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Cheaper, yet better

It may sound paradoxical, but ‘boutique’ continuity of care through midwives costs public hospitals less.  Women who see the same midwife through the course of their pregnancy not only encounter fewer interventions at birth but cost less to the public ...

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That’s a bully for you

In order to combat the large and growing problem of power abuse, organisations must understand its many forms.  For more than 30 years, Melanie Stephens has worked as a nurse. She has moved around Australia working in different hospitals and ...

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Medicare co-payment on the table

Health minister’s first policy speech calls for debate on controversial measure. Minister for health Peter Dutton has fuelled talks of the introduction of a GP co-payment, during a major speech on the Coalition’s healthcare agenda. In the first of several ...

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Towards a better health system

The Australian College of Nursing’s submission to Treasury provides many ways to help the profession meet consumer needs.  On January 31, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), along with other Australian professional organisations, submitted its Federal pre-Budget Submission 2014–2015 to ...

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Top of mind

Frances Hughes, Queensland Health chief nursing and midwifery officer, believes a new year calls for a new perspective.   “This year, I’d like to see a number of improvements realised for nursing and midwifery within the health sector. I’d like ...

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It’s still a woman’s world

For men drawn to nursing, following the call means ignoring the many voices insisting they don’t belong; that’s just one reason recruiting more males will require a culture shift.  It won’t come as a surprise to most readers that in ...

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A prescription for future care

It is essential that we expand the role of nurses in the delivery of primary healthcare if we are to meet Australia’s future health needs.  Our healthcare system is under threat. Our ageing population and the way we live are ...

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Save on public health, go green

The benefits of taking action on climate change now exceed the financial and health costs of further delays.  As a member of the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), the Australian College of Nursing recognises the likely threat of climate change ...

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Violent and getting worse

ANMF calls for better security, new procedures, more support from hospitals in efforts to make workplaces safer.  The amount of violence in the workplace is a dire situation that is not improving, the union for nurses and midwives has said. ...

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Aged care tops the urgent list

Leading nursing experts want to make aged care the profession’s top priority for the year ahead.  Nursing organisations and professionals from around Australia have agreed: aged care will be one of the biggest issues on the agenda in 2014. This ...

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