The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-12-16T23:07:42Z RetireAustralia launches informative ‘Retire Ready’ guide 2018-12-16T23:07:42Z retireaustralia-launches-informative-retire-ready-guide RetireAustralia has launched a comprehensive new guide aimed at helping seniors and their families make informed choices about retirement village living. Retire Ready provides information on moving into, living in, and leaving a retirement village. RetireAustralia’s CEO, Alison Quinn, said Retire Ready is designed to help seniors plan their futures with confidence. “We know making a decision about your future is an important step and we hope this guide helps you feel better informed and more confident about making your choice when the time comes,” she said. “[It’s] important to have the facts, so we can make informed choices that set us up for the future we want.” The 24-page guide covers the various types of village available, retirement village lifestyles, how to choose a suitable village, costs, contracts, care options, and much more. It is available online as a download or in print form from a RetireAustralia village. The launch of Retire Ready coincides with the Retirement Living Council’s new ‘A Wise Move’ campaign, of which RetireAustralia is a part. The ‘A Wise Move’ campaign is designed to provide information to potential residents and their families about retirement living options and benefits, and address misconceptions about retirement communities. Retire Ready is available now! Download your free copy at: http://info.retireaustralia.com.au/retire-ready  Australian social workers support the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, calls on government to restore Australia’s place as a human rights leader 2018-12-09T23:37:49Z australian-social-workers-support-the-70th-anniversary-of-the-un-declaration-of-human-rights-calls-on-government-to-restore-australias-place-as-a-human-rights-leader On the 70th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Australian Association of Social Workers calls on the government to take serious action to fulfil its human rights commitments. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “The AASW continues to have serious concerns over Australia’s breach of human rights, including the treatment of people seeking asylum, and the systems abuses of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and children, including their overrepresentation in the justice system. “Article One of the declaration tells us that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’, and although Australia prides itself on values of respect, dignity and compassion, it is clear the Australian government is failing in this regard. “For example, Indigenous Australians are 13 times more likely to be imprisoned, often for minor offences like unpaid fines[1], than the rest of the Australian population, and Aboriginal women are the fastest growing prisoner demographic in Australia[2]. “Furthermore, despite being a signatory to many UN conventions that protect human rights, the Australian government appears undeterred by repeated calls by the UN to end offshore ‘processing’ of people seeking asylum. Not only this, we have people who have been held in indefinite closed onshore detention for almost 10 years. “Social workers see first-hand the devastating consequences of government policies that neglect the freedoms provided by the Human Rights Declaration. “People are sick of the political rhetoric and cruelty of the Australian government around people seeking asylum, and they are using their vote to show it, as we have seen in recent by-elections. This is very much an election issue now, and if the government isn’t willing to act on this as a humanitarian issue then perhaps the threat of losing office will move them to action. The election is an important time for those in all political parties to show moral leadership, honour our legacy of compassion and not pander to the politics of fear and racism.” As social workers, we will continue to advocate against human rights violations and look forward to the day when the Australian Government stops exploiting the public’s fear, misconceptions and prejudices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, asylum seekers and refugees for political gain, and becomes a global leader for human rights. The AASW represents over 11,000 professional social workers from around Australia. Christine Craik is an Ambassador for Kids off Nauru. Christine Craik is available for interview. [1] https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/australia [2] Ibid. Local adoption report published: A time to recommit to the best interests and cultural rights of Indigenous children 2018-11-27T00:44:37Z local-adoption-report-published-a-time-to-recommit-to-the-best-interests-and-cultural-rights-of-indigenous-children The Australian Association of Social Workers’ (AASW) submission to the Federal Government’s review into local adoptions has been cited in the report which was published yesterday, Breaking barriers: a national adoption framework for Australian children. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “The report marks an important time for governments to refocus and recommit to upholding the best interests of children in all adoption matters. “Children and young people in the care of the State are amongst the most vulnerable members of society. Adoption must only be considered when all other options for the child’s safety and wellbeing have been expertly assessed as not suitable.” AASW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representative Director, Linda Ford said, “In ensuring their safety and wellbeing, attention must be paid to the child’s holistic needs. When working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the AASW contends that planning must be culturally appropriate, with a focus upon the child maintaining connection with their family, culture and other significant relationships. “With the rate of removal of Indigenous children being 10 times that of non-Indigenous children, the pain and trauma of removal of Indigenous children cannot be consigned to the past. “The system’s focus upon punitive removal measures has profound negative consequences, severing family and cultural ties, intensifying transgenerational trauma and contributing to the ongoing dispossession, disadvantage and oppression experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. “For cases where removal is in the best interests of the child, systemic change is needed to address barriers and lack of support available to Aboriginal families that could foster or adopt. Areas for change include the need to amend the inherent bias and discrimination in application forms that demand a certain literacy and education level for applicants. Factors such as these do not determine an individual’s capacity to provide a safe and caring home.” Ms Craik said, “It is governments’ responsibility to support families to live in safe environments, stopping the risk of abuse and neglect before it arises. “With 17 per cent of total child protection funding on family support services for children and their families, compared with 83 per cent on child protection services, the AASW calls on the government to focus efforts on early intervention and family support that are built on partnership and collaboration with Indigenous communities.” The AASW calls on governments to commit and redirect funding to supporting and working with Indigenous communities and families to ensure the rights and needs of every child is upheld. The AASW represents over 10,000 professional social workers from around Australia, many of whom work in child protection. Christine Craik and Linda Ford are available for interview. Noisy restaurants pushing customers away 2018-11-22T04:55:27Z noisy-restaurants-pushing-customers-away Restaurants are pushing customers away by being too loud, with noise levels in some topping over 90 decibels on busy nights, which is the equivalent of eating next to a lawnmower. New figures released by hearing experts Bay Audio revealed that 51 per cent of potential diners have left an establishment early because it was too noisy, and 83 per cent stated they wouldn’t return to a noisy venue. Bay Audio took decibel readings from a variety of restaurants during the week before 7pm in metropolitan areas in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The highest figure was 92db (decibels), followed by 90db, 89db and 87db. According to the National Acoustic Laboratories, exposure to sound levels measuring 85 decibels and above can lead to permanent damage to the inner ear and potential hearing loss. Restaurants, pubs and cafes could be missing out on millions of diners by failing to consider the issue of noise. The online survey found 98 per cent of respondents have had difficulty following a conversation in a restaurant due to the level of background noise. National Clinical Manager at Bay Audio, Ryan Allen, said “Dining out should be one of life’s great pleasures, however these findings demonstrate that that’s not the case for people with hearing loss. Everyone loves going out for a meal with loved ones but the intrusive noise levels are making it difficult to converse and leaves many feeling like they’re missing out on conversations.” One respondent said the “background noise can be so overwhelming that his anxiety shoots through the roof, making it difficult to concentrate on already difficult to hear conversations”, when asked what the biggest problem faced when dining out. The survey showed 59 per cent of respondents identify a reduction in background music as the top change they want to see in restaurants and cafes. Followed by designating a quiet area (57 per cent), amending furnishings that make it hard to hear (46 per cent) and training staff to better communicate (25 per cent). Mr Allen said: “Three quarters of people believe that restaurants and cafes have become louder in the last five years, and in addition 73 per cent would be more inclined to eat out more if venues were quieter. We want to help them to take noise off the menu.” Bay Audio partnered with Rebecca Vulic, an interior architect with 15 years experience working across sectors including hospitality, retail and work-spaces globally. To produce a guide for restauranteurs which outlines cost effective ways to be more accessible to customers with hearing loss, from reducing the volume of background music, using soft furnishings that better absorb sound to investing in acoustic treatments. This guide can be found on the Bay Audio website here: https://www.bayaudio.com.au/blog/improving-room-acoustics-for-hearing-loss/ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: 25 November #HearMeToo 2018-11-21T01:43:44Z international-day-for-the-elimination-of-violence-against-women-25-november-hearmetoo The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) supports the theme of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is this Sunday 25 November, #HearMeToo. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “This has been yet another shocking year for violence against women in Australia, with 60 women killed in 2018. Many more are living with, or have survived family violence. “We also know that for many women, for many reasons, it’s not possible to speak. To those women, whose names we may never have the privilege of knowing, we take this occasion to say that we hear you, too; and that we notice the wisdom, the courage and the survival in your silence. “But let this not be another occasion on which women speak only to each other about the devastating consequences of gendered violence. To those who cause harm: we believe in your capacity to change. Only you are accountable to your choice to use violence, and to the pain and fear inflicted in the lives of women and their children. Only you are responsible for seeking support for your behaviour. Today, we implore you to seek support. “To those in positions of power, capable of beginning the huge cultural change we need in our society to end this violence against women, today we also implore you to have the courage and enact that change. “Australian social workers are committed to having a strong voice on matters of social justice and human rights, which is why, importantly, we want to remind Australian governments that gendered violence is common, but it is not inevitable. Gendered violence is a systemic issue, driven by gendered inequality, and it can be addressed by cultural change. “This can only occur when there is a concerted effort, and adequate investment, toward that end. We need a national coordination of prevention, early intervention, crisis and recovery. This is what we are calling on Australian governments to commit to today. As more and more women come forward to speak truth to power, to say ‘hear me, too’, we ask that governments be responsive to the building tide of social change; that one day, the leadership of this country might be able to say, ‘we did’.” Christine Craik is available for interview. She is a renowned expert in family violence and completing her PhD in the subject at RMIT University. Filming/photo opportunity: WW1 Remembrance Event 2018-11-07T21:00:00Z filming-photo-opportunity-ww1-remembrance-event Event: Rookwood Cemetery honours Australian war heroes at WW1 Remembrance Memorial for 1700 unofficially recognised service men and women buried at Rookwood Cemetery Date & Time: Friday, 9 November 2018 from 10am to 2pm at Rookwood Cemetery’s All Souls Chapel Interview: George Simpson, CEO, Rookwood Cemetery Overview The World War I centenary marks the completion of a four year long project for Rookwood General Cemetery, identifying and documenting the unofficial graves of servicemen and women who served in WW1 and buried in the grounds of Rookwood. The project was managed by a team of Rookwood General Cemetery staff and volunteers, who located the graves, undertook research about the individuals and their families, and cleaned or repaired the grave stones. Throughout the project, Rookwood appealed for public assistance to help identify family members of those who served during World War I and were buried at Rookwood. The project uncovered 1700 graves of Australian service men and women, with family members sharing their stories and photos. The memorial event on Friday will honour these Australians, share some of their remarkable stories and acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice. Following is an example of one of many veteran stories that will be shared at Friday’s event: Edwin Arthur Hollinworth: Grew up in Texas, Queensland Was known as the horse breaker (he owned a beautiful horse named, Starlight). Served in Cairo with Starlight, and was a classic example of the close bond between a man and his horse He died on May 25, 1936 in Coogee after demonstrating to a visitor how a bomb, that had already been detonated, would have worked (the bomb was a souvenir he brought back from the war). However, the salt in the air, combined with remnants of gun powder still in the bomb, caused an explosion which led to Edwin’s death. The WW1 Remembrance Event will include: An official ceremony (held from 10:30am to 11:30am) Video tribute Morning tea Gun-fire salute Anzac Tours Open-air museum View the full program at www.rookwoodcemetery.com.au or call 8575 8100 for further information. Social workers in Shepparton to quiz candidates ahead of Victorian state election 2018-11-07T04:58:00Z social-workers-in-shepparton-to-quiz-candidates-ahead-of-victorian-state-election The Goulburn Murray Social Workers Group, with the support of the AASW Victorian Branch, is hosting a “Meet the Candidates” forum of the Shepparton District tomorrow, Thursday in the lead up to Victoria’s state election, Saturday, 24 November 2018. Representatives who will be there include: Suzanna Sheed - Independent (current MP) Bill Heath - Labor Peter Schwarz - Nationals Nickee Freeman - Greens Liberal candidate Cheryl Hammer will be an apology. Goulburn Murray Social Workers spokesperson David Tennant and CEO of Family Care said, “The purpose of the forum is to ask local candidates how they plan to address the issues that are affecting marginalised sections of our community. We want to see these issues brought to the fore at this election. These include homelessness, child protection, family violence, rural and regional development, treaty and reconciliation and climate change. “This is an area of Victoria that politicians must watch. The 2014 state election saw a large shift in this district’s voting patterns and we want to make sure that prospective representatives are listening to our needs. “Social workers are busy every day in Shepparton working with individuals and rural communities to find solutions to the barriers they face; people that rarely get a say in political debates. Everyone deserves to have their voices heard.” AASW Victorian Branch President Alex Bhathal said, “This is an important opportunity for candidates in the state seat of Shepparton to present their perspectives on concerns that matter to a key professional grouping. Social workers are often the first health and community sector professionals to observe trends in social needs. Social workers also see the impacts of politicians’ decisions on people and communities. The AASW Victorian Branch welcomes this initiative by the Goulburn Murray Social Workers Group." A number of local organisations have contributed to making the discussion possible, including St. Vincent de Paul, The Lighthouse Project, Goulburn Valley Primary Care Partnership, and La Trobe University. The forum is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, 8 November, 7.00pm – 8.30pm at La Trobe University, Cnr Fryers and North Sts Shepparton. Light refreshments will be provided afterwards. Register your interest on