The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-04-15T21:59:59Z Afford TeleCare Delivers Contact-Free Allied Health to the Disability Sector Across Australia in Response to COVID-19 2020-04-15T21:59:59Z afford-telecare-delivers-contact-free-allied-health-to-the-disability-sector-across-australia-in-response-to-covid-19 16 APRIL 2020 – Leading Australian disability not-for-profit, Afford, has today launched, Afford TeleCare; an innovative, contact-free and virtual method of delivering disability supports to individuals across Australia who need continued access to essential care from allied health professionals for overall health and mental wellbeing. Adapting to Australia’s current COVID-19 social distancing and isolation measures, Afford’s (The Australian Foundation for Disability) new initiative will give people living with disability access to continued care and support from the comfort of their own home. Afford TeleCare connects individuals to allied health professionals across a range of services including, but not limited to, psychology, occupational therapy, emotional regulations and speech pathology via a virtual platform, to develop routines and explore meaningful activities during isolation. Afford understands the importance of continued development of social skills, sensory modulation and various other supports for mental health and overall wellbeing. “Afford TeleCare will change the way disability supports are delivered. The virtual platform will give every individual access to their regular allied health supports from the comfort of their own home. Using various forms of technology, Afford can provide remote, contact-free care so that clients can be assured of regular health management, throughout the current isolation and social distancing measures,” said Afford CEO, Steven Herald. Afford TeleCare is available for existing and new clients who wish to access these services. Afford is committed to developing new methods of delivering disability supports so that every person living with disability has the opportunity to achieve their goals and feel assisted during Coved-19 under the NDIS. Watch this video to find out more about Afford Telecare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGs6bZcZlhg Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for 68 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people every day. As one of Australia’s longest-serving not-for-profit disability organisations, Afford goes beyond traditional service offerings to adapt to new operating environments to support individuals achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. More information: ·        Afford Telecare - email telecare@afford.com.au or call1300 379 308.  ·        Afford - visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. END Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au About Afford - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Australia. The supports provided by Afford include Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support, Support Coordination and Supported Holidays. Happy Pot Plants Delivered by People with Disability Bring Joy to Locals 2020-04-09T02:34:07Z happy-pot-plants-delivered-by-people-with-disability-bring-joy-to-locals MIAMI, QLD - 9 APRIL 2020 - While the world faces extraordinary challenges, it is acts of selflessness and giving, such as the Happy Pot Plants Project initiated at Afford Miami Hub, that bring hope and happiness to locals in communities across Queensland. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is one of Australia’s longest-serving not-for-profit disability organisations that supports individuals achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. During the current unprecedented world events, Afford is continuing to deliver meaningful care and support to people living with disability in local communities right across Queensland. The brainchild of Afford staff members, Jelena and Louise, the Happy Pot Plants Project was first established to support participants attending the Day Program to get involved in gardening and art activities that they love. The project then progressed into a mission to bring joy to locals and businesses affected by community isolation measures, by gifting them Happy Pot Plants, decorated and planted by creative individuals living with disability who attend Miami Hub. The creation of the pots involves participants first decorating the pots, then filling them with soil, planting the succulents and finally making the finishing touches to give out to the community. Nicky receives one-to-one support at Miami Hub and enjoys painting smiley faces on the pots along with bright and colourful designs and patterns. Thanks to the generosity of many Miami Hub families, succulents have been donated to plant into the pots, which shows just how strong a community project can be in bringing people together for a good cause. Jelena Bekic, Team Leader at Miami Hub says that the Happy Plants Project is more than just a gardening and arts project. “It’s about supporting clients to consider others in their community. To give back and be an active leader in a positive way. It’s about offering new life experiences and opportunities to each client so they can understand more about the world around them and the value of their contribution to wider society,” Jelena said. The Happy Plant Project is already proving a popular initiative. 38 pots have been created and the team at Miami Hub are being inundated with great ideas and suggestions for more pot plants. “We had no idea just how awesome our Happy Plant Project was going to be. Some of our clients like arts and crafts and some aren’t as keen. But we’ve found that those who aren’t too keen on crafts are the ones really getting into the pot plant project,” said Jelena. “Everyone is enjoying painting a pot plant and they all chat together and discuss colours and ideas. During the project our clients are relaxed and smiling a lot, which is great to see.” The first pot plants were delivered by Nicky and Talia to local businesses, including The Shack in Nobbys and Piccolo Express, exercising safe distancing measures all the while. From the smiles on the faces of the many Happy Pot Plant recipients, Miami Hub’s project has been successful in achieving its main goal of bringing happiness to members of their local community. The Happy Plants Project has been so well received by clients, families and staff of Miami Hub, that Jelena and her team see the project continuing for a long time yet. Afford continuously goes beyond traditional service offerings to deliver new life experiences, work opportunities, and social connections under the NDIS. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for 68 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au Editors Note: Images available via: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/26rql6uk91ekn4r/AACV9fH06VWIWW9DYB9FOC27a?dl=0  About Afford - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Australia. The supports provided by Afford include Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support, Support Coordination and Supported Holidays. New G-mee Personal Entertainment Device To Deliver Your Favourite Streaming Entertainment – Supporting Safe Content Consumption 2019-12-13T02:06:19Z new-g-mee-personal-entertainment-device-to-deliver-your-favourite-streaming-entertainment-supporting-safe-content-consumption SYDNEY, 13 DECEMBER 2019 - CBN Media, a leading Australian company dedicated to educating the public about new and emerging technology innovation, today launched a range of G-mee smart devices that give users, of all levels of digital savvy, access to the best on-the-go entertainment, while including features to support safe cyber use and exploration. Today, over 90% of Australians own a smartphone(1), and almost 50% of 6-13 year olds have access to one(2). Smart technology facilitates much of what we see, hear and absorb in modern society. G-mee is not a smartphone. Unlike any other device on the market, G-mee unabashedly simplifies the smart device experience to deliver all the things that users need in a smart device and takes out the things they don't. G-mee is the first next-generation smart device of its kind to serve as a personal content player that integrates measures for safe exploration of smart technology. G-mee has no camera and integrates an innovative pre-installed ‘G-mee app lock' to successfully guide the user's smart device experience and curb temptations to over-share or be exposed to online risks, such as cyber-bullying. The app lock feature can be activated at any time and used on any app downloaded to the device to block distractions caused by unwanted alerts, status updates and reminders. Apps such as Facebook, YouTube or new streaming services that can expose users to unsuitable content, or place them at risk of cyber-bullying, can be easily blocked from access using G-mee's app lock feature to encourage only safe content consumption. G-mee's range opens smart device use for on-the-go entertainment to more users. The content delivered through G-mee can be specifically curated to suit only the user's needs and entertainment appetite. G-mee is designed with smart device features that primarily support user entertainment desires, such as a 5-inch plastic touch screen, Android OS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, expandable memory, 3.5mm headphone jack and in-built speaker, and gives users the freedom to watch, listen and learn with their favourite content anywhere, anytime. Whether it's listening to music through Spotify or Apple Music for down-time, relaxing or meditating with a podcast, or catching up on a TV show, G-mee is the ideal entertainment companion to use at home, work, after school or on holiday. G-mee launches at an affordable price point of $99.95 for the entry level device and is available first to the Australian public via pre-order. The research, design and development of G-mee is a story of Aussie innovation. G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is an accomplished technology expert, broadcaster and producer that has tried and tested almost every popular smart device on the market. As a tech guru and father, Charlie developed G-mee to make smart devices accessible for all users in a way that delivers safe exploration and content consumption. "My wife Rachael had the idea to create a smart device suitable for users of any age and any digital know-how. By including all the best of smart technology and removing the parts that can lead to distraction and online risk, G-mee becomes a dedicated content player that can be confidently accessed by users of all levels of digital fluency," Brown explained. "G-mee could be a user's hardware solution for their favourite Spotify, Apple music playlists or podcasts." "The integration of a pre-installed app lock means that parents can rest assured that only apps delivering content they deem suitable are being accessed using G-mee." "G-mee strikes a balance between users getting all the best of smart tech in one personalised content player, and having the ability to limit exposure to unwanted or unsuitable content." G-mee - $99.95 An entry level device, G-mee offers all the on-the-go entertainment essential such as 5-inch plastic touch screen, Android OS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, expandable memory, 3.5mm headphone jack and in-built speaker. G-mee can be loaded with Apple Music or Spotify for audio enjoyment anywhere, anytime. G-mee leaves out features that lead to distraction such as a digital camera, phone connectivity and access to Google mobile services. G-mee includes a pre-installed G-mee app lock feature to manage the user's experience for optimal engagement with safe and suitable content. G-mee Plus - $119.95 ($99.95 during pre-order period) For the next step into smart technology engagement, the G-mee Plus gives users greater freedom to explore more through the inclusion of additional apps. G-mee Plus includes all the offerings of G-mee, PLUS Google mobile services. Users can expand their on-the-go entertainment by choosing from thousands of apps for download via Google Play Store, or watching their favourite clips on YouTube. Like all G-mee devices, the pre-installed G-mee app lock feature manages suitable content consumption. G-mee Connect - $149.95 For users with greater experience with smart technology, the G-mee connect offers all the features of G-mee Plus, with 4G added to facilitate phone calls, sms and the use of data for browsing and downloading content anytime via 4G cellular connectivity. The ideal content companion to use at work, at the gym, or after school, G-mee connect delivers the best of smart technology with safety. Like all G-mee devices, G-mee connect includes the pre-installed G-mee app lock feature. To find out more, please visit: www.g-mee.com. Availability G-mee, G-mee Plus and G-mee Connect are available first to Australian customers via pre-order at www.g-mee.com with deliveries commencing the week beginning January 13, 2020. All pre orders will receive a free clear protective case, a second coloured case (choose from 5 colour options, while stocks last), set of ear buds, a sticker sheet and included shipping. For further information, please contact: Maria Crema Crema PR 0402 239 929 maria@cremapr.com.au About CBN Media CBN Media is one of Australia’s leading production houses, dedicated to educating the Australian public about new and innovative technology. CBN Media produces Australia’s longest running technology TV show, CyberShack TV and Australia’s highest rating technology radio show, Life and Technology. CBN Media is headed by Charlie Brown, one of Australia's favourite cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology.   Sources: (1) Deloitte. Mobile Nation 2019 (2) ACMA Kids and mobiles: how Australian children are using mobile phones   Bethany Fisher Takes Out Top Gongs at What's On For Kids Awards 2019-06-12T14:26:00Z bethany-fisher-takes-out-top-gongs-at-what-s-on-for-kids-awards MELBOURNE - 13 JUNE 2019 - Prominent Australian children's entertainer, Bethany Fisher, has taken out two of the industry's most prestigious titles at the 2019 What's On 4 Kids Awards; showcasing her intergenerational popularity right across the country. Bethany was announced as the winner of the 'Best Kids Live Show' and the 'People's Choice for Kids Activity Industry Leader of the Year' at the What's on For Kids Awards gala dinner at Sheraton Grand Mirage on the Gold Coast on Saturday, 1 June 2019. The 2019 What’s On 4 Kids Awards - Recognising Excellence in Australian Kids Activity Industry event is Australia’s only industry event for the kids activity, family entertainment and party businesses. All nominations are judged by an independent panel with the ‘People’s Choice’ winners decided on community voting. Bethany says that she is honoured to have won and attributes her win to hard work and determination to succeed in an increasingly competitive entertainment industry. "I'm so fortunate to have a job that I Iove, and then to be recognised for all the effort put into choreographing, set design and video production. With every show we aim to make sure our fans are given an exceptional and entertaining performance each and every time." "I am so thankful to all my fans for their support and for placing their votes. There is such variety in children's activity and entertainment, so I feel so privileged that our fans have cast their votes to award us the People's Choice award."                                                                                             “I love what I do because I get to make kids smile. I think the world would be a better place if we could put the smiles on the faces of more people.” Elise Easdown founder of the What’s On 4 Kids Awards commented: “We feel very privileged to not only work with this industry but to also celebrate them with the What’s On 4 Kids Awards. Winning awards gives the industry recognition, increases team morale and workplace culture and leads to more family interest”. Bethany Fisher is one of Australia’s most popular children’s entertainers, performing her high energy, interactive, non-stop singing and dancing show across Australia to audiences of up to 60,000 people. Bethany performed It’s Time To Celebrate to open the 2019 What's On For Kids Awards along with her dancers, Mitchell Chapman and Brigitte Craig. Bethany will kick off her 'Christmas in July' tour across Melbourne next month performances will be held at Knox Community Arts Centre in Bayswater (7 July), MC Showroom in Prahran (14 July) and Romsey Mechanics Institute in Romsey (20 July). Tickets are just $12 and can be purchased via www.bethanyfisher.com/showdates Keep up to date on Bethany’s social media accounts – Facebook and Instagram @bethanyfishermusic For more information on Bethany Fisher and upcoming performances, visit www.bethanyfisher.com For more information about the What's On For Kids Awards, visit www.whatson4kids.com.au/awards/ END   Editor's Note: High resolution images are available via this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zas7sci7ofr7hz7/AAAtAQ1uh7lIhFso0lZIWpkma?dl=0   Media Contact: Maria Crema, m: 0402 239 929 e: maria@cremapr.com.au Bethany Fisher Bethany Fisher exudes enthusiasm, excitement and fun during each and every one of her performances, making her one of the most highly sought after children's performers in Australia. A combination of modern tunes, colourful, quality costuming, and polished choreography has seen Bethany catapult to fame and popularity in the live children's performance industry. Bethany's performances have intergenerational appeal which ensures her high energy and colourful shows entertain not only her young audience members, but also those who are young at heart. Bethany is the 2019 What's on For Kids Award winner for the 'Best Live Kids Show' and the 'People's Choice for Kids Activity Industry Leader of the Year'. She has performed at some of Australia's highlight events including, Carols in the Domain, The Ekka, Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal, Melbourne Day, St Kilda Festival, Summersault, Sunfest and many more. Hawks Jump on Board with Afford for An Inclusive Melbourne 2019-05-10T02:10:10Z hawks-jump-on-board-with-afford-for-an-inclusive-melbourne MELBOURNE, 8 MAY 2019 - This year, the spotlight will shine brightly on disability in Melbourne with partnerships between Afford, Hawthorn and Yarra Trams established to encourage an inclusive Melbourne that supports people of all abilities. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is a not-for-profit disability service organisation that provides whole-of-life disability supports for people across Australia under the NDIS. The disability service provider has been operating in Australia for over 65 years and is committed to creating opportunities for people with disability to live the life they want and create greater public awareness of the valuable community contributions made by people with disability. This year, Afford has partnered with the Hawthorn Football Club, to establish the MCG's first Sensory Friendly Space to allow footy fans with sensory sensitivities, and their families, to enjoy cheering on their favourite team while having a space for respite if and when they need it. In addition to the Sensory Friendly Space, Afford is working with the Hawks to support their Wheelchair and All Abilities Players in the 2019 season, facilitating AFL experiences for Afford participants and offering work experience opportunities at Hawks HQ for people with disability. Afford was also named 2019 Yarra Trams Community Partner which involves an entire tram being wrapped with images of people of all abilities.  Tram 3008 can be seen passing the MCG on Route 48 (North Balwyn to Victoria Harbour Docklands) and can also be seen on Route 109 (Box Hill to Port Melbourne) from April until July. The Afford Community Partner Tram will increase public awareness of diversity, inclusivity and encourage the celebration of everyone's unique abilities. Afford CEO, Steven Herald, says that the partnerships with the Hawks and Yarra Trams are strong steps towards creating an inclusive Melbourne. "We are thrilled to have established these partnerships with the Hawks and Yarra Trams. Both the Hawks and Yarra Trams are well established in Melbourne's culture and such iconic organisations that share our vision to encourage inclusiveness and acceptance." "Through these partnerships we are sure that our message of an inclusive Melbourne will shine on the streets and on the footy fields of Melbourne and foster inclusivity for Australians of all abilities."  "We encourage everyone to jump on board with Afford to support us in creating an inclusive Melbourne and tag @Afford in your social posts to show your support for people of all abilities." Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves said the partnership supports the club’s vision to be inclusive and welcoming for people of all backgrounds.   Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for over 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Australia every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Editor's Note: Footage/imagery of the Afford Community Partner tram can be obtained, please contact Maria on 0402 239 929. Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au About the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination.   Afford and Hawks Open Sensory Friendly Space at MCG for All Footy Fans 2019-04-04T00:57:43Z afford-and-hawks-open-sensory-friendly-space-at-mcg-for-all-footy-fans MELBOURNE, 4 April 2019 - Footy fans with sensory sensitivity can now cheer on their favourite team at Melbourne's iconic MCG, thanks to the inclusion of the first Afford Sensory Friendly Space within the stadium, developed in partnership between Afford and Hawthorn FC. Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) is a not-for-profit disability service organisation that provides whole-of-life disability supports for people across Australia under the NDIS. Afford CEO, Steven Herald, says that thanks to the partnership with Hawthorn FC, Afford can provide more inclusive opportunities for people of all abilities and needs. "Footy fans with sensory needs and their families may have previously stayed home to avoid over stimulation at the game due to loud noises and crowded areas," Mr Herald commented. "Now, they, and their families, can come and support their team in a space that caters to their sensory needs." "Our partnership with the Hawks this year has presented many opportunities for us to provide new life experiences for people living with disability and sensory needs in Victoria. We are proud to be part of a genuine experience that supports inclusive opportunity for all." Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves said the Afford Sensory Friendly Space supported the club’s vision to be inclusive and welcoming for people of all backgrounds.   “The Afford Sensory Friendly Space is a fantastic opportunity for the Hawthorn Football Club to promote inclusiveness, positivity and social change amongst the football community,” Reeves said. “We launched the room for the first time in Round 2 and it was fantastic to see so many families utilising the space and its offerings.” Afford's Allied Health team which consists of occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists and other therapies, have worked behind the scenes to create a genuine sensory friendly experience that incorporates equipment and materials often used in sensory based therapies. The inclusive sensory friendly space caters to children and adults with sensory sensitivities and incorporates both calming and stimulating zones. The room will have a calming space with sensory lighting and visual displays, a cocoon area for visitors to chill out and relax, bean bags, air cushion, cuddle ball, comfortable seating and a lightwave floor, and activities such as colouring and putty. Visitors to the sensory space will also have the opportunity to watch the game on a separate large screen and TV screens with reduced noise. Afford's Sensory Friendly Space in the Yarra Room at the MCG can be accessed by footy fans with general admission tickets by entering via Gate 3 and going up the lifts to level 3. The room will be available for Hawks home games at the MCG on Sunday, 7th April, Monday, 22th April (Easter Monday), and  Sunday, 12th May. Visitors are welcome to enter the room from 2.30pm with the match commencing at 3.20pm. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for over 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. Take a sneak peek at the Sensory Friendly Space here: https://www.hawthornfc.com.au/news/2019-04-02/hawks-open-sensoryfriendly-room   ENDS   Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au   About the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination.   Snow Holidays that Save You Money and Let You Experience More 2018-06-13T02:26:43Z snow-holidays-that-save-you-money-and-let-you-experience-more MELBOURNE, 13 June 2018 – Winter is the time for family fun in the snow and one Australian website is lifting the lid on a little known cost saving strategy for travellers looking to reduce their holiday accommodation costs. Mindahome.com.au is an Australian owned and operated website that provides a forum for Australians to connect with pet owners in search of someone to care for their pets while they are away. Travellers benefit from free accommodation, as well as earning the love of a new fur-friend, while pet owners have the peace of mind that their pet will be less anxious in their absence; remaining in their own home environment. Organising a holiday to hit the slopes can be expensive. Gear hire, lift passes, travel and accommodation costs can all start to stack up. By house and pet sitting, singles, couples and families can base themselves in homes close to the main snow fields and pay nothing for accommodation. During the winter months in NSW, house and pet sitting positions are listed(1) in locations such as Canberra, Bredbo, Queanbeyan and Jindabyne, providing ideal opportunities to visit the snow or take in more of the surrounding region. Similarly, positions are listed in Omeo and Eurobin in Victoria(1) which are just 20km from the popular family snow spot, Falls Creek, while positions listed in Dilston and Newnham in Tasmania(1) are just over an hour's drive to Ben Lomond - paradise for downhill and cross-country skiers. Sue Coombs, co-founder of Mindahome.com.au says that the opportunity to secure accommodation that has all the conveniences of home, for free, is very attractive for many holiday-makers. "House and pet sitting is all about living like a local and getting to know more about the places you visit," said Ms Coombs. "Caring for the home and pets of others in exchange for free accommodation during peak periods, especially for snow-goers, means that more of your holiday budget can go towards enjoying experiences, rather than a place to stay." "99% of Mindahome positions do involve the care of a pet, so being an animal lover is a must, but most people enjoy meeting new animal friends, some of which become fur-ever friends." Experience is the new currency with 6 out of 10 Millennials(2) choosing experiences over material possessions. "Discovering the way other people live and making friends with different animals while house and pet sitting is attractive to many travellers wanting to expand their life experience," Ms Coombs explained. "Not only does house and pet sitting provide these bespoke opportunities to get more of a local's perspective of a destination, and stay in a place with all the comforts of home, it also presents many savings on accommodation." Members join Mindahome.com.au for just $59 per year and can choose to stay in as many homes as they like without having to pay another cent. For more information visit www.mindahome.com.au. ENDS Editor’s Note: Sue Coombs of Mindahome.com.au is available for interview on request.   Sources: (1) As at time of distribution. Positions listed occur between 1 June and 31 August 2018. (2) Roy Morgan Research   Media Contact: Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au   More about Mindahome House and Pet Sitting: www.mindahome.com.au Mindahome is an Australian owned and operated house and pet sitting business that connects home and pet owners with sitters across Australia. Specialising in pet and house sitting for rural and residential properties, Mindahome has quality experienced sitters available to care for homes and family pets. Home owners and renters can list their property and pets for sitting opportunities for free on Mindahome. House and pet sitters pay a low annual registration fee of $59 per year to stay rent free in as many or as few homes as they like each year. 99% of Mindahome house sitting opportunities involve caring for all types of pets and animals which can include dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, pets requiring regular medication and also farm animals. Mindahome house sitters use the service to organise accommodation for annual holidays and short breaks. Sitting opportunities are varied and can be for short or long periods.   