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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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Merger gives colleges stronger voice

Next year's unification of RCNA and the College of Nursing has been warmly received as a timely development for the profession. By Linda Belardi The profession has welcomed the merger of Australia’s two national peak professional bodies as a chance to ...

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Strength in a united profession

National registration and accreditation for nurses has been one the big changes over the past 15 years. By Rosemary Bryant. As an avid reader of Nursing Review, I would like to acknowledge this 15th anniversary edition and recognise the work ...

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Nursing agendas and future directions in 2012

After more than a decade of change, Linda Belardi asks Australia’s nursing leaders to reflect on the shape of the profession and to lay out their policy priorities for the year ahead. The key players: Adjunct Associate Professor Fiona Stoker, ...

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