Eventbrite by going to: http://bit.ly/GMSWG18. You can also call Lachlan on 0403 170 711 with any queries. ENDS About the Goulburn Murray Social Workers Group The Goulburn Murray Social Workers Group has a rich 20-year history, working to improve the wellbeing of some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in Shepparton and the Goulburn Murray region. It is affiliated with the AASW Victorian Branch and will soon submit an application to the Branch to become an official practice group. AASW Symposium provides global leadership on responding to trauma 2018-11-06T23:36:50Z aasw-symposium-provides-global-leadership-on-responding-to-trauma The Western Australian Branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers will host a thought-provoking and action-oriented Trauma Informed Care Symposium this Friday, 9 November in Perth. The Symposium has gathered together social work leaders and researchers from the Noongar nation, Australia and the United States to explore together how we can respond to the devastating impacts of trauma at individual, family, community and global levels. Some of the speakers who will be presenting at the Symposium include: Respected Noongar Elder Elizabeth Hayden joins Noongar social workers Glenda Kickett and Dr Michael Wright to begin the Symposium with a ‘Yarning about Trauma’ session with Elder Jim Morrison. Together, they bring decades of experience of working with people and communities who have experienced trauma across generations. Dr Alicia Boccellari from the University of California and the founder of the Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC), which she launched in 2001. This Centre works with victims of abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent crimes. The AASW National President Christine Craik who has worked as a social worker in family support, housing, community health and hospitals with a focus on domestic violence, sexual abuse and refugees for almost three decades. Dr Ann O’Neill, who is an inspiring speaker, an award-winning humanitarian, victimologist, social worker, educator, activist, volunteer and researcher. Ann is a specialist in the areas of trauma, criminal victimisation and advocacy. AASW WA Branch President Michael Berry said, “When people are experiencing trauma and seek support they can be re-traumatised by the way in which individuals and services respond. This Symposium is an opportunity for people who work in this area to learn how to respond in ways that are healing. We are especially pleased to welcome Noongar Elders and have Dr Boccellari join us from the United States.” AASW National President Christine Craik said, “The Symposium aims to develop practice skills and knowledge for social workers and other workers who are responding to trauma at all levels. It will provide an opportunity for people to transform trauma, connect with each other to learn, challenge and share ideas.” Minister Simone McGurk, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services was pleased the State Government through the Department of Communities was able to support this Symposium as a key sponsor. She said, “It is an excellent opportunity for social workers in our state to hear and learn from experts who respond to trauma. “I am a strong believer that we will only be able to address some of our most complex social issues by looking to evidence-based practice. “Understanding the impact of trauma on brain development, children’s well-being and family functioning is crucial to improving outcomes for individuals and families who have experienced trauma.” The AASW encourages live tweeting during the event, with the hashtag #AASWTrauma Register on the AASW’s website. You can also flag that you are attending the Symposium on Facebook and check into the event on the day. AASW National President Christine Craik is available for interview. ENDS Diamond Sponsor: Supported by the Department of Communities www.communities.wa.gov.au Silver Sponsors: AnglicareWA, angelhands, RUAH Community Services, Indigo Junction, Slater and Gordon Lawyers Media contact AASW Angela Yin Communications Lead P 03 9320 1005 M 0413 532 954 Media contact Department of Communities Steve Worner Manager, Media Relations Phone 08 6217 4077 Mundipharma acquires product to help 1 million Australians with difficulty swallowing medication 2018-11-06T02:25:28Z mundipharma-acquires-product-to-help-1-million-australians-with-difficulty-swallowing-medication Mundipharma is proud to announce it has acquired the exclusive Australian and New Zealand distribution rights to the medication lubricant Gloup™, from Evomed Pty Limited (Evomed). Gloup™ is a medication lubricant that helps patients swallow tablets, capsules and powder medications more easily and is designed to have with minimal impact on medication absorption. More than 1 million Australians experience difficulty swallowingi, including 40-50 per cent of people living in aged care facilitiesii. Difficulty swallowing can develop at any stage of life and those at most risk include people taking multiple medications, anyone consuming large tablets, people with a dry mouth caused by medication or illness,children transitioning to tablets and oncology patients. It can also develop as a result of Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, dementia and damage to the brain or structures of the head and neckiii. Crushing tablets or opening capsules can impact the effectiveness and risks associated with some medicationsiv and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia’s Don’t Rush to Crush Handbook recommends the use of medication lubricantsv for patients with difficulty swallowing. Gloup™ is a slippery gel consisting of food based ingredients that have no known interactions with medications. Gloup™ is designed so that its ingredients break down almost immediately in the acidic environment of the stomach to minimise impact on medication absorption. “Mundipharma is a trusted source