The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-11-11T05:48:38Z JESI poised for accelerated global growth 2020-11-11T05:48:38Z jesi-poised-for-accelerated-global-growth Brisbane, 11th November 2020: Innovative remote worker and journey management company JESI, has received a multi-million-dollar funds injection from Microsoft aligned VC firm, Future Now Capital Management. The investment will serve to fast-track JESI’s global growth rollout and underpin its ‘customer first’ value add strategy. With the recent appointment of Chairperson Brad Seymour, who has an established reputation for scaling global business’, the JESI company is geared and supported to take on the exciting next phase of its customer-centric expansion.Queensland headquartered, JESI has developed market leading SaaS solutions that significantly improve the protection, monitoring and management of remote and mobile workforces. With origins and a strong presence in the global resources sector, JESI counts Rio Tinto, Orica, BHP, Sandvik among its clients. Other target industry verticals include NGO’s, linear infrastructure and AEC.Already on a growth trajectory, JESI has seen a strong up curve in business and interest through the COVID months with scalable functionality in the solution able to provide a connected eco-system for ‘work from home’ employees. Clearly though, the Future Now investment will turbocharge staff growth, service capabilities and development projects. “Technology integrations will be a key development focus in achieving the company projected growth outcomes” said Kathy Wilson General Manager of Customer Success. “our existing customers are looking to evolve with interoperability solutions and connected technology. JESI software enables them with a compelling value proposition”.JESI CEO Joe Hoolahan said, “The pandemic has bought to the fore the need for enterprises to protect their workers as they work remotely while at the same time ensuring they remain connected. We are also acutely aware that reliable activity data is increasingly becoming a key business metric and we already witnessing how our customers are using the data to drive workforce movement efficiencies,” Joe Hoolahan added.JESI is the first investment for newly founded, Future Now Capital Management, a Sydney based venture capital firm. In 2019 Future Now Capital Management executed a world first partnership with Microsoft that will see investors in the Fund gain direct exposure to companies selected for Microsoft’s accelerated growth programs. Future Now Capital Management will oversee the Fund’s investments into, and the growth strategies of, the portfolio companiesBrad Seymour, JESI Chairperson said, “I am incredibly excited about firstly, the product excellence and relevance of JESI in today’s new world, and secondly, the opportunity for JESI to grow exponentially with Future Now’s backing. I look forward to working with the team through this scale-up stage and beyond.”JESI Management Solutions are now actively recruiting talent to join their team. To explore what roles are on offer refer to the https://jesi.io/careers-at-jesi/ page. DeKalb County Selects Secured Signing as Their Digital Signing Solution 2020-11-05T00:46:44Z dekalb-county-selects-secured-signing-as-their-digital-signing-solution November 5th, Sydney - In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, DeKalb County Government, like many other organizations had to mobilize their workforce in a virtual platform.  “Many departments did not have a method of automation around signatures for vital records and contracts that allowed daily operations to continue,” says Felicia Green, Deputy CIO at DeKalb County Government. “We identified Secured Signing as a solution to quickly adopt and provide a level of automation and continuity in various high traffic departments including Legal, Purchasing, Executive Offices, and Courts to sustain a smooth operation.”  The onset of COVID shifted the culture that was previously paper based to now function in a completely virtual environment. This shift translated to increased efficiency, the tracking to documents electronically and the ability to move through internal processes at a faster rate. DeKalb County's ideal solution was one that had easy ramp up and administration, without the use of complex integrations. The tool would be easy to adopt and socialize through the organization and allowed for quick user trainings and configuration based on user needs to begin immediate use, migration away from paper-based signatures, and physical touch workflow processes. In evaluating other vendors, Secured Signing was a cost-effective solution during the initial onset of COVID to pay via credit card.  Secured Signing offered an intuitive solution that provided signing workflow capabilities and streamlined the organisation’s signing procedures. The ability to track and monitor documents at every touchpoint of the signing process ensured the right people were signing the right documents at the right time. This gave DeKalb County Government the peace of mind to proceed with Secured Signing as their digital signing solution. For complex signing processes, Secured Signing had inbuilt capacity if required, which further validated the signing platform as the ideal choice. Once DeKalb County Government was able to see the benefits and had thoroughly tested the product, they were ready to roll out Secured Signing to the wider organisation. "The process to transition to an enterprise plan was a seamless process when our needs changed accompanied with competitive pricing options.” This is a key decision point for a County Government to keep cost in mind but empower a robust solution that offers scalable growth for future needs. Mike Eyal, Managing Director at Secured Signing is pleased with the outcome. “DeKalb County Government’s ability to successfully adopt Secured Signing within their organisation, during these difficult times, is a testament to our teams’ willingness to deliver an effective solution. Our ongoing training and support allow businesses the opportunity to scale our platform up within their business operations.” Secured Signing’s digital signing platform provided a multitude of