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Is AI the Answer to Staff Shortages?

Zara Lord on AI: “We have junior nurses and doctors treating patients with the support and guidance of more senior team members, so why shouldn’t we use AI to support the work of clinicians?”

The 2023 Founder of the Year Finalists, powered by the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur

The Founder of the Year celebrates excellence and entrepreneurship within a digital / technology-based enterprise. Demonstrating a true entrepreneurial spirit and with vision and excellent execution, this founder and their organisation will leave an impact.

The Nurse Break

Expert opinion

Women are equally as ambitious as men – so why do we believe they’re not? uPaged CEO, Zara Lord, weighs in on why the myth persists that women are less ambitious than men, despite current findings showing otherwise.

The Nurse Break

uPaged joins forces with HealthDirect Australia August 2023

uPaged is now fully integrated with and powered by HealthDirect Australia, using The National Health Services Directory (NHSD), a searchable database of health services and related health service providers in the public and private sectors across Australia. The NHSD provides consistent, authoritative, reliable and easily accessible information and supports health professionals with the delivery of healthcare. uPaged founder, Zara Lord, explained “The integration with HealthDirect is a testament to the robustness, breadth and quality of the uPaged platform, and an endorsement of the exceptional standards of compliance that uPaged upholds”.

The Nurse Break

Angel Investment at Talking Health Tech February 2023

For an early-stage health tech startup, finding those early angel investors can be mission-critical – without those first believers, the business is merely some ideas on a whiteboard.

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Inspiring Nurse Entrepreneurs Who Are Full Of Innovation

Read how Zara and other Australian Nurse Entrepreneurs have used their nursing skills, knowledge, and education to build and innovate successful startups, side hustles and businesses. 

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The A – Z of Talent

What do you do when you are a nurse with extensive experience and you can see a gap in the market? You create the marketplace to improve how healthcare brings in their casual nursing workforce. 

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Pandemic Catalyst for Nursing Careers

uPaged Team Member, Jo Mandeno, on how She trained as a Nurse during the pandemic.

Starts up scaling up

uPaged Founder and CEO, Zara Lord, Talks with Jonathan Herps of Scale Up Growth

Watch Zara and Jonathan of Scale Up Growth discuss all things scaling up; the story of uPaged and its beginnings, and how Australian Healthcare Workforce is being revolutionised.

The Inaugural Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards 2022 

Well, this is a bit special! And humbling, and makes the whole uPaged crew feel just so grateful for the incredible and ongoing support of the clever nurses, hospitals and healthcare organisations who get uPaged. We’re honoured to have been recognised as a finalist in the inaugural 2022 Australian Women’s Small Business Champion Awards.

UPDATE: WE WON!!! (Against some very tough competition from long-established, much larger organisations. Proudly awarded Healthcare Recruitment Champion of the Year.)

Digital Health Festival, Melbourne 2022

Bringing quality and value back to on-demand healthcare: uPaged CEO hit the stage at the Digital Health Festival 2022 and shared how nurses and doctors are taking a lead on how, when, where and what they want with work; how one hospital saved the cost of 2 x FTE staff with one simple and seamless change, and learn how 66 healthcare organisations have stayed a step ahead of workforce shortages.

The Nightmare Before Christmas for Nurses and other Frontline Workers

As Seen in Recovery Partners Blog, we explore the pressure on nurses as a result of COVID; we uncover early findings from our research into how nurses want to work post-pandemic and discuss risk mitigation strategies offered by Recovery Partners.

As Seen in Talking Health Tech

Telstra Health has announced the successful recipients of the inaugural 2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health awards, which recognises and celebrates women in digital health for their outstanding achievements, while raising awareness about the opportunities in the sector and inspiring others to follow their lead.

2021 Brilliant Women in Digital Health Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that uPaged founder and CEO, Zara Lord, has been honoured in Telstra Health’s inaugural Brilliant Women in Digital Health award initiative – recognising and celebrating the achievements of women in digital health.

From After Work to Life’s Work: Spotlight on Zara Lord, Founder of uPaged

The AfterWork interview series spotlights founders’ intrepid journeys: what makes them tick, what gives them joy, and what keeps them grounded through the weird, wild, and wonderful moments. Meet uPaged founder, Zara Lord.

