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3 Dec

First stop Silicon Valley, Next stop the world: the 20 young Queenslanders ready for startup stardom

by launch-admin Dec 3, 2014 1 Uncategorized

 

·      The 20 young Queenslanders selected from around 100 applicants

·      Project aims to inspire next generations of QLD tech entrepreneurs

·      Participants will share their experience through social media, blog and a documentary

 

Brisbane, 12 November 2014: River City Labs today revealed the 20 young, emerging leaders in the Queensland startup scene who will join the inaugural Startup Catalyst mission from 16 to 26 November 2014. Hailing from all over the state, from the Gold Coast to Brisbane to Cairns to Charters Towers, the group features twenty robots enthusiasts, coders and startup founders from 18 to 25 years old.  

 

The sponsors for the mission include QUT, University of Queensland, Griffith Film School, Inabox Group and McCullough Robertson, and media partners The Courier-Mail, Startupsmart.com.au and Techstreet Journal.

 

Throughout the ten-day mission, the participants will be immersed in Silicon Valley’s rich culture of high-growth entrepreneurship. They will visit the offices of global tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter, attend networking events with startup founders and student entrepreneurs, meet with fellow Australians who are running startups in the Valley, and take part in educational events to equip them with an understanding of what is involved in launching a globally successful tech startup, all of which will be documented along the way.

 

The highlight of the program will be participating in a joint Startup Weekend with local Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. It will take place during Global Startup Battle, the world’s largest startup competition involving teams in 200 cities around the world. Over the course of 54 hours the participants will brainstorm startup ideas, form teams, validate their assumptions, build prototypes and launch a product.

 

Throughout the journey, they will share their story via the Startup Catalyst blog and through other social media platforms to help inspire their friends, family and social networks. A film crew from Griffith Film School will also join the mission, and will produce an official Startup Catalyst documentary showcasing the Silicon Valley experience from a young Australian perspective.

 

River City Labs founder and Startup Catalyst’s Mission Leader, Steve Baxter, said: “We’ve had a great response to the project and have been really impressed with the depth of young startup talent in Queensland. If just one person can be inspired from the mission to take the steps to launch their own startup, it will be worthwhile. Through programs such as this, we can energize and excite the next generation, and who knows, perhaps the next global Australian startup can come from Queensland.” 

 

The 20 young Queenslanders joining the program are:

 

Luke Bermingham

Andrew Joy

Charles Nelson

Elliot Smith

Matthew Brown

Elizabeth King

Jared Page

Kelsey-Lee Stay

Alex Ghiculescu

Larene Le Gassick

Mitch Pierias

Reinard van der Leij

Anthony Guevara

Jack Lewis

Justin Rahardjo

Ben Wilkinson

David Hooper

Callum McColl

Tristan Roberts

Javan Wood

                 

 

Alex Ghiculescu, the 22 year old founder of rapidly growing Brisbane startup Tanda said that the trip would allow him to make valuable connections in the US: “We’re ready to take our business and technology onto a global scale now. It would be fantastic to go and meet some of the very best people in the industry, learn from their experiences doing so, and bring that back to Brisbane.”

 

Larene Le Gassick, a 24 year old self-described “robot nerd”, said that the mission would give her valuable knowledge and insight: “This is a great opportunity to bounce ideas, and experience the culture and mindset behind global-tech and startup communities in Silicon Valley. Startup Weekend will be a great catalyst for a project a friend and I are working on, a robot for kids to program. I hope to learn as much as I can about everything, but especially the three M’s – market, money, and manufacture, and return with many valuable experiences to share.”

 

Professor Robina Xavier, Executive Dean, QUT Business School said: “QUT Business School is proud to be a joint gold sponsor of the Startup Catalyst along with Science and Engineering Faculty. Supporting this type of immersion opportunity highlights QUT’s commitment to providing real-world experience for our students, where they can take what they’ve learned into the international arena and test it and share it with the best minds in industry.  QUT Business School fosters entrepreneurship and responsible global corporate citizenship throughout its course offerings, because great ideas that change the world need to be backed up with the best business acumen.”

 

Professor Michael Rosemann, Head of the Information Systems School, QUT Science and Engineering Faculty said: “The Startup Catalyst initiative provides an exciting and unique opportunity for our emerging talent to gain first hand insights into the world’s most fascinating entrepreneurial ecosystem. Visiting some of the globally most admired companies will create aspiration, stimulation and complementary learning experiences.  All participants will enrich their leadership and innovation skills and experience the rich set of digital opportunities shaping tomorrow’s real world.”

 

 

To learn more about the 20 mission participants, visit the Startup Catalyst blog at: http://blog.startupcatalyst.com.au/.

 

-ENDS-

 

 

Media Contact:

Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 0402 1002 / 0452 574 244

Ashford Pritchard ashford@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1040 / 0411 020 680

 

 

About River City Labs:

 

River City Labs is Brisbane’s premier co-working community and central clubhouse for tech startups. They are a not-for-profit organisation aimed at fostering Queensland’s startup ecosystem.

 

Current membership sits at over 100 members ranging from early stage startups and founders to established startups and entrepreneurs who have successfully raised capital in the last 18 months.

River City Labs is a nationally recognised brand in the startup sector within Australia. The organisation is a proven leader in this field and has a strong reputation for continuously driving the digital startup economy forward.

 

The foundersstaff and mentors have established themselves as key people to know within the startup ecosystem in Australia have been recognised as key drivers in Queensland’s digital strategy.

