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  • KinCare | Business In Focus Magazine
    the industry can meet the needs of all potential service recipients A lot of stakeholders need to be involved in this development existing infrastructure medical professionals unions and governments So in order for it to develop we are going to have to come together over the next decades and will gradually take steps in that direction Major advancements in technology will also allow KinCare to move toward an even more integrated approach to aged care and in home health care such as developments in information technology assistive devices and patient monitoring Not only will these developments provide a significant reduction in costs savings clients can expect to share but will also improve client results through the ability to continually monitor health data This increased reliance on technology will be an enormous benefit to the industry employees and most importantly to clients receiving services at home Without this development in home care services would quickly reach a crisis point with an inability to provide enough skilled workers to deliver all the services that would be required within the next twenty years Projections that employee to client ratio will shrink over the next twenty years makes technology use even more vital Technology is a part of the solution utilisation is part of the solution but attracting people into the industry from other areas is also important in navigating through some of the upcoming challenges the industry faces One of KinCare s most recent applications of information technology comes in the form of a bring your own device mobile based application which service providers use to develop care plans update client info on the go and monitor client schedules This allows employees to conduct business directly and immediately in each client s home and gives the professionals access to continually updated real time data about clients health It is a platform we use across the organisation which allows every employee to communicate electronically in real time Employees and clients can also use their own devices to quickly and easily make changes to appointments without having to call the office With plans to continue to update its back end systems the company expects to continue to innovate in the area of communications and incorporate even more of its business into its mobile application increasing the efficient delivery of its services We re seeing great results Jason shares The growth in client monitoring technology has allowed the company to provide much earlier interventions and more accurately determine health trends throughout time Those clients who do not enjoy regular physical visits by staff can appreciate the security of knowing that their health can be monitored remotely while staff visits can be kept to a minimum Indeed Better results often costs less money and this is an example of it With a simultaneous focus on client experience and health outcomes KinCare has been able to do both much more effectively and inexpensively through the deep incorporation of emerging technology Although technology will be part of the solution

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  • Citisolar | Business In Focus Magazine
    LEDs and solar systems This is the new and more responsible approach of the maturing solar industry providing a proper solution rather than simply nailing a PV panel or two to the roof to get a subsidy Mr Catton describes Citisolar s approach as very holistic and he believes in thinking globally when it comes to energy and power savings There needs to be flexibility in the suggested solutions he says Because solar energy is only generated during the day great for business much less so for residential now that the tariffs have largely been taken away you need a secondary solution to back up and substantiate the savings of a solar system so you get more for what you invest Citisolar is developing storage systems hybrid inverter battery systems that are suitable for a residential application and will provide in the region of 8 10kW of power very night in addition to its daytime output The secret and the challenge is making such a system economically viable and this point is just being reached Hybrid battery systems are fantastic Thinking for the future with solar systems this is exactly where you need to be Mr Catton says He calculates that there is a return on investment which is approximately double that of a solar system on its own The latter takes about four years to pay back while at present the hybrid battery system would take around eight but with advances in technology coming thick and fast the Citisolar team is confident that this length will soon be reduced substantially and that the hybrid battery system is a great investment Short term subsidies and tariffs used as inducements for people to install solar systems actually held the industry back and obstructed it from maturing shares Mr Catton Now people are buying from requirement or necessity and because it actually makes sense In the meantime the solar units themselves have improved almost beyond recognition in their performance and durability making the case overwhelming even with reduced support Also long term thinkers such as Citisolar have now sorted out which of the many suppliers of panels and ancillary equipment most but not all from China are the ones whose performance can match the expectations not just output per panel but panel and array durability have come a long way in the last five years or so In the last six years we have sourced from only two suppliers and we have experienced a failure rate of less than 0 1 of a percentage point That is a huge benefit for us and one of the reasons why we win so many times in the marketplace As everyone knows the sun shines in Queensland nearly 365 days a year but how strong is the argument in favour of solar in other less blessed states Mr Catton points out that one of Citisolar s strongest markets right now is Tasmania The return on investment equation is slightly different but there is still an

