The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-26T10:09:10Z Malaysia’s Healthcare sector responding affirmatively to the 4.0 era with values-based approach 2019-03-26T10:09:10Z malaysia-s-healthcare-sector-responding-affirmatively-to-the-4-0-era-with-values-based-approach Malaysia’s Healthcare sector is moving affirmatively into the fourth industrial era through the application of advances in health and medical technologies, including the implementation of world’s best practice in delivery and administration said Kingsley Strategic Institute’s (KSI) Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh in his welcoming remarks at the recent KSI Malaysian Healthcare Conference in Kuala Lumpur.   KSI organised the Malaysian Healthcare Conference and brought together leaders of the medical profession, pharmaceutics, insurance companies, officials from the Ministry of Health and its departments, and concerned citizens to discuss the way forward for Malaysia's healthcare system.   The era of Healthcare 4.0 has arrived and it is ‘connected’.  This exciting new world combines Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Genomics and Big Data.  Genomic profiling will alert an individual about future risks.  In turn, ‘big data’ will decipher tons of information gathered from wearables and AI will assist in making appropriate decisions regarding procedures, treatment and ongoing care. Malaysia’s Healthcare Ministry has responded by focussing on values-based healthcare and that was the theme of YB Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Bin Ahmad, Malaysia’s Minister for Health in his keynote address at the Conference.   In introducing the Minister for Health, Tan Sri Michael Yeoh said, “The sector faces many challenges as it responds to the demand for affordable accessible quality healthcare.  There is also increasing demand for medical tourism as Malaysia is regarded as a leading centre in the region by people seeking medical treatment”.   “Another challenge is training and upskilling medical professionals and personnel at all levels in both the public and private sectors”.   As Malaysia develops rapidly it faces the same healthcare delivery issues as those of more advanced economies said Minister Dzulkefly Bin Ahmad.  “The principle and objective of our values-based healthcare is to improve health outcomes for the same or lower cost”.    “By aligning industry’s stakeholders around the shared values of improving healthcare, values-based healthcare has the potential to deliver substantially improved health outcomes at lower cost”.    “This approach also improves access to appropriate healthcare, defines relevant innovations in treatment and care delivery and provides major new business opportunities for healthcare organisations in both public and private sectors”.   The values-based approach to care rests on three fundamental foundation principles -       1.Measuring systematically the health outcome data to patient and course required to deliver this outcome across the full cycle of care.  2. Tracking those outcomes and course that define population segment on an ongoing basis.    3. Developing customised intervention to improve value for each population segment   The Minister went on to describe the four enablers that are key to accelerating the introduction of values-based healthcare     1. Health informatics to facilitate easy collection, analyses and sharing of outcomes and cause data.    2. Benchmarking research and tools to leverage data on outcomes and cause for clinical practice Improvement and innovation.     3. Value based payment - not fees for service - to create incentives for all stakeholders to focus on value.    4. Innovation in organising care delivery to improve co-ordination across the health system   Given the size of Malaysia’s healthcare budget, such improvement promises to significantly raise national productivity through more rational use of resources and by allowing more people to stay at work longer and contribute both to society and the country’s GDP.   “By adopting the values-based approach it will improve access to appropriate healthcare and spur innovation in treatment and care delivery and provide major new business opportunities”, said the Minister.   “Most importantly, the values-based approach shares the same social principles of expanding healthcare, reducing cost of living and increasing the welfare of people and reinforces the Government’s steadfast goal to leaving no one behind!”   The Minister concluded his keynote address by announcing that Malaysia took the top spot for the second consecutive year as the best destination in the healthcare category in the 2018 International Global Retirement Index.   An indication of the overseas endorsement of Malaysia world-class, affordable, quality healthcare.   In addition to inbound medical tourism contributing to the nation’s economy, the export of medical devices and pharmaceutical products is adding significantly to Malaysia’s economic prosperity and will continue to grow in importance over the coming years.     ENDS   Issued by Connect Malaysia           www.connectmalaysia.com.au             Media enquiries       Mr. Joe Perri, Connect Malaysia Tel:       +61 3 9662 2550   Mob:  +61 412 112 545  Email: jperri@joeperri.com.au   Profile:      Kingsley Strategic Institute      https://kasi.asia       The Kingsley Strategic Institute (KSI) provides strategic advice, high level executive briefings, international conferences, policy roundtables and national summits.  New Malaysia has brought new hopes for the country and new challenges and this requires innovative strategic thinking, plans and ideas.   In line with the revived Malaysia Inc concept to foster closer public – private sector cooperation KSI organises top level exclusive briefings and policy dialogues and provide policy inputs to government derived from policy analysis.   KSI is a bridge between Government and Business and is committed to excellence, professionalism and integrity.   In addition, KSI assists organisations prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution and the Age of Disruption through meetings of minds sharing new ideas, insights and intelligence.  KSI is also the Secretariat for the prestigious Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysia China Economic Cooperation Council (MCECC) and Dialogue Rakyat.   The MCECC organises high level meetings on the Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI) and works closely with think tanks, business organizations and research institutions in China and ASEAN.   The Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur promotes discussions and debate on economic policies and issues and host Roundtables and luncheons with Cabinet Ministers, top CEOs and thought leaders from Malaysia and the ASEAN region. Let’s Talk About Hips This April 2019-03-26T06:41:04Z let-s-talk-about-hips-this-april 8 infants a day are diagnosed with hip dysplasia in Australia. Despite this, the likelihood of a parent being aware of the condition, prior to a diagnosis of it for their child, is only 57%. This limited awareness is contributing to the rising number of those diagnosed late with this potentially life changing condition.  Hip dysplasia, also known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), occurs when the ball and socket of the hip do not fit together in their 'normal' position. Sometimes this is due to abnormal development and/or lack of growth of the hip joint. It can result in months — and in some cases years — of medical treatment. Left undiagnosed it’s one of the leading causes of early-onset arthritis of the hip and possibly, the need for a hip replacement; it is a significant public health issue. Treatment is optimised when diagnosis occurs within the first 3 months of life.  Sarah Twomey, a Perth occupational therapist and mother of two children impacted by hip dysplasia, established the not-for-profit organisation Healthy Hips Australia, and the Healthy Hips Week initiative, to improve awareness, support and early diagnosis for the condition. Her work is supported by the Australian Orthopaedic teams at the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne), Perth Children’s Hospital (Perth) and Women’s & Children’s Hospital (Adelaide). Professor Nicole Williams, Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Adelaide, is a Board member of Healthy Hips Australia.  