GP Network News, Issue 12, Number 03 - 27 January 2012

27 Jan 2012

AMA Practice Nurse survey

Last year the AMA wrote to GPs regarding the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) application for a low paid bargaining authorisation for practice nurses that is currently before Fair Work Australia (FWA).

While the AMA firmly believes that practice nurses do a wonderful job in supporting GPs and other specialists to deliver quality care, we do not agree that they fall into the category of low paid as envisaged by the Fair Work Act.

The AMA appeared in preliminary proceedings before FWA on 19 December 2011 to oppose the ANF’s claim, which in effect seeks to impose an enterprise agreement on hundreds of practices. There is little doubt that the ANF will look to rope more practices into the union’s claim if it receives a favourable ruling from FWA.

Hearings in this case have now been scheduled for late June and the AMA is required to lodge submissions by 18 May.

To assist the AMA in preparing for this case, we are conducting a survey of practices that employ nurses to gather information on the current working conditions of practice nursing staff. The survey is open to members and non-members alike and can be completed by clicking here. The survey will run until 10 February 2012.

AMA celebrates 50 years – National Conference 2012

2012 marks a significant milestone for the AMA as we celebrate our 50th anniversary at National Conference in Melbourne in May.The two and a half day conference is from Friday 25 May to Sunday 27 May at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne and for the first time is open to all doctors, not just AMA members or invited delegates.

The conference will look back over a strong history of political influence and celebrate the many gains we have made for the profession, for patients, for the health system and for the Australian community.

The conference will also feature special focus sessions on Women in Medicine, Medical Research, the Health Workforce, Climate Change, Sustainable Cities, and more – all featuring high profile guest speakers.

View conference information and registration details and the President’s message.

Heart Foundation Free Motivational Workshops Queensland

The Heart Foundation is conducting free 2 hour and/or 1 day Motivational Interviewing workshops for health professionals working with people with, or at risk of developing, chronic disease. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is used to empower people to make healthy behavioural choices.

Workshops are scheduled for Bundaberg, Brisbane (full), Townsville, Emerald and Cairns and will be facilitated by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Stan Steindl.

Click here for dates and more information.

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AMA Practice Nurse survey

AMA celebrates 50 years – National Conference 2012

Heart Foundation Free Motivational Workshops Queensland

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