The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-11-24T11:06:27Z New 3-in-1 non-contact thermometer with guidance light 2020-11-24T11:06:27Z new-3-in-1-non-contact-thermometer-with-guidance-light The MedSense TFE02 infrared thermometer is a clinically proven device that provides fast results of three temperature tests: forehead, ear and objects, such as milk bottles, bath water and even air.It’s the ideal non-invasive thermometer for families and especially those with newborns, babies and young children with the results delivered in one second. Available from Andatech, the MedSense TFE02 stores nine test results and has a handy LED positioning light to help ensure the user aims in the middle of the forehead for an accurate measurement.The precision instrument is also suitable for health professionals as it is a Class IIa Medical Device and is entered in the ARTG (TGA ARTG No 333214) and also has CE registration. Because it is so fast and easy to use, it is especially useful when testing multiple people.When used as an ear thermometer, the user simply removes the probe cover and presses the button to change modes.While an audio alert provides additional confirmation of the readings, this can be disabled for silent temperature screening, which is perfect to avoid waking a sleeping child.The MedSense TFE02 provides clear readings, both day and night, thanks to its clear colour-coded backlit display screen and large text and icons. It can show at a glance if the body temperature is normal (green), needs attention (orange) or if the person has a fever (red).Parents will appreciate the ability to measure the temperature of objects, liquids and ambient air. The thermometer can be used on feeding bottles, baby food, bath water and even the temperature of a child’s nursery to make sure it’s always optimal for the baby’s comfort.It operates with two 1.5V AAA batteries (provided) and to conserve battery life, it automatically switches off after 30 seconds of inactivity. The MedSense TFE02 comes with a two-year warranty and has an RRP of $139. It is available from www.andatechdistribution.com.auendsAbout Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that specialises in personal safety, medicaldevices and health & wellness products. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/Media enquiries:Issued on behalf of Andatech by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Email: wendy@wmcpr.com.auSelection of high res photos available: Breathe fresh, clean air even on high pollen days 2020-10-28T03:34:22Z breathe-fresh-clean-air-even-on-high-pollen-days With nearly one in five Australians experiencing hay fever or allergic rhinitis, a new, low-priced, portable HEPA air purifier could be the answer to 4.6 million people breathing more freely.The Ionmax Selah ION360 UV HEPA air purifier from Andatech has five levels of air purification and 360-degree air sterilisation. It is compact, sleek and stylish, and covers an area of up to 15 square metres.Even with its compact design, it has a pre-filter, a true HEPA filter, an activated carbon filter, UV-C light to kill 99 per cent of germs, viruses, fungi and bacteria, and an ioniser, which releases negative ions to freshen and balance the air, improving overall indoor air quality.Allergy sufferers can be reassured that the HEPA filter traps 95 per cent of allergens down to 0.3 microns in size. With a minimalist touch control panel and sophisticated matte black design, the Ionmax Selah air purifier adds a modern touch to any house, apartment and even the man cave, while efficiently cleaning the air. It weighs under three kilos and measures 20 cm (H) x 20 cm (D) x 33 cm (W) so is also perfect for a home office desk.VOCs a problem for manyMost people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors but what isn’t realised is that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.Pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are the cause of many respiratory problems, particularly in people with asthma or heightened sensitivity to chemicals. VOCs can be found in household furnishings, particularly when they are new, carpet, furniture, paint, plastics and electronic devices.The Ionmax Selah has four fan speeds, an eight-hour timer, a filter replacement indicator and operates at a low noise level of 35 to 55 decibels*, depending on the fan speed, which is low enough to use at night without disturbing anyone’s sleep.Available from Andatech Distribution, the Ionmax Selah ION360 UV HEPA air purifier comes with a one-year warranty and has an RRP of $249. Based on typical use, the filter life is approximately six months.andatechdistribution.com.au/collections/air-purifiersends* 30dB is whispering nearby; 40dB are quiet library sounds; 50dB is a refrigerator; and 60dB is an electric toothbrush. https://www.audicus.com/noise-levels-of-everyday-sounds/About Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that specialises in personal safety, medical devices and health & wellness products. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/Media enquiries:Issued on behalf of Andatech by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Email: wendy@wmcpr.com.auSelection of high res photos available Hybrid solar battery wins 2020 New Product Innovation award 2020-10-21T00:46:03Z hybrid-solar-battery-wins-2020-new-product-innovation-award An innovative hybrid solar battery from SENEC, which combines the photovoltaic (PV) inverter with the battery inverter, has won an ABA100 award for New Product Innovation in The Australian Brand Awards 2020. The SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid battery offers home owners extensive benefits including 90 per cent solar power self-sufficiency, even in blackouts, while the combination inverter can deliver savings of $3,000 due to its simplified installation and design aggregation.The V3 comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty and an optional extended 20-year warranty. This is expected to be a major impetus for millions* of homeowners with rooftop solar to take the next logical step and add a battery. SENEC is one of the world’s most popular brands for innovative energy and storage solutions with more than 40,000 systems installed worldwide. These have zero critical failures, which make them one of the safest batteries available. Following a decade of domestic success, the German manufacturer established in Australia three years ago. With scores of accolades and awards for previous models, the new SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid solar battery storage system has achieved an Australian first: the first hybrid solar battery to win an award.“This latest New Product Innovation award recognises innovative consumer products that offer a point of difference from their competitors,” said Patricia Cavalcanti, chief operating officer for SENEC Australia.“Over the past few years, we have established a qualified and certified network of retailers and installers across the nation so we are geared up for what we believe will be one of the fastest growing business segments.