Sarah says, “Parents are the best advocates for their children. Many don’t even realise that all children should be having their hips routinely checked until 3.5 years of age. Arming parents with the knowledge about the risk factors for, and potential signs of, this condition means they can help their child to be diagnosed as early as possible”. Nicole adds, “Never miss an opportunity to check the hips”. “Back in the 1980s and 1990s – when we did do a very careful examination of babies’ hips – we were very good at detecting dislocated hips clinically. But now that we are increasingly relying on ultrasound, I think people are assuming that babies with risk factors are going to get ultrasounds, and assuming that babies that don’t have risk factors are at very low risk, and neither of these assumptions are necessarily true”.“My team is conducting a systematic review in an effort to inform future Australian guidelines.” The fourth annual Healthy Hips Week runs from 1-7 April 2019. All parents and parents- to-be are being urged to educate themselves about the risk factors for and potential signs of hip dysplasia, and to ensure their children’s hips are checked not only at birth, but at 1-4 weeks, 6-8 weeks, 6-9 months, 12-months, and then at normal health reviews until 3.5 years of age. For more information about hip dysplasia visit: healthyhipsaustralia.org.au MEDIA CONTACT  For further information and interview opportunities with Sarah Twomey, Nicole Williams, or parents of children affected by hip dysplasia please contact Sarah. FURTHER INFORMATION  Healthy Hips Week 1-7 April 2019 Key Messages Itoc is the 19th Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner globally to achieve the AWS Security Competency Status 2019-03-26T03:35:08Z itoc-is-the-19th-amazon-web-services-aws-partner-globally-to-achieve-the-aws-security-competency-status-2 Brisbane, Australia; 26th March 2019 For immediate release Itoc is proud to announce that it has achieved AWS Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security Competency, and is the 19th partner globally to be awarded this status.   Achieving the AWS Security Competency differentiates Itoc as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that provides specialised consulting services designed to help enterprises adopt, develop and deploy complex security projects on AWS. To receive the designation, APN Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. “Itoc is proud to be one of the four APN partners in Australia and 19th globally to achieve AWS Security Competency status,” said Richard Steven, CEO. “Our team is dedicated to helping companies maintain a strong security posture by providing in-depth solutions that are aligned with AWS security best practises as well as our own internal strategies.” AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise. Itoc applies a holistic approach to efficiently manage risk in consideration of various security aspects such as human behaviours, infrastructure, data category, threat intelligence and most of all, clients. Ensuring that Itoc’s customers comply with the latest security standards is a crucial part of their ongoing security practice. Case in point is Itoc’s ongoing engagement with Judo Capital. Judo Capital is bringing back the craft of relationship banking to transform access to finance for Australia’s small and medium-sized (SME) businesses. Judo is a registered finance company operating under an Australian Credit Licence with the application process underway for a full licence to become a bank. As a cloud-native business, Judo Capital is disrupting the Financial Services industry by driving innovation with 100% cloud-based infrastructure. With this innovation, comes much scrutiny and precedence setting with the compliance and regulatory requirements and auditing reporting for the cloud-native financial services company. With a large amount of private and confidential data to handle, Judo had to be certain its IT is highly secure. From day one, Itoc has been a foundational partner with Judo Capital on their journey, from the design and implementation of Judo’s initial core banking platform on AWS, through to delivering continued innovation, cloud managed services and ongoing security requirements. The AWS platform was designed with security and privacy in mind. Itoc has implemented a Well-Architected security framework based on next-generation security principles, tooling and operating procedures. “At Judo, we believe technology should be invisible, so we can focus on truly valuable relationships with our customers, unleashing them to grow great Australian businesses. Working with cloud based services and security capabilities, provided by Itoc, has enabled us to remain focused on our true mission, while achieving our vision of an IT-less future…” Graham Dickens, CTO Judo Capital About Itoc Itoc delivers solutions that offer speed of innovation and delivery to market whilst observing security and architecture best practices. If cloud is core to the success of service development efforts, Itoc would love to hear from you. Itoc AWS Cloud services Cloud Foundation Cloud Migration IntelligentOps – Next generation cloud managed services Cloud Architecture & Consulting Services Big Data & Analytics Machine Learning Itoc look forward to combining their proven experience in Security, DevOps and our Financial Services competencies to deliver outstanding solutions for customers’ complex, highly-regulated environments. We need to talk about mental health, says expert at MetLife discussion panel 2019-03-26T03:08:25Z we-need-to-talk-about-mental-health-says-expert-at-metlife-discussion-panel Contact: Sarah Kelly MetLife Australia +61 (0)411 893 890 sarah.kelly@metlife.com We need to talk about mental health, says expert at MetLife discussion panel Sydney, 26 March 2019 – The financial services industry needs to have open conversations about mental health to reduce stigma, said an expert today at the MetLife Panel Discussion on Mental Health in the Workplace, and called on the industry to provide better training and resources for its leaders. Speaking before an audience of 90 leading financial services representatives, Margo Lydon, SuperFriend CEO said: “Insurers and super funds are seeing more and more mental health claims, but they mustn’t overlook the wellbeing of their own people. With a quarter suffering high stress and a third concerned about job security, financial services workers are a vulnerable group. People need to be able to talk about what’s going on, they need support from leadership, and leaders themselves need training and resources.” Ms Lydon made the comments when presenting research conducted by SuperFriend, the workplace mental health and wellbeing partner for the superannuation and insurance industry. The research, which focused on the mental health of the financial services industry and was part of the Indicators of a Thriving Workplace survey, found that while many employers have external employee support programs in place, there is a lack of workplace engagement due to high levels of stress and job insecurity. Mark Raberger, MetLife Chief Claims Officer and Panel Facilitator said: “We know workplace mental health needs to be addressed. We also know that for our people, particularly claims assessors, it can be stressful helping a customer through this difficult time. That’s why training for these employees is so important – both in terms of providing a caring experience for customers, as well as protecting their own mental wellbeing.” SuperFriend joined a panel of experts to discuss Mental Health in the Workplace, which included representatives from across the healthcare industry. The panel was brought together by MetLife Australia to drive awareness, share insights, educate and ecourage action from key partners in the industry. Commenting on the increase in mental health claims, Mr Raberger said: “At MetLife, we’ve seen a substantial increase in Mental Health claims, with 25% of our Income Protection