NPAQ has taken aim at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service for what it believes is a “systematic” and “longstanding and toxic culture of bullying”.
“Unfortunately, Queensland Health’s bullying culture permeates the whole organisation, from top to bottom. There’s bullying that occurs both up and down the chain of management, and no one is truly protected."
The Townsville Bulletin report below revealed the revealed half of staff surveyed at THHS had witnessed bullying or sexual harassment in the workplace in the past year, the highest rate in the state.Read more
A lot has happened this year, there’s no denying that. Part of what we were looking forward to this year was negotiating the EB11 to try and get better working conditions and wages for all Queensland Health Nurses.
Last week, Queensland Health confirmed, in what we believe to be a completely horrendous way to treat frontline staff, that the EB11 negotiations have been delayed for one year. Please see the letter attached.
As acknowledgement for nurses and midwives’ response to the pandemic, Queensland Health has announced that Christmas Day and Boxing Day public holidays will this year be treated as ‘special’ public holidays (like Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday).Read more
Two babies from separate households die of suspected drug overdoses north of Brisbane
Des Houghton reported in The Courier-Mail on 12 June the shocking death of two young boys from suspected drug overdoses in separate tragedies north of Brisbane. The deaths have again raised questions about failures by the Child Safety department to protect vulnerable children.
Rockhampton COVID-19 nurse says she’s been made a scapegoat
The NPAQ State Executive has written to the Premier regarding arrangements to cope with this potential pandemic. Read the letter here. They have their concerns, and we would like to hear yours. We intend to send further correspondence regarding your direct feedback.
Just because we are hoping it is not as bad as everyone seems to be making out, doesn't mean that we can simply "wait and see" without preparing for the worst. We are not criticizing the Premier but we are pleased that a response is finally being put into place. However, preparation levels are varying wildly between facilities.Read more
Queensland Health has withdrawn its show cause and threat of disciplinary action against a Queensland nurse who told The Sunday Mail that student nurses were poorly trained.
Reported by Jackie Sinnerton, The Courier-Mail February 20, 2020 5:05pmRead more
You may recall news about the Queensland Health memorandum distributed to every nurse in Q Health incorrectly stating that NPAQ didn't have the right to represent its members.
We do!! And it was very silly of the Queensland Labor Government, to put in writing something that is not only wrong, but requires them to have to make a public retraction. Watch this space!Read more