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
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. 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.
ARTS AND HUMANITIES
JULIANA GADRET DA SILVA
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.
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. Students 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, they 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.
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.
Our motto is Goombah Kaartdijin, a Nyoongar phrase that can be translated as Big Dreaming.
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.
JOSE IGNACIO (NACHO) MORENO SUAREZ
PHYSIOTHERAPY & EXERCISE SCIENCE
PHARMACY & BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
MOLECULAR & LIFE SCIENCES
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.
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Global opportunities for non-cyanide gold treatment
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.
Students will 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 will 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.
ENGINEERING & ENERGY
MOLECULAR & LIFE SCIENCES
CHRIS (ZIXING) QIN
SCHOOL OF MINES
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.
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.
These outcomes will provide CAHS with a roadmap for the development of an innovation hub and building a culture of innovation across the service.
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.
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.
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.
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).
ARTS - ASIA RESEARCH CENTRE
CIVIL & MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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.
CIVIL & MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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.
ENGINEERING & ENERGY
AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT
DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, SPORT & CULTURAL INDUSTRIES (KidSport Team)
SOUTH METROPOLITAN HEALTH SERVICE
MINING AND PROCESS SOLUTIONS
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH SERVICE (CAHS)
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