The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-14T04:36:21Z Watts McCray Family Lawyers Announces Staff Promotions 2017-08-14T04:36:21Z watts-mccray-family-lawyers-announces-staff-promotions Specialist and leading provider of family law services Watts McCray Lawyers has announced internal promotions for three of its staff which took effect from July 1st.  Their family lawyers, many of whom are accredited specialists, provide clients with the best possible representation in all kinds of family law cases. Catherine Coles has been appointed a Partner of Watts McCray Canberra. Catherine has been practicing exclusively in family law since April 2011. She joined leading firm Watts McCray in January 2012 and has since helped grow the business in the nation’s capital. Nicole Stevens has been appointed a Senior Associate of Watts McCray Norwest. Nicole completed a Bachelor of Laws with the University of New England. During her studies Nicole worked with the Watts McCray team as a legal clerk giving her a passion for family law and a solid grounding for her professional career. Since her admission as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Nicole has practised exclusively in the area of family law. Priyanka Sharma has been appointed an Associate of Watts McCray Sydney. Priyanka has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2012 and has gained experience across the broad spectrum of Australian and international family law matters including divorce, property settlement, parenting and domestic violence. Priyanka joined Watts McCray in 2015. To find out more about the team at Watts McCray, their products and services the company has put together an online resource that will help cut through the chatter and help you find the information you need at a time you require it most. The website divorce.com.au provides access to quality information that will make the process easier. From separation, to application, to the divorce order, the website takes you through the stages in detail. For those who want to find out more about divorce in Australia, are in the process of a separation, or looking to contact a highly experienced divorce lawyer the website is there to assist. Watts McCray Lawyers, with offices located in Sydney, Canberra, Central Coast, Parramatta, Norwest, Brookvale and Frenchs Forest, have been helping thousands of Australians positively move forward with their lives. Watts McCray Lawyers has over 40 years of experience in the field of family law, with expertise in relationship property matters and care of children. For complex divorce cases – ones that involve trusts, businesses or properties – Watts McCray are skilled negotiators who can resolve issues in and out of court.  The team has sound knowledge and experience in collaborative law and other alternative dispute resolution methods. The firm also specialises in commercial, corporate, property and estate law. Their large team of family law experts is available nationally and internationally. For online resources on divorce managed by Watts McCray: https://www.divorce.com.au/ To contact: https://www.divorce.com.au/contact-us/ Family Lawyers Watts McCray Announces Three Internal Promotions 2017-08-14T04:21:51Z family-lawyers-watts-mccray-announces-three-internal-promotions-1 Specialist family law firm Watts McCray Lawyers has announced internal promotions for three of its staff which took effect from July 1st. Catherine Coles has been appointed a Partner of Watts McCray Canberra. Catherine has been practicing exclusively in family law since April 2011. She joined leading firm Watts McCray in January 2012 and has since helped grow the business in the nation’s capital. Nicole Stevens has been appointed a Senior Associate of Watts McCray Norwest. Nicole completed a Bachelor of Laws with the University of New England. During her studies Nicole worked with the Watts McCray team as a Legal Clerk giving her a passion for family law and a solid grounding for her professional career. Since her admission as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Nicole has practised exclusively in the area of family law. Priyanka Sharma has been appointed an Associate of Watts McCray Sydney. Priyanka has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2012 and has gained experience across the broad spectrum of Australian and international family law matters including divorce, property settlement, parenting and domestic violence. Priyanka joined Watts McCray in 2015 bringing with her a range of experience. Prior to joining Watts McCray, Priyanka held a solicitor role with a leading Australian commercial firm. Watts McCray Lawyers, with offices located in Sydney, Parramatta, Canberra, Erina and Norwest are a leading specialist family law firm and leading specialist divorce law firm providing services such as child support, child custody, divorce and property. They have had more of their partners and former family lawyers become judges of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia than any other firm. The firm invests significant resources to manage its infrastructure, people and work practice. It provides its staff the training, mentoring, support and working conditions unique to the legal field. They attract and keep only the best marriage lawyers and administrators. The team at Watts McCray Lawyers has over 40 years of experience in the field of family law. It ensures that their clients are represented to the highest standard. They are leaders in the field of family law and their expertise allows clients to tackle a range of issues that any situation presents. The partner structure of the firm allows delegation of work to specialists that allow clients to meet their deadlines and control costs. Their unique management structure led by work directors ensures that each client is managed professionally and reviewed regularly. From dispute resolution, separation and division of assets, spousal maintenance, care of children and relocation Watts McCray can provide sensible and accurate advice. Their large team of family law experts are available nationally and internationally. For more information on the services offered: www.wattsmccray.com.au To contact: https://www.wattsmccray.com.au/contact-us SKY HIGH DONATION TO ORPHANED KIDS IN CHINA 