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Our grads more flightless than Kiwis

Australians are happier to stay home for work compared with nurses over the ditch. By Fiona Cassie More than a quarter of New Zealand’s new graduate nurses were working or intending to work overseas compared with just 12 per cent ...

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Midwives soon to prescribe drugs

Qualified senior nurses overseas have been ordering and administering drugs safely for years and soon their Australian counterparts will be doing the same. By Mardi Chapman Midwives are another step closer to getting approval as PBS prescribers with the commencement ...

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Patchy progress for NP reforms

The growth of nurse practitioners in Australia has been patchy and largely driven by individuals instead of legislative reform. Dr Clare Harvey from the school of nursing and midwifery at Flinders University is midway through a five-year longitudinal study on ...

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Forensic nursing group a first

Australia is set to launch its first professional association for forensic nurses. Foundation president Associate Professor Linda Starr said the new association would strengthen the policy voice and representation of this developing specialty at a national level. Starr told Nursing ...

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Cash payment proposal for early retirement

South Australian public sector nurses could be offered a financial incentive to retire early under a plan currently under consideration by SA Health. The proposal canvassed in the state’s graduate nursing employment strategy report released last month would replicate a ...

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ACT aims for healthier workforce

Helping to improve the health of nurses to cut absenteeism and providing people with more self-care options are among strategies proposed to relieve pressures in the ACT health workforce, a government report has found. The ACT Government Health Directorate discussion ...

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NPs push the boundaries

As the nurse practitioner role gains momentum in Australia, they are moving into specialised and diverse areas. Linda Belardi speaks to three trailblazers Lieutenant-Commander Morag Ferguson is Australia’s first military nurse practitioner with the Royal Australian Navy. She is one ...

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Breaking the poverty & poor health cycle

A highly successful home-visit program pioneered in the US is making headway in indigenous communities here, writes Linda Belardi Aver the past 30 years, a nurse-led home visiting program implemented in the US has seen dramatic changes in infant mortality, ...

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Low skilled jobs are disappearing: govt

Registered Nurses will be the fastest growing degree-level occupation and carers the fastest growing vocational occupation, according to Australia’s new productivity agency. Federal Skills Minister Chris Evans says low-skilled jobs are disappearing from the economy and the workforce will need ...

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