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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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APNA boss stands down

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is on the hunt for a new CEO following the resignation of longstanding chief executive Kathy Bell. In announcing Bell’s resignation yesterday, APNA president Karen Booth praised the outgoing CEO’s leadership over ...

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New minister a chance for policy rethink

Peak health bodies have expressed hope that the appointment of Sussan Ley as federal health minister will signal an opportunity to make headway against what they say are potentially negative government policy initiatives. The promotion of Ley to the prominent ...

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Time to work it out

Australia may well be in trouble without a co-ordinated approach to adequate staffing; a professor puts into focus the importance of looking past the short term on costs, and developing a national strategy.  A leading WA nursing professor is calling ...

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ANMF insists Medicare battle isn’t over yet

Amid confusion over the future of the proposed $7 GP co-payment, the head of Australia’s nursing union cautions the fight’s not over yet. “We are obviously pleased that the government is reportedly planning to shelve the GP fee for the ...

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Hot topics, from this year to next

Three sector stakeholders discuss the year’s biggest issues – and what’s still on the agenda for 2015.  The Australian public’s continuing confidence in nursing, advances in the nurse practitioner space and better career prospects are amongst the industry’s biggest successes ...

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Disaster and opportunity

Pre-hospital placements are offering nurses and students more chances for training and learning. Nurses and student nurses are increasingly exploring alternative and innovative ways to deliver care and develop their knowledge and skills in environments beyond the traditional hospital setting. ...

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Advocate on a higher level

The role of the nurse has probably never been more important in society than today. An ageing population combined with record hospital admissions and cuts to health budgets around the country, topped with pressure to discharge patients as soon as ...

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Rise of the NP

Nurse practitioners have a role to play in evaluation and research into best practice, attendees at a recent conference were told. Professor Sandy Middleton, director of the Nursing Research Institute – a joint initiative between St Vincent’s Health Australia (Sydney) ...

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