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We are seeking highly motivated, experienced and independent credentialed mental health nurses to join our community based independent practice. The successful applicant will resonate strongly with the attitudes and philosophy of Improving Outcomes; in particular, that there is a high priority given to the respect of autonomy, dignity, and individual creativity of the people we serve. The nurse will develop his/her own individual practice within the supportive framework of Improving Outcomes. Our approach resonates with and reflects the emerging ‘recovery’ paradigm; which we articulate as, ‘a journey of increased self awareness and self realisation’, that facilitates the achievement of the identified goals and aspirations of each person. Credentialed nurses with our practice have their own ABN number and are ‘Associate Practitioners’ under the auspices of Improving Outcomes. For more information, visit our website: Or call John Walker on 03 9863 6942

New code of ethics for pharmacists A revised code of ethics for pharmacists will be unveiled amid mounting controversy surrounding a new deal for pharmacists to promote Blackmores products to consumers. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia will launch a new code of ethics, designed to underpin the professional role of pharmacists as health-care clinicians, at the Pharmacy Australia Congress being held in Melbourne from October 6-9. “This code reinforces the principle that pharmacists should ensure that medicines and products they recommend are evidencebased and will have positive health outcomes for consumers,” PSA national president Grant Kardachi said. The guidelines come after the Pharmacy Guild

of Australia, which represents 94 percent of Australia’s 5200 pharmacies, secured a deal to promote Blackmores dietary supplements with prescription medicines. From October 1, the guild has agreed to begin recommending a range of Blackmores products to patients when they pick up prescriptions for antibiotics, blood pressure drugs, cholesterol drugs and proton pump inhibitors. Mr Kardachi said when recommending complementary or other medicines to consumers, pharmacists need to work closely with the consumer’s GP to ensure their advice meets the needs of the patient’s care plan. To read the full




Massive cuts to Tasmania’s elective surgery Tasmania’s state government has slashed funding to elective surgery and announced 150 health department jobs will be axed in a bid to save $21.6 million. Nurses have reacted angrily to the announcement amid fears of bed closures and concerns patients’ lives will be jeopardised. Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne said the cuts will meet the remaining $30 million of the $100 million savings task set in the state budget but she vowed the move would not directly impact on patient care.

We are clearly very concerned about what the implications are for the RHH as the greatest cuts will be made here. – Neroli Ellis Ms O’Byrne said Northern Area Health Service will reduce elective surgery volumes and save $8.5 million, Southern Area Health Service will reduce volumes to save $10.7 million and North West Area Health Service will save $2.4 million. Under the budget cuts, the Royal Hobart Hospital will be $45 million worse off in its elective surgery budget until 2013-14. Other spending cuts announced include reconfiguring the Launceston General Hospital’s ward 4D and consolidating its oncology services to save $2.2 million, rostering changes at the hospital’s ICU to save $1.035 million, and reallocation of beds across the North West Area Health Service resulting in an estimated saving of $1.015 million.

Australian Nursing Federation Tasmanian branch secretary Neroli Ellis said the government was yet to unveil the real implications of the budget cuts. “The reality of this announcement is that one surgical ward will close at Burnie, reducing the bed capacity by 24 beds and up to two wards and two theatre suites will close at the LGH with more closures inevitable at the RHH,” she said. “We are clearly very concerned about what the implications are for the RHH as the greatest cuts will be made here. “This can only result in bed closures in addition to closure of the operating suites and a pressure situation to admit emergency admissions.” For more news and resource articles plus thousands of jobs and courses for nurses and allied health professionals, visit

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The Bloomfield Campus, Orange NSW continues as the place to be for mental health professionals. Wi t h a s i g n i f i c a n t i n v e s t m e n t o f o v e r a q u a r t e r o f a billion dollars, the new campus combines both the general hospital and mental health facilities all on one site. The new specialist mental health component of t h e c a m p u s m a k e s i t o n e o f t h e l a rg e s t m e n t a l h e a l t h inpatient facilities in regional Australia offering health professionals exciting opportunities to work in a variety of mental health specialities including: •

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Mental Health Services located at Central Coast Local Health District currently have a range of Mental Health Nursing opportunities for both Registered and Enrolled Nurses across a number of Clinical Services and Teams which include locations at: • Wyong Hospital • Gosford Hospital Central Coast Local Health District offers flexible work options, salary packaging, education support and self development opportunities. A 12 month New Graduate Program is offered for both Registered and Enrolled Nurses. Full Time, Part Time & Casual positions are available. • Looking for a better work/life balance? • Looking for a career change and want to try an exciting clinical specialty? Then NOW is the time. We look forward to welcoming you to a friendly and supportive team!

