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Plans are underway to merge two national cancer agencies. The federal government plans to merge the commonwealth’s two leading cancer agencies – Cancer Australia and the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre. Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the single national ...

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Management a barrier to baby friendly healthcare

Hospital management and policy is hindering Australian hospitals from promoting and supporting breastfeeding, according to a new study. Looking specifically at what stopped hospitals from gaining Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) accreditation, the University of South Australia study involved focus ...

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New obligations for nurses and midwives

From the beginning of this month, nurses and midwives will be under a national registration scheme. The introduction of a single national registration and accreditation system for health professions became a reality on the first day of this month. The ...

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Research no dummy

Universities have joined forces to develop streamlined clinical training. The University of Queensland and Monash University schools of nursing and midwifery have joined forces to help the government reform the education and training of midwives. The consortium was awarded the ...

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Dissecting the health debate

Experts delve into the detail of the government’s health reforms. A panel of academics, policy makers and leaders in health care will come together today to review the strategic and economic aspects of the government’s health reform package. The Australian ...

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Nurses front and centre of reform

Minister says nurses are the backbone of health reform. If we get it right for you, the nurses, it’s likely we will be getting it right for the patients. These are the words of health minister Nicola Roxon, spoken to ...

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The gift of life

A national approach is being taken to combat a significant shortfall in organ and tissue donations. Annie May reports. At this moment, there are more than 1700 Australians on official waiting lists – people hoping and praying that someone has ...

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RCNA focuses on the federal budget

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan handed down the 2010-11 Federal Budget on Tuesday 11 May. During the extensive build-up to the release of the budget’s health measures, RCNA lobbied heavily from a professional nursing perspective, extensively promulgating the key recommendations of ...

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New era in regulation from 1 July 2010

Update from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Australia’s new national registration and accreditation scheme begins on 1 July 2010. From this date, a new National Law (the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009) will come into effect ...

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