of information and education across primary care, hospital, aged care and retail pharmacy, so I am thrilled that Mundipharma will be able to help even more Australians benefit from this important product,” said Jane Orr, Managing Director of Mundipharma Australia and New Zealand. “Gloup™ addresses a serious need for many patients who are acutely unwell and may be in significant pain, making this aspect of their care so much easier and more comfortable.” This deal continues the growth and diversification of Mundipharma’s product portfolio, following this year’s launch of mundicare® Cold Defence, the securing of exclusive Australian and New Zealand distribution rights to PAINmate®, ActiPatch™ and AccuVein® – also from Evomed, as well as the acquisition of Tolmar Australia. This is in addition to the successful PBS listing of a medication for Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma earlier this year. Mundipharma’s portfolio now includes 37 health care products across pain, oncology, ophthalmology, respiratory, first aid, hydration, the common cold, vein illumination technology and now, medication administration. Gloup™ is available in vanilla, orange, strawberry/banana, and low sugar cherry, and two levels of thickness, depending on the severity of swallowing difficulty. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional Further information is available from Mundipharma Pty Limited, 88 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000. Phone 1800 188 009 or email medinfo@mundipharma.com.au. ® MUNDICARE is a registered trademark of MUNDIPHARMA. PAINMATE is a registered trademark. GLOUP is a trademark of Paxtree Limited. ACCUVEIN is a trademark of AccuVein Inc. ACTIPATCH is a trademark of BioElectronics Corporation. References i Speech Pathology Australia’s submission to Australian Government’s Department of Health: Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Identifiers: Legislation Discussion Paper. 24 June 2015. https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/sites/g/files/net5181/f/094_-_speech_pathology_australia.pdf?v=1526130629 ii https://www.racgp.org.au/download/documents/Guidelines/silverbook.pdf iii Speech Pathology Australia Fact Sheet: Swallowing. https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/spaweb/Document_Management/Public/Fact_Sheets.aspx#anchor_swal iv Australian Government Department of Health. Guiding principles for medication management in residential aged care facilities. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/guide-med-mgmt-aged-care. v The Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia, 2015, Australian Don’t Rush to Crush Handbook, 2nd ed., p.21. AU-4857 Population Review needs to be balanced and sensitive to community cohesion says Settlement Services International 2018-11-02T02:05:31Z population-review-needs-to-be-balanced-and-sensitive-to-community-cohesion-says-settlement-services-international-1 Settlement Services International (SSI) welcomes NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s appointment of an expert panel to develop a population policy for NSW, especially if it brings balance, fact and data on Australia’s migration program and ensures Australia’s successful multicultural social fabric and community cohesion are not undermined. The panel will consider "the current rate of population growth and infrastructure pipeline" and "how long is needed for infrastructure to catch up with population growth rates". In her announcement (link: https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/the-premier/media-releases-from-the-premier/nsw-launches-first-population-review/), the Premier renewed her call for net overseas migration levels to return to more sustainable Howard-era rates until a proper population policy is put in place. She said, “It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure.” A "Howard era" benchmark — when NSW's net migration averaged at 45,000 people per year under the Howard government — would require halving the current levels, which have averaged above 100,000 for the past two years. SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said, “Discussions about levels of immigration are essential in an inclusive and democratic country like Australia, however we do not want to compromise our successful multicultural cohesion by focusing only on impacts to planning and infrastructure.” Ms Roumeliotis said while Ms Berejiklian believed, "NSW’s economic success is attracting a far greater share of total immigrant numbers than it has in the past" she also needed to acknowledge that much of that economic success could be attributed to the migrant population. She said, “Migration has clear economic and social benefits for Australia. Australia’s migration levels prevented our economy going into a technical recession after the World Financial Crisis. “The Productivity Commission Inquiry Report Migrant Intake into Australia (2016) found that with net migration at the historic average rate, GDP per person is projected to increase by some 7% relative to zero net overseas migration by 2060.” Ms Roumeliotis said there were planning pressures in any big city but “we must remember that migrants come to Australia with high levels of social and economic capital and a strong willingness to contribute and, further, have shaped modern Australia since World War II.” She said SSI supported the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that, in determining migrant intake, the Australian government should give greater consideration to the implications for planning and investment and that State and Territory governments should develop detailed infrastructure plans that are consistent with population growth. She said SSI also agreed with the Productivity Commission’s recommendations that the Australian government: develop and articulate a population policy, and calibrate the size of the annual migrant intake according to that population policy; and in determining the migration intake, give greater consideration to planning and investment in infrastructure. However, Ms Roumeliotis said, “Planning of population levels and infrastructure should involve all levels of government and other stakeholders, including industry and employer bodies, education and training providers, other service providers, academia, planners and representatives of relevant migrant and other community groups.” Settlement Services International have co-hosted the International Metropolis Conference held this week in Sydney. www.metropolis2018.org.au www.ssi.org.au NOTES TO EDITORS For more information and interviews with Violet Roumeliotis, please contact: Stephen Webb l swebb@ssi.org.au l 0488 684 163 WHO ARE PROPEL FUNERAL PARTNERS? 