The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-09-15T00:24:04Z No place for police horses 2020-09-15T00:24:04Z no-place-for-police-horses Dear Editor, The ugly scenes of confrontations between police and protesters at the Queen Victoria Markets on the weekend were bad enough. But right in the middle of the shouting mob were a team of police horses, with placards and hands being waved in their faces, their sensitive ears assailed by the shouts and screams of the protestors. Horses and other animals shouldn’t fight our battles for us. They are innocent of the conflict and do not need to be brought into it. Horses are extremely sensitive and have to undergo rigorous training to decondition themselves not to flee, a natural instinct for a prey species, when there is noise, confusion, and so on. Animals don’t start riots, and unlike human officers, they have not volunteered to be placed in these violent and stressful situations. In light of the dangers posed to horses and humans, the use of horses in riot control is clearly not the best method of approach, and should be discontinued immediately. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Giving is receiving 2020-09-02T21:57:21Z giving-is-receiving It has never been more important than now, given current circumstances to reach out for one another and check-in to see how people are traveling. During the current situation with COVID-19 and social isolation for people, many are finding it quite challenging and difficult to be away from friends and loved ones. Our company director reports, visiting people's home is a privilege and often customers are welcoming and looking forward to having a visitor over at their home. It is always exciting going to a new customers' home and finding the many stories they have to share and often a warm cup of tea will be waiting when you arrive says Ali.Ali Ghafoor owner and manager of A.M.G Pest Management, reported with the current situation it is often elderly members of the community who can be quickly forgotten during difficult circumstances. As a company we have taken extra steps during the pandemic to make sure our business is more responsive to custom circumstances, such as offering contactless trade, ensuring staff are trained in COVID-19 awareness training and generally looking out for our fellow citizens and asking the question if they need a helping hand or simply asking RUOK? Ali reported during a recent staff meeting the organisation decided to contribute $10 from each job during the month of September and up until RUOK?Day (10th September) towards the RUOK? Charity and help raise awareness about this great initiative and start the conversation, check-in and offer support if people need it. This is our way of supporting the RUOK? Charity and looking out for each other, as we can all use a little helping hand at times. As an organisation it is important to offer a little more than just the general booked services, and often customers will appreciate the extra services and personal connections made for them. We find that customers today seek ethical and values-based organisations willing to make a difference in their community and support grassroots sports, charities, or initiatives, it is one way for an organisation to provide corporate sponsorship and community giveback for their business. Just like the old quote goes ‘giving is receiving’.  Something Sinful has Come to Australia... Sinful Society: A Different Kind of BDSM Event hosted by William Luxe 2020-09-02T04:44:38Z something-sinful-has-come-to-australia-sinful-society-a-different-kind-of-bdsm-event-hosted-by-william-luxe Sinful Society is not your typical BDSM community; it's something more tasteful and restrained. Aimed to introduce successful dominant men and attractive submissive women, Sinful Society is a private social event for people interested in pursuing serious or casual D/s relationships. Hosted by William Luxe, Sinful events are reserved exclusively for approved members only. Sinful events are not sex parties or play parties. They are elegant, low-key soirées of hand-selected like-minded kinky people. There's no play and no pressure at Sinful events, just meeting people and socialising at upscale cocktail bars. "Sinful Society revolutionises, sets new standards and closes an overlooked gap for the social dating scene. We have Tinder, Bumble and even Grindr for the LGBTQ community but we don't have anything that caters for a less vanilla style relationship while maintaining class and discreetness. Sinful Society is set to change that by offering a discreet and members only dating app with regular luxury cocktail style events." - William Luxe. Sinful Society screens for aesthetic appeal, style, sophistication and eloquence. They don't discriminate on your sexual preferences, kinks, gender identification or what role you prefer to take on. Due to the nature of D/s relationships, female members are not required to have a great deal of submissive experience. They do, however, ask that you have a good understanding of safe submission. Typically, they only allow experienced dominants or those who can demonstrate a strong understanding of dominant principles. They also require our male members to have a successful career and a position of authority. Typical members are corporate managers, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, models and other professionals and public figures. Sinful Society receives a massive amount of applications and have a very selective process. Visit the Sinful Society website to learn more. CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence 'national emergency' 2020-08-31T23:25:25Z cwa-of-nsw-puts-awareness-week-spotlight-on-domestic-violence-national-emergency-2 Hi , The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is preparing to launch its annual Awareness Week campaign on September 6, this year focussing on the issue of domestic violence. The 2020 campaign is highlighting the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be limited and often hours away. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s Awareness Week, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “The rates of violence we are seeing are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, and the message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The campaign runs from September 6 to 13 and for interview requests with CWA of NSW president Stephanie Stanhope or Awareness Week partners White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW, please let me know. Branches across the state are participating in the campaign with their own awareness-raising events, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, so get in touch with your local branch for find out what they have planned. A branch locator can be found at: https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/branchesgroups.html Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, is the Patron of the CWA of NSW and has prepared a message in support of this year’s Awareness Week campaign, which can be viewed here. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence ‘national emergency’ A call for domestic violence to be recognised as a “national emergency” is at the heart of this year’s Country Women’s Association of NSW Awareness Week, beginning on Sunday, September 6. This year’s Awareness Week is shining the spotlight on the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be hours away. This comes as COVID-19 and associated restrictions have exacerbated the issue of domestic violence in 2020, with restrictions putting victims in closer proximity to their abusers, for often longer periods of time, making it harder for victims to reach out for help. Statistics show: One woman is killed every nine days and one man is killed every 29 days in a domestic violence-related situation. One in six women and one in 16 men in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner. Indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children. Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence, and those who do seek help can find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation (services/emergency accommodation may be hundreds of kilometres away) and lack of transportation options. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “Figures like these are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, because there are services there to help and communities who will stand behind them. The message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s campaign, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. The organisation is supporting Domestic Violence NSW’s calls for law and policy change aimed at helping prevent and address the issues around domestic and family violence, and the call for a forum to help better understand the needs of victims in non-metropolitan areas. “People in rural, regional and outer metropolitan experiencing domestic violence face unique challenges and have specific needs. We are calling on the NSW Government to hold a regional forum to meet with local domestic violence services so that everyone, wherever they live, can access the support they need to be safe,” said Delia Donovan, Interim CEO of Domestic Violence NSW. White Ribbon Australia’s call for more behavioural change and support programs for perpetrators, and for those who feel like they are a risk to their partner/families and need immediate support, is also being supported by the CWA of NSW. White Ribbon Australia Executive Director Brad Chilcott said Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs work with perpetrators to identify, understand and take responsibility for their violence, anger and abuse. “But demand far exceeds supply. Right now, there are hundreds of men across Australia, including regional NSW, who recognise their behaviour is unsafe and are reaching out for support, only to discover how little is available,” Mr Chilcott said. “Recent data from No To Violence shows that men are waiting up to 40 weeks to access specialist MBC programs, leaving women and children vulnerable to ongoing abuse.” In a recent postal vote on policy motions – which will form the basis of CWA of NSW’s lobbying efforts for the next 12 months – members overwhelmingly endorsed two motions around domestic violence: one urging governments to recognise the issue as a “national emergency”, and another calling for all governments to implement relevant recommendations and best practice relating to protecting survivors of domestic violence. This includes recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s family law review and the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. “Members are passionate about advocating for victims of domestic violence and for more support services in their local communities. White Ribbon Australia recognises individual communities are best placed to identify just what they need to help address the issue in their own neighbourhoods, so is urging communities to consider forming their own community action groups,” Stephanie said. “This Awareness Week we’re sending the message that we can all help make a difference if we stand together and make the safety of everyone in our community our top priority.” For those in need of assistance, 1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, which can be contacted on 1800 737 732. For more information on White Ribbon Australia go to https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/, and for Domestic Violence NSW visit https://www.dvnsw.org.au/ CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence 'national emergency' 2020-08-31T23:18:15Z cwa-of-nsw-puts-awareness-week-spotlight-on-domestic-violence-national-emergency-1 Hi , The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is preparing to launch its annual Awareness Week campaign on September 6, this year focussing on the issue of domestic violence. The 2020 campaign is highlighting the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be limited and often hours away. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s Awareness Week, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “The rates of violence we are seeing are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, and the message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The campaign runs from September 6 to 13 and for interview requests with CWA of NSW president Stephanie Stanhope or Awareness Week partners White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW, please let me know. Branches across the state are participating in the campaign with their own awareness-raising events, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, so get in touch with your local branch for find out what they have planned. A branch locator can be found at: https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/branchesgroups.html Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, is the Patron of the CWA of NSW and has prepared a message in support of this year’s Awareness Week campaign, which can be viewed here. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence ‘national emergency’ A call for domestic violence to be recognised as a “national emergency” is at the heart of this year’s Country Women’s Association of NSW Awareness Week, beginning on Sunday, September 6. This year’s Awareness Week is shining the spotlight on the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be hours away. This comes as COVID-19 and associated restrictions have exacerbated the issue of domestic violence in 2020, with restrictions putting victims in closer proximity to their abusers, for often longer periods of time, making it harder for victims to reach out for help. Statistics show: One woman is killed every nine days and one man is killed every 29 days in a domestic violence-related situation. One in six women and one in 16 men in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner. Indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children. Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence, and those who do seek help can find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation (services/emergency accommodation may be hundreds of kilometres away) and lack of transportation options. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “Figures like these are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, because there are services there to help and communities who will stand behind them. The message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s campaign, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. The organisation is supporting Domestic Violence NSW’s calls for law and policy change aimed at helping prevent and address the issues around domestic and family violence, and the call for a forum to help better understand the needs of victims in non-metropolitan areas. “People in rural, regional and outer metropolitan experiencing domestic violence face unique challenges and have specific needs. We are calling on the NSW Government to hold a regional forum to meet with local domestic violence services so that everyone, wherever they live, can access the support they need to be safe,” said Delia Donovan, Interim CEO of Domestic Violence NSW. White Ribbon Australia’s call for more behavioural change and support programs for perpetrators, and for those who feel like they are a risk to their partner/families and need immediate support, is also being supported by the CWA of NSW. White Ribbon Australia Executive Director Brad Chilcott said Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs work with perpetrators to identify, understand and take responsibility for their violence, anger and abuse. “But demand far exceeds supply. Right now, there are hundreds of men across Australia, including regional NSW, who recognise their behaviour is unsafe and are reaching out for support, only to discover how little is available,” Mr Chilcott said. “Recent data from No To Violence shows that men are waiting up to 40 weeks to access specialist MBC programs, leaving women and children vulnerable to ongoing abuse.” In a recent postal vote on policy motions – which will form the basis of CWA of NSW’s lobbying efforts for the next 12 months – members overwhelmingly endorsed two motions around domestic violence: one urging governments to recognise the issue as a “national emergency”, and another calling for all governments to implement relevant recommendations and best practice relating to protecting survivors of domestic violence. This includes recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s family law review and the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. “Members are passionate about advocating for victims of domestic violence and for more support services in their local communities. White Ribbon Australia recognises individual communities are best placed to identify just what they need to help address the issue in their own neighbourhoods, so is urging communities to consider forming their own community action groups,” Stephanie said. “This Awareness Week we’re sending the message that we can all help make a difference if we stand together and make the safety of everyone in our community our top priority.” For those in need of assistance, 1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, which can be contacted on 1800 737 732. For more information on White Ribbon Australia go to https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/, and for Domestic Violence NSW visit https://www.dvnsw.org.au/ CORT Community Housing new partnership with ACC 2020-08-30T21:07:18Z cort-community-housing-new-partnership-with-acc ACC will invest $50 million to initiate the joint venture and CORT will oversee the development and management of the new high-quality dwellings across Auckland.  This initiative is actively supported by the Ministry for Housing and Development.   CORT CEO Peter Jeffries noted that the partnership would provide a much-needed boost for our communities.    “With the Public Housing Register now indicating over 18,000 kiwis in desperate need of affordable housing, this partnership is a much-needed boost for our communities.  While the government’s investment in Kāinga Ora is welcome, growing the Community Housing Sector will also be just as crucial to supply enough homes to meet this need.”   Peter noted that ACC is a long-standing investor in key infrastructure for New Zealand, while CORT has successfully invested and managed high-quality public housing for more than 30 years.    “Both organisations share a similar long-term investment horizon, so forming this joint venture is a great fit,” he said.   CORT is completing a housing development programme providing over 160 new houses in the Auckland region.     Louise Marsden, of ACC Investments Private Markets team, said this partnership is a great example of how our investments can improve the lives of New Zealanders.   “Our team looks at a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when making decisions,” she said. “This partnership with CORT is an excellent opportunity for us to achieve social impact while also delivering a sound financial return for the Scheme for the benefit of all New Zealanders.”   The new partnership with ACC will enable a further 100 quality homes to be built.   “Initiatives like these will help accelerate the rate at which Auckland becomes an inclusive and functional city,” CORT’s Peter Jeffries said.   “If we don’t get housing right – everything else suffers – it affects everyone.  Well-being requires we all have a place that is safe, secure and we can call home.”   -ends-   Further information Peter Jeffries, CEO, CORT Mob:   +64 27 264 8844   Peter Boyes, BPR Mob: +64 275 540 50     Further Background   CORT Community Housing is a not-for-profit charitable organisation established to meet the housing needs of those on very low incomes.  Founded by the Ponsonby Baptist church over 30 years ago the trust now provides housing for over 500 people across Auckland.  Over the past 10 years CORT has evolved into a significant developer of high quality affordable housing and in 2019 won an Australasian Housing Award for one of its medium density developments in South Auckland.   GPs Start Prescribing Low-Dose Ivermectin Triple Therapy for COVID-19 2020-08-25T01:14:46Z gps-start-prescribing-low-dose-ivermectin-triple-therapy-for-covid-19 GPs Start Prescribing Low-Dose Ivermectin Triple Therapy for COVID-19   Sydney, Australia – Australian triple therapy specialist Professor Thomas Borody, internationally famous for curing peptic ulcers using a triple antibiotic therapy saving thousands of lives, said 34 prescriptions for the inexpensive low-dose Ivermectin Triple Therapy 10-day treatment protocol have been written by GPs.   There have been numerous requests for the protocol via the GP@CDD.com.au including 57 Australian GPs, 30 doctors from overseas, and enquires from 184 members of the public (the protocol is only available to verified GPs as a prescription only).   Professor Thomas Borody MB, BS, BSc(Med), MD, PhD, DSc, FRACP,FACP,FACG, AGAF, FRS(N) said we could probably end the lock-downs and open our economy within 8-10 weeks using these TGA approved medications.   The Ivermectin triple therapy seems to be the cheapest, safest, and rapidly-curing treatment for Australians, and used broadly could stimulate the Australian economy.   Professor Borody said:   “Australian GPs can legally prescribe the medications as “off-label” to their COVID-19 positive patients. They can also prescribe it as a shorter, preventative medication.   In-fact more than 60% of prescriptions in Australia are “off-label”. It’s not a new concept. It’s happening legally every day to manage diseases and save lives.”   