Lamp March 2017

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Bleak outlook for severely disabled residents

Fears are growing for the welfare of severely disabled people in  NSW as the privatisation of disability services gathers pace. The state government has  begun the process of closing residential facilities that care for people with severe intellect...



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Disability nurses coerced into new roles

NSW legislation allows the Minister to dictate where disability nurses will work. The National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS) was a federal Labor government initiative aimed at giving disabled people and their families more choice and co...



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Nurses stick together at Christadelphian Aged Care

Nurses at Christadelphian Aged Care – a religious not-for-profit organisation – were shocked when management set out to abolish a range of long-standing benefits and rights after the company’s enterprise agreement expired. Assisted by an aggres...



NCH - NEWS - Andrew and Bill Whitbread-Brown, at their Cardiff Heights home. In 1995 they won a landmark case against NIB to get family medical coverage. Photo by Marina Neil - 1st June 2015.

Marriage equality  is a health issue

Australian marriage law should be amended to allow  two people of the same sex to marry, according to  a NSWNMA submission to a senate committee. The NSWNMA submission to the senate committee, which is considering the issue of same sex marriage, hi...



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If we can nurse you, surely we can marry too?

Sally Whitney, an Association member, is starring in a new television commercial promoting marriage equality. She told The Lamp that the inability of LGBTI people to marry means “we are unequal”. “There is no social equality, there is no legal ...



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TPP dead but  threats live on

With a stroke of a pen, Donald Trump buried the discredited Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.  Now Malcolm Turnbull wants to resurrect the deal  despite its threats to our health system and jobs. When Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandu...



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Cost of health: the big issue of the poor

The growing cost of health care is the number one reason people  on or near the poverty line are unable to improve their health,  according to the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS). A new report from NCOSS, ‘Poor Health: The Cost of Living in...



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NSWNMA Mardi Gras float a first

For the first time in the history of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, members and officials of the NSWNMA are taking part in an official Association float emblazoned with the words ‘‘Nurses and midwives for equality”. The decision ...