2018-11-01T03:34:31Z who-are-propel-funeral-partners The funeral industry in Australia is currently estimated to be $1.1 billion and provides essential services to individuals and families dealing with, or preparing for, death and bereavement. However, navigating the funeral industry when someone has died can leave many of us vulnerable to upselling and confused with no understanding of the industry and little idea of our funeral rights and choices. In Australia there are two main listed players, being InvoCare Limited (ASX: IVC)and the newer Propel Funeral Partners Ltd (ASX: PFP). Between them they likely account for more than 40% of the Australian market after recent acquisitions. The following information is provided in a series of articles to assist consumers learn more about some of the largest funeral companies in Australia. In this article we provide an overview of Propel Funeral Partners. About Propel Funeral Partners? Propel Funeral Partners was established in FY12 and is now the second largest private provider of death care services in Australia and New Zealand. Propel was founded and is managed by Propel Investments Pty Ltd. The company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in late November 2017 as it sought to emulate InvoCare by buying up smaller family owned funeral homes. They own funeral homes, cemeteries, crematoria and related assets in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and New Zealand. Propel performed over 10,000 funeral services in FY18 and the Company’s portfolio currently comprises 108 locations (54 freehold and 54 leasehold) in Australia and New Zealand, including 24 cremation facilities and 7 cemeteries. It’s recent acquisitions include Seasons Funeral Homes in Western Australia and Norwood Park in New South Wales, Newhaven Funerals in Queensland. Which funeral homes are owned by Propel Funeral Partners? Corporate versus Independent Funeral Directors Although most consumers will pick a funeral home brand based on expensive marketing campaigns, it pays to shop around. We wouldn’t consider buying a car or paying for a wedding without learning everything we can about the product or service. The same decision making process should also apply to funerals! Choosing between a corporate or family-owned funeral home is a personal question. Corporate funeral homes are often able to charge a premium due to brand recognition and the belief that their services will be of a higher professional quality. On the other hand, independent funeral homes in Australia work for consumers and not shareholders of publicly listed companies, InvoCare and Propel Funeral Partners. They are often more connected with the communities they serve and have more freedom to tailor funerals to reflect the wishes of the family (rather than being bound by strict package options). GRAVE CONCERNS HELD FOR FUNERAL CONSUMERS EZIFUNERALS CALLS ON CONSUMERS AND FAMILY OWNED FUNERAL HOMES TO CHALLENGE THE FUNERAL DUOPOLY Make the Independent Funeral Choice the Right Choice If local ownership and community involvement are important to you, you should ask who owns and operates the funeral home you are considering. By choosing to use the services of an independent funeral director, listed with eziFunerals, you are selecting the help of a trusted professional – who can help you anywhere, anytime. They are not distracted or bound by corporate rules handed down from head office and shareholders but can be flexible and responsive to individual needs, providing a highly personal and compassionate service. So make the right choice and get value for money by selecting an Australian, independent and family owned funeral director to conduct a funeral. For more information on funeral costs in each of the states, see our city specific pages: Funeral Directors Sydney Funeral Directors Melbourne Funeral Directors Brisbane Funeral Directors Adelaide Funeral Directors Perth Funeral Directors Hobart About eziFunerals eziFunerals is a free consumer advocacy and funeral planning platform that supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company, and are not a subsidiary of any other corporation. We are not part of any other funeral company. Founded by consumers frustrated by how difficult it was to get independent information, eziFunerals supports consumers plan a funeral, compare prices and select the right funeral director anywhere, anytime. Shergold to take an evidence-based approach to NSW population policy 2018-11-01T00:27:30Z shergold-to-take-an-evidence-based-approach-to-nsw-population-policy Western Sydney University Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold who was announced on NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian’s three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy, addressed a global delegation at the International Metropolis Conference in Sydney yesterday. When asked about his involvement in the panel he told the 700 strong audience: ''We need to take an evidence-based approach to ascertain how much of the problem is one of urban infrastructure and how much of it relates to temporary and permanent migration. ''I look forward to gathering a range of opinions and data to assist in making