features: unlimited number of signers, templates and fillable forms, out-of-the-box security through PKI digital signatures, as well as notarization and video signing capabilities to ensure effective use across all departments. DeKalb County digitally executes thousands of documents using Secured Signing’s platform. About DeKalb County Government DeKalb County Government is the government body that provides Public Safety, Court Services, Water Supply and Distribution, Parks and Recreation, and other core Constituent Services to residents of DeKalb County in the greater metropolitan Atlanta, GA area. DeKalb County is Georgia’s fourth most populous County; comprised of 13 major cities (~760K in population). For more information visit: www.dekalbcountyga.gov About Secured SigningSecured Signing is a SaaS digital signing and online forms platform that uses the most secure technology, PKI encryption technology (the same encryption technology as what banks use and blockchain is built on). Secured Signing is headquartered in New Zealand, where it was founded in 2010.  It has clients in 30 countries, including tax accountants H&R Block, Adecco and Manpower. For more information visit: www.securedsigning.com Research investment will be vital to Victoria’s economic recovery 2020-09-15T19:48:14Z research-investment-will-be-vital-to-victorias-economic-recovery Victoria’s recovery from a year of crisis will rely on continued commitment to research and innovation – both key drivers of economic growth. A report released today by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) shows that past investments in research have created jobs and attracted significant further investments for the state economy.The report, entitled Stimulating the Science and Research Ecosystem Creates Jobs and Investment provides evidence in support of continued investment in research infrastructure, skills and talent attraction, to deliver jobs and economic stability for Victoria’s future.The report was commissioned by Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) Victoria, to better understand the value of the research ecosystem and how it can stimulate economic activity in the short and long term. It reveals that past Victorian Government funding initiatives in the research ecosystem have delivered substantial economic impact and jobs over time. For example, research infrastructure investments in light-weight manufacturing at Carbon Nexus has catalysed an employment precinct in Geelong that supports around 1400 jobs, and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication has assisted in the attraction of over $300 million in research investment while supporting industry to develop a range of commercial products.Speaking on the report, ACOLA Chair Professor Joy Damousi noted that investing in science, research and innovation is the key reason why we have been able to respond quickly and decisively to emerging issues. “Our response to the unprecedented bushfires of last summer and the current COVID-19 pandemic has been underpinned by research. As we move through a recession with significant pressure placed on our country, it is the continued investment in research that will see us create jobs, stimulate activity and generate positive returns to strengthen our economy and resilience for the future,” Professor Damousi said. Dr Caples said that Victorian public research institutions have played an important role in helping Australia and the world understand the responses to COVID-19, including developing vaccines and treatments as well as leading research into the social impact of the pandemic.“COVID-19 has crystallised the need for Victoria and Australia to be more self-sufficient, better prepared for unexpected events and changes, and able to seize opportunities to improve government service delivery and business resilience. This means that our capacity to innovate and find solutions must grow to match the big challenges of today and the future,” Dr Caples said.“There has never been a more crucial time to invest in science, research and innovation.”With the continuing spread of COVID-19, governments and industries must look to strategies that can both support our wellbeing and prosperity. ACOLA CEO Ryan Winn encouraged all governments, not just the Victorian Government, to consider the evidence outlined in the report to understand the value universities and the research sector can provide to safeguarding our future, to tackle both the known and unknown issues Australia will face.Download a copy of the 28-page report via the www.acola.org/stimulating-science-research-ecosystem. The report includes case-studies from the Australian Synchrotron, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium, the Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability, Carbon Nexus and Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation. It also includes Notable examples and activities in Victorian Universities in relation to the public research response to COVID-19.Media contactFor more information or to arrange interviews, contact: Ryan WinnChief Executive, ACOLA0484 814 040About ACOLAACOLA is the forum whereby Australia’s Learned Academies and our Associate members come together to contribute expert advice to inform national policy; and to develop innovative solutions to complex global problems and emerging national needs. Through the learned academies, ACOLA has access to more than 3,000 of Australia’s greatest minds to bring together critical thinking and evidence to inform robust policy decisions. New Gold Coast venue helps businesses connect and go global 2020-09-12T23:23:52Z new-gold-coast-venue-helps-businesses-connect-and-go-global WHILE many businesses have closed on the Gold Coast during the pandemic, a new unique venue will officially launch on October 1 to help event-based businesses which have been stuck or restricted to go global. The Freedom Potential Centre in Varsity Lakes hosts virtual and hybrid events on Zoom and other live streaming platforms. It is set-up as a full-fledge broadcast production facility for podcasting and live streaming. It was founded by newly married couple, video producer Martin Renaud and personal development coach Anastasha Grace Deyour, who are passionate about helping business people to stay connected and succeed. “This is the only centre on the Gold Coast available for hire with an all-in-one live venue set up for live streaming virtual local events,” Mr Renaud said. “The Gold Coast will have a place where people can come and attend events with up to 40 people, no matter how big or small their business is, and create an online course in a professional setting.” Mrs Deyour said she had noticed increasing anxiety and depression among clients globally since Covid-19. “Our centre will help people connect and combat isolation,” she said. “We want to help people beat loneliness and depression and increase certainty, creativity, motivation and resourcefulness.” In line with this and to celebrate the launch of the training facility, she is hosting a free four-part Freedom Potential Mastery Course on How to Create Inner Freedom and Expand Your Potential every Sunday in October from 11am to noon AEST. This will be done as a Facebook live within the Facebook group Freedom Potential Centre. The couple is looking to partner with Gold Coast businesses for creative projects and is seeking expressions of interest. Some proceeds from the centre will go towards Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation in Melbourne. The official invitation-only launch at the centre, located at 1B/191 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes, on October 1 from 5pm to 9pm will include live music with international musicians Lulu and Mischka from Byron Bay, live painting and auction by 2020 Royal Queensland Art Society Award Winner Jeremy Metivier, free headshots by portrait photographers Ray Panton and Matt Watkins, live streaming, presentations of future programs, drinks and nibbles. “Our goals include connecting and supporting businesses on the Gold Coast and adjusting to any creative idea that Gold Coasters or Queenslanders might have to take to local and international markets,” Mr Renaud said. “We have a three-camera studio with live switching capability, pro lighting, sound and monitoring options. It’s like a mini-TV studio with interactive capabilities for professional and personal development.” For more details, visit www.freedompotential.com.au ENDS ___________________________________________________ MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: AA Xpose Media Director/ Photojournalist Aldwyn Altuney ph: 0409 895 055 Online Schooling - 2020-09-10T11:20:13Z online-schooling Although I have been working in the education field for over 30 years I used to be very sceptical regarding the quality and impact online learning may have on students. I was convinced that, in order to learn well, students have to be in a physical setting where they could mingle with both their peers and their teachers. I held the belief that online learning would not allow students nor teachers to form a community. At the age of 54 I decided to undertake an online course myself – after having gone through formal education in a traditional way (two doctoral degrees, one master degree). During this particular online course – that was not only based on lecturing, but also on valuable live sessions where participants got engaged in debates, discussions and collaborative learning – I realised that I established a strong bond with the participants that resulted in further gatherings online and offline.As, at that time, I was working towards becoming less location-dependent as a professional, I was looking into options that allowed me to live my mission differently in comparison to how I was doing it up until then. After many years of teaching, lecturing, coaching and leading international schools in different countries and experiencing the need to start from scratch again after each move (I moved due to family reasons), I was fascinated by creating something that would allow me and my job to work from anywhere.Synchronicity is often at play and, indeed, the mentor of the online course that I subscribed to one day phoned me and asked me whether it would be possible to create an online school? You can imagine that my former beliefs were at a deviation. We brainstormed on the basis of our common experience and knowledge in different fields (mine in education, giftedness and personal development and Katharina’s (my business partner) in Marketing and coaching) what would be the best way to bring a holistic education offering into reality: School Beyond Limitations was born.School Beyond Limitations is not only based on online schooling, but it also integrates the opportunity of experiential learning weeks in different countries in Europe. Students learn to see themselves as unique human beings who are invited to pursue their own interests through the lenses of academic, social, emotional, personal and entrepreneurial learning opportunities.The experience has now given us enough evidence that online learning has a number of huge advantages (although it may not be the right solution for everybody). Students who love to engage online and gain inspiration by connecting with people from different countries forget that they are not in the same physical room. Surprisingly, students say that they seem to bond more with their classmates in a contained online context (at School Beyond Limitations there are only maximum 8 students in each class) than they ever did before in traditional classes with over 20 students being present. They keep connected after lessons and communicate and collaborate beyond their school hours. As such, the online approach gives them the understanding how much value they gain through collaboration with one another and furthermore, they realise that they belong to a steady, friendly, caring and open learning community – an environment that promotes the notion that learning takes place at any time and anywhere.Online learning allows students to connect with their peers and teachers also in times of change, such as during the COVID 19 pandemic throughout which the majority of countries have closed their schools and were not ready to phase an efficient solution for their students’ learning. Often teachers just sent assignments out to their students by expecting the