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7 Aug

Australia’s best rental spots revealed

by launch-admin Aug 7, 2014 0 Uncategorized

Media Release Australia 28 July 2014:

Onthehouse.com.au, Australia’s leading property portal, today released new predictions data, showing the top suburbs nationwide that hold strong investment opportunities for residential property buyers. The findings revealed that NSW dominated the list with four suburbs making the top 10, including Jerrabomberra, which is predicted to see the strongest capital growth in the next five years of over 10% per annum. This was closely followed by Morayfield in QLD, which is also predicted to grow over 10% per annum over the next five years. The WA suburb of Seville Grove came third on the list, followed by Ngunnawal in the ACT, both also predicted to grow by more than 10% over the same time period. VIC did not have any suburbs ranking in the top 10. The findings show that outer city regions provide the best investment opportunities – based on rental and capital returns. John Edwards, Consulting Analyst for Onthehouse.com.au, said: “Buying in a regional area might not be for everyone but with strong predicted growth and high rental yields, it’s certainly an option to consider. With more expensive areas, such as Sydney, outer city regions can be much more affordable – pair that with strong growth and it could be a good fit for investors wanting to get good rental returns and capital growth over time.” Calculated from rental yields and five year capital growth predictions, with industry surroundings, confidence ratings and employment opportunities taken into consideration, Onthehouse have identified the top 10 suburbs for investor returns in Australia: Ranking Suburb State Median Value Median Rent Median Rental Yield Predicted Capital Growth, 5 Years, %pa Avg. 1 Jerrabomberra NSW $612,500 $605 5.15% 10+% 2 Morayfield QLD $321,000 $335 5.47% 10+% 3 Seville Grove WA $367,500 $390 5.52% 10+% 4 Karabar NSW $461,500 $470 5.30% 10+% 5 Dalyellup WA $414,500 $410 5.15% 10+% 6 Ngunnawal ACT $392,500 $405 5.37% 10+% 7 Secret Harbour WA $482,000 $485 5.28% 10+% 8 Murrumba Downs QLD $419,000 $435 5.39% 9+% 9 Banora Point NSW $438,500 $455 5.44% 9+% 10 Medowie NSW $396,000 $385 5.10% 9+% Source: Onthehouse.com.au Mr Edwards commented: “Investors should be looking for locations that have good employment opportunities, education options, are well connected to transport and have planned developments in the area that will attract the population. The latest Best Rent Report highlights 58 areas around Australia that meet this criteria, each offering returns of better than 10% per annum.” Mr Edwards continued to explain that pairing data with local knowledge can be very powerful. “Our research draws on industry and environmental surroundings and employment opportunities, which will influence property prices. These areas are the suburbs we think will perform well. However, it’s crucial that buyers do their own personal research and build on this statistical information.” Further data and information on the best investment locations can be found in Residex’s Best Rent Report – which includes the top 58 areas around Australia with investment potential. The report is available here: http://www.residex.com.au/best-rent-report To view property reports for Jerrabomberra or any of the top suburbs, visit http://www.onthehouse.com.au/ -ENDS- Media contacts Ashford Pritchard: E ashford@launchgroup.com.au <mailto:ashford@launchgroup.com.au> / T 02 9492 1040 / M 0411 020 680 Laura Douglas: E laura@launchgroup.com <mailto:laura@launchgroup.com> / T 02 9492 1000 / M 0452 505 859 About onthousehouse.com.au www.onthehouse.com.au is Australia’s most transparent and comprehensive real estate portal, empowering consumers to make informed property decisions by providing them with free access to information. Over 1 million unique browsers visit onthehouse.com.au every month to search listings and view in-depth property data, making it Australia’s third most popular real estate platform. Onthehouse.com.au is the flagship consumer offering of Onthehouse Holdings (ASX:OTH), the 360-degree property market services group that provides comprehensive real estate agency solutions, information and analytics services. Onthehouse Holdings businesses together help over half of Australia’s real estate agencies, as well as being used by financial institutions and other property-related professionals.