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  • Art Forgery and Theft | Business In Focus Magazine
    sacred symbols have been used without permission Australian Aboriginal art is incredibly diverse encompassing both traditional and contemporary styles that vary over time and from region to region Contemporary Aboriginal art has appeared on Qantas planes a Queensland Rail Tilt Train and even a digital mammogram truck Jirrawun artist Freddie Timms created Australia s first chemically protected Aboriginal artwork Wunubi Springs in September 2008 The chemical fingerprinting technique utilises different chemicals that are mixed with each paint that the artist uses forming a unique code that can only be detected with a laser The chemical code cannot be removed from an artwork or forged The technique was developed by Rachel Green a forensic scientist at the University of Western Australia researching ways to tackle art forgery Bronwyn Bancroft one of Australia s most famous Aboriginal artists illustrators and fashion designers had her painting Eternal Eclipse illegally reproduced but not on canvas Her painting was used as the fabric print for a dress by clothing manufacturer Dolina Fashion Group Pty Ltd for Grace Brothers now known as Myer In a story noted by Aboriginal history and culture website Creative Spirits Bronwyn realised that her artwork had been turned into a really revolting outfit while flicking through a catalogue and was so furious that she rushed into the nearest Grace Bros store and began ripping the dresses off the racks When a manager questioned what she was doing Bancroft exclaimed This is my work How dare you I demand to see your manager I want to know who supplied this I demand they be taken out of this shop immediately The case was later settled out of court with Dolina Fashion Group and Grace Brothers blaming Japanese fabric manufacturer Sastani which Dolina stylists had approached requesting an Aboriginal look Art theft is worth an estimated 6 billion a year In October last year police executing a search warrant in a Wiley Park home in Sydney s south west discovered over 1 5 million worth of stolen art Police uncovered a collection of 18 paintings and sketches by prominent Australian artists including Arthur Streeton Norman Lindsay and Pro Hart regarded by many as the father of Outback art The art collection was reported missing from the Darling Point penthouse of property developer Peter O Mara three years earlier In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph Peter said It s a gut feeling but the whole thing had to be set up I think it s been set up for a while Not many people knew the artworks were here You can t exactly see them from the road High profile galleries are prime targets for scammers and thieves In 2004 the Art Gallery of NSW paid 300 000 to antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor for a thousand year old stone carving of Ardhanarishvara a composite androgynous Hindu deity of the Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati It was later confirmed by Indian police that the statue had been stolen from the Vriddhachalam temple approximately

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  • Wallis Cinemas | Business In Focus Magazine
    Most of our senior people are 30 plus years employees Even for the permanent staff in our locations 20 years is not unusual if not longer Entering the digitized age With digital technology entering the scene in the past decade Australian cinema has been transformed by digital projection It appears to be the end of an era for film prints and mainstream independents such as Wallis Cinemas embrace the new technology as a means to share a story Digital projection has changed the movie going experience by providing exceptional sound quality and images while sharing a medium for screening content other than movies Digital is a more affordable form of distribution according to 2012 statistics 72 per cent of all Australian screens are now digital and close to 60 per cent are 3D capable As with the rest of the industry digital has given us a lot more flexibility explains Mr Besanko You can run films in multiple screens at different times which was not easily achievable years ago when we were 35mm That gives us the flexibility to be more responsive to what the public wants The emergence of 3D technology aligned with digital projection has changed the infrastructure of the cinema industry and the cinema experience as a whole Wallis Cinemas acknowledges the need to keep up with today s progressive technological advances Its theatres offer 3D showings which attract audiences because of the novelty factor and technical quality 3D is a premium product and we do charge more for the 3D presentation Generally we do very well However Mr Besanko goes on to caution that it ultimately comes back to the product If the film is not right it doesn t matter whether it s 3D or not People won t respond If the film is a good film 3D or 2D doesn t matter You will do well A vibrant community asset For the past 26 years Wallis Cinemas Gepps Cross drive in has offered a Sunday morning market The market attracts at least 10 000 people per week with its extensive offering of fresh fruit and vegetables and wide selection of bric a brac and collectables It did originally start off as trash and treasure Mr Besanko shares Now it s more the fresh produce It would have to be the largest market in South Australia Australia s long 100 year affection for cinema is reflected in today s cinema attendance which continues to be strong In 2012 the Australian cinema industry s revenue was over 1 billion and independents such as Wallis Cinemas remain a vibrant asset to both the industry and the community At least 30 per cent of Australia s box office revenue comes from independents and their success can only be as good as their brand We have a really strong brand says Mr Besanko I d almost say it s an iconic brand We ve always been a big player within our market and we work very hard to maintain

