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Oct
10
2014

The gift with heart

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Alisa and I are the proud co-founders of the charity Finnan’s Gift, which was set up following the tragic loss of our son Finnan.

To help ease the pain and to honour Finnan, Finnan’s Gift was started to thank and provide ongoing support to the amazing team of doctors and nurses at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Finnan’s Gift is about raising awareness and much needed funds for research and medical equipment associated with Congenital Heart Disease.

This Sunday, Alisa and I, along with a team of Telstra employees and many others, will be participating in the Melbourne Marathon Festival looking to raise crucial funds.

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Oct
10
2014

Sharing is caring this World Mental Health Day

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In 2006, Telstra was the first corporate to have a mental health month – not just a day or a week – reflecting the fact that more than one in five of us at any time are living with depression, anxiety or have thought (terribly falsely) for a moment that taking their life was a reasonable solution.

Each year, as the organiser of the Mental Health Month activities, I have been stunned by the sheer courage of those who have shared their story, all in the spirit of helping those suffering know the hope that comes with correcting the chemical and emotional imbalances that underlie mental ill health.

If you are suffering, know that you are not alone. There is light in the darkness.

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Sep
26
2014

On the wheels of inevitability

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Almost 0.1 per cent of Australia’s population have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It’s a progressive disease of the nervous system, of which there is no cure… and I’m one of those 0.1 per centers.

Until recently, I was in denial about my diagnosis. I spent a year fighting it. Before that, I had problems with my legs and found myself always tired; it makes you extremely fatigued. I was working very hard during the week and spent my weekends trying to recover, which began to impact everything.

What changed? What helped me accept and share this experience? I had to make a decision about how to better manage my energy. I also realised that others with disabilities, whether you can see them or not, are reluctant to talk about their experiences (no surprises there – I was one of them!).

Don’t get me wrong – this has been a difficult journey for me. I moved to a wheelchair recently and that was a big deal. I wondered, ‘What will people think? Will people treat me differently?’ I can remember feeling extremely anxious. I didn’t want to be treated any different, but somehow had to be in order to function at my best and be included.

Thankfully, I’ve had a relatively positive experience in managing my MS and my career.

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Sep
23
2014

Removing CAPTCHA to give access for all

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If you’re a regular reader of Telstra Exchange you might have noticed something different about this page today. Have a look around and see if you can spot it.

It’s not the colour spectrum at the top, it’s not the page layout… it’s that there’s no longer a field at the bottom of the page asking you a question to prove you’re a human and not a robot before you can post a comment.

That’s right, we’ve killed CAPTCHA.

Why? Because we want all our customers to have a brilliant experience with us, so I am really pleased that we’re helping people with vision impairment by removing CAPTCHA from our online Telstra pages.

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Sep
23
2014

First eSmart Library Service to help us stay safe online

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The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and the Telstra Foundation proudly launched Australia’s first eSmart Library Service at Hume Libraries in Melbourne.

eSmart Libraries is one of the most significant community cyber safety programs ever undertaken in Australia. Australians, and especially kids, are spending more time online and the eSmart Library initiative is all out keeping them safe. It is an online behaviour change initiative that equips library staff with the knowledge they need for the smart, safe and responsible use of technology.

More than one-third of all libraries in Australia are registered in the program, with Hume Libraries the first public library service to complete the program and achieve eSmart Status.

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