2017-08-14T01:46:51Z sky-high-donation-to-orphaned-kids-in-china Gold Coast-based philanthropist and James Home Service’s CEO Mike Dowling is helping create a brighter future for children in China, donating thousands of dollars to Half the Sky Australia Foundation Half the Sky Australia supports development projects in China as part of the global OneSky network. “OneSky is a great organisation, providing nurturing care for infants, early education programs for pre-schoolers, mentoring for older children, loving foster families for children with special needs, and vital training and development for China’s welfare institution caregivers,” said Mr Dowling, who was nominated for Queensland Community Foundation Philanthropist of the Year in June. Thanks to donations from Australians such as Mike, OneSky has trained 29,575 caregivers, directly impacting the lives of 147,792 children, many who are orphans. “It’s a really great cause making a substantial difference to the quality of life for thousands of kids each year and I encourage everyone to help out in any way possible,” said Mike, whose organisation donated $20,500 to Half the Sky Australia last financial year and more than $500,000 to charities and non-profit organisations over the past few years. “Philanthropy is vital and if you are in a position to help others, I feel you should do whatever you can. Having a successful business has allowed me to do what I love and at the same time, help others. “I have made it my priority to ensure that business is supporting charities, especially those that help children.” Last year, Australia was third on the World Giving Index and it is people like Mike who are making the difference. According to Philanthropy Australia, about 14.9 million Australian adults (80.8% of the population) gave $12.5 billion to charities and not-for-profits organisations in 2015-16. The average donation was $764.08 and the median donation was $200. Compared with 10 years ago, a smaller proportion of Australians are giving, but they are giving larger amounts. Mike wants more and more businesses to follow his lead. “No matter who you are or how successful your business is, there will always be ways you can help. It doesn’t have to just be through large donations either – you can make a positive difference by giving away some of your time or by simply using your voice to speak out,” he said. You can donate to One Sky through the website www.onesky.org or via the Half the Sky Facebook page @halftheskyaus. MEDIA NOTE: To interview Mr Dowling please contact Wings Public Relations Director Deanna Nott on 0422 504 540. Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) Research and Innovation Funding Round 2017-08-11T04:55:43Z dementia-and-aged-care-services-dacs-research-and-innovation-funding-round LifeTec is pleased to be awarded DACS funding for an innovative digital project in the aged care sector. This competitive funding round provides seed funding for innovative projects that support older Australians to access the care they need, where and when they need it. These grants will help strengthen the capacity of our aged care sector, consumers and their families to prepare for future challenges. Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP said the projects will help the aged care sector remain flexible and adapt to new needs as Australia’s population ages. “This funding will help to identify barriers that restrict access and choice for consumers in the current aged care system and make sure the special needs of consumers from diverse backgrounds are met, both appropriately and sensitively,” Minister Wyatt said. LifeTec will be engaged in launching a digital learning project supporting people living with dementia to stay in their own home. A range of digital resources will grow capabilities in the sector, enabling people to engage with the benefits offered by smart assistive technologies for people living with dementia. For further information please contact:  ​Zoe du Cann |  Learning and Development Coordinator - LifeTec AustraliaD:  07 3552 9051 (Direct Line)   1300 543 383E: ZoeDuCann@lifetec.org.au The poster boy of the Reformation – Martin Luther – commemorated with a global poster exhibition. 2017-08-04T04:47:10Z the-poster-boy-of-the-reformation-martin-luther-is-being-commemorated-with-a-poster-exhibition-at-st-andrew-s-cathedral-in-sydney-s-cbd Keen to discover more about “The Reformation” and Martin Luther’s involvement?  Why was the sharing of knowledge – through the written word and music – so important to so many? It is fitting that the poster boy of the Reformation – Martin Luther – is being commemorated with a poster exhibition at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney’s CBD – part of a global showcase observing the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany.  OFFICIAL OPENING – ALL WELCOME This thought-provoking exhibition will be officially opened by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales on Tuesday 8 August, at a free event in the Cathedral starting at 6pm.    All are welcome at Tuesday’s exhibition opening, which is also the first official event of “German Week Sydney”.  The exhibition will then continue at the Cathedral until late September 2017. With the Reformation also referred to as a “singer’s movement”, music will be central to the official opening, with the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir of boys and men singing two Bach Cantatas Now thank we all our God (Cantata 79, Bach, arr. Cobb) and Erschallet, ihr lieder (Cantata 172, Bach), the second sung in the original German. “Our choir will also lead a stirring rendition of the most well-known of Luther’s hymns, “A Mighty Fortress is our God.” said the Very Rev. Kanishka Raffel, Dean of St Andrew’s Cathedral. “With two of our young choristers currently preparing for their roles in the chorus of Wagner’s Parsifal with Opera Australia, also opening next week, their German language coaching will come in good stead,” he said, acknowledging that the Consul General of Germany is offical co-host of Tuesday’s opening. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION #HereIstand reflects the most important events in the lead up to the Reformation. The Dean invites anyone, especially those interested in history and Protestant Christianity, to come and discover what framed the Reformation and to take inspiration from the life of the man who did not bow to corrupt authority or prevailing opinions: Martin Luther. “We are delighted that the Cathedral is involved in this exhibition – encouraging Sydneysiders and visitors alike to be part of an ongoing global conversation.  “By considering the dynamics for reform that took hold after Luther published his 95 theses, we can better understand the far-reaching consequences of Luther’s actions in the 16th Century,” commented the Dean.  “Luther’s role in translating, printing and sharing the Word of God directly to and with the people was central to the Reformation, however there are many more outcomes from Reformation history that have continuing expression in modern society”, said the Dean. “We hope that those who visit the Cathedral take some time to view these beautiful, informative posters to discover why the Reformation happened, and reflect on its importance.” While this very modern exhibition - comprising 30 carefully researched information graphics -  is self-guided in design, Cathedral volunteers will be available to answer questions. The exhibition shows the most important events in the history of the Reformation, and its effects up to the present day. Martin Luther’s biography forms the point of departure for an investigation of the environment the people of the Reformation lived in, putting the Reformation in context and highlighting its impact. The period between 1520 and 1530 was a time of upheaval, including for gender roles. Today it is often forgotten that women played a role in the Reformation. With an examination of the spread of Protestantism in the USA, the exhibition also considers what the civil rights leader Martin Luther King has in common with his namesake. A MEDIA REVOLUTION In the 16th century, Martin Luther shrewdly used the media of his time: the printing press. Movable type enabled a new kind of communication as one text could become a thousand in no time – be it scripture or a songsheet. Now 500 years on, technology is again playing a central communications role, with this entire exhibition having been downloaded and printed locally, reflecting the changing face of printing. A particular highlight of the exhibition is the inclusion of images of Luther memorabilia, many of which can be viewed online or, like the posters, can be downloaded and printed on a 3D printer – in affect bringing the museum to the people! If the Reformation was happening today, would Luther prefer Twitter, Facebook or Instagram? Share your thoughts on the Reformation on your preferred social media networks using the hashtag #HereIstand. EVENT DETAILS “#HereIstand - Martin Luther, the Reformation and its Consequences” St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney Cnr of George and Bathurst Streets, Sydney NSW 2000 8 August 28-September 2017  The Cathedral is open to the public between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday and on Sundays. The poster exhibition will also be open before regular evensongs, held twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from 5.15-6pm. Please note: St Andrew’s Cathedral School assemblies and regular weekly services may restrict access at times.  View the posters online - http://here-i-stand.com/en  Exhibition initiated by the German Foreign Office and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany with the support of Moore College, the German Lutheran Church, Johanniter Order, the Goethe Institute and the German National Tourist Board. A Smartphone & Android App Connects you with Local Doctors 2017-08-01T05:41:48Z a-smartphone-amp-android-app-connects-you-with-local-doctors Doctoroo introduces telehealth medicine and online consultation through an Android and Apple device app. They introduce you an innovative way of consulting with the experts without waiting for a long time. Need not take a doctor's appointment, wait for a long time and face the inconvenience due to the unavailability of your specialist at the hospital. A one-time sign up will be helpful for you to connect with the online doctor. They are presenting the list of online GPs and specialists that offer you the telehealth services any time after 6:00 PM or during weekends. Now, the service is available and open to everyone can connect to the GPS through an Android or Apple device. They allow you to have a video-conference with your doctor using your Smartphones or accessing a weblink. With a screen-sharing feature, you can help your GP to check your test report or understand what's your exact problem as you can show them the search results which may relate to your symptoms as well. They target most of the patients facing mobility problems, have no transportation during an emergency, elderly people and parents find it difficult to provide a quick medication to their kids. However, people with different challenges of life can easily get a comfortable treatment using their own mobile phone. For the modern generation, it's the most convenient process you must use to save time and efforts when it is important to consult your physician in a busy workday. They will ensure their availability after hours and during weekends because the consultation is possible with their 24X7 availability.  People are posting pictures through this app to help a GP or a specialist to determine the symptoms by watching their skin infection, allergies or scalp problem. Test reports can be shared online through this app or using the screen sharing feature which helps everyone to let your doctor know about your problem having a look onto their test reports.  