River City Labs focuses on providing the right environment for entrepreneurs to make valuable contacts while learning from peers, mentors and industry experts helping them to connect, work and grow.  

 

RCL has facilitated over 100 events in two years all focussed on early stage startups and hosted 10 successful entrepreneurs who have given their time to come and speak with our members and community about their ‘Entrepreneurial Journey’.

 

For more info: http://www.rivercitylabs.net/

3 Dec

Young Aussies take home the top honour at San Francisco’s Startup Weekend

by launch-admin Dec 3, 2014 0 Uncategorized

 

Australia, 26 November 2014: Entrepreneurial co-working community, River City Labs, today announced that six of Australia’s 20 Startup Catalyst participants are in the top three winning teams at San Francisco’s Startup Weekend – part of the world’s largest startup competition, Global Startup Battle.

 

Startup Catalyst is a ten-day annual mission to Silicon Valley aimed to inspire the next generation of Queensland tech entrepreneurs. Throughout the journey participants have immersed themselves in Silicon Valley’s rich culture of high-growth entrepreneurship and took part in a joint Startup Weekend with local entrepreneurs during the Global Startup Battle. Over the course of the 54-hour competition, the participants brainstormed startup ideas, formed teams, validated their assumptions, built prototypes and launched winning products.

 

The winning team, SubSnap, a cloud-based document and workflow management tool for the film and TV industry, included Startup Catalyst participant and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) business student, 22-year-old Kelsey-Lee Stay.  

 

Second place went to VisaTrak, an online tool for managing travel visas. The team included Startup Catalyst participants’ 23-year-old Mitch Pierias and 25-year-old Griffith University student Anthony Guevara.

 

Third placed team, Yes Chef, an app for voice-controlled recipe narration, included Startup Catalyst participants’ Larene Le Gassick, Elliot Smith and Alex Ghiculescu.

 

Commenting on the win, Kelsey-Lee Stay, said: “We had a really great idea and a strong team and are just so pleased with the win! I came over here to learn as much as I could but never expected to take home the top prize. It’s really exciting to know that all of the 20 Aussies on this mission are competing with the best and holding our own.”

 

Team member of Yes Chef, Alex Ghiculescu, said: “Startup weekend reminded us that we really can compete with the best of them. By the end of the competition, people in four different countries were using our app, Yes Chef, which was pretty exciting!”

 

Startup Catalyst participants pitched three of the 12 ideas including, Yes Chef as well as done – an app automating the logistics of life, starting with automatic ordering of Uber; and Gotcha – a tool making the process of learning new programming languages easier.

 

Commenting on the process of Global Startup Weekend, local Brisbane boy, Ben Wilkinson, said: “The weekend was a great chance to work with the local talent. A lot of us are trying to scope where we stand with the rest of the world – and as far as I can tell Aussies are still some of the best out there!”

 

QUT IT student, David Hooper, aged 20, said the Mission had been a trip of a lifetime with the quality and execution of the ideas being unlike anything he’s experienced.

 

“The ideas everyone came up with were much more ambitious than at Startup Weekends I’ve been to in Australia. I think being in San Francisco pushed us to lift our game. The product execution and pitches were also very high quality and I think that lifted us all up to that standard,” he said.

  

Startup Catalyst’s Project Director, Colin Kinner, said: “This trip has been a huge success. We’ve seen that the next generation of Australian startup entrepreneurs are ready to compete with the best of the best on a world scale. I believe we’ve really inspired these young Aussies to think big and learn that idea development through collaboration and teamwork is the key to success and progress.

 

“We’re really proud of all of our 20 Startup Catalyst participants and we’ve only had positive feedback from US team-mates and organisers saying that our Aussies are highly capable, hard workers and added a lot of value to each team,” Mr Kinner said.

 

The sponsors for the mission include QUT, University of Queensland, Griffith Film School, Inabox Group and McCullough Robertson, and media partners The Courier-Mail, Startupsmart.com.au and Techstreet Journal.

 

To learn more about the 20 mission participants, visit the Startup Catalyst blog at: http://blog.startupcatalyst.com.au/.

 

“ENDS”

 

Media Contact:

Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 0402 1003 / 0452 574 244

Ashford Pritchard ashford@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1040 / 0411 020 680

 

 

About River City Labs:

 

River City Labs is Brisbane’s premier co-working community and central clubhouse for tech startups. They are a not-for-profit organisation aimed at fostering Queensland’s startup ecosystem.

 

Current membership sits at over 100 members ranging from early stage startups and founders to established startups and entrepreneurs who have successfully raised capital in the last 18 months.

River City Labs is a nationally recognised brand in the startup sector within Australia. The organisation is a proven leader in this field and has a strong reputation for continuously driving the digital startup economy forward.

 

The founders, staff and mentors have established themselves as key people to know within the startup ecosystem in Australia have been recognised as key drivers in Queensland’s digital strategy.

River City Labs focuses on providing the right environment for entrepreneurs to make valuable contacts while learning from peers, mentors and industry experts helping them to connect, work and grow. 

 

RCL has facilitated over 100 events in two years all focused on early stage startups and hosted 10 successful entrepreneurs who have given their time to come and speak with our members and community about their ‘Entrepreneurial Journey’.

