The Health News Australia January 16 2018

  • Following an unprecedented strike by Bupa aged care nurses and carers, a wage increase of eleven point 25% over 3 years has been approved, along with significant improvements to workplace entitlements and workload management, under a new enterprise agreement. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) Acting Secretary Paul Gilbert said staff negotiated with Bupa Aged Care for more than 14 months, after rejecting an original offer for the new EBA of just 2.1% in a one year agreement, with no other changes.
  • Pulse-monitoring devices will be trialled in a NSW mental health unit as authorities look for new ways to prevent suicide among patients.The $300,000 trial will involve at least forty patients at the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the Mater Campus in Newcastle. As part of the trial, the suicide prevention project patients will wear a device that monitors their blood oxygen levels. If their vital levels change, or the patient removes the device, staff will be notified.
  • A team of researchers at The University of Queensland is looking for participants to explore the benefits and consequences of task variety in the workplace. UQ School of Psychology’s Dr Stacey Parker said that in an era where burnout is becoming more and more prevalent in the workforce, the study will look at the effect a varied work role has on employees’ wellbeing and performance.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 16th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/aged-care/2/news/nm/unprecedented-action-by-bupa-nurses-and-carers-leads-to-115-wage-increase/3112/
Following an unprecedented strike by Bupa aged care nurses and carers, a wage increase of eleven point twenty five percent over three years has been approved, along with significant improvements to workplace entitlements and workload management, under a new enterprise agreement. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) Acting Secretary Paul Gilbert said staff negotiated with Bupa Aged Care for more than fourteen months, after rejecting an original offer for the new EBA of just two point one percent in a one year agreement, with no other changes.
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More than one thousand aged care nurses and carers across Victoria took part in the protected industrial action across Bupa’s twenty six nursing homes in the state. Mister Gilbert said:“Nurses and carers took thirty seven days of action, including three days of full shift strike action and a four hundred-strong rally outside Bupa’s Melbourne corporate headquarters, following stop work and community rallies held across the state.”
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Along with the wage increase and backpay, the enterprise agreement also sees significant changes to entitlements, including changes to the workload clause, Sunday penalty rate, protection of accrued long service leave entitlement for employees transitioning to retirement, recognition of part-time employees’ regular additional hours, ability to use personal leave as family violence leave, improved parental leave clause and improved e-learning clause.
While the ANMF is pleased with the outcome, it was also seeking better staffing levels of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and personal care workers every shift to improve resident care.
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Mister Gilbert said the ANMF will keep trying to achieve safe nursing levels via an industrial instrument, however would prefer enforced minimum nursing levels in the Aged Care Act.

https://www.9news.com.au/health/2018/01/13/13/57/nsw-launches-suicide-prevention-trial
Pulse-monitoring devices will be trialled in a New South Wales mental health unit as authorities look for new ways to prevent suicide among patients.The three hundred thousand dollar trial will involve at least forty patients at the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the Mater Campus in Newcastle.

As part of the trial, the suicide prevention project patients will wear a device that monitors their blood oxygen levels. If their vital levels change, or the patient removes the device, staff will be notified. New South Wales Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies said: “This trial is an important step in the search for better ways to support people in New South Wales living with mental illness, particularly when they are in hospital and need the most support.”

Lead trial researcher Doctor Fiona Shand, from the Black Dog Institute, said the device would provide greater freedom for patients to move around and allow staff to focus more on engaging with patients.
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http://health.uq.edu.au/article/2018/01/variety-spice-of-working-life
A team of researchers at The University of Queensland is looking for participants to explore the benefits and consequences of task variety in the workplace. UQ School of Psychology’s Dr Stacey Parker said that in an era where burnout is becoming more and more prevalent in the workforce, the study will look at the effect a varied work role has on employees’ wellbeing and performance.
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Doctor Parker said: “Work psychology research has previously revealed that having lots of different tasks to do at work can be motivating and stimulating; however cognitive psychology research shows that switching between tasks can be draining on your attention and memory, ultimately impairing your performance.”
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Findings from the study will be used to guide both employees and managers about how best to design work roles and manage workload to reduce stress and exhaustion, and improve workforce morale and performance.
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Full time workers aged eighteen years or more are invited to participate in the study which will take place over one working week. The study consists of an initial baseline survey followed by a week of experience sampling which will involve completing short surveys twice per day for five consecutive work days. On completion of the study participants will receive a stress-busting guide and will be entered into a draw to win one of three one hundred dollar gift cards.

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