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Briefcase: Business Snippets from around South Australia


In this week’s briefcase, new care centres open to support people living with cancer and Multiple Sclerosis, and Flinders University joins forces with the US Navy research centre.

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GenesisCare opens new South Terrace cancer care centre

A new cancer treatment centre run by GenesisCare has opened on South Terrace offering South Australians living with cancer ease of access to care, precision medicine tools and support services.

The company said the centre hosts SA’s first radiation therapy bunkers located on higher ground, rather than in basements.

“The new cancer care centre offers more South Australians access to personalised treatments in one location,” GenesisCare senior radiation oncologist Marcus Dreosti said.

“Once the precinct is fully operational it will also offer holistic support throughout all stages of the cancer treatment journey.”

It forms part of a larger $80 million cancer treatment precinct at 337 South Terrace developed by Cambridge Medical Property, with other healthcare providers in the space expected to offer imaging, surgery, clinical trials and wellness services.

GenesisCare general manager for South Australia Duy Tran said he was excited to build on the company’s “long history of providing high-quality oncology services to South Australian cancer patients, spanning more than 30 years”.

“Our investment in this new service also highlights our commitment to improving the patient experience, through our co-location with other healthcare providers and initiatives designed to make it easier for patients to physically access their treatment,” Tran said.

“We are also proud to be based in a precinct with a 5 Star Green Star building rating, which represents environmentally sustainable building practices.”

– David Simmons

New wellness centre supporting people living with Multiple Sclerosis

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of South Australia and Northern Territory (MS Society SA & NT) is moving to a new purpose-built head office at Kilkenny that will also function as a wellness centre for people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

The centre, which has specialised facilities and treatment areas, will provide support and services to more than 3000 people, including those living regionally and rurally using new technology and online video conferencing equipment.

MS Society SA & NT CEO Jannine Jackson said the facility is a client-centred “hub and spoke” model which will be a “one-stop-shop” allowing people living with MS to be treated holistically from the one location – whether it be from their home or in the Wellness Centre – and will include everything from mainstream to complementary therapies, from nurses to physios, psychologists, peer support, occupational therapists, dieticians and massage therapists.

MS Society SA & NT Lived Experience Coordinator Jess Worsley, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018 and in her role supports people like her, said the facility will create a haven for wellness and understanding.

“This new Wellness Centre will be life-changing – not only for me and my current clients, but also for people who get diagnosed with this unforgiving neurological condition in decades to come,” Worsley said.

“It will be a place where we are understood and supported for all of who we are. It will be a truly personalised, holistic care experience, where we are fully supported by people who understand and who deeply care about our whole being. It is designed with us and for us.”

Designed and constructed by Aube Projects, MS Society SA & NT is expected to move into the new space in April 2024.

– Elisabeth Marie

Flinders University joins forces with US Navy research centre

Flinders is the first Australian university to partner with the Naval Undersea Warfare Centre (NUWC) Division Newport via an agreement to work together on research projects and initiatives relating to undersea technology.

NUWC Division Newport is the US Navy’s full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation support centre for submarine warfare systems and other systems associated with the undersea battlespace.

For Flinders, the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) means researchers can develop rapid solutions, future partnerships and opportunities for on-site training.

“This research partnership is exactly what we’re seeking – more highly educated South Australians doing more complicated and interesting work in a way that builds the overall complexity of our economy,” Premier Peter Malinauskas said.

“That will deliver us a higher standard of living for our state.

“I congratulate Flinders University on its leadership in seizing on the opportunity presented to our state by the AUKUS partnership.”

Flinders University president and vice-chancellor Colin Stirling said the partnership signified a “new era in undersea technology research”.

“Flinders is proud to be at the forefront of advancing submarine defence capabilities in Australia. This landmark collaboration reinforces Flinders’ position as a global leader in underwater technologies and underscores our dedication to innovative research,” Stirling said.

– David Simmons

Tonsley Technical College lands subs partnership with ASC

Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) has partnered with Tonsley Technical Collage to provide employment pathways for students into the defence industry.

The deal will give students the opportunity to learn with ASC in advanced manufacturing and engineering to “ensure the graduates get a head start on their career in the defence industries” according to the state government.

It follows the recently penned agreement between BAE Systems and Findon Technical College.

Tonsley is one of five new technical colleges across South Australia and will be based at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct from 2025.

“As each of these important technical colleges takes shape, we are creating carefully tailored links between education, business and industry to strengthen student pathways from school to employment,” Premier Peter Malinauskas said.

“We are equipping school students with workplace skills and providing a pipeline of workers in industry sectors where there is the highest demand for skills.

“Kids who enrol in the Tonsley Technical College will be able to walk straight out of school into a fulfilling job at ASC.”

ASC has also renewed its supply chain partnership with MacTaggart Scott Australia (MTSA).

MTSA director Peter Richings said the new contract would give greater security to the company and suppliers.

“It enables MTSA to plan further ahead, and there are in excess of 70 companies that will benefit from this contract,” Richings said.

“MTSA has changed its supply chain significantly since it was formed, and can now boast that it uses more than 80 per cent local industry.”

– David Simmons

Chrysos digs up $75 million from shareholders

After announcing a partnership with one of the world’s largest gold miners last week, tech company Chrysos Corporation has secured $75 million through an institutional placement.

