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Nine months to build some pressure: when it comes to spending our money governments have choices and we need to pressure them to make the right ones for public health. Editorial Jul 1, 2014 584
A disastrous budget for health: Medicare as a universal health care system will be finished if Tony Abbott gets his way. Jun 1, 2014 622
Medicare is under serious threat. Editorial May 1, 2014 668
We will not let the Abbott government silence your voice. Editorial Apr 1, 2014 587
We can stop privatisation: look to Queensland. Editorial Feb 1, 2014 527
Privatisation: a major policy shift underway, without debate: an agenda of privatizing public health services is now apparent in New South Wales. Dec 1, 2013 556
We must stand up for what we have won. Editorial Nov 1, 2013 604
We are determined to continue our campaign for safe patient care. Editorial Oct 1, 2013 705
We will not allow public hospitals to be privatised by stealth: the privatisation of public hospital services is on the political agenda and we have made an intervention with a TV ad leading up to the federal election to ensure the public are aware of it. Editorial Sep 1, 2013 643
We're not going away: the O'Farrell Government wants nurses and midwives to just go away, but it isn't going to happen: we're in for the long haul. Editorial Aug 1, 2013 672
Nationals are letting down their constituents. Editorial Jul 1, 2013 662
An unacceptable offer: the O'Farrell Government has responded with a curt "No" to our public health system ratios and pay claim so we must continue to make our case with the community and increase the pressure on MPs to change their stance. Editorial Jun 1, 2013 527
Alarm bells ring on Abbott's plans for public hospitals: comments by the federal opposition's Shadow Minister for Health Peter Dutton on plans to privatise the management of public hospitals have flown under the radar but they should set our alarm bells ringing loud and clear. May 1, 2013 612
We won't tolerate a two-tier health system: nurses, like other working people, need money to pay their bills and take care of their families--yet members have chosen to prioritise more nurses over more pay for our 2013 public health system campaign. Editorial Apr 1, 2013 680
Let's take our campaign wider: voting has now closed on our 2013 Public Health System log of claims with a comprehensive vote in favour of the recommended claim (see page 12). Mar 1, 2013 674
Ratios put patient safety first: the focus of our Public Health System 2013 award claim is to improve and extend the nursing hours/ratios system. Editorial Feb 1, 2013 599
Evidence mounts for the value of ratios: there is now a very strong body of research coming out of the United States and Europe, that gives a glowing assessment on health outcomes resulting from improving nurse-to-patient ratios. Editorial Dec 1, 2012 583
Award talks begin on a respectful note: NSWNMA General Secretary Brett Holmes reports on initial talks with the state government to kick start negotiations for the 2013 Public Health System Award. Dec 1, 2012 508
Your journey accident and professional indemnity insurance safety net: the NSWNMA cannot and will not stand by and leave nurses unprotected after the New South Wales government walked away from its responsibility to ensure that workers injured on the way to work are looked after. Nov 1, 2012 642
Unity is vital as attacks intensify: local health boards have been given the nasty responsibility of implementing New South Wales and Queensland state government budget cuts. Editorial Oct 1, 2012 624
Taking the lead: there was a theme at our 2012 Annual Conference: build on our legacy and strive to improve as a union and as a champion for safe patient care. Editorial Sep 1, 2012 603
Nurses must be protected from danger; while nursing is an enormously rewarding and fulfilling career, the nature of the job can leave us vulnerable to injury and the environments in which we practice can be inherently dangerous. Editorial Aug 1, 2012 604
An attack on the injured: as The Lamp goes to print the state government's changes to workers' compensation have passed through parliament, reducing the New South Wales scheme to the meanest in the country. Editorial Jul 1, 2012 559
We have strict financial safeguards in place: the very public ructions at the Health Services Union (HSU) have understandably caused a lot of disquiet among members in the broader union movement, including nurses. Editorial Jun 1, 2012 551
New South Wales Nurses' Association summary of the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2011. Jun 1, 2012 545
A great win for aged care: it has been a mixed month with a massive boost to aged care funding--a tremendous achievement--and a nasty attack brewing against workers' compensation. Editorial May 1, 2012 731
These attacks can be stopped: the bad news is the O'Farrell Government has revealed its true character with an agenda to roll back public sector wages and conditions. The good news is our Victorian colleagues have shown that determined action by nurses is more than a match for any government that treats patient care with contempt. Editorial Apr 1, 2012 577
Strong action gets results: nurses and midwives won a great outcome from our ratios campaign but, at the local level, nurses may need to take another step to make management accountable for their implementation. Editorial Nov 1, 2011 554
