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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

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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

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The new track refurbishment technology that lasts longer than part replacements

A new mobile laser welding unit for manganese track-work refurbishment is soon set to touch Australian shores, after a successful entry into the United States heavy haul market. The automated LaserWelder unit by Holland Rail Services restores manganese frogs and crossing diamonds to like-new condition, often outperforming and lasting longer than total part replacements. Tensile…

1 Mar 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

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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

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What Google is doing to enhance healthcare delivery – insights from Head of Innovation Scott Thomson

Upon hearing the word ‘Google’ you could be forgiven for not immediately thinking of healthcare innovations like AI protein folding algorithms, contactless sleep sensors, or robotics assisted surgery. But according to Google’s Head of Innovation for Customer Engineering, Scott Thomson, the firm’s recent efforts in the healthcare space are so substantial that they can no…

8 Jun 2021, by Amy Sarcevic

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Ten ways virtual conferences trump live events

They say adversity is often the catalyst for change and for large-scale events, COVID-19 has been no exception. With ongoing public health policies, like border closures and social distancing, virtual conferences are fast becoming the norm for Australian business. In fact, 85% of companies are now using digital channels for education purposes. With live policy…

20 Aug 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

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Major curriculum overhaul looking likely

Professor Geoff Masters, the person behind a proposed curriculum overhaul for New South Wales has so far racked up “considerable support” from teachers for his suggested redesign, which is due for finalisation this year. Since the release of his interim report in October last year, Masters has received more than 700 submissions providing feedback on…

23 Jan 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

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More than a “dating site for dirt” – smart technology that all rail operators need to know about

The rail industry generates thousands of tonnes of construction waste per annum and just a fraction of this is diverted from landfills, to be recycled, reused, reprocessed or stockpiled. This level of wastage is more than just an environmental and economic concern; it’s a major missed financial opportunity for businesses, highlights Jack Manning Sustainability Lead…

27 Nov 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

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Project Independence – an innovative home ownership model

People with an intellectual disability have the lowest rate of homeownership in Australia. But, until recently, they have largely been missed in conversations about affordable housing, according to Glenn Keys AO of Aspen Medical. “When we talk about affordable housing in political discourse, what we’re often referring to is your typical, twenty-something-year-old couple looking to…

26 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

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Industrial manslaughter legislation – is there a need and will it boost WHS compliance?

In 2017, Queensland became the second state in Australia (following the ACT in 2004) to enact industrial manslaughter (IM) legislation. The laws – which are an extension of the existing Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (QLD) - criminally illegalise any action or omission of action, that inadvertently causes death in the workplace. If found guilty of…

15 May 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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