The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-08T02:11:02Z ART, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COMBINE FORCES TO EXPLORE MENTAL HEALTH IN THE BIG ANXIETY FESTIVAL 2019 2019-05-08T02:11:02Z the-big-anxiety-festival-returns ART, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COMBINE FORCES TO EXPLORE MENTAL HEALTH IN THE BIG ANXIETY FESTIVAL 2019 from 27 September to 3 November With New Funding from the Department of Health    The Big Anxiety Festival, the largest mental health and arts festival in the world, returns in 2019 after the success of the inaugural Festival in 2017.    The month-long biennial Sydney festival promotes mental health and wellbeing in exciting arts projects that combine science and creativity. Unlike any other arts festival, The Big Anxiety has a unique practical focus, harnessing creative expertise to improve our capacity to take care of ourselves and others.   In 2019 the Festival’s focus is on Empathy and Stigma; Care and Healing; and Suicide Prevention.   Winner of the Best New Event at the Australian Event Awards 2018, the festival is a world leading initiative of UNSW Sydney in association with the Black Dog Institute with more than 25 partnerships across mental health and community organisations – including remote communities – as well as leading arts and community venues.   Professor Jill Bennett, Artistic Director of the Festival said “The arts are the best means we have for sharing complex experience.  They show us what we don’t know about ourselves and others.  They shine light on the relationships and social settings that help or hinder mental health, and they are a means to transform those relationships.   Currently 65% of Australians with a mental health problem don’t seek help. The Big Anxiety Festival’s mission is to engage that 65% – as well as all those who feel ‘the system’ doesn’t yet deliver what we or our communities need.  The Festival is about “finding ways to connect, to hear and be heard, and to make change – breaking down the barriers people experience and building better futures”.     Professor Katherine Boydell, the festival’s Mental Health lead at Black Dog Institute says “Data from the 2017 festival shows how profound the health and wellbeing impact of art can be, influencing what visitors feel, think and do”.  As a result, both the Federal and State Government Departments of Health are now supporting the festival to develop even more innovative and targeted programs for 2019   The 2017 Festival successes included:- ·             140,000 Visitors ·             264,630 Website Views ·             75 Projects ·             32 Venues ·             200+ Artists and Presenters ·             270 Media Reports ·             100+ Volunteers ·             45 Partners ·             71 Free Events over 53 days ·             16 World Premiers ·             7 Festival Ambassadors   Already 4 major new Projects and a Conference have been announced for the Festival.   Uti Kulintjaku   The Uti Kulintjaku [UK] project of the NPY (Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantatjara Yankunytjatjara) Women’s Council is an Anangu-led social innovation for systems of change that strengthen wellbeing, led by Ngangkari traditional healers and senior APY lands artists.  In Pitjantjatjara, Uti Kulintjaku means ‘to think and understand clearly’.  The UK initiative works at the interface of knowledge systems and languages to better understand mental health.  They are currently working on a new Virtual Reality project for The Big Anxiety Festival 2019.   The Empathy Clinic   Unless we can imaginatively ‘step into someone else’s shoes’ we cannot empathise.  Neuroscientific evidence suggests that we direct empathy to people we perceive to be ‘like us’.  Some of us make a conscious effort to overcome bias and stigma – but are we really comfortable with difference and diversity?  This exhibition and program sets out to actively address the empathy problem.  A unique set of rooms, installations and virtual reality tools by international and Australian artists will enable visitors to shift perspectives, gain insight into other minds and diverse forms of empathy, and undertake ‘empathy training’ with measurable results.   The Course on Empathy   A purpose-built, app-based Course on Empathy has been designed to cultivate empathy by a research team of psychologists and artists from the Felt Experience & Empathy Lab [fEEL] -- a unique lab funded by an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, awarded to Professor Bennett. Dr Natasha Ginnivan, psychologist in fEEL says “this is exciting new research with immediate benefits for the community”.   Edge of the Present   How do you imagine a future when you can’t see it?  Edge of The Present is an arts-science community project developed in workshops with young people who have experienced suicidal behaviour.   Edge of the Present is a multi-user, mixed reality environment.  Visitors are able to transform the environment through their decisions, movements and interactions.  The project encourages curiosity and productive ways to imagine the future and envision change.  Informed by cognitive neuropsychology as well as lived experience, Edge of the Present is a partnership with The Black Dog Institute and the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, supported by NSW Minister for Mental Health.   Anxiety, Culture and The Future – International Conference   Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 October, UNSW Art & Design, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.   This three-day conference brings together international and national thinkers to explore new ways to imagine the future through workshops and presentations that focus on the practical question of how we generate individual and collective responses to address anxieties, loss of hope and the general failure of future thinking. Confirmed keynote speakers include Renata Salecl [Slovenia], Author of ‘On Anxiety’ and ‘The Tyranny of Choice’, and Lynn Froggett [UK], an expert on the health and psychosocial impacts of art and culture.   The Big Anxiety Festival is pleased to announce that both Bridging Hope Charity Foundation and the Neilson Foundation have renewed their support for The Big Anxiety Festival 2019.   Media please note – in due course additional background information, images, biogs of key personnel and the full program will be availble via a media link. For access please contact Bruce Pollack or Alice Collins.   For more information visit www.thebiganxiety.org.   Report on 2017 Festival evaluation available upon request. www.facebook.com/thebiganxiety/ twitter.com/thebiganxiety www.instagram.com/thebiganxiety/   For further media enquiries only contact:   Bruce Pollack, Pollack Consulting (02) 9331 5276  or Alice Collins, Insight Communications, (02) 9518 4744 New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Leader of natural medicine industry welcomes Health Minister’s review of natural therapies rebate 2019-04-09T01:00:00Z leader-of-natural-medicine-industry-welcomes-health-ministers-review-of-natural-therapies-rebate On Sunday 7 April 2019, Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, MP announced that the Government will commission a new review of natural therapy rebates. The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) welcomes the review and will continue to lobby on behalf of natural medicine practitioners in Australia. Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, MP said in the announcement the review will “assess additional available evidence for natural therapies, undertake public consultation and provide advice to Government on whether certain natural therapies should be eligible for subsidy through the private health insurance rebate.” ATMS plan to contribute to this public review and encourage practitioners and consumers alike to actively participate in the consultation processes once formally announced. After more than a year of campaigning, Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS, embraces this decision for further review. “We have been vigorously advocating to Government to reconsider the removal of certain natural therapies from the private health insurance rebates. The announcement from Minister Hunt to activate a new review is a good one. ATMS will work closely with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and continue to actively support and promote the return of natural medicine therapies to private health insurance,” said Mr Wurf. ATMS is the leading professional natural medicine association in Australia representing over 10,000 practitioners across more than 20 therapies. -ENDS- The full announcement is available here: https://www.greghunt.com.au/review-of-natural-therapies-for-private-health-insurance/ NOTES TO EDITORS: Interviews and comments are available upon request via the contacts below. Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS Christine Pope, Director, ATMS and Naturopath For media enquiries please contact: Jessica McLean, Senior Account Manager, Zadro P: 0400 433 182 E: jessica@zadroagency.com.au Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro P: 0420 761 189 E: debbie@zadroagency.com.au Image: Charles Wurf, CEO, ATMS About Natural Medicine Week: Natural Medicine Week, 20 – 26 May 2019, 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 Chinese Medicine. www.naturalmedicineweek.com.au 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. www.atms.com.au Camp Quality Convoy Victoria returns to the road again for children’s cancer 2019-03-19T03:44:28Z camp-quality-convoy-victoria-returns-to-the-road-again-for-childrens-cancer I hope you're having a good day. We're reaching out to you today to see if you can help us generate interest for a very valuable children's charity... Camp Quality. The charity is once again hosting its Camp Quality Convoy Victoria to raise much funds to help children and families touched by cancer. Can you help us spread the word and generate some registrations amongst truck drivers and motorcyclists? A full press release is below (and attached). Below the press release is a dropbox link for images, and associated captions. If you need any of these images compressed and emailed direct please don't hesitate to ask. Kind regards, Alison Treloar Senior Account Manager Seftons 0422 093 639 alison.treloar@seftons.com.au Issue date: 19 March 2019 Camp Quality Convoy Victoria returns to the road again for children’s cancer It’s back! The Camp Quality Convoy Victoria will hit the road again on Sunday 7 April after a year off, with dozens of trucks and motorbikes expected to join the fun at Avalon Airport. Australia’s leading provider of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, Truckline has announced it will continue its generous support of the event and is also entering a special guest in the Convoy. The new International Pro-star demonstration truck will take a break from its tour around Victoria to feature in the day’s activities and is expected to draw a lot of interest from truck enthusiasts. For Truckline’s Territory Business Manager (VIC/TAS) Casey Stewart, this event holds special meaning for her and her family, after sadly losing her niece to childhood cancer at just five years of age. “I’m proud that Truckline is continuing their support of and involvement in this event and to see it back again after a hugely successful 2017 Convoy. It was a terrible