The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-27T04:00:23Z THE AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL VALUE BANK AND THE SOCIAL VALUE PRINCIPLES 2019-05-27T04:00:23Z the-australian-social-value-bank-and-the-social-value-principles This week the Australian Social Value Bank (ASVB) launches an important linkage paper in collaboration with Social Value International (SVI).  The paper outlines in detail how the ASVB delivers on SVI’s seven Social Impact Principles which are the globally recognised standards for impact measurement. The ASVB is a collection of social values and a Value Calculator that can be used by any group, organisation or professional to demonstrate their social impact, in a way never seen in Australia before. The methodology behind the tool is based on cost-benefit analysis focusing on changes in individual’s wellbeing. The ASVB is currently used by a diverse range of organisations here in Australia from the not-for-profit sector to large corporates with a for-purpose focus. In New Zealand, through a multi-user licence agreement NZ Treasury has subscribed to the ASVB and it is being used across approximately ten government departments.   There is a lack of impact measurement approaches which can consistently be applied across a diverse range of social outcomes and be easily adopted, by any organisation who wants or needs to demonstrate their impact. The Australian Social Value Bank was established as a social enterprise to provide a cost-effective solution for measuring social impact. We worked with Social Value International (SVI) to develop a linkage paper to evidence how the ASVB applies their seven Social Value Principles. We believe their strong endorsement of the approach will unlock our huge potential to support for-purpose organisations. Why this linkage paper is important Two of the driving principles behind the creation of the Australian Social Value Bank (ASVB) is comparability and transparency. We want organisations, funders and government to be able to easily compare different interventions to understand the social value they are creating and for it to be completely transparent on how they calculated the social value. Comparability and transparency come with consistent principles and assumptions in the calculation of social value. Social Value International (SVI) has been a pioneer globally in creating a consensus between academics, practitioners and governments on the principles which should be applied when measuring social impact. Read more about the Linkage Paper and download it here: ASVB Social Value Principles Linkage Paper AASW supports International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) 2019-05-17T00:07:39Z aasw-supports-international-day-against-homophobia-biphobia-intersexism-and-transphobia-idahobit On 17 May, the Australian Association of Social Workers recognises the importance of this date and issues raised by IDAHOBIT, as we continue to take a stand against discrimination of the LGBTIQ community. It marks the day the World Health Organization made the decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “Today is the day before a Federal election. We call on the next government to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’ across the nation. “As social workers, we have noticed that the use of these discredited therapies has actually been on the rise in Australia. It is a situation we have been monitoring. As a profession, it can sometimes be our job to help un-do the damage that these so-called ‘therapies’ can cause to families and individuals.” Ms Craik said much action is still needed to counter discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Australia. “We are saddened and disappointed that homophobic, biphobic, intersexist and transphobic views continue to be broadcast, and that they are given air time in our media and community,” she said. “We only have to look at highly influential but misinformed media commentary which led to the ultimate disbandment of the Safe Schools program nationally. We want to see the Safe Schools program reinstated in its full scope and we urge the next government to do so. These programs save lives.” Ms Craik urged Australia to promote human rights and counter homophobia, biphobia, intersexism and transphobia internationally. “There is much influence that Australia has abroad, particularly in our part of the world. It would be great to see our political leaders taking a diplomatic stance on Brunei, which recently introduced and then retracted the death penalty for homosexuality. It is still illegal though. It is good to see the recent boycotts have gone some way to working. Brunei is a fellow Commonwealth country and one in our region. Now is the time for political leaders to flex diplomatic muscle and use it to promote human rights.” Christine Craik is available for interview. National Families Week 2019: The AASW renews its call for urgent action to address family violence 2019-05-16T23:33:51Z national-families-week-2019-the-aasw-renews-its-call-for-urgent-action-to-address-family-violence During National Families Week 2019 (15-21 May), the AASW celebrates families as the central building block of our society. This year’s theme, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities, highlights their protective and nurturing capacity, while also recognising the threats to families from gender-based violence. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “As social workers, we see the pivotal role that families play in building healthy and supportive communities. In working together to improve wellbeing, we see the great diversity and resilience of families in the face of significant challenges. “However, we also see far too often that the very place that women and children should feel safe, within a family unit, is the very place where they are most at risk.” Family violence is still far too prevalent in Australia, with those who perpetrate family violence destroying the safety and caring that the family unit should provide to all its members. Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that family violence is a leading cause of homelessness in children under 10. The high rate of child protection notifications correlate with the family violence that is perpetrated against women and children. At least one woman per week is killed by a current or former partner in Australia. Ms Craik said, “These devastating instances of family violence need to stop. It begins with cultural change and government policies, including funding of early intervention as well as support at the crisis and recovery level, especially housing and income support for those escaping violence. “We are now in the last throes of a Federal election campaign. In our Election Platform 2019, we have asked for the next government to commit to using the recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence as a blueprint for national systemic reforms. “If Australia is to build Stronger Families and Stronger Communities, this must begin with addressing the national emergency that is occurring within the family home across Australia.” Christine Craik is available for interview. Hawks Jump on Board with Afford for An Inclusive Melbourne 2019-05-10T02:10:10Z hawks-jump-on-board-with-afford-for-an-inclusive-melbourne MELBOURNE, 8 MAY 2019 - This year, the spotlight will shine brightly on disability in Melbourne with partnerships between Afford, Hawthorn and Yarra Trams established to encourage an inclusive Melbourne that supports people of all abilities. