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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Costs of working unpaid hours
Jul02

Costs of working unpaid hours

Each time you do unpaid work there is a cost involved and it’s not just the lost wages. We know from our ongoing research into the unpaid work that thousands of hours of unpaid work are being done to make sure that key health services continue to deliver the world-class healthcare we expect. And when you think about it, thousands of hours of unpaid work is a lot of extra time given to employers, while we’re repeatedly told Australia’s...

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Health Services Union Election Notice
Jun15

Health Services Union Election Notice

Health Services Union ELECTION NOTICE Scheduled Election Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 Vic No. 4 Branch Nominations are called for: 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 Written nominations, which comply with the registered rules of the Union,...

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Why medical bills must be an election issue
Jun12

Why medical bills must be an election issue

If you were watching the ABC’s Four Corners you will have seen a deeper than usual report into the escalating medical bills Australians are facing. It’s an issue we’ve been highlighting for a number of years. And it’s been a major issue ever since the Coalition came to power, first under Abbott and now under Turnbull; the government has hit Australians hard with ever increasing healthcare costs by freezing Medicare rebates for a range...

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Healthscope closures highlight private provider problems in healthcare
May29

Healthscope closures highlight private provider problems in healthcare

Members may have heard about Healthscope closing two hospitals in Victoria and winding back operations at a third hospital. It comes about as a result of corporate decisions to save money not because there has been a sudden drop in people seeking medical attention. It comes at a time when there is a growing need for greater levels of access to the healthcare facilities especially in rapidly growing parts of the state. These closures...

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