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The future of Australian AgTech

Australia’s AgTech sector has seen impressive growth in recent years with $123.8 million worth of angel and seed funding reported in 2017 and a tenfold increase in venture capital deals since 2014. Business startup accelerator GrowLab – owned by Cicada Innovations – has been at the forefront of this growth, having recently graduated its second…

14 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Managing complex pain in digital hospitals

Pain management in clinical settings is highly complex, and the digitisation of workflows in some Queensland Health hospitals - although popular across the board - has added an extra layer of complexity, according to Pharmacist IT Consultant, Deborah Boland. “When assessing pain and administering analgesia there are many variables to consider and criteria to satisfy”,…

13 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

How Bombardier is addressing network and operational challenges in Melbourne’s tram network

The Melbourne tram network is the largest in the world, consisting of 250 km of double track that is serviced using a range of trams and modern light rail vehicles (LRVs) of varying age and configuration. Over recent years, the proportion of modern LRV’s in the fleet has increased, as longer low-floor trams with greater…

11 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Technology

How will the Huawei ban affect the 5G rollout?

Since the onset of the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2008, global productivity has slowed, at times, to the point of stagnation. This ‘productivity slowdown’ has manifested, among other things, as low GDP and wage growth. In other words, productivity matters at both a national and individual level. David Kennedy of Ovum believes that enterprise…

7 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

PPP evolution – where to now?

Approaches to infrastructure procurement in Australia have evolved considerably over decades, giving rise to a suite of models. Public private partnerships (PPPs) have proven to be a particularly robust ‘species’, given their superior capacity to deliver projects on time and within budget - and ultimately generate value-for-money for the tax payer. However, the environment in…

5 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Insights into Denmark’s eHealth system

The rise of chronic disease, an ageing population and growing community expectations present some challenging conditions, in which the Australian healthcare sector must not only survive, but thrive. Delivering sustainable, patient-centred and cost-effective healthcare in this environment, will require a series of paradigmatic shifts over the coming decades – including a move from ‘illness’ to…

4 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Food & Agriculture | Technology | Uncategorised

Australian AgTech – a rich hunting ground for venture capital

Australia’s AgTech sector has grown considerably over the last decade and is showing further signs of maturity, with a hefty $123.8 million worth of angel and seed funding logged in 2017. Until recently, however, a lack of local investment data has been stunting its progress - a number of investors put off by the opacity…

1 Feb 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Legal | Occupational Health & Safety

Protecting our protectors: addressing PTSD in the police force and emergency services

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an often debilitating mental health condition that results from witnessing or experiencing a single or series of traumatic events. It is now one of the leading causes of workers' compensation claims in Australia, particularly in the police force and emergency services, in which the prevalence of the disorder is almost…

31 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Student well-being at Wenona School

Adolescence is a difficult time for most people, but for a growing subset of young Australians, it is more than just an “uncomfortable phase”. Statistics show that one in five 13-18 years-olds will experience a severe mental health disorder; and more than half of people with a lifetime mental health diagnosis will encounter their first…

23 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

Looming glut in lithium or supply shortfalls?

2018 is now firmly behind us, but the lithium oversupply concerns and bearish narrative that emerged early in the year have far from abated. While most analysts have agreed that the lithium demand trend is getting stronger each day, barely a week has passed without some new up- or down-stream challenge emerging that could threaten…

21 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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