Being a Professional
Feb20

Being a Professional

There’s a popular myth that being a professional in health means accepting high workloads, mounting personal pressure and performing whatever amount of unpaid work it takes to get our work done. Being a medical scientist, a psychologist or a pharmacist, by the very nature of the professions and the work, means being a professional. Too often when discussing workplace issues like increasing workloads and insufficient staff available to...

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Allied Health Workforce Questionnaire
Feb20

Allied Health Workforce Questionnaire

The Department of Health and Human Services is undertaking a research program into the allied health workforce. The Allied Health Workforce Research Program is specifically targeting psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers and is examining the workforce development issues that prevent allied health professions from meeting service demand. Southern Cross University has been engaged by the Department of Health and...

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Bargaining for Monash IVF Scientists
Feb04

Bargaining for Monash IVF Scientists

Congratulations to scientists at Monash IVF for voting down a terrible agreement put forward by the management at Monash IVF. By voting down the ‘agreement’ put forward by management, which wasn’t agreed to by the Union, you have sent a clear message to management that you want decent jobs and healthy careers. But what happens now? From here the Union will meet with members at Monash IVF next week and we expect to resume negotiations...

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Changes to Victorian Health Complaints you need to know about
Jan24

Changes to Victorian Health Complaints you need to know about

In April last year, the Victorian Parliament passed the Health Complaints Act 2016 which replaces the current health complaints legislation. The new legislation creates a new office called the Health Complaints Commissioner (HCC) which will begin operating from 1 February 2017. Under the changes, anyone will be able to make a complaint to the HCC about a health service with the definition of health service is broader, in an attempt to...

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Bargaining at Monash IVF
Jan16

Bargaining at Monash IVF

Monash IVF management has advised the MSAV that it intends to put the Monash IVF Scientists ‘Agreement’ out to a vote. This is despite the fact that no agreement was ever reached in the negotiations! And the Union takes this action as further proof of what we said back in September 2016 – your employer is keen to put you at a significant disadvantage in comparison to industry standards. The Union strongly recommends that you...

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The year ahead for the Union
Jan16

The year ahead for the Union

Happy New Year and welcome back for 2017. This year will certainly be a big year for the Union. We’ve picked up where we left public sector bargaining at the end of last year – still waiting for an offer after 6 months of negotiations. There remains ongoing frustration with the State Labor Government and public sector hospitals as they continue to drag their heels on responding to our key claims. And unfortunately we are not seeing...

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