Close up of a water droplet hanging from the end of a leaf, with a little earth photoshopped inside the droplet

The Earthshot Prize Comes to Life Thanks to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

In the 1960’s President John. F Kennedy created Moonshot, uniting people from around the world in efforts to put man on the moon. As part of this, amazing new technologies were developed around that time period. In addition, humans saw what we could achieve when we have a similar goal in sight, work as a team and put our brains together.

Now in 2020, Earthshot, a prestigious prize, has been created to incentivise people to join together and make changes that benefit our planet – and subsequently, us. The Earthshot Prize has five ‘Earthshots’; relatively simple yet big goals. These will hugely improve life on earth if achieved by 2030.

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, perhaps better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton, runs the Earthshot Prize. The Duke and Duchess created the Foundation to unite people in tackling a variety of big challenges in today’s world, making a positive difference on issues that they are passionate about.

The Earthshots and Prizes

The Foundation grounds each Earthshot in scientifically agreed targets that will help repair the damage that our planet has suffered. This is crucial for both us now and future generations, to provide us and them with a good quality life and health. But it also goes beyond that; we have a beautiful planet full of unique nature and animals. This nature and our animals that we love will also suffer if we do not make changes and find ways to solve environmental problems NOW.

The targets form a set of challenges which will hopefully make new ways of thinking, new systems, policies, technologies and overall; solutions to these problems. The five Earthshots are:

  1. Protect and restore nature
  2. Clean our air
  3. Revive our oceans
  4. Build a waste-free world
  5. Fix our climate

Each Earthshot is broken down into more specific goals. For example, ‘Protect and restore nature’ focuses on repairing and protecting the homes of our animals. This could be in grasslands, wetlands, rainforests, lakes or rivers. Every year from 2021 to 2030 =an award ceremony will take place across the world in different cities. There, five winners will be awarded the Earthshot prize, each receiving one million-pound prizes (worth nearly 2 million AUD). Overall, this will provide 50 solutions to our planet’s greatest environmental problems by 2030!  

The Earthshot Prize Council is made up of influential people from around the globe. This team will award each Earthshot until 2030. The council includes Prince William, David Attenborough, Cate Blanchett, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Shakira, Naoko Yamazaki, Indra Nooyi and other well-known people.  

You can read more about each Earthshot and what it aims at achieving, as well as the full council list and list of Global Alliance Partners to Earthshot such as National Geographic, all on the Earthshot Prize website.











Special Needs Guide Cairns – October 2020

Best Care Cairns

Best Care Cairns have the region’s largest range of quality medical and mobility products. They specialise in mobility and rehabilitation equipment from mobility scooters, wheelchairs, and living aids to commodes, lift chairs and bedroom aids. They now also stock a large range of paediatric equipment to help children of all ages who live with special needs. Whether you want to buy, hire, trial or repair, they’d love to support you and can provide home delivery and advice on home modifications.

P 4032 5715



Mission Australia

Mission Australia is the Partners in the Community delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) and Local Area Coordination (LAC) services in Cairns and surrounding regions. The ECEI services provide support to children aged 0 to 6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families or carers.

They support families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life. The LAC service is for people 7 to 64 years with a disability and their families, and they will help you to understand and access the NDIS and link you to information and support in the community.

P 1800 860 555 / 4037 2800



Wellness Embodied Physiotherapy

At Wellness Embodied, the team of caring, experienced physios pride themselves on their holistic, client centred approach to assessment and treatment – treating the WHOLE person, not just a body part. They see clients throughout the life cycle for hands on physio, Craniosacral, developmental assessment and rehab, as well as other specialised services. They accept Self or Plan managed NDIS clients, as well as private clients, Workcover, CTP, DVA and GP referred.

P 4231 9777



Spinal Life Australia

The Spinal Life Healthy Living Centre is a fully accessible facility, purpose-built to support the health and wellbeing of people with spinal cord damage or other physical disabilities.

