Health Care Workers Deserve Better Than This

To not be assaulted at work: it seems like a simple, reasonable expectation.

But violent incidents occur so often for Australian healthcare workers that most accept them as part of their job. But that doesn’t make them easier, or acceptable.

Violent incidents have become so numerous and serious at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital that the Nurses Professional Association of Queensland has asked the administration to bump up security to have a fit-for-purpose presence.

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QNMU Challenged by start up NPAQ

The Nurses Professional Association of Queensland was set up five years ago as an alternative to one of the state’s most powerful industrial forces – the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union.

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Drug Fuelled Patients Threaten Nurses and Doctors

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‘Superhuman strength’ 

ANTONIA O’FLAHERTY, The Courier-Mail January 23, 2019 8:08am

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Call for security at Princess Alexandra Hospital

Highly trained security guards to protect doctors, nurses at Princess Alexandra Hospital

HIGHLY trained security guards will be brought in to protect doctors and nurses from violent assaults at one of Queensland’s biggest hospitals, as the number of physical and verbal attacks on medics skyrocket.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital will beef-up security, including specialised guards, after calls for “paramilitary style” security.

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Welcome Margaret, new branch secretary at The Prince Charles Hospital

Margaret Gilbert, NPAQ Branch SecretaryMargaret Gilbert is a Duty Nurse Manager at The Prince Charles Hospital and has been in this position since 2007. She works within a cohesive team of five providing operational management as well as coordinating patient flow at TPCH over the 24hour continuum.

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In the Media: The Real Union

Courier Mail The Real UnionIt was great to see this comment in the Courier Mail how we have become known as the “real union”.  So why is this?

 

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Facts and Figures

Facts or Figures

 

How much does it really cost to run an employee representative association like the NPAQ or the QNMU?  It depends whether your goal is to just look after your members or whether you have an additional goal.

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Insufficient hospital security puts nurses at risk

In the news this week has been a stream of updates on our work to ensure the safety of Nurses against the increasing number of violent attacks being seen in QLD hospitals.    We are concerned about the safety of staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital following managements decision to end the security contract.

See the reports on 7 News, 9 News and 10 News below.

 

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Emergency Nurses seek a stop to ramping in QLD Hospitals

NPAQ speaks out in in the media about members grave concerns for the safety of patients and the increase in violence in QLD hospital emergency Departments due to the practice of ramping. 

Both Channel 7 and Sky News covered NPAQ's exposure of the practice and the health ministers promises.

This rapid off load of patients in emergency departments means over crowding and patients being left in corridors unattended for extended periods. 

 

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QLD Hospital Crises Uncovered

Government figures don’t give us full story on hospitals

The Editor, The Courier-Mail January 11, 2019 6:13am

Budget papers show the annual wages bill that Queenslanders pay for has ballooned by more than $4 billion over the past three financial years, well in excess of inflation.

However, it has always been difficult to draw a connection between the additional cost of the public sector and the extra services provided to Queenslanders because of the paucity of credible data produced by the Government.

Coincidence? We think not.

While the Government is spending our money on wages at record rates, there no way to accurately assess what is actually being delivered.

 

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