The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-22T00:28:55Z Harmony is more important than ever this week 2019-03-22T00:28:55Z harmony-is-more-important-than-ever-this-week Harmony Week in Australia coincided with important dates this week, including the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Social Work Day and the aftermath of the devastating terrorist attack in Christchurch. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “These events remind us that ‘harmony’ within our communities and across society rests on recognising the dignity of every person, while welcoming diversity. “That is how we promote the human rights of everyone. “This year’s Harmony Week shows us how important it is that we all promote inclusion and end discrimination based on differences in heritage, culture or belief.” This year’s AASW World Social Work Day events took time to reflect on the tragedy in Christchurch and how important social work values are in countering racism. Ms Craik said, “Social workers are passionate advocates for justice and helping families, communities and societies to build relationships based on solidarity and mutual respect. “This is how we will eliminate racial discrimination in our country. We need to reflect on the culture that can make politicians believe that there are votes to be gained by blaming refugees, immigrants or Indigenous people for issues that are not related to them, such as pressure on health care, crowded cities or welfare spending. It’s the same culture that led to the terrible act of violence last Friday.” “Social workers are dedicated to creating a society which is just and inclusive in which it is possible for everyone to flourish and thrive. Eliminating racial discrimination is fundamental to our vision. “Now is the time when we look to our leaders to set an example and we call on politicians, business and community groups to commit to join us in eliminating all forms of discrimination.” Christine Craik is available for interview. AMHSWs are experts in complexity, new report published today says 2019-03-21T01:40:39Z amhsws-are-experts-in-complexity-new-report-published-today-says Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) provide a vital service to those experiencing mental health disorders according to its new report Accredited Mental Health Social Workers: Qualifications, Skills and Experience. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “This report will be an important resource in the Association’s advocacy for greater recognition of AMHSWs under Medicare, other programs, and private health funds. “In documenting the breadth of skills and experience, high standard of qualification of AMHSWs, this report demonstrates that AMHSWs are truly experts in complexity.” AMHSWs are one of the few designated allied health professional groups eligible to provide private mental health services to people with diagnosable mental health conditions or people ‘at risk’ of developing mental health conditions under the Commonwealth Medicare initiative. There are currently more than 2,200 AMHSWs working across major cities, regional, rural and remote regions. As a group of providers, AMHSWs are the second largest after the combined group of Clinical Psychologists and Registered Psychologists. This report provides an overview of the skills, knowledge and services provided by AMHSWs, and is based on extensive analysis of AASW data, including 2013 and 2018 member surveys. According to the report: More than 40 per cent of AMHSWs provide services in rural and remote areas More than 60 per cent of AMHSWs have postgraduate qualifications More than 75 per cent of AMHSWs have over 10 years’ practice experience AMHSWs use a wide range of therapeutic interventions, including cognitive behavioural therapy, strengths-based approach and mindfulness People can access the service of AMHSWs through several programs including Medicare, NDIS, DVA and some private health funds. To further illustrate the contribution of AMHSWs, illustrative case studies are included throughout. The AASW is responsible for the accreditation of AMHSWs and is committed to maintaining the high standard of practice of the profession in this sector. Read the complete report. Access the infographic that summarises the report. Christine Craik is available for interview. An interview with an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker is also available. VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T03:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 World Social Work Day: Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships 2019-03-18T20:34:43Z world-social-work-day-promoting-the-importance-of-human-relationships World Social Work Day is held each year on the third Tuesday of March to celebrate the profession of social work and the role of social workers in the community. This year’s theme is Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships. This year, it is held on 19 March. The Australian Association of Social Workers, as the professional body representing more than 11,000 social workers, is marking World Social Work Day with celebrations throughout Australia. AASW National President Christine Craik said human relationships are at the essence of what social workers do, in the diversity of settings in which they work. Ms Craik said, “The vital work of social workers can be seen in a wide variety of settings. Whether we work in health, mental health, schools, child protection, aged care, disability, family violence, academia or management, we bring the values of our profession to wherever we work.” In a world dominated by individualism and the changing nature of community, it is necessary to emphasise the importance of our relationships to one another and the role that this plays in creating an inclusive and supportive society. Ms Craik said, “This is at the heart of the work we do. Promoting the importance of human relationships means recognising the rights and dignity of fellow human beings and treating them and their ways of knowing, with respect and compassion. “Promoting the importance of human relationships for social workers means more than just that phrase. As