REDI: Mastering commercial success for digital health start ups

In 2020, MTPConnect launched the Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry (REDI) initiative: a four-year, $32 million project funded through the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). uPaged was a lucky participant in the program run by ANDHealth. You can read all about our experience here.

As seen on Network 7

Dell Technologies, proudly supporting uPaged in a television commercial shown throughout August 2021.

As seen on Kochies Business Builders

uPaged got well and truly powered for success when selected as one of six small businesses by Kochies Business Builders and Dell Technologies that needed a technology boost to really help bring our big business ambitions to life.

The Global Gist

As a process-driven organisation, ISO accreditation resonated with uPaged because we wanted to apply the same rigour that we apply to vetting nurses, to our business and operational processes. It aligned with our values to minimise risks wherever possible; to maintain a trajectory of continuous improvement, and ultimately deliver better value for our customers. Read all our journey with Global Mark, as seen in The Global Gist.

From Bedside to Boardroom

uPaged founder, Zara Lord, chats to Liam Caswell of High Performance Nursing about the future of on-demand work using uPaged and how nurses with fabulous ideas can harness their full potential and solve the frustrating clinical programs often created by non-clinicians.

The Happy Nurse

In this engaging chat, Elaina Mullery of The Happy Nurse, and uPaged CEO and founder, Zara Lord, chat about the importance of self-care for Nurses, what they’re going through on a daily basis and how uPaged can assist.

Talking HealthTech Winter Summit 2021

Join uPaged founder, Zara Lord, Bradley Chesham from Bundle of Rays, Athol Hann from fwards and Ali Stokes from Beyond The Clinic in a session titled “Getting It Done: Australian Entreprenurses”

The Fine Art of Nursing and What it Means to Care

Zara Lord, Registered nurse and founder of talks to Nightlife host, Philip Clark, and RNs Liam Caswell and Sarah Morse.

Deep Dive into Digital Health: MedTech Startup Panel

Join uPaged CEO and founder Zara Lord over your lunch break, along with a stellar line-up of MedTech innovators, for a panel discussion on startups in Digital Health – Thursday 25 March at 12:30 pm.

Registrations are essential

How Amazon, Uber and Hinge Inspired the Future of Healthcare Talent Sourcing

uPaged CEO Zara Lord chats with Talking HealthTech founder, Peter Birch about inspo behind uPaged and what shaking up an outdated 30+ year-old sourcing model serving hospitals with on-demand nurses.

Entrepreneurs Hour with UNE SMART Region Incubator

Join uPaged CEO, Zara Lord, and Anna Harrison of UNE for Entrepreneurs Hour to hear the story of uPaged and how hospitals, healthcare organisations and nurses are coming together to ensure the right nurse is in the right shift; how nurses are earning more, and getting recognition for their unique skills and experience, and how uPaged is going to save Australian healthcare billions over the next decade.

TechReady Women Alumni Chats

From launching a product, to generating revenue, raising capital and successfully receiving $400,000 from the Boosting Female Founder grant – TechReady Women caught up with Zara Lord to discuss her many achievements after completing the Tech Ready Women program.

House of Representatives

uPaged gets a mention in the House of Representatives, when Member of Wentworth, Dave Sharma MP, made a Members’ constituency statement at the start of Federation Chamber proceedings.

As Seen In QANTAS magazine

Zara Lord, uPaged founder and CEO, quoted in Qantas’ magazine ‘Travel Insider’ and comments on working from home during COVID and how uPaged have adapted.

uPaged Secures Boosting Female Founders Grant

uPaged is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a Boosting Female Founders Grant from the Australian Government initiative to help support the female founders to scale their businesses into domestic and global markets.

Solving Contingent Nursing Workforce Problems

How uPaged founder, Zara Lord is addressing contingent nursing workforce problems with technology, and her goals for uPaged despite the disruptions of the pandemic.

Startups & Operators

Profiled in Spotlight #8 – Startups & Operators of the Batko OS by Michael Batko, CEO of Startmate – Australia’s most ambitious accelerator.

Finding Opportunity In Disaster

How 12 Brands Managed To Survive And Thrive In The Face Of The COVID-19 Crisis.