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  • Titan Marine Engineering | Business In Focus Magazine
    metres and a 4 25 metre draft This custom displacement yacht is equipped with a special stabilisation system to reduce roll motion effect for a smoother and more enjoyable cruising experience Mayan Queen IV is built to comply with MCA and LR standards Another superyacht to undergo the Titan Marine treatment was Battered Bull a 52 12 metre motor yacht custom built in 1995 by Feadship in the Netherlands This vessel s lovely exterior design and engineering were by De Voogt Naval Architects Battered Bull which cruises at 14 knots has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure It can accommodate up to 14 guests with a crew complement of up to 13 Less exotic but no less important are regular clients such as Maersk Holcim P O Sofrano and Golden Bay Cement Environmental awareness a topic always taken most seriously in New Zealand is an important aspect of Titan Marine s business The company is Oceania distributor for the systems of Techcross a Korean specialist in Ballast Water Management Systems BWMS for either original equipment installation or retrofit In 2004 the International Maritime Organization IMO adopted its international Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments known as the BW Convention The Techcross design was approved by the IMO in 2008 The Electro Cleen System ECS is claimed to be the most effective disinfection system using electrolysis technology With in situ generation of electric potential and oxidants from an Electro Chamber Unit ECU ECS treats all of the incoming ballast water Of the oxidants hypochlorite remains in the ballast tanks to continuously disinfect residual organisms More specifically when seawater passes through the ECU a maximum 10 parts per million of hypochlorite is produced within the ECU At the same time two more effects occur to increase disinfection efficacy One of these effects is the electrical energy from the electrodes which physically shocks organisms resulting in the weakening of cell membrane stability and enhancing the disinfection efficacy of the oxidant compounds generated by the ECU The other effect is the production of oxidants such as hydroxyl radical and hypobromite in addition to hypochlorite which can oxidise cell membranes and cell walls to disinfect organisms Among the two types of oxidants hydroxyl radical is a powerful oxidant which is instantly generated during electrolysis but also very short lived On the other hand the residual oxidant hypochlorite is able to remain active for a much longer period to eliminate residual organisms in ballast tanks and prevent re growth Electro Cleen obtained the industry s first ever IMO Basic Approval in 2006 and Final Approval in 2008 ECS has also won numerous awards including an innovation prize from Seoul s Ministry of Knowledge Economy a National Green Tech Award and the Jang Young Shil Award from the Korea Industrial Technology Association in 2011 ECS meets California s standard SB497 which is in the region of one thousand times stricter than the IMO s D 2 standards Last year South

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  • Summitcare | Business In Focus Magazine
    to create a vision and robust model of care that enhanced wellbeing A steering committee comprising SummitCare staff from all work categories analysed the impact of the change of focus from care and medical practices to looking at consumers in a holistic sense The committee then came up with a Wellbeing Framework determining how processes could change to fit within it and exploring our future as a wellbeing focused organisation Cynthia says The next stage involved unveiling the comprehensive Wellbeing Framework to SummitCare staff It includes a focus on five key attributes of wellbeing optimal health meaningful activities personal preferences personal relationships and environment A roadshow was held at all residential centres to present the values and wellbeing strategy with SummitCare s senior leadership team discussing the organisation s journey and legislative changes We are very conscious of ensuring our staff receive clear communication at all times and this framework was an important change for our staff Cynthia says It was vital that they had the chance to understand the warmth worth wellbeing approach and ask questions as this impacts the delivery of care Everything we do is about ensuring that emotional social and physical wellbeing is paramount Under the wellbeing approach SummitCare compiles a profile of a client based on a wellbeing assessment This is then used to develop a support plan for the consumer This is not a static process Cynthia says Consumers needs and preferences change so our wellbeing support plan will also evolve to ensure we can meet these changing needs Support for All Importantly the warmth worth and wellbeing approach is not just about clients It also focuses on SummitCare staff members as people with personal preferences and individual interests Already the organisation hosts a Wellbeing Week each year when staff can focus on their own wellbeing needs through dietary education alternative therapies professional development and other activities It celebrates their successes with a comprehensive awards program provides employee assistance programs and ensures career paths are optimised through regular education and job opportunities Fostering staff wellbeing is anticipated to have a ripple effect further bolstering client wellbeing Staff also have regular reminders of wellbeing behaviours including signage throughout the workplace brochures and pocket cards they carry outlining the Wellbeing Framework We want them to live out wellbeing in all they do and we want to provide the tools to help them get there Cynthia says We also want them to continue to bring to life our values of warmth and worth ensuring our services are heartfelt and warm and the worth of every individual is valued These changes have had a significant impact on staff We continue to have enormous support from the team for what we are doing The wellbeing rollout will continue from here with steering committee members championing the Wellbeing Framework promoting its structure and leading by example Every decision that is made by SummitCare and every document produced is reviewed to ensure it fits into the wellbeing framework and also addresses

