TV ad puts patients before profits

Have you seen the new television ad from the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA)? Watch it here or below.

The Patients before Profits ad highlights the potential impact if Australia’s world-class health care system were to be eroded by a heavily privatised, American-style health system – a process which is already underway in NSW. Sub-acute mental health services are being privatised, new palliative care services have been gifted to the for-profit sector and disability services will cease to be government-run by 2018.

Last December, the government signed a 20-year contract with private operator Healthscope to build and run the new Northern Beaches ‘public’ Hospital in Sydney.

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Penalty rates survey for nurses and midwives

Today, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation asks: what do penalty rates mean to you?

Please complete a short survey to help answer these questions.

Nurses and midwives leave their families to provide care around the clock. They must – this is how the health system survives. We believe it’s only fair that nurses and midwives are reasonably compensated for working these hours through penalty rates.

But penalty rates are under review – officially.

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The Productivity Commission has commenced an Inquiry into workplace relations, the system that governs your working conditions, and penalty rates are once again on the table.

We’re seeking your views so we can take them to the Government.

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The value of Australian citizenship

Coral Levett was honoured to be guest speaker at this year’s citizenship ceremony at the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney. The ceremony included around 20 nurses and midwives. Here Coral reflects on Australian citizenship.

I had the great privilege on Australia Day this year to be the guest speaker at the Australian Citizenship Ceremony held at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. It was an extraordinary day and a wonderful opportunity to talk with some of our newest citizens, including around 20 nurses and midwives receiving their Australian citizenship on the day.

citizensBui Thi To Nga Ngo RN, Liverpool Hospital, originally from Vietnam, Coral Levett, Supaphorn Wong RN, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, originally from Malaysia.

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New open access public health journal

A new online-only open access journal focused on high-quality peer-reviewed research meaningful to those working in public health has recently been launched by the Sax Institute.

Public Health Research & Practice is targeted at public health decision-makers and practitioners, as well as those whose work encompasses aspects of public health.

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Sending aged care back to the dark ages?

Reduced quality checks, nursing homes allowed to deal with complaints from families themselves… Charmaine Crowe, of the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association, writes about the threat to quality of aged care from a federal trial which aims to ‘reduce red tape’.

Documents released under Freedom of Information laws show that the trial by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to reduce regulation of nursing homes will expose residents to serious risk.

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As part of the Innovation Hub trial to reduce quality checks on nursing homes, complaints by residents or families to the Aged Care Complaints Scheme will be referred back to the home in question for resolution, including those that identify serious risk to resident health and safety. Continue reading

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