AMA Medicines 2019 position statement https://ama.com.au/position-statement/medicines-2019-position-statement   4.7. ‘Off-label prescribing’ is the prescription of a registered medicine for a use that is not included in the product information approved by the TGA, including when the medicine is prescribed or administered for another indication, at a different dose, via an alternate route of administration, or for a patient of an age or gender outside the registered use. 4.8. Off-label prescribing may be clinically appropriate, but there are clinical, safety, ethical, medico-legal and financial issues related to off-label use. The AMA supports the guiding principles for the quality use of off-label medicines developed by the Council of Australian Therapeutic Advisory Groups for public hospitals[3]. These principles should also guide private practice where relevant, in particular: (a) off-label use of a medicine should only be considered when other options are unavailable, exhausted, not tolerated or unsuitable (b) the patient/carer must be involved in decision-making (c) outcomes, effectiveness and adverse events should be monitored and reported to facilitate evidence-based decisions.   Professor Borody, an internationally regarded physician with 4 FDA approved drugs, is famous for developing the triple therapy that cured patients with peptic ulcers saving more than 18,000 lives in Australia alone and millions internationally. [See Professor Borody’s published research papers ORIC here http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0519-4698]   “No trial has shown Ivermectin-based therapy to be ineffective. In-fact, international trials report almost 100% cure rate with symptom improvement within 4-6 days,” he said.   This needs to be available for aged care facilities and frontline health workers today.   We have written to the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for an urgent medical briefing to bypass the raft of “advisors” who failed to understand TGA-approved medicines do not require animal studies.   Ivermectin, known as “the wonder drug” was discovered in the 1970s and is on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of essential medicines.   “There is mounting worldwide clinical literature pointing to a 100% cure rate using Ivermectin Triple Therapy,” said Professor Borody.   Professor Borody says his research has led him to a triple therapy of Ivermectin, zinc and an antibiotic – which are all TGA and FDA approved,   The therapy comprises: 1.    Ivermectin - TGA and FDA approved as an anti-parasitic therapy with an established safety profile since the 1970s. Known as the “Wonder Drug” from Japan. 2.    Zinc 3.    Doxycycline – TGA and FDA approved tetracycline antibiotic that fights bacterial infections, eg acne or urinary tract infections, viral and malarial  infections.   Professor Borody is involved in a Phase 2 study in the US to potentially develop the triple therapy as a single “blister pack” compliance product.   Professor Borody said:   “Our study in the US is looking at developing the triple therapy as a single product which requires FDA approval, even though all 3 medications separately are already approved.”   Link to clinical trial: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04482686?term=Ivermectin+borody&draw=2&rank=1   About the Centre for Digestive Diseases (CDD) https://centrefordigestivediseases.com/    The Sydney-based Centre for Digestive Diseases’ (CDD) provides patients with innovative therapies not available in the rest of the world.   The Hospital features cutting-edge technologies enabling our specialists to provide world-class treatments.   Professor Borody is also known internationally for his work on gut mircobiome infections and re-purposing antimicrobial drugs for new diseases including Crohn’s disease and the triple therapy cure for peptic ulcers. His discovery prevented premature deaths in over 18,000 people and saved the Federal Government a reported $10 billion [THEMA REPORT-p 7].    He has developed 4 FDA approved pharmaceuticals for the USA and international markets.   There are currently 28 Covid-19 Ivermectin treatment studies running globally.   Some recent research papers include:   WHO: Mass treatment with ivermectin: an underutilized public health strategy https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/82/8/editorial30804html/en/   ResearchGate: A Randomized Trial of Ivermectin-Doxycycline and Hydroxychloroquine-Azithromycin therapy on COVID19 patients. https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-38896/v1   MedRxiv: Effectiveness of Ivermectin as add-on Therapy in COVID-19 Management (Pilot Trial) https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.07.07.20145979v1   Journal of Antibiotics: Ivermectin: a systematic review from antiviral effects to COVID-19 complementary regimen https://www.nature.com/articles/s41429-020-0336-z   ResearchGate: A Case Series of 100 COVID-19 Positive Patients Treated with Combination of Ivermectin and Doxycycline https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343305357_A_Case_Series_of_100_COVID-19_Positive_Patients_Treated_with_Combination_of_Ivermectin_and_Doxycycline   Journal of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons: A Case Series of 100 COVID-19 Positive Patients Treated with Combination of Ivermectin and Doxycycline https://www.banglajol.info/index.php/JBCPS/article/view/47512/34879   Journal of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons: Comparison of Viral Clearance between Ivermectin with Doxycycline and Hydroxychloroquine with Azithromycin in COVID-19 Patients https://www.banglajol.info/index.php/JBCPS/article/view/47514     MedRxiv: : ICON (Ivermectin in COvid Nineteen) study: Use of Ivermectin is Associated with Lower Mortality in Hospitalized Patients with COVID19 https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.06.20124461v2     ChemRxiv: Has Ivermectin Virus-Directed Effects against SARS-CoV-2? Rationalizing the Action of a Potential Multitarget Antiviral Agent https://chemrxiv.org/articles/preprint/Has_Ivermectin_Virus-Directed_Effects_against_SARS-CoV-2_Rationalizing_the_Action_of_a_Potential_Multitarget_Antiviral_Agent/12782258     Legal to prescribe off label according to AMA especially as there is nothing else except vaccine in next 6 months and we will still need some sort of treatment.   Monika from Melb re her mum can do interviews... mum 94 with covid in nursing home with 20 others infected and 15 staff management refusing treatment… Media contact Kate Newton team@DMGPR.com AU: +61 2 8218 2144 USA: +1 415 951 3228­­­­­­­ Asia: +65 3159 3427 Who is your funeral director? 2020-08-21T07:37:34Z who-is-your-funeral-director I was born in the early 1960s. My father was a funeral director, so was my grandfather and his father and his father too. This would later make me a 5th generation funeral director. My forebears came to Australia in search of gold finding their way to the Victorian goldfields, where to make ends meet began an undertaking business. As they were carpenters they were able to manufacture all their own coffins, hence the term furnishing undertakers.In the 1960s we still manufactured our own coffins and living on the funeral home during our early years providing a fascinating playground. Back then all of our coffins were made from solid timbers, not the composite timbers of today. Our funeral home seemed huge as a young child and out the back was our manufacturing area. Raw timber was cut and bent with hot water to make the shoulder of the coffin. French polishers were employed to hand rub and apply polish to the coffins and we even had our own die works where metal handles and fittings were cast. There was a special area where the internal coffin drapery was cut and stitched.There was lots of activity and smells and for a young boy, lots of nails and little nick nacks to play and make things with.For us living in a funeral home as very young children, life was normal and has always been, we were involved in what any other child would do with sport or hobbies. We were always aware of staying away from the office or chapels whilst families or mourners were there and to be quiet. I guess as a young child on a funeral home you inevitably see things you shouldn't and probably like any other child living on a funeral home you did. Going to kindergarden was fun, dad was sometimes busy so one of the drivers would take me in one of the big black mourner's cars, they were huge, you could lie across the back parcel shelf. No doubt some people would think this is weird today, but that was our life and it is what business our family was in. Coffins and caskets were everywhere in the factory, to us they were just boxes or things our family made, not receptacles for the dead. Back then there were no mobile phones, computers, fax, pagers etc. Phones could not be diverted. People had to live on the funeral home and it was very much a husband and wife affair. When the phone rang dad would need to go out and collect the body and later arrange the funeral whilst mum stayed home to answer the phone.When people die away from home dad would often go and collect the body from the county. I remember travelling with him on several occasions. As a child, I quite enjoyed these trips.As we got a little older, we moved off the funeral home and into suburbia and as children didn't spend much time around the funeral home. We did what any other kids did.During my mid-teens, I became involved in the business in a very hands-on way. The Victorian funeral industry had become quite militant (as had many other industries at this time) and the entire industry went on strike. People still keep dying and the work doesn't stop. Our company had contracts with the Coroners office to transfer the deceased to the coroner's office. Reportable death cases included homicide, suicide, road trauma and unknown causes of death.School didn't stop and often during these strike actions, I would assist in the collection of deceased on the way to school. Despite being around death from birth, it was a harsh introduction.I entered the funeral industry full time the day after my 21st birthday, I had worked in hospitality for the 3 years after leaving school. I couldn't believe how similar the two industries were. Although different types of events, funerals were events and there was lots of organising, preparation and skill involved. I dived into it headfirst and wanted to learn everything.For the first few years, I was a funeral directors assistant, collecting deceased, driving the hearse and assisting in up to 4 funerals a day, learning all the time from the most experienced conductors and taking it all in. A conductor is a supervisor and central point of contact for the family. Back then the conductor may have spent many years as a Funeral Directors Assistant before being offered the role as Conductor. They were highly experienced and knowledgable. Sadly today, people are often made conductors the moment they walk through the door, missing out on those years of experience and knowledge.I was fortunate to be able to travel and attend conference, seminars and training sessions around Australia and overseas. During these travels, I was offered training in The United Kingdom and spent a number of months working in funeral homes around London.On return to Australia, I studied and after a few years gained my embalming certificate and was accepted into the British & Australian Institute of Embalmers. In the United States, I trained and specialised in Mass Fatality mortuaries, still an area of interest to me today.Education, learning and knowledge in our industry are ongoing and a necessary part of our professional development sadly once again overlooked by many.Despite the erratic nature of call out work, spending time with my family is the most important part of my life. Happily married with a recently turned teenager we live a very active live and balancing work life is the most difficult thing we have to deal with.The days of the funeral family are fast disappearing with many children choosing not to follow on in their parent's profession. Corporate funeral directors are replacing them and sadly decades of experience and knowledge is also disappearing.So when you next meet a funeral director, you may care to ask them their background and experience.Robert Nelson is Managing Director of Robert Nelson Funerals Pty Ltd Book award finalist: a sophisticated Romance Scam story, multiple clever professionals victimized 2020-08-07T05:03:38Z book-award-finalist-a-sophisticated-romance-scam-story-multiple-clever-professionals-victimized I’m a Romance Scam IT Detective by Selina Co has been honoured as an Award-Winning Finalist in the True Crime: Non-Fiction category of the 2020 International Book Awards. This advanced romance scam story illustrates fake websites, fake email addresses, fake banking documents, fake passports and fake personal videos. In the latter half of the story, victim Selina became a hacker and actress to confront and brainwash the criminals. This book also explains cybercrime investigation, legal limitations and misconducts of certain banks and their roles in the crime. Victims are clever professionals, namely engineers and a politician. This romance scam true story involves seven countries (Australia, the United States, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Ghana and Nigeria).   Paperback and eBook: available now in Amazon, Kobo and other major bookstores. Audiobook: coming soon.     Contact: Selina Co URL: https://romancescamitdetective.com/ URL2: https://www.onlinedatingidentitycheck.com.au/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Im-Romance-Scam-Detective-Psychological/dp/1922327166/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1596770662&sr=1-1 E: Selina@romancescamitdetective.com AASW launches Reconciliation Action Plan, in the lead up to International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020-08-07T03:03:50Z aasw-launches-reconciliation-action-plan-in-the-lead-up-to-international-day-of-the-worlds-indigenous-peoples The Australian Association of Social Workers has today launched its third Reconciliation Action Plan July 2020-June 2022, which is an Innovate Plan. It also comes in the lead up to the UN’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples which is on Sunday, 9 August. 