recommendations to the Premier,” said Professor Shergold. Premier Berejiklian announced on Wednesday that she wanted the state to return to ‘Howard-era immigration levels’, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion. “It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said in a statement. The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday 2 November. www.metropolis2018.org.au Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International and Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley I Senior Account Manager, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro I Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and subject to approval. If you would like a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at the ICC Sydney 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience center-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st Century migration, to shape 21st Century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au Migrants blamed for infrastructure woes 2018-10-31T23:36:28Z migrants-blamed-for-infrastructure-woes Acclaimed social researcher Professor Stephen Castles says migrants are being used as scapegoats by politicians as they exploit the increased feeling of vulnerability of their constituents and frustration with infrastructure at International Metropolis Conference, held in Sydney this week. “While 28% of our population comes from overseas, it’s always been that the latest group is to blame for the problems we face on the day. “In the 50’s it was the Italians and Greeks, in the 60’s it was the Vietnamese who were blamed for crime, the drug trade and so on. Professor Castles’ message is timely as yesterday the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, announced that she wanted the state to return to ‘Howard-era immigration levels’, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion. Yesterday she appointed a three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy to take to the federal government next year. "It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said in a statement. As reported in The Guardian (31 October 2018)[1], permanent arrivals in Australia are the same as the time under Howard, however net overseas migrants have been driven by students, tourists and skilled migrants. On the plight of refugees and asylum seekers Professor Castles says that while these groups get a lot of attention, in numbers they only constitute a very small part of our intake, the largest part is from skilled migration, people with permission to come here, work and stay permanently. “We have to change the perceptions that economic migration is good and persecuted migration is bad, it is terribly short-sighted. Across the world, there are 30,000 people a day who must leave their homes to seek asylum, and Australia only takes roughly 15,000 people a year. “Refugees have made a huge contribution to economy and society, and it isn’t fair not to recognise that. “Australia used to be a leader in human rights, and now we have become a leader in violating human rights. The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday 2 November. www.metropolis2018.org.au -ends- Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au [1] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/10/gladys-berejikilian-calls-for-immigration-cut-but-it-could-cost-nsw ‘Tis the season! Remove allergens, pet hair, bad odours and germs 2018-10-31T01:10:22Z tis-the-season-remove-allergens-pet-hair-bad-odours-and-germs With nearly 1 in 5 Australians suffering allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and the sale of hay fever medicines doubling1 as a result, it’s good to know that an air purifier can trap 99.97% of allergens down to 0.3 microns in size. Simply using an air purifier could help reduce the need for expensive and invasive medicines such as nasal sprays and oral antihistamines, and they can be used in the home, at the office and even in vehicles. Hay fever does occur throughout the year but peaks in October and November. ACT has the highest rate of allergic rhinitis (26%), followed by Tasmania (23%), South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia (all 21%), and NSW (19%). The lowest rates were in NT (12%) and Qld (17%). Unlike many health conditions, allergic rhinitis is most common in the middle years of life: 15 to 59 years and is triggered by an allergic reaction. Common triggers include house dust, animal fur, pollens, fungal spores and air pollutants. The highest standard of air purifiers use HEPA filters, which stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and designates that the filters are able to trap 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger. One of Australia’s largest suppliers of portable air purifiers is Andatech with its Ionmax products that range from a personal unit that can be used in cars, trucks and on aeroplanes, to a larger model, the ION390, which can be placed in open spaces at home and in offices. The unit combines three forms of efficient air purification technologies: HEPA filtration, UV light and negative ions. Five-step filtration process The intelligent Ionmax ION390 UV HEPA Air Purifier utilises a five-step filtration process to completely and efficiently filter and clean indoor air. Starting with the pre-filter, the ION390 removes large airborne articles from the air. The HEPA air purifier filter then removes microscopic particles from the air, while the carbon filter removes undesirable odours and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). The next step is the Titanium Dioxide filter and the UV lamp, which work hand-in-hand to break down harmful contaminants in the air and kill mould, bacteria and viruses. Finally, the ION390 UV HEPA Air Purifier releases negative ions into the air to help revitalise and refresh indoor air. Ionmax air purifiers help to clean and filter the air not only of dust, hair and dander, but also from airborne