Whether you’re looking for accessible short-term, transitional or holiday accommodation, personal support, home care and therapy services or access to their gym and hydrotherapy pool for rehabilitation, the Centre is here to support you to live an accessible, equitable and empowered life.


Cairns Occupation Therapy

The team at Cairns Occupational Therapy can assist you in overcoming limitations as a result of illness, injury, and more, helping improve personal productivity, quality of life and wellbeing. They aim to minimise the impact of injury or disease on your ability to live your best life, assisting with performance in daily activities, both at work and home. Their services include hand therapy, soft tissue injury management, burn and scar management, work rehabilitation and much more.

P 1300 774 625



Complete Mobility & Rehab

Complete Mobility & Rehab promotes independence in the home and out and about, supplying products that increase quality of life. From kitchen equipment to electric wheelchairs and everything in between, the fully trained team of professionals understand that independence, dignity and peace of mind are important. They will help you find exactly what you need.

You can count on qualified staff with years of experience. They can help you install, repair and modify equipment to suit your individual needs. They also provide trial equipment, home delivery, short and long-term equipment hire and home servicing.

P 4032 1140



Centacare FNQ

Centacare FNQ provides services that are community driven and easy to access. These make a big difference in the lives of individuals, families and the Far North Queensland region. As an organisation they recognise and value the uniqueness of you and your experience in life.

Centacare Counselling offers a diverse range of therapeutic counselling interventions to support children and individuals of all ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities with a NDIS plan. They assist the participant to work towards their individual goals to support their wellbeing.

P 4044 0130



Autism Queensland Cairns

Autism Queensland Cairns is the region’s only specialist provider of support for people on the autism spectrum. Their therapy and teaching team provide a range of services including early childhood intervention group programs, individual therapy, allied health and diagnostic assessments, and group programs for school-aged children and adolescents. They also run an accredited, independent school providing specialist education for students with a verification of ASD (P-Y3).

P 4034 6600



rEvolve Program

The rEvolve Program is the inclusive movement training and contemporary dance performance model for people over 15 years, designed by physiotherapist Owen Allen. People with disabilities can access movement training with Owen individually or in group. There is an option to work on a dance or physical theatre project, including any local company.


Phoenix Functions


Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy are registered with the NDIS. This means that if you have applied and been successful for NDIS funding then you can use that support to purchase eligible goods through Calanna. Whether it is home aids like wheelie walkers, toilet seats, continence support products, compression garments or other items to aid in quality of life and health, Calanna Whole Health stock a large range.

The team at Calanna aim to help make life easier for people with a disability. If you are registered with NDIS all you or your care plan coordinator needs to do is provide Calanna with your full name, date of birth and NDIS number, and the team can help take care of it for you.

P Woree

4054 2440

P Cairns

4031 9611

P North Cairns


P Edmonton

4045 5526

P Atherton

4089 2900

P Innisfail

4061 1565



ARC Disability Services Inc.

ARC is a non-profit community-based organisation that has been supporting people with disabilities and their families for over 40 years now. They support people with a variety of options, including NDIS Services. These range from support coordination through to educational resources and programs.

A 92 Little St, Manunda

P 4046 3600








Braver Than You Think: How to Help Your Child With a Disability Live Their Best Life

Learning your child has a disability can be a scary process, filled with lots of uncertainty.  It can take many years to feel confident that you are doing the best you can for your child.

The BRAVE model is here to help you in your journey as a parent of a child with a disability.  The BRAVE model aims to help you gain the knowledge, courage and resilience that you will need to help your child to live their best life. 

In this article I share the top tips from each of the 5 parts of the model. These will give you a head start in helping your child be the best they can be:

B: Be aware (and act early)

  • You know your child better than anyone else. If you have concerns about your child’s development, trust your gut and seek help early.  The sooner you can get help, the sooner you can get started helping your child.
  • Although receiving a diagnosis can be upsetting, please remember: A diagnosis does not need to determine what your child can achieve. 

