Is it safe to go to the dentist now?

COVID19 has been a crazy time for all Australians, but we’re getting through it quite well compared to many other countries.

One of the challeneges I’ve faced during this time are the regularly scheduled services that have been out of actions.

A few days ago a reminder went off in my phone to book in for a dental check up.

But is it safe to go to the dentist now? I decided to do some research….

According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), dental practices already operate with a high degree of health protection. However, all of the staff will follow the government’s guidelines, which will include the wearing of appropriate PPE equipment, social distancing measures, and regular use of hand sanitizer and hand washing. 

Here’s the official statement:

Australian dental practitioners have the highest infection control standards in the world and the safety of their patients and their teams is a cornerstone of Australian dental practice. Dentists are now at โ€˜Level 1โ€™ restrictions; this means where appropriate, dentists may take extra precautions, and if required you will be advised of these. – ada.org.au

That’s reassuring. I noticed my dentist seems to always have plenty of PPE on when I go there, so it didn’t come as a surprise to hear that Aussie dentists have some of the strictest regulations in the World.

So these reductions to Level 1 Restriuctions means that dentists are almost back to normal. Here’s the full explainer for how the levels work: https://www.ada.org.au/Campaign/COVID-19/Managing-COVID-19/Practice-Resources/Dental-restriction-Levels/ADA-dental-restriction-levels-in-COVID-19-Publishe.aspx

I’ve always tried to keep my home a cavity-free zone, so I’ll need to book in the kids for a check-up too.

I’m so grateful that children (under 18 years old) can access free public dental services in NSW. All children seen by public dental services receive the same high quality care regardless of their eligibility for CDBS and no fees are charged, even if CDBS benefits have been fully used up.

Shoutout to the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) โœŒ๏ธ

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What cute ducks!

I recently came across an article which explained the benefits of having ducks in your home.

Why on earth was I looking this up?

Well, I came across this adorable video on Instagram:

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The duck rasising blog Mother Duck Said has a bunch fo tips on how to raise ducks and benefit from these funny, egg laying birds.

Not convinced about raising a couple of these poop machines in your home?

Well according to the experts:

Duck hens bred for egg-laying ability can lay up to 350 eggs a year, each of which will weigh 20 percent to 35 percent more than a chicken egg. Furthermore, they will produce longer than a chicken, well into a fifth or even sixth season โ€“ long after chicken hens are ready for soup.

I also learned from a chef friend of mine that duck eggs are a specialty product among chefs who love them for their superior flavor.

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Virtual Reality Coming to Old Folks

I recently came across this very exciting news regarding a new Aussie start-up that is utilising Virtual Reality in aged-care facilities.

The company is an aged care entertainment provider SilVR Adventures has launched a new national self-service model for residential care facilities.

Some of you may know that I am passionate about healthcare and aged care design & construction, so companies that are paving the way for a new kind of aged-care experience definitely caught my eye!

Here’s what the CEO of the company had to say about the product:

Source: australianageingagenda.com.au

The VR program aims to improve resident engagement and happiness and reduce isolation.

They do this through three types of experiences:

  • reminiscence therapy to trigger memories and conversations, such as revisiting a childhood home or country they emigrated from
  • world travel, such as exploring Paris, swimming with dolphins or going on an African Safari, to leave the aged care home and create social interaction with fellow residents
  • family bonding to overcome allow residents to experience adventures with visiting family members, such as watching a sunrise or the Aurora Borealis together

All SilVR Adventures services help providers bring virtual reality to their residents in group format rather than one on one.

How cool is that! Imagine being able to take your grandma back to her childhood via virtual reality!

I am really interested in these new cutting edge technologies being used in the aged-care space and virtual tours of house and land packages. I’ll try to update my blog with new interesting ideas that I come across ๐Ÿ™‚

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Healthy Life Healthy Living

2020 is well and truly underway, and I’ve decided to start living healthier.

Our business has been growing, and the stress of that has had its impact on my diet…

BUT NO MORE

I loved the corporate lunch we had catered for our first 2020 meeting and it was the perfect nudge I needed to take action!

A friend of mine recommended a high-fat, low sugar diet to start with. I’m not prepared to go full ketogenic diet, but I think I can take this step.

They recommended a few high fat foods and much to my surprise, they’re some of my favourites!

  • Avocados 
  • Free Range Eggs 
  • Nuts 
  • Full-Fat Yogurt 
  • Fatty Fish 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Dark Chocolate 
  • Coconuts
  • Coconut Oil 
  • Chia Seeds 
  • Cheese
Here’s some more good suggestions I found in my research:

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Happy New Year from Corel

Hi all,

I hope your 2020 has started off fantastically!

I’ve been working hard on my new side project. I’ll have some more to share with you in the coming months. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek.

In the meantime, I wanted to commend the firefighters around Australia who are working 16-hour days to put out the bushfires which have ravaged our beautiful country.

New Years Resolution

My new years resolution for 2020 (c/o of Disher Benner) is to be as “green” as possible. So here’s a list of things I’m focusing on this year to make my family a little more eco-friendly.
  • Bring our own shopping bags ALL THE TIME (i sometimes forget)
  • Cook from scratch and meal plan. Save more money and get more nutrients
  • Eat organic as much as possible. Less GMO foods and hormones
  • Eat better meat, and eat a lot less of it. Better for us and less wastage
  • Get the chemicals out of our beauty products and hygiene products (PS I’m loving this organic perfume I got for xmas!)
  • Bring our own water bottles rather than buying disposable
  • Hang your laundry to dry rather than use the clothes dryer

Today’s song of the day:

Dance Monkey by Tones and I

I love to play this while I’m doing some housework ๐Ÿ™‚

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Should I stay or should I go now?

I came across this article on The Painted Drawer about outgrowing your home, which is something that has been playing around in my mind lately.

The kids are getting bigger, and we purchased a bigger a few years ago to accommodate, but now our house is starting to feel a little on the small side.

they are a growing family and need a house that will be closer to schools

YES! That’s exactly it. It would make life a lot simpler for us.

It also got me thinking about this song:

I LOVE the Clash!

Anyways the post had some interesting ideas about adding a “garden house” to get a little of that new home feeling. I think that might be American for “Granny flat”? Either way, it’s not a bad idea.

I’ll have to consider that. But the real question is…

So you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

The post “Should I stay or should I go now?” was originally posted on http://www.corelmag.com/2019/10/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go-now.html

I’m watching you alll (with heatmaps)

I recently read an article about heatmapping apps that could help me improve the user sexperience of my websit. It was quite informative, so I decided to give it a try!

Heatmap software is great because it can show you where users click, how far they scroll, where their mouse moves…
Basically I can see exactly how you interact with the website.
I have only used heatmap software briefly, but I have already learned a lot in terms of usability issues on my website. I found this video particularly useful:
So be on the look out for changes to my website soon!

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My first order on Amazon Australia

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The greatest words in the English language: “your oder has shipped” ๐Ÿ’–

Amazon are making a huge push in the Australian market and I just recently made my first order. “Amazon has been the talk of the entire Australian retail industry after it confirmed its plans to expand down under.” (source: ordermomentum.com)

I hosted my website for a while on Amazon Web Services but this is my first retail order with the e-commerce giant, from a recommendation from a friend. The process was as good as I’ve had online.

I’ll update this blog when it arrives so I can share all the awesome goodies I ordered with you all

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Is a marketing degree worth it?

I recently came across an article that asks a very important question: are marketing degrees worth it?

Do you need marketing qualifications to work in marketing?
Source: https://trafficjammedia.co/do-you-need-marketing-qualifications-and-degrees/

As someone who studied at a 4 year university, I felt that uni helped prepare me for the professional world. But in modern marketing environments where skill sets such as UX design are all the rage, it made me think that this question may not be so easy to answer.

Anyways I figured I’d share this though on my blog to see what you all think. Let me know in the comments!

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My experience with staff surveys

For any organization to be successful, it needs to be realized that the backbone of a business is its workforce.

The driving force behind all operations and the smooth running of the organization are the employees and it is very crucial for the management to realize the importance of keeping employees motivated.

While there are many widely used methods of motivating employees, such as bonuses or fringe benefits, there is one method that is frequently overlooked; keeping the employees involved.

Taking feedback from workers and encouraging two-communication is one of the most effective measure a company can take to ensure the satisfaction and motivation of their employees because when they are asked for their opinions on certain business decisions, it makes them feel valued and thus, instills a sense of belonging towards the organization.

Having employees that feel a sense of belonging towards an organization reduces employee turnover and makes it easier for firms to retain experienced employees that are an asset to the firm. Having a good employee retention rate also leads to the improvement of the companyโ€™s image in the market and industry and allows for greater opportunities for growth and the greater development of ideas as the employees treat the whole organization as their own.

There are numerous ways in which a company can be more engaged with their employees and how theyโ€™re feeling; one that I experimented with recently is a pulse survey.

A Pulse survey is a quicker and simpler version of an engagement survey. As their name suggests, pulse surveys give the management regular, quick check-ins in the health of the workforce. They help emphasize on the aspects that need improvement and measure the level of employee satisfaction. Additionally, they also helped me in evaluating work-relationships and the environment around the organization.

As compared to engagement surveys, I found that pulse surveys are quick and to the point. They not require detailed answers to a wide variety of questions; the ones used in my organization have just under 10 questions. Moreover, they are also conducted more frequently than engagement surveys which allowed the management to recognize and solve arising issues promptly. The small number of questions facilitated the identification of the issue quickly and enabled the management to focus on a particular current goal or target that needs feedback.

Furthermore, employee feedback was more frequently received and appreciated through pulse surveys and they allowed for quicker and more accurate comparisons to be made. They are faster and more comprehensive to complete which is a source of convenience for the employees as well.

Additionally, I found that they can be used to spread awareness about certain issues around the organization which can prove extremely beneficial for the management and the organization as a whole. Pulse surveys are a great way to target a certain group of employees; whether it is for special tasks or for a special localized audit. They make sure that everyone is involved in the business and promote effective communication. However, it is also crucial to have the entire organization on board when it comes to understanding the purpose, requirement, and benefits of using Pulse surveys.

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