The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-03-02T00:00:15Z New book reveals the problem of unaffordable debt and the failure of Keynesian economics 2021-03-02T00:00:15Z new-book-reveals-the-problem-of-unaffordable-debt-and-the-failure-of-keynesian-economics Investment manager David Kauders says in his latest book, The Financial System Limit ‒The World’s Real Debt Burden, that debt, public and private, cannot expand to infinity and the actions of central banks to stimulate the economy are creating a bigger private sector debt problem, which will cause a future deep recession.[Please request book for review purposes and author available for interview.]Kauders’ controversial but rational ideas are based on troubling insights, including:the world is spending one-fifth of its economic output on interest;before the pandemic, the world was half-way to achieving Puerto Rican default conditions; andthe effect of stimulating our way out of recession is to create a new economic cycle driven by central banks, swamping the traditional economic cycles in agriculture, manufacturing and retail.“The cost of private sector interest is now depressing economic prosperity,” David Kauders said. “The financial system limit of any society is the debt level at which repayment ceases to be viable. Prior to the pandemic, I estimated the average interest cost of all types of debt was then around 7%. However, world debt was three times annual world economic output. This shows the waste of paying debt interest.“Total debt is key, taking into account corporate plus banking system and personal debt. Government debt is only around a quarter of total debt, so the focus on government debt is missing the point. Business and personal debt repayment has a real cost because inflation is so low.” Kauders also draws attention to the fact that interest rates paid by most borrowers have been rising steadily even while interest rates offered to depositors and interest rates paid by governments have collapsed to near-zero.“This shouldn’t be the case. It is caused by:the growth of compliance overheads to satisfy society’s desire to control its banks;rising private sector bad debts, which have to be charged to other borrowers; anddeclining net interest margins earned by banks.“These forces are deflationary, but there is no such thing as good deflation,” he said. “No economic multiplier can create more economic growth above the extra cost of interest on artificially created credit.”In The Financial System Limit, Kauders refers to two case studies: the default by Puerto Rico’s government in 2016 and the collapse of the UK Carillion group in 2018.“Both had reached their own financial system limit. When there is too much debt to service, positive real interest rates cause the debt overhang to act as a brake.”Kauders believes that most countries, including Australia, are facing deflation with the world in a debt trap, made worse by the pandemic. Attempts to create inflation have little effect and the cause of this lack of inflation is the financial system limit.“The authorities do not admit to the debt trap. The farce is that their policies worsen it. The right way of looking at debt is to measure interest cost on total debt in relation to economic output.“Economists, academics, financiers and politicians need to grasp the concept of the financial system limit."Kauders warns that Keynesian economic policies followed by governments have outlived their usefulness and are in danger of deepening the global downturn. In addition, academic theory such as Modern Monetary Theory, capital flow analysis such as Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century and repeated demands for sound money, all ignore total debt and focus narrowly on government debt.As there is no other obvious alternative to create prosperity, the financial system invented by separating debit and credit is approaching end of life.The Financial System Limit ‒The World’s Real Debt Burden, will be available from all good bookstores from 22 February. It is published by Sparkling Books and has an RRP of $A8.75 (e-book, ISBN 9781907230776) and $A20 (paperback, ISBN 9781907230783, printed in Australia). The book is non-technical and will appeal to anyone interested in money and the economy. Hardcover editions will be available later in 2021.endsAbout David KaudersDavid Kauders FRSA was educated at Cambridge and Cranfield School of Management. He is the author of The Greatest Crash: How contradictory policies are sinking the global economy. The Financial Times said in its review: "Radical thinkers might have a point". His new book, The Financial System Limit ‒The World’s Real Debt Burden, shows that creating more private sector debt eventually leads to economic decline.www.sparklingbooks.com/limit.htmlFor media enquiries and requests for interview, etc.Issued on behalf of Sparkling Books by WMC Public Relations. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.auReviews"The author provides a historical view of how we reached the point where the level of global debt is unsustainable and now compounded by a global pandemic. The book is understandable by those without a deep financial background."Kauders, who has decades of experience as an investment manager makes the case for the difficult situation we, as global citizens, are confronted with." ‒ LibraryThing reviewer* * *"The book pleas to measure interest cost on total debt in relation to economic output. A deep recession and consequential financial upset were inevitable in a world that could not resolve the conflict between stimulus and austerity, a world that remained addicted to debt, a world that refused to admit the limit to the growth of debt caused by the cost of servicing it. That's what David Kauders wants to highlight." ‒ Hank van der Klis, NetherlandsReferenceshttps://money.cnn.com/2016/07/01/investing/puerto-rico-defaults-general-obligation-bonds/index.htmlRegards, Revolution for Climate Change Provides a Voice of Reason for Challenging Times 2021-02-26T07:46:38Z revolution-for-climate-change-provides-a-voice-of-reason-for-challenging-times-1 It’s only through discussion and examination that solutions to issues such as taxes, clean energy and inequality can be resolved. Revolution for Climate Change is tackling those discussions in a thoughtful way for Australians and people around the globe. Revolution for Climate Change addresses themes that are of importance to anyone residing on Planet Earth. The website talks about issues ranging from healthcare and preserving native cultures to education and childcare. Written with care and seasoned with a helping of common sense, the