 

For more info: http://www.rivercitylabs.net/ 


3 Dec

Untangling the knot of child abuse Blue Knot Day, October 27th, 2014

by launch-admin Dec 3, 2014 1 Uncategorized

 

It takes survivors an average of 22 years to tell someone about their abuse

 

Australia, 20 August 2014: The last Monday of October is ASCA’s annual Blue Knot Day. This year, on the 27th October, Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), asks all Australians to unite in support of the estimated five million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma[i].

 

Blue Knot Day, ASCA’s National Awareness Day, provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for the one in four adults affected by childhood trauma[ii].

 

This year’s Blue Knot Day theme is ‘recovery is possible’. With the issue of child abuse being so prominent, ASCA is calling on the community to get involved – whether it is an activity in someone’s home, a church gathering or a company event, the participation of the wider Australian community can make a huge difference.

 

ASCA President, Dr Cathy Kezelman, said: “Through the Royal Commission and other inquiries Australia has borne witness to some confronting stories of child abuse. In the past few years, cases once hidden have finally come to light. We need to make sure that everyone knows recovery is possible and there are people who can help.

“In order to have a strong support system in place, education and training is urgently needed for health professionals and organisations working with adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma.

“ASCA’s work and research show that with the right help, people can and do recover. Raising community awareness and starting a discussion are essential steps towards de-stigmatising the issue and helping those affected.”

 

The Royal Commission’s findings have revealed it takes survivors an average of 22 years to tell someone about their abuse[iii]. The Blue Knot Day initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of education and training for practitioners and make this a topic that individuals and the wider community can talk about more openly.

 

Acclaimed singer, ASCA ambassador and survivor, Rose Parker said: “Untangling the impacts of child abuse can take a lifetime. This Blue Knot Day we are encouraging those affected to reach out for support. There has never been a better time for those who have suffered to speak out and be acknowledged, supported and appropriately assisted on their road to recovery. We know that with positive relationships and the right professional help, recovery is not just possible, but probable.”

 

By visiting the ASCA website communities can find out how they can get involved with the Blue Knot Day events that help adult survivors reconnect with their families, friends and communities. ASCA also urges individuals, organisations and workplaces, to get involved by donating to ASCA this Blue Knot Day at http://www.givenow.com.au/blueknotday.

All funds raised will help support the primary prevention work of ASCA through professional training for healthcare professionals and services, education for the community and support for survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

Dr Kezelman added: “The official Blue Knot Day ceremony will be held at Canberra’s Parliament House and feature the Chair of the Royal Commission, Justice Peter McClellan and the Minister for Health, the Hon. Peter Dutton MP. It will be supported by a week long effort. During this week, the support of communities will help to reduce the impact of childhood trauma and foster a healthier community, assist survivors to reach out for help, and bring hope and optimism to all of those affected.”

 

The full range of activities held during Blue Knot week (October 27th – November 2nd), with details, will be added to the website progressively over the coming weeks.

To get involved please visit www.asca.org.au/blueknotday.

Statistics on childhood trauma and abuse in Australia:

·       An estimated five million Australian adults have experienced childhood trauma[iv].

·       In Australia, one in three girls and one in six boys is sexually abused before the age of eighteen[v].

·       Recent Australian research found that adults with a history of childhood abuse suffer from significantly more health conditions, incur higher annual health care costs and are more likely to harm themselves. The results suggest that child abuse has long-lasting economic and welfare costs. The costs are greatest for those who experienced both physical and sexual abuse[vi].

·       Australian studies show that child abuse survivors are almost two and a half times as likely to have poor mental health outcomes, four times more likely to be unhappy even in much later life and more likely to have poor physical health[vii].

·       Global data found that 90% of public mental health clients have been exposed to multiple physical or sexual abuse traumas. Without intervention, adverse childhood events (ACEs) result in long-term disease, disability, chronic social problems and early death[viii].

 

Help and support is available from the ASCA professional support line on 1300 657 380, 9am-5pm Monday-Sunday.

 – ENDS –

 

Twitter:                  @BlueKnotDay and @ASCAORG

Facebook:             https://www.facebook.com/blueknotday  

 

Media Contact: Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1000 / 0452 574 244

About ASCA: www.asca.org.au

ASCA is the leading national organisation supporting the estimated five million Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma, including abuse. ASCA provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for adults.

At the forefront of pioneering trauma informed policy, practice and research, ASCA has been instrumental in supporting the work of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and people engaging with it. This includes the training of key workers and practitioners.

In 2012 ASCA released Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, a global first in setting the standards for clinical and organisational practice. ASCA is a founding member of the national Trauma Informed Care and Practice Advisory Working Group.

Formed in 1995, ASCA provides a range of services including professional phone support with trauma informed counsellors, a referral database, advocacy, research, workshops for survivors and their supporters, along with education, training and professional development for workers, organisations and health care professionals.



[i] Estimated from a range of key sources placing the figure at 5 million adult survivors of childhood trauma.

[ii]Swanston, H., Parkinson, P., Oates, K., O’Toole, B., Plunkett, A., Shrimpton, S. “Further abuse of sexually abused children”, Child Abuse & Neglect, Vol. 26, No. 2, February 2002, pp 115-127

[iii] Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, Interim Report, vol. 1

[iv] Estimated from a range of key sources placing the figure at 5 million adult survivors of childhood trauma.

[v] Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, Interim Report, vol. 1

[vi] Modelling the Relationship between Child Abuse and Long-Term Health Care Costs and Wellbeing: Results from an Australian Community-Based Survey* REBECCA REEVE and KEES VAN GOOL; ECONOMIC RECORD, VOL. 89, NO. 286, SEPTEMBER, 2013, 300–318

[vii] Draper, B., Pfaff, J., Pirkis, J., Snowdon, J., Lautenschlager, N., Wilson, I., et al. (2007). Long-Term Effects of Childhood Abuse on the Quality of Life and Health of Older People: Results from the Depression and early prevention of Suicide in General Practice Project. JAGS

[viii] Childhood Experience Study (Center for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente, see www.ACEstudy.org) and The Damaging Consequences of Violence and Trauma (see www.NASMHPD.ORG). Chart created by Ann Jennings, PhD. www.annafoundation.org




3 Dec

New research into childhood trauma & abuse released this Blue Knot Day

by launch-admin Dec 3, 2014 0 Uncategorized

 

New data released by ASCA confirms the need for effective support for survivors abused in the home and neighbourhood as well as for those abused in Institutions 

 

Australia, 27 October 2014:  Today is the national awareness day, Blue Knot Day, an Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) initiative to raise awareness for the estimated five million adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse[1]. Marking the day, ASCA has released new research from its 1300 professional support line, showing that most childhood abuse occurs within the home (65%) followed by abuse within institutions and in care.

 

This year, ASCA’s official Blue Knot Day event will be held today (27th October) at Canberra’s Parliament house with speakers including Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Justice Peter McClellan, and the Minister for Health & Minister for Sport, The Hon. Peter Dutton MP.

 

The data shows that after the home, 10% reported being abused in institutions and 6% in care, other locations where people reported being abused included schools (5%), community and sporting organisations (2%) and other locations, which were outside these main locations (12%). 

 

The research also identified 90% of respondents were abused by a member of their family or a family friend. This was followed by abuse from members of institutions and organisations (22%), including teachers, health professionals, religious representatives and out-of-home care personnel. The research also found that 18% of respondents reported multiple perpetrators from multiple relationships.

 

Relationship to Perpetrator

Research

Immediate family

64%

Extended family

16%

Family friend

10%

Religious

9%

Teacher

6%

Stranger

3%

In Care

6%

Health professional

2%

Source: ASCA

 

Commenting on the research findings, President of ASCA, Dr Cathy Kezelman, said: “It has been good to see this once-taboo issue being spoken and thought about as a result of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. To know that the Commission has been granted an extension to enable it to effectively pursue its work has been a commendable step by the Abbott government. However, much more needs to be done. We must provide the right support to adults, who as children experienced trauma and abuse not just in institutions but also in the home, family and neighbourhood. As the spotlight remains on the issue, we must continue advocate for greater awareness as well as a national coordinated trauma-informed response.

 

“Though this data sheds a light on the harsh reality of child abuse and its prevalence in our society, a key theme for this year’s Blue Knot Day is recovery. We want to provide survivors with a message of hope – to know that recovery is possible and that it is important to reach out and seek help, which comes in many forms. It’s also important to gain support from your family, friends, co-workers or health care services, as they are part of the journey to recovery – survivors must know they are not alone.”


 Other key statistics from the research:

·       Most survivors reported multiple impacts of abuse in their lives (72%)

·       The most prominent impact reported by survivors was on their mental health (85%) followed by relationships: immediate family (50%); partners (35%); parenting (28%); friends (23%)

·       Childhood trauma and abuse left many battling problems with physical health (35%) suicidality (18%), alcohol misuse (15%), illicit drug use (11%), employment (12%), criminality (6%) and gambling problems (1%)

This Blue Knot Day ASCA is calling on government to build on the work of the Royal Commission, further invest in trauma-informed services for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse and assist recovery for adult survivors coming forward.

 

ASCA’s annual Blue Knot Award will be announced at the event to lawyer, advocate and clergy abuse survivor, John Ellis, as an acknowledgment for his push for national law reform, work with victims of institutional child sexual abuse as well his personal battle for justice from the Catholic Church.

 

The research findings were drawn from the anonymous records of 4,000 people who contacted the ASCA Professional Support Line (1 September 2013 – 31 August 2014) – 1300 657 380 – which offers professional counselling support, information, education, and referrals for adult survivors, their family, friends, partners and loved ones and those who work with them professionally. Of the recorded cases, 78% of respondents were direct survivors of child abuse.

 

Help and support is available from the ASCA professional support line on 1300 657 380, 9am- 5pm Monday-Sunday.

 

– ENDS –

 

Media Contact: Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1000 / 0452 574 244

 

About ASCA: www.asca.org.au

ASCA is the leading national organisation supporting the estimated five million Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma, including abuse. ASCA provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for adults.

 

At the forefront of pioneering trauma informed policy, practice and research, ASCA has been instrumental in supporting the work of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and people engaging with it. This includes the training of key workers and practitioners.

 

In 2012 ASCA released Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, a global first in setting the standards for clinical and organisational practice. ASCA is a founding member of the national Trauma Informed Care and Practice Advisory Working Group.

 

Formed in 1995, ASCA provides a range of services including professional phone support with trauma informed counsellors, a referral database, advocacy, research, workshops for survivors and their supporters, along with education, training and professional development for workers, organisations and health care professionals.



[1] Estimated from a range of key resources

3 Dec

Older Australian survivors of abuse breaking their silence

by launch-admin Dec 3, 2014 0 Uncategorized

·      ASCA launches the 1in4 Facebook campaign today

·      Research from the ASCA Professional Support Line revealed an increasing number of Australians aged 40+ are reporting experiences of prior childhood trauma and abuse

·      Anybody affected by childhood trauma can find help and counselling support on 1300 657 380

Australia, 17 November 2014: Today, Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), has launched their 1in4 Facebook campaign, in support of the one in four Australian adults who are affected by childhood abuse and trauma – an estimated five million Australian adults[1]. The campaign is aimed to increase community awareness to show that someone you know could be suffering in silence.

