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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Update on Ramping

Ambulance ramping gets a lot of publicity including two front-page stories of the Courier Mail featuring the NPAQ. We exposed it. But ramping is really only a symptom of another more insidious underlying problem. "Bed" shortages.

Hospital waiting room

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Welcome Aenghas Hopkinson-Pearson

Aenghas Hopkinson-PearsonAenghas' background is in Law and Justice. Over the course of his degrees, Aenghas worked in a Newstead based law firm and for the QUT Guild as a student advocate in a variety of roles over the three years he was elected. The QUT Guild oversees six commercial services and an operating budget in excess of $5 million.

Aenghas is currently studying a post-graduate diploma of legal practice at QUT. During his time at the law firm, Aenghas dealt with property law, family law, wills and estates, criminal matters and more.

Aenghas was also part of the QUT Trading and Investment Association and has hosted educational workshops for people interested in all things stock trading and finance and was a chief analyst for the Association’s Cryptocurrency team.

He joins the NPAQ team as a Member Support Representative so we can ensure that your workplace rights are maintained and you receive support and representation when you need it most.

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Appointing NPAQ for Enterprise Agreement negotiations

Appointing NPAQ for Enterprise Agreement negotiations

Enterprise Bargaining

Have you been advised that the Enterprise Agreement negotiations are underway at your workplace?

Then what happens...

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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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