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Mental Health Services located at Northern Sydney Local Health District currently have a range of Mental Health Nursing opportunities for both Registered and Enrolled Nurses across a number of Clinical Services and Teams which include locations at: • Manly Hospital • Royal North Shore Hospital • Hornsby Hospital • Macquarie Hospital. Northern Sydney Local Health District offers flexible work options, salary packaging, education support and self development opportunities. A 12 month New Graduate Program is offered for both Registered and Enrolled Nurses. Full Time, Part Time & Casual positions are available. • Looking for a better work/life balance? • Looking for a career change and want to try an exciting clinical specialty? Then NOW is the time. We look forward to welcoming you to a friendly and supportive Team!

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Interested in being part of the future of Forensic Mental Health in NSW? Opportunities for Endorsed Enrolled Nurses and Registered Nurses with recent Mental Health experience Operated by Justice Health, The Forensic Hospital is an integral part of the Forensic Mental Health Network. Located at Malabar and officially opened in February 2009, this purpose-built 135-bed facility provides high-quality specialised care to male, female and adolescent forensic patients in a high-security therapeutic environment. Justice Health offers flexible work options, salary packaging, education support and selfdevelopment opportunities for mental health professionals. If you have recent mental health experience as an EEN or RN and would like more detail about the opportunities that exist within The Forensic Hospital, please contact a member of our recruitment team. Enquiries: The Recruitment Team 1300 734 842. Website: Applications: Justice Health Recruitment – The Forensic Hospital, PO Box 150, Matraville NSW 2036 or email

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Mental health nurses in the community by Bridget Willett Examining the success of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program. The issue of mental health in rural areas has been in the spotlight for the past few decades, with the impact of natural disasters, climate change and isolation all contributing to the need for more support in rural communities. Recently, media coverage has focused on issues for mental health sufferers, the number of suicides annually, and potential gaps in mental health services. In response to this, there has been a steady improvement in government funding and in provision of community mental health services, which was supported in the last Federal Budget. Within this environment, it is timely to examine the success of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP), an initiative funded since 2008 by the Federal Government and administered by Medicare. It promotes collaboration between mental health nurses and psychiatrists and general practitioners in both metropolitan and rural community settings. The initial aim of the program was to focus on the needs of those people in the community experiencing severe mental health issues. Eligible community-based general practices, private psychiatry services and other appropriate organisations, such as Aboriginal medical services, who appoint mental health nurses to coordinate treatment and care for people with serious mental illness and complex needs, can register with Medicare and apply for funding in the form of non-MBS incentive payments for the engagement of those mental health nurses

Medicare requires that eligible organisations would provide ‘a minimum caseload of twenty patients with a severe and persistent mental health disorder per week, averaged over three months’. Factoring in patient turnover, a full-time mental health nurse is expected to manage thirty-five patients over the course of a year, with most requiring ongoing care. The plan of the MHNIP is to provide a flexible and accessible service that is designed to meet clients’ needs, and focuses on wellbeing and recovery. It provides doctors with clinical support, enabling them to spend more time with clients, and relevant services and programs can be used to support clients and their carers. There are several ways that mental health nurses can work under the program (ranging from becoming an employee to working under self-funded arrangements) within a number of practice and funding models. Julie, from Central West Gippsland in rural Victoria, joined the program as an employee when she applied for a position with a nearby division of general practice, advertised in the local paper. She had been working in public mental health for the past sixteen years and was unhappy in the job due to poor funding, not enough staff, and management that wasn’t supportive. She enthused that ‘It’s the best decision I’ve made.’ As part of the program, Julie is required to complete a Medicare form daily, with patient details and whether the contact was face to face or not. She says, ‘It only takes a couple of minutes. All Medicare wants to know is that we have contact with at least two patients in each morning and afternoon session, and that those patients have a GP mental health plan.’ continued overleaf

Draft eHealth records legislation unveiled Health practitioners will face hefty penalties of up to $66,000 for inappropriate use of the Federal Government’s proposed eHealth records, set to become available in July next year. Health and Ageing Minister Nicola Roxon has released the draft eHealth records legislation, known as the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system, for public comment. The draft legislation features harsh fines for a record being inappropriately accessed and if more than one record is accessed without authorisation, the penalty multiplies by the number of records. The system will also be monitored to detect suspicious or inappropriate behaviour, ensuring records are only accessed on a needs basis.

