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New SA Health Minister Peter Malinauskas tours Royal Adelaide Hospital 19-09-2017

New South Australian Health Minister Peter Malinauskas took an impromptu tour of the new $2.4 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital last night, hours after being sworn in, to be confronted by “alarming” concerns from nurses about serious safety problems threatening patient care.

Queensland nursing exchange program: City nurses swap scrubs for adventure in the bush 19-09-2017

In the first exchange of its type in Queensland, four nurses have swapped jobs for three months.

Aged care shifts with one registered nurse 18-09-2017

The limited number of registered nurses rostered on to cover shifts at aged care homes at certain times has come under question. The issue was highlighted after influenza swept through several aged care homes in Tasmania and caused deaths.

Rural South Australian nurses are threatening industrial action at four rural hospitals 15-09-2017

NURSES are threatening industrial action at four rural hospitals, which could prevent patients from being admitted, amid claims staff shortages are compromising patient care.

Nurse walk-in centre planned for Gungahlin in ACT budget 31-05-2017

Gungahlin will receive a multi-million dollar healthcare boost when the ACT government reveals its annual budget early next week.

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Nurses feel compo pain - Penrith Star

NEPEAN HOSPITAL nurses are threatening to campaign against Penrith state MP Stuart Ayres over proposed changes to workers' compensation.

Pride of Australia: Care first for Daw Park nurse - Eastern Courier

SARA Fleming is determined to make a difference in the lives of terminally ill children.

Mental health funding freeze - Northern Argus

Mental health patients in the Mid North and Clare Valley may suffer from a Federal Government decision to freeze funding on its Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program.

Patel whistleblower backs survey - Queensland Times

THE NURSE who exposed disgraced Bundaberg doctor Jayant Patel has thrown her support behind a worldwide whistleblowing survey.

Hospital employees must pay for parking - Adelaide Now

PUBLIC Service Association members will pay to park at the state's hospitals and foot the bill for an unsuccessful Supreme Court challenge.

Doctors fight mental health beds closure - ABC News

Salaried doctors say they will not give up a fight against a closure of 10 mental health beds at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide.

ACT boosts hospital funding in budget - Business Spectator

Treasurer Andrew Barr has given the ACT's hospital system a massive $109.5 million boost despite strained finances.

Vulnerable pay the price for a budget surplus - ABC News

"I want to make it clear that mental health will be a second-term priority for the Government... A first-class health system means dignity and it means peace of mind.  Mental illness is a place where quality services can make a real difference to people's lives, indeed it can save lives.''

Scholarship offer to boost nurse education at Neringah - Hornsby Advocate

NURSES at Neringah Hospital can now apply for a scholarship to further their education. The new Sheila Mason Nursing Education Scholarship was launched last Wednesday during a special event to mark Palliative Care Week.

Budget to boost doctors, cut wait times - ABC News

Health will be a big winner in Tuesday's ACT budget, with hundreds of millions of dollars to be spent on medical services and capital works.