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  • Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association | Business In Focus Magazine
    processes can assist in improving efficiency of service delivery integrating services better and cutting out overlaps and duplication While health reform has been a work in progress over the past few years the change in government at federal level raises the question Where to next Alison says the AHHA is reasonably confident of the intentions of the new federal administration but there is a need for constant vigilance It will be important for the Government to balance two values equity of access to a safe responsive and high quality healthcare system against a national policy that is socially economically and environmentally sustainable Duplicated activity particularly in the national bureaucracy should be addressed she explains Over the past few years significant national health reforms have been progressively rolled out including the introduction of activity based funding and local governance through Local Hospital Networks and Medicare Locals Radical systemic changes should not be contemplated before the current reforms are evaluated and in any case should be evidence based rather than ideologically driven says Alison The association believes that privatising the governance of public healthcare as proposed in a recent report from the Centre for Independent Studies CIS is not an optimal solution to address rising health expenditure as it overlooks the gains that could be made by better integration between the public and private sectors Increased attention to prevention and improved access to primary care would also decrease demand for acute care and associated hospital costs The AHHA challenges numerous assumptions made in the review Overcoming Governance and Cost Challenges for Australia s Public Hospitals First the report suggests a direct relationship between increased public health expenditure and inefficient delivery of services in the public healthcare sector While private hospitals in Australia make a significant contribution particularly in the provision of elective surgery most emergency services intensive care and non elective surgery by their nature largely more costly and resource intensive are provided by public hospitals There is no robust evidence to suggest that private hospitals would deliver these services any more efficiently or cost effectively than public hospitals despite this being the basis of the CIS report s proposals The focus on cost efficiency also overlooks considerations regarding clinical safety and quality a fundamental omission in any debate on hospital funding The report suggests that competition between hospitals for state funding would provide superior hospital management and performance The AHHA does not support this argument noting the varied conditions that create different service needs across rural and metropolitan areas and the important need to ensure service accessibility in the former Alison says AHHA works closely with the National Rural Health Alliance in this regard please see Healthcare in Focus February 2013 In any case although the competition model has been tried in the UK its success is yet to be demonstrated In particular AHHA regards as inappropriate the implication that individual hospitals might end up competing for staff via offers of improved pay We already experience significant recruitment and retention issues

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  • Square Kilometre Array | Business In Focus Magazine
    sensitive that it will be able to detect an airport radar on a planet 50 light years away which may or may not shed light on why your flight to Perth is delayed Its central computer will have the processing power of about one hundred million PCs Impressive but Brian sounds what serves as a warning The technology does not yet exist to build it at the cost we need to build it at so it will take a while yet for the scientists and the engineers to work together to ensure that the computational power in particular required for the SKA will be deliverable at the cost we need In its first decade 2016 2025 the cost for SKA Phase 1 construction will amount to around EUR650million 940 million with a second construction phase requiring further investment to be completed in the latter half of the next decade It s a sign of the times that budgets are not unlimited even with such an array if you ll pardon the term of nations involved in the SKA This is very much leading edge stuff with some of the world s top scientists Brian himself was a member of a recent Nobel Prize winning team of physicists He points to the importance of this high flying team being able to collaborate with the real world of business Governments have covered the EUR120 million 178 million for the design phase and despite extraordinarily challenging economic times from Australia s perspective we are also having other organisations and industry also providing resources because they believe this is a good use of their money It helps build knowledge in some vital technologies that will return value to the participating industries Brian reminds that the search for black holes pure physics as ever was eventually led to the patents for wi fi technology For the Australian authorities the project provides a stimulus for young people to find or maintain an interest in science and motivates them to study it at a high level ASKAP s home the CSIRO run Murchison Radio astronomy Observatory is where the SKA telescope infrastructure in Australia is to be centred In SKA phase 1 this infrastructure will consist of a low frequency aperture array of 50 array stations each with 10 000 individual antennas and a 96 dish survey telescope incorporating the existing 36 dishes of ASKAP Handling the volumes of data of the phases of SKA are part of the challenge its dishes will produce up to 10 times the current global internet traffic Also housed at this site is the Murchison Widefield Array MWA another Australian run SKA pre cursor telescope This array will be used to inform the design of the SKA low Frequency Array an important part of the SKA The MWA is a joint project between an international consortium of universities to build a low frequency radio array operating in the frequency range 80 300 MHz Its main scientific goals are to detect neutral

