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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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SA nurses welcome review on mental health beds

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA branch) has welcomed the Health Ministry’s announcement of looking into mental health bed capacity and demand. Heath Minister Jack Snelling called for the review following reports of nurses opposing the closure of mental ...

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ANF embraces Gillard’s penalty pay initiative

Federal Labor wants to formalise penalty rates, overtime, shift loading and public holiday pay when the Fair Work Commission sets award rates and conditions. Prime minister Julia Gillard announced the new policy at an ACTU community summit in Canberra. Australian ...

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Sleeping giant awakes

Over the past three decades, nurses across the globe have engaged in highly politicised action to protect patient safety and the future of the profession, writes Linda Briskin. Thousands of Victorian nurses are ramping up industrial action with the threat ...

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