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Healthcare | Technology

Real time prescription monitoring: an update

For decades, a paper based system has underpinned Australia's strict medicines and poisons regulations. Within this system, doctors have no way of knowing if patients seeking controlled medicines are living with an undiagnosed addiction and securing multiple doses of the same drug from different practices. Often, prescribing doctors say ‘yes’ and write a script because…

18 Feb 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

Financial abuse enablement – an insidious side-effect of the potential RLO repeal

Australia may see a resurgence in financial and economic abuse if the Senate opts to scrap responsible lending obligations (RLO), warns Gerard Brody of the Consumer Action Law Centre. The move to weaken RLOs was made by Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in September last year, in a bid to maintain credit flow in the wake…

17 Feb 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

The main ingredient for teaching success

School principal Tina King still vividly recalls the day a recently qualified teacher knocked on her office door and began sobbing. Just months into the role, pressures from parents, students, and impending exams had begun to feel overwhelming – her last hope to purge all in an impromptu meeting with her boss. “It was heartbreaking,”…

16 Feb 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Meeting Victorian students at their learning point of need – an interview with Karen Money

Working with 26 Victorian schools during last year’s forced closures, award-winning educator, Karen Money, made one clear observation about remote learning: that some students thrived with the added autonomy, whilst others lagged without in-person teacher support. “The polarity really struck me,” she said ahead of The Age Schools Summit. “Some students flourished when they were…

4 Feb 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Data analytics: the next frontier in medication management

Right patient, right time, right method, right dose and – last but not least - the right medication. When it comes to administering pharmaceuticals in health care settings, there are many different avenues for clinical error - especially when visual checks are used to inspect product labels, eMARs, and NMICs. These errors occur in around…

1 Feb 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

How responsible lending should look – an interview with Professor Kevin Davis

Former member of the Financial Systems Inquiry, Professor Kevin Davis, has set out his expectations for responsible lending obligation (RLO) reform in Australia. Davis advocates a shared buyer and seller accountability model, which protects consumers from financial illiteracy and cognitive bias, at the same time, retaining much of the economic benefit of a market based…

21 Jan 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety

How to create mentally healthy workplaces – an interview with Ian Firth, SafeWork NSW

Over the years there has been much talk about ‘mentally healthy workplaces’, spurring corporates to adopt a host of office perks like free fruit, seated massage, and lunchtime yoga. Whilst these measures are valuable, Ian Firth of SafeWork NSW explains that WHS legislation requires a more systematic approach to psychosocial hazard reduction - with factors…

19 Jan 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Wrongful birth damages – an interview with Bill Madden

Maintaining a duty of confidentiality is an integral part of any healthcare profession, but what happens when upholding medical confidentiality leads to adverse health outcomes? Patient Y, a pregnant woman, sought damages when Doctors failed to inform her that her father had been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease – a heritable brain disorder that had been…

11 Jan 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Adverse health outcomes during the pandemic response – legal implications

The COVID-19 pandemic has created some challenging risk management scenarios for healthcare workers - and with the heightened threat of adverse outcomes, many now feel as though they are treading murky legal water. While Australia has missed the levels of system overwhelm seen in countries hardest hit by the virus, the very threat of it…

17 Dec 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Small group tutoring in NSW – why the need and how will it work?

Next year, students in New South Wales (NSW) will have access to free tutoring for the first time, thanks to a $337 million program as part of the state’s 2020-21 Budget. Under the scheme, an additional 5,500 staff will be employed to deliver small group teaching sessions to all eligible students throughout the state. The…

8 Dec 2020, by Amy Sarcevic
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