and 21% of our Total and Permanent Disability claims having a primary mental health-related cause. This has effectively doubled over the past six years and it is likely to continue to increase if we don’t take action.” SuperFriend's SuperMIND research also showed that over a five-year period, claims related to suicide collectively cost the industry over $200 million p.a. with an average cost per claim of $120,410. Mental illness-related Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) claims cost $147.9 million p.a., at an average cost per claim of $82,960. Claims attributed to mental illness and suicide represented approximately 15% of all insurance claims within superannuation. There was also a much larger, unquantified, portion of insurance claims for physical illness and injury where mental illness was a secondary cause. Ms Lydon also said, “Financial services organisations need to apply best practice to their workplaces if they have any hope of supporting their customers. Look at your policies, capabilities, leadership, culture and connectedness, and think about if they are truly giving your people what they need.” The MetLife Panel Discussion on Mental Health in the Workplace was held on Tuesday 26 March in Melbourne and included Margo Lydon, CEO, SuperFriend; Jennifer Cameron, Injury Prevention Manager, Workers Insurance, iCare; Dr Susan Palmer, Founder and CEO, Gather My Crew; Sarah Morrison, Workplace & Community Engagement Manager, Mental Health First Aid Australia and Jane Mahon, Founder and CEO, Direct Solutions Rehabilitation & Occupational Services. An overview of SuperFriend's 2018 Indicators of a Thriving Workplace survey including the Financial and Insurance Services Profile Report can be accessed here. SuperFriend’s SuperMIND research can be accessed here. -ENDS- About MetLife MetLife Insurance Limited (MetLife), an affiliate of MetLife, Inc., is a specialist provider of life insurance to affinity partners, superannuation trustees and employers in Australia. MetLife has expertise in designing and executing direct insurance programs for partners’ customers and insurance solutions to meet the needs of specific member groups. MetLife has been a specialist provider of life risk insurance products in Australia since 2005. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.au. MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com. Leading ready-to-eat meal pack supplier re-brands 2019-03-26T01:05:53Z leading-ready-to-eat-meal-pack-supplier-re-brands Melbourne-based food wholesaler, Travel Essentials, has re-branded to Select*d. The new brand name Select*d conveys the singular expertise of the business: to design, select and deliver food & beverage components in a ready-to-eat, portioned pack format. Select*d packs have added benefits of long shelf life and ambient storage, providing key advantages over traditional catering systems in industries such as hospitality, events, and in institutional, corporate, off-site and other settings. Select*d procures, assembles and delivers market-proven Breakfast, Snack and Lunch Packs, which are distributed nationally. Select*d designs its packs so consumers feel right at home, wherever they happen to be. Clients of Select*d gain more control and versatility with F & B operations. Clients include national hotel groups such as Quest, Accor, IHG, as well as airlines, universities and not-for-profit organisations like Red Cross Victoria. Coinciding with re-branding, Select*d is releasing a fully revised range of its premium Rise & Shine breakfasts.  Director of Sales, Leanne Jurgelait, explains how Rise & Shine showcases the distinct approach Select*d takes to designing meal packs, “We’ve brought award-winning Brookfarm Granolas, bespoke bakehouse muffins and slices and organic juice together into a premium Breakfast Pack range with real consumer appeal. Ms Jurgelait adds, “And in a market first, Select*d clients can now create their own Breakfast Pack combinations – it’s a truly selectable range.” Select*d has the expertise and experience to design ready-to-eat, long-life, ambient meal packs to meet a vast range of objectives, whether operational, retail-driven, event-based, regulatory or other. Drawing on more than 10 years’ experience in foodservice and multiple markets Select*d uses ‘thinking outside the box’ to give its clients exciting new options from inside the box. ZARRAFFA’S COFFEE KICKSTARTS EXPANSION IN THE WEST 2019-03-26T00:56:49Z zarraffas-coffee-kickstarts-expansion-in-the-west The multi-store owners of the Ellenbrook and Canning Vale locations, Paul and Jennifer Meyler, have expanded operations with a third drive thru at Clarkson. “Since relocating to Perth in 2014, we have had the privilege of getting to know the area and have a great understanding of the coffee-loving market here in Perth,” said experienced franchisee Paul Meyler. “The Clarkson store is in the ideal suburban location and presents customers with both a comfortable instore environment and a full-service drive thru, for those on-the-go.” The addition of the Clarkson store brings the total number of drive thrus in Western Australia to six, with the other five stores located in various suburbs across Perth, including Ellenbrook, Canning Vale, Currambine, Peppermint Grove and further afield in Kalgoorlie. “The Clarkson store typifies what Zarraffa’s customers experience on the East Coast where the brand has been built steadily since 1996,” said Managing Director Kenton Campbell. “With a large sit-down café-style environment, combined with a bustling drive thru operation, Zarraffa’s has built its reputation over two decades - serving up coffee to our customers exactly how and where they like it.” Mr Campbell said the WA expansion plans had taken time to perfect and align with experienced franchisees. “With Paul and Jennifer already running two successful drive thrus locally, not to mention their willingness to accept any challenge they face, it was clear they were the perfect pair to helm the Clarkson store opportunity.” “Convenience, product and service, and now the right local business partners, are what is going to drive the success of this new store, and any future ventures in times to come.” Zarraffa’s Coffee Clarkson is located Cnr Ocean Keys Blvd and Marmion Ave, Clarkson, WA. Opening hours: 5am-10pm, seven days a week - ENDS – For more information about Zarraffa’s Coffee visit www.zarraffas.com ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Emma Bain Zarraffa’s Coffee Ph: 0438 264 355 Email: emma.bain@zarraffas.com TURON GATES NSW LAUNCHES NEW GLAMPING STYLE BUSH RETREAT EVENT SPACE 2019-03-26T00:37:12Z turon-gates-nsw-launches-new-glamping-style-bush-retreat-event-space March 2019: Leading NSW eco-bush retreat, Turon Gates, now has The Pavilion – a large 150 square metre glamping tent that accommodates up to 100 seated or 120 standing guests. Just 3 hours’ drive from Sydney, in an idyllic bush location with an expansive deck overlooking the trout stream that runs through Turon Gates’ 6000-acre property, it is a unique venue for offsite corporate meetings, leadership workshops and wellness/yoga/artistic retreats.   The Pavilion has a cool neutral-toned teak and canvas interior, wood floors and is fully insulated with window coverings that roll up to make the most of the views and Blue Mountains breeze. With gas heating for the cooler months, it can be booked all year round.   At night, the magical lighting creates a glow over the surrounding bushland - just perfect for a party, buffet or luxurious sit-down dinner. Get the party going with a local band or DJ, or for a more relaxed vibe, gather around a campfire under a million stars.   Small event groups can stay in the six luxurious riverside glamping tents (each with its own king-sized bed and lounge area, contemporary bathroom, kitchenette with Nespresso coffee machine and Danish wood burner stove) or larger groups in cosy log cabins, which sleep up to eight and are particularly good value with prices starting from just $89 per head per night for share accommodation and include use of the event space for groups. There is total flexibility with sleep over numbers, from intimate to expansive. Up to 36 guests can be accommodated in private sleeping arrangements with shared or private bathroom and 93 beds are available total if guests are happy to share a room. There is also plenty of space to make a lot or a little noise. Turon Gates sleeps a total of 123 guests for weddings & party groups. Turon Gates is self-catering and a wide range of local caterers are available to prepare a feast of your choice and budget.   