My statement re Coronavirus & Social Media

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To my dear friends, ex-pupils, followers and fans around the world:

Yesterday, on my birthday, I sat in hospital, astounded at my social media exploding. I am therefore going to make ONE statement about all of this:

  • Social Media. I have deleted my social media. Facebook & Twitter is now used to sow hate with so many fake accounts. People get bits of information and spread crazy gossip, and I’ve had enough. To know what’s going on in my life – this is only place I will post from now on.
  • Coronavirus. Firstly you can read my breast cancer blog to see why I was immunosuppressed in the first place.

    Yes, I attended an event where someone was very sick sneezing & coughing with whom I spent many hours a few weeks ago.
    – Did she want to deliberately infect people? Of course not.
    – Was it stupid & unprofessional for her to be there? Absolutely.
    – Was I mad at her? Yes. But she’s learned her lesson, and taught a valuable lesson to all of you – to stay home when you’re sick – it’s not about you – it’s about us.

    Yes, I then spent a week thinking I was “lazy” with lots of headaches & Netflixing. A week later, I woke up with a VERY sore throat, and by that night I was already coughing badly.
  • My video of me walking to hospital. I called GC Hospital who said call 13HEALTH, who said call my GP, who said call Robina Hospital, who said call 13HEALTH again who told me to come to hospital – but – not by taxi or public transport & not by ambulance – as they were for emergencies only. I can’t drive, due to poor vision, and I would not risk a friend’s life by asking them for a lift. I walk every day on the beach, so I’m used to it, and I took the safest option to protect the public – I walked. But, I didn’t realize I was so breathless, that’s when I made the video of me walking that went viral with hundreds of thousands of views. Soon after, an ambulance took me the final leg.
  • My tests. I arrived at GC Hospital: swabbed, blood, urine, and after a chest xray showed some spots, started on iv antibiotics, ventolin, pain relief, and medicine for my VERY high blood pressure and blood clots.
  • Results. My first tests came back as “weak negative” – so I was at the end of incubation (that explains the Netflixing for a week). I told the doctors four other people had sore throats as well – but as their symptoms had gone, and the incubation period was over that very day, they said hospitals would not have tested them anyway.
  • Treatment I was kept in pressurised isolation room (my “claim to fame” being in the same area as Tom Hanks!). I was eventually moved (still in isolation & coughing badly) to a less secure room, and finally I was testing totally negative, and staff stopped protective clothing. Now, I’ve made it home to self isolation for what might be 3 months to build my strength. (BTW…never met Tom Hanks…awww!).
  • Controversy on social media. Firstly, let me say, if I use my well-earned 40-year hard-won international platform against something – I DAMN WELL MEAN IT. No apologies – none whatsoever. So…here I go – with my “Irish dander” up:

    a) I find people’s hoarding products from the needy DISGUSTING.

    b) I find people’s attending non-essential events like pony club, football, or even dinner parties DISGUSTING – that they think their event is more important than taking a silent killer back to the elderly or children in their community.

    d) I find it DISGUSTING people don’t care it’s not “I’ll be fine”, it’s “who will I give it to” – and are unwilling to put other’s lives before their stupid meeting or training that could be done on-line.

    f) I find it DISGUSTING we are lacking leadership: In politics, in business leaders, in sports and even in our family and friends. This is a test to see if you have the morals and courage to put others first. A test of the elements of faith: giving & compassion.

    “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor”.
    1 Corinthians 10:24

I pray for you all. Especially my friends in America with no health insurance. God help us if it hits them.

So, followers and fans: leave the yelling, gossip & chatter to me – I’m great at it! Now, let me rest and get healthy, and get back to work to find the economic end to modern slavery & human trafficking.

Love, from your big-mouthed, opinionated and very much non-apologetic resistance fighter.

Colleen xxx

Back pain: quick tips

Back pain sitting at desksQuick tips for back pain from sitting at desks

Everything is fine, but then one day we wake up and BAM it we can barely stand up.

Or, one day you start getting headaches, day after day.