social workers, we work to identify, name and change the systems and attitudes in our society that impact, diminish and work against healthy relationships. “For example, in promoting the importance of human relationships, we need to call out and advocate against the discriminatory and abusive policies and structures that continue to oppress some of the most vulnerable groups in society. “These include our welfare, housing, legal, medical, political and many of our religious systems – that often disregard the importance and crucial nature of ‘relationship’ in this work.” The large scope of social work practice can be seen in the diversity of the celebrations taking place across Australia. The Association is hosting celebrations in every state and territory through its branches. The complete list of events, resources, posters and social media frames are available on the AASW website. Ms Craik said, “I encourage everyone to engage with this year’s theme of Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships. On 19 March, join our Twitter campaign and tweet us using #WSWD19, with a photo depicting human relationships. “So join social workers all over the world in celebrating the amazing work that we do, and have a happy World Social Work Day.” Christine Craik is available for interview. You can view Ms Craik’s World Social Work Day video on Facebook. Leadership – Conundrums & Consequences 2019-03-11T07:30:38Z leadership-conundrums-amp-consequences Has not enough been written about ‘Leadership’ already?  You might have thought that most people, properly inclined, would have already studied, assimilated and implemented the many words of wisdom pertaining to the multi-faceted aspects of leadership conundrums.  Perhaps? Well, perhaps not.   Today, trusted leadership is much harder to attain in an environment that is typified by the impatience that characterizes the era of instant gratification – just like the Queen song – “I want it all and I want it now!”   Good leaders, however, understand and appreciate that there are consequences (good and bad) for their actions and like master chess players consider the future many moves ahead.      I have highlighted in my recently released novel; the consequences of actions taken in the lives of ‘everyday’ people and explored the consequences of those actions across time, generations and from a spiritual perspective.   Now, I am fairly certain that there has not been a lot written (if any) to describe leadership through the prism of spirituality or what happens after we pass on.  So, let’s look at the leadership conundrum from this (unique) perspective.   Leadership, whilst given many definitions, is fundamentally about what people (aka employees, clients/customers) will follow.  What people believe is that which they will follow – all men/women want to believe, but very few can follow a dream – even a true one. But they will follow a man/woman with a dream.   Now, if I were a betting person, I would hasten to say that the consequences of a life well-lived can be found in the abundance of some things and the absence of others. Virtue is a prime example.   As a leader, I would want my many employees to work with and follow me because I was able to demonstrate an ability to act fairly and without prejudice or bias.   I would want them to follow me when I ‘led from the front’ and was ‘accountable for my actions’.  On the flipside, I would be loath to reflect actions of deception, where clients or customers were misinformed, mistreated or deceived.   Sadly, there have been many recent examples where virtue has been severely wanting from our so-called leaders of industry and community.   As a leader, many people follow by virtue of the trust they place in you.  After all, people’s livelihoods are at stake. They each have families and financial responsibilities to uphold.  If the trust they place in you is misguided the consequences of loss can be profound.   Trust is a treasured elemental to the leadership matrix and can only be earned not enforced.  They believe you – believe in you.    As a leader, I would not expect to get everything right.  Trust requires that others have confidence in your intentions.  Better, therefore, than being ‘right’, ‘strong’ or ‘competent’ is preparedness to be vulnerable.   Trust requires that we have confidence in each other’s intentions and have no reason to be protective or careful.  Trust is the foundation of great relationships (aka teams) and trust is the basis upon which all good teams (relationships) are built.  I would hasten to add that this applies both to employees and customers/clients alike.   In Bodies of Consequence, my main protagonist was an ex-sniper, WWII veteran, who had to experience the consequences of his actions in the hereafter.   He had to endure the consequences of his life and the choices he made under the duress and horror of war.     Ultimately, it told the story about the consequences of our actions on earth that go beyond the deeds themselves – and impact on people and situations that may never have been considered.   As a leader of men and women, whatever my system of belief, I would want to ensure that my own story was underwritten by both virtue and trust and that my legacy among the many that followed me was told in a story with a smile by those who placed the same in me.   Notes to the editor:     Stephen Chong’s applauded book, Bodies of Consequence is now available for purchase on Amazon, local bookstores (ISBN: 978-0-6484579-1-6) or from the website   Issued by Stephen Chong   Media Enquiries:        Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                                      T: +61 3 9324 0362                 M: +61 412 112 545  E:  AUTHOR ANDREW URBAN SAYS 60 MINUTES INTERVIEW “A TOTAL GAME CHANGER” 2019-03-11T04:13:21Z author-andrew-urban-says-60-minutes-interview-a-total-game-changer 60 MINUTES INTERVIEW “A TOTAL GAME CHANGER” Investigative author Andrew L. Urban calls last night's 60 Minutes interview with Meaghan Vass "a total game changer", saying it seriously undermines the murder conviction of Sue Neill-Fraser, one of the cases he documents in his book, Murder by the Prosecution (Wilkinson Publishing). "The Tasmanian justice system was always in denial about the DNA - matched to Vass - that was found at the crime scene, preferring to pursue Sue Neill-Fraser, the partner of murder victim Bob Chappell. The Crown built a wholly phony case against her; it is just one of several wrongful convictions taken apart in my book, after five years of investigation."  