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Managing acoustics in learning environments

Speaking and listening in learning environments is critical and the way classrooms are designed acoustically can have a profound influence on learning outcomes. This is particularly true among students from differing language backgrounds; and across the spectrum of disorders which may affect hearing, concentration or sensitivity to sound. Despite a growing national focus on inclusive…

15 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

PPP risk allocation – what constitutes best practice?

Effective risk allocation is key to the success of any public private partnership (PPP). Get it right and projects can attract a competitive pool of bidders, more efficiently negotiate contracts and reduce the likelihood of dispute during the concession period. Get it wrong and the opposite will be true. “Historically, there was a tendency for…

10 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Uncategorised

The Kidston Energy Hub | dispatchable renewable energy on tap

Australia has reached a significant milestone in its bid to ensure dispatchable renewable energy - what Head of the Australian Energy Council  has described as "the main game in the electricity market" - thanks to the work of Genex Power. Just last month, the company announced its new partnership with EnergyAustralia, which will see the…

9 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

Depoliticising Australian Infrastructure

Throughout Australia, and around the world, there are a tremendous number of infrastructure projects in the pipeline. This makes for a competitive playing field in which countries and jurisdictions with the most attractive conditions are favoured by bidders and investors. In the past, Australia has fared reasonably well in relation to some of its global…

8 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

Meeting regulator expectations for responsible lending

Since the commencement of the Royal Commission into banking misconduct in late 2017, the public’s gaze has been firmly fixated on the behavior of major lenders. Now, more than ever, consumers are acutely conscious of their rights and of what constitutes appropriate practice. In such a climate, maintaining organisational integrity and compliance with Australia’s robust…

20 Dec 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

An update on Australia’s largest wind solar storage hybrid project

CWP Renewables is taking hybrid renewable generation to new heights with two giant ‘wind-solar-storage’ hybrid projects, both currently in developmental stages. Once complete, the Asia Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), located in Pilbara in northwest Australia, will generate more renewable energy than Australia’s entire wind and solar contribution towards the Renewable Energy Target. Its smaller sibling,…

19 Dec 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

The future of health

Global health care spending is projected to increase at an annual rate of 5.4 percent in 2018-2022, a considerable rise from 2.9 percent in 2013-2017. Aging and growing populations, the greater prevalence of chronic diseases, and exponential advances in innovative, but costly, digital technologies continue to grow health care demand and expenditures. Health care stakeholders—providers,…

17 Dec 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM: IGNITING THE FIRE IN YOUNG LEARNERS WITH EDDIE WOO

Technology is rapidly transforming the way students learn and teachers teach, a study found that Australia is one of the highest users of technology in schools in the OECD – so how can technology benefit Australian students and what are the costs? What can it do and what can’t it do? Wootube is a prime…

14 Dec 2018, by Informa Insights

Healthcare | Technology

Queensland Health’s digital health journey

In 2012, Queensland Health began its digital health journey which has seen the digital reinvention of nine Queensland Health hospitals – with many more earmarked for renewal as the scheme is rolled out across the State. The transformation included the launch of the integrated electronic Medical Record (ieMR) – distinct from a standard electronic medical…

14 Dec 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety

The impact of megatrends on WHS and workers’ compensation policy

The rise of the ‘gig economy’, emerging technologies, and an aging workforce raise numerous questions in the context of work health and safety (WHS) and workers’ compensation. There are concerns that current policy and regulatory frameworks may not be adequate or appropriate for the ‘workforce of the future’. But, until recently, such a workforce has…

14 Nov 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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