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Keeping staff safe

Industry leaders are calling on governments to act on workplace injuries, verbal abuse and violence. Cathy Wever reports With issues to contend with such as injuries from manual handing, aggression and even violence from patients and their families, the workplace ...

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Job cuts add to the crisis

The secretary of the Queensland Nurses Union, Beth Mohle, gives her thoughts on how to avoid shortages predicted in the Health Workforce 2025 report There is no doubt there is a lot affecting nursing and midwifery right now at a ...

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National campaign for graduate jobs

"Stop passing the buck, Australia's nursing grads need jobs" is the Australian Nursing Federation's new national campaign, aimed at getting employment for graduates. The campaign was started to place pressure on the nation's politicians to fund strategies to ensure jobs ...

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Watchdog to examine training groups

Australia's national skills regulator is casting a close eye over registered training organisations (RTOs) following the rise in concern over training provided for workers in the aged care sector. By AMIE LARTER A strategic review of vocational education and training ...

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National campaign to ensure jobs for nursing graduates

“Stop passing the buck, Australia’s nursing grads need jobs” is Australian Nursing Federation’s new national campaign aimed at ensuring jobs for Australia’s graduate nurses. The campaign was started in order to place pressure on Australian politicians to fund strategies to ...

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NSW government targets pay and conditions

The NSW government has applied to vary the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Award in an effort to change the pay and working conditions of public-sector employees. The move is set to affect thousands of public servants, disability ...

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Private midwife, public hospital

In a first for Australian health, private-practice midwives are being given access to the birthing and postnatal services of hospitals. Nurses and midwives now have the opportunity to work in self-employed mode within the health service. “It opens up a ...

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Politicians talk cuts

Quotes from health portfolio holders on both sides of politics: Lawrence Springborg, Queensland Health Minister, on Queensland health cuts: • “We are about revitalising front-line services and I’m very confident that these changes will not impact on front-line services, anything ...

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These cuts will damage health

Can you pull billions of dollars from the health system and still maintain quality? Yvonne Chaperon thinks not Unfortunately, this isn’t a hypothetical question. Billions upon billions of dollars are being ripped from the health budgets across the country. And ...

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Nursing jobs on the line

As state governments continue to slash their spending, they say front-line healthcare is safe – but the reality on the ground seems to be different. Flynn Murphy reports The catchcry “cuts will not affect front-line services” comes from every government ...

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