Marking this campaign, ASCA today released new research from their 1300 Professional Support Line showing the confronting statistics of adults living with the effects of prior childhood abuse in Australia. The research revealed the most common age a child is abused is between ages 6-10 years old (20%) and the majority of callers seeking help were aged between 40-49 years old (30%).

The research found that 13% of abuse occurred between the ages of 11-15 years and 6% of abuse occurred under five years of age. A further 7% reported that the abuse was still ongoing at the time of the call; and 53% disclosed abuse at multiple ages.

Age at which abuse/trauma occurred

Percentage

0-5

6%

6-10

20%

11-15

13%

16 years and older

2%

Ongoing abuse

7%

Multiple ages

53%

Source: Adults Surviving Child Abuse

The recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s interim report found it takes survivors an average of 22 years to tell someone about their abuse[2].

Age of Caller Coming Forward

Percentage

0-19

1%

20-29

8%

30-39

17%

40-49

30%

50-59

23%

60-69

15%

70-79

5%

80+

1%

Source: Adults Surviving Child Abuse

President of ASCA, Dr Cathy Kezelman, emphasised the importance of public awareness and said that more needs to be done at a community level in order to de-stigmatise the issue of childhood abuse and trauma.

“With the majority of people coming forward to tell their stories at an older age, it suggests that seeking counselling support can in fact take even longer, sometimes 30, 40 or even 50 years. The personal and public cost of silence in the face of trauma can be devastating,” she said.

“The 1in4 Facebook campaign highlights the prevalence of adults living undetected with the long-term impacts of childhood trauma and seeks support through donations. This campaign is raising funds to deliver workshops to survivors, families and friends around the country proven to support recovery. We believe this campaign will not only raise community awareness around the long-term impacts of abuse but also encourage family and friends to support those who may need help. It is about enhancing a safe and open discussion, and building pathways to recovery.”

In the last year, ASCA counsellors are aware of an increasing number of older Australians calling the line for support, some in their 70’s and even in their 80’s telling their story for the first time.

Dr Kezelman, believes this is because many older Australian survivors of childhood abuse and trauma have felt empowered to tell their story as a result of the overwhelming response of the Royal Commission.

“We are seeing more and more Australians coming forward to talk about what has happened to them, most notably older people, largely due to the Royal Commission putting a spotlight on the issue. This, along with high profile cases such as the conviction of Rolf Harris and Robert Hughes, has helped people feel courageous enough to speak out and seek help,” Dr Kezelman said.

It is not only survivors of institutional child sexual abuse who are sharing their story with the ASCA counsellors but those who have experienced all forms of childhood trauma, including in the home, where abuse is far more common. Previous ASCA research showed 65% of abuse occurred in the home, 10% within institutions and 6% in care[3].

Dr Kezelman added: “Many of the older callers reported never telling people of their abuse before due to the fear of speaking up and not being believed. They often report carrying a lifetime burden and have felt that it was so long ago, that it’s too late to heal. While recovery is often a long journey, research has shown recovery can and is possible at any age, which is why services, such as ASCA’s 1300 Professional Support Line, are so crucial.”

Other key findings from the research include:

·      One in four Australians are survivors of complex childhood trauma and abuse

·      The majority of perpetrators of childhood trauma are male (72%). When sexual abuse alone is examined the data shows that 91.8% of perpetrators were male

·      78% of callers to the ASCA professional support line are survivors, 10% are supporters of survivors such as family and friends, and 7% are health care professionals.

Help and support is available from the ASCA professional support line on 1300 657 380, 9am- 5pm Monday-Sunday.

– ENDS –

Media Contact: Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1003 / 0452 574 244

About ASCA: www.asca.org.au

ASCA is the leading national organisation supporting the estimated five million Australian adults who are survivors of childhood trauma, including abuse. ASCA provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for adults.

At the forefront of pioneering trauma informed policy, practice and research, ASCA has been instrumental in supporting the work of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and people engaging with it. This includes the training of key workers and practitioners.

In 2012 ASCA released Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, a global first in setting the standards for clinical and organisational practice. ASCA is a founding member of the national Trauma Informed Care and Practice Advisory Working Group.

Formed in 1995, ASCA provides a range of services including professional phone support with trauma informed counsellors, a referral database, advocacy, research, workshops for survivors and their supporters, along with education, training and professional development for workers, organisations and health care professionals.

About ASCA’s 1in4 Campaign: www.1in4.com.au

ASCA’s 1in4 Campaign is to raise awareness around the one in four Australian adults who are survivors of childhood abuse and trauma. It consists of a Facebook campaign with a social awareness video, which demonstrates that many people are living in silence with the long-term impacts of abuse.

It also seeks donations to support ASCA’s program for recovery with the delivery of nation wide workshops to survivors and their family, friends and loved ones. The campaign is designed for the wider Australian community to help de-stigmatise the issue, create a platform for a safe and open discussion and offer practical support. The campaign was created for ASCA by creative agency Matterhorn.



[1] Estimated from a range of key resources

[2] Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Interim Report Volume One, June 2014. Accessed via http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/about-us/our-reports/interim-report-volume-1-final-020714_lr_web

[3] Research from Adults Surviving Child Abuse’s Blue Knot Day media release, 27th October 2014

 

3 Dec

An evening with Bill Nye The Science Guy

by launch-admin Dec 3, 2014 0 Uncategorized

MEDIA RELEASE

Emmy Award winning ‘edutainer’ announces debut Australian tour

Australia, November 2014: Scientist Bill Nye, known as ‘The Science Guy’, has garnered a worldwide following for his take on creationism and sciences – and in February 2015 the American ‘edutainer’ will head Down Under for his first ever Australian tour.

Though, perhaps most notable for locking horns with creationists and global warming deniers, he recently cameoed in The Big Bang Theory. An advocate for evolution, he is most well-known for his work in science, engineering, education and as an inventor – all whilst donning his trademark bow-tie.

His talents and opinions have earned him 18 Emmy Award nominations, with seven wins under his belt for writing, performing and producing.

This February, An evening with Bill Nye, will see him on a mission to tackle numerous issues of scientific debate and prompt evolutionary-thought among young adults. He will take on climate realists as well as many recent scientific decisions made by Australia’s political leaders.

Bill Nye commented: “Australia needs scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future – we need engineers and innovators that can build products and solve problems. My Australian events are to encourage the next generation of leaders to take action in a way that our current leaders are not.”

Think Inc. – the team behind Dr Michio Kaku’s June 2014 Australian tour, and the upcoming December 2014, James Randi tour – is hosting Bill Nye The Science Guy to promote science-culture and evolutionary-thought among young Australian adults.

Think Inc. founder, Desh Amila, said: “We are thrilled to bring Bill Nye The Science Guy to Australia for his first ever Australian tour. Many Australians have grown up watching him on television, and now is the chance for those fans to meet their idol in person.”

Australian Tour dates:

Thursday 26 February | BCEC, Brisbane

Friday 27 February | MCEC, Melbourne

Saturday 28 February | Big Top Luna Park, Sydney

Monday 2 March | PCEC, Perth

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FROM WWW.THINKINC.ORG.AU/BILLNYE

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Media contacts:
Laura Douglas
laura@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1002 / 0452 505 859
Louise Proctor
louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1003 / 0452 574 244

http://thinkinc.org.au/billnye | https://twitter.com/thinkincAU | https://www.facebook.com/thinkinc.org.au

3 Dec

An evening with James Randi – Australian Tour announced

by launch-admin Dec 3, 2014 0 Uncategorized

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Australia, November 2014 – Magician James Randi (known as ‘The Amazing Randi’) has spent the bulk of his career debunking the claims of self-proclaimed psychics and paranormalists – and this December he is bringing his unique superheroic brand of skeptic justice to Australia! Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but he is perhaps best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and de-mystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.

The Amazing Randi has pursued ‘psychic’ spoon benders, exposed the dirty tricks of faith healers, investigated homeopathic water ‘with a memory,’ and generally been a thorn in the sides of those who try to pull the wool over the public’s eyes in the name of the supernatural. Randi is also starring in his own biographical documentary ‘An Honest Liar,’ which will be screened alongside his fireside chat across four Australian cities.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship (also known as the ‘MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant’) in 1986. He’s the author of numerous books, including Flim-Flam!: Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions (1982), The Truth About Uri Geller (1982), The Faith Healers (1987), and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural (1995).

In 1996, the James Randi Education Foundation was established to further Randi’s work. Randi’s long-standing challenge to psychics now stands as a $1,000,000 prize administered by the Foundation. It remains unclaimed.

Think Inc. is calling all skeptics, atheists and non-believers along with theologians, agnostics and the superstitious to engage in conversation and come along to hear the tales of this (de)mystifying 86-year-old.

Think Inc. – who brought to Australia Dr. Michio Kaku in June 2014 – is bringing James Randi to Australia this December in order to further their objective: to promote rational thought and smart discussions through a platform that is both educational and entertaining.

An evening with James Randi – Australian Tour dates:

Monday 1 December | The Science Exchange, Adelaide

Wednesday 3 December | Octagon Theatre, Perth

Thursday 4 December | BCEC, Brisbane

Friday 5 December | MCEC, Melbourne

Sunday 7 December | The Metro Theatre, Sydney

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FROM WWW.THINKINC.ORG.AU/JAMESRANDI

Media contact:

Laura Douglas laura@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1002 / 0452 505 859

Louise Proctor louise@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1003 / 0452 574 244

www.thinkinc.org.au/jamesrandi| www.facebook.com/thinkInc.org.au | www.twitter.com/thinkincAU

3 Dec

ingogo raises over $9million in funding

by launch-admin Dec 3, 2014 0 Uncategorized

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·      Funding will help ingogo list on ASX and launch payment platform with Xero

·      Majority of investment from Australia-based backers

30 September 2014: Australian mobile payment platform and taxi app ingogo today announced an additional $9.1million in a pre-IPO funding round, valuing the business at over $45 million and taking the total capital raised by the company to $16.2 million.

The new investment will allow ingogo to launch a mobile payment platform for VSEs and SMEs in partnership with cloud accounting software Xero, as ingogo expands its services beyond the taxi industry. The funding injection will also help the company prepare for an intended listing on the ASX in the first half of 2015.

