Introducing Our New Judge: Lauren Barber, CEO of NeedleCalm

We’re excited to announce Lauren Barber, CEO of NeedleCalm, as our new judge for Pause Awards’23. A dedicated clinical nurse specialist, Lauren is passionate about innovation in healthcare and supports early stage medical device startups. With exciting updates like our expanded award levels, a fresh Investable Score, and diverse judges from leading Australian companies, Pause […]

*Karen’s Story- A 40 year battle with needle phobia.

Name changed for privacy.  For forty years, Karen has been battling with a debilitating fear of needles. This fear, known as needle phobia, has caused her to become physically ill at the mere thought of needles. Karen’s fear of needles is so severe that she avoids medical appointments and even vaccines, putting her health at […]

Uncut and Unedited video: NeedleCalm Live in Action!

They say there’s a first time for everything, and yesterday we put NeedleCalm to the test in a groundbreaking off-label use. We tackled a very painful needle procedure – Intradermal Sterile Water Injections – and the results were incredible! Typically used to assist with lower back pain during labour, clinicians inject 0.1-0.2 mls of sterile […]

Happy International Nurses Day

“Happy #InternationalNursesDay to our nursing community! May this day be cherished as a reminder of the strength, support and resilience that you continue to provide.” – Lauren Barber MACNBachelor of Nursing, 2009Founder of NeedleCalm Pty Ltd Drawing inspiration from personal experience, Charles Sturt University Alumni Lauren Barber pivoted her nursing career to develop an innovative medical device to address a key […]

Important Announcement!

We are pleased to let you know that Lauren now officially taking bookings starting next week at Sydney Phobia Clinic. To compliment an already fantastic program provided by the clinical psychologists she has put together packages for patients which include :1) Medication administration assistance2) Needle exposure sessions (2 hrs)3) Appointment attendance4) Medical procedure preparation and/or […]

What is Trypanophobia?

Introducing Trypanophobia, the tongue-twister of a word for needle phobia. Have you ever found yourself paralyzed with fear at the thought of a needle? You may just have it. The exact cause is a mystery, but it can be triggered by various factors, from environmental to genetic influences. The symptoms can range from heightened anxiety […]

All you have to do is just show up.

Are you guilty of neglecting your health and putting it on the back burner? Do you have crumpled pathology request forms and overdue check-up reminders buried deep in your handbag or inbox? It’s time to prioritize your wellbeing and stop the cycle of healthcare avoidance. Your health is more valuable than any material possession or […]

Are your kids afraid of needles?

Here are some parenting hacks to help make sure your kids get their medicine easily and will develop a positive attitude towards receiving medical treatment.😇 As soon as a baby enters the world they undergo a series of routine procedures that involve needles like Vitamin K or Hep B injections.👣 Before leaving hospital they may […]

An insight into a clinician with needle phobia

We love getting people involved in our projects. A few weeks ago, we put the call out to find people a little more rare than our needle phobic patients – a clinician with a needle phobia. We were lucky enough to find Kristy Hawkins who is an anaesthetic technician. She first discovered that she had a needle […]

Endeavour Awards 2022

We are pleased to share our recent recognition for being awarded as the Endeavour Awards – Australia’s Most Outstanding Startup in 2022. Sponsored by Manufacturers Monthly, these awards represent one of the most prestigious recognitions from within the manufacturing industry. Our thanks go out to all of our sponsors and Prime Creative Media and AMGC […]

15 Year Old Male

General Practice Clinic History 15 year old male, known needle-phobic patient. Last immunisation January 2022 with difficulty and procrastination spanning over many months. Nil significant medical history. Nil known allergies. Right hand dominant. Treatment The patient was educated by his mother over a 6 month duration about NeedleCalm and the importance of needle procedures. This […]