tragedy for my family when we lost my niece, so I’m keen to do anything I can to support other families living with cancer,” Casey said. “Camp Quality is an incredible organisation that does so much for children growing up with cancer and their families. The programs and services offered to these children and their parents and siblings have a lasting impact and are such a great help through such a difficult time.” Camp Quality State Manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, Kendra Overall acknowledged that continued support from Truckline and other sponsors allowed the event to return and focus on raising as much money as possible. “With the ongoing support from Truckline and principal partner Viva Energy, we wouldn’t be able to hold an event like the Convoy and raise the money we do. Having corporate sponsors means all the funds raised by the truck drivers, the motorbike riders and the community at large supports Victorian kids to help children 0-13 deal with their own diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum or dad. We are there for them through the daily ups and downs of cancer. We create opportunities for the kids to be kids again: in-hospital, at home, at school and away from it all.,” Kendra said. “In the words of a family member: Camp Quality provides us with the opportunity to escape the daily treadmill of everyday life. To have smiles and laugher in the midst of a dark time is priceless.” Kendra told us. After a year off, this year’s Convoy will proceed slightly differently from earlier events, including the introduction of a Show and Shine following previous feedback. Registration fees for trucks and motorbikes in the Convoy are also substantially reduced this year, making the convoy accessible for participants, with all Convoy entrants encouraged to use the event to drive fundraising from their own networks. The Convoy will start from Avalon Airport at 8:00am on April 7, arriving back at the airport around midday where the Show and Shine and a range of family-friendly events will take place, including face painting for the kids, courtesy of sponsor Truckline. General entry is a gold coin donation, which includes the family activities on-site, and a raffle will be conducted to support the fundraising initiative. The day will conclude at 3pm. To register for the Convoy, go the website convoy.org.au ENDS About Truckline Truckline is Australia’s largest retailer of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, supporting all makes and models of North American, European and Japanese commercial vehicles. During the company’s 60 years servicing the Australian trucking industry, Truckline has built an extensive network of 22 company owned stores nationally, all with warehousing facilities. Owned by CNH Industrial, Truckline sources renowned products from leading suppliers around the world to cater for Australia’s unique conditions and climate. With a catalogue of more than 25,000 competitively priced parts and accessories, Truckline caters for all road transport needs. Whatever the age, make or model of the truck or trailer, Truckline’s highly skilled team is dedicated to providing parts to fulfil each customer’s requirement. Truckline is committed to keeping its customers moving. PHOTOS A dropbox link for photos is here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b03o5kzh1imzddx/AAAgtw51eknvp4dInvpXWE2na?dl=0 Captions are as follows (easily referenced with filenames): 1. Sponsor Truckline will be entering the new International ProStar demonstration truck in the convoy 2. Truckline’s Casey Stewart whose family has experienced their own childhood cancer tragedy 3. Truckline VIC TAS Territory Business Manager Casey Stewart with Truckline Hallam Manager Ian Miles 4. Truckline's Casey Stewart with the International ProStar demonstration truck which will join the Convoy 5. On the road at past Camp Quality Convoys 6. The line up from past Camp Quality Convoys 7. All parked up at previous Camp Quality Convoys 8. Truck drivers and motorbike riders alike gather for Convoy Regional Australia Bank's recent suicide prevention fundraiser heralded a great success 2019-02-14T01:47:32Z regional-australia-banks-recent-suicide-prevention-fundraiser-heralded-a-great-success Regional Australia Bank’s recent suicide prevention fundraiser heralded as a great success. Regional Australia Bank’s latest Suicide Prevention Charity Golf Day & Dinner took place on Friday 8th February at Armidale Golf Club, in a move that Regional Australia Bank CEO Kevin Dupé describes as a "significant opportunity to raise awareness of this troubling issue for our regional communities." The event not only proved invaluable in shining a light on mental health issues and supporting suicide prevention, but it also raised more than $35,000 towards supporting further research. Nieves Murray, CEO of Suicide Prevention Australia describes the importance of the bank’s latest initiative: "Regional Australia Bank hosted the golf day to support the National Suicide Prevention research fund. The fund has been developed because while we know a lot about the risks relating to why people take their own lives, we don't currently have enough evidence about what actually works and why." "Suicide is such a complex behavior that what helps one person may not necessarily help another, so the research fund will look at the strategic priorities for where we should be focusing our investment." With last year’s suicide statistics rising to a total of 3,128, that’s more than 8 people per day taking their own lives. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44 and as Nieves explains, it’s an issue that can have a drastic impact in more ways than expected: "One of the critical factors that’s only recently come to light is that for every suicide, around 135 people are impacted. This means that around 8,000 people every week face the tragedy of suicide," she says. The Bank’s charity initiative saw 136 golfers of all abilities compete in a day on the course, followed by a gala dinner marked by a variety of auctions, raffles, and prizes. The golfers were joined by special guests including; rugby league great Laurie Daley, sports commentator and Sky Sports Radio host, Terry Kennedy and Suicide Prevention Australia Quality and Innovation Director, Julie Heraghty. The fortunate winners of the evening’s main prize draw included Dean Semchshym who took home a bottle of Penfolds Grange Hermitage while Scott Waterson, Angus Archer, Craig Morgan and Angus Monie scored a six-day pass for four people to the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club including a $2,000 flight voucher and $2,000 accommodation voucher. Regional Australia Bank also provides much needed funding support to Suicide Prevention Australia’s Higher Degree Research Scholarships, with the first six scholarship recipients recently announced. Katie McGill from the University of Newcastle has been named as Regional Australia Bank’s scholarship recipient of $105,000 in funding to help her undertake new research into suicide prevention. Kevin Dupé describes suicide prevention as a particularly worthwhile cause. "Sadly, we all too often hear of regional Australians taking their own lives, and with suicide stats again rising this year, we’re determined to face the issue head on and find new ways to address it." "Helping with Katie’s research is just one part of a bigger program we are embarking on to integrate mental health into our business. We have committed to five key pillars that we hope will help tackle the disproportionate rates of self-harm and mental health issues in regional Australia. These include, education and training, philanthropy, strategic partnerships, research and importantly being advocates for more mental health services in regional Australia," Kevin reports. -ENDS- Contact: Susie Laurence, C7EVEN Communications, 0439 655 715 Editor’s Note: It is requested that Regional Australia Bank is not shorted to an acronym and always referred to in full as Regional Australia Bank. Image (L-R) Sky Sports Radio host, Terry Kennedy Regional Australia Bank’s scholarship recipient, Katie McGill Suicide Prevention Australia Quality and Innovation Director, Julie Heraghty Regional Australia Bank CEO, Kevin Dupe Rugby league great, Laurie Daley Regional Australia Bank announces mental health research scholarship recipient 2019-02-14T01:04:49Z regional-australia-bank-announces-mental-health-research-scholarship-recipient 14 February 2019 Regional Australia Bank announces mental health research scholarship recipient Regional Australia Bank has reaffirmed its commitment to research into mental health through its support for a PhD scholarship that will look in greater detail at the reasons that can lead some rural and regional Australians to take their own lives. The bank is working in collaboration with Suicide Prevention Australia – and as CEO Ms Nieves Murray explains, funding for new Australian research into suicide prevention is vitally important. "Funding can help to improve our understanding of how we can best protect people from suicide, intervene in times of crisis, and provide ongoing interventions and support. "The key is to then translate that research quickly and effectively into suicide prevention policy, programs and services; ensuring a quality, evidence-based approach." The national peak body recently announced the first six recipients of Higher Degree Research Scholarships totaling $630,000 in Australian Government funding, which will be awarded along with additional funding support from the bank. These are the first Higher Degree Research Scholarships to be awarded from the $12 million fund administered by Suicide Prevention Australia, and Katie McGill from the University of Newcastle has been named as Regional Australia Bank’s scholarship recipient of $105,000 to help her undertake new research into suicide prevention. Katie will use sentinel unit data to inform best practice for hospital-presenting deliberate self-harm, and the project will explore deliberate self-poisoning in regional Australia, as well as investigate the impact on self-harm repetition outcomes of innovative services and policies. Kate described her reaction to finding out her project had been awarded the scholarship: "I was incredibly excited and proud to learn that I’d won this scholarship from the bank. This funding will play a key role in supporting research in a real-world setting, and in enabling the study to demonstrate the different ways that health service data can be used to identify what works in suicide prevention, as relevant to the unique situations and circumstances of regional and rural Australians." For Regional Australia Bank CEO Kevin Dupé, the bank’s role in supporting these scholarships is reflective of its culture, being a customer-owned organisation with a strong social conscience. "Mental health affects more than just the relationship with the self," says Kevin. "It colours how we relate to everyone around us – and because we tend to live in small, tight-knit groups here in regional Australia, the wider impact of these types of losses can be devastating. That’s why we’re involved, to make a real difference in our local community." "Mental health is an issue that affects everyone on some level, so as an organisation we want to be proactive in raising awareness and tackling this issue for regional Australians head on," he said. As part of its involvement with the charity, Regional Australia Bank is also hosting a sold-out Charity Golf Day and Charity Dinner in Armidale on 8 Feb 2019, to help raise funds. Nieves Murray says that having the bank’s support has been invaluable. "We’re delighted that Regional Australia Bank are on board, and we really admire the work they’re doing to address issues like suicide and support the mental health of our rural and regional communities. We look forward to working together with the bank to address what is a priority public health concern for all Australians." -ENDS- Contact: Susie Laurence, C7EVEN Communications, 0439 655 715 Editor’s Note: It is requested that Regional Australia Bank is not shorted to an acronym and always referred to in full as Regional Australia Bank. Media Release: InStitchu partners with gentSac and 4 Pines to raise funds this Movember. 