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Fiji signs up to national registration

A NSW symposium canvassed the latest trends in nurse migration, reports Linda Belardi. In the past decade, Fiji has lost 57 per cent of its graduating nurses to external migration, the head of the Fiji Nurses' Association has told a ...

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Reforming the rural workforce

Kate Leaver reports on the latest developments in Health Workforce Australia's (HWA) reform agenda. It's more than three decades since a group of 130 remote area nurses congregated in Alice Springs with a collective goal in mind; getting the government ...

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‘Geriatric flying squad’ takes flight

A multidisciplinary mobile team is improving the quality of life for older people living in the community, reports Darragh O Keeffe. It may be just 16 months in operation but a multidisciplinary 'geriatric flying squad' has already made a world ...

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Nurses to contribute to health policy

Nursing dean calls on the profession to break its policy silence, writes Linda Belardi. A ''virtual policy'' school to encourage the active involvement of nurses in public policy is to be established. The school will be an international collaboration between ...

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NP role in the ED examined

Australian study to investigate the impact of nurses practitioners in Eds. Four universities and five state health authorities are collaborating in a major study to examine the effectiveness of nurse practitioners in emergency department teams. Between 2007 and 2009 there ...

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Student increase causes training bottleneck

A lack of clinical placements delays graduation for up to 150 UWS students, reports Annabel McGilvray. An acute shortage of practical nurse-training positions means that up to 150 students at the University of Western Sydney will be unable to complete ...

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‘Dumbing down’ of child health workforce under fire

Proposals to remove midwifery qualifications for child and family health nurses have attracted widespread criticism. Linda Belardi reports. Child and family health nurses have slammed recommendations by the Productivity Commission to remove midwifery qualifications from their training. Nurses predominantly in ...

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ANF welcomes national workforce agency

New agency must tackle nursing shortage, says union. The new National Workforce and Productivity Agency will provide a pathway to help address Australia's critical shortage of nurses, the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) has said. Minister for Training and Skills, Senator ...

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