The CRC Association is growing a directory of CRCs’ and CRC-Ps’ responses to COVID-19. These initiatives are building a more innovative society, accelerating recovery and positioning Australia as ready to confront future challenges.
Continuing the CRCs’ and CRC-Ps’ economic contributions and life-changing innovations is now more important than ever and we invite members to contact us about how we can best support them.
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- COVID-19 impacts on Australian research workforce predicted to be significant – A new research report, to which the CRC Association’s Chief Executive, Dr Tony Peacock contributed, details how Australia’s research workforce will be severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects are likely to be felt for an extended period.
- ‘Continuing Collaboration’ webinar series on how organisations can work productively through the coronavirus pandemic.
- Continuing Collaboration: Partnering through the crisis – Presented by Prof. Valerie Linton; Executive Dean, Engineering and Information Sciences; University of Wollongong; and Mr David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director, Innovative Manufacturing CRC
- Continuing Collaboration: Staying cyber-secure with an at-home workforce – Presented by Rachael Falk, CEO, Cyber Security
- Continuing Collaboration: Managing your data remotely – Presented by Keith Russell; Manager, Engagements; ARDC
- Continuing Collaboration: Continuing R&D collaboration and learning online – Presented by Ruth Marshall, Director of R&D and Data Integrity, Practera
Digital Health CRC
- National Open Access Webinars:
- COVID-19 and digital technology: The roles, relevance and risks of using telehealth in a crisis – Set against the backdrop of the current COVID-19 crisis, webinar panellists discussed the role telehealth can play in primary and secondary care. The panel presented practical strategies for healthcare professionals and outline the risks and rewards of telehealth for practitioners and patients alike.
- How to prepare for and implement telehealth: critical success factors for clinicians – The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that we have had to step away from ‘business as usual’ in primary care and find alternative ways to share information and communicate.In this webinar, Australian GP Dr Amandeep Hansra and UK GP Dr David Triska, shared their experiences of implementing telehealth (phone, online and video consultations) and provide practical tips and advice based on their first-hand experiences.
- COVID-19 website hub – A list of some of the Digital Health CRC’s favourite dashboards and resources.
- Digital Health CRC looking to support wide scale testing to get Australians safely back to work – The Digital Health CRC is looking for organisations whose employees are providing essential services to join a project that will deliver the evidence base for a scaled approach to the use of COVID-19 point of care (POC) risk screening testing.
Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC)
- IMCRC partner, SPEE3D, finding innovative solutions to tackle COVID-19 – SPEE3D is coating thin layers of copper, which has has anti-microbial properties and may even be able to kill COVID-19, onto door handles, access pads and touch pads using their proprietary 3D printing machines.
- IMCRC partner Whiteley has just released the first disinfectant which has the Australian TGA approval to say it kills coronavirus
- Manufacturing leadership in the face of uncertainty – David Chuter, IMCRC CEO and managing director, outlines why now is the most important time for manufacturing in Australia.
- IMCRC partner Whiteley Corporation in front line of pandemic defence – Whiteley Corporation is Australia’s largest manufacturer of sterilants, disinfectants and healthcare cleaning technologies and in 2018, the company announced a $5 million-plus investment in new manufacturing research partnership between the University of Sydney, Whiteley Corporation, and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.
- Providing security assurance of the COVID-19 tracing app – The Cyber Security CRC with Data 61 has been working closely with the DTA, ACSC and ASD on providing security assurance of the COVID-19 tracing app.
- Conducting a short survey around COVID and the cyber risks of working from home and this will be distributed publicly. The Cyber Security CRC is doing this in conjunction with Data61. The CRC also has a longer form piece of research (6 months) that will explore the impact of COVID on workplace and home security.
Fight Food Waste CRC
- Cutting food waste can help you beat pantry panic – Fight Food Waste CRC calls us to make the most of what we have in the pantry and fridge, instead of doing more shopping.