Vass was a vulnerable, homeless 16 year old when she took the stand in Sue Neill-Fraser's 2010 murder trial, to answer one big question: was she on the Four Winds yacht in January 2009 around the time Bob Chappell was murdered, as her DNA - found on the deck - suggested? She said no. The court simply accepted her denial. New information that she had lied about where she really was prompted a request to recall her for another cross examination. Prosecutor Tim Ellis SC fought against her being recalled and presiding Justice Blow denied the request.  The reporting about the case on Urban's blog,, has prompted a flood of outraged comments slamming the Tasmanian justice system. "But it's not just Tasmania," says Urban. "I have studied cases from around Australia that have failed to use forensic science properly or failed at the investigation stage. But none have been so flawed as the Sue Neill-Fraser case." Urban's sequel to Murder by the Prosecution, titled No Crime, Much Punishment (Wilkinson Publishing) will be published this year. Andrew is also working on a book with eminent Australian barrister, Kevin Borick QC, Power Without Integrity (Wilkinson Publishing), putting our justice system on trial.​ TO INTERVIEW ANDREW URBAN email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601     AASW South Australian Branch calls for Social Worker of the Year nominations 2019-03-08T00:40:31Z aasw-south-australian-branch-calls-for-social-worker-of-the-year-nominations The Australian Association of Social Workers South Australian Branch is seeking nominations for the Social Worker of the Year Awards to give individuals and groups who work with the state’s most vulnerable populations a chance to shine. AASW South Australian Branch President Patricia Muncey said, “We urge South Australians to nominate an inspiring social worker in their network, to honour and reward those making positive contributions health and well-being and upholding best practice across our community.” The Awards have been recognising social workers who are making a significant contribution across the broad spectrum of practice, since 2016. The categories of the Award are: Agent of Change Head, Heart and Hands Leading the Way in the Workplace Rising Star Rural and Remote Impact Student of the Year. Entries can be submitted by the general public as well as professionals who work alongside social workers throughout South Australia. Nominations close on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 at 5.00pm ACDT. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Adelaide on Thursday, 2 May, providing an opportunity to celebrate the valuable contributions of all nominees. For more information and to nominate a social worker, see the AASW website. Balance for Better: Social workers call for action on gender inequality 2019-03-07T23:21:33Z balance-for-better-social-workers-call-for-action-on-gender-inequality The 2019 theme of International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) calling for action on gender inequality. AASW National President Christine Craik said gender equality is vital to health and future of our nation, and to the work of social workers. Ms Craik said, “We need to recognise that when women are disadvantaged, we are all poorer. “Social workers feel the effects of gender inequality both professionally and personally. Professionally, we strive to address the effects of gender inequality with the people and communities we work with at an individual and a systems level. “Personally, social work is also a female dominated profession. It is a highly skilled occupation which can often carry elements of risk in practice. However, like many other female dominated professions, social work is often not paid at the rate of similar male dominated professions, nor does it come with the status of male dominated professions that carry the same risks and the same (or often lower) qualification levels. Social workers well understand the need to Balance for Better. “Australia’s report card for gender equality is not looking good. More women than ever before are being incarcerated around Australia for crimes of poverty and through living lives influenced by trauma, family violence and sexual abuse. “There is an alarming increase in homelessness for women and children as a result of family violence and for women over the age of 55, many of whom find themselves with little in the way of superannuation or savings, due to their years of unpaid and uncounted work of caring and child-rearing. Government policies such as the Centrelink automated debt recovery scheme, robodebt, and the ParentsNext program are punitive, deficit-based and are contributing to increasing numbers of women and children living in poverty. “If we are to Balance for Better this International Women’s Day, then we must address the root causes of inequality and the misogynistic and discriminatory policies which devalue and fail women. If these are not addressed, then the inequitable situation we currently have will continue to enable the unacceptable rates of family violence, sexual violence, poverty, and homelessness that we see now. “This starts with recognising women as equals and that the work women do is of equal value to that of men, whether it is paid or unpaid. It means recognising that women need to be in positions of power, including on boards and in government. “Then we will truly be able to Balance for Better.” Christine Craik is available for interview. First-time Australian author honoured with prestigious international women's award 2019-03-07T07:10:12Z first-time-australian-author-honoured-with-prestigious-international-women-s-award-5 First-time Australian author, Tracey Horton has taken out the highly-prestigious Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award at the Women Economic Forum in New Delhi, India. The Women Economic Forum is the largest global gathering of female entrepreneurs and leaders worldwide, and is held annually in India, with regional events throughout the year. Women Economic Forum events empower women to expand their business opportunities and increase their global influence through peer exchange and networking across borders with inspirational input from some of the world’s most successful authors and speakers. “To receive recognition for my work in the company of such exceptional women from all over the world at the Women Economic Forum was an incredible honour, and it is something that I will always treasure,” said Ms Horton. “My work in helping people improve their lives on a daily basis is a reward in itself, but to be recognised for it is one of the crowning accomplishments of my career.  