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Month: May 2018

Banking & Finance

Infrastructure

Collaborative funding to deliver large scale infrastructure projects

Australia’s population is set to exceed 25 million; and this unprecedented increase demands equivalent growth in infrastructure. But who should pay; and how? With large scale infrastructure projects now scaling tens of billions of dollars, funding and financing these projects presents an increasing challenge. On the private side, many banks have restricted the value of…

30 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Social Policy

Technology

Can sentencing be enhanced with artificial intelligence?

Since the 17th century, judicial decisions have been handed down by human beings, for want of a better alternative. But oddly the arrival of a better alternative –artificial intelligence (AI) - has been met with doubt, concern and, in some cases, resistance. “There’s something distinctly uncomfortable and counter intuitive about letting a robot decide the…

29 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Legal

Perinatal mortality cases – what can we do better?

  In June 2014 baby Nixon Tonkin died shortly after birth at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Following an induction of labour and approximately two hours of active pushing, obstructed labour was diagnosed and a decision was made to conduct a caesarean section – during which the obstetric registrar encountered significant difficulty in disimpacting…

28 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Enhancing safeworking decision making and business performance in rail

Effective safeworking controls are vital for reducing the risk of collision after a signal is passed at danger (SPAD). But what happens when the Locomotive Engineer makes an unintended approach speed error or simply forgets where to stop? While many Locomotive Engineers are highly skilled at rapid, high pressure decision-making, human error is an ever-present…

25 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Technology

What constitutes a strong digital health product?

With more than 300,000 health apps available on google play and itunes, and a proliferation of health technologies recently brought to market, it is fair to say that the last few years have seen a significant amount of hype in the digital health space. But how much of this technology can really be embedded into…

24 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Wind versus solar – the obsolete debate

Wind Wind power is the fastest growing energy source in the world. It is clean, renewable, cost effective; but it is not a panacea. Wind is inherently an intermittent resource, with high degrees of variability across areas, regions, seasons and time of day. Wind energy requires high average and consistent wind speeds, which are typically…

23 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Business

Leadership & Communication

Transport & Logistics

The yoga of rail

In an industry defined by rules, rigor and regulation it is often difficult to challenge the corporate traditions of rail. Much like train tracks, the sector is notoriously linear and logical; with objective decision-making and short-term operational demands often taking precedence over more transformative leadership efforts. On top of that, the high degree of multi-tasking…

22 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

Planning & Design

Uncategorised

Improving inmate rehabilitation with innovative design concepts

As the recidivism rates of Nordic nations continue to outshine Australia’s, the Prisons 2018 Conference explores the link between various architectural design concepts and improvements in inmate rehabilitation. Conference speaker, Kavan Applegate, is a Director at Guymer Bailey Architects and first turned his hand to prison architecture twenty years ago. Since then he has delivered…

22 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Rethinking morbidity and mortality review meetings in maternity care

In maternity services, morbidity and mortality (M&M) review meetings play a crucial role in reducing avoidable harm, improving transparency and strengthening clinical governance; both locally and across the healthcare system. The process of M&M review allows clinicians to evaluate and reflect on clinical practice and identify areas for improvement, without blame or individual focus. Over…

21 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Social Policy

When funding is withdrawn | An NDIS case study

In 2013, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began its mission to optimize social and economic independence and full participation for people living with disability in Australia. The scheme promised to give people with disability control and choice; to be a financial sustainable system that the community could take pride and confidence in, with its…

16 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

Planning & Design

Social Policy

Preventing cruelty in Prisons – how to meet your OPCAT obligations

In December 2017, Australia ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) – a protocol to prevent torture and other forms of mistreatment in prisons. As part of the initiative, institutions will be required to undergo a series of thorough inspections; and will face greater accountability for the mismanagement of antisocial behavior. In…

15 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Can robots write poetry?

Can robots write poetry? Provocative questions like this are now beginning to replace traditional academic subjects in schools, according to Peter Mahony of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Instead of isolating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), several pioneering schools throughout Australia are now delivering multidisciplinary, project-based lessons, that are centered around…

15 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic