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We discuss all facets of Australian reptiles and reptile keeping! Your Hosts: Peter Birch ( Author: The Complete Children's Python, ECO Herpetological Publishing & Distribution, 2013.) Owner and operator at "Colourful Critters' since 2005. He runs his facility from his family home, nestled on 8 acres in the tranquil Ourimbah Valley on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. The whole collection was recently re-located from the main house to its new purpose facility in early 2012. The move was d ...
 
Keeping democracy alive Democracy is not a spectator sport, it requires informed participating citizens. On Keeping Democracy Alive, we delve into dynamics that both inhibit democracy and reinvigorate it. looking into issues from: domestic economic issues to foreign, labor, trade, and education policy, NSA spying, the drug war, prison, police, and judicial issues, electoral and protest politics, middle east realities, right and left wing populism, environmental and energy issues, the wealth ...
 
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We hold their debt, they hold ours. Yet both countries are openly preparing for all out high intensity war. Flashpoints in the South China Sea. Nationalism here and in China. But as US Foreign Policy historian Lawrence Wittner explains, though The post Does it Have to be Militaristic Competition With China? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
In the latest episode, Aaron speaks to Ashely Dudarenok to understand Chinese consumer behaviours, marketing insights and recent regulations facing internet companies in China. Ashley founded two successful businesses - Alarice (social media agency) and ChoZan (training company). In this episode, Ashley shares her journey moving from Russia to Chin…
 
Are you appealing to the real foundational issues in digital healthcare, or are you just creating widgets? Demogene Smith is currently the e-health Program Manager for Mid North Coast Local Health District NSW. He is a Senior technologist with a passion for driving digital change. MNCLHD covers the Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Area in t…
 
Fear leads to actions people often later regret. Why are people who’ve been against guns now buying them up? The pandemic isolation and fear of shortages is part of the explanation for the current surge. Feeling safer beats actually being The post Anti-Gun Americans Become a Wave of New Gun Owners: What? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
How do you feel about care coordination, convenient or not, necessary or not?Dr Chris Hobson is the Chief Medical Officer at Orion Health. He has twenty years of experience as a physician working in primary and secondary care, including ten years of experience in family medicine. Orion‌ ‌Health‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌global‌ ‌award-winning‌ ‌‌health‌ ‌tech‌‌ ‌…
 
Dr. Allan Zeman has been named as one of the Top 100 most influential people in Hong Kong and one of Asia’s 25 Most Powerful Business Leaders by Fortune. Allan was nineteen when he made his US$1million profit from his first fast fashion trading business which he founded after arriving in Hong Kong. People call him the Godfather / Father of Lan Kwai…
 
The most dangerous thing to be in Central America is a water defender. The transnational mining interests frighten regional governments with massive lawsuits if they don’t get their way. And they have killed. But as the new book The Water The post David Beats Goliath: Water Over Gold appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Technology is meant to make life easier, so what is it doing for your healthcare practice? Landell Archer is the CEO and Co-founder of Elypsys. Landell works with clients to create digital solutions designed for the exact people who use them. Elypsys is a proudly Australian-owned and operated business, dedicated to delivering human-first solutions …
 
Remember Nixon’s “law and order?” It was a clever way to get whites to buy into racist repression. On this show author historian Alfred McCoy (who revealed government heroin distribution to GIs in Vietnam) says the continuing “war on drugs” The post The Intent of the Drug War: Repress Black People appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Did you know that 60 to 80% of medical errors are attributable to communication breakdown? Will Pamment and Aiden Roberts are the cofounders of SimConverse. They’re two medical students who are passionate about solving the issues in healthcare communication that lead to harming patients. SimConverse creates Artificially Intelligent virtual patients…
 
President Biden is doing what presidents rarely do: seeing reality and making a change. At no small political risk. Are we abandoning the women to Taliban brutality? Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the conservative Cato Institute, former assistant to President The post Afghanistan: We’re Outta There, Now What? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Aliv…
 
This episode focuses on what it takes to be a quality leader in health and aged care during uncertain times, and speaks to some of the amazing things women are doing in the Australian digital health space. First up, we hear from Jacquie Gilfedder from Telstra Health. Jacquie shares her insights on how COVID-19 has had some transformational impacts …
 
Steve Vlok is the co-founder and CEO of Celo. Steve is a chemical engineer, but he is surrounded by a family filled with doctors. He became aware of the problems in healthcare through his wife, who is also his business partner, and because he loves solving problems, he took this one head-on. Celo is a secure communication, collaboration and communi…
 
Episode 2: Why and How to Lead DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Agenda in a Global Organization (with Sudesh Thevasenabathy) Transformative Purpose Podcast According to Glassdoor, 4 in 5 employees and new hires are looking for a more diverse workforce when evaluating companies and job offers. Despite the recent progress made by some organizati…
 