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is a not-for-profit disability service organisation that provides whole-of-life disability supports for people across Australia under the NDIS. The disability service provider has been operating in Australia for over 65 years and is committed to creating opportunities for people with disability to live the life they want and create greater public awareness of the valuable community contributions made by people with disability. This year, Afford has partnered with the Hawthorn Football Club, to establish the MCG's first Sensory Friendly Space to allow footy fans with sensory sensitivities, and their families, to enjoy cheering on their favourite team while having a space for respite if and when they need it. In addition to the Sensory Friendly Space, Afford is working with the Hawks to support their Wheelchair and All Abilities Players in the 2019 season, facilitating AFL experiences for Afford participants and offering work experience opportunities at Hawks HQ for people with disability. Afford was also named 2019 Yarra Trams Community Partner which involves an entire tram being wrapped with images of people of all abilities.  Tram 3008 can be seen passing the MCG on Route 48 (North Balwyn to Victoria Harbour Docklands) and can also be seen on Route 109 (Box Hill to Port Melbourne) from April until July. The Afford Community Partner Tram will increase public awareness of diversity, inclusivity and encourage the celebration of everyone's unique abilities. Afford CEO, Steven Herald, says that the partnerships with the Hawks and Yarra Trams are strong steps towards creating an inclusive Melbourne. "We are thrilled to have established these partnerships with the Hawks and Yarra Trams. Both the Hawks and Yarra Trams are well established in Melbourne's culture and such iconic organisations that share our vision to encourage inclusiveness and acceptance." "Through these partnerships we are sure that our message of an inclusive Melbourne will shine on the streets and on the footy fields of Melbourne and foster inclusivity for Australians of all abilities."  "We encourage everyone to jump on board with Afford to support us in creating an inclusive Melbourne and tag @Afford in your social posts to show your support for people of all abilities." Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves said the partnership supports the club’s vision to be inclusive and welcoming for people of all backgrounds.   Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for over 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Australia every day. For more information about Afford, visit or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Editor's Note: Footage/imagery of the Afford Community Partner tram can be obtained, please contact Maria on 0402 239 929. Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e About the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. 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.   Concerns from CWA of NSW that looming election stalling drought assistance commitments 2019-05-07T21:30:16Z concerns-from-cwa-of-nsw-that-looming-election-stalling-drought-assistance-commitments Hi The Country Women's Association (CWA) of NSW's State Conference continues in Albury today after delegates yesterday overwhelmingly endorsed a motion that calls for a firm and ongoing commitment to drought assistance from the country's major political parties. The association is also concerned the looming Federal Election is stalling the release of more information on initiatives announced in the Federal Budget, and announced by the Federal Government last week. "Major issues, such as drought, should be treated with a bipartisan approach and all major parties should have a firm position for action on drought so money and support gets to where it’s needed without delay," CWA of NSW State President Annette Turner said. “It’s too important to play politics with and must be treated with the urgency it deserves. The fact the government is in ‘caretaker mode’ should make no difference. In drought-stricken areas, every single day bites. Unlike politicians, we can’t ask our farmers to wait a few weeks, while there is a potential changing of the guard.” Attached and below is a media release on the urgency motion. For further information or interview requests please let me know. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE Concerns that looming election stalling drought assistance commitments The Country Women’s Association of NSW is urgently seeking assurances from both sides of politics on an ongoing commitment to drought assistance following concerns the upcoming Federal Election has thrown a shadow of uncertainty over future aid schemes for drought-stricken areas of the state. It follows an announcement last week by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on new re-stocking and re-planting loans of up to $200,000 for farm businesses, part of a $500 million package that includes the establishment of a specific “Regional Investment Corporation” for the loans, once conditions improve. The package also includes funding for more rural financial counsellors. The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW at its State Conference in Albury yesterday, prior to a visit to the conference by Mr Morrison, expressed concerns that now the Government is in ‘caretaker mode’ pending the federal election, there is no further information available around the announcement and that the federal Opposition has not yet indicated its intention to support the scheme should it win the May 18 ballot. “As it stands the Opposition has even expressed some hesitation at the issuing of concessional loans, which means if we have a change of government, we may not see the program get off the ground at all,” said Annette Turner, CWA of NSW State President. “We are calling for all major political parties to state their support for this scheme. Major issues, such as drought, should be treated with a bipartisan approach and all major parties should have a firm position for action on drought so money and support gets to where it’s needed without