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Volunteers move to more hands-on roles

Hospitals and healthcare services are becoming more appreciative of the work done by unpaid workers and find it is rewarding for all involved, writes Mardi Chapman. A nationwide army of hospital volunteers has chosen to step out of the kitchen, ...

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Raising the standards

The government decided against registration for personal care workers in its recent aged care reforms, but that doesn’t mean the debate has ceased. Antonia Maiolo reports. From cleaning and washing clothes, to cooking meals, to shopping, showering and grooming, Justine ...

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Aged care nurses rally for pay rise

Union says an assistant caring for the elderly is paid less than a Coles retail assistant. Aged care employers have been trading on the goodwill of nurses by paying them less than shop assistants, nurses have said. The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) ...

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Older workers good value, says age champion

Never mind the human rights issue, smart employers are discovering that keeping their experienced staff makes good business sense, Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan tells Darragh O Keeffe. In the midst of an ongoing skills shortage, compounded by the challenges ...

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Peace…well, for three years

Victorian nurses have saved nurse-patient ratios but the long, bitter dispute shows the state should not leave workforce planning to be decided in such a heated environment, writes Pauline Stanton. There is little doubt that the outcome of the 2011 ...

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Nurse practitioners head to Australia

The UK, India and the Philippines remain Australia’s top feeder countries for nurses arriving on temporary long stay visas, writes Natasha Egan. The number of nurse practitioners coming to work in Australia on 457 visas is up this year, with ...

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Nurses, carers win in aged care reforms

A $1.2 billion workforce compact between government, providers and unions hopes to turn around the poor wages and working conditions in Australian aged care. By Darragh O Keeffe and Natasha Egan. The federal government’s aged care reforms are a victory ...

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Grey army to the rescue

Older workers could be a panacea for the aged care industry’s workforce woes, Darragh O Keeffe reports. Forget Gen Y. If the findings of research conducted by Bupa Care Services are anything to go by, aged care providers should be ...

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An eye for detail

From conducting forensic medical exams to appearing in court as an expert witness, forensic nursing is a unique and emerging specialty. Linda Belardi talks to one nurse working in the field. It was in the years spent working in accident ...

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