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On track for success – how the IHHA sees the future of heavy haul rail maintenance

With many tracks built more than 100 years ago, the railway systems of developed countries around the world were not meant to bear the heavy haul trains of today. Initially supporting 16 tonnes per axel, the networks now hold trains with up to 45 – almost three times the weight of their original cargo. For…

31 Jan 2024, by Amy Sarcevic


Getting the most out of health innovation

The term ‘innovation’ is widely used and broadly defined. But regardless of whether it is a new product, technique, or application, no definition is complete without an emphasis on real world adoption. That's according to Dr Joy Francisco, Chief Commercial Officer at Sydney Local Health District, who is participating on a panel at the National…

6 Dec 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


How Ku-ring-gai Council is engaging community members to inspire environmental action

When Sydney’s Ku-ring-gai Council began creating a new website aimed at promoting environmental action in the community, it wanted to make sure its messaging was right. “We know that community members often don’t relate to the term ‘Net Zero’," said Emma Treadgold, Team Leader of Sustainability Engagement. "They see it as too big to tackle…

21 Jun 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


How Australia is meeting its 30 by 30 target

Australia’s environmental health has been on a downward trend for decades, with levels of extinction, ocean acidification and habitat destruction among the worst in the world. In 2022, the federal government committed to reversing this trend, vowing it would strive to protect 30 percent of its land and seas by 2030. The ‘30 by 30’…

20 Jun 2023, by Amy Sarcevic


Practicing what it lobbies for – how consumer advocacy CHOICE maintains ethical data practices

After years of lobbying for better data management in large corporations, consumer rights advocacy CHOICE made a vow: to uphold the same standards it was calling for in others, within its own organisation. This ‘practice what you lobby for’ mentality was ethically-motivated, explained Chief Data & Technology Officer, Ashwin Sridhar – much like CHOICE’s recent…

2 Dec 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Uncategorised

Understanding mental health in the workplace

After a lifetime in the aviation industry, Counsellor and Podcaster Chris Smith now dedicates his time to establishing leadership and mental health programs for major international airlines. His work has seen him supporting manager-staff relations, employee engagement, and conflict resolution, in countries such as Singapore, Japan, PNG, and France. Ahead of the Safety in Action…

11 Oct 2022, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology | Uncategorised

How supply chain enhancements can boost medication compliance rates

The pharmaceutical industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has raised the bar for therapeutic development, with vaccine generation and approval performed in record timeframes. However, as Linfox General Manager Healthcare, Andrew Mitchell points out, much of the focus on expediting biomedical research begins and ends in the lab, leaving large portions of the value chain…

20 Jul 2022, by Amy Sarcevic


How the Shire of Coolgardie is keeping services running with minimal rate increases

As the cost of living (COL) index scales 6-7 percent, the Shire of Coolgardie – Western Australia’s third largest GDP contributor outside of the Pilbarra region – is exploring novel ways to provide community services against budgetary constraints. With local government rate increases restricted to a modest 2-3 percent (4 percent below the COL index),…

13 Jul 2022, by Amy Sarcevic


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


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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