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Bravo to the administration hierarchy and PR department at Essendon Football Club.

In case you haven’t heard, the powers that be have decided to throw their “full support” behind former coach and star player Mr James Hird, whom it appears has suffered a complete emotional breakdown.

I’m no M.D., but it would seem that the feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame and total self-hatred concealed by the monumental effort of putting on a brave face every second of every minute of every day, have finally joined forces and tunnelled their way to the surface triggering Mr Hird’s breakdown and subsequent hospitalization.

How honourable…how utterly and completely noble of the very institution which is responsible for Mr Hird’s current condition to lend him their “full support”.

What a hollow declaration.

Thank God he didn’t die.

Even so…you have blood on your hands Essendon.

Every person’s situation is unique but having been in a similar mindset to where it would appear Mr Hird is now I sincerely offer my condolences and support and the reassurance that once the brave face has been discarded, the healing may begin.

Make no mistake, a person in such a condition categorically believes that their life is over and that self-obliteration is the only way out of the pain and to rid the world of their unworthy existence.

The road to recovery will not be a short one Mr Hird, but you have what it takes.

It was my privilege to meet you personally just prior to the commencement of your ordeal and when your smile came naturally.

God bless, James Hird and may you completely separate your identity from football and rediscover the goodness within yourself which your true supporters know never disappeared.



Gabrielle Therese Flanagan is currently studying for her Master of Arts degree specialising in Writing and Literature with Deakin University. She has a strong interest in poetry and creative fictional writing and has chosen to specialise in the field of Literary Studies.  Gabrielle also obtained her Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English Literature) with La Trobe University and Bachelor of Education (Primary School Teaching) postgraduate degree with Australian Catholic University.Gabrielle recently acted as Guest Poetry Editor for Issue #18 of SWAMP Magazine where she enjoyed assisting other writers in their creative pursuits.

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Pioneers in natural mother and baby personal care, AROMBABY, have won the HKABA Victoria Business Award for Excellence in Bilateral Trade to China and Hong Kong. This prestigious Award is in recognition of export excellence to Hong Kong for fifteen years and to China for the past five.

Distributed across Australia for over twenty years, including through online beauty store Adore Beauty, Thomas Dux Organic, select pharmacies, hotels and baby stores, AROMABABY has positioned itself as a non-mass, professional eco brand priding itself on a long history of safety and efficacy.

Aromababy has been involved in exporting, working with the community and providing education in the mother and baby sector, since launching more than two decades ago. Aromababy has also provided product to select hospitals in Hong Kong throughout that time and Founder, Catherine Cervasio, runs workshops annually to help educate around the benefits of baby massage, natural ingredients and other wellness topics.

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SYDNEY and LOS ANGELES – Australia’s Solar D Sunscreen, the manufacturer of the world’s first vitamin D promoting sunscreen and KW International, a US based supply chain and distribution company that specialises in introducing innovative products into the marketplace, have announced a new exclusive strategic partnership in North America and Asia.
The two-year deal is worth over AU$30 Million in sales and will focus on the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan.
The partnership will combine Solar D’s patented vitamin D promoting sunscreen and KW International’s distribution, sales, marketing, financing and fulfillment to expand Solar D Sunscreen into the broader international market.

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The final restaurant line-up for Taste of Melbourne in Partnership with Electrolux is here, and boy is it a doozy. The worlds greatest restaurant festival runs Thursday 10 Sunday 13 November at Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake with the hottest, latest and most critically acclaimed venues serving up sumptuous servings to thousands of guests.

New to the formation are champions of American BBQ in Melbourne, Fancy Hanks; fantastical dessert specialists, Om Nom; two hatted degustation wunderkinds, Lûmé; Melbournes premier gastronomical Grecian temple, Gazi and Peruvian street food from Marea Cevicheria presented by Pastuso.

They join previously announced and highly coveted restaurants: Hotel Jesus, Picketts Deli & Rotisserie, Cumulus Inc., Estelle Bistro, Supernormal, MoVida, The Royal Mail Hotel, Mamasita and Circa, The Prince. This years stellar line-up of 14 restaurants have an incredible eleven hats between them*. Each serve up specialty dishes inspired by the menus from their own venues, as well as exclusive, Icon Dishes that can only be procured at Taste. Each restaurant will also submit a dish in the prestigious Best in Taste Awards, with an overall winner selected by a panel of industry experts on Gala Night, Thursday 10 November.

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Welcoming Melbournes beautiful Spring weather, Soul Star Festival brings together a holistic and spiritual festival packaged in a fun, entertaining and super cool experience that will be held at Laurens Hall in North Melbourne on Thursday 24 November, 2016. 

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Soul Star will see three guest speakers including international YouTube sensation, emotional healing coach and comedian, JP Sears, who will be sure to keep you laughing while delivering life changing and inspirational messages. Along speaking will be one of Australias most well-known nutritionist, author, TV personality, yoga teacher, crystal lover and Happy Placefounder, Lola Berry.

Also speaking will be internationally recognised meditation teacher and co-founder of the meditation app 1Giant Mind’, Jonni Pollard who spends a great deal of time with social and political figures, CEOs and executives of fortune 500 companies, professional artists and athletes, where he teaches them how to embody wisdom and increase their capabilities. Jonni is most known for his ability to take deep complex spiritual concepts and translate them into such simple terms and techniques for anyone to understand and embody.

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To all members of our TAT family, readers and contributors, who celebrate Diwali..

We wish you Safety, Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Good Fortune.

May they all be with you in the coming year.


Support our friends at Street Organics to help raise funds for GROW FOUNDATION 

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Information Courtesy of Kristen Morrison from Street Organics

Street Organics is proud to support Grow Foundation – a unique Melbourne-based charity which offers support  & natural health solutions to families of children with special needs.

For the past 5 years, a small group of kids has participated in the Melbourne Marathon to raise funds for Grow Foundation.

This year, a group of our staff will be running with a group of over 50 kids – and we would love your help!

These kids run 3km, 5.7km or 10km – because they want to help other children who can’t run, walk, see or speak like they can.

Some of them even set up their own fundraising efforts to help raise more – amazing!!

The team’s target is $20,000-  We are nearly half way there!

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While more subsidised mental health-related prescriptions are being dispensed in Australia, government spending on these medications has fallen, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Mental health services—in brief 2016 shows that $753 million was spent by the Federal Government on mental health-related subsidised prescriptions under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS)—accounting for about 8% of all PBS/RPBS subsidies.

AIHW spokesperson Tim Beard said that after adjusting for inflation, spending on subsidised mental health-related prescriptions fell on average by 1.4% per year between 2009–10 and 2013–14.

‘Despite this, more prescriptions were dispensed—rising by an average of 2.6% per year over the five years from 2010–11,’ Mr Beard said.

‘This was largely due to the decreased cost of many subsidised medications.’

In total, there were 35 million prescriptions dispensed to 3.9 million patients during 2014–15.

‘Antidepressant medication was the most frequently dispensed medication, accounting for about 68% (or 24 million) of mental health-related prescriptions dispensed,’ Mr Beard said.

The rate of prescriptions was highest in Inner regional areas, at 1,934 prescriptions per 1,000 people. It was lowest in Very remote areas, at 436 prescriptions per 1,000 people.

‘Among the states and territories, Tasmania had the highest rate of prescriptions, at 1,942 per 1,000 people. The lowest rate of prescriptions was 738 per 1,000 people in the Northern Territory,’ Mr Beard said.

Today’s report also shows that overall, an estimated $8 billion was spent on mental health-related services in Australia during 2013–14—equivalent to $344 per person. This included $2.1 billion on public hospital services for admitted patients and $1.9 billion for community mental health care.

The report is accompanied by other updates to information on the Mental Health Services in Australia website ( including emergency departments, community and residential care, hospitalisations and GP activity.


The inaugural ‘The 8 Percent Festival’ ( will be held in Melbourne on 10-11 October where Australia’s budding entrepreneurs will come together at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom this October to celebrate the biggest thinkers and leaders who aim to disrupt and provoke social change.