articles are an eye-opening look at the state of the planet, its people and the future. Environmental issues facing countries are eloquently addressed. Melting ice caps, rising ocean levels, and extreme storms aren’t localized. Native species are decimated by the predations of man, have gone extinct, and countries are facing natural disasters on unprecedented levels. Populations are suffering from starvation, lack of healthcare, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The author doesn’t ignore the politics of climate change or economies. Governments are elected to work for the people, but parties are dangerously polarized. The writer points out that the very laws put in place to govern often hinder that process and doing what’s best for constituencies. The pandemic has affected livelihoods and economies throughout every country. Politicians are concerned with maintaining economies. Individuals simply want to be able to support their family. The writer postulates that a new economy needs to evolve that doesn’t flourish at the expense of society and fosters a philosophy that embraces philanthropy. Revolution for Climate Change provides readers with thoughtful insights gained from the writer’s extensive travel, living in multiple areas, and being a keen observer of human behavior. The author’s views may be seen as innovative or controversial, but are always presented with the hope of providing enlightenment for those that seek it and value honesty. JESI poised for accelerated global growth 2020-11-11T06:48:38Z jesi-poised-for-accelerated-global-growth Brisbane, 11th November 2020: Innovative remote worker and journey management company JESI, has received a multi-million-dollar funds injection from Microsoft aligned VC firm, Future Now Capital Management. The investment will serve to fast-track JESI’s global growth rollout and underpin its ‘customer first’ value add strategy. With the recent appointment of Chairperson Brad Seymour, who has an established reputation for scaling global business’, the JESI company is geared and supported to take on the exciting next phase of its customer-centric expansion.Queensland headquartered, JESI has developed market leading SaaS solutions that significantly improve the protection, monitoring and management of remote and mobile workforces. With origins and a strong presence in the global resources sector, JESI counts Rio Tinto, Orica, BHP, Sandvik among its clients. Other target industry verticals include NGO’s, linear infrastructure and AEC.Already on a growth trajectory, JESI has seen a strong up curve in business and interest through the COVID months with scalable functionality in the solution able to provide a connected eco-system for ‘work from home’ employees. Clearly though, the Future Now investment will turbocharge staff growth, service capabilities and development projects. “Technology integrations will be a key development focus in achieving the company projected growth outcomes” said Kathy Wilson General Manager of Customer Success. “our existing customers are looking to evolve with interoperability solutions and connected technology. JESI software enables them with a compelling value proposition”.JESI CEO Joe Hoolahan said, “The pandemic has bought to the fore the need for enterprises to protect their workers as they work remotely while at the same time ensuring they remain connected. We are also acutely aware that reliable activity data is increasingly becoming a key business metric and we already witnessing how our customers are using the data to drive workforce movement efficiencies,” Joe Hoolahan added.JESI is the first investment for newly founded, Future Now Capital Management, a Sydney based venture capital firm. In 2019 Future Now Capital Management executed a world first partnership with Microsoft that will see investors in the Fund gain direct exposure to companies selected for Microsoft’s accelerated growth programs. Future Now Capital Management will oversee the Fund’s investments into, and the growth strategies of, the portfolio companiesBrad Seymour, JESI Chairperson said, “I am incredibly excited about firstly, the product excellence and relevance of JESI in today’s new world, and secondly, the opportunity for JESI to grow exponentially with Future Now’s backing. I look forward to working with the team through this scale-up stage and beyond.”JESI Management Solutions are now actively recruiting talent to join their team. To explore what roles are on offer refer to the https://jesi.io/careers-at-jesi/ page. Australian Beauty Queen Fights to Raise Awareness for Rohingya Refugees 2020-10-07T02:56:31Z australian-beauty-queen-fights-to-raise-awareness-for-rohingya-refugees Australia's first Rohingya beauty queen, Pan Sandar Myint is advocating for hundreds of Rohingya refugees, who have arrived in Indonesia after six months at sea.A wooden boat carrying 297 Rohingya refugees, including 14 children, was spotted several miles off the coast of Lhokseumawe city on Sumatra's northern coast by local fishermen in early September.The refugees set sail from southern Bangladesh at the end of March or early April, bound for Malaysia, but were turned back by both Malaysian and Thai authorities because of coronavirus restrictions.There are fears the refugees may have been held hostage at sea for a period by traffickers demanding money before allowing them to disembark.The Rohingya have for years been fleeing persecution in Myanmar for other south-east Asian nations.Ms Australia World Universal 2020 national finalist, Ms Myint recently signed on as the ambassador for the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation (ABRO), and intends to use her beauty pageant platform to advocate for what has been declared by the United Nations as "one of the most persecuted minorities in the world".“Most people assume that beauty pageants only promote physical beauty, which is not the reality; beauty pageants aim to promote the beauty of emotional intelligence and to savour humanitarian values in modern society,” said Ms Myint.During the COVID-19 lockdown, Ms Myint has kept active with many opportunities through her pageantry platform aside from her ambassadorship for non-profit firms (ABRO & Humanity) including becoming a translator and language reviewer for Polaron European Language Services.With the Ms Australia World Universal crowning event postponed until March 2021, Ms Myint has also been productive by launching her own You Tube web series entitled “Empower Success”, which aims to promote human rights issues and female empowerment.“Empower Success Media is my own female empowerment web series on You Tube where I present on such topics as Cyberbullying and The Art of Make up & Confidence,” said Ms Myint.