouraged to pursue the highest ideals of professionalism in their natural medicine practice and education. As Australia’s largest national professional association for natural medicine practitioners, ATMS is a multi-disciplinary association representing over 10,000 accredited practitioners throughout Australia. ATMS was founded in 1984 and is an incorporated not-for-profit company. In 2014 ATMS celebrated their 30th anniversary representing natural medicine practitioners in Australia. ATMS is governed by a Board of Directors, with specialised departments for Massage Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine. Step into Life joins Women’s Health Week to help Empower Women to Take Control of Their Health 2018-08-29T06:10:34Z step-into-life-joins-women-s-health-week-to-help-empower-women-to-take-control-of-their-health Raising awareness about women’s health is a challenge and is why this campaign encourages women to prioritise their health and create a routine that delivers a happier and fitter life. “We are excited to be associated with Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. As the Fitness Partner for Women’s Health Week, we recognise the importance of physical activity to the health and wellbeing of women across Australia & New Zealand, says Mel Cathie, Western Australian Master Franchisor and Ambassador from Step into Life. “As personal trainers, we are constantly told by our members how difficult it can be to find the time and motivation to maintain good health and fitness.” Mel further explains, “Step into Life sees Women’s Health Week as the perfect stage to bring together experienced health professionals to showcase fitness routines suitable for all women thinking about taking action to improve their health and wellbeing. “Helping women make real and sustainable improvements that lead a healthier life is the backbone to Step into Life’s ethos,” continues Mel. “Every personal trainer at Step into Life, is tailoring their training sessions during the period of the campaign to inform, educate and demonstrate how exercise can help improve fitness as well as alleviate and treat many women’s health conditions. “We are also co-ordinating specialised events to inspire Australian and New Zealand women to take positive steps that can last a lifetime starting with the Women’s Health Week launch on Saturday 1 September.” exclaims Mel. Visit to learn more about Women’s Health Week and taking those first steps. To take advantage of Step into Life’s Women’s Health Week activities and “complimentary one-week training offer,” click here to register your interest. About Step into Life Step into Life are the world leaders in group outdoor personal training. Our mission is to improve the wellbeing of communities through physical activities. Our programs focus on fun, friendship and fitness to encourage, motivate, improve and instill a healthy lifestyle. With over 100 professional personal trainers across Australia and New Zealand, we are committed to bringing health and fitness to local communities. Visit to learn more about us.  About Jean Hailes Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to improving women’s knowledge and understanding of complex health issues. Jean Hailes has a unique model, with three integrated units: medical centres, research and a department that translates the latest health findings into practical, accessible information on our website, through resources, educational programs and health professional events.Jean Hailes only produces trusted evidence-based information reviewed by our in-house team of clinicians. In 2016, Jean Hailes was officially recognised as the Federal Government’s national digital gateway for women’s health. Women’s Health Week is a national health campaign encouraging women to make time to focus on their own health and wellbeing. Across Australia, more than 90,000 women are expected to participate in community, corporate and online events across the five-day campaign. For media For more information on Step into Life’s involvement with Women’s Health Week, please contact: Electra Tounis on 0410 594 710. For more campaign information please visit Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Walk For Awareness Brisbane 2018-07-30T11:03:58Z post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-walk-for-awareness-brisbane FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Walk For Awareness Brisbane, Queensland When working as a security officer in Melbourne Graeme Jarry was  involved in an armed robbery. He suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for 10 years. Now he has created a walk for awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The walk will be held on Saturday, September 22nd 11am at New Farm Park, to be followed by a social barbeque. Graeme created the awareness walk while participating in a Landmark leadership program. Part of the coursework was to create a project to benefit the community. Landmark is an international training and development company, best known for its flagship course, The Landmark Forum  (   (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder effects many people in our community and doesn’t discriminate. Many think it is restricted to the military, police and emergency services workers, but this is not the  case. It can effect anyone after a traumatic event and sometimes doesn’t show up for several years. “When I had the opportunity to create a project that could make a difference, this seemed so natural for me”, Graeme said after surviving many suicide attempts, he believes he survived for a reason. “I want to make a difference to others to show recovery and a good life is possible.”   The Walk is open to anyone who has been impacted by (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which includes sufferers, family, friends and supporters. Listen to 2 keynote speakers that have overcome this debilitating condition.   