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Pay rates fuel union action

Different work conditions between states is behind a push for an industry-wide agreement. Linda Belardi reports. Almost half of surveyed practice nurses say they are looking to resign in the next six months. The Australian Practice Nurse Association’s survey of ...

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Universities tighten student training hours

Nursing schools are reducing the number of clinical placement hours offered to students to manage increasing demand on practical training. By Linda Belardi. Average nursing clinical placement hours have declined over time as universities try to ease placement and resourcing ...

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Union hopeful on Qld restructure

The QNU has welcomed the details of plans to break up Qld Health but doctors’ groups remain sceptical. By Mardi Chapman. The plan to restructure Queensland’s health and hospitals system by July is being received with cautious optimism by the ...

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Oral care important for mental health patients

Patients can shy away from looking after their teeth, which leads to more serious conditions, writes Karen-Leigh Edward. The importance of special attention to oral problems for people with mental disorders can’t be stressed enough since the lifespan of people ...

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Report urges security but no guns

Inquiry report rejects Victorian plan to introduce armed guards in Emergency Departments. By Jennifer Bennett The Victorian nurses union has welcomed the results of a report into safety in Victorian hospitals and hopes it will pave the way for attacks ...

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Refresher course fee discriminatory: union

NSW nurses union questions the legality of recency of practice standards By Darragh O Keeffe. Requiring NSW nurses to undertake a refresher course at a cost of $10,000 before returning to the workforce after lengthy absences is potentially at odds ...

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Cautious welcome for Qld Health split

Organisational change must address cultural issues, say nurses. By Linda Belardi Nurses have cautiously welcomed Premier Anna Bligh’s announcement to dismantle Queensland Health, but say there are no quick fixes to the troubled organisation’s entrenched cultural problems. The break-up of the ...

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Call for caution on donor consent

NSW government flags proposal to remove family veto on organ donation, Natasha Egan reports. A proposal to remove a family member’s right to override their relative’s organ donation consent has drawn opposition from health professionals. The suggestion was one of ...

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