The Turon Team are full of great ideas of how to create a magical and memorable occasion and have an exquisite back drop to work with.   A beautiful place in the in the wild for grown-ups.   Kirsten Lunoe says the unique venue will appeal to innovators and creatives as well as corporates wanting a complete team rejuvenation and team building experience.   “Getting out into the bush is a fantastic way to clear your mind, recharge and encourage creative thinking. We hope that start-ups and corporates, as well as those looking for a peaceful space to host a wellness, yoga or artistic retreat, will love our new glamping Pavilion. It’s a great place for people to gather, connect and share ideas, and our range of accommodation and activities including bush trail walking and horse riding. We can now offer larger groups the opportunity to get together for a true time out experience that’s within easy reach of Sydney. Corporates will enjoy the advantages of educational and experience activities on offer including nutrition, meditation, fitness, yoga and pilates sessions as well as bush tucker and bush survival.   Turon Gates is also available as a location for film, video and photographic shoots.   Wi-Fi is available at the Pavilion tent and around the glamping site. Groups seeking more of an unplugged experience will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Turon Gates log cabins.   For more information about group stays at Turon Gates including availability, accommodation options and prices: https://www.turongates.com/functions-weddings-locationservices   For further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – +61 415 290023 tracey@impressionsmc.com.au   “HiddenGems”: empowering WA’s Deaf community through entrepreneurship education 2019-03-26T00:30:42Z hiddengems-empowering-wa-s-deaf-community-through-entrepreneurship-education Tuesday 26th March 2019, Perth, Australia.  Adults with hearing loss are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed and they face many obstacles in their careers, from unexpected barriers, to attitudinal discrimination in the workplace. But a new entrepreneur and innovation program, HiddenGems, is set to change that, and will launch first in WA next month.   The first-of-its kind program aims to empower the deaf community through entrepreneurship education. At a time of digital disruption, traditional career pathways are changing, and people are approaching their working lives differently. The HiddenGems program will equip Deaf and hard of hearing people with essential skills that are required to not only start and run a business, but that are also invaluable to any future workplace.   Access Plus WA Deaf - a profit for purpose organisation known for supporting the Deaf and hard of hearing in WA since 1921 – is a recipient of a combined Commonwealth and Western Australian government NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant to increase employment opportunities for people with disability in WA.  Access Plus, has partnered with Australian entrepreneurship educator and consultancy, Gemstar, to co-create HiddenGems, a modified version of Gemstar’s very successful and internationally recognised, ‘YoungGems™’ Entrepreneur and Innovation Program, now an accredited Diploma with Kaplan in Singapore.   David Gibson, CEO of Access Plus WA Deaf said, “We’re excited to collaborate with Gemstar to bring this program to the Deaf and hard of hearing community in WA”.  “People with hearing loss can be socially isolated and economically disadvantaged with data indicating that the employment rates for people with hearing loss are 20.5% lower for men and 16.5% lower for women.”  Mr Gibson said that there is a global trend, buoyed by innovative technology, of deaf and hard of hearing people opening their own businesses or becoming part of the gig economy, however we haven’t quite seen this happen to the same level yet in Australia.   “The HiddenGems program will prepare deaf or hard of hearing people in learning ‘real world’ skills coupled with mentoring, training and strategic guidance, for deaf-owned or operated businesses to be successful based on their unique circumstances.”   Gemma Manning, CEO and Founder of Gemstar said, “We’re delighted to bring our international program to WA’s Deaf and hard of hearing community as a first in Australia. We are firm believers that entrepreneurship should be accessible by everyone yet unfortunately this isn’t the case.   “Entrepreneurship still lacks diversity and as leaders, we need to change this and open up entrepreneurship to all members of the community, especially those who are often overlooked and not given the opportunity to participate in such programs.   Being independent through skills to help you create and run a business is incredibly empowering and this is an area that Gemstar champions. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for all and can’t wait to assist Deaf and hard of hearing people in WA with solving real world problems and developing solutions with global relevancy.”     Any person who is deaf, culturally Deaf, or hard of hearing and wishes to learn more about the HiddenGems program can contact Access Plus WA Deaf at enquiry@accessplus.org.au or at 9441 2677.  For media enquiries, please contact Kate Bagnell on kate@gemstartechnology.com or at (08) 6381 9110  Additional background information:  • One in six Australians currently suffer from some form of hearing loss.   • In 2005, a study found that over 3.55 million Australians were living with hearing loss. Nearly half of them were working age (16-64 years).  • A person with hearing loss earns an average of $10K less than people with no hearing loss or treated hearing loss.  • Labour force participation rates decrease substantially as the degree of hearing loss increases.   • Hearing loss costs Australia a staggering $12 billion annually in lost productivity and other impacts.   • Deaf - with a capital "D" - is used to refer to people who are culturally Deaf. These people actively use Sign Language; they see themselves as being culturally Deaf and part of the Deaf community. The use of the "lowercase d" deaf simply refers to the medical condition of having hearing loss. Newly Designed Smart Climate Control for Australian Homes 2019-03-26T00:26:31Z newly-designed-smart-climate-control-for-australian-homes There is something new in Air Conditioning for Australia. A new smart controller for central control of the entire home climate from one amazing looking touch screen interface, smartphone app, or even voice control with smart assistants like Google or Amazon. Air Conditioning, what we want to give us efficient comfort at home, can be enhanced with the new AirTouch 4.   What does it do and how does it work? First thing you’d notice about AirTouch 4 is the amazing design. The interface looks like it belongs in a modern home and you feel confident that it will provide you with the control, comfort and efficiency that you want from your air conditioning. The screen is crisp, bright, and features a curved slider to adjust the temperature which is presented to you clearly in the middle of the screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbv5ynyd8Bg    Featuring Australian landscapes in its design, AirTouch 4 is just as much a work of art celebrating the Australian climate, while also letting you enjoy whatever climate you want in your own home.   On the left is a list of rooms in your home or “air conditioning zones” where you can adjust their conditioned air flow or temperature or turn them off completely.   The goal for the user interface is for it to make sense straight away with familiar controls while also being something fresh and new. You wouldn’t have just one light switch for the entire house, and so AirTouch means you can control the air conditioning in individual rooms rather than just for the whole building. This can help save energy and money on the resulting power bills as you won’t be paying to cool or heat rooms in your home that you are not using.   