assignments to be handed in at the end of the week. Students, from one moment to the next, needed to learn everything independently whereas before there was never any focus on self-directed learning in school. There was no or very little interaction with the students. No wonder that students who experienced such an approach started to feel left alone and demotivated about their learning experience.The online lessons at School Beyond Limitations allowed students to continue their learning journey. It never interrupted. Students are involved in their learning. It allows them to see the purpose of their learning by being seen in their individual uniqueness. They learn out of curiosity based on their interests, talents, experiences and competencies. Their learning takes place through inquiry and projects based on a trans-disciplinary approach. That allows them to integrate their learning holistically as it is relevant to their own lives. On top of supporting students’ personal development, they are encouraged, through the exposure to experts in various fields, to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and their entrepreneurial ventures. Such powerful online classes allow them to learn how much value there is to connect with entrepreneurs and to be exposed to their expertise. Online classes offer infinite possibilities for such learning experiences. Students connect easily with relevant people who may have an impact on their own professional career. Another positive aspect of online learning is that students encounter less stress. There is no need to get up so early if school starts at 9 am from home. Students mention this aspect all the time: how much freer and more relaxed they feel about school by connecting from home. There is no need of commuting to school on a daily basis and that helps them to introduce a daily routine based on more freedom and choice. In addition, the peer pressure that usually makes students suffer so much in traditional settings is something that online students do encounter much less. First of all because their environment is so different. Nobody can hide in the classroom. Everyone is seen and also the interaction between the students is taking place openly. If their learning environment puts an emphasis on the whole human being – including their emotional and social wellbeing – then there is no space for such risks to take place. So, is online learning an alternative to traditional schooling? For sure it is (not for all); especially if the online learning is based on the uniqueness of the learning journey of each single student and takes them on an interactive journey that ignites their passion for learning and their interest in creating value for themselves and the world they live in. Author Dr Martina Geromin DBA, PhD Town of Cottesloe selects DCA Cities to deliver Integrated Parking Management System 2020-09-10T00:49:53Z town-of-cottesloe-selects-dca-cities-to-deliver-integrated-parking-management-system An integrated parking management system to improve parking at Cottesloe will be delivered by Database Consultants Australia (DCA), after being awarded a five year contract following a competitive tender process.   Seeking to upgrade their existing parking technology, the Town of Cottesloe opted for an integrated parking technology system to electronically detect parking arrival and departure, accurately detect overstays and transmit details to Rangers hand-held devices. The partnership between DCA and Council will see the implementation of a parking management system designed to reduce congestion, increase parking bay turnover and make parking more equitable for the community.   Town of Cottesloe Mayor Phil Angers said, The Town is looking to fairly manage parking turnover to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy all that Cottesloe has to offer.   “With a small team, it’s important that the new parking management system can do this with the highest of accuracy and minimal administration.” he added.   Cottesloe residents and tourists are set to benefit from less congestion and an improved parking experience through wayfinding technology. Using an innovative app, people will be able to search and navigate to, in real-time, a large proportion of the parking available in Cottesloe.   For more information contact: Kristy Cook (03) 8317 8175 or communications@data.com.au   About DCA DCA specialise in technology and data optimisation. DCA are experts in IoT software innovations, database development and data management, and are driving transformation across four core niche markets; ·      Smart city and parking technologies ·      Higher education research management ·      Digital marketing support services ·      Hosting and data assurance services Proudly Australian owned, our 350+ passionate employees and local development team are dedicated to turning our client’s ideas into commercial reality; we empower our people to make a difference. About The Town of Cottesloe The Town of Cottesloe is a local government authority located 15 minutes west of Perth’s CBD. The Town of Cottesloe is an iconic coastal community with a relaxed lifestyle. The Town’s mission is to preserve Cottesloe's natural and built environment and beach lifestyle by using sustainable strategies in consultation with the community. MNF Enterprise to provide IP-based telecommunications services to the Federal Government’s Telecommunications Marketplace 2020-09-09T20:45:00Z mnf-enterprise-to-provide-ip-based-telecommunications-services-to-the-federal-governments-telecommunications-marketplace-1 Sydney – 10 September 2020 – MNF Enterprise Services (MNF Enterprise), a specialist carrier for new-generation enterprise communications solutions and part of the MNF Group, has been selected as a preferred supplier to the Digital Transformation Agency’s (DTA) Telecommunications Marketplace. The new whole-of-government marketplace will replace and expand on the services available under the existing Mobile and Telecommunications Services panels. It will make sourcing telecommunications products and services simpler, clearer and faster for both buyers and sellers. Under the terms of the contract, MNF Enterprise was selected, along with 25 other carriers, to supply telecommunications services to Federal, State and Local Government agencies. MNF Enterprise will specifically supply Fixed Line Voice Carriage Services, Unified Communications Services, Managed Voice Services and Contact Centre Systems to the ICT Procurement Portal. The Portal is a DTA sourcing platform which enables buyers and sellers to transact within a marketplace. “MNF Enterprise is a prominent player in the government space. We have been working with the Tasmanian government since 2012, providing Voice Carriage Services; appointed to the Voice Services Panel for the Victorian Government in 2017, and have been a preferred supplier to the New South Wales government for fixed, inbound telephony and mobile services since 2018,” Greg Round, General Manager of MNF Enterprise said. “This appointment to the Telecommunications Marketplace panel extends MNF Enterprise’s scope within the government sector and cements our reputation for providing quality services and real choice for government for their telecommunication needs.” "The new Telecommunications Marketplace delivers a service that helps agencies to continue their digital transformation. It will be launched through the ICT Procurement Portal with new functions to make buying and selling even easier, and will be the go-to platform for selling telecommunications to government,” Lucy Poole, General Manager of the Sourcing and Enabling Division at the DTA said. MNF Enterprise currently holds the following government certifications: Victorian Government Telecommunication Purchasing and Management Strategy 2025 (TPAMS2025), Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), NSW Procurement ICT Services Scheme and Tasmanian Government. Greg Round, General Manager of MNF Enterprise /ENDS About MNF Enterprise MNF Enterprise is Australia’s new-generation provider of new-generation hosted communications services for enterprise and government. MNF Enterprise is part of the MNF Group, one of Asia-Pacific’s fastest growing technology companies. Listed on the ASX since 2006, it is now twice the winner of the Forbes Asia-Pacific “Best under a Billion” award. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, the company has over 400 people located across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. MNF develops and operates a global communications network and software suite enabling some of the world’s leading innovators to deliver new-generation communications solutions. For further information about MNF Enterprise please visit: http://mnfenterprise.com.au/ For further information please contact: Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications T: (02) 8905 0995 E: sue@einsteinz.com.au ResearchMaster selected to partner with Curtin University to deliver Research Management Solution 2020-08-04T22:11:03Z researchmaster-selected-to-partner-with-curtin-university-to-deliver-research-management-solution Following a comprehensive tender process and technology scoping workshop, Curtin University (Curtin) has announced ResearchMaster as their chosen supplier to deliver its Research Management Solution (RMS).  Seeking critical enabling technology to deliver on their vision to grow demand-driven and researcher-driven projects, Curtin will partner with ResearchMaster to implement an end-to-end RMS streamlining the research management lifecycle. Nicole O’Connor, Director of Research Services & Systems at Curtin University said ResearchMaster’s proven track record in supporting Australian institutions, together with its significant investment in RME, will provide real benefits for the University.   “Given the many external factors currently impacting the tertiary sector, investing in technology to automate core processes, enhance transparency and streamline operations is key to supporting improved efficiency and business outcomes for Curtin,” Ms O’Connor said . Group Chief Executive Officer, Declan Ryan said Curtin are replacing bespoke grants management technology with a robust Research Management System. “We are pleased to partner with Curtin to deliver an end-to-end research management solution.  Through robust integration, we’ll offer a single point of reference for all aspects of research and revolutionise the user experience by providing researchers the ability to self-manage their projects.” Mr Ryan said. ResearchMaster’s leading enterprise solution ResearchMaster Enterprise (RME) is the most comprehensive RMS in the Australasian market. It is a highly automated, fully integrated, system which has been designed, developed and is supported in Australia. The project will be delivered in a phased approach with the first phase due to commence in 2020. Curtin has chosen a SaaS delivery model with the solution hosted in Database Consultants Australia’s and ResearchMaster’s Australian Data Centre. For more information contact: Kristy Cook (03) 8317 8175 or communications@data.com.au About ResearchMaster ResearchMaster is a DCA, Database Consultants Australia, company – leaders in innovative data solutions for businesses, governments and higher education institutions. We specialise in technology, data optimisation and are experts in IoT software innovations, database development, data management, and hosting and data assurance services. Our research management system gives our clients and their researchers the data management, collection and reporting tools they require to more effectively manage higher education research. Proudly Australian owned, our 350+ passionate employees and local development team are dedicated to turning our client’s ideas into commercial reality; we empower our people to make a difference. About Curtin University Curtin University is a world-class, global university known for its high-impact research and strong industry partnerships. Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide, with the University placed 9th in Australia according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019. The University has built a reputation around innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, being at the forefront of many high-profile research projects in astronomy, biosciences, economics, mining and information technology.   