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...

The ongoing testing for COVID-19 is crucial to help contain the spread of the virus and to treat people have been infected. In Australia alone, there have been over 600,000 tests conducted which have been gradually increased to about 23,000 a day as of early May. There are two different kinds of test and only one of them is regarded as truly effective. That is the nasal swap which detects the presence of...

Businesses and governments are cautiously exploring lifting COVID-19 restrictions, but it is important we don't get too complacent too soon. In Australia, the Queensland Government has eased restrictions allowing for travel of up to 51km from home and picnics in the park. The National Rugby League has bold plans to return to action by the end of May while sporting leagues around the world including soccer leagues in Europe have similar ambitions. Non-essential...

The Federal Government is planning on rolling out tracking software to reduce the impact of COVID-19. But you can keep your workforce safe without the need for tracking. It was revealed this week that the Australian Government is working on an app called TraceTogether which would track the movements of any Australian that has been in contact with COVID-19. The app, still at least a fortnight away from being launched, would be...

Social distancing and isolation protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 mean many people are now working from home, but have you conducted the proper risk assessment of their workspace? Managers and employers go to great lengths to conduct proper risk assessments of office spaces and job sites to mitigate the risk of staff being injured or worse in the line of work. Employers have an obligation to provide a safe environment...

The Site Pandemic Response (SPR) app includes a mental health check for workers, but what steps should employers take if flags are raised from this check? The global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is putting a lot of strain on everyone which can lead to mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. Workers in the field can become nervous about their exposure to the virus, which is why we built the SPR app to...

Keep your workforce healthy and safe during the global COVID-19 threat with our automated pandemic risk assessment software. Ionyx software solutions, the company behind the Journey Management System (JMS) app for safe mobile workforce monitoring and emergency responses, has developed a new software solution especially for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The spread of this virus has raised the risk profile of every business still operating, especially those with mobile workforces and people working...

Many businesses, large and small, have been forced to shut, along with entire industries. That has caused widespread job losses across the country. But there are some industries that are booming in these tough times and job opportunities are on the table.   Government crackdowns to increase social distancing measures and prevent immediate, widespread cases of Coronavirus has left many Australians feeling the pinch. Here are come of the companies and industries where you can...

Being correctly informed about the response to COVID-19 is essential for every business and individual. This information changes regularly, though, with rolling updates from official government bodies as well as from Prime Minister Scott Morrison himself.  Unfortunately, there is also a lot of misinformation out there as well. False claims and speculation have been sweeping social media channels which can make it hard to know what is real and what is not. SPresponse has...

For many people, working from home isn't as simple as setting up a desk and a computer and ripping in.  In many cases, there are children at home as well, with state and territory governments starting to enforce partial school closures across the country.   As well as this, many parents are voluntarily keeping their children at home to minimise the exposure to COVID-19.  This presents two key challenges, juggling work and looking after...