NPAQ gets industrial win when all hope looked lost

Nurse Wins dispute with employer

 

When our member's husband was offered an exciting work opportunity in Sweden, she was excited.

Not only did the six-month job spell good things for his career, it was a chance too for the whole family to enjoy an educational and bonding experience. And given she had plenty of leave owing to her after nearly 10 years working as a nurse with a private Queensland company, she was certain taking the necessary time off would prove no problem.

That did not prove to be the case however.

 

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2019 Election Responses

On 26 April 2019 NPAQ wrote to each political party asking what they can do for QLD Nurses.  

We are pleased to report that we have received the following response via email.

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Health Executive Sacked: The Courier Mail

Queensland hospital boss Stephen Ayre sacked amid overcrowding crisis

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2019 Election news – you choose who gets your vote

Nurses Voting

The campaigns are under way for the federal election in May. We have written to each of the political parties asking if elected, what they can do for Queensland nurses. (You can see the letters from the links below.)

 

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Sick healthcare system skewed by vested interests

Opinion Courier Mail

 

RAMPING and hospital bed shortages have certainly captured the headlines. There is a significant shortage across southeast Queensland and, in particular, Caboolture/North Lakes areas, south of the river and the Gold Coast. These are all high-population growth areas. I wonder if there is a connection?

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Health Workforce QLD Scholarship Program

Health Workforce Queensland

Health Workforce Queensland can provide financial assistance for your training and upskilling!

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program provides scholarships and bursaries to help health professionals in remote and rural Australia to retain and enhance their skills, capacity and scope of practice.

 

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How will the election impact NPAQ members?

Elections impact on NPAQ members

A recent post on our Facebook page asked

“With a change of federal government more than likely and federal Labor considering tinkering with the Fair Work Act, would it be possible for you to get from both sides a statement on what their policies relating to organisations such as NPAQ are. For example, are either the Coalition or ALP considering changes that may impact on the capacity for NPAQ to represent members at EBA negotiations? You could then inform members of what the respective policy positions are so we can make a more informed decision at election time. Please keep up the good, non politically affiliated work. Asking all parties for their positions, and publicising all responses will help preserve your non-affiliated position.” 

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NPAQ response to Queensland Health Memorandum

The Courier Mail ran a news story online on Wednesday 27 March NPAQ told it can’t represent members”

The opening paragraph reads:

According to the memorandum (signed by the Acting Chief resources Officer Silvan Simmons), the Nurses’ Professional Association of Queensland cannot represent or advocate on behalf of an employee in relation to an employment matter.

and it goes on to detail NPAQ’s response ...

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NPAQ told it can't represent members

Domanii Cameron, The Courier-Mail

March 26, 2019 10:00pm

According to the memo, the Nurses’ Professional Association of Queensland cannot represent or advocate on behalf of an employee in relation to an employment matter.

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Frantic midwife had 12 women plus babies to look after at once

A WOMAN gave birth alone in a Queensland hospital bed as an overworked midwife struggled to look after 12 women in one shift.

“The midwife at Gladstone Hospital managed to rush into the ward just in time to catch the baby with her bare hands, but no midwife was with the patient as she gave birth,” Nurses Professional Association of Queensland’s Jack McGuire told The Sunday Mail.

“This happened in the last few weeks, and is just one example of the critical understaffing at the hospital which is booming due the shutting down of surrounding maternity units and since the recent closure of Gladstone Mater private hospital’s maternity services.

“We need a regulator with teeth that will ensure that staff on the frontline are listened to by management.” 

Maternity services in regional Queensland are stretched to the limit.

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