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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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Baby boomers to face aged care crisis

Bernard Salt warns of impending baby boomer tsunami. Australia is about to be hit by a tsunami of ageing and demanding baby boomers at the same time as residential facilities are declining to provide more beds due to low government ...

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NSW nurses close more than 400 beds

Pressure on the government builds as more beds close across NSW. Nurses have closed more than 400 hospital beds across NSW as their industrial action enters its second week. Another 14 hospitals on Monday voted to join the action to ...

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Psychiatrists warn of flood trauma

Governments urged to provide increased and targeted mental health services to affected people. People affected by the floods devastating Queensland are being urged to look after their mental health. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is warning ...

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Government spending more on mental health

Significant investments have been made in mental health services, but more can be done. The federal government says it is spending more than ever before on mental health services but admits it can do better. Mental Health Minister Mark Butler ...

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SA nurses to get pay rise

A long-running dispute on pay and working conditions in South Australia has come to an end. South Australian nurses will get a pay rise before Christmas after accepting a state government offer. A ballot of Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation ...

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PM to continue to press health case

Health reforms at risk under new state governments. Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she will continue to press her case for health reforms despite the prospect of an agreement being threatened by new coalition state governments. The federal government has ...

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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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