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Doctors slam WA plan to lift smoking bans

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has voiced its opposition to a parliamentary push to review smoking laws in mental health facilities. Doctors are urging the West Australian government to dump a proposal to reverse smoking bans ...

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Queensland Health to be dismantled

QLD’s largest government department to be split into two in wake of fraud scandal. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has announced she will dismantle Queensland Health and set up two new agencies in its place. Bligh said one entity will focus ...

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ACT and NSW sign regional health agreement

ACT Chief Minister says 25 per cent of activity in ACT hospitals now comes from South-East NSW. Any border disputes between NSW and ACT government services are set to ease through new regional collaboration, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said. O'Farrell ...

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Labor condemns WA hospitals plan

Delegates at the ALP national conference have rejected WA plans to privatise elements of the public hospital system. Federal Labor has declared war on the WA Liberal government's privatisation of public hospitals. At the ALP national conference in Sydney on ...

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Scholarships to lure back NSW nurses

Nurses who want to return to the NSW public health system can now apply for scholarships to help them pay for mandatory refresher courses. In a bid to lure nurses back to the system, the NSW Minister for Health Jillian ...

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Spotlight on English testing regime

New research explores the experience of non-English speaking nurses on their journey to registration in Australia. By Linda Belardi. The English language requirements for registration as a nurse or midwife in Australia will come under scrutiny in the first independent ...

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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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