I couldn’t be happier.”  A highly sort-after motivational speaker and life coach, Ms Horton's self-published first offering, “The Unhappy Smile” has achieved critical and commercial success internationally. The book is a confronting, yet inspiring and uplifting account of how Ms Horton overcame childhood abuse and hurt, emerging gracefully and lovingly on to calm waters after navigating unimaginable turbulence early on in life. Tracey has packed the book with deep insights into understanding one's self and others, with unashamed references to her own experiences with abuse and brokenness. “I have laid out my life in The Unhappy Smile, there is no room to hide after this,” said Ms Horton. “The book is an example of a simple, normal woman who found some answers. “It's a self-help book with my story woven through it, there are exercises at the end of every chapter to help readers work through their own challenges.” Not one to wallow in self-pity, Ms Horton has always had an unshakable compassion for others, and helping and inspiring people has long been a passion for this gifted communicator. “When I think of this book, I imagine people young and old, men and women - all reading it. I can see it on coffee tables and in airports. I can see teenagers talking to their parents over it, and I can see couples reconciling through it,” said Ms Horton. The Unhappy Smile is the first of three books to be released, and contains a strong thread guiding its readers toward becoming the very best versions of their authentic selves. The Unhappy Smile has already attracted a celebrity following, with country music star Adam Brand crediting the book, and Ms Horton herself, with changing his life. “I needed to read this book, you need to read this book, the whole world needs to read this book,” said Mr Brand. “As a speaker, Tracey has the ability to cut through the chatter of life and speak directly to your soul. She is brutally honest and fiercely passionate, meeting her will change your life.” For more information or to purchase The Unhappy Smile, please visit -ends- For all interview/photo requests, please contact: Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: Facebook: Some more information about Tracey Horton: Tracey Horton has a story to tell, one of brokenness and victory, a confronting story but only by virtue of what she has endured. Tracey Horton is an International award-winning speaker, author, and qualified life coach. She has worked alongside men and women for over 25 years helping to rebuild lives and allowing people to become the best versions of themselves. She has spent years helping people to create their own authentic journey. Tracey knows her community and the needs of people. Knowing what real brokenness is she has managed to build her life from that of an alcoholic, abused, poverty-stricken child to where she is today…a passionate, warm, caring and amazing woman. Her experiences have given her insight and wisdom that are today being used to help people create the life they could only dream of. Through books, seminars, retreats and life coaching, Tracey has a way of equipping people to practically reach their goal and live their life to their fullest potential. Tracey has a strong marriage of 30 years to Paul, she has four beautiful daughters, 9 grandkids and has called the Gold Coast home since 1995. There are not many people in this world that after just moments in their presence, you feel changed! Tracey is a gift and will help you find your way through the wreckage to the life you deserve and never thought possible. Tracey's story is about her 20-year journey and struggle moving from brokenness to becoming whole after years of abuse and putting on an unhappy smile. Up until now, Tracey has only shared this story with her closest friends, and sometimes not all of it, because it’s oftentimes too hard digging up the past. But that’s exactly what she has done in this, her first book. “The Unhappy Smile is an example of a simple, normal woman who found some answers,” she adds. “It’s a self-help book with my story woven through it, with some exercises at the end of every chapter to help you work through any of your own challenges.” Her story is confronting, but only by virtue of what she has endured. What makes it so special is not so much the story in itself, but rather how Tracey has worked through it, emerging gracefully and lovingly onto calm waters after navigating unimaginable turbulence early on in life. It’s Tracey’s heart that shines through in this book. Not one to wallow in self-pity, she’s always had an unshakable compassion for others, and helping and inspiring people has long been a passion for this gifted communicator. One cant shake the sense that The Unhappy Smile will have as profound an impact on its readers as it does for those who meet Tracey Horton in person. Australian Skincare Product Brings Home Editor’s Choice in 2019 Beauty Shortlist Awards… Again! 
