Announced last night in Adelaide at the 25th annual Telstra South Australian Business Awards, the winner, GenWise Health, is a platform designed for GPs working outside the traditional clinic environment.
The business was founded by Dr Troye Wallett and Dr Sebastian Rees in response to the frustrations they experienced first-hand when working in residential aged-care facilities. The system looks to help doctors save time, improve efficiencies, be better remunerated, and benefit from the support of a national community of fellow GPs.
Dr Rees says integrating an efficient management system with a professional support network has enabled the platform to help drive growth in niche areas of Australia’s health service, such as aged care, but also disadvantaged families and women leaving abusive relationships.
“Traditionally, it is challenging for GPs to work in the aged-care sector due to inherent inefficiencies. By building an online clinic platform, that saves time and allows for better remuneration, we’re able to attract more GPs into the sector,” he said.
The business also took home the 2017 Telstra South Australian Micro Business Award.
Celebrating their 25th year, the Telstra Business Awards showcase the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s best small and medium businesses (SMBs) and more recently, charities as well.
Telstra Small Business Executive Director, Brendan Donohoe, said the winners of the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business Awards all demonstrated a level of innovation underpinned by a global ambition.
“For the winners of the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business Awards, technology is a fundamental part of their respective strategies. These strategies are focused on tackling the current issues affecting Australia’s communities and preparing for future trends which are destined to have an international impact,” he said.
“GenWise Health’s technology backbone has enabled the business to successfully respond to the global megatrend for a more mobile and sustainable workplace, enabling doctors to deliver an enhanced level of care across some of the country’s most complex medical service areas.”
Other businesses recognised at the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business Awards include:
All 2017 SA Winners will join other state and territory category winners at the national 2017 Telstra Australian Business Awards in Sydney on Friday, 25 August 2017.
The winners of the 2017 Telstra South AustralianBusiness Awards are:
2017 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year and 2017 Telstra South Australian Micro Business Award - GenWise Health
Previously working as general practitioners (GPs) in residential aged care facilities, Dr Troye Wallett and Dr Sebastian Rees experienced challenges related to the inefficient recording of medical notes, poor communication, lack of peer support and low remuneration. As a solution, the two doctors established GenWise Health in 2014, an aged-care specific online clinic platform that is streamlined and cost-effective.
The platform is designed for GPs working outside the traditional clinic environment, helping them save time, improve efficiencies, be better remunerated, and benefit from the support of a national community of fellow GPs. Dr Sebastian Rees says it quickly became apparent that the GenWise platform and systems could be applied anywhere, and they are now proud to also work with doctors who care for homeless people, disadvantaged families, and women leaving abusive relationships.
2017 Telstra South Australian New Business Award - Myriota
Myriota is opening the door to the Internet of Things (IoT) for Australian businesses, enabling them to benefit from remote machine-to-machine connectivity. The brainchild of Dr Alex Grant and Dr David Haley, and the culmination of three years’ research with the University of South Australia, Myriota has developed a new class of satellite connectivity to provide access to small amounts of data, from any location on the planet, at a very low cost.
For example, saving an outback grazier hundreds of kilometres of travel, Myriota’s connectivity can remotely monitor livestock water tank levels. With Australia embarking on the IoT revolution, Myriota’s founders believe its breakthrough technology will pave the way for everyone from farmers and resource companies to defence and environmental agencies.
2017 Telstra South Australian Small Business Award - Kid Sense Child Development
Whilst gaining specialist pediatric training in the US in the 90s, Joanna Buttfield started thinking about bringing America’s unique professional paediatric experiences, training and observations back to Australia. Kid Sense Child Development was born in 1998 and has since become one of South Australia’s primary private providers of centre-based paediatric occupational therapy and speech pathology services.
Supporting children with disabilities and developmental challenges, Kid Sense’s paediatric team helps children to overcome the physical, linguistic and learning frustrations that can otherwise prevent them from functioning optimally, independently and confidently in a peer setting. But the organisation’s offering stretches beyond its physical facilities, with the team acting as a source of continued emotional support for the family members of its young clients.
2017 Telstra South Australian Medium Business Award - L.V. Dohnt & Co. Pty Ltd
Back in1932, with the economy in the grips of a deep depression, Lawrence Victor Dohnt set up a logging company with the simple goal to provide for his family. Now a fourth generation family business, L.V. Dohnt and Company is a revered name in the forestry industry, with a reputation for providing the Southern Hemisphere with sustainable and certified wood fibre to meet the needs of an expanding population.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2017, L.V. Dohnt and Company has overcome its fair share of challenges, from the Ash Wednesday fires burning through 20,000 hectares of pine plantations to the devastating impact of the global financial crisis on some of its largest customers. Through sheer resilience and the support of its loyal staff, L.V. Dohnt and Company today stands as one of South Australia’s most iconic businesses and recently entered the South Australian Family Business Australia Hall of Fame.
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