Standing up for safety and quality of services: nurses are standing up for safe patient care and better services--in our hospitals and in a wider realm in unison with other public sector workers. Editorial Oct 1, 2011 516
Public sector attacks based on false premises: in NSW, public sector workers' pay and conditions have been attacked and the Federal Liberal Opposition has a plan to axe 12,000 federal public sector jobs. The rationale for these attacks is wrong. Editorial Sep 1, 2011 575
Attracting nurses back to the system: our nurse-to-patient ratios campaign delivered funding for around 1,400 extra nurses for our Public Health System. Now, we need to attract nurses back into the system. Aug 1, 2011 563
We can't trust the Coalition on workplace rights: Barry O'Farrell's attack on public sector wages and conditions shows that the Liberal Party's commitment to rolling back workplace rights is as strong as ever. Editorial Jul 1, 2011 592
O'Farrell wipes out IRC's powers on wages: after only 50 days in office, the new Liberal Government in NSW has already moved to make it more difficult to get pay rises in the public sector and has started to significantly wind back the State's OHS laws. Editorial Jun 1, 2011 615
Our next task is to make ratios work: the improvements to staffing won in our pay and conditions campaign are excellent but there is still work to be done in order to make the benefits tangible. Editorial May 1, 2011 667
Global events give us perspective: nurses in the NSW public health system have just won very good improvements in pay and conditions but vicious attacks on public sector workers elsewhere warn us that we can never be complacent. Editorial Apr 1, 2011 606
90% vote 'yes' to ratios and pay offer: public health system nurses and midwives have won 9.7% pay rises over the life of the agreement, and ratios as an equivalent to Nursing Hours Per Patient Day are now embedded in a legally-enforceable award. Editorial Mar 1, 2011 535
A historic win: we are on the cusp of winning nurse-to-patient ratios in NSW. This is a momentous achievement and NSWNA members are to be congratulated. Feb 1, 2011 672
Strong action for safe patient care: a successful strike resulted in the Government starting negotiations on our ratios claim. Dec 1, 2010 704
It's time to take on the State Government: nurses want ratios and the public thinks they already exist. The main obstacle is a Government afraid to make the necessary bold move to save our health system. It is time to take it on. The future of our public health system and nursing depends on it. Editorial Nov 1, 2010 630
Ratios claim finalised: as the lamp goes to press, members are voting on the staffing ratios component of the public health system claim. Editorial Sep 1, 2010 564
Vote for more nurses: this election we are putting the case for more experienced nurses front and centre before the voting public. Editorial Aug 1, 2010 563
At this Federal election, vote for more nurses. Brief article Aug 1, 2010 332
Great win for aged care: good win in aged care highlights the importance of fair workplace laws. Editorial Jul 1, 2010 617
$130 million to bolster nursing in aged care: it has been a long time coming but aged care nurses are starting to get the recognition they deserve for their passion and commitment to Australia's elderly. Jun 1, 2010 563
Rudd promises to maintain industrial conditions: Kevin Rudd has assured nurses and midwives their industrial conditions will be unchanged under his new health reforms but the NSWNA remains cautious about other details. May 1, 2010 613
It's about nurses, Tony: Tony Abbott's backward-looking policy on health boards is inappropriate for a modern, complex, healthcare system. It's also a diversion from the real issues of funding, staffing and skill mix. Mar 1, 2010 696
We're at a tipping point: when our hospitals become unsafe, our responsibility is to act. Editorial Feb 1, 2010 528
Recognition of nurses grows: the pressures and challenges faced by nurses arising from tighter budgets and increased demand may not have abated in 2009 but the wider community is becoming more aware of nurses' work and roles. Editorial Dec 1, 2009 617
New South Wales Nurses' Association legal officer. Brief article Dec 1, 2009 169
Redundancies end, farce follows. Nov 1, 2009 712
Redundancies are regressive: several area health services have implemented plans for voluntary redundancies of experienced nurses. This is a money-saving move that ignores the longer-term needs of the health system. Oct 1, 2009 507
First step for health reform: the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission has delivered a report on reforming our health system, with many laudable recommendations, but some are cause for concern. After so many years of neglect, reform is going to be a long-term task. Sep 1, 2009 581
People, jobs, health should be govt's priority: we need a shift of mindset. State Government--no matter what party is in office--needs to be committed to world-class public services, including health. Editorial Aug 1, 2009 531
Because we care, we stand up for patients. Conference notes Aug 1, 2009 410
