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Nurses seeking post-election clarity from Baird

The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association has called on the newly re-elected Baird Government to quarantine the state’s health system from what it described as a “pattern of privatisation” emerging within the sector. In a statement issued on Monday, NSWNMA ...

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AMA slams Labor’s nurse clinic plan

The Australian Medical Association says the NSW opposition plan for nurse-led medical clinics to treat minor aliments won't relieve pressure on hospital emergency departments. But Labor leader Luke Foley is adamant the clinics will ease congestion at emergency rooms, and ...

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$54.5 million to build dementia response teams

The federal government is to commit $54.5 million over four years towards dementia support services for the establishment of a number of new Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT). In a statement, assistant minister for social services Mitch Fifield explained that ...

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Brough calls for GP payment to be dumped

A Liberal MP has called for the co-payment on GP visits to be dumped, as questions swirl about Tony Abbott's leadership. Queensland MP Mal Brough says Medicare spending on GP visits is not out of control. This contradicts the message from the government ...

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Nurses dig in over RDNS service changes

Victorian nurses are calling on the state’s Royal District Nursing Service to stage the introduction of its new services model over a longer time period and are demanding a range of guarantees for any staff the changes affect. The demands come ...

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Young nurse launches support network for peers

Brisbane-based woman founds organisation to keep the innovation and vitality of younger staff in the fold.  Out of frustration over the lack of support for young staff, a Brisbane-based woman has established the Young Nurses Association. Nurse Emmy-Lou Hamley founded ...

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Coalition drops controversial MBS changes

Nurses and doctors have welcomed a government pledge for greater consultation with the health professions following the Coalition’s backdown on its controversial plans to slash rebates for shorter GP consultations. From next week, a scheduled change to standard, time-based GP ...

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