Lamp August 2017

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People power stops privatisation

Three saved, two to go in our campaign to prevent five regional public hospitals from being gifted to the private sector. The NSW government has backed off from privatising Wyong and Bowral hospitals after immense pressure from nurses, midwives, alon...



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Creating the perfect storm

Strong leadership from nurses, midwives and other health unions and overwhelming support from the community, effective backing from local ALP MPs and a lot of effort from committed activists saved Wyong’s public hospital from the profit-grabbing cl...



Public health first!

A local community group was a key driver behind the campaign to keep Bowral Hospital in public hands. Sue Moule, branch secretary of our Bowral branch, has no doubt that the energy and commitment of a local community group – Public Health First –...



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Mental health starved of funds

The NSW mental health system can reduce the use of seclusion and restraint only if it gets adequate support and resources. Underfunding of mental health services over many years has hindered the adoption of measures to ensure optimum safety of patien...



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Loss of experience must be reversed

A shortage of experienced nurses has led to the overuse of seclusion in some mental health units, says nurse practitioner Joanne Seymour Joanne has been a mental health nurse for 23 years and a nurse practitioner (NP) for 14 years. Joanne believes th...



Identify barriers to best practice

The statewide review of seclusion, observation and restraint is a response to serious public and professional concerns about standards and practices in NSW mental health facilities, says nursing academic Bethne Hart. Bethne Hart, Associate Professor ...



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When seclusion is the only option

Policies and procedures governing seclusion are “very stringent” and staff already do their best to avoid the practice, says delegate, Luke Muller. Luke Muller works in Cumberland Hospital’s acute mental health ward and on the admission desk wh...



Young woman  with face mask in the streets of Kathmandu.

United push for national action on climate and health

Federal, state and territory governments have been urged to establish a Ministerial Health and Climate Change Forum to oversee coordinated national action to tackle the urgent health threats arising from climate change. A landmark new report recommen...



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Third world diseases persist in remote communities

Sydney nurse Alanna Maycock shared a New York stage with world leaders who were horrified by her account of the abuse she witnessed on Nauru. Indigenous Australians are 122 times more likely to live with the life-threatening rheumatic heart disease t...