delay. “It’s too important to play politics with and must be treated with the urgency it deserves. The fact the government is in ‘caretaker mode’ should make no difference. In drought-stricken areas, every single day bites. Unlike politicians, we can’t ask our farmers to wait a few weeks, while there is a potential changing of the guard.” The motion of urgency, which was unanimously carried by delegates, included a call for consideration of grants for farmers, as well as loans, Mrs Turner saying that while they welcomed concessional loans, they wanted the major parties to look further into grants, where appropriate. The motion encompassed the need for more information on the budget announcement of $5 million for the Country Women’s Association of Australia to assist with the ongoing allocation of drought assistance grants, along with a call for the streamlining and simplification of the Farm Household Allowance scheme, in the wake of ongoing complaints from applicants about the excessive ‘red tape’ around the scheme. “We have publicly applauded the Government for the funding for the CWA of Australia. And as we have proven, drought funding is in very good hands with the CWA, with the state associations efficiently, and at no cost, getting every dollar to where it is needed. However, we need all parties to confirm ongoing support for this. If there is a change of Government we need to know that all parties support this important work,” Mrs Turner said. Several other urgency motions around water security for regional communities are also due to be discussed by delegates today, including one relating to the inadequate quality of town water in many regional areas and the need for greater transparency on decision-making under the Murray Darling Basin Plan, particularly relating to the allocation of water and the balance between social, economic and environmental factors in water management. New Zealanders would happily catch a driverless car home from the pub, but wouldn’t splash as much cash to buy one 2019-05-06T22:22:06Z new-zealanders-would-happily-catch-a-driverless-car-home-from-the-pub-but-wouldn-t-splash-as-much-cash-to-buy-one New Zealanders would happily catch a driverless ride home after a big night out but are slightly more tight-fisted than their Australian counterparts when it comes to how much they would spend on buying their own. The latest survey commissioned by leading industry group – the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative - is arguably the most comprehensive of its type ever undertaken in New Zealand, with the results to be showcased tomorrow on the second day of the T-Tech19 conference in Christchurch. Ms Rita Excell, ADVI Executive Director says it is more important than ever to keep a pulse-check on community views and expectations of driverless vehicles because the industry is on the commercialisation cusp, and NZ has opportunity to grab its share of the estimated $7 trillion to be created in the global economy and to prevent road deaths and injuries. “Nearly 400 lives were lost on New Zealand roads in 2018, making it the country's worst annual road toll in a decade – so it is great to learn that New Zealanders are more open to accepting driverless technology as part of their daily lives than Australians and are less concerned about having their vehicle connected to and communicating automatically with other vehicles and road infrastructure (5.7% more Australians),” she said. “Different car ownership models and greater connectivity with the network means less congestion – which is sure to be great news for the Aucklanders who were identified in the 2018 AA Congestion Report as wasting an average 78.6 hours sitting in motorway traffic each year. In Auckland alone congestion is estimated to cost the city around $2 billion in lost productivity each year.” One area where New Zealanders did fall below par to Australians was whether they would be willing to pay more for the privilege, with Australians showing a greater median amount extra ($AUD 5,000 extra) for a fully-automated vehicle than their current car compared to New Zealand respondents ($AUD 4650 extra). New Zealanders emerged as more prepared to use driverless public transport or ride sharing if it helped to reduce congestion (7.1% more respondents from New Zealand). More said they would use a driverless vehicle when physically or mentally unable to drive manually (10.3% more New Zealanders), after consuming alcohol, drugs or taking medication (9.1% more new Zealanders) and (c) when they are tired or fatigued (6.2% more New Zealanders). The Gen-Y’s came into a league of their own, with younger respondents saying they were more likely to do personal grooming (such as apply make-up), eat or drink, work or be on their mobile phone or iPad when travelling in a driverless vehicle. Overall, however, most people said that while they were happy to look out the window and chat with others, going to sleep wasn’t a popular option. “Most New Zealanders have now heard about driverless vehicles, but a lack of direct experience saw high levels of concern on people’s legal and financial responsibility if a vehicle has a crash when in full driverless mode. Most respondents are comfortable with a driverless vehicle doing most normal driving functions, but flagged concern about letting the technology change lanes or follow too closely to the vehicle in front,” Ms Excell said. “People understand the very significant congestion, health and safety benefits on offer, but also recognise that the technology could provide greater mobility for people with driving impairments or restrictions, reduced insurance premiums and less overall repair costs,” she said. The ADVI-commissioned survey – which involved 5,102 Australians and 1,049 New Zealander answering 93-questions – provides an intriguing insight into the trust levels of driverless vehicle technology, what people would be prepared to pay to own one and what types of activities they are most likely to do when travelling. T-Tech19, presented by Intelligent Transport Systems New Zealand, is being held in Christchurch for the first time as home to some of New Zealand's most innovative transport solutions. T-Tech aims to inform on the future of transport and mobility, debating the value and applicability of solutions. The 2-day event is an opportunity for delegates to learn more about government policy, major projects and initiatives, and provides industry and academia with crucial insight into how New Zealand is approaching transport now and towards 2050. An overview of T-Tech19 keynote speakers, including Rita Excell can be found at the T-Tech19 website. Media are to note that the dedicated hashtag #ttech19 can be used for social media activity. ### About the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) ADVI is the peak body that spans the wide ecosystem of