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Patients hurt by govt health plan: inquiry

State governments and health experts have come out swinging against the federal government's plan to slash public hospital funding. The government's 2014/15 budget included plans to change the way it funds public hospitals from 2017/18, indexing it on population growth ...

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Quarantine health from GST: ANMF

Nurses have called on the government to rule out any move that would result in the GST being extended to include basic health services. In a statement, ANMF federal secretary Lee Thomas said reports that the Coalition was considering such ...

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Verhoeven calls for collaboration on funding

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull begins to reframe the government's approach to economic management, discussions on how Australia funds its health system must remain front and centre, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association has said.  AHHA's chief executive, Alison Verhoeven, ...

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Proponents rally to keep RNs in aged care

Union members, community groups, local government representatives and aged-care workers gathered outside NSW Parliament last week ahead of a debate on the future of registered nurses in NSW nursing homes. Prior to the scheduled parliamentary debate on a petition of ...

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Med Tech industry goes after more gender diversity

Gender diversity within the medical technology industry has come under the spotlight as a leading body in the field works to address the under-representation of women. The Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA), which represents companies in the industry, commissioned an ...

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ANMF doesn’t accept visa

Union says current work programs need to change because they’re taking jobs from Australians and exploiting migrant workers. By Amie Larter Australia’s temporary work visa programs are having negative impacts on both Australian graduates and 457 workers, the nursing union says. ...

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Lecturer speaks up for RNs in aged care

A Charles Sturt University academic has told a Legislative Council committee about the value of registered nurses in residential aged care.  Last week, nursing lecturer Dr Maree Bernoth gave evidence to the inquiry into RNs in NSW nursing homes. She said: "I'm quite perplexed ...

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