“Electronic health records have the potential to save lives, time and money and make the health system more efficient,” Ms Roxon said. Ms Roxon said patients will have control over who accesses their information, and will know who has accessed their records and at what time. “Patients can upgrade their privacy settings to suit their needs, for example, giving their GP access to their entire records but more limited access to their dentist,” she said. “Doctors, or other health professionals, will be the only people allowed to create medical notes on the file. Patients can add their own notes about their general health but cannot make medical notes.” For the full article visit

The funding for Julie’s position is for at least another two years and her employer seems optimistic that it will continue. Julie is aware that, ‘Certainly the needs are there, it will leave a huge gap if withdrawn. The demand is gradually increasing and the practice will be looking at taking on new staff to cover this in the near future.’

fortunate to have the opportunity to work with clients with a mental illness in a way I believe they should be treated’. She now has seven nurses working with her and is signed up with twenty practices, including general practices, private psychiatrists and community health centres, that she provides with administrative and clinical services.

In metropolitan South Morang in Melbourne, as a result of some unfortunate working experiences, Rosemary, a mental health nurse, decided to go it alone. After initially feeling overwhelmed, she learnt the complexities of Medicare, how to engage general practitioners, went to the tax office and got information about setting up a business. In 2008, she registering the business name, Primary Mental Health Consultancy.

The MHNIP has added other benefits since it started. It has been able to keep many people out of hospital and guide them back into productive lives, with benefits extending into the broader community.

Since opening that business, she says, ‘It has taken on a life of its own and I am extremely

If you are interested in knowing more, the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses can provide further information, including a toolkit available on its website, which is a good idea to read through for mental health nurses looking to establish an MHNIP practice.

Mental Health Clinicians Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Nurses • Great rural locations in Northern inland NSW • Job Flexibility – a range of work options • Ongoing professional development and education opportunities Life Solutions North West would like to invite you to join our dedicated team of health professionals committed to providing quality allied and mental health services to GP referred patients. As a rural primary health care practice we offer a broad range of mental health and allied health interventions providing diversity and stimulation in a clinical setting. Clinicians have the opportunity to work in a supported environment providing services to smaller rural communities within the local region. Our team works with clients across age groups including the perinatal period providing focussed psychological interventions with the philosophy aimed towards building the client’s self determination and resilience. Professional development is a strong feature within Life Solutions North West, offering opportunities for staff to enhance their clinical skills through ongoing education, research and supervision. Workforce flexibility is promoted within our organisation offering at present part-time and fulltime positions to suit your lifestyle requirements in the Tamworth District. For eligible applicants there is also the opportunity to combine your own private practice with support through contracted hours within Life Solutions North West. Applications are invited from Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Mental Health Nurses wishing to improve their career in the mental health field. Previous experience in education and supervision of multi disciplinary staff would be an advantage. Remuneration will be in accordance with level of experience and qualifications. Criteria for Mental Health Clinician is available on application from Anne Galloway, Clinical Team Leader on (02) 6766 2822, PO Box 1916 Tamworth NSW 2340 Applications close: 30th October 2011.

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UK breast care nurse now calls Australia home Karen Miles knows she is making a difference in the rural Queensland city of Ipswich. The former United Kingdom nurse moved from her home on the outskirts of London five years ago and is now working as a McGrath breast care nurse with Breast Screen Queensland Ipswich Service. “In this role we are privileged to really get to know some amazing ladies and their partners,” she said. “I was asked by The McGrath Foundation to do an interview for the Today program and one of my younger ladies agreed to be interviewed with me.

“We are proud Australian citizens now - just with a funny accent!” Now living and working in Queensland’s oldest provincial city, with a population of 155,000 people, Karen said the biggest challenge was access to services despite the city’s 300-bed public hospital offering breast surgery and oncology facilities. “We now have all the facilities for breast cancer care apart from radiotherapy,” she said. “If ladies are having chemo in the city they face a long time travelling home when they may be feeling unwell or nauseous. “We are now actively encouraging women to have their surgery or treatment closer to home at Ipswich hospital rather than travelling into Brisbane.”

“She was asked how I helped her and she said ‘the doctors took care of my breast cancer and Karen took care of me’, and that four years down the line she still has my number on speed dial. “What a fantastic job I have.” Karen worked in general medicine, neurosurgery, general surgery and breast/ gynaecological surgery before being appointed as a clinical nurse specialist for breast cancer in a close multi-disciplinary team in the south east district of the United Kingdom. Karen said her family’s decision to move to Australia was “challenging” but was also the best decision they had ever made. “I had lived in the same area all of my life and to move to the other side of the world was frightening but exciting,” she said.

