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Plenty of care in the air 13-05-2018

With about 350,000 registered nurses in Australia, it’s no surprise to find them in our hospitals, community health centres and aged care facilities. But there are some environments where seeing a nurse makes most of us do a double take.

Nurses and midwives look at Ratios and 'excellence in care' 11-05-2018

International Midwives Day was celebrated globally on May 5, while International Nurses Day will be recognised tomorrow, Saturday May 12. These days are an occasion to celebrate, commemorate and increase awareness of the contribution of midwives and nurses towards patients all over the world.

Babies 'don't count' when calculating nurse-to-patient ratios 26-04-2018

Our ageing and growing population has not been matched by hospital staffing levels, creating compound problems on wards, nurses say. And babies need to be counted when nurse-to-patient ratios are calculated, for the sake of hospital patients as well as staff.

Nurses demand new legislation around aged-care staff ratio 12-05-2018

AROUND two hundred nurses, aged care workers and the community have taken part in a rally to call on the Federal Government to legislate for improved staffing ratios in residential aged care.

NSW teachers, nurses, face housing despair 05-02-2018

Skyrocketing housing prices have pushed teachers and nurses out of Sydney prompting fears of worker shortages in critical areas.

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$1bn extra, but doctors call for more funding - The Australian

NSW will pour an extra $1 billion into hospitals, nurses and medical procedures, taking its health budget to a record $18.3bn -- but the opposition and doctors say the funding will not keep pace with population growth.

Largs Bay woman takes top honour - Portside Messenger

ELIZABETH English is proud and passionate about her work - even if it is “not dinner party conversation”.

Doctors write to minister on mental health needs - ABC News

Senior doctors and psychiatrists have written to the South Australian Health Minister to oppose a planned closure of mental health beds.

Cashed-up hospitals still ailing - Daily Telegraph

"CHRONIC under-funding" of the state's health system will continue, with yesterday's slight increase in budget not enough to keep up with growing population demands, the Australian Medical Association said.

Unions to rally over NSW WorkCover shake-up - ABC News

Trade unions are predicting thousands of their members will march on the New South Wales Parliament today over planned changes to the state's workers compensation system.

Newcastle rallies over WorkCover changes - ABC Newcastle

A Newcastle nurse says the State Government's proposed changes to WorkCover could see sick or injured workers return to work prematurely.

$1bn boost for hospital upgrades and redevelopments, 500 new nurses - The Australian

HOSPITALS in NSW will receive more than $1 billion for redevelopments and upgrades, while the state will hire 500 new nurses.

Paramedics want detail on nursing plan for EDs - NCAH

Western Australian paramedics are calling for more detail on the State Government’s plan to inject more nurses and nurse practitioners into caring for patients waiting for emergency department beds.

Shortfall shifts focus to keeping nurses in workforce - Sydney Morning Herald

KEEPING nurses in the workforce is as critical as training new recruits as the health industry faces an acute staff shortage, experts say.

New Health manager appointed - Parkes Champion Post

Liz Mitchell is looking forward to settling into her new role as Lachlan Health Service Manager.