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Banking & Finance | Healthcare

Australia’s private health insurance industry – a refreshed view from the sidelines

The last few years have seen a ‘crisis in confidence’ in Australia’s private health insurance (PHI) industry. Rising premiums versus flat salaries are making it increasingly tough for providers to demonstrate value for money to an already unconvinced consumer base. Further fueling this skepticism, Labor’s recent proposal to conduct an industry-wide review and impose a…

1 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure

Repairing dangerous buildings – who should pay?

Property values could decline by as much as 90% if owners continue to be held liable for dangerous cladding, according to a report by the Strata Community Association (SCA). As it stands, owners are having to face levies of $30,000 - $60,000 to rectify these building deficits – and there are fears that aggressive investigation…

30 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure | Planning & Design

Urban planning and the university masterplan

Planning university campuses in the 21st century is an intensive exercise in innovation and Curtin University’s Greater Curtin Plan, which attracted the largest ever Smart Cities grant from federal government, is a high-definition example. Located in Perth’s middle suburbia, Curtin aims to serve not only its students, but the region in general, by acting as…

27 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Healthcare

Debunking the myths around private health insurance

The Australian Labor Party recently announced a policy commitment to imposing a 2% cap on private health insurance (PHI) premiums, for at least two years pending a productivity Commission review. The proposal was designed to increase affordability within the sector, as flat income rates fail to keep up with premiums rising above CPI. As expected,…

24 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Why we need greater collaboration between the health and tech sectors

Technology is a major player in today’s business landscape. Improved processes, seamless deliverables, and enhanced client experiences. Much of the reason industries can no longer go it alone. The key? Collaboration.   With the national population approaching 25 million people, the public health sector is one of Australia’s most expended customer-based industries. Accounting for 8.5…

23 Apr 2018, by Informa Insights

Infrastructure

Global case studies in SMART infrastructure

The need for more efficient and livable cities in Australia has led to the birth of SMART infrastructure - the integration of infrastructure assets with enabling technologies and big data analytics. With the impending arrival of fifth-generation broadband (5G) and a proliferation of SMART technologies emerging, the opportunity for developing SMART infrastructure is increasing; and…

20 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Solar PPAs – working towards a more sustainable future

With the amplification of corporate sustainability commitments and an increasingly volatile energy market, many corporations are now looking at renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs), as a means of buying ‘green benefits’ for their brand and hedging against rising electricity costs. Even previously ambivalent companies are beginning to show a strong interest. Energy bills have increased…

19 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Using non-thermal ultrasound procedures to treat Alzheimer’s disease

Neurological disorders such as dementia and its major form, Alzheimer’s disease, are an ongoing and increasing challenge for our ageing population. Sadly, the disorders remain incurable as there are limitations in existing treatments such as drugs and surgical therapies, due to their difficulty in accessing the brain. But thanks to the pioneering work of Professor…

19 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Business

How well is the ACL serving Australian consumers?

In March 2016, Consumer Affairs Ministers throughout Australia and New Zealand began a twelve-month review of the Australian Consumer Law – in a bid to better protect Australian consumers. The review sought to future-proof the law against new and emerging issues and in doing so identified a set of reforms to improve the operation of…

18 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Using NDIS funding to create a big life

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) entitles 20,000 people living with disability in Australia to a portion of more than $1 billion funding. Applications are subject to a complex and strict review process, but can entitle people with significant, permanent disability to generous (often five figure) sums. This funding helps them get the appropriate inventions…

18 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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