Lifesaving Emergency Information available on the spot!

A new patient information program designed to improve emergency care for people involved in car crashes or suffering serious illness at home has been released in Australia, following the success of similar programs in the United States which have been credited with saving thousands of lives.

What is an ID Spot

Emergency ID Spots are placed on a vehicle’s rear window or the front door of a house to alert police, paramedics and other first responders that a patient’s critical health information can be found inside, either in the glove box, on the sun visor or on the fridge.

From PTSD to entrepreneur

With an award-winning business under her belt, Over60 sat down with mum-of-three and ex-Police officer, Nicole Graham, to talk about how suffering PTSD and mitral valve prolapse led her to start Emergency ID to help others like her.

You used to work in the Police force, why did you decide to leave?
“I joined the Police force in 1989 at the age of 20. I had a strong sense of social justice and enjoyed the mateship within the force. We literally put our lives in each other’s hands and faced the most harrowing experiences side by side.

Tasmanian beyondblue ambassador Nicole Graham shares her story.

AUSTRALIA’S “shocking” rates of mental illness have inspired a Campbell Town woman to share her own story of hope.

Nicole Graham’s mental health deteriorated after continued exposure to horrific incidents during her 13 years with an interstate police force.

Working in Sydney, moving to an isolated all-male country post then being re-stationed in the busy city also took its toll.

“It was anything from murder and suicide to domestic violence to car accidents to farm accidents,” Mrs Graham said.

“Child abuse and sexual abuse, that was a speciality of mine, and cot deaths too.”

Campbell Town Show Guest Speaker Nicole Graham from beyondblue

Nicole Graham was a street cop for 13 years, working in both busy Sydney suburbs and isolated small country towns. She is a multi-award winning business woman and entrepreneur. She is on several boards and advisory groups with beyondblue, NSW Police Force, Heritage Highway Tourism and was the President of the Australian Companies Institute (AUSBUY).

Nicole moved with her family to Tasmania in late 2014 where they purchased a heritage sandstone Church, which is being renovated into a café, functions & wedding venue, due to open in October.

The Ex-Cop Who Made It Through PTSD

Nicole Graham was a cop who worked on child abuse and sexual assault cases. She was also the first female police officer in the small country town she was living in on the NSW-Victoria border.

Before this, she considered herself someone who could handle life’s ups and downs like a “normal” person.

“They were very much a part my growing up, but I handled them and was still a very well balanced and positive person with a strong resilience,” she explained to The Huffington Post Australia.

Bringing country Tasmania beyond blue

Two groups in Deloraine have banded together to show country Tasmanians its ok to talk about mental health.

Deloraine Kangaroos Football Club and Deloraine Rotary Club will host a beyondblue day on July 15 to raise awareness and improve the lives of people affected by anxiety and depression.

Beyondblue speaker Nicole Graham and Make.Runs.Maxi public speaker Rulla Kelly-Mansell will both speak at the event.

Taking mental illness out of the shadows.

Nicole Graham has had open heart surgery, been on life support and had cancer, but it was mental illness that was most life threatening.

The mum of three, who now calls Campbell Town home, will be the guest speaker at the beyondblue gala dinner this month.

Ms Graham, who has been a beyondblue speaker for 12 months, will share her story of mental illness and deliver a message of hope to those in attendance.

Emergency ID stickers a must

AS thousands of families hit the road during the peak holiday period, an Australian company has developed a simple yet effective way to provide Emergency Services personnel with critical patient information at the scene of serious accidents.

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Emergency ID Australia has released a range of vehicle stickers for child seats, glove-boxes and inside car doors designed to alert paramedics and police to potentially life-saving information about a vehicle’s occupants such as illnesses, medications, allergies and next of kin details.

Women’s business elite scoop awards

FIVE Hastings business women were recognised for their outstanding and inspirational success at the Hastings Business Women’s Network Awards Gala last week.

Another three were honoured with the HBWN Tall Poppy Life Membership Award.

The gala saw more than 75 HBWN members and guests celebrate the success of their peers and the achievements of the network at Rose’s Vineyard on Thursday.

Network president Kelly Lamb said winners exemplified what the HBWN stands for achieving success in business while supporting those around them.