Occasional Paper Series https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/ en Occasional Paper: Precision medicine https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2018/10/occasional-paper-precision-medicine <h1 class="au-header-heading">Occasional Paper: Precision medicine</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Fri, 2018-10-12 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Office of the Chief Scientist has published the 17th paper in its Occasional Paper Series on Precision Medicine.</p> <p>The paper explores the potential for Precision Medicine to shift the focus of the health system from the treatment of illness to the protection of health, at the individual level. It shows that Australia is well positioned to benefit from precision medicine and discusses challenges that will need to be overcome to realise this potential.</p> <p>This Occasional Paper is based on a detailed horizon scanning report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) which was launched by the Minister For Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, in January 2018.</p> <p>The full occasional paper can be downloaded below.</p> <p><em><a href="/sites/default/files/Precision-medicine-final.pdf">Precision medicine [PDF]</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/news/occasional-paper-series" hreflang="en">Occasional Paper Series</a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles" hreflang="en">Articles</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 23:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 896 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au Occasional Paper: Improving the mathematics performance of Australia's students https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2018/07/occasional-paper-improving-the-mathematics-performance-of-australias-students <h1 class="au-header-heading">Occasional Paper: Improving the mathematics performance of Australia&#039;s students</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Thu, 2018-07-19 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Office of the Chief Scientist has published the 16th paper in its Occasional Paper Series, <em>Improving the mathematics performance of Australia’s students.</em></p> <p>The paper looks at the strategies being used by Australian schools to successfully improve student outcomes in mathematics. It draws out key learnings for teachers, principals and policymakers who may wish to implement similar strategies.</p> <p><em>Improving the mathematics performance of Australia’s students </em>is a summary of a detailed study by the University of Tasmania, titled <em>Nothing Left to Chance: Characteristics of Schools Successful in Mathematics</em>.</p> <p>The full occasional paper can be downloaded below.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/Improving-the-mathematics-performance-of-Australias-students.pdf">Improving the mathematics performance of Australia’s students [PDF]</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/news/occasional-paper-series" hreflang="en">Occasional Paper Series</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 884 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au Occasional Paper: Taking charge - The energy storage opportunity for Australia https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2018/07/occasional-paper-taking-charge-the-energy-storage-opportunity-for-australia <h1 class="au-header-heading">Occasional Paper: Taking charge - The energy storage opportunity for Australia</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Fri, 2018-07-06 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Office of the Chief Scientist has published the 15th paper in the Occasional Paper Series, <em>Taking charge: The energy storage opportunity for Australia.</em></p> <p>The paper provides an overview of energy storage technologies already in Australia and on the horizon, and the opportunities for Australia to lead the world in these fields.</p> <p><em>Taking Charge: The Energy Storage Opportunity for Australia</em> is a summary and update of a detailed report on energy storage by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) released in November 2017.</p> <p>The full occasional paper can be downloaded below.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/Energy-storage-paper.pdf">Taking Charge: The Energy Storage Opportunity for Australia [PDF]</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/news/occasional-paper-series" hreflang="en">Occasional Paper Series</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 897 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au Occasional Paper: Gene editing and CRISPR https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2017/09/occasional-paper-gene-editing-and-crispr <h1 class="au-header-heading">Occasional Paper: Gene editing and CRISPR</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Fri, 2017-09-15 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Office of the Chief Scientist has published the 14th paper in the Occasional Paper Series, <em>Gene Editing and CRISPR.</em></p> <p>The paper provides a general primer on Gene Editing, and explores the implications of CRISPR – a recent technique that is transforming the field.</p> <p>The full occasional paper can be downloaded below.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/OCS-Gene-Editing-and-CRISPR.pdf">Gene Editing and CRISPR Occasional Paper [PDF]</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/news/occasional-paper-series" hreflang="en">Occasional Paper Series</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 898 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au Occasional Paper: Busting myths about women in STEM https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2016/11/occasional-paper-busting-myths-about-women-in-stem <h1 class="au-header-heading">Occasional Paper: Busting myths about women in STEM</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Fri, 2016-11-11 11:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Office of the Chief Scientist has published the 13th paper in the Occasional Paper Series, <em>Busting myths about Women in STEM.