The technical aspects ·      One device to control 4 different ducted air conditioners ·      Adjust the amount of conditioned air going into or turn on/off the conditioned air in up to 16 air con zones ·      You can position 1 or 2 of the Air Touch panels anywhere ·      Smartphone app control either at home or away ·      Integrates with Google Home and Amazon Alexa smart assistants ·      Android 8” based tablet   Extended with a Smartphone App The additional smartphone app for remote control makes sense. It is designed to be easy and works on Android or iOS. There is a mini slider down the side of the app for adjusting the temperature and a fresh page to change the airflow in each zone or turn it off completely just like on the panel. But it does more. If you are out and home gets a bit warm or cold because of the weather, it can give you a little nudge with the AirTouch home temperature alerts inviting you to turn on the air conditioning remotely. That is actually really great because it means you can avoid coming home to a hot or cold house. Also, it gives you peace of mind in that you can double check to make sure that the system is turned off when no one is home and you won’t be back for a while.   Why the open smart assistant platform is great There are a lot of home automation systems out there, but a lot of them are closed off systems and you can end up getting locked in to their way of doing things. Adding new devices or functions can be difficult. The rise of smart assistants has enhanced our lives in many ways: it is easy to say things like “Hey Google turn on the lights” or “Alexa order my favourite pizza”. AirTouch 4 works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa so just say the word and your wish is their command. This is the beauty of AirTouch being open to work with these open systems – you choose to control it how you want. Just ask Google for example to warm up the living room, cool down the family room, or turn the AC on or off completely.   Comfort & Efficiency with Individual Temperature control (ITC) Everyone’s different with individual choices. When it comes to home air conditioning, it is no different as some like it warmer, some like it cooler. Some like a lot of conditioned air where they are, others like less. Everyone is an individual. Hence the name for the Individual Temperature Control technology. It lets you specify a different temperature set point beyond just air volume in individual rooms around the home.   But also, it lets AirTouch monitor temperatures at a far greater level. Normally, with most AC systems, the temperature sensor used to monitor the home is in just 1 location. AirTouch 4 with ITC on the other hand can monitor temperatures in more locations. So if the sun rises and warms up rooms on 1 side of the house, AirTouch can adjust their air flow and not waste air on rooms that are actually ok.   Do More Without Doing Anything with IFTTT IFTTT air conditioning control. Imagine a very busy day and you’re scrambling to get out of the house, drop your kids off at school and rush for an early meeting. And midway across town, you realize that you’ve forgotten to shut off your home air conditioning. What do you do? Nothing. With AirTouch 4, your air conditioning system will shut off on its own using a unique sensor with the help of Geofencing by IFTTT.   Works your way AirTouch runs on a wall mounted Android tablet. It is constantly powered. For homeowners, this is useful. You can install your other lifestyle apps to it to enjoy. Order a meal, book a car, play Spotify, or install your own lighting or other smart home control system directly to it.   All Smart, All New AirTouch 4 is a smart home climate controller that looks and works smart. Better yet, it was designed in Australia for Australian conditions and lifestyles. Learn more at https://www.airtouch.net.au/airtouch/airtouch-4/  Signature Media appoints Andrew Conway as Executive Editor of Signature Luxury Travel & Style, forming one of the most exclusive and experienced team of editors in the travel industry 2019-03-25T23:22:24Z signature-media-appoints-andrew-conway-as-executive-editor-of-signature-luxury-travel-style-forming-one-of-the-most-exclusive-and-experienced-team-of-editors-in-the-travel-industry Signature Media, Australia’s largest independent publisher of luxury and family travel content, has long prided itself on finding the industry’s leading editors for its specialised publications. Together, its curated team has 200 years of experience in journalism and travel, delivering the finest editorial content. Each is an expert in his or her field, be it adventures with babies, skiing or camping with kids, luxury family travel, the luxury travel trade or high-end travel experiences. Signature Luxury Travel & Style’s new Executive Editor Andrew Conway is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected luxury travel and lifestyle editors and writers. Recently honoured with the prestigious Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Media Award for 2018, Andrew’s 35-year journalism career includes senior executive roles on leading magazines and newspapers in Australia, the United States and England. A former travel editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald, editor of America’s award-winning Ocean Home magazine, and founding editor of Luxury Travel Magazine, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise, commercial savvy and key Australian and global travel and lifestyle contacts to his new role. “With the largest audited circulation of any Australian travel magazine, Signature Luxury Travel & Style is the market leader in this exciting and rapidly growing sector,” he says. “I’m delighted to be joining Cathy Wagstaff and her exceptionally hard-working editorial, sales and marketing team to deliver a luxury travel and lifestyle print magazine and associated online resources of the highest quality. I also look forward to continuing my long association with our luxury travel and lifestyle partners to bring their stories to life for the magazine’s well-travelled and sophisticated readers.” Andrew will be working with the Signature Media team directly until the end of the year before relocating to Northern NSW and continuing to contribute in the capacity of an editor-at-large. CEO and Group Editor, Cathy Wagstaff, is the entrepreneur behind all Signature Media titles, and will remain Editor-in-Chief of Signature Luxury Travel & Style, as well as Group Editor. Her 35-year career in publishing included roles at ACP, Federal Publishing and Text Media before she started Signature Media in 1996. This year, the flagship Holidays with Kids magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary, while the inspirational Signature marks 10 years. Launched in 2009, in the midst of the GFC, Signature has grown to become the leading luxury print and online platform in the Asia Pacific region, with the highest audited print circulation and digital reach for any consumer-facing luxury travel title. Cathy’s foresight, understanding of travel media and her unique ability to identify niche markets are just some of the factors that have made Signature Media the largest specialist publisher of luxury and family travel content across print and digital platforms. Andrew joins Signature Media’s outstanding stable of editors including Hilary Doling, Helen Hayes, Guy Dundas, Aleney de Winter, Emma Castle, Amelia Hungerford and Australia’s first 10-year-old Kid Editor, Rafferty Laight. About our editors The Executive Editor of glossy Five Star Kids, Hilary Doling, started her career on London’s Fleet Street where she worked for newspapers such as The Times and The Guardian and for England’s glossy magazines. In search of sun, she moved to Australia as deputy editor of Cleo magazine and then travel editor at Fairfax newspapers, a position she held for 13 years, creating The Sun-Herald’s highly successful standalone travel section. During that time she was also a travel columnist