For  further information call Mob 0438 947 930 of  email:     How cannabis research revealed the Endocannabinoid System and its influence on homeostasis 2018-07-23T00:29:02Z how-cannabis-research-revealed-the-endocannabinoid-system-and-its-influence-on-homeostasis Medicinal cannabis, its use and benefits for illness and disease are still being appreciated, and with new legislation introduced in Australia to legalise the use and supply of medicinal cannabis means the spotlight is on the medical profession to see how this herbal medicine can treat chronic illness. Justin Sinclair, an Australian Pharmacognosist and Educator will share his insights at the upcoming A5M Medical Conference in Melbourne and present: Cannabis Phytochemistry and the Endocannabinoid System. For more than 15 years Justin’s research and experience spans several scientific disciplines, including cultivation, botany, plant genetics, ethnopharmacology, and analytical phytochemistry. As coordinator for the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Research and Education Collaboration at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, Sinclair is an advocate for medicinal cannabis research and believes worldwide studies have proven medicinal cannabis has provided patients with significant health benefits. “In countries where cannabis is legal, where they have a standardised medical supply of cannabis, the majority of patients are utilising it to treat chronic pain. Studies have shown benefits for many other illnesses, such as intractable epilepsy (non-responsive to normal modern pharmacological treatment), and evidence from overseas countries has demonstrated that medicinal cannabis may reduce spasticity in multiple sclerosis, amongst other illnesses. “Years of research has discovered a broad ranging neuro-modulatory system involved in most facets of homeostasis. This system is known as the Endocannabinoid System and was revealed only through research conducted on the Cannabis genus,” acknowledged Mr Sinclair. Sinclair believes that this is one of the greatest scientific discoveries in the last 50 years, with ongoing research into the endocannabinoid system likely to elucidate our understanding of various human diseases, with existing research suggesting that the endocannabinoid system is one of the primary regulators of homeostasis in the body. Speaking at the A5M Medical Conference in Melbourne, Mr Sinclair will discuss the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) with a focus on receptors, ligands and enzymes that are involved in this modulator of homeostasis within the body. The 12th Annual A5M Anti-Ageing & Aesthetic Conference will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August 2018 delivering cutting-edge research into this new frontier at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, with a Preconference Workshop on Friday, 3 August 2018. To register for the Conference, visit: Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute (NICM) is Australia’s leader in integrative and complementary medicine research and policy. As an ERA 5 ranking institute, NICM is globally recognised for its world-class research and innovations in integrative and complementary medicine. An initiative of NICM, the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Research and Education Collaboration (AMCREC) brings together a highly skilled transdisciplinary team and state-of-the-art facilities, providing a platform for high-quality, independent research, education and consultancy services in medicinal cannabis. For more information about NICM Health Research Institute, visit: Hashtag: #A5MConf18 - ENDS - - ENDS - Media Contacts: For further information, images, interviews or industry commentary, please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director | +61 2 9212 7867 | Julie Donovan, Senior Account Manager | +61 2 9212 7867 | Notes to editor: The AustralAsian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M) is committed to providing medical practitioners, pharmacists and allied health professionals with support and education about the latest evidence-based methods to improve patient outcomes as they age - both internal and external. A5M is currently about to celebrate its 12th Annual Conference, one of the longest running conferences of its kind, which will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins For more information on A5M visit: Connect through social media channels: Facebook: /A5Meducation Twitter: /A5Meducation LinkedIn: /A5M ATMS LAUNCH ‘HOW DARE THEY!’ CAMPAIGN 2018-07-10T23:10:00Z atms-launch-how-dare-they-campaign The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) has launched the How Dare They! campaign aimed at the Federal Parliament, as the Coalition Government moves to scrap the private health insurance rebate on natural therapies. The move will make it more expensive for Australians with private health insurance to visit their local natural health practitioners. Charles Wurf, Chief Executive Officer, ATMS, said Australians with private health insurance already pay a premium so that they can choose the best medical treatment for themselves and for their families. “Natural therapies are vital to not only the economy but to everyday Australians, with 68.9% of Australians having used at least one form of natural therapy in the last 12 months[1] and 69.2 million visits to natural medicine practitioners[2]. “For many Australians private healthcare is about choice. Removing the private health insurance rebate on natural therapies seriously limits the choices available to Australians to manage their personal health and may affect the preventative steps they take to keep their families well/healthy,” said Mr Wurf. With the natural medicines industry employing over 36,000 Australians[3], the potential economic effects are also of concern. “With 28,000 Australian small businesses operating in the natural medicine industry, it’s not only consumers of natural medicine who will be impacted by this move,” concluded Mr Wurf. ATMS ask that Minister Hunt reconsider this policy and reinstate choice back into the Australian private health insurance system. The online campaign will run parallel to planned Federal Government consultation on this issue in July 2018, with the new private health insurance rules being finalised for commencement in April 2019. More information on the collaborative How Dare They! campaign can be found here: For more on ATMS visit: -ENDS- NOTES TO EDITORS: Interviews with: Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS, are available on request through the below contacts For media enquiries please contact: Jessica McLean, Account Manager, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | Image: Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS About the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society: The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) is the leader of