R: Recognise your child’s needs

  • All areas of your child’s development are interconnected and have an impact on each other. It is important to understand your child’s individual strengths and needs across ALL areas, both now and in the future, to help them achieve their best potential in life.

A: Assist, but don’t insist

  • The overall purpose of childhood is to help your child to become as independent as possible. Let your child make choices, let them initiate and do activities by themselves. Embrace technologies or equipment that will help them to become more independent. 

V: Validate your child

  • Let your child develop their self-identity and help them to develop their self-worth and value. You can do this by presuming your child is capable and giving them responsibility. In addition, support them to pursue their passions and interests.

E: Empower yourself and your family

  • Ultimately, you and the rest of your family need to be supported to ensure the best outcomes for your child. Make sure you look after yourself both physically and mentally.  Choose your battles, take time out when you need it and support each member of your family. Build a tribe of people who you can call upon when you need them.

Box Out :

If you want to know more about the BRAVE model, ‘Braver Than You Think: How to help your child with a disability live their best life’ is a book worth reading. Based on the BRAVE model, this book is filled with clear information and practical advice and strategies. It will help you develop confidence in helping your child be the best they can be. You can purchase a copy HERE or Book Depository. 

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About the Author

Emily Hayles is a North Queensland physiotherapist, founder of Move and Play Paediatric Therapy, and a Mum to 2 small children.  Emily has worked with, listened to, and learned from children with disabilities and their families for her whole career.  She is passionate about empowering parents to lead their child’s care, and supporting children of all abilities to live their best lives.







Real Estate

Why Should I Use a Real Estate Agent?

Mackay Regional Real Estate

Dear Robyn, I have seen people selling their homes privately For Sale By Owner. Why should I use a real estate agent?

There are many sites that encourage sellers to sell privately, and these have been around for many years. However, you need to ask yourself why they haven’t succeeded and taken over the market place?

Some testimonials of these websites provide successful experiences where the sale has gone smoothly, which is great. However, they avoid telling of the disasters or legal ramifications the sellers may have experienced.

Most of the sellers that I meet after they’ve tried to sell privately tell me that the process drove them insane.

They found it hard to listen to negative feedback or negotiate on their own property that they loved sentimentally. Buyers also manipulated the sale knowing the seller was selling without the commission costs charged by an agency and tried to bargain them down to ridiculously low prices. Many also felt that they had to entertain ‘tyre kickers’ who were just sticky-beaking. They were afraid that in the long term, something could come back to bite them because they didn’t have the knowledge around legislation, loop holes or the fine print.

Private sellers are not in the market place every weekend conducting Open Homes, getting to know buyers and what they want. But mostly, private sellers have not got any experience negotiating deals and taking the role of the middle-man.

Other than your health and that of your loved ones, your home is probably your next largest asset. A ‘cheap’ process, such as privately selling, may be appealing when looking at the upfront costs, but this can end up being very expensive when it literally costs you tens of thousands of dollars. Would you select the cheapest surgeon? Would you select the cheapest mechanic? Probably not. It’s best to talk to a Real Estate Agent who is an experienced expert in the industry.

P 0419 623 263





Why The Relationship with Your Partner Needs to Come First

With 1 in 3 marriage lasting 12.1 years we wanted to dig deeper on why some relationships don’t make the distance. One of the most stressful times for a relationship is during the parenting years. With only so many hours in the day, it’s easy to prioritise the kids and neglect your partner. We want you to have a thriving life – not just as a parent, but as a human in a romantic relationship too. But how do you do both and why does your relationship with your partner need to come first? We asked relationship experts Allan and Barbara Pease some questions to help us out with this very important topic.

Should the relationship with our partner come first?

