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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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Study to help migrant nurses

National research will explore the experience of nurses on 457 visas. Nurses on 457 visas are being asked to share their experiences of living and working in Australia for a new study analysing the journey and vulnerability of this growing ...

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NSW nurses protest workers compensation cuts

Nurses have joined fire fighters and construction workers to protest against the NSW WorkCover overhaul. Jessica Grewal reports. A 26-year-old NSW nurse who suffered spinal injuries while attempting to resuscitate a patient in 2008 has joined hundreds of nurses and ...

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Community care nurses take action

800 RDNS nurses in Victoria begin industrial action over pay. Community care nurses at Australia’s largest provider of in-home care have commenced industrial action in an on-going dispute over pay and conditions. The protected action by the 800 nurses of ...

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Nurses welcome federal lifeline for TAS health

The ANF Tasmanian branch has applauded the federal government’s $325 million injection into the state’s ailing health system. Australian Nursing Federation Tasmanian branch state secretary Neroli Ellis has welcomed the federal government’s $325 million rescue package and said lives would ...

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ACT boosts hospital funding

Last week’s ACT budget committed funding for additional nurses and elective surgery operations. Treasurer Andrew Barr has given the ACT's hospital system a massive $109.5 million boost despite strained finances. Some $31.6 million has been allocated to meet growth in ...

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NSW nurses vote to stop work

Rallies will be held across the state to protest changes to workplace compensation. Nurses have voted to stop work over the NSW government's push to overhaul the compensation scheme for injured workers. NSW Nurses' Association general-secretary Brett Holmes said rallies ...

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