Panic button phones for Victorian nurses by ProQuest

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    Panic button phones                          HECS funding for TAFE                      Don’t risk second-
    for Victorian nurses                         nursing course                             rate safety
    Melbourne's                                  The Australian Nursing Federation
                                                                                            Australian unions have launched a
    most at-risk                                 (ANF) has expressed disappointment
                                                                                            national campaign to ensure that
    nurses will carry                            with the federal government’s recent
                                                                                            workers’ current protections aren’t
    mobile phones                                decision to approve HECS funding for
                                                                                            watered down by the development
    fitted with panic                            Holmesglen (Victoria) TAFE’s Bachelor
                                                                                            of new national occupational health
    buttons when                                 of Nursing degree.
                                                                                            and safety (OHS) laws.
    visiting outpatients                         National secretary Ged Kearney said
    with psychiatric                                                                        Currently governments are in the
                                                 the ANF is determined to fight the
    illnesses.                                                                              process of harmonising the nine
                                                 decision by Education Minister Julia
                                                                                            different OHS laws operating in
    Nurses from Melbourne’s St Vincent’s         Gillard.
                                                                                            Australia into one model OHS law,
    Hospital mental health clinic will be        “In making this decision Julia Gillard     which is due to be completed by the
    issued with the smart-phone technology       has let the nursing profession down,”      end of 2009.
    for community visits at night.               she said.
                                                                                            Instead of raising the new national
    Each year, there are more than 2500          “There are well established and            standards to the highest levels from
    incidents of nurses being assaulted and      professionally supported courses           all of the current laws, the process
    even raped by patients in Victoria, but      screaming for funding and the              could diminish the rights of workers
    the true figure is believed to be higher     Minister is aware of the opposition        and unions.
    as some nurses do not report attacks.        within the nursing profession to move
                                                                                            Unions are not willing to stand
    The panic button system uses GPS             undergraduate education away from
                                                                                            by while Australian workers are
    technology to automatically send pre-        the university sector.
                                                                                            subjected to second rate health and
    recorded SOS calls f
								
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