the natural medicine industry, promoting and representing professional practitioners of natural medicine, who are encouraged to pursue the highest ideals of professionalism in their natural medicine practice and education. As Australia’s largest national professional association for natural medicine practitioners, ATMS is a multi-disciplinary association representing over 10,000 accredited practitioners throughout Australia. ATMS was founded in 1984 and is an incorporated not-for-profit company. In 2014 ATMS celebrated their 30th anniversary representing natural medicine practitioners in Australia. ATMS is governed by a Board of Directors, with specialised departments for Massage Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine. [1] Xue et al. 2007 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Australia: A National Population-Based Survey [2] Australian Department of Health and Ageing. Medicare Statistical data for the June Quarter 2005. Available from:, 2005 [3] IBIS World Report, March 2018 Medical Conference to Address Inner and Outer Health 2018-07-09T04:13:59Z medical-conference-to-address-inner-and-outer-health In August 2018, the AustralAsian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M) will host their 12th Annual Conference and Expo in Melbourne, presenting an unrivalled line up of Australian and international aesthetic, integrative and anti-ageing experts to build the bridge between inner and outer health. With the continued integration of evidence-based conventional medicine with the complementary and aesthetics industry and a rise in a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to patient care – the A5M Conference will provide a truly encompassing view for medical professionals to learn, discuss and drive the future of integrative medicine across Australasia. Delegates will hear from over 20 speakers discussing interventions for both internal and external causes of chronic conditions, while focusing on examining the impact that exercise and lifestyle, diet and nutrition, supplementation, hormonal/metabolic imbalance and genetic factors, have on the ageing process. EVENT DETAILS: WHAT: AustralAsian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine Annual Conference WHEN: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August 2018 TIME: 8:00am – 5:30pm WHERE: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins PRICE: Members: $1050; Non-members: $1250 WEBSITE: The Conference covers a range of topics including: Connecting Inner and Outer Health Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Chronic Disease Telomeres, Cancer and Ageing Metabolic and Hormonal Health Issues Reversing Mild Cognitive Decline Brain Health Healthy ageing and wellbeing New Frontiers in Medicine: Medical Cannabis And much more! To register, visit: Hashtag: #A5MConf18 - ENDS - For further information, images, interviews or industry commentary, please contact: Debbie Bradley, Account Director | +612 9212 7867 | Julie Donovan, Senior Account Manager | +612 9212 7867 | Notes to editor: The AustralAsian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M) is committed to providing medical practitioners, pharmacists and allied health professionals with support and education about the latest evidence-based methods to improve patient outcomes as they age - both internal and external. A5M is currently about to celebrate its 12th Annual Conference, one of the longest running conferences of its kind, which will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins For more information on A5M visit: Connect through social media channels: Facebook: /A5Meducation Twitter: /A5Meducation LinkedIn: /A5M The role of A5M is to develop and promote all aspects of preventative, anti-ageing and integrative medicine among practitioners and the community A5M is dedicated to educating medical practitioners, allied healthcare professionals, scientist and researchers by providing training, certification and continuing education in preventative, integrative and anti-ageing medicine As the leading academic body of Anti-Ageing Medicine in AustralAsia, A5M offers Certification and access to a world-class Fellowship Program in Anti-Ageing, Regenerative and Functional Medicine with Metabolic Medicine Institute (MMI) and the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A4M) The principles of A5M education and programs are based on scientific evidence based medicine, which involves the integration of the five pillars of ageing: diet and nutrition, supplementation, hormones, genetics and exercise and lifestyle Australians turn to natural therapies in the millions 2018-05-17T02:01:36Z australians-turn-to-natural-therapies-in-the-millions Australians are continuing to turn to natural therapies for their preventative health and wellbeing management with research revealing over 68% of the population having used at least one complementary medicine in the last 12 months[1]. The third annual Natural Medicine Week 21 – 27 May 2018, organised by the leading association for natural practitioners, Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS), is a time for the industry to celebrate its major role in the healthcare of Australians. As the only event of its kind, Natural Medicine Week features workshops, clinic open days and promotions from over 100 businesses throughout Australia, focused on educating the public and policymakers on the three primary models of natural medicine: Ingestive Therapies, Bodywork and Massage, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, it is not just the health of Australians that benefit from their 69.2 million visits to a natural medicine practitioner every year[2], said Mr Charles Wurf, CEO of ATMS, it is also a major contributor to the economy, and continuously growing. “Natural medicine has seen a massive 3.1 per cent growth in Australia over the last year[3]. We know there are over 28,000 small businesses in this sector which employ 36,487 people and contribute $4.7 billion to the economy annually[4]. “This is a burgeoning industry and major employer that is also supporting Australian’s choice to seek highly regarded preventative health and wellbeing management care.” ATMS consumer surveys during Natural Medicine Week 2016 & 2017 found 93.85% of the sample had consulted a natural medicine practitioner, while 96.61% of participants describe natural medicine as ‘effective or very effective’. “Natural Medicine Week 