Exclusive: International exchange scholarship for nurses’ families

Nurse Uncut is pleased to team with Southern Cross Cultural Exchange (SCCE) to offer an international cultural exchange scholarship for high school students who belong to a health professional’s family.

SCCE is Australia’s oldest and largest student exchange organisation which has exchanged over 17,000 students to 20 different countries all over the world. SCCE is offering a full scholarship open exclusively to year 9/10 students with a family member who is caring for others in New South Wales as a nurse or health professional.

Time is of the essence. Applications close on Friday 20 May 2016. 

about-usScholarship winners will be able to select a three-month Southern Cross Cultural Exchange program departing November 2016 for either France, Germany, Italy, Spain or Sweden, with program fees covered by the scholarship.

Full scholarships include international airfares, domestic transport to the host family in the country of choice, insurance, host family arrangements and school arrangements, all taken care of by SCCE. Continue reading

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Penny: where would pregnant women be without Medicare?

Penny McCall Howard spoke at the Race to Save Medicare event in Sydney yesterday. Penny has a five month old son and reflected on the crucial role of Medicare in supporting her through her pregnancy – and the pregnancies of those in her new parents group.

On July 1 $57 billion in health cuts will kick in, with a hugely stressful impact on nurses and midwives while at work – and a disastrous impact on all our health.

Penny Howard

Also from that date, the Turnbull Government plans to cut bulk billing incentive payments for pathology and diagnostic services, including pap smears, x-rays, blood and urine tests, ultrasounds and MRIs.

Penny: With these cuts to pathology testing, the freeze on GP payments and the cuts to hospital funding, Malcolm Turnbull and his health minister Susan Ley have decided to make the lives of pregnant women more stressful and more difficult. Continue reading

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Registered nurses dropped from NSW aged care

Last Friday the NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner sent a clear message to the state’s aged care nurses – the Government doesn’t care about their jobs, their working conditions or their pay, let alone the crucial role of registered nurses in caring for the frail aged.

age nurse-nurseThe decision to remove the legislative requirement for registered nurses in nursing homes has left nurses vulnerable to job losses and older people at risk of poor standards of care and inappropriate hospitalisations.

This decision benefits no-one but aged care providers and their shareholders.

Here’s what you can do: Continue reading

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Brett Holmes: Why corporate tax avoidance is a health hazard

At a time of great strain on public health services and increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients, it is becoming clear that corporate tax avoidance is a health hazard, according to Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association.

GetUptaxBrett writes: The Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance and Aggressive Minimisation released its report on Friday, putting further pressure on politicians to take action.

With an election looming amidst a health and education funding crisis, it’s time for politicians to act in the health interests of our communities, rather than the financial interests of corporations, by announcing a comprehensive policy on tax avoidance.

For too long now the responses from politicians to the budget crisis has been one of cutbacks on spending; cuts to Medicare and cuts to the states. As the cash-starved public system begins to falter under increasing strain, state politicians continue to support the privatisation of health services, handing valuable taxpayers’ money over to private companies. Continue reading

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This year on Anzac Day and every Anzac Day that follows…

Sally Sutherland-Fraser is a perioperative nurse educator who travelled to Gallipoli last September as part of a cruise from Athens to Turkey commemorating the nurses of the 3rd AGH (depicted in the series ANZAC Girls) who cared for allied troops on the Greek island of Lemnos. Sally writes about her experience for Nurse Uncut.

Grace Wilson This week I was delighted to find this huge banner in the Sydney CBD of Matron Grace Wilson – a towering woman and nurse, whose leadership should be remembered on Anzac Day.

Sally in front of banner depicting Matron Grace Wilson holding a parasol and notebook as she ‘does a round’ at the 3AGH, Lemnos, on George Street, Sydney.

This year, Anzac Day means a great deal more to me than it has in previous years. It’s not only because now I can conjure up my own images of those beaches and forbidding topography when I lower my eyes for a minute’s silence. It’s also because last year I experienced something profound and lasting that connects me to Grace Wilson and those iconic places and events of WWI. Continue reading

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