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Month: June 2019

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Project Independence – an innovative home ownership model

People with an intellectual disability have the lowest rate of homeownership in Australia but, until recently, they have largely been missed in conversations surrounding affordable housing. “When we talk about affordable housing in political discourse, what we’re often referring to is your typical, twenty-something-year-old couple looking to buy their first home. What’s often not taken…

26 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

How AUM Biosciences is improving drug availability and affordability worldwide

An award winning biotech startup, AUM Biosciences, is hoping to address the low returns on R&D investment that currently exist in oncology drug development, with an overarching mission to improve drug availability and affordability, worldwide. At present, only one in ten oncology drugs make it to market. This puts pressure on valuable R&D dollars, elevates…

25 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

How drones are helping to recruit STEM graduates into the Defence Force

Drone technology is helping to attract young people into the Defence force in an increasingly competitive STEM recruitment landscape. Much like the rest of the world, Australia is experiencing a shortage of STEM-qualified entrants into the - now heavily STEM-dominated - job market, and drones are helping to bridge this gap. Drones have reached an…

20 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Business

Legal

How to avoid public disclosure of internal misconduct – insights from Professor AJ Brown

Earlier this month, Federal Police raided the home of Newscorp journalist Annika Smethurt following the publication of a leaked plan allegedly permitting governments to spy on Australians. The raid was reportedly the result of an act of internal whistleblowing and follows two recent high-profile whistleblowing cases: that of David McBride, former Defence Force Lawyer, and Richard Boyle…

20 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Business

Leadership & Communication

Technology

How to develop your company’s ‘innovation muscle’

Disruptive trends like AI, ‘internet of things’ and ‘as a service’ business models are transforming the expectations of consumers and demanding that we all do business in a different, more innovative, way. With tech giants like Google and Microsoft submitting thousands of AI patent applications and investing heavily in this space, other companies are beginning…

18 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Auckland’s City Rail Link project – developments, challenges and objectives

Auckland’s rail network is undergoing a significant upgrade, to accommodate exponential population growth. The City Rail Link (CRL) is New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project and will transform the way people travel, live and work in the country’s biggest city. The project involves the construction of 3.2 km twin tunnels, two new underground stations, and…

13 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

A Surgeon’s perspective on working together in the operating theatre environment

Patient safety in the operating room has improved in the last few decades, however significant risks remain. Operative environments can be acutely stressful, with heavy workloads and high-risk decision making. Healthy team dynamics are critical in this context. Ahead of the Operating Theatre Management Conference, Dr. Nicole Yap, a Breast Surgeon and Deputy Chair of…

11 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Legal

How should brokers prepare for the potential arrival of the Best Interests Duty?

The prospect of a Best Interests Duty for mortgage brokers is looming, leaving many uncertain about the potential impact on their everyday business practices. Commissioner Kenneth Hayne recommended the introduction of the consumer-minded mandate in the Royal Commission, citing the need for better documentation, demonstrability and accountability in all forms of consumer lending. He also…

7 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Ravenhall Prison – another shining example of long term infrastructure financing

Prison infrastructure – and public works more generally - is seeing a renaissance in long term financing solutions after a temporary decline in popularity following the GFC. The Ravenhall Prison Public Private Partnership (PPP) has just completed a long term financing transaction, on which Allens advised The GEO Group. Ahead of Informa’s Prisons 2019 Conference,…

7 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic