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Author: Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Business

How to minimise regulatory risk for BNPL products

The Buy Now Pay Later industry has received a lot of scrutiny since its inception, with some consumer advocates questioning the ethics of financing at the point-of-sale. Amid high levels of consumer debt and low financial literacy, some believe the largely unregulated market – popular with younger demographics - may expose people to financial harm.…

12 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Should you invest in ETFs – and how?

Since their inception in the 1990s, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become one of the most sought-after investment vehicles for individuals and institutions, globally. Offering diversification, trading, and arbitrage options, ETFs are often touted for their low cost and attractive profile, relative to mutual funds. However, Morningstar Associate Director Justin Walsh reminds us that ETF trading…

9 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Leadership & Communication

Occupational Health & Safety

Organisational injury prevention through a wellbeing lens

A new initiative by WorkSafe Victoria is slashing mental health related workers compensation claims in its own workforce, by upskilling employees and their leaders in the realm of wellbeing. Bucking the trend of safety-focussed interventions, the WorkSafe Victoria Wellbeing Program is one of the first in the country to look at workers’ compensation through a…

4 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology

Transport & Logistics

How to manage change in an ever-shifting port environment – insights from Saab

The global port operating environment is constantly changing as it strives to meet sustainability objectives and address bottlenecks in the port–hinterland interface. With new trends like ‘just in time arrival’ and ‘emissions reduction tracking’ increasingly being prioritised, the rate of change can be felt profoundly at all levels of an organisation. Even ports that are…

4 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Understanding machine learning within rail asset management

Machine learning (ML) has become one of the most prominent industry buzzwords of the last decade, with almost half of Australian companies now experimenting with the technology. Within rail, ML has been particularly transformative, with dozens of applications in maintenance, asset management, and other safety critical operations. However, while many may recognise the value of…

4 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Should you keep someone living with Dementia in an aged care facility during a pandemic?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of people have considered withdrawing their family members from residential aged care facilities in a bid to minimise their risk of viral exposure. For relatives or carers of people living with Dementia, this decision has been more challenging. Will their loved one get the care they need without…

29 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Technology

Improving the efficacy of telehealth for Indigenous Australians

After being catapulted onto the MBS rebate schedule at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, few would doubt that telehealth has now earned its place as a permanent fixture of mainstream clinical practice. Backed by some encouraging uptake statistics, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt recently touted its benefits for people who have children, mobility issues,…

21 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

NT’s role in quashing geopolitical tensions with China

China has stepped up its encroachment in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, penning a security deal with one of Australia’s closest neighbours. The deal, which could allow the Chinese military near-unfettered access to the Solomon Islands – including the stationing and replenishment of Chinese warships - is what Retired US Marine COL Grant Newsham sees…

20 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

Occupational Health & Safety

Managing lifestyle factors for miner health and safety

Health surveillance in the mining industry has historically focussed on the physical aspects of the profession, particularly the threat of occupational diseases from airborne contaminants. In the last decade, this has begun to shift with lifestyle factors, such as obesity, stress, and chronic disease, increasingly coming into focus. Within mining, rates of these conditions are…

14 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety

Transport & Logistics

How the UK redeemed its rail safety profile following five track fatalities

For many years, the United Kingdom’s rail industry was well-known for its upward safety trend, but in 2017 this all changed when five track workers lost their lives in the three years thereafter. The fatalities prompted an immediate response from the national safety regulator; and in 2019, Network Rail Director Nick Millington was asked to…

11 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

Occupational Health & Safety

How to balance the science and art of work health and safety

As a director or manager of a mining operation, you might think you have your workplace health and safety (WHS) obligations covered. Team members constantly on high alert for signs of spontaneous combustion; safety alerts in place for the correct selection of PUR products; and stringent review and control measures following gas exceedance. Overlaying this,…

5 Apr 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Legal

Blame on steroids – what Australia’s leading WHS lawyer thinks about industrial manslaughter legislation

In 2020, Queensland’s District Court handed down its first industrial manslaughter prosecution, sentencing two directors of Brisbane Auto Recycling to a ten month suspended prison sentence, following the accidental death of a worker. The directors admitted to negligence in the lead up to the accident, which saw victim, 52 year old Tiger Willis, caught between…

31 Mar 2022, by Amy Sarcevic
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