“Becoming a parent is the single greatest gift in my life”, says Barbara – mother of three, stepmother of three and grandmother of eight. “But there is no question that being a parent is hard work. While children bring new and urgent demands, the couple should remain the overall priority or resentment, anger and feelings of being neglected can build. Without a strong ‘couple relationship’, separation and divorce can rear its head.”

“At the beginning of a relationship, you are lovers and friends. Hormones are keeping you ‘in love’, but it doesn’t last forever. From about six months on, most couples enter a new phase where their relationship shifts as hormones return to their default levels. There is less hormone-driven passion and the bonding-partnership phase begins ”, says Allan.

“When children come along, several things happen – you lose sleep, you focus most of your attention on your child and whatever is left over is spread thinly between other priorities.”

“All of a sudden, you’re not a Husband or Wife or a sexy lover, you’re a Mum or Dad facing the demands of little people who vomit over you. That can make intimacy difficult to maintain if you stop making an effort with your partner and it’s easy for a partner to feel neglected. What worked in the beginning may not now work as kids grow. You have to be prepared to adapt. It’s also important to have regular relationship check-ins with each other”.

“That’s why it’s so important to carve out time for the two of you, right from day one. Create an opportunity to laugh and reconnect with your partner. Keep a sense of humour about nappies and night-time duties, school runs and snotty noses – each phase has its end”, says Barbara. “And prioritise sex – it builds intimacy and is good for your mood!”

Why is it so important to invest in your relationship with your partner after having children?

“Two is a couple – three is a crowd. You’ve gone from being a sexy, selfish, loving couple to being in 2nd place (or even 3rd place if you have a pet). If this goes unchecked, resentment and anger can grow”, says Allan. “Having children is exciting and rewarding. But separation and divorce rates spike in the 18-month period after the birth of a first child. Make your relationship a priority at all times.”

Here are some daily tips:

Make time every day to chat with your partner and tell them about your day. Even if it is only 10 minutes…make a cup of tea and go to a quiet space and focus 100% on them.

Make intimate contact every day, whether it’s hugging, holding hands or caressing. For men – this is not necessarily the cue to having sex every night but a chance to connect in a loving way.

Create a ‘you’ time either weekly or monthly where you go for a walk on the beach, have dinner, go to the movies or just sit on the couch and cuddle up.

Have a book that you write in each day about what you loved about each other that day… no negatives just positives and share it once a week.

Have fun together like you used to before you became a Mum and Dad…watch a funny show, go out and just laugh.

How does my relationship with my partner affect my children?

“Without intimacy, a relationship can easily become victim to the stresses of raising children”, says Barbara. “It’s so important to put your relationship first, because without it, you are heading for a very rocky ride.”

“You are a relationship role model for your children – show them that love between parents is a natural and important part of a happy family life. Children will mimic the behaviour of their parents, so you pass on great habits to your future generation. Honest and frequent communication between partners is a key to a long-lasting relationship. It generates understanding so there are less arguments and it means you’re sharing your life with one another, so you’re less likely to grow apart and seek a new relationship. Children find comfort and security in their parents’ healthy relationship, so nurturing it is important. Partners need to come first, but with the understanding that there will be times when children will be your top priority. It comes down to communicating with each other and finding that happy place and letting your partner know that they will always be number one, above everything and everybody.”

If my connection with my partner has been lost, how can I find it again/ rekindle it?

“To create a strong and long-lasting relationship, communication must come first” says Allan.

“But you won’t do it if it’s not enjoyable, so create a fun little ritual for the two of you” says Barbara. “Allan and I have a coffee and work out in the gym together daily. This is our time to connect and at night we are always watching funny movies together. Every Sunday we walk to our favourite coffee shop and it is our time to reflect and be a couple, without the interruption of children.”

The couple add these tips for better intimacy and a happier family life:

Be upfront and open about what you want in your relationship.

Aim for balance – spend some time apart and some time together.

Accept that children will change your relationship, but that with communication you can solve any problem together.