These days, people are becoming impatient and usually, avoid visiting a doctor due to long queues or wasting time. It requires a lot of time to stand in the waiting queues and thus, online consultation is bringing you the extreme ease when it is required for general medical complications or due to an emergency. Install an app now and get the treatment with a telehealth service on the internet. This is the best way you can choose to avoid the worst situation due the avoidance or ignorance of visiting a doctor’s clinic or a hospital. Contact Doctoroo https://www.doctoroo.com.au/ 0488863626 wecare@doctoroo.com.au Grant supports Afford to revamp Ashfield Lifestyle Centre garden 2017-08-01T02:14:22Z grant-supports-afford-to-revamp-ashfield-lifestyle-centre-garden ASHFIELD, 1 August 2017 - The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) Ashfield Lifestyle Centre now boasts an enviable accessible garden and backyard area thanks to a Community Building Partnerships Grant made possible by the NSW State Government. Afford is a leading not-for-profit disability organisation that supports people living with disability across Sydney. Through Community Building Partnership Grants, Afford is able to provide further disability services the contribute to the health and wellbeing of clients. These new funds have enabled Ashfield Lifestyle Centre to transform the backyard area. Landscapers tore out old garden beds and dead vegetation and replaced these with new garden beds to be home to fresh flowers and a sensory herb garden. Fresh, new grass was laid and a spacious wheelchair accessible deck was also installed for clients to enjoy social gatherings, BBQs and celebrations such as birthdays. Staff at Afford Ashfield Lifestyle Centre say that the revamp of the backyard area has energised all those who attend the site and a new gardening program will be established to teach clients about food production. Ms Joanna Haylen MP, visited Ashfield Lifestyle Centre to talk to clients and staff about the renovation. Steven Herald, Afford CEO, says the garden transformation at Ashfield Lifestyle Centre is important in providing new life experiences for clients. "We are so grateful to receive this Community Building Partnerships Grant. It will greatly benefit the many clients who attend the service every week by providing them with a welcoming and beautiful area to enjoy the outdoors," Mr Herald explains. "The integration of a sensory garden will support Afford staff to use the garden as an educational experience for clients and the new accessible deck will serve as a place of sanctuary and also celebration for everyone at the Lifestyle Centre." Afford is one of Australia's longest serving not-for-profit disability organisations and continuously goes beyond traditional service offerings to deliver new life experiences, work opportunities and lifelong friendships. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in NSW for 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Sydney every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Editor's Note: Images available on request Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au More about the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Sydney. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination. Afford's Project Princess aims to make dreams a reality for people living with disability 2017-08-01T02:10:16Z afford-s-project-princess-aims-to-make-dreams-a-reality-for-people-living-with-disability SYDNEY, 1 August 2017 - 'Project Princess' is a new initiative launched by the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) that will support around 800 clients to feel and look their best at the annual Afford Gala Ball in September. The Project Princess initiative will see Afford work with community partners to dress clients in new or near-new dresses, gowns, suits, ties, formal costume jewellery and clutches donated by generous members of the community. The Afford Annual Gala Ball held at Penrith Panthers is a highly anticipated event for Afford clients every year. Afford believes that everyone who attends the Ball deserves to feel - and look- like a prince or princess. Through the Project Princess initiative, Afford will support clients to select from a range of donated clothes and accessories that they believe will make them feel like a super star as they walk down the red carpet at the Afford Gala Ball. Drop off points for donations have been arranged across Sydney. Emma Husar, Member for Lindsay, has generously offered her office (331 High Street, Penrith) as a drop off point for any donations. Donations can also be arranged by contacting Afford representative, Cristina on  0404 206 007. Steven Herald, Afford CEO, says that the organisation has launched Project Princess to ensure that every client attending the Ball feels special. "The annual Afford Gala Ball is held for the single purpose of being a celebration for our clients. Many of our clients haven't ever attended a school formal or may not have the money to purchase the formal wear that they want to make them feel special," Mr Herald explained. "That's why Afford has launched Project Princess this year. We want every one of our clients to feel like a prince or princess. It is their night to shine and Afford's Project Princess is one way that we can help support clients to feel and look their best on the evening." Ms Husar said the call for donations of pre-loved and new formal wear, as well as  hair and beauty services gave the community an opportunity to be a part of Afford Annual Gala Ball. “I attended last year’s inaugural Afford Gala Ball and it was one of the highlights of my year, seeing the absolute joy on so many faces,” said Ms Husar. “This year I’m joining with Afford to ask our generous local community, to give people with lifelong disabilities, a magical night." “People buy formal dresses and suits, often for a one-time-wear and then they sit in the cupboard,” she said. “This is a great way to repurpose them for a great cause.” Afford is a leading not-for-profit disability organisation that supports people living with disability across Sydney. It is one of Australia's longest serving not-for-profit disability organisations and continuously goes beyond traditional service offerings to deliver new life experiences, work opportunities and lifelong friendships. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in NSW for 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Sydney every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673.   ENDS   Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au   More about the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Sydney. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination. Share Your News and Events in the State of Florida with CRWE World 2017-07-28T03:59:06Z share-your-news-and-events-in-the-state-of-florida-with-crwe-world Miami, FL / July 27, 2017 – CRWEWorld.com announces that it wants to know what matters to the people living in the State of Florida. The company welcomes your news and event submissions. Start blogging and share what matters to you with the world instantly by submitting your articles, news and events, as well as things to do around your area at no cost on CRWE World. Sign up at by going to ( www.crweworld.com ) and clicking on "Post on CRWE World", then on "Login", followed by clicking on "SignUp". Some of the Most Populated Cities in the State of Florida are: Jacksonville, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/jacksonville/13497/home Miami, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/miami/14104/home Tampa, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/tampa/14399/home St. Petersburg, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/saint-petersburg/14457/home Orlando, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/orlando/13916/home Hialeah, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/hialeah/14030/home Tallahassee, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/tallahassee/13619/home Fort Lauderdale, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/fort-lauderdale/14207/home Port St. Lucie, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/port-saint-lucie/14929/home Pembroke Pines, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/pembroke-pines/14051/home Cape Coral, FL http://crweworld.com/usa/fl/cape-coral/14590/home "The U.S. Census Bureau recently estimated the population of Florida at about 20.6 million, representing a tremendous market opportunity for CRWE WORLD's marketing and advertising services" said Mike Zaman, President /CEO of Crown Equity Holdings Inc. * If you live in a different part of the country or a different part of the world, and you want to share your news and events with an audience in a specific location, you can do so by using the "Change City" button. About CRWE WORLD CRWE WORLD ( www.crweworld.com ), owned and operated by Crown Equity Holdings Inc., is a network of community targeted sites. Its goal is to be a one-stop shop for the various needs of online consumers. CRWE WORLD's visibility is available to consumers and other audience's communities in 184 countries, 56 dependent territories and their respective cities or communities. CRWE WORLD also provides businesses a tool to target potential consumers in a specific location, such as within a certain zip code (there are approximately 7.3 million ZIP / Postal codes available in the platform). About Crown Equity Holdings Inc. Together with its digital network of websites, Crown Equity Holdings Inc. (CRWE) provides and offers advertising branding, marketing solutions and services to boost customer awareness, as well as merchant visibility as a worldwide online multi-media publisher. The company focuses on the distribution of information for the purpose of bringing together its targeted audience and the advertisers that want to reach them. Its advertising services cover and connect a range of marketing specialties, as well as provide search engine optimization for clients interested in online media awareness. Crown Equity Holdings’ objective is making its CRWE WORLD (www.crweworld.com) endeavor into a global online news and information source, as well as a global one stop shop for various distinct products and services. The company launches, invests and manages select businesses, projects and real estate endeavors. For more information regarding Crown Equity Holdings Inc., please visit: http://www.crownequityholdings.com. This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. 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Local Melbourne business woman nominated for Influencer award. 2017-07-27T02:37:26Z local-melbourne-business-woman-nominated-for-influencer-award The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The AusMumpreneur Network celebrate and recognize Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family. Natalie is a Melbourne based Mum and founder of Miracle Mama, an online resource that empowers and inspires mothers with special needs children. Through coaching, community and heart-centered collaborations, her mission is to create a space for women to reconnect with themselves and what is most important to them. Natalie is a passionate writer, speaker and coach. She also has a background in both the corporate and wellness worlds, with experience in Sales & Marketing as well as being a Yoga and Meditation teacher. There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Natalie explains: "The ability to follow our personal dreams as well as enjoy the precious time of raising our children." Yet the initially she lost the balance of work – life – motherhood, when her youngest daughter Chiara had suffered a stroke. As a result, Chiara was left with a serious brain-injury that would impede her ability to ever walk, talk or live a long life. "All of a sudden my life was catapulted into hospitals, therapies and the unknown. Due to high medical needs of my daughter I could not keep up with my yoga business at the time. Unfortunately, I had to close the business and focus on Chiara and her medical needs. Not to mention coming to terms with such a life changing diagnosis for our daughter and what that meant for her and our family as a whole. A few years on I decided to create an online business, that would be a culmination of my background in corporate, yoga, coaching and writing and deliver to the mums who needed it most, special needs mothers. It can very isolating when you have a medically fragile child, so the power of community and connection for the special needs mums has been incredible. Creating an online business helped to create flexible time and space to combine my work with my most revered role, motherhood. It can be challenging to be a successful business woman whilst raising a family and Natalie gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise. ”Do your research, take your time but never stop chasing your dreams”. Natalie is in the running to be recognised as one of Australia's most outstanding mums in business, nominated under the "Influencer Award" category. You can help by voting for her via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ausmum17 