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Transport & Logistics

Learnings and key takeaways from RISSB Rail Safety 2021

Thanks again to everyone who made RISSB’s Rail Safety Conference 2021 such a success. Themed ‘New ideas, new perspectives and new directions’, the conference brought together over 180 attendees, both in-person at the Swissotel Sydney and online in a new virtual conference environment, representing government, regulators, operators, network managers, safety leaders, and suppliers from right…

19 Nov 2021, by Informa Insights

Banking & Finance | Legal

Is your financial services business really ethical?

From exploiting the vulnerable, to heavily penalising hardship, it is often easy to recognise what fairness is not within financial services. Defining what exactly fairness is, however, in the realms of marketing, product or contract design, can be a deceptively complex task; one which even ethically-motivated firms trip up on, explains Professor Deen Sanders of…

16 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

The impact of low vector supply in Australia

A global genomic revolution is currently in full swing, with significant advances in gene editing, DNA sequencing, CRISPR, therapeutics, and molecular diagnostics. However, manufacturing for viral vectors – the engineered viruses that carry genetic materials to host cells - is lagging behind global demand, delaying clinical trials and the progression of new genetic therapies to…

15 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security

Sovereign, resilience and schedule assurance in defence space acquisition

With Australian Defence spending set to surpass the global benchmark at 2.5 percent of GDP, a series of key military acquisitions have emerged in what Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described as “the most consequential strategic realignment since the Second World War.” Beneath the seas, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will acquire eight nuclear powered…

10 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Occupational Health & Safety

How to stop violence in hospitals

‘Prevention not cure’ has long been considered the Holy Grail of healthcare, but what if this same logic was applied to security in healthcare settings, in place of reactive strategies for combatting patient violence? Associate Professor Paul Preisz who founded Australia’s first ever PANDA (Psychiatric, Alcohol and Non-Prescription Drug Assessment) unit believes preventing – not…

9 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Uncategorised

How to manage COVID risk in the workplace

Managing COVID-19 risk in the workplace will likely be an ongoing challenge for employers in the years ahead. With international borders now re-opening, and workers filtering back into the office, company directors will begin to bear the full brunt of keeping their teams safe. Wade Needham, a General Manager at Fresh Country Farms Australia believes…

8 Nov 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety

The right way to handle a bullying or harassment complaint according to SafeWork NSW

As a manager or director of a large corporation, what would you do if you received an employee complaint about bullying or harassment within your team? For most people, the answer is the same: forward the matter to human resources, where an investigation will decide whether the accused person has breached the company’s Code of…

29 Oct 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Mining & Resources

Outlook for minerals sands – an interview with Reg Adams

The mineral sands sector is well-accustomed to supply shortfalls, having weathered a series of geopolitical setbacks since mid-last decade. An unnerving mix of post-Brexit uncertainty, rising tensions with China, and a string of outages in major global supply hubs, have been stalling - or outright upending - production efforts since 2016. However when the COVID-19…

27 Oct 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Social Policy

Is net zero achievable? An interview with Former Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO and IPCC Co-Chair Prof Jim Skea

As the world counts down to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, pressure from scientists, activists, and existing ‘Paris Agree-ers’ has been mounting for Australia to carve out a road-map towards net zero emissions by 2050. But while the Coalition’s reticence over strong climate action may have become increasingly unpopular, it is grounded in legitimate…

26 Oct 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Managing workplace violence at Monash Health – an interview with Security Director Steve Bills

Violence against healthcare professionals is prevalent in Australia, with 87 percent of workers reporting at least one physical assault over a six month period. With the rise of methamphetamine usage and the number of patients presenting to emergency wards with acute mental health problems, the issue is growing. Between 2016 and 2019 physical assaults in…

25 Oct 2021, by Amy Sarcevic
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