Workloads in Hospital Pharmacies
Jun26

Workloads in Hospital Pharmacies

Beavering away on wards and in dispensaries, hospital pharmacists are being swamped by an alarming increase in workloads. For many the balance between wards and dispensary is getting more difficult as more work is piled on to hospital pharmacists. It beggars belief the frequency with which politicians keep demanding more of a workforce that is already drowning in high workloads without commensurate increases in staff. It’s a story...

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Time to Renew your Membership

It’s that time of year again to renew your membership. We’ve already sent out the notices about renewing your membership; and like last year we’ve again sent you the notices via email. It’s quicker and cheaper than sending you the notice via snail mail. If you haven’t seen the notice to renew your membership then check your SPAM folder and if you don’t find it there then get in contact with the Union asap on 9623 9623 or via email at...

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Pathology saved at Alexandra Hospital
Jun20

Pathology saved at Alexandra Hospital

In some great news, the Union has been informed that pathology has been saved at Alexandra Hospital and the laboratory will remain open until at least September 2018. The Union publicly backed the hospital to ensure that there was a way for the hospital to continue to deliver their clinical services following the announcement that Clinical Labs was closing the lab and walking away. It was evident that Clinical Labs was in breach of...

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Paying lip service to professional supervision
Jun13

Paying lip service to professional supervision

Professional supervision is an essential element for every member of the VPA Inc. And while professional supervision is essential, far too many health services seem to pay it lip service, declaring its importance while denying access to it. There have been many examples where health services have flatly refused to ensure that psychologists have access to professional supervision. It gives members the opportunity to debrief with senior...

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Clinical Labs cuts and runs from Alexandra Hospital
Jun06

Clinical Labs cuts and runs from Alexandra Hospital

The Union fears that Alexandra Hospital will have to cease offering its full range of clinical services as Clinical Labs announces it is walking away from its contract with Alexandra Hospital to deliver pathology services. Clinical Labs notified the Union that it will close the pathology laboratory at Alexandra Hospital and walk away from the hospital stating that a stagnant case load at the hospital was the reason for the decision....

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Bendigo Health and the future of its microbiology lab
May31

Bendigo Health and the future of its microbiology lab

Australian Clinical Labs is trashing the critical microbiology laboratory at Bendigo Health to pursue larger profits. It has to stop – that’s why we’re asking you to call the local Bendigo Members of Parliament and the Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy. Check out our guide to calling Members of Parliament about microbiology at Bendigo Health here. If you haven’t heard, Australian Clinical Labs is making further cuts to the scientific...

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