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  • Export Council of Australia | Business In Focus Magazine
    reform is essential to restoring confidence and health to Australia s trade sector It strongly endorses the need to review and deregulate red and green tape associated with investment competition and trade Indeed the Productivity Commission estimates that reducing red tape could add as much as 12 billion to national output The ECA also recommends adopting the Authorised Economic Operator AEO programme investigating the appropriateness of establishing a body with representatives from all border protection trade and key regulatory agencies including DAFF to oversee trade competitiveness issues and giving consideration to a programme that addresses the potential for market failure in manufacturing via an incentive that encourages capitalisation of IP through greater commercialisation As its second priority the ECA believes the limitation imposed by Australia s existing economic and physical infrastructure inhibits exporting potential and that the lack of available Government funding could be redressed from increased investment by Australian superannuation funds and from foreign investors This could be by way of direct investment or by public private partnerships to quell concerns regarding the perceived threat to Australia s sovereignty However in order to do so the Government needs to adopt policies to encourage different forms of long term investment options that would be attractive both to superannuation funds and to foreign investors The ECA recommends that government could gain greater input from the trade sector by encouraging a closer working relationship between the agencies responsible for economic and physical infrastructure and those responsible for international trade and create new versions of infrastructure bonds or other investment vehicles such as taxation incentives to promote increased investment in and construction of critical infrastructure Third there should be greater and more co ordinated nationally driven investment in trade promotion The ECA would like to see a greater commitment by ministerial and diplomatic representatives to provide physical support on trade missions and for Australian companies involved in tendering for major often government funded projects overseas This level of support is provided by other Governments and has proven to be of great benefit to the companies they assist There is much benefit to be gained from a greater level of industry engagement when it comes to determining Australia s trade policy and promotion agenda More meaningful engagement with industry could be achieved through the establishment of a Trade and Investment Advisory Council to leverage the knowledge of business leaders in the formulation and implementation of trade policy and promotion initiatives Mr Murray believes that Government needs to show support by leading trade missions and supporting Australian companies involved in tendering for major often Government funded projects ensuring Austrade and EFIC are internationally competitive in terms of services and funding retaining international marketing of education in Austrade where the in market resources are critical to the efficient marketing of this important export sector gaining industry input into the policies and promoting export and investment via the establishment of an industry led Trade and Investment Advisory Council to government and undertaking in depth research to identify

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  • Tourism & Transport Forum | Business In Focus Magazine
    infrastructure such as Melbourne Airport s third runway and the need for good rail access to and from Tullamarine now in the official plan but he stresses the need to maintain pressure to ensure the completion of the project as well as Sydney and Perth airports While the importance of tourism may seem obvious to those who live and work near some of Australia s tourism icons such as the Great Barrier Reef Uluru and the Sydney Opera House the reality is that tourism is a key sector for a great number of cities and towns across the country given the breadth and depth of our tourism offering says the TTF part of whose brief is to highlight tourism s overall contribution to business activity and employment in each federal electorate to ensure that the significance of the visitor economy is better understood by decision makers and the entire community This being the Asian Century it is appropriate that a large part of the growth in both inbound and outbound tourism should feature Asia What we used to call the Far East is fascinated by Australia which for billions of Chinese Indonesians or Malaysians is an ideal Western travel package closer and more convenient than Europe Asian markets will become increasingly important in the coming years rising from 42 per cent of total arrivals in 2011 12 to 46 per cent a decade later By 2021 22 New Zealand will see its market share fall from 20 per cent to 17 per cent while China gains an equivalent share up from 10 to 13 per cent In 2021 22 visitor expenditure is expected to total 7 6 billion from China followed by 3 4 billion from the UK and 2 7 billion from NZ India and Indonesia will account for 2 0 billion each Japan and South Korea 1 6 billion each Singapore and Malaysia 1 5 billion each Germany 1 2 billion and Hong Kong 1 0 billion Outbound in the coming years the share of trips to New Zealand and Indonesia is forecast to decline in favour of other Asia Pacific destinations including China India Vietnam and the Philippines By 2021 22 China will have overtaken the UK as Australia s fifth most popular destination 631 000 and 590 000 trips respectively while Singapore will have overtaken Fiji 420 000 and 402 000 trips respectively in seventh place Trips will total 1 3 million to NZ 1 1 million each to Indonesia and the US 780 000 to Thailand 346 000 to Malaysia and 282 000 to Hong Kong Not that the industry is without its challenges Environmental issues and the big question of sustainability in tourism have loomed large in recent years and Australia faces a constant battle to balance conservation obligations against the need for access But Ken believes the industry is up to these challenges in the same way as other sectors He believes the various tourism authorities and offices have been doing a good

