Health & Education

Van Der Wielen getting HBF in shape

Cost reductions, east coast expansion, and cutting the number of products on offer are all part of HBF chief executive John Van Der Wielen’s strategy to help the not for profit deliver results for members in a tough private health insurance market.

Schrole up on ASX debut

Recruitment technology company Schrole Group has enjoyed fruitful gains on its first day of trading on the ASX, after completing a reverse takeover of Aquaint Capital Holdings and raising $6 million from investors.

Buckingham to succeed Jones as Navitas boss

Having grown Perth-based Navitas from a start-up 23 years ago into a global education services provider and one of WA's top 10 listed companies, co-founder Rod Jones is handing the reins to former iiNet boss David Buckingham.

UWA receives $1m for Fifo mental health research

The state government has committed funds to the University of Western Australia for research into the mental health and wellbeing impact of the fly-in, fly-out working lifestyle.

Avita taps investors for $17m

The company commercialising an innovative spray-on burns treatment co-developed by medical entrepreneur Fiona Wood has launched a $17 million capital raising.

New principal for MLC

Methodist Ladies’ College has announced the recruitment of Marie Perry as its next principal, succeeding Rebecca Cody, who will step down after eight years in the role.

Navitas buys NZ college

Perth-based education provider Navitas has acquired an English language college in New Zealand for $NZ 5 million ($A4.5 million).

Avita seeks US market pre-approval

Health technology company Avita Medical has submitted a pre-market approval application to the US Food and Drug Administration for its ReCell regenerative medicine technology.

Boom in Botox for businessmen

The cosmetic medicine industry continues to grow with the help of a sharp rise in male clients receiving Botox.

CEO lunch with Stephanie Buckland

Stephanie Buckland enjoys the challenges of change, and has brought a wide range of professional experience to her current role as Amana Living CEO.

Avita signs $30m contract expansion

Health technology company Avita Medical has signed a $US24.3 million ($A30.5 million) expansion to its contract with a US government research agency, for further funding of its ReCell device trials.

Wellness program targets Fifo isolation

SPECIAL REPORT: The effects of a Fifo lifestyle on the workforce have prompted changes in workplace practices among some of the major resources sector players.

WellteQ chasing global opportunity

SPECIAL REPORT: A health software startup with key backers in Perth is targeting a $US1.2 billion market led by global player Virgin Pulse.

Navitas establishes Swansea JV

Perth-based education provider Navitas has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Swansea University to replace its existing royalty-based pathway program with the Welsh university.

Workplace wellness and culture a virtuous circle

SPECIAL REPORT: Businesses in WA are working towards workplace culture and leadership styles that drive employee wellbeing and productivity.

Services suite drives seniors’ projects

Service providers and developers are pursuing opportunities in WA’s growing aged care and retirement sector, with a pipeline of property overhauls and new builds worth more than $500 million.

WA unis climb global ranks

The University of Western Australia has fallen just short of its ambition to be a top 100-ranked institution in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, but gained ground alongside Curtin University, which also landed a higher position.

UWA Business School board bolstered

The UWA Business School board has continued to attract the state’s corporate leaders, with Shell Australia’s new chairman Zoe Yujnovich and incoming Wesfarmers boss Rob Scott the latest new faces.

More firms target medical cannabis space

A medical cannabis company focused on animal health has announced plans to list on the ASX, while two other companies - including a pearling business - have made movements in the pharmaceutical space.

CEO lunch with Valerie Davies

Valerie Davies has a background in media and communications, but her public role today is as a board member of Cedar Woods, Event Hospitality & Entertainment, HBF and the WA Tourism Commission, as well as running her own consultancy.

Building future foundations for tertiary education

Universities are rethinking the role property has to play in attracting and engaging students.