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Welcome to our ‘News In Brief’ column in which we digest all the news releases for you in no more than five paragraphs. Below are snippets of all the media releases that we received from Oct 10 till the end of the week.

Improve Quality Of Life In Aged Care

Adelaide, Oct 10: New consumer experience and quality of life assessment tools designed for residential aged care by Flinders University will be rolled out nationally to support quality improvement and better health outcomes for older Australians.
The Australian Government is introducing six additional quality indicators for residential aged care, incorporating new consumer experience and quality of life tools developed by a multi-disciplinary research team led by Professor in Health Economics, Julie Ratcliffe, at the Caring Futures Institute. 
The Flinders designed QCE-ACC (Quality of Care Experience Aged Care Consumers) and QOL-ACC (Quality of Life Aged Care Consumers) tools were created with older Australians accessing aged care services across both residential and home care settings and have been designed as person-centred tools for quality assessment and economic evaluation.
Professor Ratcliffe says the QI Program is providing older Australians with transparent information on the quality of aged care services to support their decision making about residential aged care.
“Our newly developed tools for measuring residential aged care outcomes are delivering on research identifying the quality-of-life indicators most important to older Australians, and directly addressing their contemporary needs, so we’re excited about promoting best practice with the upcoming national roll out,” Professor Ratcliffe said.

Fairy Bread Day Returns 

Fairy Bread Day returns for 2022

Sydney, Oct 10: Australian family-owned confectionery company, Dollar Sweets, has spearheaded Fairy Bread Day for the past two years, raising a massive $62.9K in donations for ReachOut to support young people when it comes to their mental health and suicide prevention.
Established in 2014, the sweet and colourful day has taken over schools, offices and job sites around Australia, as well as the streets of Melbourne last year with a huge art instalment of a Fairy Bread Kath and Kim that went completely viral.
This year the company is encouraging you to get the creative juices flowing, whilst pledging donations to ReachOut via
ReachOut is a free service focused on providing young people and their parents across Australia with the information, tips and support they need for when life doesn’t go as planned. 

Old El Paso Brings Back Iconic Taco Girl 

Mia Agraviador featured with the trending Double Layer taco.

Sydney, Oct 11: Old El Paso™ has unveiled a very familiar face, partnering with Mia Agraviador – the OG taco girl from its iconic ‘por qué no los dos’ ad – for its new campaign celebrating the Double Layer taco hack taking social media by storm. 
Made with Old El Paso™ Hard ‘N Soft Taco kits, the Double Layer taco consists of having a hard shell taco shell inside a soft tortilla, for added crunch and less mess.
Mia, who is now 22, was only six when she featured in the famous Australian campaign.
Airing almost two decades ago, the tagline has embedded itself into culture in such a way that many people solve the age-old problem of having to choose between two options, by asking ‘por qué no los dos’ (why not have both?) in response to everyday scenarios. 
The collaboration has seen Mia’s iconic line feature on online video, social, digital, in-store and OOH. She’s also appeared on social media, debuting alongside comedians SketchShe on Instagram and TikTok
For more information on Old El Paso, visit or follow on Instagram, TikTok or Facebook

Australian Football Coaches Recognised 

Three-way global alliance set to take Australian football coaches and analysts to a new level.

Sydney, Oct 11: A new global partnership designed to take Australian football coaches and analysts to a new level of excellence was recently announced.
Global Institute of Sport (GIS), Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and cutting-edge experiential learning firm XVenture have joined forces to provide unique opportunities for Australian football coaches and analysts to improve and accelerate their careers both here and abroad.
Central to this collaboration is that upon completion of the immersive virtual reality based FCA XV Essential Skills Program, motivated Australian coaches and analysts can now be considered for entry into GIS’ pioneering MSc Football Coaching & Analysis Master’s degree.
The program is delivered in a self-paced online-based virtual world campus, with over 100 subjects brought to life as videos, podcasts, articles, websites and interactive e-books.
The modules cover universal themes and seamlessly integrate classic and contemporary models and thinking with each subject coloured with examples and cases from football, other sports and business globally.