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 6th March 2019 The Annual Beauty Shortlist Awards has announced the winners after six months of thoroughly testing ethical, natural and eco-friendly beauty products from over 30 countries. Since starting in 2012 in the UK, the awards have become the most trusted in the industry by consumers. Claiming to be 100% sponsorship, advertisement and partnership free, the aim is to actively seek out ethical brands on the market and undergo intense testing and judging by an international judging panel of industry leaders from the UK, USA and Australia. Paudha Healing was created by Valley Heights local Renee Tilley while studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy). Renee discovered the incredible healing properties of herbs and plants growing wild and in abundance around her home in the Blue Mountains - often being considered weeds! Renee went on to study cosmetic chemistry to combine her in depth knowledge of herbs with advanced chemical formulations to create skincare products that were safe and effective for all skin types. Hand made in the Blue Mountains using locally sourced Australian Certified Organic ingredients wherever possible and accredited as a cruelty free skincare company by Choose Cruelty Free Australia. Paudha Healing’s Nourish & Repair Face Oil also won the Editor’s Choice Award in 2017. This blend has been carefully selected to provide deep healing and moisturizing, fight signs of premature ageing, reduce redness and is suitable for ALL skin types. “Our Nourish & Repair Face Oil continues to be one of our top selling products each month and winning this award back in 2017 and for the second time in 2019, really confirms what our customers are saying about this amazing oil.” Says Renee Tilley, Owner and Director of Paudha Healing. Nourish & Repair Face Oil Contains: Certified Organic Jojoba Oil Certified Organic Rosehip CO2 Extract Certified Organic Calendula Flower Extract Certified Organic Sunflower Seed Oil Certified Organic Rosemary Extract Certified Organic Frankincense Essential Oil Rose Geranium Essential Oil RRP: $33 for 30mls. For more information on this multi award-winning product click here. Paudha Healing is looking to expand its network of retail stockists with the goal of being readily available in all states across Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2019. “I have been using this oil now for over 12 months and am totally thrilled with the results! I used to use a good quality anti aging cream but this oil is giving me better results by far! I love this product so much” Karmell via website. “5 stars plus for this amazing oil. After turning 40 I found my skin changed dramatically, becoming dry and showing sun spots. After using this oil for a month, my spots are disappearing and my skin feels nourished and glowing. I no longer wear foundation on a day to day basis. I am in love with this product!” Nicole via website. For samples or media enquiries contact: Renee Tilley Owner/Director Paudha Healing 0416 212 889 For Personalised Legal Advice on Divorce, Consult Watts McCray 2019-02-28T00:25:25Z for-personalised-legal-advice-on-divorce-consult-watts-mccray-1 Family lawyers Watts McCray are specialists in divorce proceedings in Australia. Watts McCray provides an expert team of divorce lawyers, who have detailed information and an in-depth understanding of the court requirements, providing personalised legal support. To assist Australians navigate the stressful and at times complex steps with divorce, Watts McCray has created a resource filled site. It details all issues that cover the individual and the family in case there is a separation and divorce. In a recent article on the site the company has detailed the divorce steps which give a clear overview of the process and things to watch out for. The process of application for divorce in Australia is fairly straightforward, but it pays to know what to expect before the process is initiated. To be able to apply for divorce, a marriage must have broken down irretrievably. Couples must have separated and have lived separately and apart for a minimum of twelve months, and at least one party must be either: an Australian citizen, an Australian resident who plans to reside in Australia permanently, or an Australian resident who has lived in Australia for at least a year before the divorce application. The divorce application can be made alone or jointly with the former partner. The next question most applicants have is whether or not they must attend the divorce hearing. If the application is made alone and the client has children under 18, he or she must attend the hearing. If the application was made jointly, or if they do not have children under 18, then the client and the divorcing partner can both choose whether or not to attend the hearing. Hearings can be time consuming. Watts McCray clients should check in with the Court Officer as soon as possible so their attendance can be recorded. The lawyer can also take the client’s place in the hearing. Divorce hearings are short, and typically involve answering questions about and/or clarifying details in the application. The Registrar might also ask about specific plans for the children if applicable – this can include matters such as living arrangements, financial support, etc. Once the Registrar decides the requirements for divorce have been met and that both parties involved have been served the correct papers, the Court will confirm the divorce by granting a Divorce Order. The order becomes final a month and a day from the date of the hearing. Once that time has passed, the official Divorce Order is available from the Court. For more information on family divorce lawyers, best divorce lawyer Sydney, family lawyers Sydney and more, visit Heritage Plumbing Group Offers Commercial Plumbing Service in Melbourne 2019-02-19T08:42:04Z heritage-plumbing-group-offers-commercial-plumbing-service-in-melbourne                              To make it easier for you to resolve any home or business plumbing issue at any time of the day, the team at Heritage Plumbing Group now offer commercial plumbing services in Melbourne. Heritage Plumbing understand that residents and business owners want immediate access to highly qualified, trained and experienced plumbers. To meet this demand, they have continued to expand their service offering to give the community and local businesses more options. Heritage Plumbing are located centrally in Melbourne and have a large team of on-call and qualified plumbers ready to attend to urgent matters. Each plumber is equipped with the equipment, materials and know-how to resolve the matter quickly and effectively. The team at Heritage Plumbing understand that customers need a timely solution that allows them to get back to focus on running their business. Heritage Plumbing are the preferred choice for commercial plumbing experts with exceptional knowledge and certified skills for manners of commercial plumbing.   