WARNING:  You must work with a medical professional. You must find out if there is an underlying medical issue.

But as far as biomechanics goes – here’s GREAT tips that got my back sorted, and got my pupils to the Olympics again and again:

  1. Clean your teeth on one foot.   No 1 exercise I give my Olympic athletes!  Put one leg straight out in front of you.  Best exercise for the elderly – but be careful to hold the cabinet until you’re steady!
  2. Stand on one foot. Truck drivers have to stop to refuel. Office workers need to get up to go to the bathroom. Everyone makes a cup of tea or coffee, or gets a cool drink from the fridge.  But SPECIFICALLY:   with the other leg straight out in front of you. 

How to prevent a “back-pain lawsuit”

If your staff sit for long hours – you are inviting future lawsuits. Simple as that.

If you employ truck drivers, or anyone that sits for long yours  – there are ways you can avoid future lawsuits.

As the previous Spokeswoman for the WorkCover Authority of NSW, I have been speaking to businesses, schools & Universities around the world.

However, now that I am semi-retired, I will still do events for charitable purposes, or for organizations that have a charitable purpose.   So, contact me if you would like me to give a key-note presentation, or short day course.

Contact me

 

 

The Green Barcode Project

The Green Barcode & the IASC

Those of you have known me from lectures or performances or performing on the magnificent “Saint”, will know if I do something, I often get a little carried away.

What started as a project – to be a submission, a suggestion, a request perhaps to the United Nations has turned out to be “bigger than Ben Hur”!

The Green Barcode Project is already on thousands of products around the world, but not settling for that, I went to my two good friends from DreamGuards, the child anti-bullying charity, and asked them to help me start the International Anti-Slavery Commission, which has grown into the largest International body dedicated solely to the economic solution to slavery.

What does a GREEN barcode do?

Instead of the normal BLACK barcode you see on the back of anything you buy at the store…a GREEN barcode shows that the company who made the product you’re thinking of buying was inspected by that country’s authorities to make sure people are not working in slave conditions.

Why would governments be interested?

Power and money.  Simple.  Governments can put a tariff (tax) black barcode products higher.

That, then, hopefully would give governments, especially in developing countries, enough money to chase after slave owners, and enough power to prosecute them.

Aren’t slaves a thing of the past?

There are 40+ million slaves in the world today. 

Just stop and think of ONE person being in slavery.  What about forty MILLION.  And, it increases every year.

Please take a look at the green barcode project

Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace

Keep your workers safe – and avoid lawsuits!

Remarkable in-depth paper on

Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace: Low Back and Upper Extremities.

National Research Council (US) and Institute of Medicine (US) Panel on Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace. Washington (DC):
This is a plain-English, easily understood paper on this highly important topic. Click on the logo to read the full paper. Or click here
NCBI Colleen Kelly

 

Back pain sitting at desks: quick tips

Back pain sitting at desksSolutions for back pain sitting at desks.

Everything is fine, but then one day we wake up and BAM it we can barely stand up.

Or, one day you start getting headaches, day after day.

WARNING:  You must work with a medical professional. You must find out if there is an underlying medical issue.

But as far as biomechanics goes – here’s GREAT tips that got my back sorted, and got my pupils to the Olympics again and again:

  1. Clean your teeth on one foot.   No 1 exercise I give my Olympic athletes!  Put one leg straight out in front of you.  Best exercise for the elderly – but be careful to hold the cabinet until you’re steady!
  2. Stand on one foot. Truck drivers have to stop to refuel. Office workers need to get up to go to the bathroom. Everyone makes a cup of tea or coffee, or gets a cool drink from the fridge.  But SPECIFICALLY:   with the other leg straight out in front of you. 

WARNING:  lawsuit!

If your staff sit for long hours – you are inviting future lawsuits. Simple as that.

If you employ truck drivers, or anyone that sits for long yours  – there are ways you can avoid future lawsuits.

As the previous Spokeswoman for the WorkCover Authority of NSW, I have been speaking to businesses, schools & Universities around the world.