“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught me that humanitarian efforts are of utmost importance. This is the perfect time for us all to change our actions to moral and ethical ones to save our beautiful world.”- ends -For more information or interview requests, please contact:Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Research investment will be vital to Victoria’s economic recovery 2020-09-15T20:48:14Z research-investment-will-be-vital-to-victorias-economic-recovery Victoria’s recovery from a year of crisis will rely on continued commitment to research and innovation – both key drivers of economic growth. A report released today by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) shows that past investments in research have created jobs and attracted significant further investments for the state economy.The report, entitled Stimulating the Science and Research Ecosystem Creates Jobs and Investment provides evidence in support of continued investment in research infrastructure, skills and talent attraction, to deliver jobs and economic stability for Victoria’s future.The report was commissioned by Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) Victoria, to better understand the value of the research ecosystem and how it can stimulate economic activity in the short and long term. It reveals that past Victorian Government funding initiatives in the research ecosystem have delivered substantial economic impact and jobs over time. For example, research infrastructure investments in light-weight manufacturing at Carbon Nexus has catalysed an employment precinct in Geelong that supports around 1400 jobs, and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication has assisted in the attraction of over $300 million in research investment while supporting industry to develop a range of commercial products.Speaking on the report, ACOLA Chair Professor Joy Damousi noted that investing in science, research and innovation is the key reason why we have been able to respond quickly and decisively to emerging issues. “Our response to the unprecedented bushfires of last summer and the current COVID-19 pandemic has been underpinned by research. As we move through a recession with significant pressure placed on our country, it is the continued investment in research that will see us create jobs, stimulate activity and generate positive returns to strengthen our economy and resilience for the future,” Professor Damousi said. Dr Caples said that Victorian public research institutions have played an important role in helping Australia and the world understand the responses to COVID-19, including developing vaccines and treatments as well as leading research into the social impact of the pandemic.“COVID-19 has crystallised the need for Victoria and Australia to be more self-sufficient, better prepared for unexpected events and changes, and able to seize opportunities to improve government service delivery and business resilience. This means that our capacity to innovate and find solutions must grow to match the big challenges of today and the future,” Dr Caples said.“There has never been a more crucial time to invest in science, research and innovation.”With the continuing spread of COVID-19, governments and industries must look to strategies that can both support our wellbeing and prosperity. ACOLA CEO Ryan Winn encouraged all governments, not just the Victorian Government, to consider the evidence outlined in the report to understand the value universities and the research sector can provide to safeguarding our future, to tackle both the known and unknown issues Australia will face.Download a copy of the 28-page report via the www.acola.org/stimulating-science-research-ecosystem. The report includes case-studies from the Australian Synchrotron, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium, the Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability, Carbon Nexus and Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation. It also includes Notable examples and activities in Victorian Universities in relation to the public research response to COVID-19.Media contactFor more information or to arrange interviews, contact: Ryan WinnChief Executive, ACOLA0484 814 040About ACOLAACOLA is the forum whereby Australia’s Learned Academies and our Associate members come together to contribute expert advice to inform national policy; and to develop innovative solutions to complex global problems and emerging national needs. Through the learned academies, ACOLA has access to more than 3,000 of Australia’s greatest minds to bring together critical thinking and evidence to inform robust policy decisions. No place for police horses 2020-09-15T00:24:04Z no-place-for-police-horses Dear Editor, The ugly scenes of confrontations between police and protesters at the Queen Victoria Markets on the weekend were bad enough. But right in the middle of the shouting mob were a team of police horses, with placards and hands being waved in their faces, their sensitive ears assailed by the shouts and screams of the protestors. Horses and other animals shouldn’t fight our battles for us. They are innocent of the conflict and do not need to be brought into it. Horses are extremely sensitive and have to undergo rigorous training to decondition themselves not to flee, a natural instinct for a prey species, when there is noise, confusion, and so on. Animals don’t start riots, and unlike human officers, they have not volunteered to be placed in these violent and stressful situations. In light of the dangers posed to horses and humans, the use of horses in riot control is clearly not the best method of approach, and should be discontinued immediately. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Paul Keating's HECS-style loans plan unfair; aged care insurance simpler and more efficient 2020-09-14T13:19:03Z paul-keatings-hecs-style-loans-plan-unfair-aged-care-insurance-simpler-and-more-efficient Proposals for a HECS-type model to fund aged care completely miss the point, according to public finance expert Dr Marc Robinson. The HECS-type model was proposed by former prime minister Paul Keating in evidence to the Aged Care Royal Commission.Dr Robinson said that the biggest problem facing aged care is the minority of elderly people who end up needing particularly long periods of expensive residential care because they suffer from dementia or other very severe disability. “Everyone should be protected against this risk through social insurance, which would pay for aged care costs above a certain threshold. That way, those who end up being part of this unlucky minority would be protected from the huge financial burden of care. Everybody should pay a premium - in the form of a supplement to the Medicare levy - in order to pay for this insurance,” he said.Dr Robinson addresses the aged care challenge, and what is needed to tackle it, in his just-published book Bigger Government: The Future of Government Expenditure in Advanced Economies.As a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures and former staff economist at the International Monetary Fund, Australian, Swiss-based Dr Robinson has advised more than 30 countries on budgeting reforms. “Mr Keating's proposal is, in effect, that everyone should pay the full cost of their aged care unless there are insufficient assets in their estates to do so. This would be like having health system in which government lends everybody money to pay for their healthcare during their lives, and then grabs the estates of anyone who had incurred very high healthcare expenses during their lives due to particularly poor health.”Dr Robinson said that a just and effective aged care system is one that not only looks after people who have limited capacity to pay, but also protects everyone against the risk of drawing the short straw in the "dementia lottery". “This is the principle that guides aged care policy in the countries with the best aged care systems, such as Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. Even the British conservative government of prime minister Boris Johnson is moving now to implement an insurance-type system.“In principle, aged care insurance could be provided either by the government or by private insurance companies. However, international experience shows that, for such insurance to work, it has to be compulsory for everyone. And if insurance was provided by private insurers, it would have to operate under a system with a standard policy and premiums regulated by the government. “Overall, a government insurance system would be simpler and more efficient,” he added.EndsNote: More information about Paul Keating’s loan plan can be found here:https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-14/paul-keating-calls-for-hecs-style-loans-for-home-care-at-rc/12661136OECD: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.About the Author:Dr Marc Robinson is an internationally-recognised authority on government finances with extensive experience in budgeting, public financial management and fiscal policy. He is a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures, and also of the IMF’s Panel of Fiscal Experts. A resident of Switzerland, he is a Swiss and Australian dual national. In Australia, Dr Robinson was a senior civil servant and professor of economics. He was formerly a staff economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. He has consulted on budgeting and fiscal policy matters to more than 30 countries ranging from European Union members to middle and low-income countries. Dr Robinson has published many books, monographs and articles on government budgeting issues. He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and symposiums held by international organisations and national ministries of finance. His new book (Bigger Government, The Future of Government Expenditure in Advanced Economies (376 pages, Arolla Press) documents how and why advanced nations are headed for a new era of bigger government with health, aged care and tackling climate change to have greatest impact on spending pressures. pfmresults.com & biggergovernment.comMedia enquiries:Issued on behalf of Dr Marc Robinson by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Dr Marc Robinson can be contacted on +4143-508-0912 and E: marc@pfmresults.com Online Schooling - 2020-09-10T12:20:13Z online-schooling Although I have been working in the education field for over 30 years I used to be very sceptical regarding the quality and impact online learning may have on students. I was convinced that, in order to learn well, students have to be in a physical setting where they could mingle with both their peers and their teachers. I held the belief that online learning would not allow students nor teachers to form a community. At the age of 54 I decided to undertake an online course myself – after having gone through formal education in a traditional way (two doctoral degrees, one master degree). During this particular online course – that was not only based on lecturing, but also on valuable live sessions where participants got engaged in debates, discussions and collaborative learning – I realised that I established a strong bond with the participants that resulted in further gatherings online and offline.As, at that time, I was working towards becoming less location-dependent as a professional, I was looking into options that allowed me to live my mission differently in comparison to how I was doing it up until then. After many years of teaching, lecturing, coaching and leading international schools in different countries and experiencing the need to start from scratch again after each move (I moved due to family reasons), I was fascinated by creating something that would allow me and my job to work from anywhere.Synchronicity is often at play and, indeed, the mentor of the online course that I subscribed to one day phoned me and asked me whether it would be possible to create an online school? You can imagine that my former beliefs were at a deviation. We brainstormed on the basis of our common experience and knowledge in different fields (mine in education, giftedness and personal development and Katharina’s (my business partner) in Marketing and coaching) what would be the best way to bring a holistic education offering into reality: School Beyond Limitations was born.School Beyond Limitations is not only based on online schooling, but it also integrates the opportunity of experiential learning weeks in different countries in Europe. Students learn to see themselves as unique human beings who are invited to pursue their own interests through the lenses of academic, social, emotional, personal and entrepreneurial learning opportunities.The experience has now given us enough evidence that online learning has a number of huge advantages (although it may not be the right solution for everybody). Students who love to engage online and gain inspiration by connecting with people from different countries forget that they are not in the same physical room. Surprisingly, students say that they seem to bond more with their classmates in a contained online context (at School Beyond Limitations there are only