New Zealand aged care nurses battle for pay parity New Zealand nurses are upping the ante in their fight for fair pay for aged care workers ahead of this year’s general election.

rate for an aged care health care assistant is $14.50 an hour while a public hospital health care assistant receives $18.46 an hour.

Unions and aged care workers have delivered the government more than 11,000 signed charters demanding quality care for older New Zealanders.

The charter states: “That’s not fair! And it is even more unfair that the government pays the wages of both employees.

The New Zealand Nurses Union, which represents more than 46,000 nurses and health workers, has joined the Service and Food Workers Union in calling for minimum staffing levels, fair pay, nationally consistent training and the transparent use of public funding. The call comes amid forecasts that the number of people over the age of 65 in the country will double by 2050. The NZNO charter states the average hourly

“We do not accept that caring for the elderly should be done on the cheap. In other sectors we have successfully campaigned that people doing similar work get paid similar wages. Aged care needs the same consideration and opportunity.” NZNO member Janine Kidd said the New Zealand public supported the union’s campaign to achieve quality care for older New Zealanders. To read the full




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Paramedic students experience natural disasters A group of Charles Sturt University paramedic s t u d e n t s participating in work placements in the United States have told how they experienced first-hand the impact of an earthquake and a hurricane. The third and fourth year paramedic students were in New York City, on their way to the EMS headquarters control centre in late August, when a rare earthquake struck the city. “Practical course-related work experience for university students is common today to prepare them for real-world professional roles after graduation,” CSU Professor Brian Maguire said. “While we were driving, admiring the NYC skyline, an earthquake hit the north-east United States. “We arrived at EMS headquarters to find that all the office buildings had been evacuated, as had high-rise buildings across the city, and the roads were filling with vehicles as people fled their location or raced to loved ones.” The students visited the 911 emergency call centre, where they listened to live emergency calls and also observed the EMS dispatch area.

During their trip, the group also visited the Long Island College Hospital, were assigned to stations across Brooklyn and Manhattan for ambulance observation tours, met one of the first police responders to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Centre and toured a NYC fire department station on the upper west side of Manhattan. When Hurricane Irene swept up the eastern seaboard of the United States, the students were evacuated to the neighbouring state of Connecticut. Hurricane Irene affected 65 million people, resulted in at least 55 fatalities and caused about $2.6 billion dollars in damage. CSU paramedic student Stevie Duddy said the entire experience had been invaluable. Ms Duddy, who hopes to become an intensive care nurse or work as a nurse or midwife with the Royal Flying Doctors Service, said the trip made her realise that professional pathways were unlimited with a clinical or medical background. “We met so many people who were once nurses, then became paramedics and are now doctors or medical researchers,” she said. “It makes me excited about my future and the extent of work I will be able to do.”

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Aged Care Nurses Ageing Australia’s aged care workforce is increasingly ageing with almost 60 percent of its workers aged 45 and over and almost 30 percent aged 55 and over, according to new statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the residential aged care workforce is getting older at a greater rate than any other industry group in the community sector – with 58 percent of aged care workers aged 45 and above compared to 38 percent of workers in other industries. It also found the proportion of workers aged 55 years and over more than doubled in the past decade from 11 to 27 percent. The Australian Social Trends September 2011 report states: “Between 2000-01 and 2010-11, there was substantial ageing of workers in the residential care services industry. “During this same period, there was a substantial decline in the proportion of workers aged 25-34 and 35-44.” The report also found 44 percent of workers in residential care services worked as personal carers and assistants in 2010-11, while nurses were the second largest occupation group at 17 percent of workers. The remaining workers held a wide range of support roles, the report said. The new figures come after the Australian Nursing Federation, in its Aged Care Can’t Wait Report, called for an extra 20,000 nurses for the under-resourced sector, beginning with a $500 million Federal Government funding injection to close the wages gap. “The nursing workforce is ageing,” the ANF report stated. “The mean average of the registered nurse in a residential aged care facility is about 50 years of age, about five years older than in hospital care.

“As the nursing workforce reaches retirement age, challenges of recruitment and retention are becoming more acute.” The Productivity Commission’s Caring for Older Australians inquiry report, released on August 8, estimated about 980,000 aged care workers would be needed by 2050. There was an estimated 262,000 people working in the aged care sector in late 2007, of these 175,000 provided services in residential aged care facilities and 87,000 provided aged care services in community settings. The PC report found compared to the broader health and community services industry, residential and community aged care employees were more likely to be female, work fewer hours and be older.