2020’s theme is COVID-19 and Indigenous People’s Resilience. AASW’s Reconciliation Action Plan describes the steps the Association can and will take to create opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Workers. AASW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative Board Director Linda Ford said, “Our new plan prioritises our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Workers and is about taking actions and defining how we work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in our communities. “With this plan and alongside our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander colleagues, we will strive to be the best possible allies, by actively listening, by decolonising the way we work, by working in partnership and by making sure Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander colleagues and members of our communities shape our work.”Ms Ford said that building authentic relationships requires accepting the truth and understanding.She said, “We also know that to build authentic partnerships requires truth-telling and real understanding. Acknowledging the black history of our country, the historical role of Social Work and the current status of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in our community is essential in building partnerships that are grounded in truth.“I want to commend my fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters and all they have done during COVID-19, their resilience and their determination to defend their communities and keep them safe. As this year’s theme for Reconciliation was, we are truly IN THIS TOGETHER.”You can review the AASW Reconciliation Action Plan July 2020-June 2022.You can review the AASW’s webpage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander actions to date, including our 2004 Acknowledgement Statement.ENDSAbout Reconciliation Actions PlansThere are four types of Reconciliation Action Plans endorsed by Reconciliation Australia: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate.To interview Linda Ford, please contact Ellie Cooper on 0413 532 954. Social workers urge government to lead economic recovery by investing in social housing 2020-08-04T06:23:42Z social-workers-urge-government-to-lead-economic-recovery-by-investing-in-social-housing During National Homelessness Week, 2-8 August this year, Australian social workers are calling for more investment in social housing to help end homelessness.Last month, the AASW submission to the Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia, called on the federal government to build or acquire additional social housing. AASW National President Christine Craik said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we can respond to homelessness quickly as a response when there is a threat to public health, and this quick response has protected some of the most vulnerable people in our society. “During this pandemic, the Victorian government has housed many who were homeless as part of a public health response until April next year. We welcome this move, and would argue that this initiative needs to happen on a more permanent basis, not just during a pandemic and needs to be implemented across the country. “We are supporting the Everybody’s Home campaign this week. Building social housing and repairing empty or substandard public housing needs to be prioritised in all neighbourhoods across Australia. This kind of initiative will result in local jobs, economic stimulus and work towards social cohesion across the country. This pandemic has wreaked havoc with our most vulnerable communities and if there is to be one positive thing to come out of this, let that legacy be that this was the time we took a different path around social housing and committed ourselves to eradicating homelessness forever. “For anyone, becoming homeless can feel like a personal failure and many of our cultural myths and negative stereotypes around homelessness and poverty feed into this. You can tell a lot about the health of a community by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens. We need to challenge these myths and those negative stereotypes about homelessness and mobilise politically to end homelessness for good. We urge everyone to use this week to engage with the Everybody’s Home campaign.”Social workers know the effects of housing insecurity on vulnerable people. We know the ways in which this intersects and complicates other systemic disadvantage, including family violence, child protection and mental health. See the Scope of Social Work Practice areas in Homelessness, Family Violence, Child Protection and Mental Health. Scope of Social Work Practice – HomelessnessScope of Social Work Practice – Family ViolenceScope of Social Work Practice – Child ProtectionScope of Social Work Practice – Mental HealthENDS Social workers welcome an increase in Medicare mental health sessions in lockdown areas: a start but not the full answer 2020-08-04T01:53:11Z social-workers-welcome-an-increase-in-medicare-mental-health-sessions-in-lockdown-areas-a-start-but-not-the-full-answer The AASW welcomes the announcement by the Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday, 2 August on the increase in Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS)-funded mental health sessions in response to the escalating COVID-19 lockdowns.AASW National President Christine Craik said, “Our social workers who provide these sessions for those accessing mental health supports under Better Access tell us that the expansion of the number of allowable sessions is critical. The effect of the continuation of the lockdown in Victoria, and the growing uncertainty and anxiety that COVID-19 is causing, will see many people requiring additional and long-term support.The AASW has consistently, and persistently, called for an increase in allowable mental health sessions, over a long period of time and not just in response to the COVID-19 situation.Ms Craik said, “As stated in our numerous submissions to the MBS Review, and more recently the COVID-19 Inquiry, we believe MBS Better Access needs to be based on need and level of complexity. One size does not fit all. “Increasing the number of sessions will allow social work mental health professionals to better support individuals to work through the anxiety and complicated presentations we are seeing at this time. And while it is a welcome start, it will not alone be sufficient to address the growing mental health needs of the community and the growing demand on mental health professionals and services. We also need to see an extension of the use of telehealth and technology to support people where it is appropriate. For example, there is a huge need for work to address recovery for those who have experienced family violence. This has never been met in the current structure”We have welcomed the focus the government has placed on the mental health needs of the community through the pandemic, and now is the time to implement the recommendations of the MBS Review Taskforce on Better Access. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) have reported instances of their service users rationing their sessions despite significant concerns about the implications of this, combined with a worsening of symptoms as this pandemic continues. AASW social workers report observing an increase in service users presenting with suicidal thoughts and concerning behaviours. “It is clear that if we are to work to support the mental health of Australians through this pandemic and into recovery, there needs to be adequate service provision, and this is a long-term proposition, not a short-term situation.”The federal government’s MBS review has identified the need for an increased number of sessions and the AASW looks forwarding to continuing to work with government on this issue alongside addressing pay parity for all mental health professionals who are undertaking the same work. All social workers in Australia are supporting people through this current crisis. To locate an accredited mental health social worker, visit the AASW’s GP webpage .ENDSAbout Accredited Mental Health Social Workers Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) are recognised providers with Medicare Australia and other programs, delivering clinical social work services in mental health settings and utilising a range of evidence-based strategies. Members of the public can receive a referral from their GP under Better Access. For more information, see our website. The three-legged stool and the delinquent elephants 2020-07-24T01:24:43Z the-three-legged-stool-and-the-delinquent-elephants One of the greatest tragedies in business today is the absence of balance in business leadership and management teams.  Especially the absence of mature age executives.   It’s been said many times (I firmly believe this to be true) that an employee doesn’t really become productive until they turn 50.    At 50 their children have grown up, the pressure of the mortgage has diminished, etc. and finances are healthy.  On the work front they have progressed up the tree – have experienced and learnt much and now they are at their most productive and can really and powerfully contribute to a business.    But instead, invariably they are shown the door and end up working at a hardware store or running a lawn mowing franchise instead.   As a result, businesses (and even government) are making horrendous mistakes because the benefit of wisdom and experience are absent.   In business – as in nature – there needs to be balance in the composition of leadership and management teams.    Hence the example of the three-legged stool.    To be successful, businesses need the benefit of age and wisdom from those that came before (leg 1).    Then there is benefit of maturity from those that are middle aged (leg 2)   The third and equally important leg is youth for this group needs to challenge the status quo i.e. the wise and mature.  Wisdom and maturity must validate to the young the reason for their decisions and why they believe the business should go in a certain direction.    On being convinced, it’s youth that brings the energy and passion to get things done and accomplish the business objective.   Unfortunately, today we have too many three-legged stools with one and two legs missing.  For example, believing that an “all youth” team of “go getters” is what’s needed to achieve success.    Or equally devastating is when the mature and wise refuse to relinquish authority and shun new ideas or refuse to be challenged.   Balance in leadership and management is vitally important – and it is inevitable that organisations fall over when one or two legs are missing.   Therein is the reason why so many businesses fail.   THE DELINQUENT ELEPHANTS   Years ago, in a wildlife park in Africa, young adolescent bull elephants had inexplicably started killing other animals.    Rangers could not explain why such unnatural behaviour was occurring until they realised the source of the problem.    Years prior, the park had become overrun with elephants who were consuming all the vegetation and basically destroying the park.    So, it was decided that the solution was to cull the old bulls as they were regarded as the least needed in the overall ecology of the park.    Unfortunately, the authorities had failed to understand the many roles of the old bull elephants in the eco system.  One key function was to use their superior strength and bulk to keep the adolescent bulls under control when they were in must – a period characterised by excessive testosterone levels that resulted in highly aggressive and dangerous behaviour.   On bringing mature bulls back into the park, balance and the natural order of things returned and the killing of other species by the adolescents ceased.   Does this story sound familiar?       ENDS   Issued by Joe Perri & Associates           www.joeperri.com.au ABOUT JOE PERRI        Managing Director Mr. Joe Perri founded the company in 1995 after working for more than 22 years in the corporate sector.  Since then, Joe Perri & Associates has grown to provide PR and marketing focussed communication strategies / solutions for clients in the corporate, SME and non-profit sectors that help them achieve their strategic business aspirations.    Joe Perri’s goal is to help clients more clearly define their overall communication objectives and then implement the most appropriate strategy to reach their target audience more effectively. Every day, Joe Perri draws on his experience to enable clients to improve their business relationship, communication and brand / profile with customers, shareholders, distributors, the media and staff. New survey reveals COVID-19 has made Aussies more aware of supporting small business 2020-07-22T04:41:37Z new-survey-reveals-covid-19-has-made-aussies-more-aware-of-supporting-small-business With a second wave and further restrictions looming, 85 percent of Australians have experienced a wake-up call to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research. The study asked 500 Australians how they’ve handled the novel coronavirus’ impact on their local communities and how they’re supporting each other in this difficult time. Conducted on behalf of Canva, the survey found that 45 percent of respondents feel COVID-19 has brought their community closer together, with 28 percent donating supplies to those in need and 22 percent donating to local charities lending a hand to combat the virus. “Recent months have stressed the importance of acting with kindness and compassion - especially when it comes to supporting our local communities in a time where small businesses are struggling to break even and keep their employees,” said Canva’s Trends and Data Analytics Lead, Dr. Tim O’Keefe. One respondent shared how they had set up a food bank for international students, with another helping an elderly neighbours with home maintenance work. During the initial lockdown period, more than half of the respondents shared they had consciously supported between 1-10 local businesses in their community. 62 percent of those surveyed said they’re more consciously ordering delivery and takeaway from small businesses rather than large corporations or chains. “Around the world, we’re seeing millions of small businesses quickly adapt so they can continue operations. We’ve also seen a surge in the use of Canva’s free small business templates, with the creation of takeout menus growing by 66% as restaurants pivot to offering delivery-only, new marketing material to promote how distilleries are now producing hand sanitiser, and the adoption of personalised Zoom background designs for personal trainers running virtual classes. It’s incredibly inspiring to see this positive trend towards innovation, determination, and camaraderie across the globe,” added Dr. O’Keefe. Another four in 10 respondents said they’ve been consciously sharing small businesses across social media to support them at this time. 15 percent of respondents have started writing reviews online, with 9 percent making donations to keep their favourite local spots open. More Information: Lachlan Andrews (lachlan@canva.com) World first report finds fashion critically lagging on animal welfare 2020-07-21T09:32:50Z world-first-report-finds-fashion-critically-lagging-on-animal-welfare Over the past 12 months, major clothing brands have responded to customer demands and announced animal welfare policies, but do they go far enough? New research from global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS finds that the fashion industry comes up short between what they say and what is delivered, with only 21% of brands tracing even a portion of the animal derived materials for animal welfare.  