Round 2 voting starts 24th July and ends 13th August. For an interview with Natalie Roberts Mazzeo contact 0413 296 288, http://www.miraclemama.com.au natalie@miraclemama.com.au The winners of the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at a glamorous Awards dinner at Doltone House in Sydney on Friday 25th August. For more information on the AusMumpreneur Awards visit: contact Peace Mitchell on 0431 615 107 or hello@ausmumpreneur.com Women and Family Businesses are Good for Each Other 2017-07-25T23:57:57Z women-and-family-businesses-are-good-for-each-other  "...When women are included, they in turn support inclusiveness in the business. They help to maintain a close and cohesive family that finds value in being together beyond financial wealth. This cohesion shows all stakeholders that they are cared about, building motivation at all levels and creating passion that translates into performance, both financial and non-financial." Joseph Astrachan Professor Wells Fargo Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business Insights.org.au is only days away from releasing their new and compelling e-book "Women in Family Businesses".  This e-book will present family business through the eyes of the women who lead and work in them – across diverse ages, cultures, roles and ownership models.  The book explores what research shows about women and family businesses and how effective this combination can be. Case studies highlight the powerful role that women are playing in this sector. There is an incredible Q&A section featuring seven established and successful women from global family businesses. Their open and honest answers to our six questions provide inspirational accounts of personal stories, learnings and influences. One of the questions we ask our seven contributors is " What is the one piece of advice you would give your 25 year old self?". Their answers were so compelling we decided to add an interactive section for all of our readers to share and discuss their own answer with our growing community.  The book concludes with a simple action plan designed to ensure women in family businesses have all of the pieces in place to think through their personal and business future. This book was designed by Insights: a not-for-profit organisation providing educational resources specifically for family businesses. Most importantly, we customise resources to meet the challenges that families behind family businesses often face (http://insights.org.au/how/insights-can-help-your-family-group)   We are passionate about family businesses and especially about the women who drive them either in business or family leadership roles. If you would like to be part of our pre-release please contact us on 0402 247 046 or k.harland@insights.org.au Breakthrough Study on Not-for-Profit Workforce launched to reveal insights and opportunities for NFP organisations and workers 2017-07-17T21:05:32Z breakthrough-study-on-not-for-profit-workforce-launched-to-reveal-insights-and-opportunities-for-nfp-organisations-and-workers The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest on and for NFP organisations, employees and volunteers, was launched today. It supports the sector and helps our communities by informing: > NFP Practice: for enhanced leadership, capabilities and impact of NFP organisations, > NFP Policy: for increased efficiency and sustainability of the NFP sector, and > NFP Funding: for better investments in and conversion of NFP capacity building. The national study is using state-of-the-art cloud technology to provide free, science-driven workforce analytics to all participating organisations and respondents, something never seen before in the sector. “The Workforce Study addresses staff development, well-being, engagement, and productivity. It also charts the needs for developing critical knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the NFP sector.” said study leader Dr Ramon Wenzel, from the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. With 1 million staff employed in the NFP sector and an additional 5 million volunteers across Australia, their health, engagement, and continuous learning are key for NFP organisations to survive and thrive. Paul Murnane, Executive Chair of the Australian Scholarships Foundation, said that “NFP organisations spent more than half of their expenses on staff, meaning employees and volunteers are simply irreplaceable. Investing in the sector’s people is the single biggest opportunity for greater impact“. NFP organisations are under increasing pressure to deliver more, innovate, adapt and compete. The new study follows on from the pioneering research on the Social Return on Education Training that has shown that NFP organisations that focus on and develop their staff, do better. Now it is about the How to do it. “Every day, all Australians benefit from the essential work of the NFP sector, but there is a distinct lack of attention and resources directed to these employees and volunteers. The study will bring more scientific rigour and practical evidence to the management of NFP organisations and people.” said Dr Wenzel. All findings will be freely shared with the sector. No invitation is needed. Go to learningforpurpose.org/study Participating NFP organisations will receive their own free Workforce Analytics Dashboard: at-a-glance reporting to understand staff learning, engagement, well-being, and more than 30 key metrics that matter for people, performance, and purpose. NFP organisations can invite all their employees and volunteers to get immediate insights and compare their relative position to NFP sector benchmarks. Participating NFP employees and volunteers will obtain a free Personal Analytics Report with insights and suggestions on their job satisfaction, work autonomy, professional development, well-being, and more. Wenzel said “Measurement is key to inform practice, policy, and funding so that NFP work can translate to bigger impact. We built the infrastructure and dramatically lowered the cost, the analytics are free.