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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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Nurses’ pay decision upheld - The Courier

THE Federal Court has rejected an appeal by Ballarat Health Services to overturn a decision that it underpaid shift allowances for psychiatric nurses by more than $110,000.

Celebrating the work of nurses - Northern Rivers Echo News

DIANNE Everitt, of Lismore, is a trained optical mechanic. She's spent time in the central Australian desert, helping remote communities deal with the effects of trachoma, alongside workers from the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Service drives women's health - Central Queensland News

ROBYN Stoddart is one of a group of dedicated Queensland Health nurses and health workers proving distance is no barrier as they provide rural women with vital health services.

Helping victims of crime, travellers - The West

Paul Headley spends a lot of time in court, and at the airport, but he is no criminal. Neither is he a lawyer or a pilot.

System failed my ill son: father - The West

A grieving Perth father has called for the mental health system to stop shutting families out of their loved ones' treatment after the death of his 23-year-old mentally ill son.

Regional hospital gets government funds injection - ABC News

The State Government is to provide Keith Hospital in the upper south-east of South Australia with a one-off $350,000 grant to help shore up its future.

Union calls for more mental health beds at Lyell McEwin - News Review Messenger

MENTAL health patients are spending up to five days in the Lyell McEwin Hospital’s emergency department, prompting calls for more acute-care beds.

Unions worried over Flinders bed closure plan - ABC News

A row about overcrowding at Flinders Medical Centre's emergency department in Adelaide has widened to include ongoing concern over planned bed closures.

Curtains for nurses-only clinic due to financial problems - The Australian

THE owners of the nation's first stand-alone nurse-led clinic have abandoned the idea as a failure and turned the centre into a GP surgery, blaming inadequate Medicare rebates.

Matron helped modernise nursing fraternity - Sydney Morning Herald

To hundreds of nurses, Margaret Ritch was better known as ''Miss Nelson'', director of nursing at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a position she held for 18 years.