Keynote speakers will include, lead singer of rock band Everclear, Art Alexakis; undefeated martial arts artist, TEDX Sydney speaker and Cancer survivor, Nadine Champion, South Sudanese refugee and law graduate Deng Thiak Adut as well as author, journalist and television presenter, Indira Naidoo Hosted by one of Australia’s top marketers, Leela Cosgrove, the two-day festival will invite the brightest minds in business and the arts to discuss live on stage, problems facing the health, film, media, education and business industries, designed to prompt thought, question and debate on industry specific topics.

The festival will run across two days from 10 October and consists of four keynotes, 8 Think Tank panels and a number of breakout workshops.

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Lifeline Australia is today excited to announce that property development and investment company PAYCE will be lending their considerable support to Lifeline Australia’s participation in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon.

PAYCE will be the primary supporter of Lifeline Australia’s CEO Pete Shmigel and Lifeline National Ambassador DJ Tigerlily (Dara Hayes), who will be competing in the prestigious marathon together in November. They will be running under the Lifeline banner to build awareness of the national suicide emergency in Australia and raise funds for the vital services that Lifeline provides.

Lifeline Australia CEO Pete Shmigel runs the Blackmores half-marathon in Sydney to prepare for the NYC Marathon in November

“Having PAYCE come on board as our biggest supporter for the New York Marathon is massive,” Mr Shmigel said. “The idea of running the New York City Marathon is daunting, but it is nothing compared to the crises that some of our help-seekers face every day. We are very excited to have found a partner in PAYCE for this event.

“PAYCE’s contribution is going to allow us to make a real difference in communities and across our Network. To give some perspective, $50K pays for about 2000 calls (one day’s worth) to be answered by Lifeline Centres across the country, or for 100 people to be trained to work on our 24/7 crisis support helpline, 13 11 14.”

PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd, said it is a pleasure to support Lifeline Australia.

“At PAYCE, we are keen supporters of grassroots community work and are excited to partner with Lifeline Australia to help provide more crisis services to Australians in need. We anticipate this will be the start of a great partnership with Lifeline.”


This week DJ Tigerlily also launched her own fundraising campaign for Lifeline in the New York City Marathon. The popular 24-year-old musician has been outspoken on a range of issues, from mental health and body image to online bullying to social media, and hopes to make a bigger difference in her role as Lifeline National Ambassador.

For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit

NB: Lifeline’s 24-hour telephone crisis line 13 11 14 is pronounced ‘thirteen eleven fourteen’

Innovative Soccajoeys Next Step program caters to children with additional needs to help them reap the benefits of sports in their development


September 14th, 2016: Childhood development experts have long said that participation in sport can have a huge impact on a child’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive well-being1 – but too often, children living with disabilities are faced with a lack of appropriate sporting options. Enter the Soccajoeys Foundation, which tailors its Next Step program to provide a well-rounded, holistic approach in delivering the five “F’s” of team sport – Fun, Fitness, Function, Friends, and Future – to Aussie children with additional needs.


“Regardless of their ability, every child should have the opportunity to participate in team sport,” says Soccajoeys Foundation’s founder and former professional soccer player, Jose Bello. Bello formed the Next Step program to allow children diagnosed with additional needs, such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Global Development Delay, and other less common diagnoses, to use soccer as a way to make incredible improvements in their social, physical, cognitive and emotional development.

“When it comes to making positive changes in kids with additional needs, the key lies in the five F’s of team sport,” advises Bello. “Rather than trying to ‘fix’ each child to perform in the exact same way, the Next Step program uses the areas of function, fitness, fun, friends and future, to help make a positive impact on kids’ development,” Bello says.

Here, Bello highlights how the Next Step program provides the perfect platform for these children to grow and shine:

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Most Australians consider themselves to be in good health, according to the latest two-yearly report card from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Australia’s health 2016 is a key information resource, and was launched today by federal Health Minister, the Hon. Sussan Ley.

