Health & Education

Too many kids going hungry

Western Australia’s major hunger relief organisation, Foodbank WA, has released its first national report, finding more than one in five children experienced 'food insecurity' over the past year.

Businesses wary of tax training plan

SPECIAL REPORT: The state government’s plan to remove the payroll tax exemption for employees undertaking training has secured the support of the Greens and The Nationals WA, despite strong opposition from the Liberals and the state's leading business lobby group.

Board moves: Kerry Sanderson, Jim McGinty

St John of God Health Care has announced state governor Kerry Sanderson as its new chair, while former Western Australian politician Jim McGinty has been appointed as chairman of not-for-profit community service provider Communicare.

ResApp shares down on study results

Shares in medical tech company ResApp Health slumped today after it released positive test results, following a spike in the share price leading up to the announcement.

App/tech business of the week- PlayBiz

PlayBiz is a school readiness resource that provides parents with a toolbox of video and written content of developmental theory, practical strategies and a library of activities to develop a child’s crucial foundation skills for school readiness.

University enrolments up for Navitas

Global education services provider Navitas has grown its university partnership student enrolments by 6 per cent for the 2018 financial year, while enrolments in its migrant English program have dropped.

Rubber meets road on health

Opinion: The business community’s embrace of cycling fundraising events provides benefits way beyond just the dollar value raised.

Pilbara is Silicon Valley of mining: Rio

Rio Tinto has co-hosted 21 of the state’s major companies at Scitech to announce further details on its partnership with South Metropolitan Tafe, with high-tech courses in automation expected to be rolled out in 2019.

Bringing Wesfarmers back to health

Wesfarmers could find the healthcare sector offers more appeal than retail, as US giant Walmart makes its own moves in that direction.

Marketforce recruits new CEO

Advertising agency Marketforce has completed an overhaul of its management team, recruiting Carat Australia’s Perth managing director Adam Marshall as its new chief executive.

Forrest Hall comes to fruition

New accommodation designed for the brightest minds within and entering the state has been built on the river bank outside the University of Western Australia thanks to a $27.5 million donation from Andrew and Nicola Forrest.

Educators read sector needs

Three Perth-based specialist education providers are achieving commercial success addressing literacy concerns as parents seek to drive better outcomes for their children.

Children's Hospital water given all-clear

The Perth’s Children Hospital is on track to receive its first patients in May after the chief health officer today gave the facility’s water quality the green light.

Emco wins $12.8m UWA contract

Commercial construction company EMCO Building has secured a $12.8 million contract to build an Aboriginal accommodation complex at Catherine’s College at the University of Western Australia.

$49m investment in early childhood project

A three-way partnership between the state government, Minderoo Foundation and Telethon Kids Institute will invest $49.3 million into a 10-year early childhood project aimed at improving outcomes for children up to four years old.

Navitas names new CFO

Automotive Holdings Group chief financial officer Philip Mirams has signed on with education provider Navitas in the same role and will begin work in June.

WA loses ground in international student market

Western Australia’s market share for international students has plunged to 6.6 per cent after the state registered no growth in 2017 despite an extra 71,000 students heading to Australia from overseas.

Sustainable health system requires change

A review of Western Australia’s health sector has found an increased spend in preventive measures and an expansion of telehealth technology would be among several changes needed to ensure a sustainable system.

Multi-pronged approach to equity needed

A forum of business leaders and academics has suggested a series of childcare and education reforms as one pathway to closing the gender pay gap.

Langoulant review says former govt didn’t have a plan

A review of Barnett government programs and projects has identified a raft of shortcomings in governance, project management and financial management, and listed Royalties for Regions as the single biggest problem.

Big savings in mutual merger

Almost $100 million could be saved through a merger of health insurance mutuals HBF and HCF, while Western Australian customers would benefit from better services in dental and optometry, according to HBF managing director John van der Wielen.