Social workers urge government to lead economic recovery by investing in social housing 2020-08-04T05:23:42Z 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 MULTI BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LAUNCHES ‘GLOBAL GOOD NEWS CHALLENGE' 2020-08-03T03:51:08Z multi-best-selling-author-launches-global-good-news-challenge A former journalist turned media master is on a mission to spread good news to the masses and says digital currency has the capacity to bring communities together in the face of the global pandemic. The bestselling author and journalist of 36 years who established her own media agency in 2002 in Southport on the Gold Coast, is launching the 8-day ‘Global Good News Challenge’ on 3 August in an effort to help combat suicide, depression and anxiety rates. Aldwyn Altuney, of AA Xpose Media, who recently joined Qoin (Eds; pronounced ‘coin’), Australia’s newest digital currency, is inspired to share positive stories and is using the Qoin platform to spread her message further. “Globally, around one million people commit suicide each year and that has increased since Covid-19. I personally had four close friends take their own lives before the age of 45 and, throughout my own life, I’ve also battled with depression and suicidal tendencies,” Ms Altuney said. “Next Monday, I’m launching an 8-day ‘Global Good News Challenge’, which will run from 3-10 August. Since COVID-19 hit, the public has been inundated by negative news and this challenge will promote positivity.” An advocate for empowerment, Ms Altuney believes alternative currencies to cash are “no longer a luxury, but an essential” and she acquired $10,000 in Qoin when she first joined as part of her own wealth strategy. She intends to both accept payment in Qoin and engage businesses through the Qoin network, as well as promote her message of positivity. “Qoin is a brilliant idea. I think it’s really important to have alternative currencies. Qoin not only brings communities together, but it empowers people to be able to do business and do life without relying on the traditional banking system. “People need to get smarter at having alternative ways of trading and dealing with their money. Silver, gold and barter used to be the way and now it’s digital currencies. “As a business owner, what I love most about Qoin is there are no fees.” Over six months, more than 7000 small business merchants, including many in Southport, are now accepting Qoin, the newest digital currency, built on blockchain, that offers cashless transactions. And now Southport is being specifically approached following research undertaken by Qoin that shows Southport businesses and merchants are keen to get involved in digital currencies. Qoin Australia Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Barker says: “We have done our homework in Southport and we have a dedicated sales team of independent agents that are in contact with Southport businesses. “The current economic climate off the back of COVID-19 has encouraged many business people to open their eyes to new ways of doing business and that includes digital currency.” Mr Barker says the time is ripe for digital currencies, like Qoin, as ‘coronavirus has paved the way for small businesses to consider digital currencies to attract new customers and facilitate in-store transactions’. JIC White Paper - Enabling the digital transformation of healthcare 2020-07-08T23:57:00Z jic-white-paper-enabling-the-digital-transformation-of-healthcare Brussels, 7 JULY 2020. The Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardisation (JIC) has published a white paper explaining how its nine health informatics standards development organisations (SDOs) have been working together to help transform the global healthcare system into one that’s digital with the goal of precise and real-time exchange of information based on full interoperability enabled by global standards. Transcending national boundaries and organisations, the Joint Initiative Council’s SDOs work collaboratively to provide global, coordinated—not competitive—standards that address real-world healthcare issues. In its recently released white paper, the JIC explores the desired future of a digital health ecosystem where high-quality data is available to the right people, at the right place and at the right time for high-quality decisions and care. Established in 2007 and consisting of nine SDOs, including CDISC, CEN, DICOM, GS1, HL7, IHE, ISO, LOINC and SNOMED International, the Joint Initiative Council has come together to deliver coordinated standards and implementation guides. Today, healthcare researchers, manufacturers and providers can use these JIC outcomes for the successful implementation of digital processes and interoperable systems. “At JIC, we recognise the importance of consistency across standards and the need to collaborate on their development. We’re concerned not only about standards as ‘outputs,’ but more importantly, how standards impact healthcare ‘outcomes’—their practical value in the delivery of high-quality care,” said Ulrike Kreysa, senior vice-president, GS1 Healthcare and chair of the JIC. Within the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the need for accelerating the speed and capacity of this digital transformation has become more important than ever before. JIC members are contributing to this public health need by addressing immediate gaps and by providing topical enhancements to their existing standards. "The World Health Organization (WHO) looks forward to the continued cooperation of global Standard Development Organisations within the Joint Initiative Council in order to better leverage on common health data standards and interoperability to anticipate and react to pandemic challenges such as the one we are experiencing, and to the future ones to come in our fast and ever-changing environment.”, said Bernardo Mariano Junior, Director, Digital Health & Innovation and Chief Information Officer, World Health Organization. Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics StandardisationHighlights from the JIC white paper include four standards-based initiatives that offer practical solutions to real-world problems. These initiatives include the International Patient Summary (IPS), the Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP), COVID-19 and Genomics. The white paper is available as a downloadable PDF at www.jointinitiativecouncil.org. For more information, visit the JIC Web page: www.jointinitiativecouncil.org or follow us on Twitter @JICouncil. JIC Media Contact Philippe NeirinckxDirector Marketing Healthcare, Emerging Sectors & Solutions T: +32 2 788 78 00 E: philippe.neirinckx@gs1.org About the Joint Initiative Council - The Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardisation (JIC) is formed to further the important role of health informatics standards to enable interoperability of information and processes across health domains. Health informatics standardisation is supported by a community of experts that works within and across various health informatics standards development organisations (SDOs). The JIC supports the timely, efficient delivery of safe, coordinated, accountable, high-quality health services to individuals, communities and populations. www.jointinitiativecouncil.orgAustralian media enquiries:Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Tel: 03 9803 2588. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.auA copy of the white paper can be downloaded from WMC PR’s Press Office:https://wmcpr.com.au/enabling-the-digital-transformation-of-healthcare-a-joint-initiative-council-jic-white-paper/ Grandad Inspires Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom on 3-month road trip 2020-07-06T11:26:39Z grandad-inspires-aussies-to-bounce-back-to-freedom-on-3-month-road-trip A BUNDABERG grandad has come out of retirement after 11 years to inspire Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom after Covid-19 with a road trip from Bundaberg to Darwin from July 13 to October 25, 2020. Author of 7 books, Hans Jakobi, 66, has gone from being suicidal and surviving multiple tragedies, including three serious bushfire threats to his home and an eight-year drought, to being a successful businessman and funding his own retirement at 55. Known as The Lifestyle Entrepreneur, he and his wife of 41 years, Colette, have travelled to more than 70 countries since then and now will hit the road on a Bounce Back To Freedom Tour. On the tour, he will interview and film Australians who have lost their jobs or businesses to find out what they are doing to recover from the crisis and what strategies they have worked out to prosper from the turmoil. “The way people have panicked in this crisis has had a deep impact on me and I feel compelled to spread a message of hope, opportunity and support to replace the narrative of fear,” Mr Jakobi said. He said the best and most secure way to prosper from this crisis was to start an online home-based business. “I want to inspire ordinary, everyday people, encourage them and give them hope to embrace this crisis as their opportunity to start their own online business and profit despite the crisis,” he said. “I’m sure there will be some people who will have benefited from the crisis because they’ve adapted to the opportunities created and will be loving it, while others will have a lot of stress and anxiety.” Mr Jakobi will hit the road with his latest book, Why You Need to Start Your Own Online Business Now! “My mantra is that you can build and run a business from anywhere in the world with just a laptop computer, a mobile phone and an internet connection,” he said. To walk his talk and also inspire his 3 children and 5 grandchildren, he and his wife will make the 12,000km return trip in a 2008 Sunland 24 foot caravan to Darwin and document his journey as he inspires locals, films their stories and builds a new online business from scratch. “People learn more from what they see than what you say so I want to inspire people. In the next 10 years, I will give it my best, keep traveling, support my children, mentor my grandchildren and others about business,” Mr Jakobi said. “I want to be around positive, aspirational people and then I will retire again.” For more details, visit www.BounceBacktoFreedom.com Minister Karen Andrews joins Australian medical device manufacturer to launch Digital Platform for frontline healthcare worker safety 2020-07-03T06:14:15Z minister-karen-andrews-joins-australian-medical-device-manufacturer-to-launch-digital-platform-for-frontline-healthcare-worker-safety 3 July 2020, Australia – Qlicksmart Pty Ltd officially launched their new Digital Platform today, which empowers healthcare facilities to reduce sharps injuries occurring to frontline staff. The Qlicksmart Digital Platform is free to healthcare facilities, providing tools which cover evaluating sharps safety devices, an Interactive Training App for virtual product training, and how to effectively implement sharps safety policies into practice. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews spoke at the launch event, which was held at the Cohort Innovation Space in the Gold Coast. “We do know, particularly coming through COVID, that training has been quite limited. It’s almost every day that I have people say to me that they were unable to complete their training because they couldn’t get the people in the room to deliver the training. So the opportunity to digitally provide the training to people, quite frankly, is the way of the future.” “I’m very proud of the work that you [Qlicksmart] have done dealing with sharps injuries in the workplace, keeping our healthcare workers safe, but also doing very leading-edge work in how you’re going to train – particularly in areas where people have said that you can’t do that digitally. You’ve proven that that’s wrong.” Dr Michael Sinnott, co-founder of Qlicksmart and an emergency physician, shared the potential impact the Qlicksmart Digital Platform will have on Australian medtech innovation. “I believe the Qlicksmart Digital Platform will revolutionize the current route to international markets by making the current global playing field a bit more even. This will mean that small Australian innovators and medical device companies will achieve greater success on the world stage.” The Qlicksmart Digital Platform was developed in-house with support from the Innovations