Computer glitch stops blood supply

A national computer system crash has seen the Victorian blood service unable to supply blood beyond its own needs, revealing a worst-case scenario for South Australia in an emergency. Following a computer system crash, pathology workers in Adelaide reverted to manual blood processing and worked round the clock to ensure that there was enough blood…

Finding Flexibility In Your Workplace

Employees with young or disabled children have a special right to request flexible working arrangements under Australian law. Employers can only refuse the request on reasonable business grounds. In these cases, rather than refusing the request outright, they are encouraged to discuss working arrangements with their employees and, where possible, reach an agreement that balances…

Beating The Bullies

Workplace bullying takes forms and you don’t have to put up with any of them. All employers have a legal obligation to protect employees from bullying.    Bullying is a serious concern for a disturbingly large proportion of employees. Nearly a third of respondents to WorkPro's 2011 Workplace Pulse Quarterly survey said they had been…

Talking Higgs with Australian physicist Bruce McKellar

As news of the discovery of the Higgs Boson set off Higgsteria, leading Australian theoretical physicist Professor Bruce McKellar explained what it means for physics, Australia and the future. Speaking between sessions of the 34th International Conference on High Energy Physics in Melbourne, Professor McKellar said that the most exciting part of the Higgs announcement…

First budget of the season a preview to public sector pain

Australia has kicked off its annual budget season which this year will have wide-reaching ramifications for Australian engineers, scientists and other professionals. Matt Nurse reports. Many people think government budgets and the media frenzy that goes with them are more boring than Geoff Boycott’s batting but the fact remains budgets change lives and this year…