7 Aug

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

by launch-admin Aug 7, 2014 0 Uncategorized

MEDIA RELEASE Australia to unite in support of five million adult survivors of childhood trauma Australia, 23 July, 2014: The last Monday of October is ASCA¹s 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 survivors of childhood trauma[i] <#_edn1> . Blue Knot Day, ASCA¹s National Awareness Day, provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for the one in three adults affected by childhood trauma[ii] <#_edn2> . Following the release of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse¹s interim report in June, ASCA President, Dr Cathy Kezelman, said the significance of this year¹s Blue Knot Day is growing, as the issue of child sexual abuse has never been more prominent. ³The complex needs of adult survivors of child sexual abuse have long been ignored at great individual, societal and economic costs. Only now are we seeing the start of a coordinated response from government and services – yet there is much more to be done. As the spotlight remains on the issue of child sexual abuse, now is the time to rally together to applaud how far we have come and to raise vital funds needed to expand primary prevention. ³In Australia, one in three girls and one in six boys have experienced child sexual abuse in some form during their lifetime[iii] <#_edn3> . Research shows that the lack of professional education in this area is costing our public health system billions of dollars with misdiagnosed trauma. The economic impacts of children abused, is estimated to be up to $40 billion from a single year of abuse[iv] <#_edn4> ,² she said. This year Blue Knot Day will focus its attention on the education and training urgently needed for frontline practitioners who see people with issues related to underlying trauma, in all its forms, including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, neglect and domestic violence. Dr Kezelman added: ³The Royal Commission¹s findings revealed it takes survivors an average of 22 years to tell someone about their abuse[v] <#_edn5> . This demonstrates the challenges for us all to identify, acknowledge and respond to issues of childhood trauma abuse. 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. ³Blue Knot Day will be supported by a week long effort, which will allow the Australian community to hold their own local events and purchase the symbolic blue knot, via the ASCA website. With your support we will reduce the impact of childhood trauma and foster a healthier community, assist survivors to reach out for help and bring hope and optimism to those affected.² Acclaimed singer, ASCA ambassador and survivor, Rose Parker said: ³Untangling 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.² ASCA urges individuals, as well as organisations and workplaces, to get involved by donating to Blue Knot Day at http://www.givenow.com.au/blueknotday . By visiting the website the community can get involved with the Blue Knot Day events that help adult survivors reconnect with their families, friends and communities. 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. The full range of activities and details held during Blue Knot week (October 27th ­ November 2nd) will be added to the website 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[vi] <#_edn6> . · In Australia, one in three girls and one in six boys is sexually abused before the age of eighteen[vii] <#_edn7> . Ignoring this health issue has a societal and economic cost: · Overseas studies show that when health practitioners identify and acknowledge the prior trauma of patients experiencing childhood trauma, there is 35% reduction in visits to doctor¹s surgeries and an 11% reduction in visits to emergency departments[viii] <#_edn8> . · 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[ix] <#_edn9> . · 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[x] <#_edn10> . · Global research shows that 76% of adults reporting child physical abuse and neglect experience at least one psychiatric disorder in their lifetime and nearly 50% have three or more psychiatric disorders[xi] <#_edn11> . · 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[xii] <#_edn12> . 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 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] <#_ednref1> Estimated from a range of key sources placing the figure at 5 million adult survivors of childhood trauma. [ii] <#_ednref2> Estimated from a range of key sources placing the figure at 5 million adult survivors of childhood trauma. [iii] <#_ednref3> Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, Interim Report, vol. 1 [iv] <#_ednref4> Taylor,P., Moore, P., Pezzulo L., Tucci J., Goddard, C. and De Bortoli, L. (2008). The Cost of Child Abuse in Australia, Australian Childhood Foundation and Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia Melbourne [v] <#_ednref5> Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, Interim Report, vol. 1 [vi] <#_ednref6> Estimated from a range of key sources placing the figure at 5 million adult survivors of childhood trauma. [vii] <#_ednref7> Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, Interim Report, vol. 1 [viii] <#_ednref8> Cambridge University Press 978-0-521-88026-8 – The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic Edited by Ruth A. Lanius, Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain [ix] <#_ednref9> 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, 300­318 [x] <#_ednref10> 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 [xi] <#_ednref11> Harper, K., Stalker, C. A., Palmer, S., & Gadbois, S. (2007). Adults traumatized by child abuse: what survivors need from community-based mental health professionals. Journal of Mental Health 1-14. [xii] <#_ednref12> 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