Afford Celebrates 65 Years of Support for People with Disability 2018-06-13T02:24:52Z afford-celebrates-65-years-of-support-for-people-with-disability SYDNEY, 13 June 2018 - This year marks a major milestone for leading disability service organisation, the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford), as it celebrates 65 years supporting people to reach their personal life and work goals through meaningful and fulfilling activities and programs. Afford has experienced significant growth across Sydney. The organisation has increased the number of person-centred services to support people with disability and their families and carers through the NDIS. Celebrating 65 years, Afford is considered one of the leading disability services in Sydney and has initiated many industry-first programs that are tailored to offer clients more choice and independence to live life the way they want. Just last year, Afford transitioned thousands of clients to the new NDIS and established a specialised NDIS Support Coordination service to provide expert advice for Afford clients and their families. In 2017, Afford also established an Allied Health Services Team to work with individuals to determine the supports that they need and connect them with specialists for skills and personal development. Steven Herald, Afford CEO, says that Afford is committed to partnering with individuals and families to help them receive the best supports through their NDIS Plan. "The new NDIS is all about choice and individual supports so at Afford, we want to make sure we understand everyone's unique qualities to help them achieve all that they want out of life," said Mr Herald. "In recent years we have established Afford Getaways to provide opportunities for clients to take a holiday supported by qualified Afford staff, as well as the industry's first healthy lifestyles program, Club Afford, which has a focus on fitness, fun and healthy living." "We've had a wonderful responses to both initiatives and offering Club Afford activities outside the traditional service hours means clients have greater choice to take part in programs when it suits them." Afford is a leading not-for-profit disability organisation that supports people living with disability across Sydney. It is one of Australia's longest serving not-for-profit disability organisations and continuously goes beyond traditional service offerings to deliver new life experiences, work opportunities and lifelong friendships. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in NSW for 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Sydney every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au More about the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Sydney. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination. Millennial Pets Will Be The Big Winners this Christmas 2017-10-31T23:55:33Z millennial-pets-will-be-the-big-winners-this-christmas-1 MELBOURNE, 1 November 2017 - Today's pets are enjoying an almost human existence with many of Australia's 5.7 million pet loving households, spending thousands of dollars each year to secure the health and happiness of their treasured animal companion. Known as 'pet-parents', rather than 'pet-owners', these passionate pet lovers across Australia are indulging their four legged canine and feline 'fur-kids' with clothing, gifts and products to celebrate milestones and festivities. Around 50%(1) of pet owners are expected to buy a gift for their pet this festive season with toys, treats and gifts packs set to be the top sellers. The affectionate terms, 'fur-baby', 'fur-kid' and 'pet-parent' particularly resonate with young Millennials who consider their pets as 'starter children'. Three out of four Millennials admit that  they are more likely to splurge on an item for their pets, rather than on something for themselves(2). Petpreneur, Katrina Thomson, founder of Australian personalised pet products business, IdPet (www.idpet.com.au), says that pet parents are increasingly humanising their furry best friends and spoiling them with their very own customised and personalised accessories. "It's about showing that you are a proud pet parent with an eye for what your Doggo needs, and believe you me they need that personalised Furburry Neckerchief or custom superhero collar and lead set. Non essentials are becoming the new must-have essentials when it comes to your fur-baby - there is no such thing as over spoiled," Ms Thomson explained. IdPet is preparing for a busy Christmas period with spending on their bespoke, custom made pet products already receiving steady orders from Australian and international pet lovers even before the festive season as begun. "We create a personalised squeak plush Candy Cane Toy and can personalise gift packs complete with homemade treats, a Christmas themed plush toy and treat bag for the all-in-one gift for every pet." IdPet began specialising in custom made and printed pets clothing and products in 2013 and now boasts a strong loyal customer base. "Our personalised range has expanded so much over the past year. Now we're custom making birthday themed neckerchiefs and matching toys," Ms Thomson explained. "We're also finding that many pet lovers treat welcoming a new puppy into their home just as they would a new baby, so our 'Puppy Essentials Pack' with collar, lead and also prove popular." For more information about IdPet, visit www.idpet.com.au. ENDS Editor's Note: Katrina Thomson is available for interview on request. Sources: (1)  Bankwest Social Indicator Survey: 'Family Pooch Index', 2010 (2) Gale Research Media Contact: Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au Afford's New Cherrywood Hub Opens with Industry Leading Disability Supports 2017-10-26T03:23:41Z afford-s-new-cherrywood-hub-opens-with-industry-leading-disability-supports LANDILO, 26 October 2017 - The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) today opened an industry first disability services hub at Cherrywood in Landilo that  incorporates interactive programs and activities to deliver whole-of-life supports to people living with disability. Designed to provide clients with greater choice of more person-centred supports, Afford's Cherrywood Hub will provide opportunities for clients to enhance their skills for independent living, to join the workforce or to achieve life happiness. The Hon. Ray Williams, Minister for Disability Services officially opened the Cherrywood Hub at a ceremony today which was attended by many Afford staff, clients, and their families. "Congratulations on the development of the Cherrywood Hub,” Mr Williams said. "The redevelopment of the this site, to two new Lifestyle Centres and a Secret Garden, is aligned with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) values to provide individuals with more person centred supports and choice." Cherrywood Hub integrates a striking sensory garden centrepiece that spans most of the outside grounds. The garden areas serve to engage clients using a variety of areas where they can explore and learn. The sensory garden incorporates a walk through fairy garden with seating area for imaginations to run wild in fantasy and fairytale; an 'old car' garden area which has a vintage car as its centrepiece; as well as an old speed boat area, surrounded by beach themed landscaping for clients to explore using a variety of textures. In addition, Cherrywood Hub also has garden beds for clients to plant, grow and harvest vegetables for use during cooking classes, as well as a petting zoo filled with chickens for clients to learn about the responsibility of caring for animals. Steven Herald, Afford CEO, says that Cherrywood Hub is truly an industry leading centre that supports people with disability to achieve their life goals and happiness. "Cherrywood Hub gives clients the chance to take part in new experiences. Whether it is in the sensory garden, engaging with the animals, taking part in programs or enjoying an outing with friends they have made, Cherrywood Hub was designed to make learning fun." "No other sensory garden within the disability sector offers clients so many opportunities to learn through tactile investigation of different textures, learn to use their bodies through exploration of different objects and have a place that invites discussion and building of friendships." "Clients have contributed to the decoration of Cherrywood Hub by creating the amazing mural and totem pole artworks that sit proudly throughout the site, so everyone has ownership of the space and its development," Mr Herald explained. Two Afford Lifestyle Centres  will be managed from the Cherrywood Hub, providing clients with the opportunity to socialise with peers and create new friendships. Lifestyle Centre clients will enjoy a variety of person-centred programs and activities including cooking, literacy and numeracy, sports and active play, personal development sessions, therapy sessions and a new Saddle Club program that involves animal therapy sessions. "Afford programs present clients with the opportunity to enhance their skills at home, at work and in life so they can live life how they want," Mr Herald said. "Cherrywood Hub is an industry leading service centre that will deliver programs that will support clients in all areas of life." "Whether it is an outing to the local gym or to the city, enjoying a cooking session or participating in and exercise program, all Afford programs and supports are designed to provide clients with new life experiences that are fun, social and educational." Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the transformation of the site was a milestone for people in the local community living with disability. “The Cherrywood Hub is an outstanding addition to our community set to provide state of the art support and care, making a real difference to local residents living with disability,” Mr Ayres said. “The transformation of the site will create a significant facility for people living with disability, with an array of person-centred services improving the quality of life of our community.” Afford is a leading not-for-profit disability organisation that supports people living with disability across Sydney. It is one of Australia's longest serving not-for-profit disability organisations and continuously goes beyond traditional service offerings to deliver new life experiences, work opportunities and lifelong friendships. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in NSW for 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Sydney every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au More about the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Sydney. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination.   'Daddy Do-Overs' more accepted as non-surgical cosmetic enhancements hit Australia 2017-09-12T02:44:18Z daddy-do-overs-more-accepted-as-non-surgical-cosmetic-enhancements-hit-australia SYDNEY - 12 September 2017 - More men are opting for non-invasive cosmetic treatments to help prolong their careers, enhance their relationships and boost their self confidence, according to Sydney based cosmetic physician Dr Hooi of Cosmetic MD. Whether it's for the boardroom or for the daily school run, modern men seek to improve their physical appearance with subtle cosmetic enhancements that take little more than a lunch hour to achieve.  Dr. Herbert Hooi, a leading Sydney-based cosmetic physician, Fellow of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and Director of Cosmetic MD, says that the increased availability of non-surgical cosmetic solutions in Australia has contributed to more men opting for 'daddy do-overs'(1) to enhance their appearance. "Modern men are under ever increasing pressure to look their best. Many consider anti-ageing treatments  in order to create a more youthful appearance as a way of extending their careers, while others simply want to enhance their look and performance for their partners." In America, the number of cosmetic procedures for men has increased by a staggering 325% since 1997(2) and although limited research exists on the trends of cosmetic procedures in Australia, many in the industry consider the behaviours of Australians to liken those of our US counterparts. "We know that close to 30% of men grow beards to hide fullness under the chin(3) and that over a third of people shy away from photos and video chats because they are self-conscious about their 'double-chin'(3)," said Dr Hooi. "The advancements of non-surgical procedures have made men more accepting of cosmetic procedures." "More regularly, men are coming to Cosmetic MD to undergo procedures that women have been  having for years. Improving their skin, having a more youthful look, reducing the grumpy or tired look are all motivations for men who visit our clinic seeking treatments," Dr Hooi explained. "Downtime from work, sports and family has previously been a factor in men shying away from cosmetic procedures, but with many of these new treatments presenting little to no downtime, this is no longer a concern for our male patients," Dr Hooi  explained. Dr Hooi says that some of the more popular non-surgical treatments  requested by his male patients  include under chin fat dissolving treatment, anti-wrinkle injections, the P-Shot procedure for increased sexual performance, and Nightlase, the laser remedy for snoring. "Until recently, the usual treatment for a double chin was surgical liposuction. But now with the  non-invasive under the chin fat dissolving  treatment , a series of quick, comfortable injections effectively reduce fat under the chin." "Consideration for their partners is also a significant  motivator for many men, so the laser treatment that remedies snoring is often performed to ease the relationship tensions that result from snoring related sleep disruption.   The P-Shot is another procedure regularly requested by Dr Hooi's patients. This procedure uses  the regenerative properties of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to stimulate healing and rejuvenate penile tissue, which increases sensation and enhances sexual performance. For more information visit www.cosmeticmd.com.au. ENDS  Editor's Note: Dr Hooi is available for interview on request.   More about Dr. Hooi and Cosmetic MD: www.cosmeticmd.com.au The owner and Medical Director of cosmetic MD, Dr Hooi has followed a singular path towards Cosmetic Medicine. With degrees in law, medicine and further specialisation in Emergency Medicine, he has a thorough grounding in all facets of acute medicine.  Dr. Hooi became interested in cosmetic procedures in 1990 and pursues his passion for cosmetic medicine in private practice in Telopea, Sydney. Dr Hooi’s training and experience led to his award as a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine in 2009. Dr. Hooi is also recognised as an expert in the revolutionary IncontiLaseTM procedure, offering a non-invasive answer to the significant and debilitating problem of incontinence. Dr Hooi regularly presents workshops on platelet rich plasma (PRP) and has been an invited speaker at a number of domestic (LCMC, Cosmetex, A5M) and international (Biobridge Venice) conferences on aesthetic medicine.   Sources: (1) Man to Man: The Latest Cosmetic Surgery Statistics Suggest Men Want to Look Good Too (2) The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics 2015 (3) Allergan 2016: Changing Faces of Beauty The 'Experience Economy' Makes House and Pet Sitting Holidays More Attractive 2017-09-12T02:36:08Z the-experience-economy-makes-house-and-pet-sitting-holidays-more-attractive MELBOURNE, 12 September 2017 - Share sites, such as leading Australian house and pet sitting website, Mindahome.com.au, are thwarting traditional accommodation offerings to become holiday providers of choice for travellers looking for new life experiences that won't break the bank. The fast growing 'experience economy'(1), that entices travellers to immerse themselves in the destinations and cultures they visit, has shifted the modern traveller's mindset to explore alternatives to the traditional hotel or motel getaway. In Australia, house and pet sitting is more attractive than ever with close to 40%(2) of sitters choosing to explore the country while staying free in other people's homes and caring for pets. Sue Coombs, co-founder of Mindahome.com.au says that house and pet sitting for holidays appeals to all types of travellers and presents many financial benefits. "Families, couples and single travellers alike are enjoying living like locals on house and pet sitting holidays for short breaks and annual holidays," Ms Coombs said. "House sitters stay for free in homes across the country and care for the pets of home owners while they're away. It's a win/win situation for both parties, as house sitters save on accommodation costs and pet owners save on boarding fees." "Many house and pet sit over Easter, Christmas, New Year and during school holidays and cleverly avoid peak period surcharges, so their holiday dollars can be spent on exploring more of the places they visit," Ms Coombs explained. Experience is the new currency with 6 out of 10 Millennials(1) choosing experiences over material possessions. "Discovering the way other people live and making friends with different animals while house and pet sitting is attractive to many travellers wanting to expand their life experience," Ms Coombs explained. "Not only does house and pet sitting provide these bespoke opportunities to get more of a local's perspective of a destination, and stay in a place with all the comforts of home, it also presents many savings on accommodation." Members join Mindahome.com.au for just $49 per year and can choose to stay in as many homes as they like without having to pay another cent. For more information visit www.mindahome.com.au. ENDS Sources:  (1) Roy Morgan Research (2) Mindahome House and Pet Sitters Motivations Survey - September 2016 Editor’s Note: Sue Coombs of Mindahome.com.au is available for interview on request. Media Contact: Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au More about Mindahome House and Pet Sitting: www.mindahome.com.au Mindahome is an Australian owned and operated house and pet sitting business that connects home and pet owners with sitters across Australia. Specialising in pet and house sitting for rural and residential properties, Mindahome has quality experienced sitters available to care for homes and family pets. Home owners and renters can list their property and pets for sitting opportunities for free on Mindahome. House and pet sitters pay a low annual registration fee of $49 per year to stay rent free in as many or as few homes as they like each year. 99% of Mindahome house sitting opportunities involve caring for all types of pets and animals which can include dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, pets requiring regular medication and also farm animals. Mindahome house sitters use the service to organise accommodation for annual holidays and short breaks. Sitting opportunities are varied and can be for short or long periods.  Grant supports Afford to revamp Ashfield Lifestyle Centre garden 2017-08-01T02:14:22Z grant-supports-afford-to-revamp-ashfield-lifestyle-centre-garden ASHFIELD, 1 August 2017 - The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) Ashfield Lifestyle Centre now boasts an enviable accessible garden and backyard area thanks to a Community Building Partnerships Grant made possible by the NSW State Government. Afford is a leading not-for-profit disability organisation that supports people living with disability across Sydney. Through Community Building Partnership Grants, Afford is able to provide further disability services the contribute to the health and wellbeing of clients. These new funds have enabled Ashfield Lifestyle Centre to transform the backyard area. Landscapers tore out old garden beds and dead vegetation and replaced these with new garden beds to be home to fresh flowers and a sensory herb garden. Fresh, new grass was laid and a spacious wheelchair accessible deck was also installed for clients to enjoy social gatherings, BBQs and celebrations such as birthdays. Staff at Afford Ashfield Lifestyle Centre say that the revamp of the backyard area has energised all those who attend the site and a new gardening program will be established to teach clients about food production. Ms Joanna Haylen MP, visited Ashfield Lifestyle Centre to talk to clients and staff about the renovation. Steven Herald, Afford CEO, says the garden transformation at Ashfield Lifestyle Centre is important in providing new life experiences for clients. "We are so grateful to receive this Community Building Partnerships Grant. It will greatly benefit the many clients who attend the service every week by providing them with a welcoming and beautiful area to enjoy the outdoors," Mr Herald explains. "The integration of a sensory garden will support Afford staff to use the garden as an educational experience for clients and the new accessible deck will serve as a place of sanctuary and also celebration for everyone at the Lifestyle Centre." Afford is one of Australia's longest serving not-for-profit disability organisations and continuously goes beyond traditional service offerings to deliver new life experiences, work opportunities and lifelong friendships. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in NSW for 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Sydney every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Editor's Note: Images available on request Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au More about the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Sydney. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination. Afford's Project Princess aims to make dreams a reality for people living with disability 2017-08-01T02:10:16Z afford-s-project-princess-aims-to-make-dreams-a-reality-for-people-living-with-disability SYDNEY, 1 August 2017 - 'Project Princess' is a new initiative launched by the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) that will support around 800 clients to feel and look their best at the annual Afford Gala Ball in September. The Project Princess initiative will see Afford work with community partners to dress clients in new or near-new dresses, gowns, suits, ties, formal costume jewellery and clutches donated by generous members of the community. The Afford Annual Gala Ball held at Penrith Panthers is a highly anticipated event for Afford clients every year. Afford believes that everyone who attends the Ball deserves to feel - and look- like a prince or princess. Through the Project Princess initiative, Afford will support clients to select from a range of donated clothes and accessories that they believe will make them feel like a super star as they walk down the red carpet at the Afford Gala Ball. Drop off points for donations have been arranged across Sydney. Emma Husar, Member for Lindsay, has generously offered her office (331 High Street, Penrith) as a drop off point for any donations. Donations can also be arranged by contacting Afford representative, Cristina on  0404 206 007. Steven Herald, Afford CEO, says that the organisation has launched Project Princess to ensure that every client attending the Ball feels special. "The annual Afford Gala Ball is held for the single purpose of being a celebration for our clients. Many of our clients haven't ever attended a school formal or may not have the money to purchase the formal wear that they want to make them feel special," Mr Herald explained. "That's why Afford has launched Project Princess this year. We want every one of our clients to feel like a prince or princess. It is their night to shine and Afford's Project Princess is one way that we can help support clients to feel and look their best on the evening." Ms Husar said the call for donations of pre-loved and new formal wear, as well as  hair and beauty services gave the community an opportunity to be a part of Afford Annual Gala Ball. “I attended last year’s inaugural Afford Gala Ball and it was one of the highlights of my year, seeing the absolute joy on so many faces,” said Ms Husar. “This year I’m joining with Afford to ask our generous local community, to give people with lifelong disabilities, a magical night." “People buy formal dresses and suits, often for a one-time-wear and then they sit in the cupboard,” she said. “This is a great way to repurpose them for a great cause.” Afford is a leading not-for-profit disability organisation that supports people living with disability across Sydney. It is one of Australia's longest serving not-for-profit disability organisations and continuously goes beyond traditional service offerings to deliver new life experiences, work opportunities and lifelong friendships. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in NSW for 65 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people across Sydney every day. For more information about Afford, visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673.   ENDS   Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au   More about the Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) - www.afford.com.au The Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford) is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Sydney. The supports provided by Afford include: Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support and Support Coordination. Australians turn to new US ‘double chin’ treatment to boost self-confidence 2017-03-21T01:19:27Z australians-turn-to-new-us-double-chin-treatment-to-boost-self-confidence SYDNEY, 21 MARCH 2017 - Australian men and women are following their US counterparts and opting for Kybella(1), a new, non-surgical treatment that reduces the look of a ‘double chin’ to create sleeker, better defined facial features.   Recent global studies suggest that over half of women (55%(2)) and 40% of men(2), are bothered by fullness under the chin, or a 'double chin', with many changing their behaviour to hide the problem.   35% of people admit to shying away from photos, and 35% avoid video chats and conference calls because they are self-conscious about their double chin. 29% of men admit to growing a beard to hide the under chin area.   Globally, almost three quarters (74%) of women said they make the effort to look good primarily for themselves(2), with 42% saying that when considering cosmetic surgery, boosting their self-confidence was just as important to them as improving sagging skin(3).   Developed in the US, Kybella(1) is a new ‘double chin’ treatment requiring no surgical intervention. Fat cells under the chin are reduced through two to four quick injections spaced over a six to eight week period with no downtime required.   In Australia, the cosmetic industry is worth an estimated $1 billion annually(4) with facial procedures among the most popular treatments.   Medical Director at Cosmetic MD, Dr Herbert Hooi is one of the first medical practitioners in Australia to offer the Kybella treatment at his Sydney based clinic.   "Until recently, the main treatment option for the 'double chin' was surgical liposuction. But Kybella requires no surgery with only a few simple injections. Both men and women are having this treatment to achieve a more defined and sleeker chin and neck area," Dr Hooi explains.   "Treatment takes just 30 minutes, so patients experience no downtime and can return to normal activities and work straight away."   "For many of our patients, the plump area under the chin or a 'double chin' can cause them stress and anxiety when facing social groups. The Kybella treatment offers them a relatively quick fix that will help them be more confident in their appearance."   Sydney marketing professional, Michelle Flynn (42 years), has undergone Kybella treatment and says she now feels happier and more confident when going out.   "My chin area always bothered me, but I didn't want to have surgery. I work long hours, so when Kybella became available in Australia I knew that this treatment was a better option for me because it meant hardly any time away from work," Ms Flynn explains.   "I feel more confident now about the shape of my face and it makes me feel younger."   The active ingredient in Kybella is a naturally occurring substance made in the liver that assists in the digestion of  dietary fat. When injected into areas of unwanted fat, it  helps the body to metabolise and filter away this fat.   Kybella has been studied over 10 years and has been used safely in over 2,600 patients in worldwide clinical trials.   For more information visit www.cosmeticmd.com.au.   ENDS Media Contact: Maria Crema, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au  More about Dr. Hooi and Cosmetic MD: www.cosmeticmd.com.au The owner and Medical Director of cosmetic MD, Dr Hooi has followed a singular path towards Cosmetic Medicine. With degrees in law, medicine and further specialisation in Emergency Medicine, he has a thorough grounding in all facets of acute medicine.  Dr. Hooi became interested in cosmetic procedures in 1990 and pursues his passion for cosmetic medicine in private practice in Telopea, Sydney. Dr Hooi’s training and experience led to his award as a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine in 2009. Dr. Hooi is also recognised as an expert in the revolutionary IncontiLaseTM procedure, offering a non-invasive answer to the significant and debilitating problem of incontinence. Dr Hooi regularly presents workshops on platelet rich plasma (PRP) and has been an invited speaker at a number of domestic (LCMC, Cosmetex, A5M) and international (Biobridge Venice) conferences on aesthetic medicine.   Sources:   (1) Kybella is known by a different brand name in Australia. This is approved in Australia for the treatment of fat cell reduction under the chin (2)  New Survey Reveals Impact Of Double Chin On Self-Perception And Behavior (3) Allergan 2016: Changing Faces of Beauty (4) The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery Myths Busted, 2015