AIHW Director and CEO Barry Sandison said the report provided new insights and new ways of understanding the health of Australians.

‘The report shows that Australia has much to be proud of in terms of health,’ he said. ‘We are living longer than ever before, death rates continue to fall, and most of us consider ourselves to be in good health.’

If Australia had a population of just 100 people, 56 would rate their health as ‘excellent’, or ‘very good’ and 29 as ‘good’.

‘However, 19 of us would have a disability, 20 a mental health disorder in the last 12 months, and 50 at least one chronic disease.’

Mr Sandison said the influence of lifestyle factors on a person’s health was a recurring theme of the report.

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Three things you’re guaranteed to feel when leaving the newest SPRINT cycle class are leg fatigue, motivation and inspiration.


The four instructors leading the class at Melbourne’s Fitness Expo were highly energized and excited to be exposing us to the newly launched SPRINT cycle class, a thirty-minute workout designed unlike any other. “Forget everything you think you know… think MAX” Les Mills Instructors.


Les Mills is not just a brand of exercise classes, it’s a culture; the instructors encapsulate it and enforce it. In today’s class I was pushed past my comfort zone and enjoyed being physically and mentally challenged. I wasn’t counting down the minutes till class wrapped, my mind wasn’t wandering, I was present. I left class wanting to implement the same drive and passion the experience evoked in me, into my everyday life.



Hung behind the instructors was a projection installation designed to immerse the class in their workout visually, and synchronize with the music. This new innovation at Les Mills is a result of teams of powerful forces from varied industries coming together to create unique ideas for the fitness realm.


Today, computer technicians and instructors worked the room together, with the cyclists, for an impressive induction into the future of Les Mills.


Classes were listed back-to-back and next on the schedule was the The TRIP cycle class, in which, settings such as glaciers and lava flows are projected onto the screen, creating a sensory experience during your workout.


Now that I’ve partaken in a class, it seems like common sense, not to be staring at a gym wall or an instructor whilst pedalling away to some tunes. Les Mills’ immersive fitness has successfully conquered the boredom factor for all those opposed to entering gyms or participating in group classes. Really quite impressive.

LONDON, MAY 28; Reebok and Les Mills unveils The Project: IMMERSIVE FITNESS in London on May 28, 2014. The Project: IMMERSIVE FITNESS is a totally new workout concept and world first in Studio Fitness and draws inspiration from live music performance technology and 360° cinema to provide a fully immersive workout experience (Photo by Reebok via Getty Images)


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Australia is losing the war against alcohol and obesity because it lacks a comprehensive approach to prevention, according to leading public health experts.

A report in the Medical Journal of Australia, from Victoria University’s Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC), the University of Melbourne and the Obesity Policy Coalition says investment in life-saving health promotion programs in Australia lags well behind many other western countries.

Seven million Australians live with a chronic illness yet less than 2 per cent of health expenditure is channelled into prevention programs to tackle obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.

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Air pollution from all sources is capable of adversely affecting Sydney-siders, a comprehensive review of the health effects of particles in air pollution has confirmed. 

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and Centre for Air Quality and Health Research and Evaluation (CAR) in Sydney have published the largest-ever review of evidence to come out of Australia on the health impact of different sources of particulate matter (PM) air pollution on population health.

“The collation of considerable evidence in this review shows that emissions from combustion sources like vehicle exhaust, diesel combustion, coal-fired power stations and wood heaters are likely to have the greatest impact on health,” says the Woolcock’s Dr Neil Hime, lead author of the report. 

“Nevertheless, PM from other sources that may be substantial in non-urban areas, such as dust emitted during agricultural, mining or natural processes, also has the potential to affect health.”  “This is why we suggest that immediate efforts should target reducing the total PM in outdoor air.”

The review primarily concentrated on the health impacts of PM air pollution arising from specific sources.  However, it was also recognised that while PM air pollution levels from all sources, are low relative to many industrialised countries, levels can be high enough to cause measureable adverse impacts on health, particularly in children, the elderly and people with chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

The report, produced for the NSW Environment Protection Authority and
NSW Ministry of Health, reviewed hundreds of relevant studies from both Australia and abroad to help authorities ascertain the health risks of specific sources of PM and develop appropriate policy.