Connections Grant facilitated by the Ministry for Industry, Science and Technology and Monash University’s Design Health Collab. Healthcare facilities can download the Interactive Training App from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The Qlicksmart Digital Platform is accessible online at https://www.qlicksmart.com/digital-platform/   About Qlicksmart: Qlicksmart Pty Ltd is an ISO 13485:2016-accredited R&D and manufacturing company committed to making healthcare professional’s lives easier and safer, so that they can focus on patient care. Established in 1999 by Australian medical doctors, our award-winning safety devices are used in over 50 countries worldwide. Qlicksmart works with innovators from the healthcare sector to deliver  CIBIS gets NSW e-planning portal live with Council by July 1st. 2020-07-02T04:51:34Z cibis-gets-nsw-e-planning-portal-live-with-council-by-july-1st The results are in and the collaboration between the various technical players will produce outstanding results for Councils and their customers. Cessnock City Council initially formed an e-Planning project team setting the foundations for the implementation of the NSW Planning Portal. After 12 months of the using the Portal, full systems integration went into live production yesterday. The commitment to improving the customers experience was the key focus for Council, and the NSW Planning Portal was to provide a tool that allowed the community, stakeholders and government agencies to work together. In order to improve efficiencies in relation to Council’s operational needs, CIBIS was engaged in October 2019 as a consultant to develop a middleware solution that supports the integration between the NSW Planning Portal and Council’s operating systems via application programming interfaces (API’s). Tony Heitmeyer, CIBIS General Manager said “It’s one thing working through planning rules, regulations, determinations and compliance issues, but it’s another to ensure that the various IT systems work together including that from NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), Local Government systems and other private enterprise vendors.” CIBIS successfully worked with Council’s corporate vendor, Civica, and the DPIE to develop the solution. The integration includes the management of documents, lodgement and determination of applications and will also extend to other portal functionality, such as certificates, when further API’s are made available. Cessnock is the first and only Council to have near real time integration with the NSW Planning Portal via an API and according to Cessnock Council’s Business Support and Customer Relations Manager, Roslyn Ashton, “it will provide significant productivity savings for Council along with further improvements in application processing times”. CIBIS is now in the process of rolling out the middleware solutions to other Councils using Civica’s Authority Enterprise Application. ABOUTCIBIS is an established Australian software developer that combines a practical, no-nonsense approach with deep industry experience to deliver reliable mobile, on-premise & cloud solutions. Eaton announces new 9SX UPS model for improved efficiency 2020-06-30T23:25:06Z eaton-announces-new-9sx-ups-model-for-improved-efficiency SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.Power management company Eaton has announced the new 9SX 15KVA/20KVA Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) in Australia and New Zealand. The Eaton 9SX 15KVA/20KVA UPS provides stable power for critical IT infrastructure in all layers of the modern IT architecture, as well as industrial, manufacturing and medical devices. The new model offers double conversion efficiency of up to 96 per centand reduces energy usage to support IT managers with savings in the form of electricity, cooling and power costs. The new model doubles as a space saver, and its compact form with flexible wiring allows it to accommodate a wide range of deployment possibilities. The robust internal circuitry design enables it to withstand a range of environments with ambient temperatures of up to 50 degrees celsius. “We’re excited to offer our customers a product that caters not only to the changing needs of modern-day IT infrastructure, but also supports a range of industries across the medical, industrial and manufacturing landscapes,” said John Atherton, General Manager of Power Quality ANZ, Eaton. “Part of our mission at Eaton is to support our customers through our power management solutions, enabling them to achieve maximum efficiency with their operations. The 9SX 15KVA/20KVA UPS model does just that and is compatible with Eaton’s Gigabit Network M2 card which protects data center’s against cyberthreats, so customers don’t have to compromise convenience for data safety,” Atherton continued. In light of recent cybersecurity threats on Australia, the need to ensure the highest level of defence against emerging cybersecurity threats is paramount. The 9SX 15KVA/20KVA UPS power model offers compatibility with Eaton’s UL2900-1 and IEC62443-4-2 certified network card - the Gigabit Network M2, to ensure the highest level of defence against emerging cybersecurity threats. When paired with virtualisation-ready Intelligent Power Manager software, monitoring and management of the 9SX 15KVA/20KVA can be done in virtual-management platforms, such as VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. This enables IT professionals to easily configure policy-based automation for power events, such as automated disaster recovery policies, controlled shut down, load shedding and cloud orchestrator integration. The 9SX 15KVA/20KVA power model is available for purchase in Australia and New Zealand now. To learn more about the new Eaton 9SX UPS, visit the Eaton website. For all of the latest news follow Eaton on Eaton LinkedIn company page. - ENDS - About Eaton Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Its energy-efficient solutions help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, safely and sustainably. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton employs 99,000 people worldwide and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visitEaton.com.