Make time for each other. In the long run, your children will admire happy parents who support and love each other.

If one parent needs time out from the world then this needs to happen….it may be that the Dad needs to go fishing for the weekend or the Mum needs some girl time with her friends. You will come back relaxed and happy to reconnect to your family.

“Remember the reasons you fell in love with your partner and that they are still your soul mate, lover and best friend and not the enemy when times get tough. Your relationship will be the model and guide for your children when they have a relationship and intimacy. Children absorb everything that they learn through our behaviours. They learn about gender roles, respect, boundaries, intimacy and love. When a child watches his father love and respect his mother, he will do the same to his partner. When a child watches his Mother have a strong sense of self-worth, unconditional love and respect, that child will pass this onto the next generation. Handling conflict together so that you are coming from the same page is what the children need to see and learn from. Your children will pass this onto their children. Making your partner number one at all times ensures that your bond is strong and that your emotional connection is resilient, helping your relationship last a lifetime”.

About Barbara and Allan 

Barbara & Allan Pease are the most successful relationship authors in the business. They have written 18 bestsellers – including 10 number ones – and travelled the world extensively giving seminars in 70 countries. Visit their website HERE. 


Read ‘How to Fight Fairly In Your Relationship’ with Julia Nowland, from Whole Heart Relationships, HERE. 

The Thing Is…Boys Are Full On! with Bree James

Being the only female in a house of boys, it’s a celebration of the XY chromosome most days. I have certainly learnt a lot about the male species since becoming a mother of boys, and there are a lot of things I wish I didn’t learn, but also many I am so pleased I have.

The thing is… little boys are fuuullllll on. I know girls can be too, but from what I have witnessed most girls can sit still whilst watching tv, at a dinner table and when a passenger in the car. I am sure some boys can too, but mine…cannot.

My boys have so much energy they could power a small town. From the time they wake up, until the time they go to bed, they are jumping, wrestling, throwing, play fighting, twitching, jiggling, and any other movement you can think of.

And no matter how much activity they have in a day, you feed them and off they go again.

You cannot take them to the shops without them turning it into a maze, battlefield, or racetrack. It doesn’t matter how much you warn them when you go into the shops that they have to behave, not run and to stay close – they do not. It takes all of a parent’s power to keep their cool whilst copping knowing or judgmental looks at your inability to keep your boys in line in public.

Boys also attempt really dumb things. Getting chills up and down your spine is a daily occurrence – with many of us surprised at how little time we spend in the Emergency Room.

Parents of boys have a special “I feel you” nod we give each other when passing by a chaotic scene.

Boys are really weird too, they love the topics of farts, poop, bottoms, and private parts. If you want to make your boys laugh, it’s really simple. Mention one of the above and you are seriously the funniest human being on the planet. My boys have also recently started naming their farts-why? Because they can.

And don’t get me started on the 3rd leg. From the time boys are born their hands are always on it. My dad used to say he was so poor when he was a kid his mum cut holes in his pockets so he had something to play with. It doesn’t matter if your son has every toy they could ever want, that thing is by far their favorite. As a new mum, I remember the first day of my precious baby being born. It’s a harsh reality that I wasn’t expecting nor knew what to do with and I was horrified. Yes- from the time they are born that happens! And don’t forget to always point it down in a nappy, learnt that the hard way many times…

Noise is another thing you have to live with. Boys are so loud. I know if I ever go away for work and come back it takes a good 24 hours to get used to the noise again.

They talk loud, play loud, fight loud, walk loud, go to the toilet loud, eat loud, everything is loud and it can be so draining.

I know the grunting, sleeping teenage boy stage is just around the corner. So, for now, I am embracing the chaos, gaining grey hairs and mild anxiety from their risk taking, and taking deep breaths knowing they have an amazing dad that I hope they turn out like one day. We’ve just got to get through the next ten years.

You can visit the Bree James website HERE.