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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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Better support for better care

Providing nurse unit managers with better support and training to improve patient care in hospitals and aged care services will be the focus of a new Australian study. Providing nurse unit managers with better support and training to improve patient ...

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An influential voice

Leadership groups will help guide best practice. The federal government has pledged $58 million to create special leadership groups, made up of nurses and doctors, within the hospital system. The lead clinician groups will help guide local hospital networks on ...

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In nurses we trust

Nurses are still seen as most trusted by public. Nurses have again been voted the most ethical and honest professionals. In the annual Roy Morgan Image of Professions survey 89 per cent of Australians rated nurses as most trusted. Nurses ...

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Identifiers to improve delivery of healthcare

Patient safety and care is set to improve when nurses have access to electronic health records, according to the profession. From last month, every Australian was given an individual healthcare identification after the federal parliament passed legislation giving the scheme ...

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New approach needed to sustain workforce

With insufficient numbers entering nursing, new innovative models of recruitment and retention are needed. Insanity, according to Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And it could soon be a definition that ...

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United front

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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In the best interest of the child

New research shows that women who breastfeed are not receiving adequate advice as to the possible effects of medication.  Research released by Dr Lisa Amir of Mother and Child Health Research, La Trobe University, found women are making the decision ...

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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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