NPAAC Supervision changes about vested interests not patient outcomes
Sep18

NPAAC Supervision changes about vested interests not patient outcomes

The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) has recently made a couple of decisions that appears to be entirely about vested interests rather than ensuring the best patient outcomes. Under current regulations, a major pathology service may be under the direction, control and full-time supervision of a pathologist, or senior scientist who is expert in the group, or groups, concerned. The new NPAAC Standards...

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Federal Government in turmoil – time to Change the Rules
Sep17

Federal Government in turmoil – time to Change the Rules

With a Federal Government in utter turmoil following a particularly nasty change in Prime Minister, it’s vital we keep up the campaign to change the rules. Increasing insecure work and casualization of the workforce; businesses able to refuse to bargain; more workers feeling like they are working harder for less in return – these are some of the reasons why we’re campaigning to change the rules for working people. We know that with...

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Medical Scientists concerned about ACL changes in Bendigo
Aug22

Medical Scientists concerned about ACL changes in Bendigo

The Medical Scientists Association of Victoria believes that Australian Clinical Labs’ decision to close the St John of God Hospital pathology laboratory places patient safety and healthcare standards at risk. Closing this laboratory, moving medical scientists out of the hospital and relying on point of care testing is dangerous and fraught with risks. Point of care testing is unreliable and not an acceptable substitute for a...

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Banks, Industry Super and a Royal Commission
Aug21

Banks, Industry Super and a Royal Commission

Malcolm Turnbull was dragged kicking and screaming by Australian Unions and the community into the Royal Commission into the banks. There have been countless scandals uncovered by the Commission showing shocking behaviour, including charging dead people for financial advice, forcing blind pensioners out of their homes and telling a father he should have read the fine print on his deceased daughters insurance policy. Despite the...

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HSU Elections
Jul16

HSU Elections

Elections for the Health Services Union #4 Victoria Branch were called in mid-June. The HSU Victoria #4 Branch was due to hold elections for the following positions: Secretary (1) Assistant Secretary (1) President (1) Senior Vice President (1) Junior Vice President (1) Trustee (2) Ordinary Member of Branch Committee of Management (6) Delegate to National Council (3) Nominations have now closed with the following nominations received:...

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Chipping away with FOI
Jul11

Chipping away with FOI

The Union has been quietly but determinedly pursuing Freedom of Information requests in relation to contracted pathology services – with some successes. The Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner recently handed down two decisions relating to FOI requests made by the MSAV in July 2015. These requests involved the Union wanting information to clarify the tender process for the South West Healthcare pathology services contract...

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