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Remote incentives for nurses

There is a desperate need for nurses in rural areas, but there’s also a great sense of potential for the nurses who do relocate. By Flynn Murphy I was at Royal Hobart, and I’d been there for 15 months,” recalls ...

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Rural health: It’s time to address the issues

Now is the time for the government to direct incentives to the rural workforce.  Health Workforce Australia (HWA) has released an online consultation paper, Nursing Workforce Retention and Productivity, to encourage further feedback and discussion in regards to strategies to ...

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Dementia spending ‘substantial’: govt

Butler to recommend dementia to be added to national list of health priorities. The federal government will spend almost $270 million on the care and diagnosis of dementia sufferers, but the money falls short of calls by Alzheimer's Australia for ...

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Dementia care in crisis: report

Alzheimer’s Australia is calling for an additional $500 million in the upcoming budget for dementia care services and research. Australia's aged care system is failing people with dementia. That's the feedback from public consultations held by Alzheimer's Australia around the ...

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Industry welcomes Gillard training reforms

HECS-style student loans for enrolled nursing diplomas and guaranteed government-subsidised places for health assistants are among the reforms announced by the PM. By Annabel McGilvray Nursing professional and industry groups have cautiously welcomed the increased accessibility for enrolled nursing and ...

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Migrant children omitted in health statistics

Children migrating to WA from the Eastern states and from overseas are excluded from government planning for child health nurses. By Linda Belardi. Hundreds of children migrating to Western Australia each year are being ignored in regard to government planning ...

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Should nursing be a four-year degree?

Some healthcare leaders argue that undergraduates need an extra year of study. Three experienced nurses share their views. Compiled by Linda Belardi. Nursing is a four-year program in many parts of the world but remains a three-year undergraduate degree in ...

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Gap narrows, but more work needed

There are still many obstacles facing the 2030 aim of health equality for indigenous Australians. By Amie Larter Although it appears Australia is starting to minimise the disparity between quality of life for indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, there is still ...

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