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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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Tas Treasurer urges local government to adopt wage freeze - ABC News

Tasmania's Treasurer wants local government to follow a state public sector wage freeze. Cabinet has a plan to freeze wages for 12 months, as well as limit pay increases by 2 per cent each year after that.

ITAC: hands-free nursing through voice-activated documentation - Pulse IT

Aged care software vendor HealthMetrics had released a voice-activated, hands-free communication system that allows nurses to document care processes at the bedside by speaking into a lightweight headset, with the notes then integrated into HealthMetrics' eCase clinical software.

NZNO launches petition for graduate nurses - NCAH

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has launched a petition calling for the government to fund a one-year nurse entry to practice program for all new graduate nurses.

Security in question as five nurses assaulted at John Hunter Hospital - The Herald

Police are investigating after a patient assaulted eight people, including five nurses, before having to be sedated in the emergency department of John Hunter Hospital.

Doctors win on bulk billing by GP nurses - The Herald

Doctors are celebrating a ‘win’ following clarification from the federal Department of Health that it will not make changes affecting their capacity to bulk bill patients assessed by general practice nurses.

THEATRE: Trench angels saluted - The Herald

WHEN writer and producer Cheryl Ward toured NSW last year looking for venues to stage her World War I play Through These Lines, her immediate Newcastle choice was Fort Scratchley.

Nurse Megan Haines allegedly killed patients after complaints against her - Sydney Morning Herald

Police investigating the suspicious deaths of two women at a nursing home in Ballina have charged a 46-year-old woman with two counts of murder and one of assault. [+video]

Nurses fatigued as Cairns Hospital reaches 'code black' - NCAH

Nurses are working ongoing double shifts to cope with increased demand and nursing shortages at Cairns Hospital, according to the Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU).

Fears for patient safety over nursing controversy - The Age

Anaesthetists and trainee registrars at Canberra Hospital fear patient safety is being compromised because senior experienced nurses can no longer assist anaesthetists due to a change to their scope of practice.

Nurse endoscopists for Queensland - NCAH

A number of Queensland hospitals will soon be home to nurse endoscopists as part of a long-term plan to reduce public waiting lists for endoscopy services.