    Original URL path: http://www.businessinfocus.com.au/index.php/2013/06/tourism-transport-forum/ (2016-02-10)
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  • The Heart Foundation | Business In Focus Magazine
    We are very proud of the work that we ve done with the Heart Foundation Tick here in Australia says Dr Roberts It s a program that has been established now for well over twenty years We set up the program so that we could set a challenge to food manufacturers and food companies to actually reformulate the foods that they were producing so that they were a healthier product Over time the Heart Foundation has indeed worked with a wide selection of health conscious companies to create products which meet these high health standards When you get that Heart Foundation Tick on a product it s actually met a number of different criteria If the company is going to join the program they have to test their products against our criteria If they don t meet our criteria then they have to go away and reformulate their product if they want to be a part of the program so often there is a lot of work done by companies We ve looked at encouraging companies to reduce the amount of saturated fats that might be in food products and to actually eliminate the trans fats in food products And to not only focus on just the negative nutrients like with saturated fats and trans fats but to look at putting positive nutrients into their products as well so looking at making sure there is fibre and looking at the energy density of products This work often requires a significant time investment on the part of companies sometimes spanning a twelve month or even two year period They then go back to their manufacturing process and really look at how they can get sodium levels down in bread or how they can actually reduce the salt levels in baked beans or whatever that product might be so that they can still have a stable product that is also a healthier product going out for consumers to be able to purchase with confidence Additionally the National Health and Medical Research Council has recently produced new Dietary Guidelines From the Heart Foundation s perspective comments Dr Roberts we were very pleased with the dietary guidelines changes It s a very complex process to produce them and there has been a lot of consultation over a long time in terms of updating these Guidelines For us one of the most significant things that the Guidelines did was move away from a concentration on total fat in the diet to actually look at the quality or type of fat as being important The new guidelines highlight the difference between foods that might be high in saturated fats and trans fats encouraging consumers to reduce consumption of those foods At the same time consumers are urged to understand that there are some fats and oils that are healthy fats including those found in oily fish or the oils that might come from polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils These types of fat are actually a very important

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  • Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia | Business In Focus Magazine
    and its most recent half yearly snapshot of the exhibitions industry paints an interesting picture 64 per cent of organiser members reported their sectors were growing up from 52 per cent in the six month survey for June December 2011 64 per cent of organisers surveyed indicated they would present new events in 2013 27 new shows are due to be launched in 2013 and 61 per cent of suppliers reported an increase in turnover Understandably the picture is not uniformly rosy decreasing exhibitor budgets the cost of marketing and the domestic economy were the most frequently mentioned industry impacts by organisers while among supplier and venue members the domestic economy cost of goods and services decreasing exhibitor budgets and the international economy were the most frequently cited industry impacts But overall the industry is in good shape and during the reporting period venues hosted some 184 new shows 28 per cent of the total of events Another important function of the association is its advocacy with intervention in issues that impact on its members It is perhaps surprising that it needs to tap governments on the shoulder in some instances given the importance of events especially the larger consumer shows and the major industry conventions that have shows attached to local and state economies and the efforts of tourism associations to attract such business but Joyce tells of current issues that include taking a lead role in the current programme to rebuild the Sydney Convention Centre The way the state authorities were planning it this programme would have left the city virtually devoid of major conference and exhibition facilities for the next three years during the Darling Harbour makeover But now the EEAA on behalf of its members has negotiated a series of measures which will ensure sufficient ongoing facilities so that annual and planned events can go ahead Another advocacy issue at present says Joyce is the situation regarding exhibition space in Melbourne where facilities available are more or less at capacity and the Victorian authorities have to be prompted into developing more space Again it may seem strange that government cannot identify such a soft planning target for itself but without the EEAA s participation and intervention members would have been much worse off These issues assume greater significance because more than two thirds of all events in Australia last year took place in these two states NSW hosted 37 per cent and Victoria 29 per cent This says Joyce largely reflects the fact that these are the major population centres it does not suggest neglect of cities such as Perth where the convention centre is in receipt of substantial funds for development at present although hotel space remains at a premium or Adelaide where again substantial redevelopment is taking place The expo market is dominated in those states where there is bigger demand for products and services Joyce explains However wherever there are show grounds or a convention centre there are expos One way to keep

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  • BIFAUFeb2015
    this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player BIFAUFeb2015 To view this edition please enter your email Email For optimal viewing of this digital publication please enable JavaScript

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  • BIFAUNov2014
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