“There are huge incentives to install a solar battery,” she said. “While most PV systems generate energy during daylight hours, most people are at work during the day and need their energy at night and before the sun comes up. “A SENEC rechargeable solar battery stores excess energy from rooftop solar panels rather than sending it back to the grid for next to nothing. By using more of the energy produced, SENEC users can almost triple their solar independence and reduce power bills by up to 90 per cent. “This means homes can use free solar power 24 hours a day, including nights, cloudy days and even during blackouts,” she added.A smartphone app enables users to take control of the power supply, view the performance of their entire system including solar production, and allows them to track their savings as they go.senec.com.auends* While there are 2.23 million or 20 per cent of homes with rooftop solar panels in Australia, only three per cent of these had batteries connected at the same time. In three years, the number of homes with solar is expected to be three million or 30 per cent of Australian homes.About SENEC:SENEC is one of the world's most popular brands for innovative energy and storage solutions. With its sophisticated memory-based energy solutions, SENEC gives people the freedom to generate, use and share their sustainable energy. SENEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, one of the largest energy supply companies in Germany and Europe. EnBW is resolutely focused on the transition towards a renewable energy future. SENEC Australia was established in 2017. https://www.senec.com.au/Media enquiries:Issued on behalf of SENEC Australia by WMC Public Relations Pty Limited. Contact Karan Nagrani, Marketing Manager, SENEC Australia on 0430 954 922 or contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. SENEC Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Patricia Cavalcanti, is very happy that the SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid battery has won a New Product Innovation Award. SENEC solar battery wins 2020 New Product Innovation award 2020-10-19T06:07:21Z senec-solar-battery-wins-2020-new-product-innovation-award With scores of accolades and awards for previous models, the new SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid solar battery storage system has achieved an Australian first: the first hybrid solar battery to win an award.The SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid battery is an ABA100 Winner for New Product Innovation in The Australian Brand Awards 2020. This award recognises innovative consumer products that offer a point of difference from their competitors.SENEC is one of the world’s most popular brands for innovative energy and storage solutions. Following a decade of domestic success, SENEC established in Australia three years ago, becoming a key focus for the German manufacturer.Having established a retail network throughout the country, SENEC is now poised to become a household name in one of the world’s fastest growing storage markets.With more than 40,000 SENEC battery systems installed worldwide, SENEC has been repeatedly honoured as a top PV brand for power storage and recently received a prestigious 2020 German Excellence Award.While SENEC is at the forefront of energy innovation, it is also leading the way in peer-to-peer trading, EV recharging and cloud technology. Plus, for all of the installed batteries worldwide, they have zero critical failures making them also one of the safest.A ‘My SENEC Portal’ monitors the performance of the system installed giving SENEC installers and the manufacturer detailed backend status updates every five minutes.The SENEC.App enables users to take control of their power supply, view the performance of their entire system including solar production, and allows them to track their savings as they go.Patrick Duignan, general manager of SENEC Australia, said one of the innovative features of the SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid is the combination of a PV and battery inverter in one single, easy-to-install system.“The development of this new hybrid inverter is testament to the continuous improvement process leading to the latest transformerless inverter design that delivers high efficiency. “The DC-power from the PV panels is converted to DC-power directly by using a highly-efficient bidirectional DC/DC converter. By using a transformerless inverter to convert the energy from PV or battery to AC-power to compensate the house load, we have significantly increased efficiency thereby eliminating typical transformer losses such as copper and eddy current.“It is these innovations that no doubt contributed to SENEC winning the ABA New Product Innovation Award,” Duignan added.The SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid solar battery offers home owners extensive benefits including 90 per cent solar power self-sufficiency, even in blackouts. The combined photovoltaic inverter and battery inverter of this model delivers savings of approximately $3,000 per installation due to its simplified installation and design aggregation.The V3 comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty and an optional extended 20-year warranty. This is expected to be a major impetus for millions of homeowners with rooftop solar to take the next logical step and add a battery. senec.com.auends About SENEC:SENEC is one of the world's most popular brands for innovative energy and storage solutions. With its sophisticated memory-based energy solutions, SENEC gives people the freedom to generate, use and share their sustainable energy. SENEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, one of the largest energy supply companies in Germany and Europe. EnBW is resolutely focused on the transition towards a renewable energy future. SENEC Australia was established in 2017. https://www.senec.com.au/Media enquiries:Issued on behalf of SENEC Australia by WMC Public Relations Pty Limited. Contact Karan Nagrani, Marketing Manager, SENEC Australia on 0430 954 922 or contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Caption:Patrick Duignan, General Manager of SENEC Australia, is very happy that the SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid battery has won a New Product Innovation Award. Pandemic aside, government spending needs to increase by at least 7 per cent of GDP 2020-10-18T23:50:36Z pandemic-aside-government-spending-needs-to-increase-by-at-least-7-per-cent-of-gdp Dr Marc Robinson, an Australian, Swiss-based international authority on government finances documents how and why advanced nations are headed for a new era of bigger government in his latest book, Bigger Government. A member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures and former staff economist at the International Monetary Fund, Dr Robinson has advised more than 30 countries on budgeting reforms. Dr Robinson says although government spending has surged during the pandemic, nearly all of this extra spending is temporary. “The real problems for governments in Australia and elsewhere are the powerful long-term spending pressures that will necessarily make governments bigger. It’s how we manage the growth that will be crucial to our future,” he said.“Government health spending, which is responsible for approximately 70 per cent of total health expenditure, will need to grow enormously. But not so much because of the need to build better defences against future pandemics. Rather, it is mainly because of the technological revolution that is gathering pace in the health sector, particularly on precision medicine and other new technologies.