7 Aug

Dr Katrina Warren partners with top Aussie blog Stay At Home Mum

by launch-admin Aug 7, 2014 0 Uncategorized

MEDIA RELEASE 5 August 2014 – Boom Video, Australia and New Zealand’s YouTube partner network, has announced a new partnership between celebrity vet Dr. Katrina Warren’s online pet channel and one of Australia’s largest mummy blogs, Stay At Home Mum (SAHM). The deal, a first for Dr. Katrina’s channel, will see her as the blog’s Pet Expert, providing content for the site, commencing from today. The pet channel, www.youtube.com/drkatrina , is about Dr. Katrina sharing her extensive knowledge and understanding of animals for the 63% of Australian households that own pets[1]. It is the first original Australian online channel to be produced by Boom Video, Australia’s leading online influencer network. SAHM will showcase a variety of content including an exclusive video series from Dr. Katrina about pet tips for families, produced specially to cater to the blog’s audience. They will also run existing videos from Dr. Katrina’s YouTube channel. Dr. Katrina, a mum herself, said she is thrilled to partner with such a great blog and be able to provide more information combining both her passions of kids and pets. “I love being able to deliver my messages through video content on YouTube, it’s a great way to share knowledge and reach out to fans,” she said. “We’ve been really pleased with how the channel is tracking so far and it’s great to be able to strengthen it by partnering with Stay At Home Mum. Their audience is a perfect fit for me, so many families want to get pets when their kids are little – pets enrich children’s lives in many ways – but it can be a lot to manage, so I have some helpful advice to share.” Jody Allen, founder of SAHM, said: “I am more than excited to announce our partnership with Dr. Katrina Warren, resident veterinarian on The Today Show. I am confident that having Dr. Katrina on hand to provide expert advice on pet care will benefit the entire Sahm community! After all, our pets are part of the family too and most of the team here at Sahm are devoted parents to both our kids and our animals.” Spiro Pissas, Commercial Director for Boom, who assist Dr. Katrina in the creation, production and content sharing for the channel, said the partnership is a win-win for both sites. “The partnership will see Stay At Home Mum receive some great and relevant content for their audience and at the same time allows Dr. Katrina to tap into an existing community and further get her messages out. These kind of arrangements can really help boost the engagement and traffic of YouTube channels,” he said. – ENDS – For media enquiries, interview requests and further images Laura Douglas, laura@launchgroup.com.au laura@launchgroup.com.au> t: 02 9492 1002 m: 0452 505 859 Sarah Bond, sarahbond@launchgroup.com.au sarahbond@launchgroup.com.au> t: 02 9492 1034 m: 0449 543 181 About the Dr Katrina Pet Channel Dr. Katrina Warren is a qualified veterinarian, author, event MC and dog trainer who has appeared across all media platforms. She is the resident veterinarian on the Today Show and has hosted a number of popular TV shows. Her first bestselling book Wonderdog starred Toby the border collie who was known and loved Australia-wide. The content is distributed across Boom’s digital multi-channel network and Dr Katrina’s online platforms: * YouTube: www.youtube.com/drkatrina * Twitter: www.twitter.com/drkatrinawarren * Facebook: www.facebook.com/drkatrinawarren * Instagram: www.instagram.com/drkatrina About Boom Video and the Boom Natives Boom Video is Australia and New Zealand’s first YouTube partner network, multi-channel network and online influencer talent agency. Formed in 2010, Boom was born from the evolving way that consumers are engaging with video content and the need for experts who could bridge the divide between advertisers and content creators. Boom Video supports brands and their agencies to seed content among digital influencers to get it seen, engaged with and shared. In 2013 production studio Boom Natives was launched to connect brands and TV networks with talent, and to create original channels and content for online and social channels. Boom Video and Boom Natives’ network of online influencers reaches tens of millions of users, and incorporates Australia’s first YouTube partner network. For more information: www.boomvideo.com.au About Stay At Home Mum Stay at Home Mum is one of Australia’s largest parenting websites and currently the largest community of mothers on Facebook. The site reaches over 450,000 users each month and has more than 430,000 fans on Facebook . http://www.stayathomemum.com.au/ [1] http://kb.rspca.org.au/How-many-pets-are-there-in-Australia_58.html _____ [1] http://kb.rspca.org.au/How-many-pets-are-there-in-Australia_58.html

16 Jul

DoseMe raises $500k to fund global expansion

by launch-admin Jul 16, 2014 0 Uncategorized

MEDIA RELEASE Brisbane-based startup to revolutionise personalised medicine Brisbane, Australia, 15 July 2014 ­ Personalised medicine startup DoseMe has raised $500,000 from investors to expand in Australia and launch overseas. The Brisbane-based company’s proprietary technology combines complex dosing algorithms with a simple user interface, allowing medical practitioners to accurately and safely prescribe medicines based on each patients individual ability to absorb, process, and clear a drug. Steve Baxter, the primary investor for this round of funding, said that it was encouraging to see a Brisbane-based venture with the potential to improve healthcare on a global scale. ³DoseMe is an Aussie life sciences startup with the potential to significantly improve outcomes for millions of patients. It has an opportunity to transform a critical part of the medical industry, enabling a personalised medicine tool to be implemented easily and rapidly. By helping doctors to implement best practice dosing methods, DoseMe can also help health funds, hospitals and the government reduce the financial cost of adverse outcomes.² he said. ³Most importantly, from an investment perspective, the team behind the business is exceptional. They have in-depth expertise in both the medical industry and technology development, and also have the ability to execute the idea and build a business. It¹s a very exciting Australian company with global ambitions.² Founded by Dr Robert McLeay and Dr Bruce Green, DoseMe is the first mobile and web-based dosing platform to be rolled out at a medical practitioner level. It reduces the need for multiple pathology tests and greatly reduces the chance of a patient having an adverse drug reaction. Across the developed world 20% of all elderly hospital admissions are due to adverse drug events (ADE), 88% of which were deemed preventable. For the general population, one in ten admissions are due to ADE. DoseMe software was initially trialled at the Royal Brisbane & Women¹s Hospital, the largest medical facility in the Southern Hemisphere. Using individual patient details, it creates a custom dosing profile that ensures that doctors can prescribe the correct amount of medication. The platform is intuitive, and learns about an individual patient with each test result. It has been shown to be almost twice as effective as traditional dosing methods. The platform can currently be used for 13 medications across four therapeutic areas: anti-microbial, chemotherapy, anti-coagulants and pro-coagulants. Dr Robert McLeay, co-founder and Technical Director, DoseMe, commented: ³Since we released the DoseMe beta in mid-2013 we have been delighted with the results ­ the data we have collected shows just how effective DoseMe is compared to dosing protocols being used in mainstream healthcare. We now have hospitals, pharmacies and individual doctors using the system in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. Future investment rounds will be used to help us scale our business by expanding the product to new medications and also to roll out DoseMe to further international markets. ³We are expecting European regulatory approval in the coming weeks, with approval in the United States by the end of the year.² Dr Michael Barras, Assistant Director, Pharmacy Department, Royal Brisbane & Women¹s Hospital said, ³Patient dosing is complex, DoseMe has made it easy for me to implement personalised medicine at the bedside, which ensures that my patients receive standardised dosing regardless of which doctors are in our hospital. It has transformed dosing into a quick and simple task, and I can see it revolutionising patient dosing around the world². – ENDS – Media contacts Ashford Pritchard, Launch Group E:ashford@launchgroup.com.au ashford@launchgroup.com.au> | M: +61 411 020 680 | T: +612 9492 1040 Louise Proctor, Launch Group E:louise@launchgroup.com.au louise@launchgroup.com.au> | M: + 61 452 505 859 | T: +612 9492 1002. About DoseMe Founded in Brisbane, Australia in 2012, DoseMe is a personalised medicine company that has developed easy-to-use software that makes the complexity of patient dosing simple. Pairing complex algorithms with a simple, app based user interface allows any doctor or pharmacist, regardless of experience to get the right dose every time. DoseMe is available for use by clinicians at the bedside via portable smart-devices, at their desk via rich web-app, as well as being able to be integrated into patient management software. DoseMe supports use by anyone from a single clinician, an entire hospital or a complete national healthcare solution. The product is available to clinicians globally now. For more information: www.doseme.com.au

