Domini Stuart

I write about business, health and technology for hard copy and online publications. I have a particular interest in social justice and human rights.

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From the heart - AICD

Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese opened his May acceptance speech by acknowledging First Nations Australians and reiterating his party’s commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. This includes a Voice to Parliament, a permanent forum of representation from which First Nations can advocate for their peoples to the parliament and government. “We can answer its patient, gracious call for a voice enshrined in our constitution because all of us ought to be proud that amongst our great mu

Blocking traffic

In 2017, 40 million people were living in conditions of modern slavery. By 2022, the number had risen to 50 million. Walk Free, an international human rights group dedicated to eradicating modern slavery in all its forms, reported these sobering facts in the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, produced in partnership with the International Labour Organization and the International Organization for Migration.

“Modern slavery has no place in companies’ operations or supply chains,” says Seren

FIFO fumbling

West Australian Liberal MLA Libby Mettam says she expected to hear horrific stories after agreeing to chair a WA parliamentary inquiry into sexual harassment in the FIFO (fly-in fly-out) mining industry. However, she was shocked well beyond expectation when she realised the size and depth of the problem. In her foreword to the final report — Enough is Enough: Sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry — released in June this year, Mettam wrote: “We were told how sexual harassmen

Games changers

A total of 4315 athletes have represented Australia at a modern Olympic Games. Just 60 are known to be First Nations people — and Patrick Johnson is one of the few. A proud Kaanju man, he was the first Australian to break 10 seconds for the 100 metres (9.93) — a national record that still stands — and represented Australia at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

Last year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Brisbane as the host city in 2032. Johnson sees this as an opportunity to u

Building inspector

In the UK, pilot studies co-designed by Timewise and Build UK looked at the potential for working more flexible hours. Four leading British construction firms took part and, while the studies were short, lasting between six weeks and three months, the findings were positive. For example, the number of respondents who agreed with the statement, “My working hours give me enough time to look after my own health and wellbeing” rose from 48 to 84 per cent. Despite initial scepticism, all of the firms

Software over hardware

“By combining this capacity with our own technology we were able to revolutionise the relationship between coaches and players. Instead of simply watching play live or in replay, coaches can now get real-time insights into why play is going a certain way, or why their tactics aren’t working. For example, they can see objectively when an athlete is too exhausted to continue playing at their best. They can also collect video from different games and different opponents, analyse it and then communi

Online education comes of age

He’s also determined the decision to study online should not be based on cost. Universities set tuition fees, but the aim is for courses to cost the same, no matter if they are delivered by the university face-to-face or through Keypath’s online format.

Along with geographical expansion, Keypath is improving how programs are delivered through its platform. Healthcare is an area of focus, which is a sector in which there is significant unmet demand for online education resources.


Is medical education keeping pace with change?

Change in medicine has traditionally been more incremental than sudden. But that pace has been increasing in response to factors like evolving technologies and greater patient expectations. Then came COVID-19.

According to the Medical Deans Australia & New Zealand (‘Medical Deans’), the body representing professional entry-level medical education training and research, the pandemic gave an insight into the kinds of fast and extreme disruption that doctors are likely to face in the future.


The emerging risks threatening life insurance

The biggest emerging risk in life insurance is that it has no future. In 2019, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority called for urgent action regarding the sustainability of individual disability income insurance, citing a collective loss of A$2.5 billion to the industry over the past five years.

The following year, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand reported that ‘some life insurers have low solvency margins over the regulatory minimum, which raises questions about their ability to comfo

Testing your risk intelligence

• While there is no one definition, experts agree that risk intelligence takes a broader, more forward-thinking and opportunity-centric approach to managing risk.
• In today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment, managing risk should be embedded in an organisation’s culture.
• Insurers are considering more flexible ways to manage their own and their clients’ risk.

There is no single definition of risk intelligence.

American financier Leo Tilman describes it as ‘the strategi

How the resources sector beat COVID-19 - AICD

The 130 members of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CMEWA) produce all Australia’s iron ore and lithium — and a significant proportion of the nation’s gold, oil and gas. CEO Paul Everingham suggests that lessons learned from past outbreaks of measles and influenza gave resources a significant jump-start on other industries when it came to managing the contagious disease. “As soon as it became clear that COVID-19 was highly infectious, our members came together to work on

How today’s tech is shaping the future of healthcare

The future of healthcare could already be here. Technologies such as personal medical devices, virtual care, robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence are already changing GP surgeries, hospital wards and operating theatres, and will continue to do so in revolutionary ways.

“There is huge potential for these and other existing and emerging technologies to transform healthcare and the patient experience,” says Luke Baxby, Deloitte Australia’s National Healthcare Leader.

“I think their d

Current events - AICD

NRMA member research shows that — after the purchase price — accessibility to public charging infrastructure is the biggest barrier to adopting EVs. “The major piece of infrastructure required is a connected national EV charging network,” says NRMA’s CEO of membership and motoring, Emma Harrington MAICD. “This is a significant investment requiring government support because Australia is a large country with a small population — which makes connection difficult. We also need to invest in the elec

Why an authentic, purpose-driven approach is good for business - AICD

In The Board’s Role in Embedding Corporate Purpose: Five actions directors can take today, McKinsey and Co outlined how applying a purpose lens to a board’s engagement with management in several key areas of board oversight can help directors ensure management decisions are guided by the company’s purpose.

As part of its responsibility to challenge and approve the corporate strategy, the board should confirm that the long-term business vision aligns with the company’s societal purpose.

The boa

Insurance complaints handling the new rules

Customer complaints can provide the insights and feedback insurers need to fine-tune their products and processes. Managing them well can also strengthen customer relationships and the insurer’s reputation.

‘Complaints handling is a crucial first step in the dispute resolution process,’ says Olivia Hua, a lawyer with Sophie Grace Compliance and Legal. ‘It plays a vital role in building business success.’

There can also be significant economic benefits. The 2018 Return on Investment of Eff

Paths to growth: Two health professionals share their story

Judy Harbison grew up with her father’s veterinary practice under the house. Today, she owns 10 veterinary practices of her own.

“I always knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps, though not in sole charge,” she says. “That can impinge on family time and also be quite isolating.”

Judy worked for two years in England and 18 months back in Queensland before deciding to open her own practice.

“My biggest obstacle then was getting finance,” she says. “This was in 1994 when interest rates were ve

Insurance for the gig economy

When Skye Theodorou was building an insurance product for delivery drivers and other gig workers, her team talked to 1,500 people about their experiences.

‘A scooter rider in New South Wales told us that when she had an accident, she was able to claim from Uber Eats, Deliveroo and her own CTP insurance,’ says Theodorou, co-founder and CEO of insurtech upcover. ‘At the other end of the scale were people in other states and on different platforms who had no protection whatsoever. This lack of

Conflicts of interest

The pandemic is widely acknowledged to have made it more difficult to carry out business with integrity, says the EY Global Integrity Report 2022. The survey of more than 4760 board chairs, members, executives and staff (including 100 from Australia) on issues around fraud and misconduct within their businesses, showed 55 per cent of respondents said that integrity standards had “plateaued or worsened over the past 18 months”.

Worryingly, some 42 per cent of surveyed board members agree that un

The business of health: what the future has in store

One day in May 2020, Dr Bernard Shiu told the other GPs working in his practice to go home. For the first time ever, there wasn’t a single appointment booked in for the afternoon.

“The government was telling people to stay home, and they were also worried about catching COVID-19,” says Shiu,

the 2020 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) GP of the year and Clinical Director of Banksia Medical Centre in Geelong.

Shiu’s practice wasn’t alone. The pandemic had a sudden, profo
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