While numerous studies have investigated specific health effects of PM from one, or a few, sources, including several conducted in Australia, this is the first comprehensive overview of the impact on health of all substantial sources relevant to NSW. 

One of its conclusions, that “there is no evidence of a threshold below which ambient PM has no health effects”, is highly important, Dr Hime says. This suggests that improvements in population health will continue to occur as ambient concentrations of PM are reduced to ‘background levels’.

Despite the finding, Dr Hime and co-authors Professor Guy Marks and Dr Christine Cowie stress that the public should not be alarmed. “By international standards, particle pollution levels in Australia are good,” Dr Hime says. “But, as the report suggests, lowering pollution levels from all sources of PM will reap health benefits for NSW residents, particularly for the most vulnerable groups. Fewer people would require hospital treatment and fewer people would die prematurely as a result.”

The difficulty with conveying the risks identified in this report, says Dr Cowie, is that for any one individual the risk of a severe health event resulting from exposure to ambient air pollution is extremely low, much less than if you smoke, for example.

“However, because everybody is exposed to PM air pollution, the cumulative risk to the whole population is substantial,” she says. “On many days there will be a few people for whom exposure to PM air pollution will result in symptoms requiring admission to hospital.  It will not be that the air pollution in isolation caused these symptoms, but combined with underlying disease and/or intense physical activity, exposure to the air pollution can result in severe health effects.”

The results suggest people with chronic respiratory and cardiovascular disease should certainly minimise their time outdoors and time spent doing strenuous exercise on those days when air pollution alerts are announced by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Attempts to minimise exposure can include choosing to exercise away from high traffic or industrial areas where other options or routes are available, or minimising the use of wood heaters which are one of the highest PM emitters in many areas, including urban areas, during winter.

The NSW government already has a range of policies in place focused on reducing particle emissions but the report recommends further action, for instance tighter vehicle and fuel standards, to reduce exposure more.

The report emphasises the importance of pollution from combustion sources, as improvements here are likely to bring the greatest health benefits, the authors say. “For instance, we saw much evidence to indicate that traffic pollution from vehicle exhausts can affect health,” Dr Cowie says.

Traffic-related air pollution has been extensively investigated and future research may find that other less investigated sources are as hazardous, she explains. “However, because much of the population is exposed to traffic emissions due to the density of Sydney’s population and people’s commuting habits, this source of air pollution should be a focus of actions to reduce the concentration of particles in outdoor air.”

For more information, contact Woolcock media consultant Lucy Williams on 0403 753 028.

Particulate Matter (PM) Air Pollution Report
Particulate matter air pollution, also known as particle pollution, is a complex mixture of extremely small particles made up of many components, including organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles.

Sources of PM considered in this report:

Coal dust, coal-fired power stations, on-road vehicles (exhaust and non-exhaust emissions), on-road diesel vehicle exhaust, non-road diesel exhaust (including vehicles, machinery and shipping), solid fuel (wood) domestic heating, bushfires (including hazard reduction burning), crustal dust, sea salt, and biogenic sources (volatile organic compounds from vegetation).

The report concludes: “By world standards, the ambient levels of PM in urban NSW are low. However, the evidence presented in this report suggests that exposure to levels of PM that currently exist in NSW will have measureable adverse impacts on health, particularly in vulnerable people such as individuals with chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, the elderly, and children. Reductions in PM air pollution in NSW are likely to result in health benefits, particularly for these most vulnerable groups.”

About the Woolcock
The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research is one of the world’s leading respiratory and sleep research organisations. It has over 200 medical researchers working to uncover the causes of disease, find better treatments and translate these into practice.

Workplace health and safety has come a long way since the days of a medicine cabinet with a bottle of antiseptic and a package of bandages, Red Cross is now offering mental health workshops for the workplace.

Red Cross trainer, Anthony Cameron says mental health training is as equally important as traditional first aid training. “’Mental illness is statistically very common and with people spending so much time at work it is likely a person may display warning signs at work.”

