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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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Research cuts anger senior staff

The closure of a child health research unit is the last straw, says a large group of leading health professionals in Queensland. By Aileen Macalintal An open letter to the Queensland Premier from 39 professors, doctors and other health professionals ...

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Pay deal halts WA dispute

Nurses in Western Australia have voted to accept a 14 per cent pay offer over three years, bringing to a halt a month-long campaign over pay and conditions. The offer from the Coalition government is conditional on them winning the ...

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Victory for Victorian health

“A victory for commonsense” is how the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) described the federal government’s decision to restore more than $100 million taken out of the Victorian public hospitals budget. “We acknowledge the redirection of funding for Victoria as a ...

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SA $14m cut ‘short-sighted’

Taking money out of primary and preventative care will cost more in the long term, say nurses and health advocates. Leading South Australian health groups have joined forces to launch a petition against recommendations for cuts made in the McCann ...

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