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Following a live competition among three finalists and rapid-fire
questions from industry leaders, the Global Wellness Summit
(GWS) named Jarrod Luca, a student at Florida State University,
winner of the second annual Shark Tank Student Competition.
Jarrod developed EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing,
a new therapy used with a virtual reality headset to treat sufferers of Post
Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and anxiety disorders.
The GWS, this year held in Palm Beach, Florida, in October is an
invitation- only international gathering that brings together leaders
and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $3.74 trillion
global wellness economy.
"The Shark Tank of Wellness offers an important look at what
lies ahead for the wellness industry," said GWS chairman and
CEO Susie Ellis.
"Interestingly, all finalists presented technology solutions, ranging
from a life- changing virtual reality solution to innovative apps.
"This underscores the important role technology will continue to
play in delivering health and wellness to a global community."
This year the GWS received 60 entries from 26 countries. The
three finalists were selected to compete on the final day of the
Summit and were judged on a range of award criteria: project
innovation, visual appeal and design, relevance to wellness, business
viability, and quality of the project presentation.
During the competition, each finalist presented a short video
illustrating his or her project and had one minute to address the
judges, who then questioned each student for nine minutes.
The Shark Tank of Wellness is a unique global challenge giving
university students the opportunity to submit innovative, impactful
ideas for the wellness industry, which includes architecture/design,
beauty, education, fitness, hospitality, investment, medicine,
nutrition, real estate, spa, technology, travel, tourism, and more.
CONSULTATION IS KEY
New research by the Cosmetic
Physicians College of Australasia
(CPCA) shows many Australians
are embarking on non-surgical cosmetic
treatments without adequate
More than half of those sur veyed, (56%)
said their initial consultation was less than 10
minutes in duration and nearly two thirds of
respondents believe online video messaging
with a doctor is not good practice.
Alarmingly, though, 16 percent of
respondents who received a non-surgical
cosmetic procedure had a medical
consultation via Skype before receiving
treatment, which the CPCA said is a very
poor substitute for a face-to -face assessment.
"Cosmetic medicine is a three
dimensional skill, requiring a full and
detailed face-to -face consultation by a
medical practitioner who possesses suitable
expertise in patient psychology, as well as
medical conditions and comorbidity, which
can affect patient management.
"The majority of cosmetic medical
procedures should only be carried out
by a registered medical practitioner or a
registered nurse under a doctor's super vision.
"All injectables (muscle relaxants and
dermal fillers) are Schedule 4 medications,
which means they must be prescribed
and administered by a qualified medical
practitioner or administered by a nurse
under a doctor's super vision," CPCA
spokesperson Dr Mary Dingley said.
Video consultations were introduced in
2011 to help remote doctors and patients
have follow-up consultations with city-based
specialists and avoid the expense and delays
caused by having to travel long distances.
"The intent was that the patient would
visit their rural GP who would use video
messaging to contact the relevant specialist
with the patient. The reality is that the use
of video to perform five, or fewer, minute
cosmetic consultations, often by a doctor
with no experience in cosmetic medicine, is
an abuse of an other wise excellent change
to our prescribing laws," Dr Dingley said.
The CPCA also said patients seeking
laser and IPL treatments should have a face-
to-face consultation with a doctor first and
is concerned about the lack of regulation in
this growing area.
In Australia, the only states that have
regulation covering the use of light devices ,
such as laser and IPL, or their operators are
Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania.
"Our members are repeatedly called upon
to perform remedial treatment as a result
of 'botched' treatments by poorly trained
providers, often operating out of beauty clinics.
"Cases have included severe burns,
facial disfigurement and the misdiagnosed
treatment of skin disorders and diseases
such as melanoma.
"If you're interested in non-invasive
treatments like injectables, you should
visit CPCA.NET.AU to find a doctor with an
interest in non-invasive cosmetic medicine,"
Dr Dingley said.
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