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Tebbutt defends govt record on health

Nurse numbers and wages have increased in NSW in past decade, claim government. NSW Health Minister Carmel Tebbutt has defended the state government's health record but has told NSW nurses that more can always be done. Tebbutt addressed almost 400 ...

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QLD nurses demand answers

Hundreds of angry nurses rallied outside Queensland parliament to protest against the ongoing pay debacle. Queensland's health minister says underpaid workers aren't interested in laying blame for the Queensland Health payroll debacle - they just want it fixed. More than ...

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More nurses in aged care

Scholarships to boost training for aged care workers. Applications have opened for up to 395 undergraduate aged care nursing scholarships as part of the government’s move to create a sustainable aged care system. The government will provide more than $7 ...

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Meal time should be a protected time

Malnutrition in hospitals could be slashed and Australia’s health bill cut if hospital staff help elderly patients to eat. Nothing shall be done in the ward while the patients are having their meals. These words were spoken by Florence Nightingale ...

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Nursing Accord 2010

Summit delegates called on RCNA to provide a platform from which the nursing profession can demonstrate unity and call for collective action. At the Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) National Nursing Summit held in Canberra over two days from ...

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Working in fear

New research finds nurses working in very remote regions in Australia are fearful for their personal safety, writes Annie May Its main function is to look after people – the public – but for its staff, the health industry may ...

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Money can’t buy everything

It will take more than higher wages to get workers to the bush, reports Annie May. Financial incentives alone will not attract more health workers to the bush, a new report has found. Instead, governments need to offer incentive “bundles” ...

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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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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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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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