</em></p> <p>The paper dispels four damaging and persistent myths facing women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and highlights the need for ongoing action to encourage and support women to pursue careers in these areas.</p> <p>It shows that women are just as talented and capable as men in STEM fields, but the gender pay gap, workplace discrimination and a belief that STEM professions are “male” roles discourage girls and women from pursuing these careers</p> <p>The paper is accompanied by an illustrated datasheet, <em>Women in STEM: A story of attrition</em>.The datasheet shows how Australia’s gender STEM imbalance persists from the classroom through to the workplace.</p> <p>The publications and their associated references / technical notes can be downloaded below.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/OCS-paper-13.pdf">Busting myths about Women in STEM</a></p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/Paper-13-references.pdf">Busting myths about Women in STEM – references</a></p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/OCS_Women_in_STEM_datasheet.pdf">Women in STEM: A story of attrition</a></p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/Datasheet-2-references-and-notes.pdf">Women in STEM: A story of attrition – technical notes</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/news/occasional-paper-series" hreflang="en">Occasional Paper Series</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 899 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au Occassional Paper: STEM-trained and job-ready https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2015/08/occasional-paper-stem-trained-and-job-ready <h1 class="au-header-heading">Occassional Paper: STEM-trained and job-ready</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Mon, 2015-08-31 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A paper released today by the Office of the Chief Scientist reveals that tertiary science and ICT students in Australia are being disadvantaged by a lack of industry experience.</p> <p>Although engineering faculties require all students to complete industry placements in order to graduate, such placements have played a marginal role in science and IT education in Australia.</p> <p>With just three in one hundred undergraduate students in the natural and physical sciences participating in an industry placement of at least 12 weeks duration, Professor Chubb said change was needed.</p> <p>“We need industry and universities working better together to prepare our future workers to innovate, collaborate and adapt.”</p> <p>The paper, <a href="/sites/default/files/OPS12-WIL_web.pdf">STEM-trained and job-ready</a> is based on two commissioned surveys, one conducted by the <em>Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)</em> of university staff and the other by the <em>National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)</em> involving employers. An industry working group with representatives from peak industry bodies and the university sector oversaw the surveys.</p> <p>University staff reported a lack of time and resources as well as low industry participation, while employers were often unsure who to approach.</p> <p>Both the university sector and employers recognised that a cultural shift of the scale required could not come about without commitment, planning and action. The paper puts forward a set of actions that could dramatically lift participation in work integrated learning in Australia.</p> <p>Read <a href="/sites/default/files/OPS12-WIL_web.pdf">STEM-trained and job-ready</a> or download the <a href="http://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2015/08/media-release-bridging-a-gap-between-study-and-work">media release</a>.</p> <p>The full commissioned reports are also available:</p> <p>– <a href="/sites/default/files/ACER_WIL-in-STEM-in-Australian-Universities_June-2015.pdf">Work integrated learning in STEM in Australian Universities</a> (<a href="http://www.acer.edu.au/">ACER</a>)<br /> – <a href="/sites/default/files/NCVER_WIL-employer-perspectives.pdf">Work integrated learning in STEM disciplines: employer perspectives</a> (<a href="http://ncver.edu.au">NCVER</a>)</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/news/occasional-paper-series" hreflang="en">Occasional Paper Series</a></li> </ul> </div> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 901 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au Occasional Paper: Building Australia through citizen science https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2015/07/occasional-paper-building-australia-through-citizen-science <h1 class="au-header-heading">Occasional Paper: Building Australia through citizen science</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Thu, 2015-07-23 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Office the Chief Scientist has released a <a href="/sites/default/files/Citizen-science-OP_web.pdf">new paper </a>on citizen science, celebrating the contributions that people are making to their communities through science.</p> <p>The paper discusses how citizen science is strengthening Australia’s research capacity, solving real world problems and enhancing our awareness of science.</p> <p>Read the paper as a <a href="/sites/default/files/Citizen-science-OP_web.pdf">pdf</a> or download the <a href="http://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2015/07/media-release-building-australia-through-citizen-science">media release</a>. Report references are also available <a href="/sites/default/files/CitizenScience-OP_References.