allergens, bacteria, viruses, odours and harmful chemicals. With added features such as negative ionisers, UVC lamps and improved filters, Ionmax air purifiers ensure clean, healthy air anywhere and anytime. Andatech’s HEPA air purifiers have a large air intake that traps airborne particles at a rate of more than 99%, eliminating many fine particles and allergens from the air. By placing an Ionmax air purifier in the home or workplace, users can enjoy healthier, cleaner air free of pollutants. Portable and stylish, they also operate quietly and their compact design makes them easy to move around different rooms. Ionmax air purifiers are energy efficient and affordably priced so clean and healthy indoor air is accessible to everyone. Jamie, who runs a small business (office) in tandem with a commercial kitchen, said, “I noticed that the kitchen odours were substantially less when leaving the filter running on [the] lowest setting. The staff were unaware I had implemented the filter, but hay fever in the office literally stopped the day I put it in.” Bryan purchased an ION390 from Sleep Solutions and said, “On the first night [after purchasing it and] running the filter for four hours I had one of my best night sleeps in a long time.” https://www.andatech.com.au/air-purifiers/ Ends Further information: 1 https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-respiratory-conditions/allergic-rhinitis-hay-fever/contents/allergic-rhinitis-by-the-numbers RRP of ION390 is $369 (HEPA filter) RRP of ION401 is $299 (Ionic tower) RRP of ION330 is $149 (car & desktop model) RRP of ION260 is $69 (personal, wearable with 2 x AA batteries) RRP of ION420 is $299 (HEPA filter) About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. https://www.andatech.com.au/ HIGH RES IMAGES CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE WMC PR PRESS OFFICE AT: https://wmcpr.com.au/tis-the-season-remove-allergens-pet-hair-bad-odours-and-germs/ or send an email to Wendy McWilliams at wendy@wmcpr.com.au Migrants more likely to start businesses, win Nobel Prizes, Academy awards and lodge patents 2018-10-30T04:55:55Z migrants-more-likely-to-start-businesses-win-nobel-prizes-academy-awards-and-lodge-patents World renowned expert on migration research, Professor Ian Goldin from Oxford University, revealed fresh evidence of the impact of migration for growth of economies, fiscal costs and benefits at the International Metropolis Conference, in Sydney this week. Professor Goldin’s research, conducted in conjunction with Citi, found that across the globe migrants are: 2 to 3 times more likely to start businesses 2 to 4 times more likely to start ‘unicorn’ businesses 2 to 3 times more likely to win Nobel Prizes 2 to 4 times more likely to lodge patents The report, Migration and the Economy: Economic Realities, Social Impacts and Political Choice, throws light on the growing disconnect between public perceptions of migration and the actual trends. For in many advanced economies, migration has become a toxic issue in election campaigns and political debate, however the authors’ fiscal analysis shows no evidence of the negative perceptions of the impact of migration. Migrant advocate and entrepreneur, Ms Tolu Olubunmi, said whilst the statistics paint the picture, it was the ‘stories of the seekers of truth, and the curators of change’ that make the biggest impact. “The free movement of people is not a problem to be solved, but rather a human reality to be managed. There are 244 million international migrants, 65.3 million of which have been forced from their homes, and 21 million are refugees. “Rather than trying to work out what the statistics mean, I focus on the individual lives hidden in the shadows of the numbers. I focus on the fathers and the mothers, the employers and the employees, the displaced and the determined.” As a child, Tolu was brought to the USA from Nigeria. After completing her chemical engineering degree, she discovered she didn’t have the legal status to work in her profession. This crushing blow, inspiring her to take action. “Being able to live your best life, is sometimes determined by having a certain piece of paper. I had a clear choice, to leave the fate of my life to others who were much more powerful than me, or to be part of the solution and start advocating to change the USA law.” She was the first, and only, “DREAMer” working full-time advocating for access to legal status and higher education for migrant youth in the USA. Her intuitive knowledge of effectively shifting culture, coupled with an unrelenting pursuit of the technical skills necessary to build and message movements, launched a career that took her from The National Immigration Law Centre to the Obama White House and then the world stage. Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI), conference co-chair and current Telstra Business Woman of the Year, said Australia’s conversation around migration and multiculturalism draws a sharp dichotomy. “On one hand we have generous resettlement programs, and a strong history of welcoming people, however, we’ve also had the White Australia policy and have drawn international criticism for our offshore processing program. “We live within a complex global environment, and there is no such thing as ‘business as usual’ in migration. “We have world experts, people with lived experience and policy makers together in this unique think tank here at Metropolis. We want you to come up with new ideas, be challenging and be challenged,” said Ms Roumeliotis. The International Metropolis Conference Sydney runs from Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November at the International Convention Centre Sydney. www.metropolis2018.org.au Tolu Olubunmi, Global Migration Advocate Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International [1] https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/publications/view/2712 Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au