Businesses using COVID-19 safe screening practices have been warned to be extra diligent after an alleged data breach involving the theft of personal details. Since the global pandemic forced the closure of businesses across a wide variety of industries in March this year, doors have slowly been opening again with restrictions in place. These include capped numbers of people in premises, the requirement to remain seated and tracing measures that involve all...

Isolation and working remotely during COVID-19 has led to many workers feeling lonely and depressed which makes R U OK? Day on September 10 so vital in 2020. R U OK? is a suicide prevention movement founded in Australia which aims to inspire people to ask that simple question and start the conversation with friends, family and co-workers to help assist with mental health issues. Many people battle depression, anxiety and other...

Almost one-third of all Australians are now working from home, are you providing the right levels of support for your WFH staff? New analysis from market research company Roy Morgan has revealed that 32 per cent of Australians are now working from home (WFH) in 2020, making up over 4.3 million people. This spike is largely because of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the resulting social distancing and lockdown measures that...

The Federal Government has brokered a deal with the world's leading COVID-19 vaccine researchers that will see every Australian receive the vaccine for free. The Oxford University vaccine is being developed in tandem with UK-based drug company AstraZeneca and is the most advanced in the world, moving to the third stage of trials which includes human testing on thousands of subjects. And today Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that Australia has...

Surging COVID-19 numbers in Victoria have led to Melbourne moving to Stage 4 restrictions, with other states and territories in Australia watching closely. As the number of cases surged to 11,557 in Victoria, the state was left with little choice but to ramp up restrictions in a bid to halt the number of infections and ensure the health care system was not overwhelmed - which would lead to unnecessary deaths. The big...

Brisbane businesses are being urged to take precautions as the Queensland capital attempts to isolate the latest COVID-19 flare-ups in the region. Two 19-year-old old women who recently travelled to Victoria have tested positive to the virus which has prompted the closure of private school Parklands Christian College in Logan. Contact tracing procedures have commenced and any businesses and venues the pair may have attended face closure for cleaning as well. Health...

There is renewed hope a global COVID-19 vaccine could become mainstream before the end of 2020 thanks to promising results in the UK. Scientists at Oxford University have conducted early-stage clinical trials of a vaccine called AZD1222 in healthy volunteers. The results have been highly encouraging, producing antibody and T-cell immune reponses with no negative side effects. British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has been working on the vaccine with the...

Queensland businesses are being urged to not get complacent about the threat of COVID-19 following hot spots flaring up in New South Wales over the weekend. It comes after Victoria was forced back into lockdown, recording a further 270 new cases on Monday to bring the state's tally up to 4224 active cases of the virus. Melbourne and Mitchell Shire were both put back on stage three restrictions on July 8 with...

Queensland moved to stage three of its coronavirus (COVID-19) business restrictions easing plan on July 3 which means many more workplaces are now open for the first time in months. The latest stage of easing of restrictions allowed for the re-opening of casinos, gaming and gambling venues, non-therapeutic massage parlours, saunas, bathhouses, nightclubs and food courts. It comes as Queensland recorded its 10th straight day of no new COVID-19 confirmed cases...

Australia's youngest death due to Coronavirus in Blackwater, Central Queensland has put controlling the spread under the microscope once again. Nathan Turner, a former miner from the town located 195km west of Rockhampton became Australia's 103rd fatality from the virus and the seventh in Queensland. He was tested posthumously which came back positive, but he had not been tested while he was still alive. It is understood he had a complex medical...