Lamp May 2017

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Linda’s Canberra crusade to save penalty rates

Aged care nurses from around the country made the trek to Canberra to speak truth to power about the importance of penalty rates in keeping skilled staff in their sector. When the NSWNMA asked Wollongong Assistant in Nursing Linda Hardman to travel t...



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Move to slash nurses’ Sunday rates

A major health care company has revealed the hollowness of the claim that penalty rate cuts would never be inflicted on nurses. Sonic Health Plus, which employs hundreds of nurses across Australia, has proposed to cut Sunday penalty rates from 75 per...



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Penalty rates not safe in aged care

Who says nurses are immune from penalty rate cuts? Estia Health tried to reduce Sunday rates early on during talks for a new enterprise agreement (EA). Finalised last month, the EA replaces separate agreements covering a number of businesses taken ov...



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Hours regained

After it took over Kennedy Health Care in 2016, Estia was hit by higher vacancy rates at the former Kennedy homes. It sought to cut costs by presenting former Kennedy nurses with proposed new contracts. By cutting hours by as little as 30 minutes eac...



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Dubbo nurses stand together despite fears

The NSWNMA branch at Dubbo Base Hospital is stepping up its campaign to stop nurse-to-patient ratios being undermined by unfilled vacancies and an over-reliance on junior nurses. At a ‘lunch on the lawn’ event opposite the hospital, speakers high...



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Gunnedah fights for better ratios

Shoppers at Gunnedah’s produce markets got an insight into conditions at the local hospital when they stopped at a colourful stall set up by NSWNMA members last month. Wearing union T-shirts and displaying banners that read “Ratios – put patien...



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ACTU: A higher minimum wage benefits all

Australia’s minimum wage has fallen to a dangerously low level at the expense of all workers, not just the low paid, says the ACTU. The ACTU is to push for a $45-a-week increase in the minimum wage as the latest national economic data shows that wo...



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The therapeutic benefits of marijuana

There is now ample scientific evidence supporting the medical effectiveness of cannabis, but outdated community attitudes and the law remain obstacles to its use. The federal parliament passed laws last year legalising medicinal cannabis use in Aus...



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Medicinal cannabis ‘helpful’ in managing epilepsy

Without more investment in medical marijuana research, cannabis and cannabinoid products are likely to remain hugely expensive.  Lisa Todd, a Clinical Nurse Consultant with Epilepsy Action Australia, works with families who have found cannabis has d...



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After the deluge, solidarity

The floods in Northern NSW brought out a strong community spirit. Nurses at Lismore Base Hospital were left stranded by flooding that devastated the northern NSW city in late March. Some were unable to get to the hospital to start work, while others ...