maximum 8 students in each class) than they ever did before in traditional classes with over 20 students being present. They keep connected after lessons and communicate and collaborate beyond their school hours. As such, the online approach gives them the understanding how much value they gain through collaboration with one another and furthermore, they realise that they belong to a steady, friendly, caring and open learning community – an environment that promotes the notion that learning takes place at any time and anywhere.Online learning allows students to connect with their peers and teachers also in times of change, such as during the COVID 19 pandemic throughout which the majority of countries have closed their schools and were not ready to phase an efficient solution for their students’ learning. Often teachers just sent assignments out to their students by expecting the assignments to be handed in at the end of the week. Students, from one moment to the next, needed to learn everything independently whereas before there was never any focus on self-directed learning in school. There was no or very little interaction with the students. No wonder that students who experienced such an approach started to feel left alone and demotivated about their learning experience.The online lessons at School Beyond Limitations allowed students to continue their learning journey. It never interrupted. Students are involved in their learning. It allows them to see the purpose of their learning by being seen in their individual uniqueness. They learn out of curiosity based on their interests, talents, experiences and competencies. Their learning takes place through inquiry and projects based on a trans-disciplinary approach. That allows them to integrate their learning holistically as it is relevant to their own lives. On top of supporting students’ personal development, they are encouraged, through the exposure to experts in various fields, to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and their entrepreneurial ventures. Such powerful online classes allow them to learn how much value there is to connect with entrepreneurs and to be exposed to their expertise. Online classes offer infinite possibilities for such learning experiences. Students connect easily with relevant people who may have an impact on their own professional career. Another positive aspect of online learning is that students encounter less stress. There is no need to get up so early if school starts at 9 am from home. Students mention this aspect all the time: how much freer and more relaxed they feel about school by connecting from home. There is no need of commuting to school on a daily basis and that helps them to introduce a daily routine based on more freedom and choice. In addition, the peer pressure that usually makes students suffer so much in traditional settings is something that online students do encounter much less. First of all because their environment is so different. Nobody can hide in the classroom. Everyone is seen and also the interaction between the students is taking place openly. If their learning environment puts an emphasis on the whole human being – including their emotional and social wellbeing – then there is no space for such risks to take place. So, is online learning an alternative to traditional schooling? For sure it is (not for all); especially if the online learning is based on the uniqueness of the learning journey of each single student and takes them on an interactive journey that ignites their passion for learning and their interest in creating value for themselves and the world they live in. Author Dr Martina Geromin DBA, PhD What will it take for you to trust artificial intelligence? 2020-08-17T20:47:50Z what-will-it-take-for-you-to-trust-artificial-intelligence Artificial Intelligence (AI) is helping to improve our society, enhance Australia’s wellbeing, improve environmental sustainability and create a more equitable, inclusive and fair society. But as we work to reshape government delivery with AI, are we asking the right questions? The role of AI, including policy implications and the nature of industry in society, is being discussed today in a live-stream event co-hosted by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA).ACOLA CEO Ryan Winn said the event will feature a keynote presentation by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO and a panel discussion with ACOLA’s AI Expert Group and key Government officials leading AI implementation. “The event will give rise to further discussion on the future opportunities and challenges of AI in industry and Government operations and service delivery, and what implications this will have on society for 2030,” Mr Winn said.In his speech, Dr Finkel will pose the question: “What will it take for you to trust artificial intelligence”. "Last year, I launched ACOLA’s AI report, which serves us as a foundation for the future and is the basis of our discussions today. The report notes that there’s no magic solution to any policy challenge—least of all the innovative applications of AI. Instead, it comes back to the essential foundation of trust,” Dr Finkel said.ACOLA’s Chair and President of the Australian Academy of Humanities, Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA added that “AI and other new technologies can be poorly understood across policy makers and society, which is a barrier to their uptake. This is even though they present significant opportunities to improve the liveability, wellbeing and productivity of our cities and regions.”Mr Winn said the AI discussion was timely with a number of emerging technologies offering extraordinary opportunities for Australia. The AI report and ACOLA’s Internet of Things (IoT) horizon scanning report (to be released later this year) highlight how new technologies will improve our lives—from enabling smart transport, optimising manufacturing to improving health care."Discussions like we are having today help us all to ask the right questions that support robust yet rapid research and awareness that can see Australia embrace the opportunities AI and other new technologies offer to maintain our global competitiveness in an increasingly digitalised world,” Mr Winn said.The event will be livestreamed between 9am and 10.30am AEST. The event is open to all. A recording can be obtained on request. More information is provided below.Media contactFor more information or to arrange interviews, contact: Ryan Winn, Chief Executive on 0484 814 040.The role of AI in Australia in 2030—eventThis live stream event will showcase the Commonwealth funded ACOLA AI report