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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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Greater focus needed on early treatment

Nurses use Mental Health Week to call for more action to treat chronic illness. The detrimental impact of untreated mental health disorders on patients suffering from chronic illnesses will be a focus of Mental Health Week. ANF federal secretary Lee ...

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Spend on dementia research criticised

Despite the impending epidemic, annual spend on dementia research is $20 million, compared to $160 million for cancer. The release of the ‘World Alzheimer Report 2010’ in Sydney recently has reinforced the seriousness of the impending dementia epidemic, but it ...

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COAG health deal on the rocks?

Deal with WA looks as unlikely as ever. West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has said he believes several states are prepared to pull out of the national health reform agreement. It is nearly six months since WA became the only ...

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Extra nurses to improve patient flow

Union welcomes the Victorian government's plan for more emergency department nurses. An additional 34 nurses will be employed as part of emergency department response teams at 14 key Victorian metropolitan emergency departments during peak times of the day. Making the ...

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Local pay hubs to fix health pay bungle

New QLD Health payroll model to help deal with pay issues at a local level. Queensland Health says it's on track with its payroll bungle fix - injecting extra staff into special pay hubs at local hospital district level across ...

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Health workers at risk

Communication is vital for identifying potential risks in the workplace before they arise. Lifting and moving patients is causing hundreds of Victorian workers to suffer painful yet preventable muscle and bone injuries every year. In the year to June 2010, ...

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