Led by UBS and Canaccord Genuity, the funding round brings on-board new investors including Craig Winkler, co-Founder MYOB and a significant investor in Xero, and Chris Lee, co-founder MYOB, Melbourne Family offices, Pitt Capital, John Ho (Janchor Partners an Asian equity focused hedge fund) and a number of Australian and Asian Institutional Funds. The round is also the first deal for VentureCrowd, the equity-based crowd-funding platform powered by Artesian Venture Partners, which is contributing $1.2 million from almost 50 individual investors.

Ingogo launched the world’s first app-based payment platform in October 2013, providing wireless terminals in taxis to process payments from multiple sources including eftpos and credit cards. The new partnership with Xero will allow small business owners, such as tradesmen, direct sales people, and small product enterprises to process payments immediately from customers on site, using Bluetooth technology connecting ingogo’s app to a very small portable payment terminal.

The service, which will have no monthly terminal rental fees, will allow businesses to process new transactions or to take payments from existing invoices, using their phone or tablet. Users will receive next day payment settlements 365 days a year, and be able to streamline their workflow through creating and sending Xero invoices automatically, which dramatically reduces the amount of manual input involved. Essentially Ingogo and Xero have developed the straight-through process for micro transactions, which includes their banking and automatic accounting entries.

Investor Craig Winkler commented: "Payment systems are often complex and expensive. By proving their system in one of the hardest environments around (in taxis), ingogo now have a great offering to make life easier for small-medium business owners. That's worth cheering."

Ingogo also welcomes three new members to its board including:

·      Martin Dalgleish as Chairman, existing ingogo investor, held Non-Executive and Alternate Director roles within Australia's leading media and online brands, including PBL Media, FOXTEL, Mediaworks (NZ), Fox Sports, Hoyts, Ticketek, SEEK, Carsales, NineMSN, Betfair, Sky News & iSelect;

·      Brad Shofer as Non-Executive Director, existing ingogo investor, co-founder of MYOB and significant shareholder in Xero;

·      Naseema Sparks, Non-Executive Director, Chairman of DealsDirect (MNZ Ltd) and deputy chairman of Racing NSW, Non-Executive Director of Melbourne IT, AIG and PMP. Previously Managing Director of M&C Saatchi.

Founder and managing director of ingogo, Hamish Petrie, said: “This funding is a significant step for ingogo, and we are proud to show that funding rounds at this level can be done here in Australia.  We are also excited about the appointment of extremely high calibre directors to our board. Both Martin Dalgleish and Brad Shofer are key investors in the ingogo business who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. Naseema Sparks’ in-depth marketing and leadership expertise will be also be of huge value.”

“We are now extremely well placed to accelerate our extension of ingogo within and beyond the taxi industry and to apply our innovative payment platform into other verticals – starting with SMEs. We will be making it easier for businesses to not only improve their cash flow, but streamline their processes and simplify their accounting workflow.

“We’ve found a gap in the market. There are business out there who have found it cost prohibitive to run traditional payment terminals, such as trades and other mobile services. But soon, they will be able to benefit by automating their accounting work with our Xero integrated system. It’s an area banks don’t service well.”

Based on the past month’s trading, ingogo is processing an annual equivalent of more than $100million in taxi payments. Mr Petrie said this was around 10% of the incumbent Cabcharge’s payment volume annually.

“We’re taking a decent chunk away from Cabcharge’s payment turnover and are now at least 10% of theirs and growing. We are set to process well in excess of $150million in the next year,” Mr Petrie said.

The beta for the Xero payment integration will be launched by the end of October with a full commercial version set to launch in early 2015.

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Media Contacts

Laura Douglas laura@launchgroup.com.au 02 94292 1002 or 0452 505 859

Ashford Pritchard ashford@launchgroup.com.au 02 94292 1040 or 0411 020 680

About ingogo:

ingogo is a mobile app which assists customers to easily hail and pay for taxis. It allows passengers to communicate directly with registered taxi drivers in their local area, see when drivers are coming and where they are on a map, with the option to pay for rides using ingogo's safe in-taxi payment terminals or virtual mobile accounts. It currently operates in Sydney and Melbourne.

ingogo also provides a mobile payment platform for taxis to process payments. ingogo is extending its payment platform into other industries beyond taxis, for business owners and SMEs, in October 2014 via a partnership with Xero, the leading cloud accounting platform.

3 Dec

The weirdest items left in a taxi

by launch-admin Dec 3, 2014 0 Uncategorized

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Australia, 25 September, 2014: With the all too common feeling of losing a personal item in a cab, new research from taxi app and mobile payment provider ingogo revealed that Australians can leave behind very unusual belongings in taxis.

The findings showed that 20% of respondents have left an item behind in a cab, with 54% of those respondents reporting they had their belongings returned.

Lost items from the ingogo survey range from the ordinary and obvious to the slightly peculiar and the outright odd, including artificial limbs and musical instruments.

The findings show that belongings from all ages can be left in taxis, with numerous people leaving their false teeth behind to multiple respondents leaving their baby or child in a cab!

Top 10 Strangest Items

Left In Taxis

False teeth

Baby

Live animals, including a chicken and duck, a bird, a frog, a mouse and a dog

Blow up animals

STI test results

Underwear

Cremation ashes

Tent

Confidential work files

Cooked crayfish

                                                                                                    Source: ingogo

The most common but perhaps more usual items range from wallets to laptops and shoes. Surprisingly, sex toys were also often left behind by taxi passengers.

Many people reported leaving money behind in a cab with the more sizeable amounts of cash ranging from $4,000 to someone leaving $10,000 behind.