The rise of on-demand nursing during COVID

Registered nurse and uPaged founder Zara Lord reflects on the rise of on-demand work during this pandemic. There’s a certain irony in that 2020 was designated as the “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife,” to honour the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth …

HCF Catalyst

Australia’s first corporate supported health tech accelerator program, run by the Health Fund HCF in collaboration with the Slingshot Venture Fund. is designed to help startups and scaleups transform their innovative health and wellness ideas into investment-ready businesses. We were lucky enough to be selected to participate.

Top 3: Australian nursepreneurs

Doctology uncovers entrepreneurial-minded clinicians that have founded or are working in a startup, or tech company, and uPaged founder Zara Lord, makes the list.

Millennials make their mark during COVID crisis

From Millennial doctors, nurses and paramedics to police officers, teachers and supermarket employees, the young have met COVID-19 head-on even when the going has got tough. uPaged Nurse Onboarding Specialist and Emergency RN, Sophia comments.

A fast-track to health tech success with HCF

uPaged was thrilled to present as one of 6 finalists in the HCF Catalyst Program with Slingshot – a game-changing health tech accelerator program.

COVID-19 and the impact on nursing

uPaged founder Zara Lord comments on 9News. As COVID-19 takes hold across Australia, the demand for casual / contingent registered nurses to support the Australian healthcare system has increased tenfold.

On-demand nursing offers more flexibility and income

Nursing is known as a demanding career, but what many people don’t know is that it’s so sought after that many nurses work two roles: their first, in a team they know in a hospital, and a second, as an “on-call” or “on-demand” nurse.

Pop quiz Monday with Zara Lord

The Startup Growth published by Medium is a blog focused on telling the stories of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Read about Zara’s journey from full-time Registered Nurse and sometime agency nurse to tech innovator … all because of a problem she experienced herself with agency nursing and decided to fix.

Business tips from real world experience

I love that every day presents another challenge, and that we’re agile enough to pivot and tweak the service to suit a specific hospital’s needs, and that I work in a really dynamic space filled with some of the brightest and best in their field (uPaged are really privileged to share space with Grow Super, a Sydney-based start-up superannuation technology company).

Investible games Sydney 2019

We were thrilled to be shortlisted to participate, and 2 weeks later, we’re still working on our learning from the experience. Founders reflect on what they gained from the Investible Games Sydney. Read what the participating founders had to say about the experience.

Nursing – public or private hospital?

For registered nurse Zara Lord, being exposed to both sectors has enabled her to diversify her skills and identify the areas of nursing she enjoys the most.

uPaged shortlisted as finalist in local awards

uPaged is thrilled to announce that it has been shortlisted as finalist in the 2019 Waverley Brightest & Best Local Business Awards, in the category of Specialised Business.

Supporting the families of patients in the ICU

The intensive care unit (ICU) is a high-pressure environment, but taking care of the patient isn’t what is most challenging for many critical care nurses. Surprisingly, it is taking care of the emotional wellbeing of the patient’s loved ones that can be most difficult.

Meet the founder

Meet Zara Lord, uPaged founder, learn how uPaged got its name, the challenges of start-up land, what makes uPaged unique, and what has changed since uPaged launched.

Avoid burnout: self-care strategies for nurses

Jade Stewart, a third-year registered nurse, recognised early that the demands of nursing were negatively impacting her wellbeing. “After leaving a full-time hospital-based roster, I initially picked up work with an agency but found that stressed me out even more. “I now get shifts through uPaged and know when and where I work, which has reduced my stress significantly.

Nursing the healthcare industry

How uPaged won over a group of Sydney hospitals and a community of nurses to boot. Zara Lord founded uPaged using her nursing experience. Everything else — including tech, navigating startupland and growing a business — she’s learning on the job.

RN launches disruptor to agency nurse model

Registered nurse and health-tech founder Zara Lord is working to improve career prospects for casual nurses, eliminating barriers between charge nurses and agency nurses, while disrupting the traditional nursing agency model.

FinTech Five for Friday: Company of the Week

The founder Zara Lord is a registered nurse and has harnessed technology, deep industry knowledge/experience and her network to single handedly build a nursing digital marketplace which is the first of its kind in Australia.

Top 5: Female Healthtech Founders

There is no hiding the obvious. The technology startup world is largely male-dominated, no where more clear is that than the fabled Silicon Valley. Apparently things are changing but we will believe that when we see it.In Australia at least there appears to be a wave of female founders and CEOs in healthcare technology that refuse to bow to protocol.

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