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How the Department of Defence is responding to the PFAS crisis

Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals - long used in items such as food packaging, nonstick cookware and firefighting foam – which now find themselves under increasing concerns over environmental and potential health impacts. In recent years, empirical evidence regarding the toxicity of PFAS chemicals has been brought to light,…

10 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Tackling Australia’s war on waste – an interview with Matt Genever of Sustainability Victoria

Australia’s “war on waste” took a sinister turn earlier this year when India confirmed that it will follow in China’s footsteps and place a ban on waste imports. Meanwhile, the Australian public’s concern over its own high garbage volumes, low resource recovery rates and linear (make-use-dispose) economy is growing. All of this overlaid by a…

8 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

What does dementia feel like?

In Australia 342,000 people are living with Dementia – a pervasive collection of symptoms including memory loss, confusion and apathy. Despite its prevalence, renowned dementia advocate, John Roth, believes the condition is often misinterpreted by both healthcare professionals and wider society. While many of the symptoms have the potential to reduce quality of life for…

4 Apr 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

How the ATSB is improving rail safety for the general public

Derailments, signals passed at danger, level crossings incidents, and track workers coming into conflict or potential conflict with trains represent serious concerns to the rail industry. Though potentially devastating, every accident presents a new opportunity to refine safety protocols and amplify safety messaging to minimise the likelihood of a reoccurrence. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau…

26 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Transport & Logistics

The role of safety in delivering New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project

Auckland’s rail network is undergoing a significant upgrade, to accommodate exponential population growth. The City Rail Link (CRL) is New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project and will transform the way people travel, live and work in the country’s biggest city. The project involves the construction of 3.2 km twin tunnels, two new underground stations, and…

22 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance

Mortgage broking in the eye of the storm

The Federal Government has announced that it will preserve current mortgage broker remuneration structures and override Commissioner Hayne’s recommendation to abolish lender-paid commissions in favour of consumer-based fees. The announcement has come in the midst of significant industry backlash, with economists, analysts, academics and brokers warning that the Commissioner’s recommendation – designed to protect consumers…

13 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Technology

Improving AML surveillance within law enforcement

Anti-money laundering (AML) technology is currently at the forefront of law enforcement innovation. But in the absence of an “innovation framework”, criminals may exploit “system seams” and outpace AML advancement, according to ASPI Senior Analyst Dr. John Coyne. The “seams” he is referring to are the subtle but important incongruences between public and private sector…

12 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

2019 a key year for PHI reform

2019 looks set to be a key year for private health insurance with the Australian Government this week confirming it will fund the development of a nationally searchable website to promote the transparency of medical specialist fees; with a complementary education initiative for consumers, GPs and specialists. The website will provide information on the costs…

8 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Leadership & Communication

How to maximise your online personal brand

Your online presence says a lot about you and in today’s world it could make or break your success. But what exactly should we be sharing online; and how? Ahead of the Future Women Executive Summit, we spoke with Lynn Dang of Microsoft who shared some ideas on how to strategically maximise your online personal…

7 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

A new therapeutic for Alzheimer’s is imminent – what is it and what will it mean?

An ageing population could see global cases of dementia and its major form Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) almost double every twenty years. However, a new therapeutic approach currently being trialled in Australia could put a halt to this growth, cutting cases of Alzheimer’s by as much as 50 percent. Associate Professor Michael Woodward - who appeared…

6 Mar 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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