24 Jun

Four more networks add listings to Onthehouse to reach unique homeowner audience

by launch-admin Jun 24, 2014 0 Uncategorized

Media Release Australia 24 June 2014: Onthehouse Group today announced that four real estate networks have added their listings to Onthehouse.com.au. They join a rapidly growing number of agencies already using this site to reach a unique vendor audience researching properties across Australia. Stockdale & Leggo, Laing + Simmons and Starr Partners have all added their listings to the broad coverage of properties listed on Onthehouse.com.au, with the Raine & Horne network also coming on line in the coming weeks. Douglas Driscoll, CEO of Starr Partners, recently recognised as Australia¹s most innovative real estate brand said, ³For us, publishing our listings and sales results on the site is all about promoting ourselves to potential vendors and investors who use Onthehouse.com.au to do their property research.² Onthehouse CEO, Michael Fredericks, said: ³Unlike the traditional classified listings portals like REA and Domain, Onthehouse.com.au is about providing consumers with data. This environment therefore offers agents a tool to prospect for vendors and promote their success in their local area. In fact, in any one month, our recent Nielsen research has shown that only 20% of our audience visit our competitor¹s listings sites.² Peter Thomas, CEO of Stockdale & Leggo, commented: ³We are listing on Onthehouse.com.au to demonstrate the depth of our success to potential vendors as early in their research phase as possible, before they start actively researching other agents.² Onthehouse.com.au is the only website in Australia that provides free property data on over 98% of Australia properties and generates a unique audience of around 1.4 million unique visitors every month. By amalgamating feeds from multiple sources, Onthehouse.com.au provides consumers with in-depth Property Profiles containing data such as listing, sales and rental histories. In the last year alone, consumers have downloaded over 36 million property reports from Onthehouse.com.au, with property searches on the site increasing by over 80% in the last six months. Mr Fredericks, added: ³Onthehouse.com.au empowers the consumer to have more meaningful conversations with their local property experts ­ the real estate agents in their suburb. The free data we provide fulfils the consumers thirst for information, whilst creating questions that only local agents can answer. Indeed, we even provide our Console software clients with additional content to help them engage consumers. ³The appeal of publishing listings on Onthehouse.com.au is that agents can create an ecosystem that reaches homeowners before they are actively buying or renting a property. Smart agencies are waking up to this fact, and we are delighted to be partnering with four more of Australia¹s top networks.² Listings on Onthehouse.com.au continue to be completely free of charge. -ENDS- Media contacts Ashford Pritchard: E ashford@launchgroup.com.au ashford@launchgroup.com.au> / T 02 9492 1040 / M 0411 020 680 Laura Douglas: E laura@launchgroup.com laura@launchgroup.com> / T 02 9492 1000 / M 0452 505 859 About Onthousehouse.com.au www.onthehouse.com.au is Australia¹s most transparent and comprehensive real estate portal, empowering consumers to make informed property decisions by providing them with free access to information. Over 1 million unique browsers visit onthehouse.com.au every month to search listings and view in-depth property data, making it Australia¹s third most popular real estate platform. Onthehouse.com.au is the flagship consumer offering of Onthehouse Holdings (ASX:OTH), the 360-degree property market services group that provides comprehensive real estate agency solutions, information and analytics services. Onthehouse Holdings businesses together help over half of Australia¹s real estate agencies, as well as being used by financial institutions and other property-related professionals.

