To help meet the need that Parliamentarians have to stay abreast of developing science and technology issues, ATSE conducts Parliamentary Briefings in several states. These often call on input and presentations from our Fellows, or other experts, and reflect the specific interest of the Parliamentarians and their staff.
Melbourne's transport problems and progress - some ideas for bold parliamentarians
Professor Graeme Currie, Director, Public Transport Research Group, Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University
This presentation will provide a summary of the current transport situation in Melbourne with particular focus on issues with public transport. It will provide a summary of research on voter views of public transport and how Melbourne fits within a wider context of transport in international cities. It also summarises new drivers of change which will affect transport policy into the future. Progress being made in public transport improvement is outlined including remaining gaps in service provision. The presentation concludes with some fresh new ideas for decision makers to consider to address policy and funding impasses which have plagued transport progress in the past.
Is e-health critical to the future of sustainable, effective health care delivery?
Professor Penny Schofield, Department of Psychological Sciences School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology
In the face of an aging population, rising health care costs and fiscal constraints, society needs to explore innovative ways to deliver health care which will address the
projected large increases in chronic illness and consumers’ expectations of better care while reducing unnecessary duplication.
The routine implementation of e-Health is the obvious solution. While digital health care platforms abound, a comprehensive view of how these intersect with health care delivery at the coalface is yet to be
A vision for the future of health care which synergistically integrates e-health solutions with targeted clinician input will be presented. Important policy considerations to be discussed
include stakeholder engagement, funding implications and the capabilities required from the university, government and industry sectors.
Cyber security - countering the threats to network security and infrastructure
Associate Professor Carsten Rudolph, Director Designate of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre, Monash University
Technological development moves at a very fast pace and cyber security needs to keep up. There is a large potential for significantly advancing the state of the art and to establish new business cases in the context of cyber security.
This briefing will highlight some of the current challenges in cyber security and discusses possible contributions by Victorian universities. Cyber security has specific properties that require a coordinated approach where academia, industry and governments need to co-operate. The talk will emphasize some of these properties in the context of current activities in Victoria. Finally, it gives an outlook on future
necessities in terms of inter-disciplinary research, education, and policymaking for cyber security.
Challenges and technology in tunnelling under Melbourne
Mr Geoffrey Rayner, Civil Engineering Consultant
Geoff Rayner is a civil engineer with extensive experience in the development and delivery of Melbourne’s road tunnels.
This briefing provided an overview of the challenges faced and the techniques employed in building tunnels through the complex geological conditions found below our city.
It will describe aspects of tunnel-specific planning, delivery and maintenance that contribute to durable and safe underground infrastructure. It will also discuss the basic elements of both top-down and driven tunnel construction, and the range of techniques and sophisticated equipment available to modern contractors.
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