2018-11-20T00:51:16Z 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: https://au.movember.com/about/foundation 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: https://mobro.co/institchuxgentsac 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 www.InStitchu.com. 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: hannah@InStitchu.com Gidget Foundation Australia urges parents to Start Talking this PNDA Awareness Week, 11 - 17 November 2018 2018-11-12T23:28:18Z 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 trudy@tonicpr.com.au I 0449 513 557 Belinda Sieben I belinda@tonicpr.com.au 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 gidgetfoundation.org.au I 1300 851 758 I contact@gidgetfoundation.org.au Instagram @gidgetfoundation I facebook.com/GidgetFoundation I twitter.com/GidgetFoundation Natural medicine industry welcomes Wentworth victory for Dr Kerryn Phelps 2018-10-25T02:05:32Z 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: www.atms.com.au -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 | debbie@zadroagency.com.au Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | sinead@zadroagency.com.au 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. www.atms.com.au Step into Life joins Women’s Health Week to help Empower Women to Take Control of Their Health 2018-08-29T07:10:34Z 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 www.womenshealthweek.com.au 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 www.stepintolife.com.au 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 www.womenshealthweek.com.au Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Walk For Awareness Brisbane 2018-07-30T12:03:58Z 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  (www.landmarkworldwide.com)   (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 http://www.facebook.com/ptsdbrisbane/  email: Graeme@graemejarry.com     How cannabis research revealed the Endocannabinoid System and its influence on homeostasis 2018-07-23T01:29:02Z 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: www.a5m.net 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: www.nicm.edu.au 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 | debbie@zadroagency.com.au Julie Donovan, Senior Account Manager | +61 2 9212 7867 | julie@zadroagency.com.au 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: www.A5M.net Connect through social media channels: Facebook: /A5Meducation Twitter: /A5Meducation LinkedIn: /A5M ATMS LAUNCH ‘HOW DARE THEY!’ CAMPAIGN 2018-07-11T00:10:00Z 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: www.howdarethey.com.au For more on ATMS visit: www.atms.com.au -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 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | felicity@zadroagency.com.au 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] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17718647 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: http://www.health.gov.au/, 2005 [3] IBIS World Report, March 2018 Medical Conference to Address Inner and Outer Health 2018-07-09T05:13:59Z 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: https://www.a5m.net/conference-information/2018-annual-conference 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: https://www.a5m.net/conference-information/a5m-annual-conference/2018-a5m-conference Hashtag: #A5MConf18 - ENDS - For further information, images, interviews or industry commentary, please contact: Debbie Bradley, Account Director | +612 9212 7867 | debbie@zadroagency.com.au Julie Donovan, Senior Account Manager | +612 9212 7867 | julie@zadroagency.com.au 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: www.A5M.net 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 2018-05-17T03:01:36Z 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 naturalmedicineweek.com.au/customer-survey To learn more about Natural Medicine Week, 21 – 27 May 2018 please visit: www.naturalmedicineweek.com.au. #naturalmedicineweek -ENDS- [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17718647 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: http://www.health.gov.au/, 2005 [3] Complementary Medicines Industry Audit 2017 by Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) [4] IBIS World: Alternative Health Therapies - Australia: Market Research Report https://www.ibisworld.com.au/industry-trends/market-research-reports/thematic-reports/alternative-health-therapies.html 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 | debbie@zadroagency.com.au Jessica McLean, Account Manager, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sinead Andrews, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: 02 9212 7867 | sinead@zadroagency.com.au 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. www.naturalmedicineweek.com.au 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. www.atms.com.au