With over 40 years’ experience, Heritage Plumbing is familiar with all commercial plumbing situations. The team have successfully assisted many commercial clients including Chemist Warehouse, Dingle Partners, City West Water, Theiss, Jellis Craig, Bakers Delight and Reece. They have serviced properties and buildings of all types and sizes and treat all plumbing matters with care. They are well-positioned to rectify all plumbing issues regardless of the complexity and continue to develop their skills so that they are ready to deal with an unexpected or new matter. The team are well-trained to assess the situation and present options to the customer to help guide the customer’s decision. This helps keep the customer in control, so he or she is aware of the service they are receiving. During a commercial plumbing issue, Heritage Plumbing are aware of the stresses the situation can cause and take responsibility for addressing the matter without delay. About Heritage Plumbing Group Heritage Plumbing Group is a full-service plumbing company servicing residents and business owners in Melbourne Australia. The team are qualified to deliver quality workmanship for all plumbing and gas-fitting jobs. They strive to provide the ultimate customer experience by completing work to perfection and ensuring the client’s questions, concerns and needs are addressed. Heritage Plumbing Group excel in both domestic and commercial environments and can attend to gas, water, blockages, roofing, maintenance, civil, utilities and emergency services matters. They are also qualified to conduct plumbing and gas tests and complete all work to building, plumbing and other relevant standards and regulations. Contact Details Heritage Plumbing Group 60 Plateau Rd Reservoir VIC 3073 03 9498 0458 Ocean Lovers Come Clean. 2019-02-15T01:39:36Z ocean-lovers-come-clean OCEAN LOVERS COME CLEAN. REDUCING OUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT. FOSTERING THE BYO REUSABLES CULTURE. Plastic Free Bondi and Sydney Water are helping tackle the issue of plastic waste of on Sydney’s waterways and beaches with the Beat the Bottle beach clean-up from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, 16 February at Bondi Beach. Let the rhythmic sounds of percussion group Jackyard Beats entertain you as you collect litter along the beach with like-minded ocean lovers. There will be face painting for the kids and plenty of opportunities to help raise awareness of the impact of plastics on our beaches, oceans and waterways. Lauren Hockey, founding volunteer, Plastic Free Bondi, said: “Our growing community is raising awareness about the issue of plastic pollution and empowering businesses and individuals to reduce single-use plastics”. Dr Alicia Lloyd, Project Manager, Plastic Free Bondi, said the most common types of plastic waste seen at beaches were cigarette butts and plastic food packaging. “We hope that involving the community during the clean-up will inspire people to ‘be the change’ that they wish to see for our oceans,” Dr Lloyd said. Sermin Erden, local business engagement volunteer, Plastic Free Bondi? said the easiest way to reduce plastic bottle pollution in our waterways and beaches is to refuse single use plastics and always choose to reuse and refill. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Waverley Council support Plastic Free Bondi and the Beat the Bottle initiative. To learn more and to register for the free event, visit Dr Alicia Lloyd, Lauren Hockey and Sermin Erden are available for interviews. For all media inquiries, please contact Dr Lloyd on 0438 259 295 or For images and media assets, visit: QUICK STATISTICS About 480 billion plastic bottles were sold globally in 2016 – that’s the equivalent of a million bottles per minute. Less than half of these bottles were collected for recycling (source: The Guardian). NSW and Queensland are among the nation’s biggest litterers (source:Keep Australia Beautiful Litter Index25 January 2018). Sydney Water removes more than 1 million plastic bottles from Sydney’s waterways each year – before they get to our beaches. Globally, there are around 8 million metric tonnes of plastic going into the oceans each year (source: The Conversation 2015). The UN estimates that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Sydney has some of the strictest drinking water monitoring standards in the world. It undergoes 70 different tests before it reaches our taps. It takes up to seven litres of water and one litre of oil to produce one litre of bottled water. Most water bottles end in landfill accounting for 38% of the total rubbish volume. Drinking water has 1% the environmental impact of bottled water. Bottled water production makes 600 times more carbon dioxide than drinking water. Drinking an average of 8 cups of water a day saves 1,825 litres of water that would have been used to produce bottled water. High levels of concern about ageing paints a negative picture for later life – Ipsos study 2019-02-13T00:29:10Z high-levels-of-concern-about-ageing-paints-a-negative-picture-for-later-life-ipsos-study Sydney, 13 February 2019 – Ipsos’ exclusive study, conducted in partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better, a UK-based charity funded by an endowment from The National Lottery Community Fund, shows the negativity felt by the online public[1] across 30 countries about ageing, and how they are preparing for later life.  