Sydney Director Seeking Funds For History Movie 

“A Long Lost Action Film from a Long Lost Nation – Comrade Commando”

Sydney, Oct 11: Liberty to the people, death to fascism.
Local filmmaker and history buff, Daniel Skoric, today announces the launch of Comrade Commando through Kickstarter – raising funds to take the action from page to screen through a journey of blood, sweat, and a whole lot of Nazi’s…
Drawing on dark themes through a comical lens, Comrade Commando acts as a spoof of the action films and TV shows produced in Communist Yugoslavia in the 1960’s and 70’s depicting WW2.
Following the adventures of Branko Skoric, a working class hero in Nazi Occupied Yugoslavia in 1941, the film is centered around a top-secret program run by the Nazi’s who are building the world’s most terrifying weapon from an unsuspecting ingredient – Slivovitz (a very strong Plum Brandy that puts hair on your chest).
The Kickstarter campaign is aiming to raise $10,000 to get the project off the ground. 
The funds will be used for a range of production costs including actors, weapon hire, insurance, and even a period armoured vehicle.

ShopeeFood Day Is Back!

ShopeeFood Day Is Back!

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 12: Did the 10.10 sale feel too short?
We heard you so it’s time to mark your calendar for another exciting round of food offers and free deliveries from ShopeeFood.
Starting from Oct 12- 17, users from various locations such as Klang Valley, Penang, Johor Bahru, Ipoh, and Sabah can order their favourite dishes while earning cool rewards when making payments via ShopeePay.
So where do you start?
Here’s our top tips for navigating some of the best deals.
For more information on ShopeeFood Day, visit here or follow @shopeefood_my on Instagram.

More Aussie Retailers Exporting 

New data from Stripe shows surge in Aussie retailers exporting

Sydney, Oct 13: Stripe, a financial infrastructure platform for businesses, today released a report based on three years of proprietary data that reveals businesses in Australia are exploring new digital export flows, building a foundation for growth in the face of economic uncertainty.
The report — based on transaction data on Stripe from 2019–2022—describes how digital export flows are being determined by global demand and market fit rather than traditional supply-chain routes. Platforms like Stripe are transforming the economics of doing business across borders while creating a foundation for growth during an economic slowdown.
“During the pandemic when Australia’s borders were shut and retailers were struggling due to lockdowns, many realised selling to customers overseas was critical to staying profitable,” Karl Durrance, Managing Director of ANZ, Stripe said.
“Now, with growing economic uncertainty, this is a trend we’re seeing continue as international trade remains a business priority and is a fantastic opportunity for homegrown companies to tap into another suite of customers.”
“Working with infrastructure providers such as Stripe enables businesses in Australia to be more efficient, adaptable and scalable in their global expansion through support of payments in a wide range of countries, currencies, and local payment methods.”

StartSpace Scholarships For New Businesses 

Melbourne, Oct 13: State Library Victoria’s startup support service StartSpace has today opened applications for the Lisa Ring and Family Scholarships program which will be awarded to two early-stage new business founders from Victoria.
Generously funded by philanthropist Lisa Ring and her family and now in its second year, the scholarships comprise $10k seed funding, bespoke business coaching and StartSpace Loft Membership for six months. 
Many support structures across the startup ecosystem are aimed at more established and growing businesses, this program provides support to founders at the very start of their business journey. 
Last year’s inaugural program saw the scholarship awarded to David Hartley co-founder of SoundSmith, connecting musicians with viral creators, and Anna Taylor founder of Podcard which creates and sends personalised podcasts.
For more information or to apply, visit here.

Bupa Launches “Life Rewards” 

Bupa launches “Life Rewards” – a supercharged rewards and loyalty program.