Founder of ingogo Hamish Petrie said: “We were surprised by the results at how many unusual items Australians have left in taxis. There were some things you can only laugh at but also some rather disturbing items and things to be cautionary about.

“It can be so easy to leave things behind when you’re jumping out of a taxi. It can be really frustrating, particularly if you lose your wallet or laptop. Thankfully with the emergence of booking apps like ingogo, there’s a record of your driver and passengers can seek assistance with recovering lost property.”

The research found that males were far more likely to leave things in a cab, with 28% of men reporting this compared to only 18% of women.

People aged between 25-34 years old were in the main age bracket for losing things in taxis, with 33% of this demographic reporting this compared to only 18% of 18-24 year olds.

Ingogo has received more than 400 lost and found enquiries so far in 2014, with 90% of the items being recovered.

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If you would like to cover this, the research must be sourced and credited to Australian taxi app ingogo.

Media Contacts

Laura Douglas laura@launchgroup.com.au 02 94292 1002 or 0452 505 859

Ashford Pritchard ashford@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1040 or 0411 020 680

About ingogo:

ingogo is a mobile app which assists customers to easily hail and pay for taxis. It was founded by the successful team behind Moshtix. It allows passengers to communicate directly with registered taxi drivers in their local area, see when drivers are coming and where they are on a map, with the option to pay for rides using ingogo's safe in-taxi payment terminals or virtual mobile accounts. It currently operates in Sydney and Melbourne.

ingogo also provides a mobile payment platform for taxis to process payments. ingogo is extending its payment platform into other industries beyond taxis, for business owners and SMEs, in September 2014.

3 Dec

Ingogo partners with Xero to launch mobile payment platform for business

by launch-admin Dec 3, 2014 0 Uncategorized

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19 August, 2014: Australian taxi app and mobile payment provider, ingogo, announced today that it will expand its services beyond the taxi industry, with a market-leading, portable payment and accounting platform for businesses in partnership with cloud accounting solution provider Xero.

Ingogo, who are preparing for an ASX listing, launched the world’s first app-based payment platform in October 2013, providing wireless terminals in taxis, which process payments. ingogo has recorded more than 1.5 million taxi trips in the past 12 months, with a forecast in excess of $150 million in payments on the ingogo platform in the coming year.

Ingogo is going to be the first to integrate the Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) card security compliant mobile payment solution with Xero’s world class accounting software. Targeted at SME’s, the new system will transform the way business owners, such as tradesmen, process payments from customers.  A minimum viable product will be showcased at Xerocon (Australasia’s biggest accounting technology conference in 2014), a deeper integration with Xero is expected to be completed by the end of September with availability for an early beta group of customers following shortly after.

The ingogo payment system uses Bluetooth technology to connect an app to a very small portable payment terminal, allowing immediate processing of payments on site, whether they are new transactions or to take payment from existing quotes. The service, which will have no monthly terminal rental fees, will allow users to receive next day payment settlements 365 days a year as well as streamline their workflow through creating and sending Xero invoices automatically.  The system will be available on both iOS and Android.

Payments from major credit and debit cards will be accepted, using contactless technology such as Tap&Go and Paywave, along with full EFTPOS chip & PIN, or magstripe, plus virtual wallets.

Funds can be settled direct into a nominated bank account or users can choose to be provided with an ingogo debit card linked to their Xero account, allowing for business purchases and funds to be withdrawn from an ATM.  The account balance can be viewed within the app, paired with easily reconciled settlements in Xero.

Hamish Petrie, founder and managing director of ingogo, said: “Ingogo has disrupted the incumbent payment systems in the taxi industry, the platform we have developed to achieve this is readily applicable for businesses who have found it cost prohibitive to run traditional payment terminals, such as trades and other mobile services. They are businesses that can benefit by automating their accounting work as part of this payment process. We found a gap in the market as it’s an area banks don't service well. So we are growing a new market with our technology.”

“Partnering with Xero on our mobile platforms means we can combine our two technologies to ultimately provide a stream lined accounting and payments system for businesses.

“Through this service, SMEs will be able to simplify a lot of accounting issues. The platform will allow owners to save wasted time chasing clients for payments, ultimately improving their cash flow and allowing them to better focus on doing business. It will be a very affordable solution, without monthly terminal rental fees and merchant accounts.”

Chris Ridd, Managing Director of Xero, said: “ingogo is a successful and promising mobile payments technology that we're excited to be able to offer Xero customers through having it integrated as an add-on partner.”

The beta for the Xero payment integration will be launched by the end of September with a full commercial version set to launch in early 2015.

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Media Contacts

Laura Douglas laura@launchgroup.com.au 02 94292 1002 or 0452 505 859

Ashford Pritchard ashford@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1040 or 0411 020 680

About ingogo:

ingogo is a mobile app which assists customers to easily hail and pay for taxis. It was founded by the successful team behind Moshtix. It allows passengers to communicate directly with registered taxi drivers in their local area, see when drivers are coming and where they are on a map, with the option to pay for rides using ingogo's safe in-taxi payment terminals or virtual mobile accounts. It currently operates in Sydney and Melbourne.

ingogo also provides a mobile payment platform for taxis to process payments. ingogo is extending its payment platform into other industries beyond taxis, for business owners and SMEs, in September 2014.

About Xero                                                                              

Xero provides beautiful, easy to use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has 334,000 paying customers in more than 100 countries around the world. The company is listed on the NZX and ASX and was recently ranked No.1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company. See www.xero.com

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