Friday, July 1, 2022

COVID-19 checks led to fewer sports injury hospitalisations in 2019–20

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There were 7,800 fewer Australians admitted to hospital for injuries sustained while playing sport in 2019–20, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Sports injury hospitalisations in Australia, 2019–20, shows the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on organised sport from March 2020 resulted in fewer hospitalisations for winter sports, such as football, while those for solo activities such as cycling rose.

How Australians can build their emergency money fund quickly

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Stop buying lattes and smashed avocado, separate your needs and wants, get a side hustle! That’s the money advice we are fed.  But the truth is, it’s not your morning coffee that’s keeping you out of the housing market or preventing you from building long term financial security. As a nation, we’ve never earned as much, owned as much, or been so highly educated, and yet  millennials struggle with money more than any previous generation. Why?  

Utility, not speculation, defined growth of cryptocurrency market in 2021

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Australia’s crypto industry continues to evolve rapidly according to BTC Markets (BTCM) Investor Study Report 2021 launched. The report is a broad analysis of the data on the BTCM exchange for calendar year 2021, cut by demographics (age, gender, investor type) to anonymously explore cryptocurrency investment behaviours of its 325,000 clients.  

Former Jim’s Group Franchise Operations Manager joins SpeedFit

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SpeedFit, EMS (electronic muscle stimulation) personal training franchise company, has appointed former Jim’s Group Franchise Operations Manager and Bupa’s Regional Operations Manager, Craig Pritchard, to the newly created role of General Manager - Operations. In this role, Craig will oversee the SpeedFit's operations with a large focus on east coast expansion. 

Compare Club plots growth in life insurance with acquisition of Lifelong

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Compare Club is scaling with an aim to grow to $100m of managed premium in the life insurance space with the acquisition of financial advisory service Lifelong Insurance Solutions. The multi-million dollar acquisition means the personal finance marketplace company is well prepared to fill the void left by the exodus of life insurance advisors from the industry in the wake of increasing regulation around life insurance advice. Since 2021, Compare Club has added an additional 2,600 additional life insurance customers through acquisitions.

Meet the man on a mission to end the homelessness epidemic in Australia

Leading Australian businessman, entrepreneur, author and renowned philanthropist Chris Christofi has embarked on an ambitious campaign to break the all time donation record for this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout, setting the lofty goal of raising $250,000 for charity. Mr Christofi, founder and CEO of property investment and finance group Reventon, will partake in his 5th Sleepout. The event will be held at the Port Melbourne Timber Yard on 23 June. Chris aims to donate $250k to help improve the homelessness epidemic in Australia.

Aussie couple helping women save thousands every year on hair care

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Partners Maia Dodds and Craig Ford have shaken up the hair care industry by creating an Aussie-first hair colouring solution that will save women $300+ every time they need to colour their hair - and give them three hours of their life back with each treatment. The news will be welcomed by the 75% of Aussie women over the age of 35 who dye their hair.

Blinq raises $5m to build simple, shareable identities for anyone

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Blinq, a fast-growing startup based in Melbourne, has raised AUD$5m from Blackbird and Square Peg Capital to revolutionise how experts share details and manage relationships. Blinq lets you share a snapshot of your professional identity, make great first impressions. Blinq replaces business cards and static contact apps with a live profile that can be shared with anyone via QR code, NFC card, short link, email signature or even video call background.

Riverbed hires Channel and Alliances Director, teams up with Orca Tech

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Riverbed® announced Orca Tech as a distributor within Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), and the hire of Malcolm Down as Director Australia and New Zealand Channels and Alliances, continuing the company’s commitment to being a channel-led company in this market.

Aussie construction industry trails NZ and Asia on digital transformation

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Procore Technologies, Inc., a global provider of construction management software, released the third edition of its construction industry benchmark report How We Build Now. Despite significant headwinds, 85% of Aussie respondents remain confident about the 12 months ahead, up from just 43% in April 2020. While optimistic, Australia lags behind the APAC average of 91% and is at the back of the pack when it comes to tech adoption.