2018, is a pivotal event of the year in which our 10,000-strong membership community band together to raise awareness of the work natural medicine practitioners do and to share their knowledge and experience with consumers who want to learn more,” said Mr Wurf. This year ATMS are calling on consumers to share their personal success stories of using natural therapies via To learn more about Natural Medicine Week, 21 – 27 May 2018 please visit: #naturalmedicineweek -ENDS- [1] Xue et al. 2007 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Australia: A National Population-Based Survey [2] Australian Department of Health and Ageing. Medicare Statistical data for the June Quarter 2005. Available from:, 2005 [3] Complementary Medicines Industry Audit 2017 by Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) [4] IBIS World: Alternative Health Therapies - Australia: Market Research Report NOTES TO EDITORS: Interviews are available on request through the below contacts with our ATMS spokespeople: Charles Wurf, Chief Executive Officer, ATMS Christine Pope, ATMS Director, Treasurer and Chair of the Marketing Committee, Naturopath, Homeopath and Nutritionist Peter Berryman, ATMS President, Naturopath, Homeopath, Medical Scientist and Educator For media enquiries please contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro M: 0420 761189 | P: 02 9212 7867 | Jessica McLean, Account Manager, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | About Natural Medicine Week Natural Medicine Week, 21 – 27 May 2018, aims to promote, educate and raise awareness of the important role natural medicine practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of Australians. Proudly supported by the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, Natural Medicine Week celebrates the three primary models of natural medicine; Ingestive Therapies, Bodywork and Massage, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. About the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society: The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) is the leader of the natural medicine industry, promoting and representing professional practitioners of natural medicine, who are encouraged to pursue the highest ideals of professionalism in their natural medicine practice and education. As Australia’s largest national professional association for natural medicine practitioners, ATMS is a multi-disciplinary association representing approximately 11,000 accredited practitioners throughout Australia. ATMS was founded in 1984 and is an incorporated not-for-profit company. In 2014 ATMS celebrated their 30th anniversary representing natural medicine practitioners in Australia. ATMS is governed by a Board of Directors with specialised departments for Massage Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine. Local Cairns Photographer Reveals Military Past & How He Overcame PTSD in Eye Opening Suicide Prevention Book 2018-04-24T08:55:16Z local-cairns-photographer-reveals-military-past-amp-how-he-overcame-ptsd-in-eye-opening-suicide-prevention-book Tuesday 24th April 2018 As the owner of Focus Photography, Graeme Bint is a familiar face around Cairns, well known for his down to earth personality and exceptional photography. What many don’t know, however, is that Graeme is also an ex-British paramedic, paratrooper and aid worker who suffered such severe Post Traumatic Stress and depression, that he once considered ending his life. After a decade spent working across Bosnia and Britain witnessing things he says ‘no person ever should,’ as well as serving in both Northern Ireland and the Gulf, Graeme says the effects of war finally caught up to him. “I guess you could say that after being on high alert for so long, my nervous system just couldn’t cope anymore. The constant shelling and sniping, along with the rumbling of the ground outside, the vibration of your building being hit, and having to regularly deal with being shot at on the streets, are the kinds of things that all scratch away at your nervous system over time.” These experiences, combined with an inability to relate to family and friends back home who seemed to be fixated only on ‘trivial first world problems,’ left Graeme feeling increasingly alone in his struggle to ‘fit’ back into society. On top of this, he also began experiencing night terrors, sleep paralysis, and other effects of Post Traumatic Stress, all of which culminated in severe depression and thoughts of suicide. “Depression crept in so slowly at first that I didn’t really notice it, but what really shook me during this time were the flashbacks and nightmares. They were utterly terrifying and insanely real; the kind that haunted me for days on end.” “My family couldn’t seem to grasp the impact that living in a war zone had had on me, and seemed more concerned with why I wasn’t getting a job rather than what was going on in my life. Never once did they ask if I was alright or about my time in Bosnia. I don’t think it was because they didn’t care as such, it just wasn’t something that was important to them.” Withdrawing from friends and family — who he felt didn’t understand what he was going through — Graeme began self medicating in a bid to escape from the horrors of his nightmares, spiralling into a deep depression that threatened to take his life. Often he would sleep behind a table in his living room, or try to stay up as late as possible to avoid the horrifying symptoms of his sleep paralysis — which he describes as akin to ‘having a demon sitting on your chest.’ Although recovery was a long road, Graeme eventually found his way out of the darkness he had been living in. “One day I was laying in the fetal position—I couldn’t remember how long I’d been there—when out of the blue, in a moment of clarity, I asked myself what the hell I was doing?! I hadn’t survived my time in the military and gained my parachute wings just to die there in my room,” he says. Beginning with regular exercise, and losing himself in good comedy (particularly Billy Connolly), Graeme pushed himself little by little to begin making positive changes in his life, including applying for a paramedic job — something he had wanted to do for many years — and speaking to a professional. “The best epiphany I had was to wake up to myself and realise that I was the common denominator, and to seek help before I destroyed myself. I am at peace now and part of a truly beautiful relationship with an amazing woman, but this could never have happened if I hadn’t truly and openly fixed myself first—however ugly and confronting that journey was,” he shared. “It took a long time, but some 20 years on I think I can say I am minimally affected by Post Traumatic Stress. After seeking professional help, I discovered that there was no need to be ashamed of having PTS; instead, I see it as a well-earned scar.” Since moving to Australia in 2002, Graeme has since become qualified in Mental Health and Crisis Counselling, and is passionate about using his experience to help others who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress or mental health issues. In 2017, Graeme decided to share his story with Brisbane author Jas Rawlinson, who at the time was searching for inspirational Australian stories for her suicide prevention book, ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day.’ Featuring 10 real-life memoirs of triumph over suicide and mental illness, the book includes a diverse range of Australians, including inspirational speaker and childhood cancer survivor Michael Crossland, paraplegic circus performer Lauren Watson, Domestic Violence advocate Sonia Anderson, hip hop artist L-Fresh The Lion, and many others. Ms Rawlinson, who lost her father to suicide at age 18 and suffered depression for much of her teenage and early adult life, says she was inspired to create something that would help others realise they weren’t alone, and that recovery was possible. A survivor of family violence and sexual assault, her story is also featured in the book. “When you’re stuck in a hole, it’s hard to believe that things could ever change, and that’s when people give up. I wanted to use the power of storytelling to show people—through real-life memoirs—that where you are in your journey right now, is not where you have to stay.” Released in October 2017 through the award-winning Ocean Reeve Publishing, the book has been endorsed by numerous mental health professionals, is featured as one of four 'Inspirational Books' on the website: The PTSD Solutions Community, and has even been credited by a U.K reader as helping to save his life. ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day’ has also received strong praise from Dion Jensen, Author and Founder of ‘Success For Soldiers,’ who labelled it ‘one of the most superbly disguised and undervalued books’ that he had ever read. “I deal with depressed and suicidal people as a matter of course, and I can say with full credibility and honesty, that Jasmine's book is a CRITICAL component in overcoming the darkness,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “There are 3 words that hold the greatest power when speaking to someone in the hole: "I've been there." This book is a collection of not only those that have been there, but have beaten it.” Graeme is now looking forward to sharing his story with the community in June, when he joins with Ms. Rawlinson for the event: ‘Reasons To Live One More Day: Combating Suicide, Mental Health & PTSD.’ Hosted by Cairns RSL Sub Branch, the event aims to break down stigmas surrounding mental health, and show Cairns community members how to move forward in their journeys — regardless of whether their background is military or civilian. Cairns RSL Sub-Branch Secretary, Mr. Mal McCullough, says he is excited to support the event. “The Cairns RSL Sub Branch is pleased to develop a partnership in supporting the awareness of ‘Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day,’ as the theme of the book goes to the core of one of the main health concerns for Veterans, PTSD.” The Sub-Branch are also currently developing a ‘Younger Veterans Advisory Group,’ which aims to ‘develop programs and initiatives that are relevant to the younger veteran, increasing their engagement with the RSL Sub Branch for support.’ In exciting news, Mr. McCullough revealed that he is also looking forward to welcoming Graeme onboard as a peer worker and veterans counselor, to ‘share his experiences and knowledge with other veterans in a peer support role.’ “It is with the commitment and dedication such as Graeme’s that we will make some real advances in reaching out to Veterans with the message ‘you are not alone’.” Locals are invited to come along and hear both Ms. Rawlinson and Mr. Bint share their stories of triumph over adversity at the event, which will be held Sunday June 17th at Cairns RSL. Copies of 'Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day' will also be available on the day, for $20 each. To RSVP, and for more details, head to the Cairns Facebook Event page: Reasons To Live - Combating Suicide, Mental Health & PTSD. To learn more about Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day, visit Sydney Psychotherapist Recommends Mindfulness-Based Therapies to Reduce Workplace Stress 2018-04-06T04:31:58Z sydney-psychotherapist-recommends-mindfulness-based-therapies-to-reduce-workplace-stress Work-related stress is an increasingly common problem in Australia. Research has shown that one in four Australians reported moderate to severe levels of workplace stress in 2014. Further, approximately one in five Australians (21%) have taken time off work in the past 12 months because they felt stressed, anxious or mentally unwell – workplace stress is one of the leading causes of absenteeism in Australia.  Work-related stress arises when work demands challenge the person’s ability and capacity to cope. Paul Jozsef, a Sydney-based psychotherapist, says “stress is often caused by a number of interrelated factors. For example, a person might feel stressed if the demands of their job are greater than they can comfortably manage.” Other sources of work-related stress include conflict with management or co-workers, insufficient time to complete allocated tasks, or threats to job security, such as potential redundancy. The signs and symptoms of workplace stress can manifest in a number of behavioural, psychological and physical ways. Some common signs of work-related stress include: persistent work-related anxiety, physical tension while at work, being late on a regular basis, not wanting to participate in meetings or staff events, and getting irrationally angry with co-workers. Workplace stress not only affects the health and well-being of employees, but also the productivity and profitability of organisations. It is estimated to cost Australian businesses $10 billion a year in lost productivity and absenteeism.  “Employers must start taking mental health more seriously by implementing measures such as workplace mindfulness training to prevent work-related stress,” says Jozsef. Mindfulness training can benefit employees and the workplace by creating a safe, healthy and enjoyable work environment. “A growing body of research has found that workplace mindfulness training leads to a reduction in stress, and improvements in mood, health, self-efficacy, and self-compassion amongst employees and management”. If an employee is already affected by workplace stress, employers can assist by offering counselling, or psychotherapy for more serious cases of work-related stress. Paul Jozsef Counselling & Psychotherapy offers mindfulness-based counselling for the treatment of work-related stress and anxiety in Surry Hills, Sydney. About Paul Jozsef Counselling & Psychotherapy Paul Jozsef Counselling & Psychotherapy provides psychology services for adults and adolescents seeking workplace stress counselling in Surry Hills, Sydney. To learn more about Paul Jozsef Counselling & Psychotherapy visit: NewDirection Care™ announces the world’s first innovative inclusive aged care microtown™ 2018-03-28T05:05:47Z newdirection-care-announces-the-world-s-first-innovative-inclusive-aged-care-microtown  NewDirection Care is announcing their revolutionary microtown™ community for Australian seniors with complex care needs including those with younger onset dementia. Nestled between Brisbane and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the state-of-the-art residential care community is the world’s first and most innovative, inclusive care community.   At NewDirection Care Bellmere, residents are encouraged to be independent, interactive and involved with a focus on ablement, catering to individual schedules, needs and freedom.  The need for residential care communities like NewDirection Care in Australia is becoming more apparent. Over the next few decades, Australia’s ageing population will have significant impacts on the nation’s health care system, workforce and housing. The residential aged care sector alone needs to build 83,500 new places by 2025 at an estimated investment of $35B (ACFA Report 2017).   NewDirection Care Founder and CEO Natasha Chadwick, says “NewDirection Care is just the beginning of an ongoing journey and innovative change in aged care. Our residential care community in Bellmere is pioneering and shattering the mindset of a traditional aged care facility. My aim and that of NewDirection Care is to change the way we care for our elderly members of society and those living with dementia, not just in Australia but worldwide.”   With over 20 years’ experience, Chadwick identified the need for a paradigm shift in the aged care industry. In 2011 Chadwick first began conceptualising NewDirection Care, “Having worked in the aged care industry for two decades I realised that incremental improvements are no longer enough. We need to radically rethink how we look after the elderly and those living with dementia. The current traditional aged care model is no longer relevant in the world we live in today.”   NewDirection Care Bellmere is an alternative model of full-service aged care with a focus on wellness, revolutionary non-institutionalised schedules, services and lifestyle options. After extensive research around the world, Chadwick took inspiration from the best practices that she witnessed firsthand. With NewDirection Care, Chadwick created her own unique community where residents can enjoy a freedom of life different from other aged care communities. NewDirection Care’s living model offers a vastly different experience to that of traditional aged care facilities. Today, it is the first of its kind worldwide.   In its initial testing phase in 2014, Chadwick opened two houses in Tasmania, inviting residents to assess the innovative changes. Residents reported a significantly positive experience and improvements in their quality of their life and that of their visiting families.   The success of the test model in Tasmania led to the development of NewDirection Care Bellmere, a microtown™ and just like any small town in Australia, it includes a corner store, café, cinema, hair salon, barber shop, music room and a wellness centre featuring a gym, spa, dental and GP facilities. The microtown™ currently caters to 17 uniquely designed houses that will be home to 120 residents, providing them with a normal life, where the freedom of home follows you™.   The community features elegant seven-bedroom homes each with ensuite bathrooms and spacious built-in wardrobes, open plan kitchens with the latest appliances, family dining rooms, cosy sitting rooms and private gardens, making them a place in which families immediately feel at home. Each home is thoughtfully designed to be stylish, functional, and caters specifically to the residents’ individual needs. Every house has an individual style be it country living, modern urban, traditional or progressive to suit whatever compliments a resident’s current lifestyle.  To support “the freedom of home” each home has House Companions™, a unique 24/7 role and a world first in aged care.  House companions are multi skilled and trained in complex care and dementia care needs, medication administration, cleaning, laundry and personal care. They are also in charge of nutrition and prepare the meals in the house kitchen, in consultation with residents. House Companions are supported by a 24/7 Professional Services Team including Registered Nurses, Dementia Support, Physiotherapist and various allied health services.   In addition to this, the technology developed and employed throughout the community enables mobile monitoring of residents to ensure their safety. The mobile monitoring system is also a first and incorporates, telephony, personalised monitoring, CCTV in semipublic and public spaces and movement sensors; all captured on a simple dashboard which will alert the team when a resident requires assistance.  NewDirection Care supports individuality and being part of a community that revolves around meaningful relationships. To ensure residents feel at home, Chadwick developed a cuttingedge profiling tool that draws out an individual’s social world-view and personality traits with a focus on factors that influence living and interacting with others. This ensures that residents live with like-minded people.   “NewDirection Care at Bellmere is a tribute to the thousands of people who have shared their stories at the end of their life with me over the years and these stories are part of what drove and inspired me to create a new aged care model.” says Natasha.    On the Line improves provision of social health services to over 80,000 Australians with Yellowfin Cloud 2018-03-13T02:25:27Z on-the-line-improves-provision-of-social-health-services-to-over-80-000-australians-with-yellowfin-cloud FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 13 March, 2018, Melbourne. Australian professional social health business, On the Line, is reaping the benefits of real-time data analysis across each of its vital 20 service lines as a result of implementing Business Intelligence (BI) platform Yellowfin Cloud, powered by Toustone. On the Line currently supports more than 80,000 Australians yearly with vital counselling services including MensLine Australia, Suicide Call Back Service and SuicideLine Victoria. The Yellowfin Cloud solution will ultimately eliminate manual report consolidation to deliver an automated snap-shot of the business daily. This will empower On the Line to analyse and report on the effectiveness and efficiency of each service line in operation - a requirement of its public and private sector funders. It will also integrate all On the Line’s communications data — such as time on call — with specific case management system data, providing a complete picture of call by client. This will not only provide insight into current service levels, but also drive the development of better business practices to improve client services and realise efficiency gains. “On the Line is an extremely multifaceted organisation doing amazing work for the community,” said Craig Lefoe, founder and CEO of On the Line’s technology integration partner Toustone. “They are also completely technology dependent and awash with vitally important – and potentially life-saving – data. “Our end state for this project will be for Yellowfin to be pulling data from a myriad of internal and external sources, delivering the business a daily visual report so it can easily see the performance of each service line,” said Mr. Lefoe. On the Line has opted for a staged rollout focusing initially on measuring the effectiveness of social media channels, and then following with the integration of the call centre communication and case management systems. Analysing social media channels is key as it identifies trends and enables analysis of the relationship between posted content and call activity. “The social media element was implemented in less than a day, thanks to prebuilt Yellowfin connectors and dashboards for each social channel,” said Samantha Fredericks, Head of Brand, Marketing and Growth at On the Line. “Within hours instant delivery of valuable intelligence allowed our marketing teams to analyse traffic and trends and facilitate better targeting of those in need.” On the Line will also use Yellowfin’s powerful Storyboard feature to choose how they view available data. A customisable tool for sharing and communicating captured information in presentation format, Storyboard empowers people across all business functions to assess the current situation and drive better business decision making. “The more information we have, the better – but the key is seeing that information in an easy to understand format and one that delivers insights on how we can improve the services we provide,” said Ms. Fredericks. The project will also see integration with On the Line’s human resources (HR) and accounting packages delivering an even more comprehensive view of the current performance of each service line. “Our business is complex, and we rely heavily on technology across a range of systems that all produce different data sets. Everything varies from month to month, so seeing the complete situation over specific times means we can easily plot trends and make changes accordingly, which helps with budgeting and staffing,” said Ms. Fredericks. # # #  About On the Line On the Line provides social health support and counselling services (anywhere and anytime) to over 80,000 Australians each year. It operates from a purpose-built facility where 85 qualified professional psychologists, counsellors and social workers offer 24/7 support and advice via telephone, web chat and video counselling. The organisation manages 20 separate lines, including public-facing services and tailored counselling programs for specific industry groups and other at-risk community members. A social enterprise, On the Line receives funding from both private and public sectors. On the Line counsellors are experts in men’s mental health, anger management, family violence (using and experiencing), healthy relationships, integrated wellbeing, mental health, chronic health conditions, problematic drug and alcohol abuse and, suicide and trauma-informed practice for anyone affected by suicide. On the Line is the only Australian organisation accredited by the American Association of Suicidology. About Toustone Toustone’s goal is to make BI easy and affordable for everyone. With its depth of experience in hosting and developing Yellowfin solutions, Toustone built Yellowfin Cloud powered by Toustone. This cloud-based SaaS solution is spun up in 60 seconds, saving time and money, and allowing customers to drive insights that support improved and faster business decision-making. Completely scalable, Toustone caters for individuals up to companies of 5,000 or more. Its consultants are experts at helping organisations visualise and better understand their data so that they in turn, can drive business improvement. To sign up for a free trial of Yellowfin Cloud powered by Toustone go to   About Yellowfin Most BI companies can tell customers what happened. Yellowfin tells them why it happened. Yellowfin is a global Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics platform dedicated to solving real enterprise analytics challenges, and helping business people understand not only what happened, but why. Founded in 2003 in response to the complexity and costs associated with implementing and using traditional BI tools, Yellowfin is a highly intuitive, 100-percent Web-based reporting and analytics platform. Yellowfin has been included in four consecutive Gartner Magic Quadrants, the Forrester Wave, and consistently scored as a leader in key categories of the BI Survey from BARC. More than 25,000 organizations, and more than three million end-users across 75 different countries use Yellowfin every day. For more information about Yellowfin BI, visit Sydney Counsellor Recommends Mindfulness-Based Therapies to Reduce Anxiety 2018-03-04T22:58:05Z sydney-counsellor-recommends-mindfulness-based-therapies-to-reduce-anxiety Leading Sydney-based counsellor recommends mindfulness-based therapies as a way to reduce stress and anxiety that affects a large percentage of the Australian population. Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia with 1 in 4 Australians experiencing some form of stress and/or anxiety at some point. Mindfulness-based therapy as offered by Paul Jozsef Counselling and Psychotherapy is a proven method to reduce the symptoms of anxiety. While stress and worry are common responses to situations where one may feel emotional pressure, it usually passes once the stressful situation has been resolved, or ‘stressor’ has been removed. For mild symptoms of anxiety, lifestyle changes, such as regular physical exercise and reducing one’s stress levels may help. For levels of anxiety that begin to impact on one’s life, psychological and/or mindfulness interventions may be beneficial. Paul Jozsef Counselling & Psychotherapy offers mindfulness-based therapies for the treatment of stress and anxiety in Surry Hills, Sydney. Mindfulness refers to the mental process that can be characterised by a state of nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment experience, including one's physical sensations, thoughts, awareness, while encouraging openness, curiosity, and acceptance. The basic premise underlying mindfulness practices is that experiencing the present moment nonjudgmentally and openly can effectively counter the effects of stressors because excessive orientation toward the past or future when dealing with stressors can be related to feelings of anxiety. A review of 47 clinical trials involving more than 3,500 participants with mild anxiety found that those who underwent mindfulness training workshops experienced improvement in their mood after eight weeks, on par with the effect seen with prescription medications. “By teaching people to respond to stressful situations more reflectively rather than reflexively, mindfulness practices can effectively counter experiential avoidance strategies, which are often attempts to alter the intensity or frequency of unwanted internal experiences,” said Paul Jozsef, principal psychotherapist at Paul Jozsef Counselling & Psychotherapy. Through the treatment of stress and anxiety with mindfulness practices, Jozsef claims that his clients are more resilient and better able to navigate the daily ups and downs of everyday life. About Paul Jozsef Counselling & Psychotherapy Paul Jozsef Counselling and Psychotherapy is a psychology service for adults, adolescents & couples seeking therapy in Surry Hills, Sydney. Services include in-person psychotherapy, as well as, online counselling via Google Hangouts. To learn more about Paul Jozsef Counselling and Psychotherapy visit: Media Contact Paul Jozsef Phone: +61 (02) 8090 7184  Address: Suite 5, 35 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010Email: Website: doctoroo® prepares to ease the pain of accessing codeine-medications 2018-01-30T00:11:19Z doctoroo-r-prepares-to-ease-the-pain-of-accessing-codeine-medications To ease the pain, unfamiliarity and inconvenience of travelling to a GP for a codeine script, the Australian doctoroo® team is currently preparing an app that allows you to conveniently see your own or the first available GP on any device, anytime, anywhere in Australia. What began as a simple telehealth solution to connect GP’s with busy, rural or immobile Aussies, has evolved over the past two years and will enable you to enter your pain symptoms and prescription requirements (including codeine) before a consultation, so the doctor can assess this before they have the video consultation with you. The app actually aligns with the goals of the TGA and RACGP by allowing doctors to diagnose patients and offer the best pain management for their situation. GP’s may suggest codeine or an alternative pain management strategy - which helps to curb codeine addiction and misuse. doctoroo® founder, Christian Nehme, a medical scientist and previous pharmacy assistant, has seen too often the experience of patients with pain medication and the inconvenience travelling to a GP can sometimes be. “Seeing the frustration of patients, especially with the recent rescheduling of codeine, truly drives us to deliver a solution that makes pain that much less uncomfortable to deal with” said Mr Nehme. As opposed to other online doctor services, doctoroo® enables you, and actually encourages you to invite and see your own GP on the online platform. This means that you can book a consultation with your own GP wherever you are, and get an opinion from a doctor that knows you and that you trust. This again aligns with the goal of the RACGP, which encourages patient-doctor relationships. "It certainly would be very reasonable to have a longer-term relationship with your doctor and see them on a regular basis, to review your medication needs and make sure you are otherwise well," said Dr Bastian Seidel, president of the RACGP. Regulation such as this requires time for the public to adjust to. This service makes it genuinely convenient for those who walk into a pharmacy and are not aware or forget about the requirement of a prescription for their codeine or other medication. From within the pharmacy, or in a nearby private space, the patient can see a GP and obtain the required script, without needing to waste time travelling to a GP or even potentially avoiding this altogether and not obtaining the required health care. The app is estimated to have waiting times of just 10-20 minutes during the day. In comparison, patients can wait hours to access a nearby GP and months to access a specialist pain program in clinics. You’ll also be able to obtain medical certificates, referral letters and second opinions for most health issues. The service will be a privately-billed service, with consultations starting from as little as $15 for a few minutes, and is based on each GP’s minutely rate. With over 1,000 patients already signed up to the prelaunch, the doctoroo® team is aiming to make the app publicly available in the coming months.