International Day for Women and Girls in Science – What does it mean?

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Why do we need to have a day to recognise girls in their study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and women that work in STEM? The reason is simple – there are not enough of them studying STEM or information and … Continue reading International Day for Women and Girls in Science – What does it mean?

Share Your Story: Participate in New Research to Understand the Impacts of the Pandemic on Businesses

This blog is part of an ongoing project to understand the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on Western and greater Sydney businesses.  Researchers at Western Sydney University School of Business are launching a project to understand the experiences and impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in the Western and greater Sydney regions. The aim … Continue reading Share Your Story: Participate in New Research to Understand the Impacts of the Pandemic on Businesses

Economic Impacts Emerge: Coronavirus Employment Explored in New ABS Data

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. As we move further into the year, the impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian economy are becoming more evident. New data released by the ABS showed that employment dropped by 594,300 in April, … Continue reading Economic Impacts Emerge: Coronavirus Employment Explored in New ABS Data

Government Plans to Re-open the Economy Through Eased Restrictions: Business and Consumer Behaviour to Be Seen

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Australians begin to navigate the complexities of the economy ‘opening up’ again as the National Cabinet announced yesterday a three-step plan to ease coronavirus restrictions and reopen the economy, with the goal of restoring one … Continue reading Government Plans to Re-open the Economy Through Eased Restrictions: Business and Consumer Behaviour to Be Seen

Schools Re-opening Sparks Confusion, Distress & Debate

With the second school term having resumed in all states, debates have reopened regarding whether schools should resume face-to-face learning and whether doing so will threaten the progress made by existing coronavirus containment measures.

‘Nowcasting’: New Modelling Shows Australian Cases Declining, but We Can’t Relax Yet

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020.  Nowcasting, a portmanteau of “now” and “forecasting”, is a method of very short-range forecasting that uses recent data to determine the present and near future and, in some disciplines, the very recent past. … Continue reading ‘Nowcasting’: New Modelling Shows Australian Cases Declining, but We Can’t Relax Yet

Addictive Feedback Loops: Social Media & Gambling during a Pandemic

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. As discussed previously, there are a myriad of factors associated with the coronavirus pandemic that negatively impact psychological wellness. While many aspects of this crisis have a clear and direct link to known … Continue reading Addictive Feedback Loops: Social Media & Gambling during a Pandemic

4+ More Weeks of Lockdown Confirmed: Tracing App May Ease Restrictions but Requires Increased Surveillance

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Thursday 16 April that coronavirus restrictions will stay in place for at least four more weeks.  These baseline regulations, including 1.5 metre distances between people, gatherings of no … Continue reading 4+ More Weeks of Lockdown Confirmed: Tracing App May Ease Restrictions but Requires Increased Surveillance

Economics of Faith – Practices around COVID-19

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Belief and faith are very much part of our culture and also our economy. Many Christians today are observing fasting in preparation for Easter.  Easter is a period when sales of everything chocolate, yellow, bird … Continue reading Economics of Faith – Practices around COVID-19

Australian Government Announces Economic Stimulus package to Address Impacts of COVID-19

This blog is part of a series relating to the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak of 2020. Following the announcement of a $2.4 billion dollar ‘Coronavirus Health Support Package’ detailed in a previous blog the federal government has today announced a further package of measures totalling $17.6 billion dollars. The … Continue reading Australian Government Announces Economic Stimulus package to Address Impacts of COVID-19