FOUR PAWS has identified the first steps brands need, to take better care of animals and meet modern customer expectations. When the COVID-19 pandemic brought the fashion industry to a halt, it also delivered an opportunity for industry to take stock and consider its true impact. Whilst much of the debate on the social impacts of the fashion industry to date has focused on its environmental impact and how its workers are treated, customer concern for animals is growing exponentially. A 2019 You Gov poll found that 80% of Australians are concerned about the welfare and treatment of animals in at least one fashion category. Now more than ever, people are demanding that brands take responsibility for animals in their supply chains. FOUR PAWS research estimates that over two billion animals are used in the global fashion industry every year in the wool, fur, and leather industries alone, many of which suffer poor living conditions, brutal physical mutilation practices and chronic stress. To raise awareness and recognition of these fundamental issues, FOUR PAWS has developed the world’s first Animal Welfare in Fashion Report. “Animals are suffering for fashion, and shoppers want change. It’s time to make the treatment of animals used for fashion a priority, and recognise animal protection as an essential third pillar of ethical fashion,” said Jessica Medcalf, Head of Programmes at FOUR PAWS Australia and report contributor.  This report is based on a study of 77 leading Australian and global brands, with the majority owned by nine of the world’s top 20 publicly listed fashion companies which have an estimated market value of over US$550 billion. The FOUR PAWS Animal Welfare in Fashion Report assesses the extent to which companies are addressing animal welfare risks in their supply chains, with a focus on four key spotlight issues of material consideration – wool, down, exotic leather and fur. Using analytical rigour and evidence-based research, the report highlights the risks of animal-based supply chains in fashion, to animals and brands and retailers. While there have been efforts made by several brands on animal welfare, FOUR PAWS research has found that most brands lack: An awareness of animal welfare issues found in common textile supply chains. Only 38% of the fashion brands consider animal welfare risks to some degree in their supply chains and purchasing practices. Thorough and effective animal welfare policies. Just 25% of fashion brands have formal animal welfare policies in place to help safeguard animals from these risks. And just 9% of brands have both an animal welfare policy and meet at least three of five best practice animal welfare principles as set out by FOUR PAWS. Traceability in animal-based fashion supply chains, and end-to-end traceability overall. There is a real gap between what brand’s formal policies and statements say, and what they actually do. Only 35% of those with an animal welfare policy are tracing at least some of their animal-based materials, with more than half the brands demonstrating zero evidence of knowing anything about the animal-based textiles they source. Transparency to customers about where animal-based products come from and the welfare risks for the animals involved. Just 21% of brands implement assurance schemes which prioritise animal welfare i.e. certified wool and down.   But it is not all bad news, as there are many brands that have taken proactive steps forward. FOUR PAWS has also researched the key steps every responsible brand should take to minimise their risk, and maximise their ethical credentials. To integrate animal welfare in a sustainable fashion future, FOUR PAWS recommends that brands: 1. Need to cover the basics on animal welfare such as developing a robust animal welfare policy with a vision and an implementation plan, for how to achieve and monitor good animal welfare and transparency practices.2. Make a credible commitment to animal welfare, including the adoption of the best available certification systems, with the highest standard of animal care, to ensure traceability and be able to verify the brand’s claims made in relation to animal welfare. 3. Address, monitor and report on animal welfare risks in the supply chain, including the incorporation of animal welfare considerations in decisions by corporate social responsibility and compliance teams and departments involved in sourcing, purchasing and design. “The fashion industry must hold itself accountable for animal welfare in its transition towards sustainability and better corporate social responsibility,” said Medcalf. “Animal welfare considerations have been found to be particularly relevant to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to fashion. If the impact of the coronavirus outbreak this year and the SDGs are any indication, the difference over the next decade, between the good and the best performers in terms of ethical fashion, could be down to the brands who integrate animal welfare considerations in their supply chains versus those who do not.” “Shoppers have the right to know how the clothes they buy impact on animals. Brands should ensure they fully understand their supply chains and communicate their animal welfare practices clearly," said Gordon Renouf, chief executive officer at Good On You, consultation partners on the report. FOUR PAWS are confident this report will be a useful tool to support and highlight the progress of brands and industry to achieve more kindness to animals, and remains committed to working with brands and retailers in a collective effort to improve the world for animals, people and the environment. FOUR PAWS recommends brands download a copy of their Policy Development Guidelines for Animal Welfare in Textiles. “While we have a long way to go to improve conditions for the vast numbers of animals used in fashion, by working together, animal protection organisations, brands, retailers, producers and shoppers can all create a better world for animals,” said Medcalf. *** The Animal Welfare in Fashion Report is part of the FOUR PAWS global Wear it Kind campaign, raising awareness about key animal welfare issues in fashion and providing vital information to both fashion stakeholders and customers about how to create a fashion industry which values animals, people and the environment they share.The report can be downloaded here. In the past year, over 180,000 people have taken a FOUR PAWS animal welfare in fashion action. Head to www.WearitKind.org today for more information.