Impact of restrictions already being felt on APS recruitment

Professionals Australia has voiced its concerns about the impact APS recruitment restrictions are having on science and engineering capability. In the State of the Service Report overview the APS Commissioner, Steve Sedgwick, notes that if the new restrictions on APS recruitment “are sustained over the longer term this could have unpredictable impacts on the capability…

Science challenge for girls

The team at Robogals is again running their excellent Science Challenge with prizes available for girls in age groups between 5 to 18 years of age. The challenge encourages parents and guardians to conduct a science experiment or project, capture it on video and become eligible for prizes including a trip to Melbourne. All participants…

As hospital budgets stretch, cracks appear

As demands on our health system grow quickly, health budgets will struggle to keep up, says APESMA CEO Chris Walton in The Adelaide Advertiser. RECENT Cancer Australia statistics show that by the age of 85, one in every two men and one in every three women will have been diagnosed with cancer, underlining its prevalence…

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…