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Ratio discussions continue

Government says nurses given fair offer, nurses disagree. NSW nurses fear their voices are still not being heard, even as they continue negotiations with the state government over nurse-patient ratios. The NSW Nurses' Association (NSWNA) began holding rallies on Monday ...

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QLD Health plan criticised as spin

QLD Premier Anna Bligh has released details of the state’s planned health restructure. Anna Bligh's plan for an overhaul of Queensland's health system has been dismissed by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) as little more than political spin. AMA Queensland ...

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Online medical services a new reality

A federal government telehealth initiative will target seniors, cancer patients and those in palliative care. Cancer patients and the elderly will be able to see their specialist or GP with the click of a mouse, even if they are hundreds ...

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New agency to scrutinise hospital services

Public encouraged to comment on activity-based funding framework. A new federal government agency has released a framework for defining which public hospital services may be funded under national health reforms. Labor last year passed laws to set up the Independent ...

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Devil in the detail

Nurses in NSW to decide on ratio offer and further action. NSW nurses will soon find out the details of the state governments new offer on their ratios and staffing claim, with the deal to be considered tonight by the ...

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Action threat over assistants

Controversy surrounds new agreement for Tasmanian nurses. The new Tasmanian Public Sector nursing agreement is a positive step forward for the nursing profession and the Tasmanian community, says the ANF. However, the Health and Community Service Union (HACSU) continues to ...

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From one extreme to the other

Flooded rural communities are being urged to access the support available to them. Rural communities in Queensland, NSW and Victoria that are now entering the recovery and re-building phase will be assisted by community support workers through the Commonwealth funded ...

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NSW cancer, heart death rates fall

Report finds NSW is winning the battle against cancer and heart disease. A new report which compares the NSW health system with those in 10 other countries says the state is winning the battle against cancer and heart disease. But ...

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Consensus on primary care reform

Calls made for government to listen to the health sector’s ideas on local primary health organisations, including a change of name. The government must listen to the health sector’s ideas when establishing local primary health organisations, starting with renaming the ...

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