“ Dr Ramon Wenzel, Study Lead, Univ. Western Australia, ramon.wenzel@uwa.edu.au, +61 421 165 801 Paul Murnane, Australian Scholarships Foundation, paul.murnane@scholarships.org.au, +61 414 447 488 The national study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, and supported by the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. To learn more, complete the survey, and invite staff, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/study To understand and see the Workforce Analytics, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/analytics Explainer Video (2min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ib82m5_MA8 Inquiries research@learningforpurpose.org | (08) 6488 5353 Media Kit: Illustrations, Photo, Bio, Logos, Content www.learningforpurpose.org/research/not-for-profit-workforce-study/media Learning for Purpose | An initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia Learning for Purpose is an independent, non-partisan, national initiative to research and realise capability development in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector. We seek to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world. The initiative is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School in collaboration with the Not-for-Profit sector, social enterprises, universities, government partners, industry and philanthropists. We have a vision for a thriving Not-for-Profit sector that attracts, develops, retains and motivates the best talent to achieve great things. www.learningforpurpose.org/about Twitter @LearnForPurpose Facebook LearningForPurpose LinkedIn learning-for-purpose Youtube channel/UCcQyNB2_SLszKitZEM8Z1qQ Partners of the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at the University of New South Wales and Swinburne University; and through the support of the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. This is not a commercial survey; all data is confidential, used for research only, and will not be shared or sold. UWA Human Research Ethics Approval (RA/4/1/8885). Major partnership between Crime Stoppers SA and Police Credit Union supports better communities 2017-07-12T08:21:27Z major-partnership-between-crime-stoppers-sa-and-police-credit-union-supports-better-communities A safer South Australia is expected to be achieved thanks to a major funding partnership announced between Crime Stoppers South Australia and Police Credit Union. Crime Stoppers SA Chair, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said the 3-year agreement would provide much-needed funding to conduct a range of crime-fighting, awareness and prevention campaigns across the metropolitan and regional areas. “As an independent charity, Crime Stoppers relies on support from governments, businesses and individuals to achieve our remarkable results. This funding allows us to offer rewards, conduct annual crime prevention campaigns, and help collect information that solves outstanding crimes – and we are extremely excited to join forces with Police Credit Union,” Ms Hanlon said. “There are countless examples of where one call, one report, or one piece of information has made a huge difference. Our results are among the nation’s best, with one apprehension made for every seven actions taken, and an average of 25 crimes solved each and every week as a direct result of information provided to Crime Stoppers,” she said. “Crime Stoppers only aligns with like-minded organisations that share our values underpinned by trust and integrity, and we are pleased to welcome Police Credit Union. We continue to appreciate our other long-term partnerships with SA Police and Channel 9 as our major media partner, and we remain very grateful for the enormous amount of support that the program has, and continues to, receive.” Police Credit Union Chairman, Mr Alex Zimmermann, said this exciting major partnership announcement strengthens the organisation’s connection within the South Australian community, and reinforces its long-held heritage with SA Police. “Supporting the South Australian community is nothing new to our organisation. Over the last 10 years, Police Credit Union has invested more than $3.22 million in fulfilling our corporate social responsibility objectives, We are extremely proud of our important SA Police heritage since our formation in 1970, which has enabled our member-based organisation to offer highly competitive and innovative banking services to all South Australians. The close connection that Crime Stoppers has with SA Police allows us to extend that support by helping to engage the community and encouraging people to provide information that solves – and can at times prevent – crimes,” Mr Zimmermann said. “We want to play a part in supporting better communities by actively contributing to the educational and important safety messages delivered through Crime Stoppers,” he said. More about Crime Stoppers SA can be found at https://crimestopperssa.com.au   More about Police Credit Union can be found at www.policecu.com.au Police Credit Union Formed in 1970, Police Credit Union is proudly South Australian based and headquartered. Today it boasts assets exceeding $950 million and delivers better banking services to over 40000 customers.  Supporting better communities represents an intrinsic pillar of the organisation’s corporate strategy.  Its strong sense of corporate social responsibility spans initiatives both large and small, including, a long-standing partnership with the Police Association of South Australia, a foundation sponsor of SA Police Ride Like Crazy and a 21-year commitment in bringing the Credit Union Christmas Pageant to the streets of Adelaide, representing but a few examples of the organisation’s community investment. Police Credit Union has helped thousands of South Australians achieve their financial goals and dreams with competitive and high value Better Banking products and services. The multi award-winning, values-driven, Member-owned organisation boasts a market leading customer satisfaction rating of 92%, 24-7 Internet, Mobile and Phone banking and branches across SA and NT. About Crime Stoppers SA Crime Stoppers began in South Australia in 1996 and since then has played a critical role in encouraging people to come forward with information that helps to solve crimes, and educate on topics such as property and personal safety, vehicle theft, and cyber safety. The program encourages people to be alert and engaged participants in their community and provides a secure