4 Jun

Digital entrepreneurs to share their secrets of business success with Aussie kids

by launch-admin Jun 4, 2014 0 Uncategorized

MEDIA RELEASE Macleay College to host free entrepreneurship forum exclusively for young people Tuesday, 3 June 2014: Leading independent education provider, Macleay College, is today announcing the return of the Macleay Entrepreneurship Forum, a free event that offers students and young professionals the opportunity to hear from some of Australia¹s pioneering young businessmen and women in the digital space. The forum, which was launched in 2013 in response to the growing interest in entrepreneurship among young people, will return on Wednesday, 9 July2014 at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf and will feature talks from six of Australia¹s top digital leaders, including five entrepreneurs under the age of 30. The keynote will be presented by Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, CEO and Founder of venture technology company Blue Chilli . Blue Chilli creates web applications and develops software for online start-ups. Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, a weapons engineer who left a ten-year career in the Navy to pursue his passion in working with start-ups and was awarded EY Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging category in 2013, will discuss how he plans to become the world¹s smallest multinational business and reach his goal of investing in 100 start-ups by 2016. Other speakers in the line up include: · Genevieve George, Founder of recruitment platform OneShift , a site which matches jobseekers to employers specialising in temporary positions · Kath Purkis Eckersley-Maslin CEO and Founder of Her Fashion Box , a new subscription fashion website · Whitney Komor, CEO and Founder of social scheduling platform, The Best Day · Bridget Loudon, CEO and Founder of Expert360 , an online platform that gives professionals access to high quality talent in a flexible and cost effective way · Jamie Moore, General Manager of Hello Sunday Morning , an online program that helps everyday people take a break from drinking and improve their relationship with alcohol Each speaker will touch on their personal journey as a young entrepreneur, the challenges and opportunities in today¹s business world, plus offer advice for other young people wanting to start out on their own start-up journey. The event will also include a pitch competition for Macleay students and recent business graduates, where future entrepreneurs will present their unique business idea for the chance to win a cash prize. Macleay head of business Dr. Jane Hession said: ³With more and more young people looking to turn their passions and interests into start-up businesses, there is a strong need for a place where they can gain insights from successful leaders and have an opportunity to ask questions about the entrepreneurial process. ³The Macleay Entrepreneurship Forum promises to educate and inspire in equal measure. We are delighted to be hosting some of Australia¹s most successful young digital entrepreneurs. We¹ve also made a conscious decision to shine the spotlight on female start-up founders ­ we think this is a major growth area for our national start-up scene.² Macleay will host the forum as part of the college¹s investment in entrepreneurship. The event is an extension of the college¹s unique Entrepreneur unit, in which students develop a business idea and then fund and grow that venture. 2013¹s keynote speakers included John McGrath, CEO of McGrath Estate Agents; John Winning, CEO and founder of Appliances Online; Jane Huxley, MD of Pandora Radio; Vanessa Picker, CEO of online start-up Fitusin.com.au and who was also named Young South Australian of the Year, and Michael McGoogan, a teenpreneur who cofounded multimillion dollar web hosting company UberGlobal. For more information visit: macleay.edu.au. – Ends – For more information: Ashford Pritchard 02 9492 1040 / 0411 020 680 ashford@launchgroup.com.au ashford@launchgroup.com.au> About Macleay College Macleay is Australia¹s premier independent college, with a focus on making careers happen. The college arms students for job opportunities in the real world by providing the latest industry skills and education, connections and practical work experience. Macleay offer accelerated journalism and business degrees as well as industry-led diplomas. Business courses are developed around specialist interests such as real estate, event management, sports management and travel and tourism with entrepreneurial courses also part of their unique offering. They also offer a comprehensive advertising diploma. Macleay¹s tertiary courses have an emphasis on multi-media qualifications, and offer students a hands-on approach, which ultimately helps fast track their career within just 12 months. The boutique college has a primary campus in Sydney and a Melbourne campus, which specialises in journalism education.

