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Sustainability
Hootsuite 2021 Impact Report shows workforce more diverse
Hootsuite has released its annual 2021 Impact Report detailing the results of its social impact initiatives following the launch of its corporate guiding principles.
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Microsoft
First Australian provider to implement Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare
Bethesda Health Care is the first provider in Australia to implement Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare technology in its new mental health clinic.
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Virtual Reality / VR
Kiwi tech founder pitching VR health tech startup at SXSW
Christchurch-based tech founder Adam Hutchinson has been selected to pitch oVRcome at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.
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Mental Health
Virtual reality could help treat anxiety - research
The research could pave the way for large-scale efficacy testing, clinical use and cost-effective delivery of intelligent individualised VR technology.
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Funding
Kiwi student wellbeing company closes $1.8m funding round
"This round of funding positions us to expand our reach to more students and to equip more schools with the tools needed to move from intervention to prevention."
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Digital Technology
Huge uptake in digital mental health services during lockdown - NZHIT
Kiwis are increasingly turning to online mental health services for support as they grapple with the uncertainty brought on by the lockdown.
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Chorus
UoA researchers work with Māori to evaulate online mental health platform
Researchers want to understand what encourages and prevents Māori from using an online platform to support mental health and wellbeing.
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Remote Working
"Zoom anxiety" major problem one year into pandemic
"it’s clear that for many video calls bring with them their own set of challenges."
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Artificial Intelligence
Workers want robots, not people, to help manage COVID-19 stress - study
Employees want help and are turning to technology over people.
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Remote Working
Isolation and mental health lead concerns about employees during COVID-19
"This is a reassuring indication that the value of people is being recognised and their health given the highest priority."
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Apps
Kiwi firm ignites Aotearoa's mental health & wellbeing support
As New Zealand moves through the various stages of lockdown, it’s not just physical health that Kiwis are doing their bit to protect; it’s also everyone’s mental health too.
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Remote Working
How to stay ‘screen fit’ when working at home
How do we avoid digital fatigue and stay connected? It starts with establishing a routine.
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DXC
DXC Tech to bring mental health tech to mining, oil and gas workers
Has entered a MOU with Australian-born Medibio which uses objective measures to identify depression, anxiety and stress.
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Artificial Intelligence
AI tech to bolster suicide prevention efforts in Australia
New project will utilise artificial intelligence to streamline clinical records to better inform responses to suicide prevention.
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Xero
Xero offers more than 850,000 Kiwis mental wellbeing support
Approximately 850,000 New Zealand small business owners, their employees, and families have access to free and confidential wellbeing support, thanks to an initiative from Xero.
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2degrees
All work, no play: 2degrees survey finds Kiwi SMBs won't take a break
‘No holidays please, we’re SMBs’. That’s the sentiment coming from almost 1000 Kiwi small businesses, according to a study by 2degrees.
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Fuji Xerox
Kiwi bosses set to take the plunge for charity
“Our tamariki and rangatahi overcome many obstacles in this ever-changing world so we are asking bosses across New Zealand to accept their own challenge."
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Artificial Intelligence
Virtual assistants could soon help those with mental illness
 Computer scientists have created a new way of using virtual assistants that could potentially help those with mental illnesses.
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Mental Health
Congestion in NZ's cities adds to employee strain
That congestion in Auckland and in other congested places can have significant impacts on business and employee health – to the point where one business CEO says employers need to make allowances for it.
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Xero
Xero champions workplace mental health for SMBs
“When it comes to mental health, our statistics in New Zealand are truly awful. Too many Kiwis are struggling and often don’t know where or who to turn to."
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Disaster Recovery
Social media can improve lives after a disaster
"It’s created a community of people who feel more connected, more accepted and more informed."
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Mental Health
Three ways to improve mental health support in the workplace
“Instead of scrambling into action after a crisis, employers need to be more proactive in supporting employees."
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Xero
Xero champions mental health awareness and support in the workplace
“Mental illness and poor wellbeing is something that affects many people, including small businesses; most people will encounter it in themselves or someone they love during their lifetime. We cannot afford to ignore it.”
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Samsung
Aged care residents live out their dreams in virtual reality
Age is no excuse for experiencing the rich world of virtual reality, as three dementia patients from Sydney discovered for themselves recently.