driverless vehicles in Australia and New Zealand. With a membership of more than 120 leading organisations across a wide range of sectors, ADVI offers a unique opportunity for partners to collaborate with Governments, Industry and researchers, to position Australia and New Zealand amongst the world leaders in the development and deployment of driverless technology. ADVI’s education, advocacy and demonstration efforts help to inform and raise awareness, encourage community acceptance, and ensure understanding of the economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits of driverless vehicles. Malaysia’s housing construction & affordable housing benefits from 3 C’s says Tan Sri Michael Yeoh 2019-05-05T22:53:52Z malaysia-s-housing-construction-amp-affordable-housing-benefits-from-3-c-s-says-tan-sri-michael-yeoh Malaysia’s housing, property and affordable housing sectors (including the business community) are benefiting from a government led environment that is focussing on the three Cs…Certainty, Consistency and Clarity in its macro-economic policies and endeavours said Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh in his opening address at the recent Kingsley Strategic Institute (KSI) National Housing & Property Summit in Kuala Lumpur. YBM Senator Dato’ Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah, Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government was the keynote speaker at KSI’s Summit that brought together high-ranking senior government officers, business leaders, captains of industry, academia and stakeholders to discuss The New Property Landscape in a Changing Business Environment – Where do we go from here?    “With respect to the housing and property industry, affordable housing remains a challenge with greater need for Public Private Partnership (PPP) between government and the private sector.  This is needed to deliver the outcome of more affordable housing in line with the nation’s aspirations”, affirmed Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh.   The escalating home ownership and overhang in the country has become a top agenda for the government to resolve.  Various housing policies and measures are being implemented to stimulate buying and boost the current property market said Senator Dato’ Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah in his opening remarks.   “The recently launched National Housing Policy 2.0 outlines five focuses 16 strategies and 57 action plans, of which 15 will be carried out in the first two years.  The five focuses include improving accessibility and affordability, quality housing for all, cohesive neighbouring and neighbourhoods, improving coordination between housing development and transportation and strengthening the institutional capability”, said the Senator and Deputy Minister.   The Housing Policy aims to build 1 million affordable units in the next 10 years with the target broken down to 100,000 homes annually.   The latest economy indicators point to a positive Malaysian property market next year driven by strong fundamentals including solid economy growth, increased loan applications and approval, stable currency, private consumption, investment, as well as the Government's infrastructure investments.   Both the Senator and Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh addressed the need for appreciation of technology and its impact and growing importance in the buying, selling, and renting process of property.    It is going to be the game changer with Big Data and technology impacting property and construction, as well as every aspect of living and commercial endeavour.   Senator Dato’ Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah continued, “The property industry needs to look at other ways of overcoming the demands for housing with renting an option to overcome supply issues.  A strong tenancy market will support the investment market and improve property market issues”.   “The Rent-To-Own (RTO) scheme is a positive Government initiative that offers buyers the option to rent their homes for five years and apply for financing to participants in the sixth year”.   Senator Dato’ Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah concluded his presentation affirming there is no single solution for improving urbanisation and achieving sustainable urban development.  The Government’s agenda provides the principles and practices to bring the vision to life and into reality.   There is much that needs to be done in the property and housing sector.  But by working together with the private sector, the goal to energise the industry and find ways to improve and sustain Malaysia's property market can be achieved.   Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh confirmed that the Summit had been a success and KSI was in the process of producing a report of the discussions for presentation to the Ministry.   Issued by Connect Malaysia              Media enquiries       Mr. Joe Perri, Connect Malaysia Tel:       +61 3 9662 2550   Mob:  +61 412 112 545  Email: AASW South Australian Branch Social Worker of the Year Awards 2019 2019-05-03T07:17:10Z aasw-south-australian-branch-social-worker-of-the-year-awards-2019 The night of nights for social workers in South Australia was held last night at the Beach House in Glenelg, hosted by the AASW’s South Australian Branch. The Awards were an opportunity to celebrate and pay tribute to the tireless commitment that many qualified South Australian social workers provide in their often challenging and complex work. AASW South Australian Branch President Patricia Muncey said, “The South Australian Social Worker of the Year Awards reflect the collaborative efforts of nominees and their commitment to the values of social work. “This year’s winners highlight the breadth and depth of social work practice across South Australia. We are proud to recognise social workers who are at different stages of their careers from student to advanced practitioner.” There were award winners in six categories: Student of the year – Sioban Prideaux, UniSA Ms Prideaux was awarded for generously contributing to the local student community and supporting Women’s Safety Services. Rising Star - Emma Drummond, Department of Child Protection, Adelaide Ms Drummond was commended for applying high levels of cultural responsiveness in her delivery of child protection services. Leading the Way in the Workplace - Cassandra Dunn, Drug & Alcohol Services SA Ms Dunn was commended for her leadership in inspiring students and co-workers to break down barriers for clients in the field of drug and alcohol services. Rural and Remote Impact - Tara Blaikie, Department of Child Protection, Far North Far West Region Ms Blaikie was commended for achieving positive outcomes for children in her region, using knowledge of local communities and social work values. Head, Heart & Hands - Cassandra Dunn, Drug & Alcohol Services SA Ms Dunn was commended for driving changes across clinical guidelines to address the needs of a diverse range of client groups. Agent of Change - Verity Paterson, Country Health SA Local Health Network Ms Paterson was recognised for working tirelessly to address disadvantage in the Eyre and Far North Health region in collaboration with a range of service agencies. Department for Child Protection (DCP) Chief Executive Cathy Taylor said: “We are proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the Awards and recognise the important role of social workers in the community. “We are pleased to partner with the Australian Association of Social Workers to deliver these Awards, which highlight the positive impact social workers have on our most vulnerable children and families. “Social workers are amazing people who make a world of difference to those who are experiencing difficulty in their lives. “I congratulate all the winners and thank all those who nominated, for the effort you put in day in, day out, to help others.” Watts McCray’ Rishika Pai Nominated for Young Lawyers Award 2019-05-02T00:12:06Z watts-mccray-rishika-pai-nominated-for-young-lawyers-award Rishika Pai of family law firm Watts McCray is being recognised among Australia's leading young lawyers. Rishika has been selected as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards 2019, in two categories; Family Law and Pro Bono. The Family Law category recognises a lawyer who has navigated the complex family law space while demonstrating persistence and resilience. The Pro Bono award recognises a lawyer who has demonstrated a passion for pro bono work, benefitting those in need of legal aid. Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 is Australia’s largest independent awards program that identifies excellence in young lawyers—those who are raising the bar on what it means to be a leader for the next generation. Achieving 30 Under 30 status offers the springboard for career progression, giving industry-wide recognition for professional competency while highlighting a passion for the law and dedication for personal advancement. Rishika Pai has been with Watts McCray since 2016 and during that time her legal practice has been guided by her desire to assist those in need, as demonstrated by her dedication to her family law clients, her volunteer work with a number of pro bono organisations, and using her legal skills and the law to improve the welfare of animals in Australia. Rishika is a member of The Law Society of NSW, NSW Young Lawyers Family Law Committee, and the NSW Young Lawyers Animal Law Committee. Rishika Pai has invaluable experience across a variety of Family Law matters including divorce, property settlements, parenting matters, spouse maintenance, Binding Financial Agreements, and AVOs/domestic violence issues arising from the breakdown of marriage and/or de facto relationships. In a statement Watts McCray said: “We are extremely proud of Rishika and wish her luck at the award ceremony which will be held on Friday, 10th May 2019 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.” For information on family law, child support, property lawyer, application for divorce and more, visit New National Website on Family Violence Launched 2019-05-01T23:54:22Z new-national-website-on-family-violence-launched Family law firm Watts McCray has been using their Facebook page to raise awareness for the new national website on domestic and family violence. Family Violence Law Help is a website by National Legal Aid for people affected by domestic and family violence. It has been funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. The new national website for people wanting to understand domestic and family violence, the law, and where to get help has been launched recently. The website has been created to aid people affected by domestic and family violence. It contains free and easy to read information, and relevant contact details should someone need to seek further assistance. Complex cases that involve family violence demand a personalised approach and the expert guidance of a dedicated lawyer. Watts McCray lawyers can discuss circumstances and provide expert advice in all types of situations. Their resource-filled website are for those who want to find out more about divorce in Australia, quickly and easily apply for a divorce, or contact a divorce lawyer in Australia to help them resolve their situation.  Family Violence Law Help was set up to help promote each State and Territory’s Family Advocacy and Support Service and to provide information for people affected by domestic and family violence. In Australia, there are different laws and courts for issues that feel connected. People may find themselves involved in three separate legal systems. They may have a Domestic Violence Order, which are different in every State and Territory. There could be some family law issues, like making arrangements for children, divorce, dividing property after separation or child support. Family law issues are usually dealt with in the Family Courts. Family law is the same across Australia, with some small differences in Western Australia. There could also be a child protection agency involved with the family. The laws around child protection are different in each State and Territory, and matters are dealt with in the Children’s Court or Youth Court. As this can be confusing for people in these difficult situations, the website has arranged topics by legal problem type. This website has general information about the law, but all legal problems are different. Family lawyers like Watts McCray can provide specific legal advice.   For information on family lawyers Sydney, divorce law, prenuptial and more, visit Reference: ‘School pressure, family life, digital identity, increased expectations’: the reason Girl Guides exists today 2019-04-30T22:43:54Z school-pressure-family-life-digital-identity-increased-expectations-the-reason-girl-guides-exists-today Girl Guides NSW & ACT will focus on the role Guiding plays in supporting young girls navigate school pressures, family life, digital identity and raised expectations with the launch of a new campaign called A Place To Grow to coincide with May - Girl Guides Month. This vital piece of communication to young girls, their families and thousands of active and potential volunteers, will highlight the diverse experiences on offer and its relevance for the young girls of today. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner said that Girl Guides provides a place for young people to feel secure. “We come together over a variety of activities, build confidence and resilience which makes our young people better able to cope with their lives. “We encourage our girls to build life skills, and have the freedom to be adventurous, learn strong communication skills, laugh, and make life-long friendships,” said Commissioner Neill. Ella Ezergailis, aged 12, was inspired to join Girl Guides after hearing her mother’s stories of Guiding and wanted her share of adventure and fun. In 2018, Ella became the youngest Girl Guide to take part in ‘Girl Takeover Parliament’ event, in which she watched Question Time in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. Disgusted by the behaviour, Ella wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling him so. “I decided to write to the Prime Minister and ask him to change the culture in Parliament House. I told him he should visit my school to learn how to behave respectfully. “My letter was shared around the world on social media and was reported by news outlets. “Girl Guides has given me the confidence to do such a thing, however the result made me feel that a 12-year-old girl’s voice was important, and girls do have the power to change the world,” said Ella. Now in its 99th year, Girl Guides in NSW & ACT has 7,400 members across 540 Units. Comissioner Neill said recent research revealed that 90% of girls joined the organisation before the age of 11 and stayed because it provided the perfect antidote to the complex and pressured lives of young people. “Our research showed that young girls join for the things they need most at this stage of their lives: fun, meeting friends outside of school and developing new skills. “Parents said they wanted their daughters to join to help them build their confidence, meet new friends and have a community orientation to their life. “Our programs offer a connection to experiences and community that schools and busy families can’t. “We have large scale events and the traditional jamboree, but mostly girls choose their own activities to complete, from creative pursuits to sailing, coding to cooking, orientation to fundraising,” said Commissioner Neill. A Place To Grow will use the 540 Units of Girl Guides NSW & ACT, to promote the stories of resilience, confidence building and friendship it encourages, through social media, local press, local events such as school fetes and Girl Guides own Come and Try nights. Helen White, CEO said, the grass-roots approach is what Girl Guides excel at. “Over 1,000,000 Australians are or have been a Girl Guide. We work at the local level, in communities and across regions supporting and empowering the women of tomorrow. “There is a resurgence of interest in Girl Guides, as young people and their families look at ways to combat the pressures of busy and digital lives. We’re all about supporting someone to find their own path, to build resilience, and life skills to take them wherever they wish,” said Ms White. However, is Girl Guides still relevant for the girls of today? Ella says that it is. “Girl Guides is even more relevant to young people growing up with a digital life. “Girl Guides teaches you how to interact socially, be a responsible citizen, how to deal with emergency situations and gives you the courage to accept challenges. “I even went on camp for a week without my phone, and I survived.” More information: New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Concern for suburb clouds Fawkner Residents Assoc second anniversary – loss of liveability the fear 2019-04-29T21:55:45Z concern-for-suburb-clouds-fawkner-residents-assoc-second-anniversary-loss-of-liveability-the-fear Fawkner Residents Association (FRA) celebrated its second anniversary and 101st member joining the group this month – and although both are noteworthy milestones, the achievements are clouded by concern for the suburb and Municipality’s overall future liveability said spokesperson Mr Joe Perri.    Reflecting on the makeup of the FRA Joe Perri said the members share a common passion for the wellbeing of the suburb and are keen to ensure that its liveability is preserved for future generations to enjoy.   Looking forward to the coming year and beyond, the challenge for the FRA is to protect the little pocket of Moreland from those seeking to make a quick buck, and in the process leave behind a legacy of community, social, health and environmental harm – including poor quality design and construction.   Commenting further Joe Perri said, Moreland predicts Fawkner’s population to be  16,480 by 2036 (an increase of 3,300 or 25% from 2011) with Sydney Road and the streets closest to the major thoroughfare earmarked to accommodate high density development.    On the surface many will consider Fawkner’s 25% increase rather reasonable when compared to the Municipality’s overall projected population increase of 48% (or an additional 74,500 residents) over the same 2011 to 2036 period.  However, this assumption fails to appreciate two key factors –   - Geographically, Fawkner is only half a suburb, with the area west of Sydney Road accommodating the cemetery and industrial activities.  The projected 3,300 additional population will have to reside between Sydney Road and McBryde Street.   - Whereas most suburbs have multiple main road entry and exit points, Fawkner is via Sydney Road only.  As a result, time stuck in traffic at major intersections such as Jukes Road, Major Road, etc – are already on the rise as are the number of drivers preferring ‘rat runs’ to waiting at red lights.    “It’s inevitable that commuting times (whether by car or the infrequent bus service) will increase.  The absence of accessible convenient public transport alternatives, particularly the 20-minute peak hour train service on the Upfield Line compels even the shortest journey to be made by car”, affirmed Joe Perri.   “This lack of proper town planning and even poorer urban design is reconfiguring once liveable Fawkner into a car dependent dormitory suburb of streets overflowing with parked cars and residents forced to live in social isolation”.   The FRA acknowledges that the problems and issues being confronted by Fawkner are not unique – they are the same as those being faced by countless suburbs, municipalities and major cities across Australia.    Nor is the problem overdevelopment and immigration – it’s the lack of structure and absence of a town planning vision and clarity of direction that’s the underlying source of so much resident anger and angst.   Joe Perri continued, “What we are seeing is Spring Street driven ‘force fed’ development and even poorer outcomes that are incompatible with the needs of the suburb.      “But at the grassroots level, don’t bother looking for a Moreland master plan for comfort that has identified the additional parklands, retail / sporting / social / community spaces to address the public realm and liveability needs of the suburb’s increased population.  It simply doesn’t exist!”     