way for information about illegal activity and unsolved crimes to be reported to police through a toll-free hotline and a website that guarantees anonymity with the option of a reward. Crime Stoppers SA works with police, the media and the public to solve, reduce and prevent crime. Launch of Minda’s MyChoices web app breaks down NDIS barriers and gives back control to users 2017-07-04T01:25:48Z launch-of-minda-s-mychoice-web-app-breaks-down-ndis-barriers-and-gives-back-control-to-users With a growing number of Australians feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Minda has invested in innovative technology to find a solution – with the Minda MyChoices app now available as a free online planning tool to help them get the support and services they need. Minda CEO, Ms Cathy Miller, said the web-based MyChoices app – which was officially launched on Sunday, 2nd July 2017 -  is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia. “Anyone who needs to navigate the Disability Sector for support for themselves or a loved one knows first-hand how confusing and confronting it can be, and our web-based app offers a user-friendly solution that puts power literally back into the hands of people,” Ms Miller said. “The entire premise of the NDIS is that individuals must be at the very centre of decision-making, but if people don’t know what choices they have then they are not able to confidently make a decision – and with NDIS funding locked in for a 12-month period it is now more critical than ever to get the right support arrangements in place from the beginning,” she said. “The MyChoices web-based app provides a pre-planning toolkit, which people can use regardless of whether they are applying for the NDIS for the first time, already have funding, or if they are applying on someone’s behalf. A video explains the pre-planning support available and then takes users through the steps, with additional instructional videos along the way.” Ms Miller said the web app was expected to play a critical role in helping people to see their application process underway. “Minda has been working with people with disabilities and their families for close to 120 years, and we hope to take any uncertainty and confusion out of the NDIS by walking people through what is needed to prepare their NDIS plan – and that truly puts them at the centre of decision-making.” “People are under no obligation to engage Minda as a server provider, but those that do can tap into the opportunities available through our highly-popular Disability Choices programs, and better understand how individualised funding works, explore employment, accommodation, recreation, personal care, respite, in-home support, and vacation care options, learn more about individualised training programs, and enjoy tailored recreational activities.” With the imminent rollout of the NDIS to Adelaide’s northern areas, Minda will be taking the MyChoices web app to major shopping centres and other public locations to help people better navigate the system and apply for funding. Minda’s new web app can be found at www.mindainc.com.au/mychoices About Minda Established in 1898, Minda is the largest non-government disability support organisation in South Australia that assists people with disability to thrive in their local environments as valued members of their communities by offering residential and lifestyle services, employment and respite support. Minda is a major employer of more than 450 supported workers across its highly successful range of commercial enterprises. Across seven businesses, Minda provides the community with a broad range of services that include manufacturing, design, packing solutions, commercial laundry and catering. More information at https://www.mindainc.com.au/ Millennials Need Credit Education to Avoid Bad Rating 2017-06-26T10:15:18Z millennials-need-credit-education-to-avoid-bad-rating Millennials are unwittingly ruining their credit score and costing themselves thousands by making multiple loan applications, according to broker 1800Approved. 1800Approved Director Rodney Michail says Australia has an 'outdated' credit system, with lenders obliged to 'mark' an applicant's credit file each time they apply for a loan, regardless of whether they proceed with the loan. Mr Michail says he has seen a number of millennials - those born between 1980 and 2000 - who think they have been savvy by comparing lenders, but have inadvertently reduced their credit score with multiple applications. He says unlike Australia, most advanced economies do not mark credit files until the loan is accepted, and applicants are then judged on their ability to meet repayments. "There needs to be better education for young people around how our credit system works and how they can avoid ruining their credit rating by making simple mistakes like this," he said. "For example, I recently had one young client who had applied for a loan online with four banks in one day and by the time he met with us, his credit score had suffered significantly. "His lower credit score, as a result of his online activity, meant he was deemed 'high risk' and therefore he was potentially looking at an interest rate around 4 per cent higher than an applicant with a better score. "We managed to help him get a better deal, but the best outcome would have been avoiding the reduction in his credit rating in the first place." Mr Michail says people can still do their research without affecting their credit rating. "A licensed broker, like 1800Approved, is able to place a 'soft' footprint on the applicant's file and check borrowing capacity with multiple lenders without impacting the client's credit file from the outset," he said. "The popularity of online shopping, and the relative ease of obtaining credit online has led to problems with the aspirational younger generation. Many of these people want to do the right thing, and may have a good credit rating if they avoid making multiple applications." "It doesn't look like our credit system will be reformed in the near future so education is the answer if we want the next generation to approach credit applications in a responsible manner." For more information, visit www.1800approved.com.au 1800Approved Finance Solutions 33 Ereton Dr. Arundel, QLD 4214 1800277768