iThink (WA Public Sector)

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (26 June 2020) * The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our health and had impacts on our health system. Many clinical activities were suspended and funding had to be reallocated to purchase medical supplies and equipment, and ensure the readiness of our health workforce and system. It’s also had an impact on mental health for many members of our community. Providing safe and accessible healthcare and mental health services will be a key focus as the State recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to hear your thoughts on the pandemic’s impact, and your ideas on what should be the priorities and actions to protect and support the health of our communities.

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (26 June 2020) * The WA economy has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with job losses and increased underemployment reducing consumer spending, business investment and the State’s income overall. We know we need to increase business and consumer confidence - and keep people in jobs - to make WA a prosperous State once again. Key to this will be supporting infrastructure projects and encouraging innovation and agility in businesses; and generating opportunities for increased skills, training and workforce development. We want to hear your thoughts on the pandemic’s impact, and your ideas on what should be the priorities and actions to restore and grow our economy.

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (26 June 2020) * The COVID-19 pandemic had a direct impact on the way we live our lives. Other impacts are still emerging, like increases in domestic violence, youth unemployment and alcohol and drug use. While vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups have been hit the hardest, the absence of a range of social activities and routines has left people disconnected. Recovery will need to focus on promoting active engagement in arts and culture, sport and recreation and other social activities to build community cohesion and resilience. We want to hear your thoughts on the pandemic’s impact, and your ideas on what should be the priorities and actions for our social recovery.

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (26 June 2020) * A number of key industry sectors has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic including tourism, retail, hospitality, and culture and the arts. Other industries have had to rapidly adapt to changing environments. Economic recovery and growth will require restoring the confidence of business, along with investment in innovation and emerging industries, and at the same time encouraging people to support small and large businesses across the State. We want to hear your thoughts on the pandemic’s impact, and your ideas on what should be the priorities and actions to support the recovery of industry and business.

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (26 June 2020) * The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on regional areas has varied, with limited digital connectivity and increased sensitivity of local businesses to regional travel restrictions. Supporting and protecting remote Aboriginal communities has been at the forefront of the State’s response. A dedicated regional focus across all areas of recovery is needed to revitalise the regions through business development, harnessing community engagement and spirit, and leveraging opportunities for diverse industries and local jobs. We want to hear your thoughts on the pandemic’s impact, and your ideas on what should be the priorities and actions to support thriving, resilient regions.

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (26 June 2020) * This challenge is designed for public sector employees, however anyone can contribute. The public sector has shown its strength and resilience by adapting and responding to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector will have a key role in supporting the State’s recovery while continuing to deliver a broad range of services to the community in an efficient and effective way. With changing needs and expectations of service delivery, plus emerging impacts and shifting priorities, we have an opportunity to rethink and refresh the way we do business. We want to hear your thoughts on the pandemic’s impact, and your ideas on what should be the priorities and actions to create an even more dynamic, trusted and responsive sector.

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (29 May 2020) * How might we shift behaviours of community members to ensure they stay safe and well? We’re seeking ideas about changing behaviours of people and the community. Physical distancing. Isolation. Zero contact. Protecting those who cannot protect themselves. Australians are social people. Our culture is built on BBQs, beaches and going out with friends. But in a time like this we need to find ways to change our norms to minimise the potential spread of COVID-19. How do we educate and change behaviours so people minimise their potential transmission? How do we convey the seriousness of infection? What tools would you recommend people use to stay connected to each other in a safe way?

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (29 May 2020) * How might we harness new and innovative technology to meet demand? We’re seeking ideas from manufacturers, entrepreneurs and innovators about new and emerging technology to meet demand for health and medical equipment and supplies. Existing supply chains of equipment needed to respond to COVID-19 coronavirus have already been identified and the Government is acting swiftly to leverage these. But we need to be thinking about how we can develop and produce new products, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), in a completely different environment. You might currently be testing new technologies or materials. Can they be repurposed to help meet demand? We want to know what you can do to contribute and put you in touch with Government agencies.

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This challenge is now closed for submissions (15 May 2020) * How might we support the vulnerable in different ways? Many in our community rely on support services to help them and their families. This can be finding safe accommodation, having people visit homes to help them if they have impairments, providing meals, or providing social support and advice to help them live healthy and happy lives. We have people who need protection and support - and being home is sometimes not safe. Some people may not even have a home. How do we support these people during a crisis like we are now facing? Maybe they need a safe space. Maybe you have technology that can support their health and wellbeing needs. We want to hear about your ideas to support our State’s most vulnerable.

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