released in July 2019, the discussion will highlight the importance of multidisciplinary thinking, with a chance to increase productive dialogue between academia and policymakers.Panel members are:Professor Genevieve Bell AO, Director, 3A Institute, Australian National UniversityDr Simon Barry (Panellist), Deputy Director, Data 61Narelle Luchetti, Head of Division, Digital Economy and Technology, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and ResourcesDavid Hazlehurst, Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, IPAA ACT CouncillorInformation about the event is available on the IPAA website. Media can register to attend.ACOLA AI reportA copy of the AI report can be downloaded from the ACOLA website. ACOLA IoT reportThe IoT report is expected to be released later this year. Information about the research project underpinning the report is on the ACOLA website. About ACOLAACOLA is the forum whereby Australia’s Learned Academies and our Associate members come together to contribute expert advice to inform national policy; and to develop innovative solutions to complex global problems and emerging national needs. Through the learned academies, ACOLA has access to more than 3,000 of Australia’s greatest minds to bring together critical thinking and evidence to inform robust policy decisions.Australian Chief Scientist’s keynoteDr Finkel’s speech will be available from 0900 AEST Tuesday 19 August on the Office of Chief Scientist website. AASW launches Reconciliation Action Plan, in the lead up to International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020-08-07T03:03:50Z aasw-launches-reconciliation-action-plan-in-the-lead-up-to-international-day-of-the-worlds-indigenous-peoples The Australian Association of Social Workers has today launched its third Reconciliation Action Plan July 2020-June 2022, which is an Innovate Plan. It also comes in the lead up to the UN’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples which is on Sunday, 9 August. 2020’s theme is COVID-19 and Indigenous People’s Resilience. AASW’s Reconciliation Action Plan describes the steps the Association can and will take to create opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Workers. AASW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative Board Director Linda Ford said, “Our new plan prioritises our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Workers and is about taking actions and defining how we work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in our communities. “With this plan and alongside our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander colleagues, we will strive to be the best possible allies, by actively listening, by decolonising the way we work, by working in partnership and by making sure Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander colleagues and members of our communities shape our work.”Ms Ford said that building authentic relationships requires accepting the truth and understanding.She said, “We also know that to build authentic partnerships requires truth-telling and real understanding. Acknowledging the black history of our country, the historical role of Social Work and the current status of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in our community is essential in building partnerships that are grounded in truth.“I want to commend my fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters and all they have done during COVID-19, their resilience and their determination to defend their communities and keep them safe. As this year’s theme for Reconciliation was, we are truly IN THIS TOGETHER.”You can review the AASW Reconciliation Action Plan July 2020-June 2022.You can review the AASW’s webpage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander actions to date, including our 2004 Acknowledgement Statement.ENDSAbout Reconciliation Actions PlansThere are four types of Reconciliation Action Plans endorsed by Reconciliation Australia: Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate.To interview Linda Ford, please contact Ellie Cooper on 0413 532 954. Social workers urge government to lead economic recovery by investing in social housing 2020-08-04T06:23:42Z social-workers-urge-government-to-lead-economic-recovery-by-investing-in-social-housing During National Homelessness Week, 2-8 August this year, Australian social workers are calling for more investment in social housing to help end homelessness.Last month, the AASW submission to the Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia, called on the federal government to build or acquire additional social housing. AASW National President Christine Craik said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we can respond to homelessness quickly as a response when there is a threat to public health, and this quick response has protected some of the most vulnerable people in our society. “During this pandemic, the Victorian government has housed many who were homeless as part of a public health response until April next year. We welcome this move, and would argue that this initiative needs to happen on a more permanent basis, not just during a pandemic and needs to be implemented across the country. “We are supporting the Everybody’s Home campaign this week. Building social housing and repairing empty or substandard public housing needs to be prioritised in all neighbourhoods across Australia. This kind of initiative will result in local jobs, economic stimulus and work towards social cohesion across the country. This pandemic has wreaked havoc with our most vulnerable communities and if there is to be one positive thing to come out of this, let that legacy be that this was the time we took a different path around social housing and committed ourselves to eradicating homelessness forever. “For anyone, becoming homeless can feel like a personal failure and many of our cultural myths and negative stereotypes around homelessness and poverty feed into this. You can tell a lot about the health of a community by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens. We need to challenge these myths and those negative stereotypes about homelessness and mobilise politically to end homelessness for good. We urge everyone to use this week to engage with the Everybody’s Home campaign.”Social workers know the effects of housing insecurity on vulnerable people. We know the ways in which this intersects and complicates other systemic disadvantage, including family violence, child protection and mental health. See the Scope of Social Work Practice areas in Homelessness, Family Violence, Child Protection and Mental Health. Scope of Social