4 Jun

ScreenLaunch meets the Cate Blanchett challenge ­bringing strong Australian female stories to local cinemas

by launch-admin Jun 4, 2014 0 Uncategorized

MEDIA RELEASE ScreenLaunch expands services to include Oz theatrical distribution 2nd June 2014: Independent Australian film sales agency, ScreenLaunch, has expanded into Australian theatrical distribution, offering two female focused films to Australian cinemas in the coming year: haunting mystery TOUCH premiering this Friday at the Sydney Film Festival and a fresh, urban drama Skin Deep. CEO of ScreenLaunch Ross Howden said the company has been focused on international sales and innovative online distribution, now expanding into local theatrical distribution to meet the growing demand from local content producers. ³More Australian filmmakers are asking us to distribute locally to meet a gap in the market for quality Australian independent film,² he said. ³Traditionally, it¹s difficult to get screen time in the cinemas for independents. However we are making this commitment because we believe with a steady supply of good Australian films, the audiences will drive more screens. TOUCH and Skin Deep contribute strong female stories and leads but both have central themes that relate to a wide range of people. ³At the 2014 Oscars, Cate Blanchett highlighted that films about women are becoming powerful and finding audiences saying ŒFemale-focused films are not niche. And they make money!¹ Here are just two examples of locally produced cinematic content meeting the growing appetite for powerful female leads. We are proud to bring these films to Australian audiences.² TOUCH is a mystery following the intriguing journey of Dawn (Leeanna Walsman) and her daughter Steph (Onor Nottle), who are stalked by a mysterious man, John (Matt Day) across the Adelaide Hills. The film is set for world premiere at Sydney Film Festival on the 6th June 2014 and is generating interest with both local and international audiences. The director, AFTRS alumni Christopher Houghton will also talk about the film at Friday on My Mind at AFTRS this week. TOUCH producer, Julie Byrne from Triptych Pictures, said: ³TOUCH has been a very collaborative effort and we were excited to find ScreenLaunch, who wanted to nurture the film along with us, as well as focus on generating strong returns.² Skin Deep was shot on location in Sydney in 2013 and garnered significant market interest at last years American Film Market (AFM). Skin Deep producer Rosie Lourde said: ³Skin Deep is an engaging and topical examination of a young woman diagnosed with terminal melanoma who discovers the courage to embrace life. We are humbled by how touched the test audiences have been so we¹re excited to be working with ScreenLaunch to bring this beautiful journey to Australian cinemas.² Howden added: ³We will be continuing to bring these films to audiences through innovative ways in Australia and across the world. With cinema still being such an important part of the movie experience here in Australia we are proud to be giving a voice to these strong stories on the big screen.² Both films are expected to be released in Australian cinemas in early 2015. -ENDS- About Screenlaunch focuses on innovative digital forms of sales, distribution and production. Screenlaunch works with clients from concept to launch by assisting with digital strategies, finance, production and sales. They offer new methods of community distribution, streamlining revenue returns and maximising audience exposure. http://www.screenlaunch.com About TOUCH TOUCH was written and directed by Christopher Houghton and produced by Julie Byrne and supported through the FilmLab, an innovative film development initiative run by the South Australian Film Corporation. This haunting mystery was shot in 2013 in the Adelaide hills with an all Australian cast. http://www.touchthemovie.com.au About SKIN DEEP Skin Deep, A modern urban story written by award winning Monica Zanetti, directed by first time feature director Jonnie Leahy, and produced by Rosie Lourde explores the complexities of youthful irreverence when faced with terminal illness. The poignant film was shot in 2013 across inner-city Sydney with an all Australian cast. xxxxxxxxxxxx Media Contact: Laura Douglas laura@launchgroup.com.au <mailto:laura@screenlaunch.com> (02) 94921000 or 0452 505 859 Louise Proctor, Consultant Launch Management Group Pty Ltd FSA #100, Fox Studios Australia, 38 Driver Avenue, Moore Park, NSW 2021 office: + 61 2 9492 1002 mobile: + 61 (0) 452 574 244 facsimile: + 61 2 9492 1099 website: www.launchgroup.com.au twitter: @Proctor_L

