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Calls for national body on infectious diseases

A parliamentary inquiry has heard broad-based support for a national centre for disease control. The federal immigration department and health experts have called on the government to set up a national centre for disease control, modelled on the US organisation ...

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Aged care nurses rally for pay rise

Union says an assistant caring for the elderly is paid less than a Coles retail assistant. Aged care employers have been trading on the goodwill of nurses by paying them less than shop assistants, nurses have said. The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) ...

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Concern over mental health funding freeze

Mental health nurses say patients with severe and complex mental illness will miss out due to the capping of a popular mental health program. Linda Belardi reports. The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses is appalled at the government’s decision ...

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Senate backs visiting rights for private midwives

A senate motion has called on the health minister to facilitate access and admitting rights for privately practicing midwives to Australia’s public hospitals. The senate has passed a motion calling for immediate action on the obstacles facing privately practicing midwives ...

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Nurses, carers win in aged care reforms

A $1.2 billion workforce compact between government, providers and unions hopes to turn around the poor wages and working conditions in Australian aged care. By Darragh O Keeffe and Natasha Egan. The federal government’s aged care reforms are a victory ...

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The power to medicate

Fifteen countries have or are about to grant nurses prescribing rights. Marieke Kroezen traces the path to reform and asks whether the diversity in prescribing internationally will endure. When nurse practitioners here were given the authority to prescribe medicines in ...

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Stopping carers becoming carriers

It is worth investigating if there are compelling health and financial benefits from mandatory flu vaccinations for aged care staff, writes Robert Booy. Residential aged care staff are a major potential source of infection, yet research shows that only about ...

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Food labels must be colour-coded: advocates

An alliance of health and consumer groups will begin another round of government lobbying to introduce food labels. Health groups are still pushing for front-of-pack labels on foods to be colour-coded despite their preferred "traffic light" system being rejected late ...

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Nurses won’t get more security: NSW govt

NSW govt has dismissed reports that hospitals have experienced a jump in violent incidents. NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner says there are no plans to boost powers for hospital security following reports that assaults on nurses are on the rise. ...

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Qld govt to meet nurses for pay talks

The Queensland Nurses Union is seeking to finalise an EBA for thousands of nurses and midwives before Saturday. The new Liberal National Party (LNP) government will meet with Queensland public-sector unions this week, with nurses expected to push for a ...

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