Lamp July 2017

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Progress on safer hospitals

It took a shooting incident to spark action, but serious work to reduce hospital violence is finally underway. Sixteen months after a dramatic Code Black incident at Nepean Hospital put the issue high on the agenda, the Ministry of Health and health ...



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ED violence sparks community campaign

Nurses push an anti-violence message in the remote town of Nyngan. There was a time when nurses in country towns weren’t too worried about violence in the workplace. Nurses at small rural facilities often knew many of the locals on a first name bas...



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Anti-violence training underway

A statewide program to reduce hospital violence includes more training for emergency department nurses. NSW Health is training emergency department staff to manage “disturbed and aggressive behaviour” in the wake of serious assaults in the state...



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Aged care blighted by premature death

More people in nursing homes are dying prematurely – and the true numbers could be much higher, researchers say. The number of premature deaths in nursing homes from preventable causes increased by 400 per cent in the 13 years between 2000 and 2013...



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Mental health care under scrutiny

Nurses must drive changes to reduce seclusion while ensuring safety. The NSWNMA wants nurses to contribute to a state government review of the use of seclusion, restraint and observations in mental health facilities. The review is being carried out b...



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Regions reject hospital privatisations

Packed public meetings show health care privatisation is a hot topic in regional communities. People were angry – they just disagree 100 per cent with the idea of privatisation.” That’s how nurse Laura Valenzuela summed up the mood of a public ...



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Farce upon farce

A privatised hospital still being built is already delivering top outcomes in the surreal world of the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Scot MacDonald. A classic clip from the television political sitcom “Yes, Minister” turns on the mini...



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Careers Australia another privatisation disaster

One of Australia’s largest vocational education providers, Careers Australia, has gone belly up with nearly a 1000 job losses and classes cancelled for 15,000 students across the country in another spectacular failure of privatisation. Although voc...