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SA nurses reject pay offer

Government negotiators agree to reconsider proposals. South Australian nurses say a state government response to their wages and conditions claim has fallen short of the mark. Details of the package have not been revealed, but Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation ...

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Bonus fails to lure nurses

It attracted plenty of criticism for failing to attract the numbers and as of 11 May one of the government’s main initiatives to address the nursing shortage has been scrapped. Announced in 2008, the ‘Bringing Nurses Back to the Workforce’ ...

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Policy update

RCNA meets with the Productivity Commission The government has asked the Productivity Commission to develop detailed options for redesigning Australia’s aged care system. RCNA hosted a meeting between key expert members and the Commission on 8 July to highlight critical ...

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National registration for nurses, except WA

Western Australian nurses are also not expected to join up to the national scheme until mid October this year. Nurses have largely welcomed the transition to the national registration and accreditation scheme, but have expressed some anxiety over the requirement ...

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QLD nurses demand answers

Hundreds of angry nurses rallied outside Queensland parliament to protest against the ongoing pay debacle. Queensland's health minister says underpaid workers aren't interested in laying blame for the Queensland Health payroll debacle - they just want it fixed. More than ...

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Hospitals website launched

For the first time all Australians will soon be able to view data about their public hospitals. Health Minister Nicola Roxon has announced the MyHospitals website will start next month - but cannot give a date. And she conceded it ...

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Improving the delivery of care

Health groups call on AMA to support the government’s planned diabetes reforms. Nurses, general practitioners and healthcare consumers are keeping an open-mind about the federal government's batch of reforms around diabetes management. Labor has said it will spend $449.2 million ...

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Working in fear

New research finds nurses working in very remote regions in Australia are fearful for their personal safety, writes Annie May Its main function is to look after people – the public – but for its staff, the health industry may ...

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New pay model on its way for Queensland

Queensland nurses are advised to check their payment summaries as pay bungle continues. Queensland Health workers will be paid under a local pay model from September as the government struggles to fix its sick payroll system. Premier Anna Bligh announced ...

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