About Us

Our Story About Us

Gawie and Hannelie with patient
"We recognise the day-to-day challenges of both sufferers and carers and will continue to develop specialised products to assist dysphagia patients and carers of those within every age group and level of disability."
Dr. Gawie Roux

Dr Gawie and Hannelie Roux have been working together in General Practice and Aged Care for nearly 20 years. Dr Gawie Roux is a Medical Doctor and Hannelie is a Registered Nurse.

Lifemere was originally known as Bayro No 1. Undergoing a rebrand in 2017, with the RoseCup and NutriTaste product ranges as a primary focus.

The design, development and refinement of the RoseCup, the innovative attachments and NutriTaste thickened fluid food range, has been ongoing for 7 years.

The Roux's and their team care deeply about aged care and specifically about finding solutions for people with nutrition and swallowing difficulties.

Carer education is also important to the Lifemere team. By providing educational materials they aim to increase awareness and encourage professional diagnosis to assist those suffering from feeding and swallowing difficulties.

Lifemere continues to work closely with Speech Pathologists, Nutritionists, Carers and other professionals to provide safer swallowing solutions to support carers and those experiencing difficulties swallowing.

At Lifemere we embrace and celebrate the value of every life.

Meet our team

Dr. Gawie Roux
Managing Director

Dr Gawie Roux

Dr Gawie Roux is a man of many talents and accomplishments, underpinned by a compassionate heart and a desire to support and celebrate the value of life. He works closely with his wife Hannelie (a registered nurse) to research and develop products that make a difference in the lives of those who struggle with eating and swallowing difficulties, with a focus on the elderly. Dr Roux works as a GP in Toowoomba, with a special interest in dysphagia and skin cancer.
Hannelie Roux
General Manager, Registered Nurse

Hannelie Roux

Hannelie is the heart of the Lifemere team. She is a multi-talented and beautiful person who people tend to gravitate towards. Her heart for people and drive to actively make a difference in people's lives is lived out in her daily life. Hannelie qualified in South Africa with a degree in Nursing and Psychiatry and has previously worked as a registered Midwife. She has a special interest in skin cancer and dysphagia.

Whether she is assisting Dr Gawie in the medical practice in her role as Registered Nurse, organising Lifemere event logistics, talking strategy or product development, or sharing her creative flair through her beautiful flower arrangements, photography or gardening, it is clear that she is a woman of purpose and passion. Alongside Dr Gawie, she has worked towards providing products in the Lifemere range, that offer hope and support to dysphagia sufferers and the elderly. Hannelie was the President of the RDAQ - Rural Doctors Association of Queensland - Family Network for three years.

Rose Palmada

To fight for food and life

The RoseCup Story - by Dr. Gawie Roux

I became the GP of this charming lady, Rose and her astute husband Louis at the turn of the century in a small village in rural Queensland, Australia. Indeed a colourful and most interesting couple. Salt of the earth they were...

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Inspired by people affected by Dysphagia

Difficulty or discomfort when swallowing

Dysphagia is associated with a wide range of medical conditions and is a result of damage to the nerves and muscles used for swallowing. Symptoms of dysphagia include choking and coughing on swallowing and food sticking & causing discomfort.

Normal swallowing
Dysphagia
Swallowing using RoseCup

Dysphagia is a serious condition – there is a high risk of food and/or drink passing into the airways if not managed properly which can cause pneumonia. People with dysphagia are also at risk of poor nutrition because of the effort required to eat and/or drink.

People with dysphagia frequently require modification of the texture of food (soft, minced and moist or smoothly pureed) and/or their fluids to be thickened in order to make swallowing as safe as possible.

If you or a family member has dysphagia, a specialist medical practitioner or speech therapist will advise you on the modification level that is right for you.

Clinical Trials and Testimonies

"Working as a carer I have always been concerned about the hydration of the residents who were prescribed thickened fluids.

The RoseCup has been invaluable in providing an alternative to the laborious spoon-feeding of the residents. I have seen a big change in the confidence of some residents, since they have been able to drink thickened fluids without the assistance of a carer. An awesome device which not only provides a means to consume thickened fluids, but also empowers the user by putting control of their hydration needs back in their own hands."

Registered Carer, Jaco

Media & News

Rosecup and Nutritaste information

The Rosecup has different kinds of specialised attachment that helps a person with cases of dysphagia. The NutriTaste meal range has been created to be used with our uniquely designed RoseCup™.

Let's get old with quality and dignity

“Doc you know, dad was one of the top bank managers in the state and just look at him now! And mum was always at his side, cheerful and energetic. And look at the two of them - just a shade of what they have been... ”
Let's get old with quality and dignity
The RoseCup has been developed in Australia and is a TGA registered, Class 1 Medical Device. It has been designed to assist with access to nutrition and hydration for anyone struggling with feeding and swallowing or who has been diagnosed with dysphagia.