While there are major challenges, there is much to celebrate. We are the only country with the same form of government since our founding in 1787. But in light of Trumpism, religious nationalists, and January 6th, how strong is our The post Fourth of July 2021: Are We Keeping a Republic? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Dr Louise Metcalf is the founder of Gheorg. She is a psychologist and has been for almost thirty years; it’s a job she enjoys doing every day. Louise is passionate about mental health. Gheorg is a friendly virtual robot that empowers children with emotional intelligence and mental wellbeing. In this episode, Pete and Louise explore the increasing p…
 
When VP Kamala Harris went to Central America, Honduras was not on the list of stops. She has reason to not want to appear with their right wing president. He is supported by the powerful global extractive industries, but there’s The post Berta Caceres Trial Will Test Biden’s Central America Policy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Let’s see how optimising communication in home care makes things easier all around! Simon Hayes is the co-founder of Hayylo. He is focused on building a world where customers can seamlessly connect and communicate with their providers, friends and families. Simon is a generalist entrepreneur. Hayylo is a purpose-built communications platform. It is…
 
There are signs of serious splits emerging in the very conservative Southern Baptist Convention, which is the largest Protestant denomination in America. Fifteen thousand of them just completed their annual gathering to elect a new president. The least hard liner The post Split Among Right Wing Evangelicals appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
Tim Blake is the Managing Director of Semantic Consulting. He was previously CIO of the Tasmanian Department of Health and Director of Rural eHealth Strategy at New South Wales Health. Tim also served as Strategic Advisor at NeHtA, now ADHA, and the Department of Health. Semantic Consulting is a consulting firm focused on leading digital change in …
 
In the Scopes Trial of 1925, William Jennings Bryan spoke against teaching evolution, saying “I have all the information I need to live and die by.” Today’s intense fight against teaching Critical Race Theory is more of the same. To The post Critical Race Theory: Scopes Trial Redux? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Rodney Ecclestone is a healthcare executive leader with clinical experience as a Registered Nurse primarily in the acute care sector. He has a career-long commitment to safety and quality. In this episode, Pete and Rodney discuss clinical governance and digital health. Learn about clinical governance and how it relates to digital health, as well as…
 
Like many professionals, doctors and medical providers are uncomfortable with plowing new ground. But that’s what trans medicine is, and there is growing need for best treatment practices. There is very little research or precedent but the needs of trans The post Trans Medicine: Brave New World? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Episode 1: Opportunities and Challenges Facing Healthcare's Future Transformative Purpose Podcast We're witnessing a TRANSFORMATION in the field of modern medicine today -- and it's all about the use of technology in healthcare. Already deeply intertwined in our lives, technology will only grow in importance as we move into the future. But despite …
 
Stephen Stoyan is the Director of Digital Health at Orion Health, and he spent the last twenty years in a mix of technology roles. Stephen focuses on customer success and developing key strategic partnerships at a global scale. Orion Health is a global award-winning health tech provider. It delivers optimised digital healthcare at a jurisdictional …
 
It’s a rich country full of poor people. With his teaching pencil as a symbol, from the countryside Pedro Castillo is the winner of the very tight but certified free and fair June 6th presidential election. The candidate of the The post Rural Teacher Elected President in Peru While the Right Claims Fraud. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Jeff Smoot is the CEO of InfoMedix. He has an abundance of experience in healthcare in Australia. In his current role as CEO, Jeff has responsibility for the leadership and overall success of InfoMedix. InfoMedix is enabling healthcare organisations to access clinical and administrative data in one place and in real time. Jeff Smoot is the CEO of I…
 
Michael Winship writes: “Despite Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being in the White House, we remain in existential peril.” A big step toward tyranny is Senator Joe Manchin who announced he will not support an end to the filibuster which The post Manchin: Ego Rules Over Patriotism appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Is the patient truly at the centre of healthcare? Dr Tal Rapke is a trained physician, and he holds over twenty years of health experience. Also, he is the CEO and founder of ScalaMed. He’s a physician turned entrepreneur. ScalaMed provides a way for any doctor to send a prescription electronically to a patient’s phone. It is helping patients find …
 
Raj Kurup is the Digital Strategy Lead for Healthcare, Equinix Asia-Pacific. Raj drives innovation for Equinix’s clients by identifying creative solutions to complex and multifaceted business challenges, harnessing the combined strengths of people, technology and partner ecosystems. In this capacity, he also builds awareness through market engageme…
 
Women in the military know they are more likely to be attacked by men of their own company than by an enemy. It’s been a long tradition that reports of sexual abuse are crushed. Commanders protecting their own reputation takes The post Sexual Assault in the Military: Foxes Guarding the Henhouse appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Chris Smeed is the co-founder and CEO of the Brisbane-based software startup Cubiko. For the last seven years, he has seen first hand the achievable opportunities through harnessing practice data power. Chris’ experience comes from having worked across practice management and practice support roles himself. Cubiko is an innovative platform dedicate…
 
