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Primary health care focus of new education program

 Nursing researchers have developed educational tools to assist primary and acute healthcare staff.  Rural acute care nurses will be targeted in an education program designed to help drive down avoidable readmissions in NSW hospitals. From February, nurses in the Murrumbidgee Local ...

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Concern over full-fee rural students

NSW TAFEs are increasing the number of full-fee training places they offer to plug a shortfall in government funding for enrolled nurse education, a federal senate inquiry has been told. Kerry Penton, director of the Riverina Institute, said the rural ...

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Universities tighten student training hours

Average nursing clinical placement hours have declined over time as universities try to ease placement and resourcing problems, according to a report released by Health Workforce Australia. While many nursing schools exceeded the required minimum by substantial amounts in the ...

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Riding out graduate supply in nursing

Australia is currently experiencing a boom in tertiary nursing enrolments. Federal government figures released in September show new commencements in nursing rose by 9.2 per cent in 2010. As a national priority area, the Commonwealth is investing millions of dollars ...

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School-fee probe by commission

The  Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has challenged the legality of the multi-million dollar income generated by the states charging public school fees to some temporary residents including international students. The commission’s CEO, Karen Toohey, said the long-held practice, ...

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Look to private sector for research dollars: Greenfield

The conservatism of research councils is a problem, says a visiting high-profile UK professor and peer. Risk-averse governments are stifling scientific innovation in dementia research, acclaimed neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield says. In times of economic constraint, public investment in research ...

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