4 ways virtual reality in healthcare is coming to life

Futurists have raved about the potential of using virtual reality in healthcare for decades. But much like the paperless office, the patient or doctor hooked up to a headset never quite materialised. The tech was just too primitive, too pricey, or too clunky. Until now. It’s been more than a year since Zuckerberg dropped the

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The day after tomorrow’s economy

NAB’s Mark Todd and a panel considered the future of fintech and the implications for investment at the KangaNews-NAB Fixed Income Beyond the Institutional Sector Summit last month. The economy of the future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed Panel participants: Jonathan Armitage, Chief Investment Officer, MLC Sally Daub, CEO, Enlitic Scott Farrell, Partner,

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Find the right employee for your small business

Corporations will spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours trying to find the best talent, even for junior roles. Unfortunately, small business owners usually don’t have the luxury of engaging pricey recruitment firms and undertaking endless rounds of interviews with every candidate. Here’s how you can maximise your chances of finding a ‘keeper’ while

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Take the pressure down

Leanne Faulkner was riding a wave of success building a fast-growing start-up until the business slowed and the stress took its toll on her health. Now she’s helping others learn how to cope with the pressure. For years, Leanne Faulkner was the kind of entrepreneur the media loves to celebrate. After a series of demanding corporate jobs

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Survival strategies for cash-strapped businesses

Sometimes the projections for revenue and profit in your business plan aren’t realised in the real world. If you feel like you need to engage in a little belt tightening, here are some suggestions for how to get your business’s cashflow back into balance. Invest in Accounting Software This is a little counter-intuitive as it requires

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Sydney, Malta or Luxembourg? Where are the world’s top places to retire

Australians are in a world search for a new-style of retirement. Globally, Sydney was named the top place to retire, with the tiny European nations of Malta and Luxembourg, second and third respectively, in Knight Frank’s Global Lifestyle Review – 2016. The survey analyses the lifestyle available in 26 favourable tax locations around the world for

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Big Brew founder sees coffee’s hot opportunity

How Peter Barile grew his business from a cafe to the creator of a premium coffee roasting company with its eyes on the global market. Owning cafes, overseeing cafe chains, training baristas, supplying the nation’s coffee shops and restaurants with premium, freshly-roasted Arabica beans – you name it, Peter Barile has done (and probably still

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Mindfulness in the workplace: have we had a gutful?

The news from the home of mindfulness – that’s California, not the exotic east – is grim. Both erstwhile true believers and long-time sceptics have begun questioning whether corporate mindfulness programs are unarguably A Good Thing. In the US, think pieces about the mindfulness backlash are now appearing in the same publications that five minutes

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The great porn war

Government plans to introduce mandatory internet filtering have enraged – and mobilised – the blogosphere, and no one knows where it will end, reports Nigel Bowen. Clive Hamilton is keen to establish he is not a wowser. He did, after all, strip naked at Jim Cairns’s Down to Earth hippie festival in 1974 and fought

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Getting your head right

One in five Australians will encounter a mental health challenge this year. Thankfully, there are many free and low-cost support services that are easily accessible. Evy Gomo is Clinical Manager at Davidson Trahaire Corpsych (DTC), a company that specialises in workplace mental health. She says there’s a wide range of support options out there, but

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Gamification: How to Gamify Your Small Business Marketing

The activity around Pokémon Go could be described as a 21st version of ‘Beatlemania’ – the frenzy that occurred for rock band The Beatles in the 1960s. Savvy small-business owners are pointing out the existence of rare Pokémon creatures near their premises. Major corporations are contemplating spending big money to integrate their brands into the virtual reality

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Prevention is better than cure with workplace mental health

With untreated mental health conditions costing Australian employers an estimated $11 billion a year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims, helping your staff stay mental healthy has never been more important. Evy Gomo, Clinical Manager at Davidson Trahaire Corpsych, shares her top tips for SME owners looking to create psychologically healthy workplaces. Some form

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