Sydney, Oct 14: Bupa has officially unveiled its new tiered rewards and loyalty program with customers gaining access to hundreds of retailers, entertainment, travel, dining discounts and offers – and  access to members-only competitions.
The loyalty program is the first of its kind for a large health insurer to offer a rewards store,  discounts and experiences.
The wide-ranging program offers discounts of up to 10 per cent on more than 100 eGift cards spanning across supermarket, fashion, home entertainment,  department stores, petrol, home, streaming services, and at more than 300 restaurants nationally. 
The savings continue with members receiving discounts when shopping from more than 250  popular brands via the Life Rewards eStore and collecting Life Dollars, which can be spent on future  purchases.
For more information and how to access Life Rewards visit here.

Sponsored: Contact’s Out New Partnership Program 

Sydney, Oct 14: Contact Out is offering a new partnership programme for startups interested in leveraging on their database for no cost.
Those interested in the program will get a free lifetime subscription to our Sales Tier plan which consist of an initial 7,200 email and 500 phone credits as a gesture of goodwill for participating in the program. 
“You get to keep the subscription for as long as our link stays up on your site,” Contact Out head of partnership Christian Somcio.
“The only thing we will be asking is for you to promote ContactOut on your website.
“It could be an article/blog post about ContactOut, a keyword from an existing article linked to ContactOut’s homepage or ContactOut’s logo embedded with the homepage link.”

Samaiden Group Signs Partnership Agreement 

Samaiden Group Signs Partnership Agreement with Taiwan-based Monitoring Solution Provider Thingnario.

Petaling Jaya, Oct 14: Samaiden Group Berhad, wholly-owned subsidiary, Samaiden Sdn Bhd, has signed a partnership agreement with Thingnario Ltd to explore the opportunity in providing telemetry monitoring system support to the Renewable Energy (RE) as well as the Energy Efficiency (EE) businesses of Samaiden Group within Malaysia.
Artificial Intelligence based system provider, Thingnario, is a company founded in 2016 and headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.
It owns the “Photon” intelligent solar monitoring system that has successfully served 3,500 sites with an aggregate capacity of 1.5GW across 10 countries this year.
In order to align the direction of the Group, Samaiden recently launched the Samaiden Energy Efficiency Solutions named “SEE” Solutions in conjunction with the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) event held from Oct 12-14 October at KLCC Convention Centre as the Group embarks on its Energy Efficiency business.
SEE Solutions is a program mainly focusing on energy saving measures to reduce the electricity consumption by the commercial & industrial owners. 

Vacuum Trade-In Program By Dreame Malaysia

Vacuum Trade-In Program By Dreame Malaysia In Support To Reduce Environmental Impacts

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 15: Uniqbe (M) Sdn Bhd (Uniqbe) as the authorised dealer for Dreame Malaysia is organising a Trade-in Program for Dreame W Series – Self-Cleaning Robot Vacuum and Mop from 15 October 2022 until 30 November 2022.
This is part of Uniqbe’s Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) and continuous effort to become more
sustainable in reducing environmental impacts.
 In line with Dreame’s motto “Our Home, Our Life, Our Dreame”, in striving to provide a better living quality and in achieving to live the dream of having a cleaner living space with the right cleaning tools, Dreame Malaysia’s goal is also to preserve the environment.
 This trade-in program is to educate consumers on the best way of vacuum cleaner disposal as it is easily being disposed into the rubbish bins which can harm the environment.
This awareness can save the environment from becoming toxic that can seep into the groundwater, affecting both land and sea. With a proper disposal channel, we can together build a greener environment. 
Bring any of your old vacuums to the nearest Dreame Authorised Dealer store for disposal and get an exclusive RM500 instant rebate for any purchase of Dreame W Series for your
good deed. For early birds, you will get a complimentary Dreame W Series Cleaning Kit worth RM399.
For more details on Dreame vacuum cleaners, visit to learn more about its incredible features.   

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