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Is the Hierarchy of Controls always valid in the age of software systems?

According to the Hierarchy of Controls – a framework that has long been used for minimising workplace hazards - engineering controls are inherently safer than administrative controls. However, as consultant Neil Robinson explains ahead of the RISSB Rail Safety Conference, this is not always the case. “There are three issues to consider when deciding whether…

1 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Occupational Health & Safety

How to evaluate your school’s COVID-19 safety program

Infection avoidance, liability avoidance, and government compliance. As a school governor, it is easy to think that you have your COVID-19 risk management plan down pat. However, safely increasing occupancy numbers in schools during the pandemic is a deceptively complex task, according to Lt. John Weinstein of the Northern Virginia Community College Police Department, USA.…

30 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Using technology for better obstetric decision making

Cardiotocography (CTG) has been used for foetal heartrate (FHR) surveillance since the 1970s, as a means of detecting foetal hypoxia and guiding clinical decisions around delivery timing. Despite the length of its usage, there is yet to be convincing evidence that CTG reduces birth asphyxia, stillbirths, caesareans or instrumental deliveries. Although the technology is good…

24 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

New tool helps spot worksite blind-spots and prevent machinery accidents

After three of his brothers were seriously injured by construction site vehicles at work, Dr. Nathan Kirchner decided it was time for the industry to change. Together with Dr. Kieran MacKenzie he founded tech start-up Presien – a Laing O’Rourke spinout, aimed at preventing vehicular accidents in heavy industries. Kirchner’s personal experience was not the…

23 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure | Leadership & Communication | Technology

Is your business a critical infrastructure asset?

Last month, the New Zealand Stock Exchange came to a standstill as cyber-attackers carried out a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Overwhelming servers with a flood of traffic, the attackers halted the site’s main board, debt and Fonterra shareholder markets. Aftershocks were felt around the country, with trading effectively frozen for four…

17 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

Conduct is the ‘new black’ in financial services – Dr. Andy Schmulow

Shortly after Dr. Andy Schmulow announced that a life insurer shamed in the banking Royal Commission would not be here in five years’ time, he indignantly retracted his statement. “I made a mistake,” Schmulow told Informa Connect ahead of the Credit Law Conference. “They won’t be here in five months’ time.” The well-known academic – one…

15 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Digital degree market a totally different ball game, says Oxford’s Simon Marginson

From retail, to healthcare, to corporate enterprise, the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred digital disruption in almost every sector. For some activities, the digital medium has proven to be more popular than its in-person alternative. With the arrival of bulk-billable telehealth, for example, overall GP consultations have surged. As have virtual meeting software sign-ups, with research…

9 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Social Policy

Becoming Australia’s second quadriplegic doctor – insights from Dr. Dinesh Palipana

As a quadriplegic medical professional, Dr. Dinesh Palipana spends much of his time at hospital. Either tending patients or being one himself. The car accident and resulting spinal cord injury that left him paralysed made medical school a challenge. But Palipana saw it through, becoming only the second quadriplegic in Australia to have done so.…

7 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Leadership & Communication | Technology | Transport & Logistics

Unlocking VTS data for optimal port operations

With $1.2 billion worth of trade moving through Australian ports every day, it is not surprising that the role of ports as a ‘service provider’ – and not just a ‘landowner’ - is becoming increasingly important. Dr. Tim Wilkes of Marico Marine believes real time data, like that collected by vessel traffic systems (VTS), will…

2 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

How do we help our country survive? A change in focus for Australian universities

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has not been kind to any of us, but for Australia’s higher education sector it has been crippling. A huge drop-off in international students – which once comprised the nation’s third largest export – has left a $16 billion dent in the industry. This has prompted the government to reconsider some…

31 Aug 2020, by Amy Sarcevic
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