“Governments will also be compelled to spend big on fighting global warming, fixing ailing infrastructure and providing adequate aged care for rapidly greying populations. The combined effect of these and other spending pressures threatens to drive budget deficits and government debt through the roof. “There is no way that substantial tax rises can be avoided. In this challenging context, government spending needs to be focussed on addressing real problems rather than imaginary ones.”These and other topics such as a Universal Basic Income, elderly care provision, which is extremely poor in Australia compared to countries such as Japan, the Netherlands and Germany, climate change and infrastructure deficits are covered in Marc Robinson’s new book, Bigger Government, The Future of Government Expenditure in Advanced Economies (376 pages, Arolla Press).This far-sighted book is about the future of public spending in advanced economies over the time horizon of the next 30 years. Its central proposition is that government is set to get considerably bigger, growing in most countries by at least seven per cent of gross domestic product between now and the middle of the century. This rise will be triggered by major external forces and pressure points that will be very difficult to resist.Large increases in government spending will pose a major problem for future governments and for all mainstream poles of political opinion. Robinson’s book examines the challenges and how to cope with the prospect of the relentless rise in government spending.“With government debt shooting up in the wake of the pandemic, we must focus on the right priorities,” Dr Robinson said. “An important message to heed is that those on the right need to abandon pipedreams of small government and those on the left need to recognise that money for costly projects won’t exist.”Bigger Government is available at all good bookstores in hardback ($36.99) and paperback ($24.99). More information from: biggergovernment.comBook Reviews:"This deeply-researched and brilliantly-argued book is an honest, clear-minded assessment of the fiscal future. Robinson's mastery of program details and socioeconomic trends makes this essential reading." Allen Schick, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and Professor Emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland. “This book represents a path-breaking original contribution to our understanding of the future of public finances in advanced economies. It challenges traditional dogmas on drivers of public spending and instead suggests that irrespective of political leaning of governments, advancements in health care technology, delayed actions on climate change and long-term care will drive public spending through the roof in coming decades in advanced countries. This book is a wake-up call for policy makers to take action now on emerging challenges or face the wrath of electorates in justifying higher taxes in future. It is a must-read book for policy makers, practitioners, scholars and students.” Anwar Shah, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and Director, Governance Program, World Bank Institute (2004-2009).Notes: Dr Marc Robinson is available for interview and can write a tailored and exclusive op-ed for selected media organisations (selection of topics available). Contact Wendy McWilliams (details below).OECD: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.About the Author:Dr Marc Robinson is an internationally-recognised authority on government finances with extensive experience in budgeting, public financial management and fiscal policy. He is a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures, and also of the IMF’s Panel of Fiscal Experts. A resident of Switzerland, he is a Swiss and Australian dual national. In Australia, Dr Robinson was a senior civil servant and professor of economics. He was formerly a staff economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. He has consulted on budgeting and fiscal policy matters to more than 30 countries ranging from European Union members to middle and low-income countries. Dr Robinson has published many books, monographs and articles on government budgeting issues. He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and symposiums held by international organisations and national ministries of finance. pfmresults.com & biggergovernment.comMedia enquiries:Issued on behalf of Dr Marc Robinson by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Dr Marc Robinson can be contacted on +4178 4015 135 and E: marc@pfmresults.comSelection of photos available: David McNeil appointed as Co-Chair of National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group (NGTAG) 2020-10-12T03:00:53Z david-mcneil-appointed-as-co-chair-of-national-gs1-traceability-advisory-group-ngtag The National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group (NGTAG) was established earlier this year by GS1 Australia, a global not-for-profit organisation and leading provider of standards and solutions.NGTAG comprises more than 80 senior-level members from industry and government, addressing traceability linkages across supply chains to ensure Australia maintains and builds global competitiveness, sustainable economic growth and positive socio-economic outcomes and opportunities.McNeil commented, “I am honoured to be appointed as a Co-Chair of the National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group. The group is uniquely placed to inform GS1 Australia on the requirements of industry and government for traceability standards, and to co-define a roadmap for implementing end-to-end traceability and trade modernisation in Australia in the most efficient and economic manner possible. “I look forward to leveraging the knowledge and experience of the network of companies, associations and government departments that represent the NGTAG, as well as working closely with Ram Akella from Woolworths as my counterpart.” McNeil’s recent focus has been on supply chain execution. In conjunction with the Australian Logistics Council and GS1, David has implemented the GS1 Transport Instruction and Transport Status messages to facilitate the efficient transfer of delivery information between InfraBuild and its logistics partners. David is also a member of GS1 Australia’s corporate board. As a co-chair of NGTAG, David will focus his representation on the transport and logistics sector, integrating traceability processes within transport, a critical part of end-to-end traceability that is required for all product types and sectors. Whilst this appointment is effective immediately, prior commitments will mean that Mr McNeil will have limited participation until the new calendar year.To learn more visit https://www.gs1au.org/ngtagendsAbout GS1 GS1 Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that works with industry, for industry, providing global standards and technology-neutral services to help solve the business challenges of today and for the future. GS1 develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. It is best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. GS1 Australia has over 20,000 company members. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website https://www.gs1au.org.Image of David McNeil available: David McNeil BioDavid McNeil, Manager – Customer Experience for InfraBuild Steel, has over 40 years’ experience in the manufacture, sale, and distribution of steel products in the Australasian market. As a result, he has developed a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges in serving customers across the geographically dispersed Australian and New Zealand markets.The essence of David’s role is about linking people, data, and systems to make it easier for customers to do business. His initiatives have covered a wide spectrum, from customer self-service platforms through to full B2B integrations; this has included the rollout of standard product identification tags for InfraBuild Steel utilising GS1-128 and GS1 DataMatrix symbology standards to further unlock supply chain efficiencies and improved product traceability.Apart from supporting a major SAP implementation, David’s recent focus has been on Supply Chain Execution Standards and Product Traceability. In conjunction with the Australian Logistics Council and GS1, David has led a team that has implemented the GS1 Transport messages and standards to facilitate the efficient transfer of delivery information between InfraBuild Steel and its logistics partners. This model has been applied to the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and other initiatives to facilitate both efficient freight movement and ensure product traceability from mill to customer.GS1 media contactTracey Kelly-Jenkins, Marketing Program Manager, GS1 AustraliaEmail: tracey.kelly-jenkins@gs1au.org Winthrop Prof Fiona Wood to advise on new wound dressing invention 2020-09-27T22:29:06Z winthrop-prof-fiona-wood-to-advise-on-new-wound-dressing-invention Cannenta has announced the appointment of distinguished Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood AM to its Scientific Advisory Board for Cannenta’s new wound recovery treatment for chronic ulcers and burns.Professor Wood is a plastic and reconstructive consultant surgeon specialising in the field of burn care, trauma and scar reconstruction. She is director of the Burns Service of Western Australia, Perth Children’s and Fiona Stanley Hospitals. She is also director of the Burn Injury Research Unit at UWA and Director of the Fiona Wood Foundation.A former Australian of the Year and winner of a Clunies Ross Award for contributions to Medical Science in Australia, Prof Wood co-developed ReCell, a spray on skin device that is widely used throughout the world to treat burn victims.Cannenta’s patented wound care technology is expected to significantly accelerate wound recovery with the ability to come at an appealing low price point. This will make it attractive for underdeveloped countries and anywhere healthcare budgets are constrained.The treatment, currently labelled as 2dDR, has demonstrated effectiveness in lab animals and is looking to commence initial clinical trials with the University of Western Australia. Cannenta has the exclusive global licence for 2dDR.Prof Wood said she is intrigued by the simplicity of 2dDR and looks forward to exploring how it will perform in a clinical environment.“Should the clinical trials prove successful, because of its low price point there will be strong demand for this type of treatment not only in Australia but around the world where health budgets are increasingly constrained,” she said.The advanced wound care market represents $US19B and is growing rapidly as diabetes increases resulting in a prevalence of diabetic ulcers.“There is a huge unmet need for affordable, effective treatments,” said Iain Ralph, executive director of Cannenta.“Cannenta’s solution delivers accelerated wound recovery through a unique sugar-based factor in angiogenic wound care products. Sugar isomer 2 deoxy-D-ribose (2dDR) has been found to naturally stimulate angiogenesis (blood vessel formation) in laboratory tests and shows similar effectiveness to VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor). VEGF is known to be a primary driver of angiogenesis but is very difficult to reliably apply topically and is very expensive.”“Significant work has already been undertaken using 2dDR in alginate dressings so this is a likely candidate for initial human efficacy trials. Alternatives could include a number of other natural or synthetic hydrogel products from which 2dDR could be incorporated and released.“Cannenta is looking to collaborate with an established wound care business to incorporate the 2dDR technology in an existing skin replacement scaffold, which would be suitable for severe full thickness wounds.“The predominant value to the patients and treatment centres comes through the reduction in treatment time and reduction in the risk of complications, which can lead to limb amputations.“We greatly value the knowledge Professor Wood is able to share with Cannenta to help get 2dDR from clinical trials into production,” Iain Ralph added.cannenta.comEndsAbout Cannenta:Cannenta has the exclusive, perpetual global licence to a unique sugar-based factor in angiogenic wound care products for chronic wounds such as ulcers and burns. Currently labelled 2dDR, the technology emanates out of the highly respected Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK, in collaboration with COMSATS University, Lahore, Pakistan. 2dDR has the potential to be used widely by clinicians as a first line of treatment for moderate chronic wounds to assist in preventing development of more serious and very difficult-to-treat severe wounds. https://www.cannenta.com/Media Enquiries:Issued on behalf of Cannenta Pty Ltd by WMC Public Relations. Contact Wendy McWilliams on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.auIain Ralph can be contacted on 0409 141 769 or via email: iain.ralph@cannenta.com GS1 signs up international alliance partner 2020-09-24T23:50:39Z gs1-signs-up-international-alliance-partner Danish-based software company, Persequor, has joined GS1 Australia as a Strategic Alliance Partner to help drive its growth in the Australian market.Persequor builds track and trace software, modules and data solutions to assist in the optimisation and digitisation of supply chains. Its flagship white label software, SAGA, is highly scalable, EPCIS-based and enables the storing, processing and analysis of billions of track and trace events.The company’s global expansion program will be spearheaded by Persequor’s senior vice president of international markets, Ron Volpe, who is a former general manager of Coles.“Ron is a well-known thought leader in Australia in the field of digitisation and supply chain management,” said Peter Davenport, alliances manager for GS1.“Persequor’s track and trace solution is industry-proven and is fully compliant with EPCIS (Electronic Product Code Information Services) and GS1 standards.“We are extremely excited to have Ron and the Persequor team join the GS1 Australia Alliance Partner Program at the highest level. This will allow them to build awareness, network with our 21,000 members and collaborate on opportunities in the traceability space.“The topic of traceability is a hot one right now and the timing of this partnership could not have been better. I believe our members and industry will be very keen to explore what Persequor has to offer.”Through the formal partnership, which commences in October, Persequor will be visible to a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, alcohol, tobacco, clothing, and in particular food and beverage where the need for traceability and focus on food safety has never been stronger.Ron Volpe said that efficient supply chain solutions are crucial to business success for Australian producers, manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers.“We are natural partners as our technology supports the drive of GS1 to identify problems across supply chains and our solutions help businesses to store and automatically share information about products, locations and assets at every stage in the supply chain.“Therefore, we both have the same mission of empowering businesses to track and tell the story of their materials and products across the supply chain.“The partnership will support our positioning in the Australian market and also bring another best practice solution to GS1 that they can offer to their 21,000 member companies.” About SAGAPersequor’s SAGA is a highly scalable, EPCIS-based track and trace software solution that allows businesses to track, trace and tell the story of their materials and products across the supply chain by storing, processing and sharing any amount of events and data from a multitude of points across the supply chain. endsAbout GS1 AustraliaGS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. It is best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of "the 50 things that made the world economy". GS1 standards and services improve supply chain efficiency, traceability and food safety across physical and digital channels in the food and beverage sector. With local member organisations in 114 countries, two million user companies and six billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes in 25 sectors across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website www.gs1au.orgAbout PersequorPersequor is a global software company that builds highly scalable serialised (sell unit level) Track and Trace software and white label solutions for a multitude of industries. Persequor's solution enables the tracking of products from raw material to the consumer by collecting, storing, processing, sharing, and analysing each identifiable track and trace event. In close collaboration with our partners, Persequor is empowering manufacturers, corporations and governments around the world with digital Track and Trace capabilities. www.persequor.comMedia enquiriesWendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421364 665. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au. For any enquiries related to Persequor, please contact Juanita van der Watt, Head of Marketing and Communications at E: jvdw@persequor.com or Mob: +45 5124 7475.Persequor commercial enquiries can be directed to Ron Volpe, Snr Vice President International Markets via email at: ron.volpe@persequor.comHigh res image available New hygienic, accurate temperature measurements for medical professionals 2020-09-22T04:08:44Z new-hygienic-accurate-temperature-measurements-for-medical-professionals With health practitioners having to adapt to significant changes in how they provide care, carrying a thermometer is now an essential device for every medical professional. The MedSense DT-060 infrared, non-contact forehead thermometer has been clinically validated for accuracy and is one of the most compact and lightweight thermometers available. It provides a fast temperature reading in just two secondsWeighing just 39 grams, the lightweight MedSense DT-060 easily slips into a pocket and is compact enough to carry around whilst on duty. Not only does its plastic storage box protect it from moisture, dust and any potential damage to the sensor probe, it is also a handy carrying case. Medical professionals will appreciate its energy saving design as it automatically shuts itself off after 20 seconds of inactivity to conserve battery life.The MedSense DT-060 is small enough to fit into first aid kits, whether at work, school or home, and easily fits into the car glovebox for use whenever it’s needed.An audio alert from the thermometer notifies users if a high body temperature is detected. However, this audio feature can be silenced if desired, such as not wanting to wake a sleeping patient.The MedSense DT-060 professional thermometer is a Class IIa medical device and is entered in the ARTG and also with CE and FDA. TGA ARTG No. 336050. It has a two-year warranty and is available from Andatech Distribution for $149.00.andatechdistribution.com.au/collections/medsenseendsAbout Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that specialises in personal safety, medicaldevices and health & wellness products. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/Media enquiries:Issued on behalf of Andatech by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Email: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Drakes Supermarkets adopts GS1’s Recall platform 2020-09-16T01:04:52Z drakes-supermarkets-adopts-gs1s-recall-platform Independent grocery retailer Drakes Supermarkets continues its reputation as a trusted place to shop through the adoption of GS1 Australia’s Recall service, a digital platform that efficiently removes unsuitable and unsafe products from store shelves.For close to 50 years, Drakes has kept its focus on the most important aspect of its business, the customer. To protect customers, Drakes has implemented the use of GS1 Recall, a technology used by major retailers nation-wide to help identify and remove unsafe products from the supply chain.The strength of GS1 Recall lies in the delivery of faster, more accurate communications between trading partners, suppliers and regulators. Should a product be considered unsafe, unsuitable or incorrectly labelled for sale, GS1 Recall is used to rapidly request removal of those products from the supermarket shelves. “GS1 Recall is another step towards Drakes’ dedication to the delivery of an outstanding shopping experience for our customers. Pursuing best practice in the execution of product recalls is an important way for us to help keep our customers safe,” said John-Paul Drake, director, Drakes Supermarkets.GS1 Recall supports the FSANZ Food Industry Recall Protocol and is certified by HACCP Australia.GS1 Australia works in collaboration with industry, for industry, providing global standards and technology-neutral services to help solve the business challenges of today and for the future.Learn more about GS1 Australia’s Recall service at www.gs1au.org/recallLearn more about Drakes Supermarkets at https://www.drakes.com.auendsAbout GS1 AustraliaGS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. It is best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve supply chain efficiency, traceability and food safety across physical and digital channels in the food and beverage sector. With local member organisations in 114 countries, two million user companies and six billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes in 25 sectors across the globe. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website www.gs1au.orgAbout Drakes SupermarketsIn 1974, Roger Drake purchased his first supermarket, a three-laned store named Jack & Jill’s which employed only four staff. Today, Drakes Supermarkets is the largest independent grocery retailer in Australia and specialises in supermarket retailing. Operating in over 50 stores across South Australia and Queensland, the company now has an annual turnover in excess of $1 billion and employs over 5,500 staff nationally. The company’s strength lies in operating on the principles of a family business and supporting local manufacturers and suppliers. Drakes Supermarkets has kept its focus on the important aspects of the business. THE CUSTOMER. This is the company’s competitive edge, along with its family values and Australian heritage.Media ContactsGS1 Australia – Tracey Kelly-Jenkins, Tracey.kelly-jekins@gs1au.org Drakes Supermarkets - Vy Hookway, media@drakes.com.aucaption for photo: Roger Drake, Founder & Managing Director, Drakes Supermarket (left) and John-Paul Drake, Director at Drakes Supermarkets, in front of Drakes Wayville store in South Australia. Paul Keating's HECS-style loans plan unfair; aged care insurance simpler and more efficient 2020-09-14T12:19:03Z paul-keatings-hecs-style-loans-plan-unfair-aged-care-insurance-simpler-and-more-efficient Proposals for a HECS-type model to fund aged care completely miss the point, according to public finance expert Dr Marc Robinson. The HECS-type model was proposed by former prime minister Paul Keating in evidence to the Aged Care Royal Commission.Dr Robinson said that the biggest problem facing aged care is the minority of elderly people who end up needing particularly long periods of expensive residential care because they suffer from dementia or other very severe disability. “Everyone should be protected against this risk through social insurance, which would pay for aged care costs above a certain threshold. That way, those who end up being part of this unlucky minority would be protected from the huge financial burden of care. Everybody should pay a premium - in the form of a supplement to the Medicare levy - in order to pay for this insurance,” he said.Dr Robinson addresses the aged care challenge, and what is needed to tackle it, in his just-published book Bigger Government: The Future of Government Expenditure in Advanced Economies.As a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures and former staff economist at the International Monetary Fund, Australian, Swiss-based Dr Robinson has advised more than 30 countries on budgeting reforms. “Mr Keating's proposal is, in effect, that everyone should pay the full cost of their aged care unless there are insufficient assets in their estates to do so. This would be like having health system in which government lends everybody money to pay for their healthcare during their lives, and then grabs the estates of anyone who had incurred very high healthcare expenses during their lives due to particularly poor health.”Dr Robinson said that a just and effective aged care system is one that not only looks after people who have limited capacity to pay, but also protects everyone against the risk of drawing the short straw in the "dementia lottery". “This is the principle that guides aged care policy in the countries with the best aged care systems, such as Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. Even the British conservative government of prime minister Boris Johnson is moving now to implement an insurance-type system.“In principle, aged care insurance could be provided either by the government or by private insurance companies. However, international experience shows that, for such insurance to work, it has to be compulsory for everyone. And if insurance was provided by private insurers, it would have to operate under a system with a standard policy and premiums regulated by the government. “Overall, a government insurance system would be simpler and more efficient,” he added.EndsNote: More information about Paul Keating’s loan plan can be found here:https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-14/paul-keating-calls-for-hecs-style-loans-for-home-care-at-rc/12661136OECD: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.About the Author:Dr Marc Robinson is an internationally-recognised authority on government finances with extensive experience in budgeting, public financial management and fiscal policy. He is a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures, and also of the IMF’s Panel of Fiscal Experts. A resident of Switzerland, he is a Swiss and Australian dual national. In Australia, Dr Robinson was a senior civil servant and professor of economics. He was formerly a staff economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. He has consulted on budgeting and fiscal policy matters to more than 30 countries ranging from European Union members to middle and low-income countries. Dr Robinson has published many books, monographs and articles on government budgeting issues. He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and symposiums held by international organisations and national ministries of finance. His new book (Bigger Government, The Future of Government Expenditure in Advanced Economies (376 pages, Arolla Press) documents how and why advanced nations are headed for a new era of bigger government with health, aged care and tackling climate change to have greatest impact on spending pressures. pfmresults.com & biggergovernment.comMedia enquiries:Issued on behalf of Dr Marc Robinson by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Dr Marc Robinson can be contacted on +4143-508-0912 and E: marc@pfmresults.com New AlcoSense Elite 3 breathalyser with Bluetooth is the ideal personal safety tool 2020-09-10T06:54:03Z new-alcosense-elite-3-breathalyser-with-bluetooth-is-the-ideal-personal-safety-tool Andatech’s latest addition to its extensive breathalyser range is the AlcoSense Elite 3 BT, a small and handy device but intelligent enough to know if you are safe to drive after you’ve had a few drinks after work, at a meal with friends or during a family bbq.Anyone who enjoys a drink and is tech-savvy would be interested to know that the AlcoSense Elite 3 BT breathalyser is now Bluetooth enabled, which provides connectivity via an iSober app for comprehensive tracking of a person's drinking habits.The ability to capture a photo of the user blowing into the device is a reliable record-keeping function. The photo can then be emailed if desired. This smart feature can be used to assure parents of P-platers that their loved-ones are acting responsibly.The breathalyser uses an FxCell2 advanced fuel cell sensor for fast and stable performance. It is tested and certified for its accuracy and reliability, meeting Australian Standard AS3547.The stylish AlcoSense Elite 3 BT has a light weight of just 83 grams, which includes two AAA batteries. It comes with a zip pouch that that protects the unit and stores mouthpieces. The unit can be used with a mouthpiece for specific testing, or without a mouthpiece for fast mode testing. Fast mode testing provides a positive or negative alcohol reading within five seconds and is perfect for P-plate drivers who need a zero-alcohol reading before driving and therefore aren’t concerned with a specific BAC reading.It has a three-year warranty, which is extendable to a lifetime* and has an RRP of $369. It is available from andatechdistribution.com.au/EndsNote: BAC refers to blood alcohol concentration or blood alcohol content and describes the percentage of alcohol present in an individual’s bloodstream at a particular point in time. It is the key variable that determines whether law enforcement can legally arrest a driver for impairment.* A three-year warranty is extendable up to a lifetime as long as the unit is calibrated every six months. This is provided under the ‘AlcoSense Guarantee’, which applies to all Andatech breathalysers. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/pages/alcosense-guaranteeAbout Andatech:Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that specialises in personal safety, medicaldevices and health & wellness products. https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/ Selection of high res photos available (refer to release) A moment etched in history for Australian traceability 2020-09-10T01:45:14Z a-moment-etched-in-history-for-australian-traceability GS1 Australia brought together more than 60 senior executives from government and industry to navigate the way forward for enhanced traceability in Australia.The inaugural meeting of the National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group (NGTAG) saw members from across all sectors and supply chains including retail, liquor, agriculture and construction, converge to co-define a roadmap for implementing enhanced traceability and trade modernisation in Australia.Opening remarks were heard from GS1 Australia's chief executive officer, Maria Palazzolo, setting the scene for the prestigious group. Woolworths' Ram Akella, co-chair of the advisory group, in his introduction referred to the event as 'a moment etched in history for traceability in Australia'.Akella continued to sum up the group's purpose as 'discussing what's important from a customer point of view, what's important from a regulation and government point of view and how changes can be made cost effectively at the same time'.Over the next 12 months the group will lead the future of transformation and innovation for Australian traceability, communicating, educating and co-defining a strategic master plan for implementing end-to-end supply chain visibility for Australian trade. Opening remarks and the introduction of the National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group inaugural meeting can be heard on the GS1 Australia website, here.GS1 Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that works with industry, for industry, providing global standards and technology-neutral services to help solve the business challenges of today and for the future. About the National GS1 Traceability Advisory GroupThis advisory group specifically provides recommendations on the need for supply chain traceability standards and priorities, including:Multi-sector representation to address linkages across supply chains.State and federal government engagement - to inform and be informed of regulatory aspects of supply chain traceability.Active management and communication of opportunities as well as risks to Australian industry.Direct reporting and advice to the GS1 Australia executive team.The primary objective of the group is to inform GS1 Australia on the requirements of industry and government relating to traceability standards and communicate with industry and government on supply chain traceability priorities in Australia. The Group's objectives are aligned with the role of government to ensure Australian industry maintains and builds global competitiveness, sustainable economic growth and positive socio-economic outcomes and opportunity for all Australians.The NGTAG meets quarterly and is chaired by nominated industry representatives. GS1 Australia administers and supports the operational functions of the group. Members provide input, support and guidance on the industry adoption of global data standards, including but not limited to standards for traceability. The NGTAG meets quarterly and is chaired by nominated industry representatives. GS1 Australia administers and supports the operational functions of the group. Members provide input, support and guidance on the industry adoption of global data standards, including but not limited to standards for traceability. To see more visit https://www.gs1au.org/ngtagendsPhotos available of:Maria Palazzolo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, GS1 AustraliaRam Akella, Co-Chair, National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group, Business Partner - Food Co. Metro & Product Traceability, Woolworths GroupMedia contact: Tracey Kelly-Jenkins, Marketing Program Manager, GS1 AustraliaEmail: tracey.kelly-jenkins@gs1au.org Synthetic Phonics with Phonemic Awareness explained - in the context of a complete Literacy Program 2020-08-26T00:24:21Z synthetic-phonics-with-phonemic-awareness-explained-in-the-context-of-a-complete-literacy-program Synthetic phonics is based on well-developed phonemic awareness of all 43 sounds we use in our spoken English. A working knowledge of phonemic awareness MUST be achieved before synthetic phonics can be successfully introduced.However, phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are just skills. They do not form a literacy program. Phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics skills are to literacy as counting and recognising and writing numbers are to maths. Nobody would say that they form a complete maths program.Phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are the skills students need to quickly and efficiently decode words when reading and encode words when writing. The alphabet letters form the code for encoding and decoding words.Students need to understand that spoken words are formed with various sounds and those sounds are represented with various letter combinations when writing. Once they can readily use this knowledge for decoding and encoding, they become free to develop word recognition, fluency when reading and to move on to higher level literacy skills and thinking patterns for comprehending and composing spoken and written English.Phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics play a central part of a literacy program in the early childhood years until the students are proficient with the decoding and encoding skills that lead to reading fluently with meaning and writing accurately also with meaning.Further up the educational path, phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics skills are very useful when decoding and encoding words that contain more sounds and more complex letter combinations [graphemes] to represent the sounds.Phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are skills for life as more complex and less familiar words are encountered when reading, writing, comprehending and composing.Throughout primary school practising the phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics skills is a worthwhile activity as recognised by educators around the world. Schools that report success with the literacy aspects of the NAPLAN assessment usually have a well-organised and well taught whole school phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics component in their literacy program.However, phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are basic skills. They are just a small part of a complete literacy program. People who think phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are the program are mistaken. All the tried and true valuable teaching methods from the past cannot be replaced with phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics.Just the same, to create a literacy program without including phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics is like teaching maths without teaching numeration.I wonder how much experience people who argue that phonics is unnecessary, have in teaching a literacy program using phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics in primary school classrooms. If you have used direct teaching of synthetic phonics