Medical Scientists work to rule at Monash Health as workloads explode
Feb18

Medical Scientists work to rule at Monash Health as workloads explode

Medical scientists working at Monash Health are so over-worked and burnt out that they hold grave fears for their own health and well-being and the safety of patients. Every day Monash Health breaches the Enterprise Agreement covering medical scientists by failing to backfill vacant positions and by refusing to employ enough scientists to prepare safe rosters. Monash Health is refusing to employ an additional 28 new scientists, a...

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Allied Health Workforce Report backs Union
Feb13

Allied Health Workforce Report backs Union

Over the summer break reports prepared by the Victorian Allied Health Workforce Research Program were released and they make for some very interesting reading. The research conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services covered a range of disciplines, and more particularly the research covers medical scientists, audiologists, dietitians and psychologists, among other workforces in allied health. It won’t come as a surprise...

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Feb11

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Today we’re celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully...

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Change the Rules National T-shirt Day
Jan29

Change the Rules National T-shirt Day

2019 is a massive year for the Change the Rules campaign. Australia needs a pay rise and jobs we can count on but to Change the Rules and bring back the fair go, we need to change the government in 2019. You can be part of making that happen. For the first national Change the Rules activity, on Saturday 2nd February union members and campaign activists right around Australia are showing their union pride by taking part in Change the...

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Taking the challenge up to ACL
Jan29

Taking the challenge up to ACL

ACL wants to make 35% of the scientific staff in the Barwon Health pathology laboratory redundant. ACL’s intention to achieve this staggering reduction is based, by their own admission, on their drive to “improve cost efficiencies.” A very distant consideration for ACL, a private equity business, is quality pathology services, and patient safety standards. The welfare of staff impacted by this jobs raid appears to have slipped from...

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ACL threatens patient safety in Geelong
Jan15

ACL threatens patient safety in Geelong

Redundancies proposed by ACL will inevitably result in the service being further downgraded putting patient safety at risk and increasing the OH&S issues for the remaining staff. It’s a disgusting effort by ACL’s management to make such changes over the summer holidays – further risking people’s health and well-being in order to make higher profits. It further highlights what the MSAV has been saying about private providers...

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