CRC for Alertness, Safety and Productivity
- Alertness CRC partner Opturion can assist hospitals with managing the schedules of healthcare workers through its AlertSafe® rostering tools – AlertSafe® is the first rostering optimiser that has the power and flexibility to automatically create practical, minimum cost rosters that re-roster quickly when shifts change and model the impacts of shift work on individual staff, resulting in maximum alertness, safety and productivity.
CRC for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA)
- Virtual cropping field day – Travel and social distancing restrictions have forced some of the CRCNA’s project teams to re-think how they deliver some of their research activities. This has been the case for three Far North Queensland-based broadacre cropping projects, which were due to have a series of on-site field days this month. Each of these projects are part of a series of Northern Australian broadacre cropping co-investments by the CRCNA and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). The three project teams will come together to present, for the first time, a virtual field day.
- Vertiia: Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft –
Vertiia will supplement helicopters and road ambulances in providing rapid response, by air lifting patients in rural and remote communities and transporting them to major hospitals for critical treatment. Patients will receive on-board treatment by medics. Vertiia’s key advantage is that it is able to take off and land like helicopters, and yet operates at a fraction of the cost of helicopters and provides high levels of safety and is emissions free. The lower cost of operation and high levels of safety and speeds of up to 300km per hour, means that Vertiia will supplement and replace road ambulances in dense urban areas as well.
- COVID-19 Australian Property Market Dashboard – A collaboration between FrontierSI (the legacy organisation of the Spatial Information CRC) and UNSW has allowed researchers to create a COVID-19 Australian Property Market Dashboard, which provides a snapshot of how the property market is performing before and during the pandemic. The live dashboard, updated daily, consists of an interactive map of Australia identifying COVID-19 hotspots based on several state governments’ Department of Health data, alongside a range of interactive city-based property market metrics.
- Allogeneic Stem Cell Cancer Immunotherapies – Technically sophisticated genetic engineering has enabled revolutionary chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) immune cell therapies. This CRC-P is developing a unique technology platform for producing CAR-Natural Killer cells from induced pluripotential stem cells. These iNK cells have a natural propensity for killing abnormal cells such as cancers. They can also be applied to removing viral infected cells preventing virus production. The iNK cells can also be further enhanced functionally by the addition of a CAR specific for COVID-19 infected cells, and the deletion of strategic “immune handbrake” gene(s). This CRC-P isthus a fundamentally new, “seek and destroy”, “off-the-shelf” cellular immunotherapy for cancer and virally infected cells. This unique approach would complement new COVID-19 vaccines which primarily remove virus from fluids but not infected cells.
- Geovision CRC-P – TruScan and TruView – Boart Longyear, in collaboration with University of Adelaide researchers, have developed TruView, a new geo-analytical platform which allows the user to dig down deep into data generated from Boart Longyear’s TruScan, a drill core or chip imaging and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) system that captures high-definition images and matrix-matched geochemical data. Data is delivered in near real-time anywhere in the world via cloud technology and is seamlessly integrated into the TruView platform, allowing the user to characterize rock types and alteration, accelerating geological understanding of remote projects and facilitating real-time, remote decision making. Furthermore, developed machine learning models can identify, classify and measure the orientation of structures in drill core, allowing geologists to log core remotely. In combination, these tools allow the geologist to do their job without ever being on site, perfect for those working from home due to quarantine or social-distancing.
- Kapunda In-Situ Gold and Copper Recovery Trial – Resources are the backbone of Australia’s economy since the days before Federation and will continue to be at the forefront of establishing our sovereign wealth post Pandemic. Environmental Copper Recovery (ECR) is creating a unique arm of the mining industry in extracting stranded assets of copper and gold, in economic levels whilst being environmentally sound and socially acceptable. Working in conjunction with the University of Adelaide and CSIRO, ECR are looking to extend existing knowledge of InSitu Recovery, bringing jobs and economic growth to regional Australia. Using Kapunda in SA as a demonstration site, ISR mining can now have a lower footprint, minimal environmental impact and acceptable to communities whilst still providing financial benefits to governments and investors.