30 May

The multi-billion dollar cost of unresolved childhood trauma in Australia

by launch-admin May 30, 2014 0 Uncategorized

MEDIA RELEASE ASCA calls for widespread adoption of guidelines and training for GPs and allied health professionals in complex trauma Australia, Monday 26 May 2014: Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) today called for mandatory national guidelines and training for health professionals to assist them in responding to the long-term impacts of childhood trauma. A significant public health issue, the lifetime burden of unresolved childhood trauma, is estimated to cost Australia as much as $40 billion as a result of each year of abuse[i]. President of ASCA, Dr Cathy Kezelman, said: “Unresolved trauma is one of our greatest public health concerns. Failures to identify, acknowledge and respond appropriately to trauma costs the Australian public health system billions of dollars, funds we can ill afford in the current economic climate. “It is the root cause of many significant mental and physical health challenges as well as substance abuse, yet we have no significant investment to help with trauma. ASCA have worked for a number of years to develop best practice guidelines in this area which have already made a substantial difference to public health outcomes. By understanding and identifying this early, and responding appropriately, we can avoid the huge costs to society and make people’s lives healthier and happier.” Announced today, the internationally acclaimed Guidelines developed by ASCA, The Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Complex Trauma & Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery, have been officially recognised as an “Accepted Clinical Resource” by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Putting the evidence presented in the Guidelines into practice has the capacity to revolutionise the way in which primary care practitioners respond to patients presenting with trauma related issues – including those who have experienced childhood mental, physical and sexual abuse; neglect and domestic violence. Dr Kezelman added: “The ASCA Guidelines are addressing the wider problem; they establish the evidence around the issue and possibilities for recovery. We are encouraged by the successful uptake of the Guidelines by large numbers of diverse health practitioners – it’s a significant step towards turning this issue around. The vital next stage is for the Federal Government to embed the ASCA Guidelines as standards for practice and invest in broad-based education and training of primary and allied health practitioners.” Key research findings show: * Overseas studies show that when health practitioners identify and acknowledge the prior trauma of patients experiencing childhood trauma, there is 35% reduction in visits to doctor’s surgeries and an 11% reduction in visits to emergency departments[ii]. * 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[iii]. * 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.[iv] * Global research shows that 76% of adults reporting child physical abuse and neglect experience at least one psychiatric disorder in their lifetime and nearly 50% have three or more psychiatric disorders.[v] * 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[vi]. Dr Kezelman commented: “With the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse we have borne witness as a nation to the terrible legacy of childhood trauma. Their impacts reverberate not just through the individual survivor’s life but also through their children, those around them and society as a whole. “Essentially the Guidelines offer the grounding for the education and training needed for all health professionals, and now includes specifically those in the primary health care sector. Improved practices, as identified in the Guidelines, will help reduce the burden of the disease related to unresolved trauma and improve the lives of victims as well as those of their children.” Since their launch at Parliament House in October 2012, the Guidelines, and education and training based on them, has been improving outcomes for the five million Australians with unaddressed trauma issues[vii], particularly child abuse. To date over 7,000 health practitioners and agencies have downloaded or purchased the Guidelines. Australian General Practitioner Dr Johanna Lynch said: “The prevalence of adults who have survived childhood trauma and neglect – or complex trauma – in our community, and its effects on physical, psychological and relational wellbeing is currently not acknowledged in general practice training. As research into this area becomes more robust, and real treatment options become validated, GPs need to become skilled in identifying, managing and providing trauma informed care. “ASCA has led the way in defining best practice through developing the internationally acclaimed ASCA’s Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery. Caring for this group of people in our society needs greater awareness of the particular issues – issues that make them less likely to self-present, and to seek medical care, and the delicate task of engaging them in treatment that has the potential to be life giving to both them and their families. I fully endorse the work that ASCA is doing to provide my profession with new information and skills to better serve our community.” Dr Lynch is from the Fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Fellow of Australian Psychological Medicine Society, member of the Cannan Institute and ASCA Advisory board member. ASCA delivers training and workshops for health practitioners, including doctors, psychologists and counsellors, supporting people with trauma-related issues. For more information and to access fact sheets and other online resources go to www.asca.org.au Help and support is available from the ASCA professional support line on 1300 657 380, 9am-5pm Monday-Sunday. -ENDS- Media Contact: Laura Douglas laura@launchgroup.com.au laura@launchgroup.com.au> 02 9492 1002 / 0452 505 859 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, practitioners and media. 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. Help and support is available from the ASCA professional support line on 1300 657 380, 9am-5pm Monday-Sunday. Complex trauma: As defined by ASCA, complex trauma includes sexual, physical and emotional abuse, neglect, witnessing and experiencing the impacts of family and community violence and a range of other adverse events. _____ _____ [i] Access Economics Report 2007, page 9. [ii] The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study [iii] 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 [iv] 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 [v] Harper, K., Stalker, C. A., Palmer, S., & Gadbois, S. (2007). Adults traumatized by child abuse: what survivors need from community-based mental health professionals. Journal of Mental Health 1-14. [vi] 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 [vii] Estimated from a range of key sources

30 May

Onthehouse Group Consolidates brands and bundles product offerings for real estate agents

