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Doubts over privatisation model

A privatised Perth hospital held up as a model “public-private  partnership” has a poor record for patient waiting times. In announcing the new Northern Beaches Hospital “public-private partnership” (PPP) in 2013, NSW Health Minister Jillian...



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A way forward for aged care

Judith Kiejda, Acting General Secretary If we want to have an aged care sector that has the capacity to care for older Australians to the standards the community expects then a good place to start is with an understanding of what the staffing require...



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Token consultation

Consultation and information sessions involving staff affected by the Northern Beaches Hospital privatisation amount to “the most ineffectual consultation process I’ve ever experienced,” said NSWNMA Vice President Lyn Hopper. Lyn is an intensiv...



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Nurses’ flight worsens Middle Eastern health crisis 

The flight of health workers, including nurses from conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa, is contributing to an alarming decline in the region’s health services. The exodus of health workers due to conflict is  particularly serious i...



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EN must be supervised by an RN

Fair Work Commission accepts an enrolled nurse cannot be put  in charge of a hospital unit and orders back pay for registered nurse. The NSWNMA has won payment of a dual in-charge allowance for a registered nurse working night shifts at Wesley Hospi...



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Nursing opportunities galore in rural NSW

Nurses in rural areas often have greater opportunities to develop their skills  because of the range of work they are exposed to, while less competition  means they often have opportunities to advance faster in their careers. The lack of awareness ...



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Northern Beaches privatisation still shrouded in secrecy

Northern Beaches Hospital staff are still in the dark about their future,  three and a half years after the first announcement of the privatisation  and over two years after Healthscope was named as the provider. Health unions including the NSWNMA ...



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Surveys pinpoint aged care staffing flaws

 Focus group surveys show an inadequate mix of staff  skills adversely affects health care in nursing homes. Focus groups of nurses have recommended that  baseline nursing and personal care hours received by aged care residents be increased by hal...



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Missed care widespread in nursing homes

Inadequate staff numbers are the most common reason  for missed care, a survey of aged care facilities shows.  Only a tiny proportion of aged care  nursing staff believes that staffing in their facility is always adequate. This is shown by a “Mi...



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Aged care hours should double

A groundbreaking study has recommended the hours of care and skill mix needed for safe care of the elderly. Aged care residents should receive an average four hours and 18 minutes of care per day – almost double the 2.84 hours they currently get. T...