for The Sunday Age, after which she was editor-in-chief of Luxury Travel Magazine for five years. Hilary is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of one of the world’s largest independent luxury travel websites, The Luxury Travel Bible. She is an international speaker on luxury hotels and travel, appearing at such events as ILTM Cannes, has visited every continent and set foot in 96 countries. Helen Hayes, Editor of Ski & Snowboard with Kids, is highly respected in the travel industry and has been in media for more years than she cares to remember, working in radio, print and television. Helen has edited travel titles since 1992 including 14 years at Vacations & Travel. She was co-editor over several issues of Holidays with Kids in the early 2000s and was also the editor of Escape, the onboard magazine of CountryLink, for four years. A love of snow has led to many trips to ski resorts around the world, including resorts in seven states in the USA, many resorts in Canada, several in France, Austria and Andorra in Europe, several resorts on Hokkaido in Japan, as well as all the major players in Australia and New Zealand. But don’t think she throws herself into the unknown in the backcountry, or off vertigo-inducing jumps; Helen is more an on-piste type of gal, leaving the more adventurous stuff to her sons, Alex and Josh. Helen is also the President of the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW). Holidays with Kids Editor, Aleney de Winter, is the Vice President of the ASTW and a multi-award-winning freelance writer, editor and blogger with more than 30 years’ experience in print and online. The mother to two frequent-flying kids, Aleney is one of Australia’s most prolific family travel writers, sharing tales of travelling and eating – along with the hilarious antics of her globetrotting foodie son and daredevil daughter – on her blog, boyeatsworld.com.au. Aleney took out the Best Family Travel Story and Best Travel Blog at the 2017 ASTW Awards for Excellence and followed it up with another two gongs – Best Travel Blog Post and Best Travel Trade Story – at the 2018 awards. Aleney also won the prestigious PATA award in 2018 and was a finalist at the AFTA NTIA awards. Guy Dundas joined Signature Media in May of 2018, tasked with heading up editorial and social media content and developing new concepts as the Managing Editor of Signature Media’s industry newsletter, LATTE (Luxury Australian Travel Trade Enews). He will also report across other titles under the Signature Media umbrella. Guy has more than 10 years of experience in travel trade media, and was previously the editor of Travel Daily. His travel industry career includes a decade working for inbound, wholesale and touring companies, such as Adventure World, Talpacific Holidays and a three-year term for Australian luxury cruise and tour operator, Scenic. Holidays with Kids’ Baby & Toddler Editor, Emma Castle, is a travel writer and copywriter with 15 years of Australian media experience who specialises in consumer travel, tourism business, events, parenting and wellness. She edited Spice Magazine and was deputy editor of Hotel Management for four years. Prior to this, she spent 10 years working in PR for clients such as Hawaii Tourism Oceania, the Ministry of Tourism for the Sultanate of Oman, Voyages Indigenous Tourism and Anantara Hotels and Resorts. She has been writing her lifestyle and opinion blog, SheGoes.com.au, for nine years. She is the co-founder of Women in Tourism and the founder of the Camden Garden Festival. The youngest member of the Holidays with Kids team, 10-year-old Kid Editor, Rafferty Laight, offers a unique voice for kids in the travel space. Rafferty is an accomplished storyteller and interviewer, producing content for boyeatsworld.com.au. He’s also an experienced international travel television host and a highly regarded public speaker, having won accolades both in Australia and internationally for his insightful thoughts on travel and multiculturalism. This very well-travelled Australian primary-schooler boasts professionalism and a passion for travel and exploration that is far beyond his years. Supporting these experts is Staff Sub-editor and Assistant Editor of Signature Luxury Travel & Style, Amelia Hungerford. Having completed her internship with Signature Media five years ago, she has become a full-time member of the team, working alongside and learning from the industry’s finest editors. With a background in English and linguistics, she is respected for her fastidious approach to grammar, her distinctive storytelling, her passion for travel and her ability to recall exactly which issue featured what story. Amelia works across all Signature Media titles, both print and online. About Signature Media Signature Media is Australia’s largest specialist publisher of luxury and family travel content across print and digital platforms. Our magazines and online platforms attract audiences keen to be inspired by the wonders of the world. Signature Media’s success was cemented with Holidays with Kids, Australia’s first family travel magazine and website, which has given rise to a duo of Australia-first annual niche titles, Caravan & Camping with Kids and Ski & Snowboard with Kids. Signature Luxury Travel & Style has become a bible for discerning jet-setters, claiming the title of Australia’s widest-circulating, audited, consumer luxury travel magazine. Gold Coast apartment development sells $43m in 12 weeks 2019-03-25T23:18:32Z gold-coast-apartment-development-sells-43m-in-12-weeks-1 Mosaic Property Group’s latest boutique luxury development Bela in Mermaid Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast has captivated buyers, selling 46 apartments since launch with total sales now at $43m. Launched in mid-December 2018, the 25-level residential development on Peerless Avenue proved an instant hit, with buyers quick to recognise the outstanding value, exceptional features and incredible lifestyle benefits on offer.  Bela’s striking design by internationally renowned architect pays homage to the famous beach shacks of the 1950s. These vertically stacked luxury beach homes have been thoughtfully reimagined to create modern, spacious retreats that enliven the senses while retaining a timeless harmony with its coveted beachside location.     A range of 2- and 3-bedroom apartments have been purposefully designed to maximise light and fresh ocean breezes, with sizable balconies to take in the priceless, protected views along the northeast and south-east coastline, as well as the hinterland and mountains to the south-west. Beautifully refined, high-grade finishes are showcased in a sophisticated, neutral colour palette creating an airy, rejuvenating living environment.  The 4-bedroom penthouse residences set a new benchmark for superlative beachside living, having been thoughtfully considered to exacting detail. The home-sized floor plans seamlessly blend expansive indoor and outdoor living spaces, drawing the ocean closer and showcasing the breathtaking coastal panoramas. Sumptuous finishes include oak timber flooring, Gaggenau appliances, custom-built wine cabinet, butler’s pantry and natural stone benchtops and splashbacks. Mosaic Property Group’s Managing Director Brook Monahan said Bela speaks to world-class luxury and amenity with a special connection to both the ocean and the beach. “In Bela we wanted to create something truly unique in what is such an iconic, historically significant part of the Gold Coast. The incredible team at Rothelowman in collaboration with Mosaic’s design team have helped translate our vision of meshing nostalgic coastal architecture with an unsurpassed residential experience that elevates the emotional connection to the water we know coastal buyers really value.” “The apartments have been designed for the discerning owner-occupier, with large open plan layouts and carefully considered details that come together to create spaces that we genuinely think people will love living in.” “And then there is the amenity, which is so far beyond anything else on offer on the Coast, particularly for a boutique building of this size. In fact, it's more akin to what you would see reserved for five- and six-star hotels and or buildings with far greater scale than Bela.” Bela’s residents will enjoy access to a large resort pool with lush subtropical landscaping, spa, steam and sauna, state-of-the-art commercial quality gym and dedicated yoga space, secure bike storage, residents’ deck, executive lounge, and concierge services. Topping it off is the ultra-exclusive Resident’s Club on level 25, with wine cellar, private dining rooms, kitchen, beautifully appointed library, lounge and media room and of course those remarkable Gold Coast views.  