by launch-admin May 30, 2014 0 Uncategorized

Media Release 5 May 2014 – The Onthehouse Group today announced a consolidation of its range of real estate software products under its Console brand, and unveiled a host of complementary upgrades and product bundles for property agents. The move will bring together Console’s existing product suite, and group GatewayLive, LiveAgent, and OnlineAgent with software solutions such as WebChoice, MobileAgent and ClientManager – which were previously offered under the PortPlus brand. In addition, the subscriptions to all of these software solutions will now be supplemented by enhanced access to research from the Group’s property research and data arm – Residex – as well as further integration into the Real Estate Ad Network, which partners with agents to provide additional revenue streams from their website’s traffic. Together, they form the most comprehensive set of professional tools and software services for real estate agents in the market – and serve approximately 50% of Australian residential property agencies. A new site, www.console.com.au, has also been launched today with further information for agents about the updated services and bundled product offers. As part of the new approach, the Onthehouse Group has invested heavily to boost its customer helpdesk teams, training consultants and technical implementations teams. The communications infrastructure for its helplines is also being upgraded, so that real estate agents can find the support they need. Onthehouse will maintain and grow its Australian-based support teams, centered in the Group’s Brisbane and Melbourne offices. CEO of Onthehouse Group Michael Fredericks said that the move was designed to help real estate agents make better use of technology, coupled with content, to grow their business. “We are investing heavily into the Group’s Real Estate Services Division to consolidate our software products so that they can open up new possibilities for real estate agents. We want to offer tools that really help agents, from making life easier in their back office right through to helping them prospect and connect with future clients,” he said. The Onthehouse Group also includes three other brands: Residex, the property data and research arm; the Real Estate Ad Network (REAN), a media company that connects advertisers to property consumers and helps real estate agents to monetize their online and mobile presence; and Onthehouse.com.au, Australia’s leading provider of sales data to the Australian public and third most popular consumer real estate portal. Onthehouse.com.au is the only consumer site that offers free data and information on over 98% (13.5 million) of properties in Australia. With over 1.4 million UVs and over 3 million property reports downloaded every month, onthehouse.com.au is primarily used by vendors researching their own properties in preparation for sale. Mr Fredericks added, “By amalgamating our products under the Console brand, and combing them with the benefits from Residex, and the added-value services from both REAN and onthehouse.com.au, we are signalling a renewed focus on partnering with our clients to develop the most complete set of services for the real estate industry.” The brand consolidation is part of Onthehouse’s continued drive to partner with the real estate industry. Another significant part of this outreach is AdMe, which launched in December 2013. AdMe is a click-and-play solution that partners with real estate agents to monetise their web traffic and eNewsletters by displaying banner advertisements. The Real Estate Ad Network sells the ads and the agents directly benefit from 70% of the revenues generated. – ENDS – Media contacts Ashford Pritchard: E ashford@launchgroup.com.au ashford@launchgroup.com.au> / T 02 9492 1040 / M 0411 020 680 Laura Douglas: E laura@launchgroup.com laura@launchgroup.com> / T 02 9492 1000 / M 0452 505 859 About Onthehouse Group Onthehouse Holdings (ASX: OTH) is an ASX listed Australian online real estate content and service platform headquartered in Brisbane. The business divisions operated by the Company consist of: The Consumer Online division provides a platform of publicly available real estate websites underpinned by the www.onthehouse.com.au website, providing free access to an extensive database of real estate content and property values on most properties in Australia, including traditional real estate online classified listings. The website is comparable to successful offerings in the US (Zillow) and UK (Zoopla) and has very quickly become the third largest online real estate platform in Australia, currently attracting more than 1.5 million unique browsers per month. The Real Estate Solutions Division providers tools for real estate agents, other property professionals and financial institutions. It provides and integrated platform for office administration, property sales and management applications, online advertising solutions and other business performance tools for real estate agents and data and valuation related services for financial institutions using Onthehouse’s extensive database.

30 May

ingogo takes the lead in taxi service apps 1.5 million taxi trips, forecasts $100 million in payments

by launch-admin May 30, 2014 0 Uncategorized

MEDIA RELEASE Monday, 12 May: Innovative Australian taxi app and mobile payment provider, ingogo, is leading the growth in taxi service bookings, recording more than 1.5 million taxi trips in the past 12 months, with a forecast in excess of $100 million in payments on the ingogo platform in the coming year. Founder and Managing Director Hamish Petrie said ingogo is challenging incumbent player Cabcharge and is significantly outperforming other market entrants in the Sydney and Melbourne regions. “The past 12 months have been a huge period of growth for ingogo and with bookings up around 60% month on month in March and April we look set to continue,” said Mr Petrie. “Quality drivers and regular cab customers are progressively switching to ingogo as a safer, faster, more reliable service. We will continue to rollout our services in other states and are scheduled to take advantage of offshore markets in 2015.” ingogo this week launched in Melbourne and announced its Future Booking service, which allows passengers on both iOS and Android to book trips up to 48 hours in advance. As part of this new feature, ingogo is guaranteeing passengers a $10 credit if their advanced booking is cancelled and a replacement taxi cannot be appointed. ingogo has a driver network of several thousand active drivers in NSW and has already recruited over 750 active drivers in Victoria. The ingogo app also includes an interactive GPS map showing the taxi’s location, an SMS safety feature allowing passengers to text their friends or family the details of their taxi and in-app payment options. The app also provides users with an instant electronic receipt and their trip history is automatically updated as soon as their fare is transacted. In Ocotber 2013, ingogo launched one of the world’s first app-based payment platforms – a wireless payment terminal – with ANZ and Ingenico. Ingogo is the most secure taxi system in Australia. When signing on new drivers to its network, all driver’s licenses and taxi authorities are personally scanned by an ingogo staff member, rather than an app. The app can be downloaded in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ingogo/id463995190?mt=8 Or the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ingogo.passenger -Ends- Media Contacts Laura Douglas laura@launchgroup.com.au> laura@launchgroup.com.au 02 94292 1002 or 0452 505 859 Sarah Tsiros sarah@launchgroup.com.au> sarah@launchgroup.com.au 02 9492 1034 or 0466 805 364 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.

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