Month: June 2014

Healthcare

Australian healthcare ranked fourth out of 11 western countries

Australian healthcare came fourth in a 2013 report titled “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”. Conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, the report measured the quality, efficiency, cost and performance of the US health system, and compared these with Canada and nine other countries in Europe and Australasia. The UK came on top, scoring highly for its quality…

30 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Healthcare

Report sheds light on state of Australian healthcare

There's both reason for celebration and cause for concern in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's (AIHW) latest national health report card. Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton and AIHW Director and CEO David Kalisch officially released the report in Canberra on Wednesday June 25, confirming that Australia now has a health system which "much of…

27 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Mining & Resources

New gold mill opens up greater employment opportunities

A new $110 million gold mill and treatment plant is set to bring a number of additional mining employment opportunities to residents of the Kalgoorlie region. Already, the Mungari Mill has created 40 new positions. However, its true value may lie in the fact that it has allowed operator La Mancha to reactivate an open pit mine…

27 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Transport & Logistics

How telecommunication supports Queensland Rail’s operation

Queensland Rail owns, operates and maintains a substantial investment in its Telecommunications Backbone Network (TBN). Supplemented by external services, the TBN is used to support Queensland Rail’s operational and business communications. In the lead up to the ARA’s Telecommunications and Train Control Conference, we are joined by Therese Miller, General Manager Train Operations at Queensland…

26 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Mining & Resources

NSW leading the way for mining mineral resources

New South Wales has some unique advantages when it comes to mining mineral resources - infrastructure, access to grid power, a skilled labour force and a supportive government, just to name a few. In the lead up to the 8th annual Mining NSW Conference, Mark Arundell, Principal Geologist from IMEX Consulting joined us for a chat. Here he…

26 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Education

Government to encourage more graduates into teaching

Experienced and dedicated teachers are the lifeblood of the educational sector, and play an important role in driving the growth and success of the national workforce. Minister for Education Christopher Pyne recently announced that an additional $22.2 million will be invested towards the Teach for Australia initiative - a program designed to take the nation's…

25 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Mining & Resources

Meeting the rising energy demand in South East Asia

As the lone provider of power using sub-bituminous low sulfur coal for Mindanao, STEAG State Power Inc.'s (SPI) power plant accounts for about 18% of the island's electricity demand.  As energy demand in South East Asia is expected to increase by as much as 80% in the future, the Mindanao electricity mix will see the rise…

25 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Transport & Logistics

Rail at the centre of massive GrainCorp restructure

GrainCorp, one of Australia's largest grain handlers, is set to undergo a massive operational overhaul - with a shift from road to rail at the heart of its plans. The company recently released details from its "Project Regeneration", which will take place over three years and cost around $200 million in total. This sum represents the…

24 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Mining & Resources

Infographic: What are women’s role in mining?

Gender imbalance is a long term issue that faces the mining industry. Currently only 9% of people working in mining related industries in NSW are women. A recent study by NSW Mining found that although the mining sector is still largely dominated by men, the future of women in this industry is not as bleak…

24 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Healthcare

Planning begins on $400 million Westmead Hospital redevelopment

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner believes the upcoming Westmead Hospital redevelopment will be "the biggest hospital building project ever undertaken in Western Sydney". Speaking alongside Treasurer Andrew Constance outside the hospital on June 15, Ms Skinner noted that continued maintenance of the iconic Westmead hospital is essential to ensure the people of Western Sydney are able…

24 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Education

Academia benefits from government higher education funding

The Australian government will be investing an additional $5 million in higher education grants and fellowships. The funding - introduced under the 2014 Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) programme - will go towards improving teaching and learning outcomes in a number of key areas. Of the $5 million, $3.1 million will go towards more than 20…

23 Jun 2014, by Test Test

Transport & Logistics

NSW government plans major rail investments

The NSW government will invest $9 billion in public transport infrastructure and services over the next year, according to the latest state budget. Of that, around $1.5 million has been allocated towards new rail and light rail initiatives in Sydney - a decision welcomed by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA). "Liveable cities are built for…

23 Jun 2014, by Test Test