ENDS   Issued by the Fawkner Residents Association   Media enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri Mobile:          +61 412 112 545       Email:          AASW publishes its Federal Election Policy Platform 2019 2019-04-24T01:10:28Z aasw-publishes-its-federal-election-policy-platform-2019 The AASW has today published its Policy Platform in anticipation of the Federal Election, to be held on Saturday, 18 May. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “Now is the time that we have the opportunity to challenge inequality and bring to the fore how we can achieve a just society. “We have written to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition that should they form the next government, there are several issues that require urgent attention. “We look forward to working with whoever forms government to implement our platform, which will ensure an Australia where each individual is valued and is given the opportunity to thrive in a supportive environment.” During this election campaign, the Association will focus on the following issues: Quality of the social work workforce Reconciliation Family violence Medicare, mental health and the role of social workers Refugees and people seeking asylum Mental health People living with disability and the NDIS Income support and employment programs Housing Aged care Redress Sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals. Read our complete Policy Platform 2019. See more of our campaign actions on the Federal Election on our website. This website will be updated as the election campaign progresses. The Association welcomes involvement from all in advancing the Policy Platform. Christine Craik is available for interview. ADRI Announces Meso March in May as part of Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2019-04-08T23:13:03Z adri-announces-meso-march-in-may-as-part-of-global-asbestos-awareness-week-1 MEDIA RELEASE: 3 April 2019 ADRI Announces Meso March in May as part of Global Asbestos Awareness Week Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related disease caused from inhaling asbestos fibres. There is no cure. To mark Global Asbestos Awareness Week, the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) today announced their 3rd Annual Meso March in May to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos, show community support for people affected by this terrible disease, and raise vital funds to support the life-saving work of the ADRI. Australia has one of the world’s highest incidences of malignant mesothelioma per capita, with more than 700 new cases diagnosed each year as a result of the extensive use of asbestos in a wide-range of products. If disturbed and these products release fibres into the air that can be inhaled, this can cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, cancer of the larynx and ovary, asbestosis and benign pleural disease. On Sunday 5 May, 60-year-old Sandie Foreman a victim of mesothelioma will lead hundreds of supporters in ADRI’s Meso March in May, a 4.5 kilometre circuit walk around Concord.  Although Sandie hadn’t worked with asbestos-containing materials she had unknowingly been exposed to fibres in her workplace and in 2016, her life changed forever when she was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma after an abdominal X-ray picked up a small lesion on the pleura of her left lung. “I had no respiratory symptoms at all. I’d exercised regularly, lived a healthy lifestyle and there was no family history of lung cancer (or any other cancers) so my GP didn’t consider me to be in a high risk group for any form of lung disease. Through the Meso March in May I hope people will join me and my Meso Mutts in striding toward a cure while building greater community awareness of the dangers of asbestos.”  Professor Ken Takahashi, Director of the ADRI said, “Although asbestos was banned in Australia in 2003, our legacy affords us the unenviable statistic of continuing to record the world’s highest number of mesothelioma deaths per capita. “With asbestos-related diseases recognised as a preventable global health threat, through increasing community awareness of this dangerous substance, the Meso March in May will be playing a critical role in preventing a disease that takes the lives of 12 Australians every week. In the past, Australians diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma were primarily men caused from work-related exposure. However, according to the Australian Mesothelioma Registry (2016), around one third of Australians exposed to asbestos fibres occurred in non-work-related situations. Of these around 50% were women with exposure most common among people who had done major home renovations involving asbestos-containing products. “Our hope is that through the Meso March in May, we can increase awareness of the dangers of asbestos, show community support for people like Sandie and generate funds to enable the ADRI to continue our life-saving research that aims to make mesothelioma history,” Professor Takahashi said. The Meso March in May commences at Edwards Park (Brewer Street end) and includes Greenlees Park, Jesse Steward Reserve, Rothwell Park and Queen Elizabeth Park. People are encouraged to bring their families and dogs to take part in the 4.5 kilometre circuit walk around Concord from 10:00am until 11:00am. Registrations open from 9.30am at Brewer Street, Central Concord. Register today for ADRI’s 3rd Annual Meso March in May to show your support for people living with mesothelioma and their families. Entry fees are $40 per adult, dogs are $5 and kids are free.  We invite people to promote the event using social media and conduct fundraising through the MyCause registration platform which is optional. Donations of $2 or more will be gratefully received and are fully tax-deductible. Anyone can help by sponsoring a friend or by making a tax-deductible donation today. All funds raised will support ADRI’s research, clinical studies, prevention and support services for patients and their families affected by mesothelioma. REGISTER TODAY FOR THE MESO MARCH IN MAY:   -ENDS-  ---------------------------- JOURNALIST NOTES EVENT DETAILS:      Date: Sunday May 5th 2019      Times:      - 9.30am: Registrations at Edwards Park      - 10am-11am: Meso March Walk      - 11am-12pm: Light refreshments at Briar’s Sport Club, Wellbank Street Concord**      Parks: Edwards Park, Greenlees Park, Jesse Steward Reserve, Rothwell Park and Queen Elizabeth Park      Wear: White, blue or olive green. A black ADRI baseball cap will be provided on the day. ENTRY FEES      Adults: $40.00      Children: FREE      Dogs: $5.00 **Note: dogs not permitted at Briar’s Sport Club.   TRANSPORT      Free street parking      466 bus from Ashfield to Cabarita via Burwood. Alight at Brewer Street      River Cat from Circular Quay or Parramatta. Alight at Cabarita. Take the 464 Cabarita to Burwood bus to Brewer Street ASBESTOS DISEASES RESEARCH INSTITUTE The Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) primary objectives are to: Improve the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related disease and at the same time to contribute to more effective measures to prevent exposure to asbestos.  