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Month: April 2019

Mining & Resources

Uncategorised

Exploration activity in the NT’s Katherine region

The earth is moving in the Greater Katherine Region of Australia’s Northern Territory, with a flurry of exploration activity currently taking place and more land being pegged by major market players. Up 35 percent from the previous year, expenditure figures are also pointing to a promising future, says Dr. Ian Srimgeour of the Northern Territory…

15 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Healthcare

The headwinds confronting PHI and opportunities to grow participation

The Australian private health insurance (PHI) industry is no stranger to the topic of affordability, but with rates of participation declining for the first time since the introduction of Life Time Health Cover loading; the Medicare Levy Surcharge; and 30 percent Rebate some 19 years ago, the issue is resurfacing. Though participation rates remain generally…

12 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Business

Legal

Ethics versus compliance – restoring consumer trust in financial services

As the Australian financial services sector continues to grapple with a post-Royal Commission consumer trust deficit, the efficacy of a compliance-based approach to banking has been called into question. Despite ethical mandates, such as ASICs “fairness initiative” and AFCA’s “fairness review”, a compliance framework continues to dominate banking practices; with efforts to instill a culture…

11 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Occupational Health & Safety

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How the Department of Defence is responding to the PFAS crisis

Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals - long used in items such as food packaging, nonstick cookware and firefighting foam – which now find themselves under increasing concerns over environmental and potential health impacts. In recent years, empirical evidence regarding the toxicity of PFAS chemicals has been brought to light,…

10 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Tackling Australia’s war on waste – an interview with Matt Genever of Sustainability Victoria

Australia’s “war on waste” took a sinister turn earlier this year when India confirmed that it will follow in China’s footsteps and place a ban on waste imports. Meanwhile, the Australian public’s concern over its own high garbage volumes, low resource recovery rates and linear (make-use-dispose) economy is growing. All of this overlaid by a…

8 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

What does dementia feel like?

In Australia 342,000 people are living with Dementia – a pervasive collection of symptoms including memory loss, confusion and apathy. Despite its prevalence, renowned dementia advocate, John Roth, believes the condition is often misinterpreted by both healthcare professionals and wider society. While many of the symptoms have the potential to reduce quality of life for…

4 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic