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Undervalued nurses set to walk in droves

National survey paints bleak picture of nurse dissatisfaction. By Linda Belardi. The nursing workforce is facing a staff turnover crisis with 15 per cent of nurses saying they will leave the profession within a year, the first national survey of ...

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NSW ‘second to US’ in health costs

NSW patients face high care costs in comparison to other nations NSW patients pay more for out-of-pocket medical expenses than do citizens of every country except the US, a report has found. The Bureau of Health Information’s second annual report, ...

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Slow progress on ‘landmark’ maternity reforms

Major stumbling blocks still exist for eligible midwives and nurse practitioners to take advantage of the government’s reforms. Linda Belardi reports. Fewer than five eligible midwives have managed to sign a collaborative agreement with a doctor, one year into the ...

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Vic hospitals reduce midwifery intake

Victorian midwifery graduates are frustrated over a lack of graduate positions, Linda Belardi reports. Less than half of Monash University’s midwifery graduates have been offered a graduate position within the state’s public maternity units next year. Dr Carole Gilmour, course ...

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The advantages of self-regulating

The development of specialist nurse credentialing in Australia has the potential to both empower nurses and improve patient care, writes Kim Ryan. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has long recognised that setting standards for nursing education and practice is ...

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Clever connections

Just as a round of government funding gets underway, new research looks at the growth of teaching nursing homes in Australia and highlights the role they can play in improving quality of care and countering workforce issues. Darragh O Keeffe ...

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Roxon admits 2011 defeat on private health

Labor will continue to lobby key cross benchers on private health insurance reforms. Health Minister Nicola Roxon has admitted the federal government won't be able to get its changes to the private health insurance rebate through the federal parliament this ...

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VIC nurses front industrial tribunal

The ANF denies its industrial action has put patient safety at risk at today’s Fair Work hearing. The Victorian government will ask Fair Work Australia today to terminate industrial action being taken by nurses, following the cancellation of 150 operations ...

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Riding out graduate supply

Significant underemployment of graduates is predicted for 2012. Linda Belardi reports on how government policymakers are managing this workforce challenge. Australia is currently experiencing a boom in tertiary nursing enrolments. Federal government figures released in September show new commencements in ...

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