Health & Education

$64m in cuts made to WA education

The state government has announced a series of changes to the education sector, including cuts to gifted and talented programs, an increase in fees for swimming lessons, and the closure of rural residential college accommodation.

Linear recognised for global growth

Nedlands-based Linear Clinical Research has won the national Business Services Award at the Australian Export Awards this week, with the judges noting its impressive growth in US projects and ability to leverages advantages in the domestic market to underpin its export success.

Entrepreneurialism needed within an evolving system

Funding is the biggest issue within the healthcare sector and is the one thing that keeps burns surgeon Fiona Wood awake at night, attendees at a Business News Success & Leadership breakfast heard this morning.

Telethon Kids granted $8m to tackle illness

Telethon Kids Institute researchers have been awarded more than $8 million in project grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to fight childhood illnesses.

ECU secures state innovation grant

Edith Cowan University is the first beneficiary of the state government’s much-touted innovation strategy, with $800,000 earmarked for a cyber security hub at Joondalup.

Holyoake partners with mining initiative

Proceeds raised during last weekend's Mining Emergency Response Competition Mining Emergency Response Competition in Perth have gone towards an emergency responder wellness app developed by support services provider Holyoake.

Chevron and UWA recognised for relationship

Chevron and the University of Western Australia have been recognised for their partnership by the Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT), having been awarded the 2017 BHERT Outstanding Collaboration in Research and Development Award by the national body.

Crowdfunding to float weight-loss balloon

The husband and a son of renowned burns surgeon Fiona Wood, Tony and Tom Kierath, are seeking to crowdfund $100,000 by mid-December to bring their swallowable weight-loss device, IG Balloon, to market.

Royal Flying Doctor Service gives wings to new CEO

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has appointed Rebecca Tomkinson as chief executive, succeeding Grahame Marshall who resigned in September after six years in the role.

Feds provide $334m for university research

Western Australian universities will receive 8 per cent of the $333.5 million in federal government funding announced today to support new research projects nation-wide.

China JV to boost education links

West Perth-based Phoenix Academy is using this month’s state government trade mission to China to officially open a joint venture college it has established in Shanghai.

UWA granted $447 million worth of software by Siemens

Global technology company Siemens has announced an in-kind grant of $447 million worth of industrial software to the University of Western Australia.

ECU shoots for defence capability

Edith Cowan University is hoping to bolster its presence in defence industry research, with the appointment of former air vice-marshal Andrew Dowse as director of defence research and engagement today.

Doctors control the business model

SPECIAL REPORT: A shared approach to practice is paying dividends for the founders of Perth Urology Clinic.

Savings the aim in medihotel push

SPECIAL REPORT: The state government has rejected criticism of the cost and projected savings of its flagship medihotel healthcare policy, after work began on the construction of the first facility earlier this month.

Market, government moves to keep care at home

SPECIAL REPORT: Big changes to the home services sector have boosted consumer control over choice, leading to a more competitive market as an increasing number of consumers want care kept at home.

Heathcare projects receive $1.2 million boost

Federally-funded MTPConnect has announced a $1.2 million commitment to two healthcare projects, both of which involve Telethon Kids Institute as a collaborator.

Admedus secures $10m debt facility

Medical technology company Admedus has attracted investment group Partners for Growth for a $10 million debt facility, as it continues development of its products.

Inequality focus as Carroll takes global neurology role

WA neurologist William Carroll has been named president of the World Federation of Neurology, the field’s top global position.

Rio Tinto to spend $2m on Tafe program

Mining giant Rio Tinto has committed $2 million towards the development of a new curriculum in partnership with Tafe WA, which will focus on jobs around automation and future advancements in technology for the mining industry.

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.