Government risks medical research brain drain

A new report by Professionals Australia shows that Australia risks losing the best and the brightest scientists from Medical Research Institutes (MRIs) due to funding uncertainty and inefficiency. The Best and Brightest: Advancing Medical Research report showed that just 21 per cent of the medical research sector workforce are permanent full-time employees and more than…

Synchrotron staff picket wage and condition cuts

Scientists at Melbourne’s Synchrotron research facility are striking on Tuesday to defend their wages and entitlements, despite new Minister for Science Christopher Pyne touting the importance of innovation for economic growth. “Professionals Australia members will take the unusual step of protesting outside the Synchrotron facility on Tuesday morning,” said Professionals Australia Victorian Director, Sharelle Herrington. “We…

Defence IT experts vulnerable in latest job cull

This article was originally published in the itnews on September 8, 2015. Author: Allie Coyne. Department-wide voluntary redundancy program commences. Technology and science experts at the Department of Defence are likely to be heavily impacted by the agency’s latest round of job cuts, a technical union has warned, with 6000 upper and middle management jobs…