iPREP PROJECTS ROUND 1 2020
17 February - 3 April
Mental health especially suicide is a major problem in the Pilbara region and this is particularly relevant to the communities in which we operate.
Whilst there is anecdotal evidence available which can be unreliable at times, we need a specific study that identifies the relevant causes, symptoms and other issues that can impact on individuals, families and the community in general.
It is expected that the students will engage in extensive research, discussions and liaison with government agencies and external third parties, and collect data through a review of available literature/studies. We anticipate that our students will be able to summarise and present their key findings in a manner that will facilitate further discussions and lead to a comprehensive joint effort with relevant external agencies to address this critical issue.
Expected student benefits include:
The students will be able to utilise their intellectual talent and research skills to uncover information that will have an impact on future generations to come.
This opportunity will enable students to enhance their communicating, influencing and networking skills and will be of benefit to their future careers.
Established in 2001, IBN is a charitable business operated for the advancement and prosperity of the Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli peoples of the Pilbara.
We provide programs and services to raise the personal, social and economic well-being of our members and deliver support and programs in health, education, housing, culture, enterprise development and employment.
Our staff of 50 based in Port Hedland, Karratha and Tom Price provide support and opportunities to more than 1,500 people and their families and we do this in three key ways:
Community Programs - Financial assistance in times of emergency or crisis.
Field Officers - Assistance and personal support to the IBN Community.
Projects and businesses - Building sustainable and positive futures with a focus on education, employment, business enterprise, and cultural support.
A Study of Suicide in the Pilbara Region of WA
Developing an integrated framework to measure student engagement online
This project seeks to develop a framework to measure student engagement in an online learning environment effectively. Student engagement is an important predictor of student success and satisfaction; however, it has been measured in an online setting inconsistently and without a solid theoretical foundation. You will review the literature on student engagement and online user experience, by integrating information system and services research into educational research to better inform practice. Specifically, you will identify sub-constructs in the multiple dimensions of student engagement online and develop a conceptual framework that suggests how these constructs could be measured using an educational technology platform.
The iPREP students will be located at our Joondalup office and engage with members of our Research & Development and Business Analysis teams on a daily basis. This will familiarise students with the processes by which research can be used to inform the development of tangible software features. At the conclusion of their placement, the iPREP students should have an increased understanding as to their ability to commercialise research findings and work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Cinglevue International develops innovative solutions for organisations operating within the Early Years Learning to Higher Education domain. Our goal is to make learning tangible and realisable for all and we have developed our Virtuoso enterprise learning platform to actively support teachers, learners, and the education community in this endeavour.
Cinglevue actively seeks collaborative research opportunities in order to facilitate the transformation of transferred knowledge into technology that drives future features and products and builds credibility and authenticity based on common research interests. We actively engage in research both internally and in collaboration with leading Australian universities to continually enhance the capabilities of our products in light of on-going advances in research, technology, and educational practice.
To find out more, visit us at http://www.cinglevue.com
SMasHS Fitness for Recovery Project
To establish a sustainable network of flexible options for SMHS patients to access best practice strength and fitness exercise therapy to enhance recovery and outcomes related to surgery and cancer treatment. Including mental health cohorts and including digital health support options. It will also include metabolic health solutions more broadly – not just strength and fitness.
South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) is one of the Perth metropolitan public health service providers, consisting of:
Fiona Stanley Hospital
Rockingham General Hospital
Murray District Hospital
Peel Health Campus delivered as a public private partnership with Ramsay Health Care Limited.
SMHS delivers hospital and community based public healthcare services to a population of approximately 659,000 people.
Our new Innovation Centre is supporting staff to design and implement innovative solutions to improve service delivery and outcomes for our community. Ideas can be submitted from any area of the organisation and may include external collaborations to get the best outcomes.
Our motto is Goombah Kaartdijin, a Nyoongar phrase that can be translated as Big Dreaming. We’re aiming to build a strong culture of innovation and creativity which supports rapid cycles of design, prototyping, testing, implementing (or failing fast if required).
PHYSIOTHERAPY & EXERCISE SCIENCE
PHARMACY & BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
MINING AND PROCESS SOLUTIONS
Global opportunities for non-cyanide gold treatment
Over 95% of gold processing in the world today uses cyanide to extract the metal. It has over 50 years proven to be a very effective reagent in performing this task. Most of the world’s major mining companies that use cyanide are voluntary signatories to the international cyanide code that consists of guidelines on its use. More specifically it provides guidance on acceptable limits for discharge into tailings. In addition to these guidelines, various jurisdictions have their own regulatory guidelines on the use of tailings. Some jurisdictions ban the use of cyanide completely and others ban its use other than in contained vessel leaching. In Australia, cyanide use is permitted but the permitting process is becoming more difficult leading to some jurisdictions such as NSW requiring longer permitting timeframes and more stringent safeguards.
MPS technology includes a series of leaching technologies that could be a partial or complete replacement for cyanide. We have a market ready alternative now that has been demonstrated to reduce cyanide by over 80% and eliminates free cyanide in tailings. In conjunction with Curtin University, we are also developing cyanide free alternatives that use various additives that when used with Glycine are effective in leaching gold. One of these additives is Potassium Ferrocyanide which is classified typically as a food additive but it may not be accepted as a non-cyanide reagent in some jurisdictions.
The proposed project is to have students review the specifics of the various environmental regulations established by regulatory bodies in Australia, selected mining jurisdictions overseas, and the International cyanide code to ascertain likely trends and legal requirements that might evolve in the next 10 years. The project should map current and developing technologies to these identified trends and requirements and consider how MPS may be able to position itself as a leader in influencing the development and adoption of alternatives. Of interest to MPS is understanding whether Mining companies are prepared to be proactive now in reducing cyanide use and eliminating free cyanide in tailings as a strategy to defer/offset potential blanket bans on any use of cyanide. MPS would be open to consideration of potential surveys or other research techniques to understand this.
