NPAAC draft accreditation standards for consultation
Jul18

NPAAC draft accreditation standards for consultation

The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) has advised that there are number of documents that are now open to public consultation. In particular the NPAAC is seeking comment on the following draft documents: Requirements for Medical Pathology Services Requirements for the Retention of Laboratory Records and Diagnostic Material Requirements for the Development of Use of In-house Diagnostic Medical Devices...

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NDIS and Dietitians, Audiologists and Psychologists
Jul12

NDIS and Dietitians, Audiologists and Psychologists

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is starting to be rolled out and it is going to have potential impacts on dietitians, audiologists and psychologists. We know that for some health services there will be a need to make changes to various roles or teams; or change how the organisation may deal with particular issues as they relate to the NDIS. While we expect some changes to be made, we want to be sure that health services are...

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Microbiology closed at Bendigo Health
Jun30

Microbiology closed at Bendigo Health

The Union is shocked to find out that Bendigo Hospital will from today (Friday 30 June) be without its microbiology laboratory with Australian Clinical Labs officially sacking scientists and closing the laboratory. The decision by Clinical Labs means that Bendigo Hospital will no longer be able to safely deal with issues around infectious diseases in the hospital. This is happening as the $600 million upgrade to the hospital is...

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Bendigo Hospital Pathology Enquiry Obstructed by ACL
Jun27

Bendigo Hospital Pathology Enquiry Obstructed by ACL

Safer Care Victoria has determined to investigate possible patient safety considerations associated with Australian Clinical Laboratories (ACL) decision to close the microbiology laboratory in the Bendigo Hospital. In particular Safer Care Victoria will investigate whether or not the changes will reduce patient safety standards for Bendigo Hospital patents. Safer Care Victoria is a Department of Health body responsible for overseeing...

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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
Jun20

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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