Optimism about later life Globally, just one in three (33%) are looking forward to old age and in Australia, we are more negative, with only 29% looking forward to it. There are some significant differences between countries, with some feeling much more positive about old age including three quarters (73%) in India and two thirds (67%) in Turkey. Only six countries are positive on balance. At the other end of the scale, people in Hungary are least optimistic; only 7% say they are looking forward to old age and people in Japan are similarly negative (10%). While people around the world recognise that there are positives to getting old, including having more time to spend with friends and family (36%), more time for hobbies and leisure (32%), more time for holidays and travel (26%) and giving up work (26%) they also identify a number of downsides. Globally, three in ten worry about not having enough money to live on (30%) with a quarter worrying about losing mobility (26%) and losing memory (24%). Despite this, a majority of us expect to be fit and healthy in old age (57%) although in Australia only 44% of respondents expect this. There is considerable variation between the countries surveyed. Nine in ten of those in Colombia, Argentina, China, Peru and Malaysia agree with this sentiment. In comparison, those least likely to agree are those in South Korea (17%), France (20%) Japan (23%) and Belgium (24%). When asked, half (52%) of us worry about old age globally and in Australia (51%).   When is old age, and what does it mean? Globally, on average, we think old age begins at 66 and Australia is in line with this figure. The biggest determinant of what someone thinks of as being old is their own age; the older people get, the more likely they are to define ‘old’ as being something that happens later in life. To illustrate, those who are 16-24 believe old age begins at 61. This rises to 72 for those aged between 55-64. When asked to select words to describe old age, the most commonly mentioned term is wise (35%). Next in line is frail (32%) followed by lonely (30%) and only a quarter saying respected (25%). Only 11% nominated the word happy. Three in five (60%) agree that people don’t respect old people as much as they should and in Australia, that figure is similar at 61%. Agreement with this sentiment is highest in the LATAM countries and at the other end of the spectrum, only a quarter of those in Saudi Arabia agree with this, and a third of those in Japan. Representation in the media Opinion is polarised on how old people are depicted in the media. Only three in ten globally (31%) think that TV, film and advertising make old age seem exciting and full of potential while roughly the same proportion (29%) think that TV, film and advertising make old age seem depressing, with limited opportunities. Australians are more negative with 22% and 24% respectively agreeing with the statements. Countries most positive about the representation of older people in the media include China (52%), Russia (44%) and India (43%). Political power Globally, only three in ten (29%) agree that old people have too much influence politically. On balance, people disagree with this sentiment (35%). However, there are some differences by age, with younger people more likely to think that old people do have too much influence politically. For instance, two in five (38%) of those aged 16-24 agree while only a quarter (27%) disagree. In Australia, just 17% agree that old people have too much influence politically, while 43% disagree with that statement. The potential for technology Globally, we are techno-optimists; more than half (55%) agree that technological developments will improve old age for a lot of people. Only one in seven (14%) disagree. Australia was in line with the global average at 53% and 8% respectively. There are, however, significant differences in agreement by country. Four in five (81%) people in China agree that technological developments will improve old age for a lot of people. People in Japan are least convinced about the potential for technological developments to improve old age for a lot of people.   Preparing for later life Around the world, two thirds (64%) think that it is possible for people to prepare for old age so that they are healthier and better able to cope. In Australia, we are above the global average at 71%. Globally, people have a clear idea of what we should be doing to prepare for later life. The most commonly mentioned responses are staying healthy by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet (60% and 59% respectively). Saving enough money for an adequate pension is mentioned by half (51%) and avoiding smoking, having a good circle of friends, and having a sport or hobby they practice regularly are cited by over two in five (45%, 44% and 44% respectively). However, there is a gap between what we know we should do to prepare for old age, and what we are doing. When asked what people are doing in order to prepare for old age the most popular answer globally is avoiding smoking, mentioned by more than two in five (45%). A similar proportion also mentions eating a healthy diet and avoiding too much alcohol (43% and 40% respectively). Less than three in ten (28%) mention saving enough money for an adequate pension. Ipsos Australia Director, David Elliott, said: “While our ageing populations can be viewed as a key achievement, they also present society, business and brands with significant challenges.  Our research shows that, globally and in Australia, there is a lot of negativity towards later life and ageing, with financial and health concerns prevalent. Likely feeding into this negativity is some sense that the media does not do enough to portray later life positively. It is therefore, perhaps, little surprise that when describing those in old age, people commonly reach for terms like ‘frail’, ‘lonely’ and ‘unfairly treated’ along with ‘wise’. “Our study does, however, show some reasons for optimism such as more people globally have faith in the power of technology to improve the lives of the elderly. There is also a belief that there are things that we can do to ensure we are prepared for old age – although there is a gap between what we know we should be doing, and what we are doing in practice.  Later life should be our golden years – but there is clearly much work to be done for this time in our life to be seen as such.  “In terms of the Australian findings we were in line with the global average on many measures.  