The deliverables from the study should include a marketing/public relations/social media strategy and one or more white papers that could be used by MPS.
Mining and Process Solutions (MPS) was established in 2014 with a deliberate goal to bring innovative thinking and technology to mining and processing of deposits. MPS, in conjunction with Curtin University, developed a patented leaching process that uses Glycine, a non-toxic biodegradable lixiviant to selective leach both precious (gold, silver) and base (copper, nickel, lead, zinc) metals. The main reagent, Glycine, is not chemically consumed in the process and so, is able to be recycled and reused thereby lowering costs.
MPS is commercialising this technology and currently has five advanced projects, funded by mining companies, where the process is being piloted and demonstrated. Two of these projects are in Australia and one is based here in Western Australia. A recent milestone was the production of first commercial quantities of copper and gold from retreating previously mined tailings.
MPS has established a network of agents and laboratory partners providing channels to the global market but centred on the intellectual property development here in Perth. MPS future business outlook is projecting strong growth as the mining industry looks to adopt new approaches to the sustainable production of metals.
The technology has a number of immediate target applications in copper and gold extraction but other metals and urban e-waste are additional opportunities that are being researched.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT
HEALTH SERVICE (CAHS)
Innovation Hub for children in WA
CAHS is seeking to establish an innovation hub to support and enable innovation across the health service. CAHS intends to foster a culture of open collaboration and integration within the service building on the existing culture of safety and quality. The project will include exploring opportunities share an innovation hub with other Government child service providers.
The project officers will consult with clinical and corporate stakeholders within CAHS and research models for innovation with health and children’s services. The project officers will be encouraged to be innovative and creative in the development of proposals providing CAHS with options for consideration.
The expected outcomes for this project are:
- A framework for innovation within CAHS
- A range of implementation strategies
- Suggestions for working across Government in innovation.
These outcomes will provide CAHS with a roadmap for the development of an innovation hub and building a culture of innovation across the service.
The Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) provides a comprehensive service supporting the health, wellbeing and development of young Western Australians. We aim to ensure that children and young people get the best start in life through health promotion; early identification and intervention; and patient-centred, family-focused care.
The Cost of Junior Sport in Western Australia
Junior sport gives thousands of children the opportunity to be active, sociable and compete in a game they love. As a nation we are encouraged to be involved in sport, however, for some families, the cost of this sport is prohibitive. Influences on children’s participation in junior sport is multidimensional, however recent studies have identified the cost of fees and equipment as a significant barrier to children’s ongoing participation in junior sport. Different sports codes have different financial demands. In recent years anecdotal feedback and that tracked through various studies throughout Australia outlines that junior sporting clubs are attributing the rise in season fees due to a drop-off in sponsorship (due to worsening economy), rising levels and costs of accreditation for coaching/umpiring, merchandising/uniforms, higher insurances and lack of volunteers (paying to outsource services). In some cases, fees can be up to $1000 a season for a child under 18. To date there isn’t a broad range of research in Australia that identifies the club pricing strategies for junior sports or comparative data between sporting codes. The aim of this project is to conduct a state-wide study into the cost of junior sport from a cross-section of sporting codes in Western Australia. The study will aim to include series of qualitative case studies that will help to identify the range of cost influences including locality, association fees, insurances, operational costs, equipment and uniforms.
This investigation will consider both a) the cost of sport i.e. the amount a child pays across different sport and different locations; and b) Factors impacting the cost of sport i.e. what is included in the makeup of fees.
Expected Student Activities:
1.Confirm key study parameters and reporting outcomes.
2.Consult key junior sporting stakeholders and create a sporting partners working group.
3.Define respondents and authorisation from survey participants.
4.Create methodology and survey system.
4. Run survey period and monitor status.
5. Collate data and run analytics.
6. Develop and present report
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries works collaboratively with government, community organisations, peak bodies and other stakeholders to achieve our vision of an enlivened Western Australia with successful communities and economy. The Sport and Recreation sector in WA aims to promote participation and achievement in sport and recreation to support a healthy lifestyle for all Western Australians through physical activity. The Participation Initiatives unit delivers community programs across the functional areas of KidSport, Camps, Trails and Participation more broadly. In 2011 the KidSport’ voucher scheme was introduced to support children between 5 and 18ys, from low-income families to encourage and foster participation in sport. Each eligible child receives up to $150 towards Club membership fees. The voucher scheme distributes $4M annually state-wide (~25,000 vouchers) via 1973 sporting clubs and 130 local governments. In 2019 the Cost of Junior Sport Working Group was developed to consider the true costs of junior sport and consider an assessment of junior sport fee structures on a federal level. The Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries is keen to investigate both the cost of junior sport and factors influencing the cost of junior sport throughout Western Australia.
ARTS - ASIA RESEARCH CENTRE
ChinUp Market Research
Conduct a market research on the suitable patient population for ChinUp to expand the target market for our product. The students will conduct interviews with the relevant stakeholders and identify pathways to new target markets.
Cervical ChinUp is a start-up medical device company focused on the invention, development and commercialisation of innovative neck support solutions for the global consumer and medical orthotics market. The product ChinUp has been marketed through a direct to consumer channel and we are looking to expand our market.
The students will be able to gain an understanding to the medical market and networked into the ecosystem through stakeholder engagement as well as experience working within a start-up company and conducting market research.
DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, SPORT & CULTURAL INDUSTRIES
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