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The decreasing emphasis on technology in designing future healthcare

As a doctor who works in tech, Microsoft’s Health Industry Executive and Chief Medical Officer Dr Nic Woods’ outlook for the future of health is notably un-technology focussed. “Many of the tools we need to service the future health needs of Australians already exist,” he said ahead of the Innovate Health Conference, hosted by Informa…

5 Jul 2022, by Amy Sarcevic


The one question people who work with NDIS participants should always ask

What does fun look like for you? It’s not a question that comes up frequently in a professional context; but it is one that Peer Mentor and disability advocate Adrian O’Malley has begun asking a lot in recent years. Adrian – who lives with disabilities himself following a stroke he had 16 years ago –…

1 Jul 2022, by Amy Sarcevic


Update on Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project – an interview with CEO Graeme Newton

As Brisbane gears up to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, millions of dollars are being funnelled into new infrastructure projects throughout the city, and nearby suburbs across South East Queensland (SEQ). One of the most prominent of these is the Cross River Rail project – a 10.2 km rail line from Dutton Park…

28 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic


Creative ways to tackle waste in government

The combined effort and buying power of local governments could be key to achieving circular economy and sustainability outcomes, as Australia makes headway with its Federal Waste Strategy – according to Sam Wylie of Logan Council in Queensland. Forcing the hand of waste producers through ‘sustainable procurement’ - where environmental factors are included in purchasing…

14 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Transport & Logistics

The importance of seafarer wellbeing – and how to achieve it

With long stints away from home, lengthy working hours, and disruptions to their Circadian rhythm, seafarers often face unique challenges in terms of managing their mental health. Currently, 40 percent of workers in the maritime industry live with symptoms of depression or anxiety, and between 1960 and 2009, 5.9 percent of seafarers globally died by…

9 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Infrastructure

How NSW is planning for state wide health infrastructure growth

When Chief Executive of Health Infrastructure, Rebecca Wark took on Australia’s second largest infrastructure portfolio in 2019, she wasn’t anticipating an onslaught of bushfires, floods, and a pandemic. But despite the difficulties these events presented when planning for state-wide health infrastructure, they helped cement a strategic foundation. With upended supply chains, workforce pressures, and more…

8 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

Tackling the backlog in elective surgery

The cessation of elective surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present a challenge to the Australian healthcare sector, with both public and private clinics struggling to work through a backlog of some 400 000 cases. Wait times for certain category 2 procedures – which are typically required within months - have blown out, in…

7 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

How Buy Now Pay Later is fuelling appetite for private healthcare

Changes in the deferred payments landscape could see more Australians gravitating towards private care to fund out-of-pocket health procedures, according to Chief Executive of Openpay, Dion Appel. The last few years have seen attitudes towards credit changing, with consumers turning their back on credit cards to access funds in times of need. As of March…

3 Jun 2022, by Amy Sarcevic


How to better care for people living with dementia

Dementia is one of Australia’s most widespread and impactful health conditions, directly affecting almost two thirds of aged-care residents. Whether managing prodromal symptoms, or a more progressive stage of cognitive impairment, the consequences of poor dementia care can be significant. While the last ten years have seen notable developments in the realm of diagnostics and…

31 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Industry ETFs, Risk and the role of Bitcoin

Exchange traded funds are quickly becoming one of the most talked about investment vehicles in Australia, with the record net inflows seen in last year’s industry roundup a particular discussion theme. In the context of crypto ETFs, however, certain aspects of risk assessment have not received as much focus. Jeff Yew of Monochrome warns that,…

26 May 2022, by Amy Sarcevic
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