And in a salute to the famous ocean-side location, surfers can return via a separate but equally opulent entry where they can wash off and store their surfboards. There is even a dedicated dog wash area. Bela is Mosaic Property Group’s first foray into the Gold Coast apartment market, having already built an impressive footprint of award-winning projects throughout Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.  “We are so excited to be part of this dynamic city that continues to capture the attention and imagination of local, interstate and international buyers and visitors due to its pristine landscape and undisputed lifestyle appeal.” Mr Monahan said. “Mosaic is committed for the long-term, with a new showroom and office for its Gold Coast-based team in Broadbeach.  Bela is set to commence construction in the second half of 2019 and we have some really dynamic projects in the pipeline that we will be looking to unveil in the not too distant future also.”   Bela boasts a blue-chip Mermaid Beach address, right off Hedges Avenue and is only a short stroll to the beach and the world-class dining, shopping and lifestyle offerings of Broadbeach.  Interest remains strong, with apartments ranging from 98sqm to 298sqm and prices starting at $560,000 for two bedrooms, $1,015,000 for three bedrooms, and $2,450,000 for 4-bedroom penthouses.  For more information, call 07 5551 0900 or visit the sales showroom at 18 Albert Avenue Broadbeach. -End-  CLICK HERE FOR MEDIA RELEASE IMAGES Dale Carnegie Study Uncovers Four Leadership Blind Spots 2019-03-25T23:12:46Z dale-carnegie-study-uncovers-four-leadership-blind-spots It’s become accepted wisdom that long-term, sustainable profit and growth are derived from customer loyalty, loyalty comes from positive customer experiences, and those experiences are created consistently only by engaged employees. Success though, is ultimately driven by exceptional leadership, where leaders appreciate the importance of each individual employee, putting in place systems and creating a culture that delivers a positive employee experience. That makes it particularly disturbing when recent studies continue to suggest that leaders’ performance in many organisations still has a long way to go: • Only 13% strongly agree the leadership of the company communicates effectively with the rest of the organisation (Gallup, 2017) • Just 15% of employees strongly agree the leadership in their company makes them enthusiastic about the future (Gallup, 2017) • Only 23% say that their leaders, overall, are effective (Ketchum Leadership Communication Monitor, 2016). A Dale Carnegie survey of over 3,300 full time employees from a cross section of industries, company size and positions from 14 countries identified key four leadership characteristics that motivate and inspire people: Blind Spot #1: Showing Appreciation Leaders understand the importance of human capital and most undoubtedly feel they appreciate their employees. Yet fewer than half of the employees in the study said their own supervisor makes them feel sincerely appreciated most or all of the time. Often it is the frequency of praise or not being sincere where most leaders fall sort. Blind Spot #2: Admitting When Wrong A willingness to “admit when they are wrong” was the leadership behaviour that generated the largest disparity between its importance and supervisors’ performance. While 81% of respondents said it was important to their motivation to give their best, only 41% said their supervisors could be trusted do so consistently – a gap of 40%. Blind Spot #3: Truly Listening Asking isn’t the same as listening, and employees know the difference. Just 49% of respondents said they could confidently expect that when they spoke with their leader, they’d truly listen most or all of the time. Actively listening is critical, and part of that is showing respect for what the other person has to say. Blind Spot #4: Honesty With Self And Others No one wants to think of themselves as dishonest, and yet 17% stated that their own supervisor is rarely or never honest and trustworthy with others. While the veracity of this belief may be called into question, it’s the perceptions employees have that leaders must contend with in order to effectively lead. Additionally, 16% of respondents said their supervisor is rarely or never internally reliable, meaning these employees view their leader as behaving in ways that are inconsistent with their leader’s own principles and core beliefs. Why does this matter? Data suggests that the return on investment on efforts directed towards these areas is significant. Research has shown that a high level of job satisfaction is both correlated with, and likely necessary for, a high level of employee engagement. Globally about 17% of respondents reported being very satisfied in their job, but for those with supervisors who frequently exhibit these important leadership behaviours, the number of employees who report being highly satisfied more than doubles to 36%. What can leaders do about these blind spot areas? Jordan Wang, Managing Director of Dale Carnegie NSW, says that “simply having an awareness of these blind spots may help all of us better see the gap between our actual behaviour and our desired behaviour, when it comes to getting the best from those who look to us for leadership”. He continues, “Leaders who choose to actively work to identify blind spots in these four areas and learn to overcome them on a personal level have considerable potential to impact the employee experience of those who report to them and interact with them”. When it comes to evaluating the impact of our own behavior, the Dale Carnegie research encourages leaders to keep these tips in mind: 1. Assume that we are not objective when assessing our own capabilities. Utilise 360-degree feedback tools.2. Learn adaptive techniques that help approach and accept feedback constructively.3. Appreciate the intent. Getting feedback that reveals blind spots can be uncomfortable, remember that the constructive feedback intent is to help.4. Disrupt your routines. It is easy to become blind to things around us when we become set in our own ways and routines.5. Simply take action. Become aware of and work to improve one’s performance in these areas. You can download the Dale Carnegie survey findings in our free 7-page White Paper:Recognising Leadership Blind Spots and Discovering the Road to Motivating Your Employeeshttps://www.dalecarnegie.com/en/resources/recognizing-leadership-blind-spots Join us to uncover leadership blind spots that may be impacting your own organisation at the Dale Carnegie Training workshop:Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots and Discovering the Pathway to Motivating your EmployeesDate and time: Tuesday 2nd April, 5:30pmPlace: Workbee, 54 Chandos Street, St LeonardsTickets: $49 RRPBook early as this event is limited to only 30 participantshttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/uncovering-leadership-blind-spots-discovering-the-pathway-to-motivating-your-employees-tickets-56384063251 BOOKTOPIA.COM.AU BEATS AMAZON 2019-03-25T22:48:59Z booktopia-com-au-beats-amazon AUSSIE BATTLER BEATS AMAZON  LITTLE AUSSIE BATTLER BEATS AMAZON AT ITS OWN GAME!   # AUSTRALIA WINS DAVID V GOLIATH BATTLE! # ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM DUMPED IN BIN!   # WATCH HILARIOUS AMAZONIAN ELEPHANT VIDEO CLIP! # AMAZON COMES TO AUSTRALIA & BOOKTOPIA SALES INCREASE BY 50%!   When Amazon came to Australia two years ago the so called experts all got it wrong by predicting gloom & doom for Australia’s award winning & leading online book retailer Booktopia.com.au 2 years later the “ Amazonian elephant in the room” has been literally dumped in the dumpster in a hilarious video that also shows Booktopia’s sales have sky rocketed from $80m a year to $113m in 2018 with further growth predicted to $130m for 2019.     See the “Amazonian elephant in the room” video clip here from 1minute 22 seconds to 1minute 36 seconds https://equitise.com/offer/regular/booktopia-group-limited-1 While controversial Amazon boss Jeff Bezos founded his company on selling books his Australian arm’s book sales are only a few single digit percent of his business and books aren’t even in the top 10 categories of overall product sales for Amazon Australia.     Tony Nash CEO & co-founder started Booktopia 15 years ago with just $10 says “Booktopia.com.au accounts for 14% of all book sales across Australia and online we are number one. Plus the company is powering ahead at an incredible rate with one book sold every 6 seconds and over 5,500,000 books sold this year. Since Amazon announced they were coming our revenues have risen from $80m in 2016 to $113m in 2018 and further growth expected in 2019.”   “With double digit growth year-on-year for the last 10 years and employee numbers going from 25 to 200 Booktopia.com.au is embarking on a crowd funding campaign through Equitise.com to raise up to $10 million so it can further invest on top of its existing $10m worth of automation, and go from the existing 148,000 titles in stock and ready to ship within 24 hours to 200,000 titles” concludes Tony.  TO INTERVIEW TONY NASH email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601            Max Markson South Coast set to party at Narooma Oyster Festival 2019-03-25T22:44:29Z south-coast-set-to-party-at-narooma-oyster-festival This year’s Narooma Oyster Festival is shaping up to be a huge celebration. Festival spokesperson Cath Peachey said nine live music acts are locked in as well as award winning chefs, and organisers have been overwhelmed by the response from gourmet food vendors, boutique winemakers and craft brewers. This year’s event builds on the success of recent Oyster Festivals in putting Narooma and the far south coast on the national gourmet map. “Narooma Chamber of Commerce instigated the Oyster Festival 12 years ago as the town’s key marketing event to showcase Narooma as both a destination and as a place to live,” she said. “It’s since expanded into a significant regional event. “It attracts fine foodies and families from the ACT, Sydney, the Hunter, the Illawarra and Shoalhaven; last year 60% of Festival visitors lived outside Eurobodalla Shire and over 20% came from the Moruya and Batemans Bay areas. “We hold it in May to boost the local economy at a traditionally quiet time of year and when the oysters are in good condition; last year, the Festival put an estimated $750,000 directly into the local economy. “The widespread marketing of the Festival and of Narooma, endorsements by media and food industry leaders, and the publicity the Festival generates is absolutely huge, reaching millions of people. “The value of that exposure last year was calculated to be over a million dollars; our media coverage even extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland.” The Festival kicks off on Friday evening (3rd May) with free entertainment as a warm up to Saturday’s main event. “There’s live music until 10pm, including nine-piece party band Big Boss Groove, and a fantastic fireworks display over the water,” she said. “There’ll be market stalls and kids’ rides. “For those who can’t wait for the gourmet experience, Friday has the new separately ticketed ‘long table dinner’.” Saturday features cooking demonstrations by some of the country’s finest chefs, Oyster Alley with oysters from up to eight Oyster Coast estuaries, fire pit cooking of traditional bush tucker by local Yuin people, market stalls highlighting the best of south coast produce, and a full day of live music headlined by popular band 19-Twenty. The popular Ultimate Oyster Experience has been expanded and tickets are selling fast online. Saturday gate tickets are $20 with kids under 16 free, with free rides within the Festival precinct for younger kids. “This year Australian National Events is organising site infrastructure and entertainment which takes an enormous load off the volunteer Festival committee,” she said. More details www.naroomaoysterfestival.com. Media Contact: Juliet Anderson, Public Relations Manager Juliet@andersonknight.com.au | 0414 966 005     The natural & organic solution to Melasma 2019-03-25T22:32:31Z the-natural-organic-solution-to-melasma The natural & organic solution to Melasma Media Release - March 2019 Suffering from blotchy pigmentation across your face? You are not alone. Facial pigmentation known as Melasma is a very common condition caused by a hormonal shift or UV ray exposure, a common side effect of pregnancy. Melasma results in the overstimulation of the melanocyte cell causing pigmentation to appear through the layers of the skin resulting in brown/grey patches on the skin. Creator and Founder of La Mav Organic Skin Science, Tarj Mav first experienced Melasma during pregnancy, which ended up being the trigger to her creating her own brand of natural, certified organic beauty products. Tarj says, “I really found it was confidence killer and in particular in my work life and when I was in groups of people. I went from being a confident presenter to trying to avoid presenting at all costs. I have very few photos of myself from that period as I didn’t not feel comfortable in my own skin.” “As a researcher at heart, I quickly became aware that ingredients such as hydroquinone had side effects like skin dryness, sensitivity, increased allergies and endocrine disruption. It was then I realised the only way to really make a change was with natural and organic ingredients that would help nourish and heal my skin. We use bio actives that are Anti- tyrosianise inhibitors in our products to reduce the visual appearance of Melasma,” adds Tarj. Tarj’s recommendations for reducing the appearance of Melasma include: Rumex Advanced Lighting Crème | RRP $39.95 Infused with anti-aging constituents this daily moisturiser is designed to diminish discolouration and restore the natural radiance of the skin. Nourishing and protecting the skin, the advanced skin brightening formula protects beyond the skins outer layer, supporting natural cell repair and eliminating the damage of cellular DNA from UVA/UVB. Anti-Dark Circle Eye Gel | RRP $39.95 This light gel smooths out fine lines and wrinkles hydrating and revitalising the under-eye area. Diminishes dark circles and puffiness resulting in a more awake and fresh look, the gel brightens the skin under the eye area. Daily Vitamin-C Brightening Serum | RRP $69.95 Targeting discolouration in skin, the serum works to improve the skins clarity and boost radiance. Leaving skin with a healthy, glowing and even tone, the clinically proven bio-active complex contains high levels of Vitamin C, Aloe Vera and Rosewater which instantly revitalises tired skin. Vit-C Advanced Nightly Repair Nectar | RRP $59.95 This unique organic nectar created with the perfect balance of Vitamin C and synergistic blend of skin tightening ingredients promotes visibly lighter, evenly toned and radiant skin. Smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles the nectar delivers on long lasting anti-aging benefits, keeping natural healthy glow of the skin. “It is important to realise once you see Melasma on the topical layer, it means it is present in all layers of the skin and has slowly come to the surface. It is the surface Melasma we are constantly working on until the end of the cycle,” adds Tarj. About La Mav: La Mav uses active ingredients that have been proven in independent clinical studies and scientific research to be effective in reducing the signs of ageing. La Mav uses scientifically based formulas, with ingredients rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, therapeutic grade herbal extracts and essential oils to help repair, rejuvenate and restore the skin at a cellular level. Products by La Mav are Certified Organic by the Organic Food Chain and Certified Cruelty Free by CCF. www.lamav.com