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Wider prescribing powers approved

Despite opposition from doctors, Australia is now officially on the path to allow a broader range of health professionals to prescribe medicines.  Nursing associations have applauded the health ministers’ approval of the Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway (HPPP), labelling it a ...

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Trials upon re-entry

Officials sound off after regulator requests feedback on refresher courses for nurses and midwives. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (National Board) has called for public consultation on its guidelines for re-entry to practice. In a media statement, the ...

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The health of those who seek asylum – our role

There are many opportunities to provide care to this most vulnerable group.  Asylum seekers are amongst the most vulnerable of the world; displaced, enduring long unknown journeys, often dealing with the effects of trauma, torture and poverty. In addressing these ...

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On the front foot

Podiatrists lobby for more national benefits to help detect and treat problems sooner.  The Australasian Podiatry Council wants the federal government to enable more Medicare-subsidised podiatrist visits a year, in line with National Health and Medical Research Council data stating ...

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Something’s not working

  Graduates brought in to meet future shortages are struggling to find jobs at present.  Australia may be gearing up for a nursing shortage in 2025, but in the interim, nursing graduates around the country are struggling to find work. A ...

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Coalition’s $10 million cancer care commitment

Shadow Minister for Health, Peter Dutton, has announced a Coalition government will provide $10 million towards the ‘Peter’s Project’ campaign to build an integrated cancer care centre in western Victoria. Mr Dutton made the announcement in Warrnambool, alongside Peter’s Project ...

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What you won’t find in election policies

There is one major health policy reform that many nursing leaders would like to see – although realistically, it is unlikely to ever appear in an election policy. Shifting away from fee-for-service healthcare to capitation funding models is vital for ...

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Election Focus: primary healthcare is critical

Nursing leaders have spoken out about a raft of issues including primary healthcare reform, and are calling on nurses to become more vocal in public debate.  Primary healthcare reform and nursing workforce concerns are among the critical health issues that ...

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Medicare removes gender references

Gender discrimination will soon be eradicated from Medicare documents and service provision, according to Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and Minister for Human Services Jan McLucas. “If you need a medical treatment under Medicare you should be able to get ...

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Union attacks providers for blocking wage increases

The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) has criticised non-profit providers for undermining proposals to improve aged-care workers’ wages. As part of the federal government’s Living Longer Living Better reforms, the Aged Care Workforce Compact is expected to deliver $1.2 billion to ...

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