Australia Health Ministry Announcing $6.8m Funding For Pain Treatment And Education

The Australian Health Minister, Greg Hunt, will be announcing $6.8m of funding, set to go for funding towards pain treatment and education, following a Deloitte report that revealed that at least 3 million Aussies suffer from chronic pain, like back pain in Rouse Hill, with a total financial cost set to sit at $73.2bn.

The report, published earlier in April, noted that the financial cost of dealing with chronic pain in Australia for 2018 included $48.3bn in productivity losses, $12.7bn in other financial costs like informal care and home modifications, on top of $12.2bn in costs to the country’s healthcare system. Of the Aussies that deal with chronic pain in their lives, 56% said that their pain hindered daily activities, while 70% were working age.

Commissioned by Painaustralia, an advocacy group, forecasted that improving the training of general practitioners with specialist-designed pain care for dealing with things like back pain in Rouse Hill would cost about $45m in implementation, but, in exchange, would cut down overdose-related costs by approximately $200m. Overdose is particularly problematic when it comes to opioids, morphine-like drugs used for pain relief, used even where other, less-risky options, are available, or even more effective.

This is noteworthy, as the AU sees more deaths with prescription opioids, compared to heroin, cocaine, and other, similar illicit drugs, according to the Deloitte report. In 2017-18, about 823 Aussies died thanks to misusing opioids.

According to Hunt, $2.5m in new funding would be given across four years in order to fund three projects; a consumer awareness and education programme by Painaustralia for people suffering from chronic pain, pain management care training for GPs, and an education campaign for the general public which will teach them on matters regarding pain management and opioids.

There’s also an additional $4.3m, which will allocated for pain management services in the rural parts of Australia, spread out over a four-year time span.

Painaustralia CEO Carol Bennett says that these programmes are critical, noting that, of those that deal with chronic pain, 1.45 million were also struggling with depression and anxiety. She says that these numbers aren’t something that can just be ignored, and the AU, as a country, needs to do better. Anything less than better, she says, is unacceptable.


The Importance Of Technical And Soft Skills To Achieve Success In Any Industry

Many parents prefer to send their children to the best international school in Thailand to broaden their horizon and experience an international curriculum. International schools use English as the primary teaching language so that pupils will be prepared for a seamless transition to higher education. Being able to speak English fluently is very important when the student transfers to another country for higher education.

International schools came under fire recently because of their approaches to teaching STEM disciplines that include science, technology, engineering and math. The qualifications of teachers were also questioned.

There were claims that schools in Thailand have to hire more non-Western teachers that are experts in math and sciences. Rote learning is also claimed as more effective when teaching these subjects and engineers must be better equipped to teach in English.

It should be noted that international schools that exist around Thailand are radically different from one another. They represent a diverse range of philosophies, curricula, approaches and students. However, there are those that assert that some universities are inconsistent with their services.

The annual surveys of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, National Association of Colleges and Employers and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills sends a loud and clear message that high school and university graduates lack soft skills and not technical-related expertise in STEM areas.

Soft skills in leadership, collaboration, communication and similar areas are crucial to achieve success in any industry. Skill deficiency in these areas has been remarkably consistent for over a decade. According to 93% of employers a candidate’s capacity to think critically, to communicate clearly and to solve complex problems is more important than an undergraduate major.

Lack of creativity among new hires is inhibiting the future prospects of businesses. The more arts and crafts are mastered by a person; the greater will be the potential to become an innovator.

In the best international school in Thailand, educators who have specialized training in science and math regardless of their nationality are hired to teach. At the elementary level, expertise in age-appropriate methodologies of teaching are considered crucial for effective teaching and learning.


Tuition Centers Work To Sooth Parents Regarding Lack Of Exams

Singapore is a competitive country, where English tuition, as well as tuition for other subjects is pretty much ubiquitous, with many exams in schools as well as rankings for students across the country. Naturally, this leads to a lot of pressure for the students. To alleviate some of it, the Ministry of Education (MOE) made an announcement earlier in September of 2018, saying that it would be cutting down on the number of exams for students in primary and secondary schools,  with the intention of reducing the stress of students  in the country.

Tuition agency Gavin’s Tuition decided to survey some of its students’ parents in order to see what they thought of the move, and found quite a few who expressed concerns about how they would be able to assess their child was faring in academics.

Director Gavin Ng says that parents believed that this reduction in examinations would not provide them with an accurate measure of their child’s academic performance in the earlier parts of the school year, and expressed fear that this might lead to a nasty surprise come the examinations at the year’s end.

In response to the demand of parents, Gavin’s Tuition will be making available its in-house exams to students who are not enrolled with the center, allowing them to take them, for a small fee. On top of that,  there are also plans for what they call ‘stress-free learning programmes’ which focus on experiential lessons such as robotics and coding.

Gavin’s Tuition isn’t alone, with many other student and English tuition agencies in Singapore opting to introduce new programs or adjust their current ones to meet parent demands for examinations and measurements of student’s skills and performance, even with regards to non-academic ones like presentation skills and public speaking.

Tuition centers have different methods in accounting for Singaporean parents’ demand for assessing their children’s performance, but they are saying that, despite seemingly going against the MOE’s intended purpose for the reduction in examinations, that they are complying with its mandate.

Minister of Education, Ong Ye Kung, acknowledged concerns by parents in the country, known for its obsession with academic performance, saying that there are ways for students’ performance to be assessed, other than with the examinations.

He adds that he also expected some tuition centers to simulate theconditions of exams for students in order to compensate for the MOE’s mandate, and urged said centers to refrain from doing so, as he believes that that would simply be preying on the insecurities and anxieties of parents and students alike.


Tips For Managing Commercial Office Fit Outs Firms

Let’s say you’re the CEO of one of the commercial office fit outs companies in your city and you want to boost your reach in terms of number of clients. Below are some tips to achieve a more blossoming business:

  • Make sure that every time you do an office fit out, you know the primary objective of the said decision. Whether it’s for the company you are dealing with is in need of larger space to accommodate an equally larger workforce or, the company who needs you expertise in office fit outs, is in need of smarter offices to improve the overall image of the entire company, it’s recommended that you, as a commercial office fit outs company, know and understand each objective so that you would know how to you will work around to complete that specific objective.
  • Continuously hold consultation talks with the affected individuals before starting the office fit outs. This includes talking with the employees, department heads, IT professionals and, both external and interior consultants. Also, it’s recommended that you approach the landlord of the building to early on discuss every detail of the project. Check the proposed charges the company will have to pay so you can give them an estimated cost.
  • Once the project is starting to roll, make sure that you assign one of your most project managers who will be present on time during working hours to supervise everything that is going on with the project.
  • Just like in anything else, managing your own commercial office fit outs firm will be much easier if you are surrounded by the qualified partners, helping you in every project. Whenever you are choosing a partner for your company, whether it’s a design consultant, mechanical and electrical engineer, or an IT consultant, you must double check their track records before hiring them to make sure that they will be able to help you grow your company.
  • Make sure that you always have a clear timetable of the key stages of your projects so you will be able to keep track of what is needed to be completed at a certain point. Make sure that every progress the project is making is being tracked.



Scholarship Granted To Charles Wang

Charles M. Wang is a resident of Marietta, Georgia and he is the new recipient of the Love Family Foundation Scholarship for 2017. The award is considered the highest award that is bestowed by the Georgia Tech to a senior student who belongs to the graduating class. Wang will be celebrating his graduation day this coming May 6, 2017 and will be given his diploma for B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science. He will also be awarded mathematics credits which way more than the math majors in his school.

Every year, the Love Family Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a student who is part of the graduating class and has shown outstanding record when it comes to scholastic performance. The Gay and Erskine Love Foundation is the source of the $10,000 funding for the scholarship. All of the students that are enrolled in six of the colleges under Georgia Tech are all considered as recipient of the scholarship. Wang is sharing the award with another senior, George Tzintzarov who is an electrical and engineering major.

Wang graduated with a GPA of 4.0 in two of his majors and he has also conducted an undergraduate studies. He was working for two years under the laboratory of Jiri “Art” Janata located in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. According to Janata, Wang is always excited to learn and they are happy that he worked with them. When it comes to experimental work, Wang has shown that he has the talent and Janata expresses his sadness as the student is about to leave the laboratory.

Wang did not pursue working at the laboratory after mathematics has captured his attention. Wang is also working with the assistant professor Josephine Yu who is under the School of Mathematics. They performed an undergraduate research that was funded by President’s Undergraduate Research Award. As a result, there were two articles published and Wang is the co-author in both.

Yu said that Wang exhibited rare curiosity as well as perseverance. He has the skills when it comes to mathematics and computation.

If you are not good in any of the above but have brown eyes, you can still be qualified for the Brown Eyes Scholarships.