One key stand out is that we are one of the least likely to believe it is the job of the young to care for ageing relatives.  This is not new or surprising.  Australia has traditionally sought out external aged care solutions for our ageing relatives, whereas many societies around the world view this as a family responsibility, with multiple generations sharing a home.  However, it does highlight the importance of a healthy, safe and respectful aged care system.  This is now clearly in focus for our society since the establishment of the Royal Commission into Aged Care on the 8th October 2018, following more than 5,000 submissions from aged care consumers, families, carers, aged care workers, health professionals and providers.” It should be noted that fieldwork for this survey was conducted prior to the establishment of the royal commission.   Centre for Ageing Better Chief Executive, Anna Dixon, said: “There are tremendous opportunities that come from longer lives, yet just one in three people worldwide say they are looking forward to their old age. This is perhaps not surprising given the prevailing narrative across the globe is one of decline, frailty, ill health and loneliness. These negative experiences are not inevitable.  We must improve our workplaces, our housing, our health and our communities to enable more of us to age well. Changing our own and society’s attitudes to later life is an essential first step.” ENDS Notes to Editors: Interviews were conducted using the Ipsos Online Panel system, Global Advisor, among 20,788 online adults aged 16-64 in 28 countries (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Turkey) and 18-64 in US and Canada. Approximately 1000+ individuals participated on a country by country basis via the Ipsos Online Panel, with the exception of Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Hungary, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Turkey, where each have a sample approximately 500+. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the general adult population according to the most recent country Census data, and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/-3.1 percentage points for a sample of 1,000 and an estimated margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20 per country of what the results would have been had the entire population of adults in that country had been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error. 15 of the 30 countries surveyed online generate nationally representative samples in their countries (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and United States). Brazil, Colombia, China, Chile, Czech Republic, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa and Turkey produce a national sample that is more urban & educated, and with higher incomes than their fellow citizens.  We refer to these respondents as “Upper Deck Consumer Citizens”.  They are not nationally representative of their country. Where results do not sum to 100, this may be due to computer rounding, multiple responses or the exclusion of don't knows or not stated responses. Fieldwork was conducted between 24 August and 7 September 2018. The full study can be found at:     [1] Interviews carried out online with adults aged under 65.  In countries with a low level of internet penetration, the sample will reflect a more urban, educated, and higher income profile than the general population Australian social workers welcome the Victorian Government’s plan to ban ‘conversion therapy’ 2019-02-07T00:17:51Z australian-social-workers-welcome-the-victorian-governments-plan-to-ban-conversion-therapy As the Victorian Branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers took to the streets on Sunday to support LGBTIQ Victorians at the Midsumma Pride March, the Association welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement that it plans to outlaw ‘conversion therapy’. The harmful and thoroughly debunked practice aims to change, suppress or eliminate an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. While the practice is not outlawed, it sends a message that LGBTIQ individuals are not ‘normal’ and need to be fixed. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “These messages do so much damage and need to be stopped. We stand with LGBTIQ Australians and support the Victorian Government’s stance on banning conversion therapy. This planned ban follows an extensive investigation into conversion practices by the Health Complaints Commissioner (HCC), who found those subjected to this so-called ‘therapy’ experienced long-term psychological harm and distress. This is something that social workers and other mental health professionals have known for many years. “The Victorian Government’s announcement sends a clear and positive message to young people who may be dealing with the stress and anxiety of knowing they are same-sex attracted and the social pressures that are associated with it in an unaccepting environment. “We call on other Australian states and territories to follow Victoria’s lead in outlawing the practice. We further call on the Australian Government to support the states and territories by fully funding the Safe Schools Program, which aims to create understanding and stop the bullying and marginalisation of LGBTIQ children and young people in schools. “The Australian Government must also make clear that discrimination against employees or students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity will not be tolerated. “We all have a role in taking a stand against homophobia, including internalised homophobia, which is when LGBTIQ individuals can sometimes believe the homophobic messages and attitudes around them. It causes needless harm and division in communities and can lead to poorer health and wellbeing outcomes in LGBTIQ individuals, which we have seen is sometimes fatal. “This is why the Victorian Government’s announcement is so important – it is a welcome step in continuing to affirm the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ Australians.” Christine Craik is available for interview. Media contact Angela Yin Communications Lead P 03 9320 1005 M 0413 532 954