with a phonemic awareness approach, you would know how quickly students attain the skills to read and write successfully which allow them to move on to the higher-level thinking activities.People who properly include synthetic phonics with phonemic awareness in their teaching have nothing but praise for the results.However, the amazing success that can be achieved by including synthetic phonics with phonemic awareness in a literacy program, depends on teacher expertise with direct teaching methods and a full understanding of synthetic phonics with phonemic awareness themselves. Sadly, this is not always part of teacher education. To read more information on phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics visit https://www.barbaramurray-author.com.au/blog-news Three new inspirational story books aim to end the Coward Punch 2020-08-25T03:50:40Z three-new-inspirational-story-books-aim-to-end-the-coward-punch To view a video of the book launch with the Cronin's, Matthew Richardson, Ben Crowe and author Maureen Hyland, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1szr4gjX9FcThe legacy of Coward Punch victim, Pat Cronin, has taken another important step to help educate young people in feeling empowered to ‘Be Wise’ and never use violence.The Pat Cronin Foundation has launched three inspirational and touching story books written for primary school-aged children that it hopes will be shared with every young student in Australia. Each book includes teacher notes and classroom activities.Matt Cronin, Pat’s father and founding director of the Pat Cronin Foundation, said it is very important that from the earliest possible age, children are taught and learn to understand that physical aggression is never okay and that that they need to think carefully and act kindly.The three books are written by Maureen Hyland who taught at Pat’s primary school and was inspired by Pat in creating the characters, colours and commentary. They feature wonderfully expressive illustrations by educational illustrator, Bruce Rankin.All profit from sales of the books will go to the Pat Cronin Foundation, which honours Pat by providing an optimistic voice to awareness, education and research about the Coward Punch. Each book includes a story around Patch, a boy who goes to Searchers Road Primary School, starting with him in early primary, mid primary and upper primary. Teacher notes and activities that are age specific are included at the back of each book and via a website link.The first book called The New Playground revolves around children desperately wanting to get into the new school playground and how one child makes a wrong choice in pushing a playmate off the slide because he wanted to be first. The second book called The Four Square Challenge centres on children playing a ball game, which leads up to a challenge that takes an unexpected turn in the final practice game and leaves one girl learning an important lesson.The third book called Footy Fever covers an important Aussie Rules football match in which Patch is captain of the Rockets and Maya is captain of the Sharks, both players in year 6. While everyone on the ground was well behaved, one player wanted to make a name for himself at all costs and soon learnt a valuable lesson about teamwork.The story books form a critical part of the Foundation’s Be Wise Education program by introducing children to its important messages of ‘Be wise, think carefully and act kindly’.“The books were specifically written to help reinforce that we all need to Be Wise when interacting with others and we need to think carefully before we act,” said Matt Cronin.“The sooner children learn our Be Wise message then the sooner we will achieve our mission to ‘End the Coward Punch’. Cultural change starts at a young age.”General manager of the Foundation, Geoff Smith, applauded Matt and Robyn Cronin who are determined that Pat’s life be honoured and that no other family should face the devastation of losing their son in such a senseless way.“Pat was a normal kid brought up in a normal family living in a normal suburb. If this tragedy can happen to them, it can happen to anyone.“While we have an active secondary school program that informs students about Pat and his story, these story books are designed to reach out to primary school students to help them reflect on attitudes and behaviours around anger and aggression. The aim is for students to feel empowered to develop their own action plan to ‘Be Wise' and to never use violence.”The books can be purchased from patcroninfoundation.org.au and are priced at $20 each or $50 for the set of three. A 20 per cent discount applies for schools. endsBackground:On Saturday the 16th of April 2016, 19-year-old Pat Cronin went out for a quiet night. He was punched from behind whilst assisting a mate. Pat was later taken to hospital and two days later his family made the agonising decision to turn off his life support system.Quietly spoken and gentle natured but with a fierce determination, Pat was enormously popular and had a deep love for his family and friends. His death left a gaping hole in his family’s lives and caused devastation amongst not only family but also his friends and the broader communities in which the Cronin’s have been involved.Matt and Robyn Cronin are determined that Pat's life be honoured and that no other family should face the devastation we now face as a result of his senseless death.Since the Foundation was established in 2016, it has raised more than $1 million with funds directly being used to help people feel empowered to make change through wise decisions. Visit: https://patcroninfoundation.org.au/Author’s Note: A boy with little spikes of blonde hair, eyes that sparkled with curiosity and the cheekiest of smiles—that’s the image of Pat that warms me; that breaks me; that inspires me. Pat was 5 years old when he started attending the school where I taught. I first met him in the playground, dressed in his blue and yellow uniform; this happy, caring, fun-filled little boy seemed ready to take every day of life in his stride—and he did. While this story is fictional, I have drawn on my knowledge of Pat, his personality and his life, and included some features that reflect the young man being honoured in these books. Throughout the series of books, I have used the name Patch for the main character as this was one of Pat’s nicknames. Another of Pat’s nicknames, bestowed upon him by his football coach, is Skipper. The owl in the story, a creation of Pat’s, has been honoured with the same nickname. The colours of the school and football uniforms were worn by Pat. Every word in these books is dedicated primarily to Pat, but also to his parents Matt and Robyn, his sister Emma and brother Lucas who have vowed to ensure Pat will always be remembered. Inspired by a beautiful image every day—what a privilege this has been for me. Maureen HylandMedia enquiries:WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTERVIEW MATT CRONIN? IF SO, PLEASE CONTACT WENDY.Issued on behalf of the Pat Cronin Foundation by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au or Matt Cronin, Director, Pat Cronin Foundation. Tel: 0419 508 858. E: mcronin@patcroninfoundation.org.auTo view a video of the launch visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1szr4gjX9FcThe books and a selection of high-resolution images are available upon request-refer to media release.