With this in mind, Red Cross has developed a suite of training workshops called ‘Mental Health Matters’ designed to help employees and management cope with mental health issues and create mentally healthy workplaces.

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An army of more than 120,000 big-hearted volunteers have been moving more and sitting less, as they door knock across Australia in support of the Heart Foundation’s annual Big Heart Appeal.

The Big Heart Appeal is the Heart Foundation’s largest community-led fundraising campaign and runs throughout September.

National Heart Foundation CEO, Mary Barry, said door-knocking for the Big Heart Appeal is the perfect way to stay physically active while supporting vitally important research efforts.

“Every September, more than 120,000 big-hearted volunteers pound the pavements of Australia in support of the Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Appeal,” Ms Barry said.

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#Pass4Prostate tackles men’s health issues via social media


Thursday 6th August 2015 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Wallabies are using their historic match against the USA Eagles on their way to the 2015 Rugby World Cup as the backdrop to launch a campaign that aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer.


The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and match sponsor Astellas  have teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia (PCFA) and the Australian Prostate Cancer Research group to launch #Pass4Prostate.

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Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) is seeking Victorian women aged 16 years and over to be part of an exciting new study ”WIZE – Women’s Iron, Zinc and Energy Study” to find out the impact of iron and zinc on women’s mood, feelings of fatigue and ability to concentrate.

C-PAN’s Associate Professor Lynn Riddell said that many premenopausal women are at risk of iron deficiency and one in five women were also at risk of not consuming enough zinc to meet their dietary needs.

“30 per cent of women have depleted iron stores and 12 per cent have low zinc stores and boosting the intake of these nutrients is needed to ensure optimal health.

”Measuring iron concentration in a person’s blood, which is relatively easy to do, doesn’t really tell us enough useful information about their bodies zinc levels.  Currently very little is known about the zinc status of Australian women as it is a tricky nutrient to measure in the body.

”The WIZE study sets out to measure both iron and zinc levels in women and find out what factors prevent iron and zinc absorption in pre-menopausal Australian women. We need to better understand types of diets that meet the dietary needs of both of these nutrients and the health consequences associated with different intake levels of these nutrients.

“If iron levels are found to be low, we also hope to assist these women to improve them using a mobile phone application,” said Associate Professor Riddell.

“It is our hope that the WIZE study will help us get a picture of the relationship between iron and zinc status and mood, fatigue, depression and memory. We then aim to develop dietary and lifestyle advice that women can sustain across their lifespan to help them maintain their health and wellbeing through diets that support optimal iron and zinc nutrition,” she said.

Participation will involve completing a questionnaire on diet, physical activity, sleep and a medical history, height and weight measurements and require a fasting blood test.  If you are interested, please call Project Manager Manuela Rigo on (03) 9244 6380 or visit:


C-PAN’s work in physical activity and nutrition is leading the world globally in numerous areas including research into disadvantaged communities, children’s health and healthy ageing.

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April 7th marks the World Health Organisation’s International World Health day, with this year’s theme being something that affects both first and third world countries alike: food safety.

In Australian society it seems far-fetched that we should even think about what is in our food. Everything seems to be regulated, from farm standards right through to the temperature that food outlets must keep their food at. However the recent Hepatitis C outbreak from the consumption from frozen berries and the salmonella outbreak in Queensland show that no matter how developed a country is, it is still important to know where your food comes from.

As our food supply becomes more diversified and globalised there is an increased threat from viruses, bacteria, parasites and chemicals that certain foods can contain if not processed correctly. Together these account for over 200 foodborne diseases ranging from nausea to some types of cancers.

How do foodborne diseases occur?

Foodborne diseases occur via microorganisms or toxic chemicals. There are some good micro-organisms such as Lactobacillus found in yoghurt and supplements, yeast found in beer and bread, and microorganisms which help to make medication such as penicillin. However, there are some which can be dangerous. These include Salmonella, E. coli and Norovirus.

