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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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ANF supports anti-smoking campaign

Aiming to reduce the rate of smoking among pregnant women and indigenous Australians, the government’s new anti-smoking campaign has been welcomed by the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF). The campaign will run for four weeks with television, radio and print ads ...

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Click where it hurts

The adoption of video-conferencing technology for patient consultations in Australia is at a tipping point. For the first time, national standards and clinical guidelines for the use of telehealth by nurses and midwives will be available from next year; a ...

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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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