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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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Preventive primary dental care

Oral disease contributes to both poor dental health, and negative healthcare outcomes.  Oral disease is one of twelve chronic diseases identified as National Health Priority Areas (NHPA) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). In 2006, AIHW estimated ...

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Threats to SA nurses

South Australia’s health system is reeling from graduate oversupply, issues of nurse safety and trenchant budget cuts.  The national situation for nurses, midwives and other health professionals is of major concern. Just as in other states, South Australia is experiencing ...

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Nursing’s state of pay

A quick look at the numbers on nursing pay makes it shockingly clear that our best professionals are underpaid and struggling.  Leah Roberts has worked in the nursing profession for more than 20 years. During that time, she has worked ...

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Health and disability scheme get budget support

The government has chosen to take the “responsible course” to delay the return to surplus in order to “support jobs and growth in an uncertain world”.  Treasurer Wayne Swan made these announcements when delivering the federal government’s election budget – ...

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