Usually microorganisms can be found everywhere but are found in the highest density in soil, water, rats, mice, insects and faeces. They are also found in humans, especially in the digestive tract where the good bacteria aid in digestion. This is the case with animals (farm, domestic and marine) as well.

These organisms can be transferred b various methods but usually need manual contact with another infected source for contamination to occur. Microorganisms and some viruses can be transferred via contaminated food or water. For example if someone handling food at a restaurant has Hepatitis A or Norovirus then these could be passed on to someone at the restaurant eating the contaminated food they prepared.

How can I tell if I have a food borne illness?

Find out more in the May edition of TAT Health Magazine

According to a new research survey, 48% of Australians say that if they could have dental treatment to fix their teeth, they would have the confidence to smile more often. High costs and long waiting periods in Australian dental clinics and hospitals are a deterrent to patients who would rather save time and money, without compromising on quality.

Medical tourism is on the increase among Australians, with 11% saying they have travelled for medical treatment, and with 37% saying they know someone who has done it. Many overseas clinics provide a premium level of care, as evidenced by full accreditations from Joint Commission International (JCI). Accreditations and patient reviews are displayed in clinic and hospital profiles on the MEDIGO platform.

MEDIGO was developed for and with these patients. It is the world’s first and only platform that allows patients to compare prices of medical treatment and book a medical procedure online in a selection of high-quality hospitals worldwide. MEDIGO has introduced the marketplace concept to healthcare; for patients, this means freedom to choose when and where they are treated and the knowledge of how much they will spend on medical treatment.

Patients have found that they save more than $8,000 for breast implants and more than $15,000 for dental implants if they travel abroad for care. Many thousands of patients travel from Australia each year for medical procedures within general surgery, plastic surgery, and dentistry to Thailand, Turkey, Malaysia, India, and Singapore.

With details of accreditations, patient reviews and clinic profiles, MEDIGO users know the level of care they can expect in addition to receiving a comprehensive assessment and quote as part of the process.

“MEDIGO was built to ensure that patients have better oversight into quality of medical care, so that they can trust the doctor and hospital they choose is of highest possible standards,” said Ugur Samut, MEDIGO CEO.

MEDIGO has partnered with close to 400 internationally accredited hospitals and clinics to serve more than 1,500 patients for procedures ranging from dental implants to hip replacements and from liposuction to cutting-edge cancer treatments. To continue developing the platform and reach thousands more people globally, MEDIGO secured €5 Million ($7.4 Million AUD) in investments led by Accel Partners.

Find your best fit in 2015

If you’re bored with your training schedule, want to start a new fitness kick or need valuable training or diet advice then head to the ultimate workout for fitness, wellness and health– the Fitness & Health Expo, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, April 10-12 – and find the best new fitness solution for you.

Try and test the absolute latest fitness equipment, accessories, classes and clothing, watch live sporting events and meet some of Australia’s top fitness experts and athletes as they share their advice on leading a healthy lifestyle and maximising training results.

Here are some of features at the Melbourne Fitness & Health Expo that will help you find your best fit:

The tools you need.

Reaching fitness goals requires access to the best tools – the right accessories, equipment, classes and nutrition. Under one roof you can see the latest equipment that will be on offer at local gyms this year, find and take part in a new fitness class at the Les Mills stage, compare heart rate monitors, find a new pair of runners or take home the latest nutritional advice and products. All of the major fitness and health brands attend the Expo to unveil their latest offerings including respected names such as Lorna Jane, Skins, Musashi, Garmin, Step into Life, Fernwood and Les Mills. Touch products, try them and speak to the experts who make and design them.

The motivation you seek.

Be motivated by some of the best in the industry including top fitness celebrities like Michelle Bridges and Commando Steve, who will present their insights and, if you’re game, put you through your paces as well. Head to the The Arena to watch presentations from top athletes and trainers or watch a cooking demonstration on the Expo floor from the Healthy Chef Teresa Cutter.

The inspiration you want.

