Archive for January, 2010

Workplace Bullying

January 27, 2010

The following is an article describing the nature of Workplace Bullying from the Human Rights Commission and Anti-discrimination Website.

Unfortunately Workplace Bullying has not been made illegal unless it is caused by discriminatory behaviour.

I believe it is about time it should be made illegal especially due to the way it can ruin the lives of it’s victims in the form of:-

– psychological damage eg.  stress,  depression and trauma
–  financial damage –  many victims end up having to take sick leave,  leave from work or resign from their jobs without a job to go to 
–  physical damage –  in the form of physical sickness from the trauma

Not only does it affect the lives of victims but it is also highly detrimental to businesses,  productivity and ultimately the economy as a whole. 

This is why it should be stamped out and made illegal in the workplace

At present only behaviour which is proven to be of a discriminatory nature is illegal according to federal and state legislation.

http://www.humanrights.gov.au/info_for_employers/fact/workplace.html

Hearing Aid Upgrade Needed

January 25, 2010

I have become aware of the need for hearing aid technology to advance in a much bigger way. There is so much research that goes into making computers faster and more clever and yet the production of hearing aids seems to be still quite far behind.

This is what is needed:-

Hearing aids which can help to eliminate background noise so it is more comfortable and pleasant for the wearers to use. They should also be made cheaper and more affordable instead of the astronomical prices that have to be paid for them at present. Surely in this day and age more advanced and high tech hearing aids should have been developed by now.  BTW this is not for myself but for people I know who have to wear these contraptions.

Also I believe there is a great need for someone to design a good touch sensitive keyboard that can fold up and collapse into a suitcase which is lightweight and easily carried by female solo artist musicians and singers. But it has to be a decent light weight keyboard not just a roll out foam version which is on the market at present . I can’t see that this would be overly difficult for industrial designers today.

If any of you inventors or designers out there do come up with a neeeded solution please contact me.

The Truth about US Private Health Insurance Companies

January 24, 2010

There was a scathing documentary on the ABC last week called “Sicko” which revealed the truth about the overiding profit motives of US Private Health Insurance companies resulting in deaths for customers.

See article summary link here:-

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386032/plotsummary

Utube Trailer Summary :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlDAUKSh9CQ&feature=PlayList&p=B3341C4292F98074&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=15

At The Movies – Interview:
http://www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/txt/s1983745.htm

Father Des Reid

January 9, 2010

I watched a very inspiring interview about  the Catholic Priest “Father Des Reid” on Andrew Denton’s program “Eldars”.

It discusses his first calling to the ministry, the unexpected surprises in his career and also his sufferings,  but how all of these events were used in a mighty way in God’s plan and for God’s kingdom.

Your faith will be truly inspired by this account.

Here is the link to the transcript of the interveiw:-
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s2307982.htm

Video Excerpt
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/video/default.htm?program=enoughrope&pres=20080721&story=1