Is it the revenge of the “deplorables?” We’ve seen how a culture of resentment affected Germany in the early 30s, and it has brought us dangerous Trumpism today. On this show, professor of history emeritus Walter Moss looks at the The post The Power of Resentment and The Threat to Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Innovating the way GPs do primary care with MedTech Global. Geoffrey Sayer is a twenty-year veteran of Health IT across Australia and New Zealand. He has held leadership roles in several large companies. Last year, Geoffrey led the acquisition of Medtech Global with co-investment from Advent Partners. He is now CEO and Managing Director of Medtech …
 
When Roe v Wade was decided in 1973, many thought the matter was settled. Nearly 50 years later, the new Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could overturn that landmark decision. On this show abortion law historian professor The post Supreme Court Case Threatens Roe, But It’s Not Over appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
What is the promise of digital health? Graeme Osborne joined Telstra Health as Head of Digital Hospitals and Connected Health in 2019. In the past, he has led large-scale digital projects, including the rollout of the New Zealand National eHealth Program, which has given more than one-third of citizens access to their health information online. Tel…
 
The world sees the “flare up” but not the ongoing banal policies that are at cause. The State of Israel is copying the successful “settling” of the American west, so what options for resistance are open to Palestinians being evicted, The post People Refusing to be Erased appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Testing the hearing of children? Let’s make a game of it! Carolyn Mee is the founder and CEO of Sound Scouts. She comes from a background in content production for television. Carolyn’s desire to upskill in the digital space led to the development of Sound Scouts. She has received many awards for her innovative achievements. Sound Scouts is a free,…
 
What explains the worship of guns in America? It’s long been a mystery to many. Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz says guns have always been central to the insistent belief that God gave America to white Christian males. America’s first industry was The post America’s Altar of Guns Explained appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Grades 1 through 12 education may have been adequate to the 20th century. But not anymore. With emerging technology and a global economy, at least a two year community college degree is essential for America’s common good. On this show The post Free College: We Are Getting There. Really. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
In this fireside chat with Dr Rhonda Collins, we cover how healthcare leaders can help make it easier for frontline healthcare workers to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. We talk about creating a working environment that focuses on care team safety and well-being and enables staff to function in a more present and focused way so they…
 
Tom Spacek is the co-founder and CTO of HotDoc. He is responsible for everything product and engineering at HotDoc. Tom’s been creating software since he was a kid and is all about applying his experience in business and software to solve real-world problems in healthcare. HotDoc is Australia's largest patient engagement platform with 18,000 GPs & …
 
Telehealth seems a permanent fixture to how healthcare is delivered now. But how do we sustain the change? What is the next phase of evolution here regarding telehealth? In this session, recorded at the Talking HealthTech Autumn Summit in March 2021, Berne Gibbons Head of Business Innovation and Partnerships: InfoMedix moderates a panel discussion …
 
So many awful 20th century roads lead back to the First World War. And despite conventional wisdom, there could have been peace two years before it came to an official (but not really) end. Through a process of detective work, The post Peace Was On The Floor in 1916-17, but Wilson Failed to Pick It Up appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
How can AI be used to improve data collection and enhance workflows?Brian Mitchell is the Business Manager, ANZ Region, 3M Health Information Systems Division, where he leads the business supporting healthcare technology and workflow/operational services transformation. 3M Health Information Systems is committed to creating more time to care and le…
 
“Crisis at the Border.” The truth is: unless we get to the root of how bad it has to be to force people to leave home, the refugees will keep coming. On this show political anthropology professor David Vine reveals The post To Stop Northward Migration, Address the Causes appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Colleen Birchley is the General Manager of Primary & Community Health at Telstra Health. Colleen started her career as a Registered Nurse, then moved into the Telco and technology sector, both in Australia and Asia. Telstra Health provides technology solutions that connect healthcare providers with patients and each other and help improve the quali…
 
Traditional liberals argued we’d alienate some by civil disobedience in the streets of Washington. The idea was to stop the center of the war machine to stop the war, which went on an on despite marches and speeches and everyone The post The Remarkable Success of MayDay 1971 appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Chris Peyton is a medical entrepreneur who has worked as an Emergency Doctor for over ten years while founding several successful medical startups, including iMeducate.com, an exam preparation site for doctors. Ediofy is a social education platform for all health professionals. It is tailored to suit your chosen speciality and individual learning j…
 
The dehumanized Amazon warehouse as pictured in the movie Nomadland is more benign than reality. There is an “existential bleakness” where every instant is being watched, humans serve robots, and one can be fired by algorithm. In his powerful new The post The Biggest, Least Human Power in America: Amazon appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
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