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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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A commitment to quality care

For a number of reasons, not everyone who needs good end-of-life care is able to receive it, writes Yvonne Luxford Perhaps it is because it is such a young discipline that palliative care engages in a lot of self-analysis. Unlike ...

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QLD wage docking plan to stay: health minister

Queensland nurses have condemned a government plan to allow for the unlimited recovery of health workers’ overpaid wages. Queensland's health minister has faced angry howls from nurses for sticking to a plan to dock their wages to recover overpayments. Nurses ...

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Enrolled nursing education shake-up welcomed

A new minimum standard for enrolled nurse education represents an important opportunity to advance the skills and career pathway of this role. Linda Belardi reports. Peak bodies representing enrolled nurses have praised changes to enrolled nurse education as a significant ...

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Homebirth in too-hard basket

Government inaction and insurance are two roadblocks in the way of private practice midwives, writes Joy Johnston. On May 10 an Australian Greens senator, Lee Rhiannon, drew attention to serious obstructions to maternity reform when announcing the passage in the ...

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Going back to basics

Poor literacy and numeracy skills can be overlooked in aged care staff but workplace reforms can lead to positive results. Mardi Chapman reports. The three Rs – foundation skills of reading, writing and arithmetic - might sound a little dated ...

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QLD opens first re-entry to practice course

Nurses in Queensland seeking to return to the workforce will now have access to the state’s first re-entry to practice program to reregister as a nurse. CQUniversity has launched the state’s first re-entry program for nurses seeking to return to ...

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