There's no substitute for a qualified nurse: NSW Health is exploring ways of introducing more third level health workers into our public hospital system. We need to be on our guard. Editorial Jul 1, 2009 647
Nurses hit the big screen: the NSWNA celebrated International Nurses' Day this year by making sure nurses' stories were seen and heard by a wider audience. Editorial Jun 1, 2009 579
NSWNA welcomes stronger clinical leadership role: the NSWNA welcomes the State Government's decision to beef up the clinical leadership role of Nursing and Midwifery Unit Managers. Editorial May 1, 2009 587
Managing health reform: nurses and midwives must actively participate in the health reform debate to identify and seize opportunities as they arise. Apr 1, 2009 533
Quality care for older Australians: we're going to put aged care in a positive light. Editorial Mar 1, 2009 533
The bold and the cynical: Private hospital employers Healthe and Healthscope have signed up to good agreements with their employees but Ramsay continues to stall--a tactic that smacks of cynicism. Editorial Feb 1, 2009 600
Our campaigns are paying off for nurses: our achievements in all health sectors during 2008 show the value of being a member of the NSWNA. Editorial Dec 1, 2008 645
Paid maternity leave break through: Partnerships with like-minded groups pay off, with paid maternity leave firmly on the political agenda. Editorial Nov 1, 2008 627
Private hospital pay will improve--with pressure: improvements in pay and conditions won in the public health system will not automatically flow through to nurses in private hospitals. Improvements will not come without pressure. Editorial Oct 1, 2008 570
Maintaining and broadening our appeal: engagement with young people and with the wider community is essential if unions are to prosper and remain relevant. Editorial Sep 1, 2008 691
Praise won't pay the bills: with a pay rise won in the Public Health System, the NSWNA now turns to private hospitals. Pay parity and recognition for skills and education will be top priorities. Editorial Aug 1, 2008 619
We will continue to fight for more: as The Lamp goes to print members have voted to accept the lemma Government's offer of a 7.95% pay increase over two years for public health system nurses and midwives. Jul 1, 2008 752
Don't take nurses for granted, Mr Iemma: the Rudd Government has kept its election promise and ploughed much needed funds into public health. It's now up to the Iemma Government to meet its responsibilities and act to keep nurses in the system. Jun 1, 2008 636
Stressed nurses equals stressed health: nurses, midwives, doctors and the community all share the same concerns about our public health system. Wake up, Mr Iemma, and deal with these serious problems. Editorial May 1, 2008 502
New Chief Nurse a step forward for nursing: Chief Nurse gives nurses a presence at the heart of government. Apr 1, 2008 681
Seize the moment and save our system: two critical processes are now in play which will open a rare window of opportunity for the lemma government to solve the recurrent crises in our public hospitals. Editorial Mar 1, 2008 653
Good start by govt but challenges prevail: the new Federal Government has made a promising start dealing with the massive problems plaguing our public health system but the greatest challenge--keeping nurses and midwives in the system--remains in front of it. Feb 1, 2008 610
Nurses left to pick up the slack: research reveals nurses are left to pick up the slack across a system that has reached a critical point. Editorial Dec 1, 2007 644
Our public hospitals need proper funding and creative solutions: there's no doubt inherent problems exist in the public hospital system but the media attack on RNSH reveals the work of nurses is misunderstood and undervalued. Nov 1, 2007 661
Real chance for health reform: Labor's new health plan tackles the intractable problems in our health system and gives the Commonwealth a chance to bring about essential reform--putting an end to health being used as a political football. Oct 1, 2007 669
Cynical politics over sound health management: the federal government takeover of Mersey Hospital is more than just another election stunt. It shows the government can impose its agendas over any state government jurisdiction. Editorial Sep 1, 2007 619
Abbott's attack a slur on nurses: robust debate in Parliament is to be welcomed but there is no place for slander and the abuse of nurses. Editorial Aug 1, 2007 599
Education and skills are economic issues: with WorkChoices and his abuse of the skilled-worker immigration scheme, John Howard is setting us on a low-skill, low-wage economic path. Labor's alternative is a policy of increased investment in education. Editorial Jul 1, 2007 699
Howard's fairness test is a sham: Howard's 'fairness test' does nothing to undo the unfairness of his federal IR laws. Editorial Jun 1, 2007 641
I thank you for your confidence: your right to vote is no small thing. Your vote at the federal election will be a referendum on Howard's IR laws. Editorial May 1, 2007 601
Nurses the real winners in this election: one criteria underpins our campaigns: what's in the best interests of NSW nurses. Apr 1, 2007 624
Our rights at work are worth voting for: IR laws are technically legal but this doesn't mean they are fair. Editorial Dec 1, 2006 584

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