Work Practice – HomelessnessScope of Social Work Practice – Family ViolenceScope of Social Work Practice – Child ProtectionScope of Social Work Practice – Mental HealthENDS Social workers welcome an increase in Medicare mental health sessions in lockdown areas: a start but not the full answer 2020-08-04T01:53:11Z social-workers-welcome-an-increase-in-medicare-mental-health-sessions-in-lockdown-areas-a-start-but-not-the-full-answer The AASW welcomes the announcement by the Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday, 2 August on the increase in Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS)-funded mental health sessions in response to the escalating COVID-19 lockdowns.AASW National President Christine Craik said, “Our social workers who provide these sessions for those accessing mental health supports under Better Access tell us that the expansion of the number of allowable sessions is critical. The effect of the continuation of the lockdown in Victoria, and the growing uncertainty and anxiety that COVID-19 is causing, will see many people requiring additional and long-term support.The AASW has consistently, and persistently, called for an increase in allowable mental health sessions, over a long period of time and not just in response to the COVID-19 situation.Ms Craik said, “As stated in our numerous submissions to the MBS Review, and more recently the COVID-19 Inquiry, we believe MBS Better Access needs to be based on need and level of complexity. One size does not fit all. “Increasing the number of sessions will allow social work mental health professionals to better support individuals to work through the anxiety and complicated presentations we are seeing at this time. And while it is a welcome start, it will not alone be sufficient to address the growing mental health needs of the community and the growing demand on mental health professionals and services. We also need to see an extension of the use of telehealth and technology to support people where it is appropriate. For example, there is a huge need for work to address recovery for those who have experienced family violence. This has never been met in the current structure”We have welcomed the focus the government has placed on the mental health needs of the community through the pandemic, and now is the time to implement the recommendations of the MBS Review Taskforce on Better Access. Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) have reported instances of their service users rationing their sessions despite significant concerns about the implications of this, combined with a worsening of symptoms as this pandemic continues. AASW social workers report observing an increase in service users presenting with suicidal thoughts and concerning behaviours. “It is clear that if we are to work to support the mental health of Australians through this pandemic and into recovery, there needs to be adequate service provision, and this is a long-term proposition, not a short-term situation.”The federal government’s MBS review has identified the need for an increased number of sessions and the AASW looks forwarding to continuing to work with government on this issue alongside addressing pay parity for all mental health professionals who are undertaking the same work. All social workers in Australia are supporting people through this current crisis. To locate an accredited mental health social worker, visit the AASW’s GP webpage .ENDSAbout Accredited Mental Health Social Workers Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) are recognised providers with Medicare Australia and other programs, delivering clinical social work services in mental health settings and utilising a range of evidence-based strategies. Members of the public can receive a referral from their GP under Better Access. For more information, see our website. A One Size Fits All JobKeeper 2020-07-23T04:08:13Z a-one-size-fits-all-jobkeeper-1 Touring companies waiting for Australian borders to open face the reality of a bittersweet JobKeeper program extension. COVID chaos reigns among travellers booked on international tours, and the travel companies that book and create these packages.   Justine Waddington, Founder and Director of Encounter Travel, an award-winning specialist touring company for solo travellers is just one of the hundreds of Australian companies that relies on international touring for their revenue.  She believes there is a stark inequality with JobKeeper payments. There’s the same level of support for companies with a 30% or 40% downtown and those with a 100% downturn in sales.    "The magnitude of the chaos and financial hardship unleashed on our industry is unprecedented," said Ms Waddington, owner of the award-winning tour company.  “I have grave fears for the entire touring sector.  JobKeeper is geared for businesses that can move into recovery before the end of September, but while the border is closed we’ll be in the same place as we are now when we move to the decreased JobKeeper payments.” The company owner said,  “We are working as hard as ever (or even harder) and without the staffing and financial resources we need to wade through the processes of  ‘unbooking’  our customers’ touring plans.“ While other industries may have the option to hibernate, or pivot their business for some incremental sales in the short term, in the world of touring there’s no quick fix. “While we are creating and announcing new (and exciting) local tours, already some of these prospects have been short lived when the Victorian border closed and some travel bans were put in place on Greater Sydney. ” Ms Waddington said. The challenge faced by touring companies are the long lead time for their sales.  Travellers could be booking a tour as much as a year in advance or longer, which means that when we reach a recovery phase the international touring sector will be the last to return to making money. “ I don’t want to take away from the ongoing challenges of many industries but it’s time now that our touring industry takes some of the spotlight,” Ms Waddington said. The touring industry is robust and resilient and has weathered storms before but this one is like no other. Waddington said she’s committed to seeing this through to the other side.   “There always is a silver lining. For us, it is that by next year we’ll have a host of new tours that show off more of Australia, that maybe we’d never have created otherwise,” she said. About Encounter TravelEncounter Travel are an award-winning touring company for solo travellers. Since 2006 creating tours and cruise groups for Australian solo travellers to destinations across the globe.  -End- JIC White Paper - Enabling the digital transformation of healthcare 2020-07-09T00:57:00Z jic-white-paper-enabling-the-digital-transformation-of-healthcare Brussels, 7 JULY 2020. The Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardisation (JIC) has published a white paper explaining how its nine health informatics standards development organisations (SDOs) have been working together to help transform the global healthcare system into one that’s digital with the goal of precise and real-time exchange of information based on full interoperability enabled by global standards. Transcending national boundaries and organisations, the Joint Initiative Council’s SDOs work collaboratively to provide global, coordinated—not competitive—standards that address real-world healthcare issues. In its recently released white paper, the JIC explores the desired future of a digital health ecosystem where high-quality data is available to the right people, at the right place and at the right time for high-quality decisions and care. Established in 2007 and consisting of nine SDOs, including CDISC, CEN, DICOM, GS1, HL7, IHE, ISO, LOINC and SNOMED International, the Joint Initiative Council has come together to deliver coordinated standards and implementation guides. Today, healthcare researchers, manufacturers and providers can use these JIC outcomes for the successful implementation of digital processes and interoperable systems. “At JIC, we recognise the importance of consistency across standards and the need to collaborate on their development. We’re concerned not only about standards as ‘outputs,’ but more importantly, how standards impact healthcare ‘outcomes’—their practical value in the delivery of high-quality care,” said Ulrike Kreysa, senior vice-president, GS1 Healthcare and chair of the JIC. Within the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the need for accelerating the speed and capacity of this digital transformation has become more important than ever before. JIC members are contributing to this public health need by addressing immediate gaps and by providing topical enhancements to their existing standards. "The World Health Organization (WHO) looks forward to the continued cooperation of global Standard Development Organisations within the Joint Initiative Council in order to better leverage on common health data standards and interoperability to anticipate and react to pandemic challenges such as the one we are experiencing, and to the future ones to come in our fast and ever-changing environment.”, said Bernardo Mariano Junior, Director, Digital Health & Innovation and Chief Information Officer, World Health Organization. Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics StandardisationHighlights from the JIC white paper include four standards-based initiatives that offer practical solutions to real-world problems. These initiatives include the International Patient Summary (IPS), the Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP), COVID-19 and Genomics. The white paper is available as a downloadable PDF at www.jointinitiativecouncil.org. For more information, visit the JIC Web page: www.jointinitiativecouncil.org or follow us on Twitter @JICouncil. JIC Media Contact Philippe NeirinckxDirector Marketing Healthcare, Emerging Sectors & Solutions T: +32 2 788 78 00 E: philippe.neirinckx@gs1.org About the Joint Initiative Council - The Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardisation (JIC) is formed to further the important role of health informatics standards to enable interoperability of information and processes across health domains. Health informatics standardisation is supported by a community of experts that works within and across various health informatics standards development organisations (SDOs). The JIC supports the timely, efficient delivery of safe, coordinated, accountable, high-quality health services to individuals, communities and populations. www.jointinitiativecouncil.orgAustralian media enquiries:Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Tel: 03 9803 2588. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.auA copy of the white paper can be downloaded from WMC PR’s Press Office:https://wmcpr.com.au/enabling-the-digital-transformation-of-healthcare-a-joint-initiative-council-jic-white-paper/ World Refugee Week 2020: AASW continues calls for an end to mandatory detention 2020-06-18T00:21:10Z world-refugee-week-2020-aasw-continues-calls-for-an-end-to-mandatory-detention During World Refugee Week 2020, the AASW continues calls for the Federal Government to put an end to its punitive practice of mandatory detention. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “This year’s theme for World Refugee Week is Celebrating the Year of Welcome. The Australian government, however, consistently breaches the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees, our welcome is one to offshore detention, immigration detention centres and other forms of incarceration for those who have broken no laws. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that policy changes can be made quickly and to the benefit of vulnerable people. This has not occurred within the people seeking asylum and refugee population, who have been left exposed to the effects of coronavirus in detention. “As World Refugee Week started, there have been attempts by the government to move a group of people seeking asylum with pre-existing medical conditions from hotel accommodation in Queensland back to offshore detention. These people seeking asylum were transferred to Australia under the now repealed medevac legislation. They are at significant risk of severe complications or death if they are moved back to immigration detention while COVID-19 is still a threat.” The pandemic has a more severe impact on vulnerable groups and people in detention are no exception. Ms Craik continued, “There is nothing stopping the government from releasing this group, and all people seeking asylum, into the community where they can be free to continue their lives in safety and security. Keeping these people in detention is cruel and tortuous, and its only purpose is to send a terrible message to others who wish to seek asylum in Australia that ‘You are not welcome here’.” “Australia needs to be better than this and we can do better than this. “The practice of mandatory detention needs to end now. It causes immeasurable damage to those vulnerable people who have already worked so hard to flee harm. If we want to properly celebrate World Refugee Week, and the resilience and tenacity of people seeking asylum and refugees; this is the only way.”