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  • St Vincent’s Health Australia | Business In Focus Magazine
    from official channels mostly from the government s funding tool while quite a large amount for the hospitals comes from a variety of charitable sources and fund raising the Catholic Church itself is not concerned with funding the enterprise The whole organisation has a decidedly religious foundation but there is a completely non denominational aspect to who gets treatment and indeed who works for the body an estimated quarter of all staff profess a Catholic faith Just one of our facilities in Sydney has staff from 18 countries it s truly a multicultural business Mr Leahy says that despite the current Royal Commission there has yet to be any deleterious effect on the medical sector From the health viewpoint we have not experienced any negativity towards us We have certainly seen no reduction in demand for our services Sydney poses some financial problems not the least of which is that the individual bonds that fund care places or rooms are effectively capped at 550 000 Any funds over that amount require the submission of a special application for each facility in question That figure does not reflect location and naturally buys less in inner city Sydney than it would in the western suburbs Could indeed should elderly people being treated by SVHA consider moving to those suburbs to offset the cost of their care Not if it can be avoided says Mr Leahy citing possible disruption and discomfort associated with a move which could lessen the quality of life for those individuals in an already delicate stage If you have to build in inner city Sydney or Melbourne the 550 000 becomes marginal If you are way out west where land prices are a third of those in the city or in Hobart or Adelaide it s less of an issue He continues There are a number of new developments in the outer western suburbs of Sydney but our experience is and statistics clearly show that elderly people who have been in their homes for maybe 40 or 50 years prefer to stay within their existing community Furthermore SVHA s capacity tends to concentrate around Catholic parishes which tend to be in the cities So rather than move out SVHA prefers to bite the bullet and find a way to make staying in town financially feasible Attaining training and retaining staff especially in this industry is a priority It s a real issue for the coming ten years shares Mr Leahy who says the average age for nurses in the hospital system has risen to around 44 while in aged care the figure is 55 We can see that especially in aged care a lot of effort is being put into not only retention of the workforce but attracting new workers and younger workers We are trying to do that by being innovative in what we can offer It s a growth area of employment He points to BUPA s scheme to try to attract 60 year olds back into

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  • PowerSmart Solar | Business In Focus Magazine
    by PowerSmart to operate the system as Tokelau s primary supply of energy The team provided regular night classes to train the system operators in Tokelau and continues to provide online and phone and support for them PowerSmart was the lead contractor for TREP a NZ 7 5m project that has replaced diesel power stations with solar power systems on each of Tokelau s three atolls The project commenced in late 2011 and was completed in the third week of October 2012 In total the project is one megawatt of solar power systems including batteries and full control electronics that are ground mounted and designed for an extreme atoll environment As well as the comprehensive local training and operation programs remote monitoring and maintenance is also provided by PowerSmart The company completed this project in line with the schedule and budget put forth in the original tender and it won NZ Innovator of the Year for the category of Innovation in Sustainability and Clean tech The conversion of the three atolls to one hundred per cent solar power has eliminated their reliance on fossil fuel removed financial risk of increasing fuel prices and enhanced the social well being as more people now have access to power The relationships established have led to the future sponsorship of Tokelauan wrestler Ilai Elekana Manu who is attempting to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 PowerSmart prides itself on the multi national multi lingual and gender equal nature of its team But more than this the company demonstrates the high levels of international experience that its staff can gain working within a local New Zealand company In the long term it is committed to hiring young enthusiastic people to pass on knowledge and training to become more valuable members of the community the company regularly hires engineering interns to assist with project work and allow them an insight into the solar industry The company is working on both sides of the Tasman The Department of Education of the Australian Capital Territory Government has a 51 million Solar for Schools program which aims to install 10 kilowatt peak kWp grid connected PV systems on all primary schools in the ACT and 20 or 30 kWp systems on all secondary schools PowerSmart successfully tendered for the contract and received the highest technical score among the panel of providers To date some thirty one systems have been completed by the company and it is currently under contract to monitor and maintain the systems as well as track and warrant their performance Late last year PowerSmart completed the installation of a 99 kW system on Peter Yealand s Yealands Estate winery in Blenheim At the time this was the largest system in New Zealand producing over 130 000 kWh of electricity per year enough to power seventeen average NZ households For Yealands Estate this is part of their continued drive to be the most sustainable winery in the world Peter said at the time that We are

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