However, now that I am semi-retired, I will still do events for charitable purposes, or for organizations that have a charitable purpose.   So, contact me if you would like me to give a key-note presentation, or short day course.

 

Contact me

Taxi & Truck drivers benefit from adjustable seat

Sore backs – a possible legal problem

Many years ago I was invited to far north Vancouver Island to teach horse riders better seat and posture, but what I left with was a new level of understanding of how biomechanics can help industry.

My lovely hosts arranged a tour of the forestry industry while I was there (this appears to be quite the tourist thing to do in the area). Honestly, I wasn’t interested in forestry at all, and knew very little about it.

I arrived and there had been a mix-up (thank you Universe!). The ‘tour’ somehow didn’t happen that day, but my hostess had already dropped me off and left. The boss was so sweet – he said he was touring the entire facility anyway, and I could ‘tag along’ with him for the day.

Well – what a day we had! We drove all over the massive property, and I was impressed that it was a planting program as much as a forestry program. But it was at the end of the day, when we returned to the production area that changed my career forever.

For ‘a bit of fun’ they invited me up into this huge big rig that lifted massive logs all day long. When the operator looked behind him, I could see his back “twinge”, and the all too familiar look of “no pain no gain”, and “I’m going to tough it out”.

There were only the two of us in the machine, and I said to him “why on earth don’t they move the steering wheel on the other side of the machine if you spend all day twisted, looking behind you.”  I felt so sorry for the pain he was in, and no way to really help him unless they changed the machine.

When I came down out of the massive machine, I then saw a bunch of women they call “scalers”. Their job is to measure the massive logs that are put up on a huge table. But the table was quite low, and they spent all day bending and twisting down to measure the logs.

Worse…they also had a small (but quite heavy) computer strung around their necks to enter the data. All day long this thing was pulling on their very delicate necks.

The women told me there were many days off work, lots of pain, and no chance of fixing it because of the poor design of the table – and the computer dangling off their neck all day long.

When I mentioned something, they begged me not to say anything to the bosses…but hey…anyone who knows me – I’m an Aussie and we stand up for the little man! And, I’m a bit of a blabbermouth anyway…so I went straight to my new friend, the boss, who had been driving me around all day.

“Thanks for letting me see the production area. Gee your staff love you” I said.

“That’s great to hear” the man said “we really love our staff, they become friends in such a small town. We know all their families, and their kids, it’s a very tight team”.

“That’s so wonderful you’re great friends, it helps you put off the lawsuit”

“Lawsuit?” he said, looking panicked!

“Yes, I notice that the big machine has the steering wheel on the wrong side. Just a few thousand dollars could stop a lawsuit. And, lifting the tables for the scalers, and putting the computer on a simple trolley – just a few more thousand – that could save you millions. Your staff are just wonderful that they don’t sue you. They really must love you.”

Needless to say he was shocked, and didn’t really say much.

It was the end of the day, and I said goodbye, and didn’t really think about it again, being on tour teaching and speaking.

It wasn’t until a hand-written letter managed to reach me (not easy when you’re always on a speaking tour).   It was from the old man’s wife from the big machine.  I still have it to this day, and this is what it said:

Dear Miss Kelly,

I am writing on behalf of my husband Peter, who cannot write personally, as he did not complete his education and cannot read or write.

We both want to thank you for changing our lives – completely. After your visit, the very next week the company executives had engineers come all the way up to the yard, all the way from Vancouver to change the steering wheel of Pete’s machine from front to back. 

But they also did something else that was amazing. They built up the scaler tables so the girls don’t have to bend any more. And, they also had a local metal worker make little trolleys so their computers can be next to them all the time, but they don’t have to carry them around.

I was so worried. This is a small town, and there are no jobs except in forestry or fishing – either one is going to wreck my husband’s back even more. He had gotten to the stage where he was taking medicine every day, and couldn’t even help me with the groceries.

