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Government to roll out aged care teaching centres

Nurses have welcomed the federal government’s commitment to fund new aged care teaching centres to help boost Australia’s workforce. The Federal Minister for Ageing Mark Butler announced $8.25 million in grants to universities and aged care facilities to set up ...

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TAS inquiry critical of funding cuts

Health budget cuts in Tasmania have adversely affected patient outcomes and contributed to significant workforce retention and morale issues, a damning parliamentary committee report has found. The inquiry’s interim findings released on August 31 said the state’s ability to attract ...

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A big political win for midwives

The hunt is still on to find insurance for homebirth services but a two-year extension on indemnity will give some breathing room, writes Hannah Dahlen The Standing Council on Health (SCoH) has recommended an extension of the professional indemnity insurance ...

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Pay increase a good recruitment tool: study

New research has challenged the assumption that increased wages would do little to entice qualified nurses back into the workforce. A longitudinal study, which tracked the career decisions of nurses over a nine-year period, found that a pay rise would ...

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Inquiry slams funding cuts

Health budget cuts in Tasmania have adversely affected patient outcomes and contributed to significant workforce retention and morale issues, a damning parliamentary committee report has found. The inquiry’s interim findings said the state’s ability to attract and retain a quality ...

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QLD to publish surgery waiting times

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the government will publish how long people are waiting to get on surgery waiting lists in an effort to "force a change in culture" in the system. Springborg said he hoped the move would ...

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VIC e-health system plagued by problems

Victoria's abandoned multi-million-dollar e-health system implemented in just a handful of hospitals was overly ambitious and has not improved patient safety, an inquiry has been told. The HealthSMART rollout began in 2003, costed at $360 million, under the previous state ...

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QLD nurses rally to save TB clinic

The Queensland Nurses Union has met with the state's health minister last week to try to convince him to keep the state's tuberculosis control centre open. The government is planning to decentralise tuberculosis services to be under the control and ...

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QLD report orders hospital bypass ban

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has released a major report to address lengthy ramping times and overcrowding across the state’s hospital emergency departments. Key recommendations: · From January 1, 2013, no hospital will have authority to divert ambulances to another ...

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Mental health cap short-sighted

The government’s decision not to increase funding for the nurse incentive program is a missed opportunity in preventative care, writes Scott Harris The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) has been responsible for saving lives and improving the health of ...

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