With the establishment of the ADRI, as the first stand-alone research institute in the world dedicated to tackling this silent and still increasing epidemic, Australia has taken a vital step forward in the international fight against asbestos-related diseases. As a response to the increasing incidence of malignant mesothelioma in Australia, the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), located in the Bernie Banton Centre, Concord NSW was opened by the then Prime Minister, the Hon. Kevin Rudd in January 2009. ADRI was established by the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (a charitable not-for-profit organisation) dedicated to preventing asbestos related diseases.  ASBESTOS-RELATED DISEASES Asbestos-Related Disease Statistics The number of new malignant mesothelioma cases provides a measure of asbestos exposure among the Australian population.  This is because there is a strong causal association between asbestos exposure and malignant mesothelioma.  A total of 15,884 people were newly diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in Australia between 1982 and 2015, with men making up 83.6% of all cases. Since 2011, more than 700 cases of newly diagnosed malignant mesothelioma cases have been reported each year. Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a cancer arising from the lining (mesothelium) of the thoracic and abdominal cavities. The disease is usually advanced before symptoms appear, making an early diagnosis and effective treatment very difficult. The average survival time after diagnosis is only 10-12 months. A small exposure to asbestos can be enough to trigger the cancer, however a relatively small percentage of people exposed to asbestos fibres will eventually develop mesothelioma. There usually is a lag of 20-50 years after the first asbestos exposure before the disease is diagnosed. Pleural Disease Inflammation of the outer lining of the lung, the pleura (where asbestos fibres are deposited). The pleura stiffens and thickens widely (diffuse thickening) or in patches (plaques), and can fill with fluid. Asbestosis This is scarring of the lungs by inhalation of large quantities of asbestos fibres: the lung becomes inflamed and scarred (stiff) making breathing progressively difficult. Symptoms include tightness in the chest, dry cough, and in the later stages, a bluish tinge to the skin caused by lack of oxygen. Asbestosis is usually seen in former asbestos miners, asbestos manufacturing workers and insulation workers, and usually takes a decade or more to develop. Lung Cancer Exposure to asbestos fibres greatly increases the risk of developing lung cancer in people who smoke. MALIGNANT MESOTHELIOMA Malignant mesothelioma (MM) almost uniquely caused by asbestos exposure was seldom diagnosed until the 1960’s.  Since 2011 more than 700 Australians were diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma each year and experts have estimated that there were at least another 1,350 Australians with lung cancer caused by asbestos.  A tragic consequence of highly intensive use of asbestos and its products in Australia in the previous century, it is estimated that these figures will continue to rise in the coming decades.   MM is a disease that develops several years after the first exposure to asbestos fibres.  However, the disease is currently also diagnosed in young adults incidentally exposed to asbestos fibres as children. The fact that approximately 1/3 of older Australian homes built or renovated before the mid 1980’s contain asbestos, reinforces the significance of Australians undertaking adequate preventive measures. The prognosis of MM patients is poor and almost all will experience severely debilitating symptoms. MM is only partially responding to the current forms of oncologic therapy and currently there is no curative treatment for the disease. It is therefore critical that we make a substantial investment in medical research to find better means of understanding the specific biology of MM in order to try to achieve better clinical outcomes for people affected by the disease. Why invest in research in Malignant Mesothelioma (MM) When compared to other frequently diagnosed cancers such as breast cancer and melanoma, MM has been under-studied. However, outcomes of research conducted into MM provide excellent opportunities for insights into cancer that can be widely applied.  For example: a)      The carcinogen is known: For most solid human malignancies, the actual carcinogen is not known (even for cigarette smoke where multiple carcinogens have been implicated). The single dominant carcinogen for the development of MM is asbestos.  Therefore, its role can be followed in studies ranging from the laboratory to epidemiological studies. b)      At-risk cohorts can be identified and followed: One of the keys to studying populations at risk of cancer is to be able to identify those at highest risk.  Because individuals who have been exposed to high levels of asbestos are at (high) risk of developing MM (e.g., occupational exposure), these individuals can be followed prospectively over decades in screening/biomarker studies. c)      High quality animal models exist: Animal models of MM pathogenesis and treatment can be studied and translated into novel therapies for MM patients. d)      Novel treatments are desperately needed: The options for current standard treatment are limited and new agents can be investigated relatively easily. e)      ADRI researchers have identified a novel treatment approach for malignant mesothelioma and significant investments are needed to fast track further development in the clinic. f)       Common responsibility: MM as a man-made disease that not only asks for responsibility from employers and legislators, but also from Australian society that as a whole, has permitted intensive asbestos use in the past.  REFERENCES Park EK, Yates DH, Hyland RA, Johnson AR. Asbestos exposure during home renovation in New South Wales. Medical Journal Australa, September 2013; 199 (6): 410-413. Olsen NJ, Franklin PJ, Reid A, de Klerk NH, Threlfall TJ, Shilkin K, Musk B, 5-Sept-2011, “Increasing incidence of malignant mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos during home maintenance and renovation”, Medical Journal of Australia, 195 (5): 271-274.     Park EK, Hyland R, Yates D, Thomas PS, Johnson A. Prevalence of self-reported asbestos exposure during home renovation in NSW residents. Respirology Supplement 1, Poster 143. March 2010. Australian Mesothelioma Registry Reports 2012 - 2017 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, July 2013