There is increasing pressure for hospitals to be come sustainable due to the fact that they produce millions of tonnes of clinical, general, chemical and cytotoxic waste each year.
Waste management has become a serious issue across hospital management, Australia wide.
Hospitals produce an average of 209 kilograms of clinical and related waste each day and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) believe that some hospitals are ill-equipped to manage hospital waste. A recent Health IQ survey stated that the main challenge in regards to hospital waste was training.
Julia Gillard was appointed Prime Minister of Australia after the resignation of Kevin Rudd on the 24th of June 2010. Kevin Rudd stepped down, prior to a planned leadership ballot, which allowed Deputy Julia Gillard to take on the role of Prime Minister of Australia.
Labor was concerned for their seats in this election year as Kevin Rudd had recently dropped in the opinion poll. Do you think Labor is trying to save themselves from some of the most costly decisions Australia has ever seen?
A new study has shown that business women are more positive about their 2011 prospects than men. The study showed that women are more likely to be aiming for significant business growth in the next year compared with their male counterpart. This new study has shown that business women are more successful in regards to accessing credit and being optimistic about their business and the economy in 2011. 54% of women believed that the economy would perform better in a year’s time, whereas only 48% of men agreed.
A recent survey stated that “92% of Australian women believe that they do not enjoy equal rights.” The survey was conducted “by leading cosmetic company the Heat Group and UNIFEM Australia, the United Nations Development Fund for women”.
Women still feel the need to conform to traditional female roles at home which makes it harder to balance a work and home life. The study showed that close to half of the women surveyed believed domestic commitments and the lack of support in the household meant they couldn’t work longer hours in the office which ultimately lead to a female barrier in being promoted in the professional world.
The Rudd Government has released a draft legislation for the new R&D Tax Credit, which is said to be the “the biggest reform to business innovation policy in over a decade”.
The draft provides information on the Governments commitment to provide generous, predicable and less complex tax incentives as the current R&D Tax Concession is outdated. The new scheme will ensure a boost in research and development in regards to supporting jobs and strengthening Australian businesses during the economic recovery.
A breakfast took place in December, 2009, for the WA Education Awards 2009. Julie Boston, Science Teacher at John Curtin College of the Arts’ took out Teacher of the Year. Carolyn Cook the Principal of Hedland Senior High School became Principal of the Year. Exmouth District High School was named Best Literacy School, with Donnybrook District High School being named Best Numeracy School. Top School Support Staff Member award went to Geoff Warren and the Top Science School award was awarded to Ardross Primary School.
An eBay survey has shown that the average Australian could be more than $3,000 better off. Australians are sitting on a potential fortune of unused and unwanted goods. It has shown that 37% of Australians keep their clutter, which is potential dollars under their beds and in drawers, cupboards and garages. A further 11% put their unwanted items on the curb for the council collection. When surveyed 71% of people could immediately name an unwanted item that still had value, which they could sell. Electronics, fashion, furniture and toys are some of the best items being sold on eBay but 30% of those surveyed admitted to throwing these items out during Spring cleaning!
Textile Company, Pacific Brands cut 1850 jobs for the first week of March as they decided to move their manufacturing base overseas. The recent mass lay-off at Pacific Brands has sparked Industry Minister Kim Carr to warn that no one's job in Australia is safe. Telstra has revealed they will cut 2000 jobs in the coming months and Lend Lease said it would cut 1700 jobs. After the extreme job cuts and with the brand, Pacific Brands, moving overseas firefighters have demanded that the State Government strip them of the multi-million-dollar uniform contract.
An Australian survey showed that 55% of staff said their employers banned social networking websites such as Facebook, Myspace and Bebo in the workplace. This is compared to 20% of workers in the UK, 12% in France and 11% in Spain as well as 10% in Germany. Lauren Papworth, is a leading Australian social network strategist and blogger who has 20 years experience in the use of social networks and digital communities. Laurel thinks the change has come about because "there isn't such thing as the 9-5 job anymore and the younger generations know this. Facebook is used partly for work and partly for a mental break."
The Government’s second attempt at preventing the economy crisis from worsening in Australia is a two-stage employment and stimulus package that is costing Australia $42 billion.The package has recently been approved and the money will begin to be handed out in March. Taxpayers who are on less than $100,000, single-income families and families with school aged children will receive money, as long as they have completed the last financial year's tax return.
The Australian Women and Leadership Forum (AWLF): Drought Relief Gala Dinner. As part of the inagural Australian Regional Womens Leaders Convention, the AWLF in conjunction with Ergon Energy will be hosting a National Gala Dinner and evening with entertainment, all in support of drought relief. Australia is currently in a drought, we have had long periods of dry weather without sufficient rainfall, and our drought has had an injurious affect on Australia crops and families. The current drought has changed the way Australians treat water and Australian's water resources. The long-term affects of drought are beginning to show and the state governments are attempting to 'drought-proof' their states with more permanent water-saving solutions.