Nothing’s more inspiring than watching some of Australia’s fittest sportspeople in action. A number of live sporting events will take place across three days including:

• Natural Bodybuilding and Sports Modelling competitions, hosted by the International Natural Bodybuilding Association. This will include the largest event in Australian natural competition history with the creation of the INBA/PNBA Australian Elite Pro Qualifier League. INBA Australia members can earn their Pro Status and compete for a chance to receive return flights and accommodation to the US for the INBA/PNBA Natural Olympia.
• The Jiu-Jitsu State Championships run by the Australian Federation of Brasilian Jiu Jitsu in the purpose-built Martial Arts Arena. Around 1000 athletes are expected to compete.
• The Australian Raw Powerlifting Championships and International Pacific Powerlifting Invitational, reserved for the strongest men and women in the world, including current Superheavyweight World Champions who will attempt to set new records.
• The Arena will be an action-packed area featuring demonstrations of cutting-edge training techniques, Strength Sports Challenges, CrossFit competitions, Group Training Sessions and Celebrity Open Workouts

For those considering a career in fitness or wanting to further develop a fitness business, there is plenty of support on offer including the Industry Lounge powered by Fitness Australia featuring a business advice centre. The Expo is also co-located with FILEX, the fitness industry convention offering over 250 sessions delivered by the industry’s thought leaders and renowned educators.

The Fitness & Health Expo will be held April 10-12 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. It’s open from 10am – 5pm daily with Friday open only to those who work within the fitness and health industry. For more information visit and follow Facebook and Twitter for updates on features, timetables and celebrities.

General visitors can pre-book tickets online to avoid the queues – cost is $30 for a one-day ticket. If you work in the industry, entry is free if you pre-register online and provide the appropriate identification.


It’s definitely not too late to get active and kickstart – if you haven’t already – your healthy lifestyle slash your yearly new years resolution. Canterbury’s incredible lifestyle and active wear range is here to make life just a little bit easier.

These days it’s not unusual to go on a coffee date decked in your workout gear. In fact, we’re sure it’s becoming the norm and we’re fine with that. Look great in a social or physical setting and move freely as you wish. Getting your hands on some new workout gear could be just the thing you need to get pumped.

Canterbury’s spring summer training collection is built for high intensity activity with a focus on innovation, comfort and reliability so you don’t have worry about bits and pieces falling out of place. It’s time to get active and feel great about yourself.

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By Cindy Man Hun

For all you fashion-forward women leading active lifestyles, we have great news for you. A line of bold, confident fitness wear that is super stylish as well as socially-conscious was just made available at Liquido Active, which will most definitely allow you to transition from one phase of the day to the next without trouble.

Conceptualised and designed by the friendly pairing between internationally renowned author and yoga and wellness expert Tiffany Cruikshank and global fashion brand Liquido Active‘s global distributor Renata Facchini, this fitness and fashion collaboration occurred as a result of the currently high demand for trending durable and functional fitness wear with beautiful designs.

The special collection will be launched at the same time as Cruikshank’s Yoga Medicine initiative, with a share of the sales donated to education and wellness projects throughout India – including The Nabadisha Education Project which deals with education and support issues among street and working children within the city of Kolkata.

“Our items are becoming incredibly popular with women across the world. We hope that, through these limited edition items, we can look to extend our charitable donations across the entire Liquido range,” says Facchini.

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Images by Robert Sturman.

On Saturday October 25 the annual Goodlife Wellness Festival, held at locations in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, will bring wellness warriors, fitness fanatics, health food nuts and everyone in between together in a celebration of health, wellness and of course, fitness.

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Dry July

01 – 31 JULY

Participate in Dry July by going booze-free for the month in support of adults living with cancer. Not only will you feel better and clear your head, you’ll also be raising money for a great cause. Dry July raises funds to improve the the lives of adult cancer patients by creating better services and environments for them and their families.


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As the heart of winter hits, its getting cold outside and you may find that your nose has already turned red after the pestilent cold does its rounds. So you may as well don an even brighter red nose in aid of a worthy cause for the annual fundraising event for SIDS and Kids. Red Nose Day helps them provide vital services and programs to the Australian community.


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