OECD18: ‘Healthcare for All: Homelessness, Addiction and Mental Health: How can we better access health care systems for people living on the streets?’

By April Cunningham (Central Queensland University)

Homelessness is a complex and increasing issue, with more than 4 million people a year experiencing it worldwide. At a recent symposium conducted at the 2018 Organisational Economics Co-operation Development (OECD) Meeting in Paris, a number of parties came together to discuss the factors contributing to homelessness around the world.

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OECD18 THEMES: ‘Structural reform required to address the benefits of global economic growth’

By Sean Curran (Curtin University)

While the economic outlook of OECD nations is more favourable than it’s been in years, the benefits of this growth are not being felt by workers. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the OECD, has called on governments to introduce structural reforms designed to address this issue. 

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OECD18 THEMES: WELLBEING AT WORK

By Zoe Neill (University of Sydney)

Digital technology has become an integral part of our daily lives and is essential to the overall functioning of society. In an OECD session on technology in the workplace, Holly Niemela a Wellbeing Expert at Mindful and Peaceful Inventions, noted that technology has made us ‘busy’, and, warned us of the “full plate, empty life syndrome”. Inefficient ‘business’ leads to less overall work productivity and decreases work morale making. We need a humanist perspective to digital technology in order to increase productivity. 

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OECD18 THEMES: THE RISE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

By Judith Mendes (Queensland University of Technology)

The era of digital transformation is among us. Technology has become the foundation of our lives. As the timeline of the technology revolution continues, it is up to us whether we want that foundation to be a strong and solid base to innovate upon or a fast-paced industry that only offers the illusion of control. 

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