The company said it issued 11.4 million new shares at an officer price of $6.60, and, upon settlement, Chrysos “will be well capitalised with … a cash balance of $108 million and $22 million in undrawn debt capacity”.

CEO Dirk Treasure said Chrysos had delivered “strong progress towards its vision of becoming the world’s leading provider of innovative assay services and technologies” since listing on the ASX.

“Barrick’s decision to adopt PhotonAssay technology globally represents a watershed moment in Chrysos’ growth and provides further validation of our technology as a superior alternative to slower, more hazardous and harmful assaying processes,” Treasure said.

“The funds raised from the placement ensure Chrysos is well-capitalised to support the deployment of contracted PhotonAssay units and, together with our potential to expand debt facilities, significantly underpin the company’s growth ambitions.”

– David Simmons

First ‘genuine Degree Apprenticeship’ formally declared by State Government

The state government has announced the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) to be a trade under the South Australian Skills Act, making it “Australia’s first genuine Degree Apprenticeship”.

The change means apprentices in the state can study at university and earn money while working for a defence employer.

Funding worth $450,000 over three years has been committed by the government to support the establishment of the engineering degree apprenticeship, with the program to be delivered by the University of South Australia, the defence industry and peak employer group Australian Industry (Ai) Group.

The design of the program was helmed by UniSA, Ai Group, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin Australia, DXC Technology, ASC and the Defence Teaming Centre. The first intake of up to 30 apprentices will occur in 2024.

Premier Peter Malinauskas said he saw a similar program underway in the UK.

“While visiting the United Kingdom earlier this year, I had the opportunity to see degree apprenticeships in action at BAE Systems’ Barrow-in-Furness submarine shipyard,” Malinauskas said.

“This is an amazing opportunity for young people to undertake a high-quality university education while getting paid to work, and learn on the job, at a major defence employer.

“To deliver the massive undertaking of building both naval ships and nuclear-powered submarines, we must grow and diversify our workforce.”

– David Simmons

AML3D lands another major contract

Adelaide-based tech company AML3D has secured a $2.5 million contract to supply its ARCEMY metal 3D printing solution to US Navy supplier Cogitic Corporation.

The system will allow Cogitic to supply metal 3D printed parts to the US Navy submarine industrial base.

AML3D said the Cogitic order “continues to demonstrate the ongoing success of AML3D’s US scale up strategy” and noted the US was the “largest Additive Manufacturing market in the world”.

“This purchase contract with Cogitic Corporation is further evidence of the ever-increasing demand for AML3D’s technology within the US Navy submarine industrial base supply chain,” AML3D CEO Sean Ebert said.

“As a longstanding supplier to the US defence industry, Cogitic has a reputation for combining innovative engineering with advanced technology to solve manufacturing problems, which makes ARCEMY System an attractive technology to enhance their manufacturing capability.

“It is encouraging to see the momentum within AML3D’s US Scale up strategy continuing to accelerate and to see the commercial benefits as a result. We will remain alert to opportunities to maximise this commercial advantage, such as purchase and/or lease agreements, and the rapid deployment of our ARCEMY systems.”

– David Simmons

Slade Health opens Woodville cancer treatment facility

Victoria-based chemotherapy compounding company Slade Health has opened a new facility in Woodville that has the capacity to deliver more than 300,000 chemo infusions annually.

Health minister Chris Picton and his federal counterpart Mark Butler opened the facility last week, and welcomed its addition to SA’s healthcare capabilities.

“Good quality cancer care relies on having a ready supply of good quality medicines. I’m delighted to see the Western Suburbs of Adelaide become home to this state-of-the-art facility,” Butler said.

“This means South Australians will be treated with the highest quality cancer medicines from the centre of Adelaide to the state’s rural and regional hubs, which is an outstanding win for patient care.”

With nearly 60 years’ experience in hospital pharmacy and compounding, Slade Health produces over one million infusions annually to more than 200 hospital partners around Australia, including many public hospitals.

– David Simmons


Innovation, safety and inclusion celebrated at Premier’s Energy and Mining Awards

Companies including BHP, Santos, ElectraNet and more took out Awards at the 2023 Premier’s Energy and Mining Awards for their projects and programs spanning innovation, safety, community and more.

Lakita Kean from BHP was named the Indigenous Young Achiever at the ceremony hosted at SkyCity Adelaide, while Georgia Sleep – also from BHP – was named Young Achiever of the Year.

SA Power Networks took home two awards, including the Innovation and Collaboration Award for the energy sector for its Flexible Exports option for solar program and a Health and Safety Award for its response to the River Murray floods.

“Apart from the emotional and economic impacts of the prolonged flood, electric shock due to flood inundation of electricity infrastructure was a key risk to the community, emergency services personnel and SA Power Networks employees,” SA Power Networks CEO Andrew Bills said.

“To ensure a safe response to the floods, SA Power Networks created a raft of new safety procedures for employees; adopted modern artificial intelligence (AI) and remote sensing LiDAR processing capabilities to help manage connection and reconnection of power; and undertook extensive community and stakeholder engagement to manage risk, inform the community and support wellbeing.”

Other winners included ElectraNet, Santos, Hanson Construction and Fleet Space Technology.

The full list of winners at the 2023 Premier’s Energy and Mining Awards:

Energy sector Awards:

Resources sector Awards

Engineering, Technology and Services sector Awards

– David Simmons

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