With the steering wheel on the other side, he is not in any pain any more from looking behind him all day. The pain is gone. But for me, it’s the change in his personality. I don’t think he’d mind me saying he had become ‘the grumpy old man’. Now, he has turned back into the man I married. But it was yesterday that prompted me to write to you. I enclose a photo that literally explains everything.

I cannot thank you enough. You have changed an entire town in one visit, and you didn’t even come officially, you were just visiting for the children’s horses – and yet you changed so many lives in just a few hours.

God bless you Colleen (I hope you don’t mind me calling you that, seeing we haven’t met – but you are indeed now a true friend).

Your friends from the north,

Peter and Margaret

[enclosed was a photo of Peter rolling in the grass with his grandchildren and a little dog. I’m pretty sure I cried at the time!]

As the previous Spokeswoman for the WorkCover Authority of NSW, I have always had a major interest in industrial and commercial occupational health and safety. For example, I was instrumental in having roll-bars made mandatory in all tractors in Australia when at the time tractor injuries were the number 1 work related injury in Australia.

But until that letter I didn’t realize how you could change an entire industry in just a few hours.  I will never forget that letter, and I have had the joy and honor of helping industrial and commercial workers regain their lives, and industry leaders avoid potentially crippling lawsuits.

Below is a wonderful, simple study from very reliable sources studying one simple thing that could change lives: adjustable truck seats.

Take a look at this remarkable study by Cardoso M1McKinnon C2Viggiani D2Johnson MJ3Callaghan JP2Albert WJ1. published in US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health (PubMed) on-line library:

Biomechanical investigation of prolonged driving in an ergonomically designed truck seat prototype.

Abstract

A postural evaluation during a prolonged driving task was conducted to determine the ergonomic validity of a new freely adjustable truck seat prototype. Twenty participants were recruited to perform two 2-h simulated driving sessions. Postures were assessed using motion capture, accelerometers and pressure pads. Subjective discomfort was also monitored in 15-min increments using ratings of perceived discomfort (RPD) and the Automotive Seating Discomfort Questionnaire. Participants had a more neutral spine posture during the first hour of the drive and reported lower RPDs while sitting in the prototype. Pairing the gluteal backrest panel with the adjustable seat pan helped reduce the average sitting pressure. The industry-standard truck seat may lead to the development of poor whole body posture, and the proposed ergonomic redesign of a new truck seat helped improve sitting posture and reduce perceived discomfort. Practitioner Summary: A new freely adjustable truck seat prototype was compared to an Industry standard seat to assess hypothesised improvements to sitting posture and discomfort for long haul driving. It was found that the adjustable panels in the prototype helped promote spine posture, reduce sitting pressure and improved discomfort ratings.

LAWSUIT: Truck Drivers & Backpain

Truck Driver’s Lawsuit Upheld

Report after report, similar to this one is being received about long-haul truck drivers and back pain-related law suits.

Arm yourself with the latest information. Take a look at this remarkable study  by Erick Ohlson and Anna-Lisa Osvalder published in Science Direct.

Their Abstract:

After several decades of small incremental improvements, the development of ergonomics in truck driving environments is now facing a potential change with the introduction of autonomous driving. The knowledge on what happens to the driver’s posture and vision related behaviour with an increasing level of automated driving is still very limited. The aim of this paper is to understand truck drivers’ expectations on both current vehicles and future trucks with an expected increased level of automation, and to see how the expectations relate to previous driving posture related research. Truck drivers’ postural behaviour is determined by several contextual factors. Some are related to the actual driving task and traffic situation, and some related to the cabin layout. Individual variability also largely affects the choice of sitting posture. The field of vision is often prioritized over sitting comfort in increasingly complex driving environments and drivers tend to adapt to a more forward leaning posture to get a better overview in these situations. An increased level of automation could potentially allow drivers to get an increased freedom in choosing their preferred postures but also possibly mean a change in their working tasks, with increased possibilities of performing secondary working tasks like transport planning and handling orders. However, the interviewees in this study generally imagined increased opportunities of finding relaxing and comfortable sitting opportunities rather than a change in the working task as a result of increased automation.

Click here to go to their Science Direct study

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