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Get involved in citizen science</strong></p> <p>If you would like to find out about science in the community, visit the National Science Week <a href="http://www.scienceweek.net.au/">website</a> to connect to events in your local area. This year Science Week will begin on the 15<sup>th</sup> of August.</p> <p>You can also visit the Australian Citizen Science Association <a href="http://www.citizenscience.org.au/wordpress/">website</a> to learn more about citizen science or download this <a href="/sites/default/files/CitizenScience_infographic_web.pdf">infographic</a> to read about the projects featured in the Occasional Paper.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/news/occasional-paper-series" hreflang="en">Occasional Paper Series</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 900 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au Occasional Paper: Vaccines on the frontline against infectious diseases https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2015/06/paper-vaccines-on-the-frontline <h1 class="au-header-heading">Occasional Paper: Vaccines on the frontline against infectious diseases</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Thu, 2015-06-11 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Office of Australia’s Chief Scientist has released a new paper on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, estimated by the World Health Organisation to prevent 2 to 3 million deaths every year.</p> <p>Read the media release <a href="/sites/default/files/Chief-Scientist-Vaccines-media-release.pdf">here</a> and download the report <a href="/sites/default/files/Chief-Scientist-Vaccines-paper-web.pdf">here</a>. Report references are also available <a href="/sites/default/files/Chief-Scientist-Vaccines-references.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>Families with specific questions about the Australian vaccination schedule are advised to contact their family doctor or community health care provider.</p> <p>Further information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines is available from:</p> <p>Immunise Australia Program: <a href="http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/">http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/</a></p> <p>Australian Academy of Science: <a href="https://www.science.org.au/immunisation">https://www.science.org.au/immunisation</a></p> <p>World Health Organisation: <a href="http://www.who.int/topics/vaccines/en/">http://www.who.int/topics/vaccines/en/</a></p> <p>Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US): <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/default.htm">http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/default.htm</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/news/occasional-paper-series" hreflang="en">Occasional Paper Series</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 902 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au Occasional Paper: STEM skills in the workforce: what do employers want? https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2015/04/occasional-paper-stem-skills-in-the-workforce-what-do-employers-want <h1 class="au-header-heading">Occasional Paper: STEM skills in the workforce: what do employers want?</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Wed, 2015-04-29 11:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Occasional Paper <a href="/sites/default/files/OPS09_02Mar2015_Web.pdf">'STEM skills in the workforce: what do employers want?’</a> was released by the Office of the Chief Scientist today.</p> <p>The paper draws on the results of a commissioned report and among a number of key findings, the survey found that their STEM employees were some of the most innovative workers, and highly valued their skills in active learning and critical thinking. However, employers highlighted difficulty recruiting STEM qualified people.</p> <p>Download the Occasional Paper <a href="/sites/default/files/OPS09_02Mar2015_Web.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>Download the commissioned Deloitte full report <a href="/sites/default/files/DAE_OCS-Australias-STEM-Workforce_FINAL-REPORT.pdf">here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/news/occasional-paper-series" hreflang="en">Occasional Paper Series</a></li> </ul> </div> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 01:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 895 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au Climate Change Q&A https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2013/10/climate-change-qa <h1 class="au-header-heading">Climate Change Q&amp;A</h1> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Fri, 2013-10-11 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>11 October 2013</p> <p>The occasional paper <a href="http://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/?p=5903">'Climate Change: The story so far’</a> was released by the Office of the Chief Scientist today.</p> <p>A <a href="/sites/default/files/Climate-Change-QA.pdf">'Climate Change Q&amp;A’</a> has been written in support of this paper.</p> <p>Download the Q&amp;A <a href="/sites/default/files/Climate-Change-QA.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>Download the reference list <a href="/sites/default/files/Climate-Change-QA-References.pdf">here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-news-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="position-above">Categories</div> <ul class="au-tags"> <li><a href="/news/occasional-paper-series" hreflang="en">Occasional Paper Series</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 905 at https://www.chiefscientist.gov.au