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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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Pension payments insufficient: Crompton

Reform priorities for an ageing society were firmly on the agenda of the Canberra tax forum. The chairman of the government's advisory panel on the economic potential of senior Australians, Everald Compton said the changing demographic in the nation's population ...

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Politicians open-minded on aged care reform

As far as the Productivity Commission's recommendations go, the Opposition and independent MPs aren't ruling anything in or out. Observers, meanwhile, are hopeful the need for reform will overcome the politics. Darragh O Keeffe reports. The opposition has said it ...

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Repeat caesareans under spotlight

Allowing women to make a more informed choice for their second birth might help reduce unnecessary surgery, writes Christine Catling-Paull. In the developed world the topic of caesarean section often gives rise to an emotional debate. Some view the caesarean ...

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