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Testing the standards

The English language skills requirements for registration of nurses and midwives in Australia are under review. Attracting controversy since its implementation five months ago, the English language skills requirements for registration of nurses and midwives in Australia is under review. ...

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Please negotiate, Keneally urges nurses

NSW nurses vote to strike. NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has urged the nurses union to heed the industrial umpire's ruling and call off a strike planned for Wednesday (November 24). The NSW Nurses Association is calling for a major overhaul ...

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A missed opportunity?

The first Medical Locals are expected to commence operations mid next year With the first Medical Locals expected to commence operations mid next year, some concern has been expressed the government has missed the opportunity to fundamentally reform Australia’s primary ...

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Waiting for evidence

Roxon shelves $450m diabetes care plan. The federal government has shelved its controversial diabetes reform plan that was meant to allow patients to sign up with a "home" GP practice for continuing care from mid-2012. Just four months ago, Health ...

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New research funding announced

Almost $450 million in NHMRC research grants. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has announced $447.5 million for medical research, though the National Health and Medical Research Council.  Butler made the announcement while opening two new research facilities ...

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Filling the gaps

New rights for nurse practitioners have been welcomed, but will rural health teams survive? The fact that nurse practitioners now have access to the Medicare Benefits Scheme and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme mustn’t obscure that fact that there is a serious ...

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Nursing jobs axed, state opposition says

Hundreds of nursing jobs were cut in Sydney's west and north shore and the NSW central coast in the 12 months to June 2010, the state opposition says. Freedom of Information documents have revealed 340 nursing jobs were shed by ...

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Cooperative approach to homebirth essential: Greens

Collaborative and integrated model of practice is necessary. The Australian Greens are calling for a more unified approach to make homebirths a suitable option for Australian mothers. Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens health spokesperson, said homebirth was a popular option in ...

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WA could have opt-out organ donor laws

Western Australia moves to introduce controversial laws to boost transplant rate. Western Australia could become the first state in Australia to introduce opt-out organ donor laws. Currently, people must opt-in to the provision, but only 16 per cent of West ...

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Boost for aged care nurses training

Government announces new round of scholarships. The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has announced a new round of scholarships under the Supporting a Professional Aged Care Workforce Program. "The scholarships available under this program provide aged care ...

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