Snapping together a vital new product

Alasdair Malloch has transformed Whipper Snapper Distillery's business model in just two weeks, organising a joint venture with LabWest and Ferngrove Wine Group to produce medical-grade hand sanitiser for some major clients.

Minderoo pledges $160m for COVID-19 response

Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation is flying in tonnes of medical supplies from China and increasing Western Australia's capacity to test for COVID-19, as part of a rescue package announced today.

COVID-19 cruise patients to Joondalup hospital

An 11th hour agreement has resulted in 29 passengers from the Artania cruise ship who have tested positive for COVID-19 being transferred to Joondalup Health Campus, after earlier proposals to shift them to Hollywood Private Hospital, the Mount Hospital and Bethesda Health Care were criticised.

School parent tests positive to COVID-19

UPDATED: Two John XXIII high-school students have returned negative coronavirus tests, while a third student in Year 12 is awaiting results, the school announced. It comes after one of the children's parents tested positive to COVID-19 on Tuesday.

BCIT board appoints Howard-Smith as chair

Reg Howard-Smith has been appointed chair of the Building and Construction Industry Training Board, as the state government proceeds with changes to the Building and Construction Training Fund's operation and governance.

Govt scraps privatised contracts

The state government plans to halt three major contracts at Fiona Stanley Hospital held by Serco Australia, resulting in 650 jobs moving back to the public sector at a cost of $93 million over 10 years.This adds to similar moves in the water and corrections portfolios.

Award winner pushes innovation

Incumbent 40under40 First Amongst Equals, Hannah Mann, says the award a year ago provided much-needed validation for her pharmacy business model.

Collaboration key for research

SPECIAL REPORT: The female leaders of four major medical research foundations are using experience from their diverse backgrounds to improve medical research in the state.

Bethesda to build new mental health service

Bethesda Health Care has announced it is planning to build a private 40-bed mental health service on a 10,000 square metre block in Cockburn.

Little Green Pharma falls on debut

Little Green Pharma began trading on the ASX today, with its shares closing 10 cents below the price of its initial public offering, despite signing a five-year supply contract with a UK pharmaceutical company overnight.

Rio pledges $15m for third RFDS jet

Rio Tinto has purchased a third jet for Western Australia’s aeromedical fleet, as part of a six-year partnership extension with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

AECOM wins bridge contract

An unusual partnership between the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation and the state government has underpinned the planned construction of a pedestrian bridge in Nedlands for an estimated $6.3 milli

Medical leaders selected to develop sector plan

The state government has appointed an industry reference group to develop a growth plan for WA’s health and medical life sciences sector to be chaired by Peter Klinken.

Iron ore price tumbles as coronavirus spreads

The full impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak has begun to weigh on the Australian economy, with aviation, commodities and education absorbing the worst of the shock.

Digital delivers for quality care

SPECIAL REPORT: Technology could help people live independently at home longer and improve care in residential aged care facilities.

InteliCare senses aged care need

Buoyed by a second successful capital raising at the end of 2019, a Leederville-based firm is taking a high-tech, personalised approach to aged care.

Fong takes new role at Bethesda

Neale Fong has been appointed chief executive of Bethesda Health Care after serving as chairman of the Claremont-based hospital operator since 2008.

Growth amid uncertainty

SPECIAL REPORT: Large aged care players are cementing their growth strategies to meet demand and survive a turbulent time for the sector.

Government pledges $96m for Joondalup Health Campus

The state government has pledged $96 million to expand Joondalup Health Campus, with Health Minister Roger Cook repudiating assertions the amount falls short of election commitments.

Innovative RFDS looks beyond horizon

Providing medical assistance to astronauts in space isn’t any crazier than flying planes around Australia 90 years ago, Royal Flying Doctor Service WA chief executive Rebecca Tomkinson told a Business News Success and Leadership breakfast this morning.

Work-related deaths declining in WA

The incidence of worker fatalities across Australia has continued its trend decline over the past decade, with the number of deaths attributed to workplace incidents falling to 13 in WA and 144 nationally.