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Crocs Warning for Nurses

Crocs shoes are under the spotlight amid safety concerns for nurses wearing them on duty.

A spokesperson for the organisation said staff must wear fully-enclosed shoes with a non-slip sole in all patient care areas.

The renowned easy to clean and comfortable rubber shoes have been banned in Welsh hospitals amid fears they fail to protect against sharp objects.

“It is most important for nurses to wear appropriate closed in shoes to protect them from sharps, trips, slips, fatigue, falling objects and for effective manual handling,” he said.

The ban on Crocs comes after reports of several incidents of sharp objects piercing the soles of the shoes and follows similar bans at hospitals in the United States, Canada, Sweden and Austria due to safety concerns. Australia’s health services and networks all have different uniform policies and an Australian Nursing Federation spokesperson said it was up to employers to set the safety standard in footwear. “The ANF believes that, as per legislation, employers should do a risk assessment to determine risks to feet in determining appropriate footwear for nursing staff,” the spokesperson said St Vincents and Mater Health Sydney prohibits Crocs across all areas of the organisation.

A spokesperson for Melbourne’s Epworth HealthCare said while nurses on its wards do not wear Crocs, some doctors and nurses in its theatres do wear them. The spokeswoman said independent laboratory research, commissioned by the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive, found Crocs present a “high risk” of slipping on wet and hard floor surfaces. Epworth’s Slips, Trips and Falls working party found Crocs were more slippery in the potentially moist environment of procedural areas than more conventional forms of surgical footwear, she said. “We want our employed staff to move to footwear that is more suitable and our efforts will be greatly assisted if our surgeons and anaesthetists can do likewise,” she said.

Coffs Harbour mental health nurses injured Nurses at the Coffs Harbour Mental Health Unit are being “pushed to the edge” with five injured in the past two weeks as a result of severe staff shortages, according to the nurses union. New South Wales Nurses’ Association general secretary Brett Holmes said nurses have been working overtime and double shifts due to a staff shortage equivalent to six full-time nurses in the 30-bed acute mental health unit. Mr Holmes said nurses will start closing six beds as they become vacant, including two high dependency beds and four acute/subacute beds, in a bid to reduce the nurse to patient ratio to an acceptable level. “The fact is the current workloads are excessive and unsafe and until the vacancies are filled bed numbers need to be better aligned with staff numbers,” he said. “There have been five injuries to nurses in the last two weeks. Our nurses have really been pushed to the edge on this one.

“The nurses cannot keep up the current level of overtime and double shifts. They are burning out and many are considering leaving, which would make the vacancy situation worse. “The safest thing to do, for all concerned, is to take this action while recruitment efforts are beefed up.” Mr Holmes said Coffs Harbour nurses are calling for the unit to have eight nurses on the morning and afternoon shifts and four on the night shift, up from its current roster of seven on the morning and afternoon shifts and four on the night shift. Nurses are demanding the current staffing plus a supernumerary nurse unit manager on the morning and evening shifts, he said. Mr Holmes said the current roster was being filled with excessive overtime and the use of the nurse unit manager in a clinical role.

More security needed for Blacktown nurses

Blacktown Hospital nurses have had a win in their battle for increased security but more needs to be done, according to the New South Wales Nurses’ Association. Nurses have received 24-hour daily security at the ED and are calling for personal duress alarms and staff training in de-escalation and dealing with violent incidents. The move comes after Blacktown Hospital nurse Edith Castro-Rivera, 48, was stabbed in the arms, back and chest by a 39-year-old male patient while she worked at her computer at about 2am on July 12. It was the second attack on a nurse at the hospital in 10 months. In October last year a nurse working in the psychiatric emergency centre was also assaulted. NSWNA general secretary Brett Holmes said negotiations with hospital management were still continuing.

“Our members had hoped for two security officers to be stationed in the ED. The hospital has agreed to one,” he said. “Clearly the hospital has to take responsibility for its risk assessment but there needs to be a comprehensive response so that there’s proper duress alarms and they are responded to by both security and a duress response team from within the hospital as well.” Mr Holmes said hospital management had conducted a review into the incident but more negotiations were needed. “We will also be looking forward to some more discussion with the WorkCover authority about how they are going to deal with the incident,” he said. Blacktown nurses have also called for the removal of crockery and metal cutlery after Ms Castro-Rivera was stabbed with a butter knife during the attack.

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