Health Community

Use of Specialist Titles

Section 117 of the National Law prohibits a practitioner from knowingly or recklessly taking or using any title that could be reasonably understood to create a belief that the practitioner is registered in a health profession or a division of a health profession in which the practitioner is not registered.

Use of titles such as ‘neurology’ and ‘paediatrics’ to describe the skill set of a registered health practitioner may breach this provision of the National Law and may also be misleading and deceptive if the profession has no recognised specialist categories for registration

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Funding Grants for Women ‘s Leadership Development

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s health sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of this financial year (June 30).

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to June 16, 2017: http://www.wla.edu.au/scholarships/health.html

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Launch of educational resources – consumers with disability

 The Australia’s consumer law regulators have launched a national campaign to educate consumers with disability, businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the National Disability Insurance Scheme about their rights and obligations under the Australian Consumer Law. The national campaign was released on 2 December 2016 to coincide with International Day of People with a Disability, on 3 December 2016.

The Australian Consumer Law sets out rules for businesses to abide by when dealing with their customers.

For example, business must treat customers fairly, provide them with accurate information about the products and services they offer, and provide customers with a remedy if there is a problem with a product or service they have paid for.

Similarly, the Competition and Consumer Act sets out the rules businesses must comply with when dealing with their suppliers and competitors. Certain business practices that limit or prevent competition are against the law.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) together with the state consumer protection agencies, have developed a range of educational materials. These resources are:

  • An educational video ‘Smart shopping with Casey and Reece – a video for consumers with disability (Easy English)’ that explains key consumer rights in a clear manner
  • A more detailed educational video  ‘Shop smart and use your rights – a video for consumers with disability’ that provides information on consumer rights in greater depth.
  • An Easy English guide that explains consumer rights clearly, including numerous pictures.
  • A consumer guide for the broader audience of consumers with disability, support networks and carers. This is a more detailed guide and uses examples that are relevant to consumers with disability
  • A two page fact sheet that gives a brief overview of consumer rights for consumers with disability.
  • An industry guide targeted at businesses supplying goods or services to consumers with disability

The three consumer guides and the two videos are available on the ACCC website: www.accc.gov.au/disabilityresources The three consumer guides have also been printed in Braille. Please contact us if you would like any Braille copies of the guides.

The website also contains translations of the Easy English guide into eight languages:

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Greek
  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Vietnamese
  • Chinese
  • Tagalog/Filipino.

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HSUWA

Dear Members and Supporters,

With the end of the mining boom, and rising unemployment, job security has become a major issue for all of us. For those of our members employed on fixed term contracts the uncertainty and insecurity is very real.  Over the past generation we have seen the rates of casual and temporary work explode.  Often these jobs can be filled on a permanent basis but are blocked by bureaucracy, and some poor managerial decisions.  The current level of fixed term employment is about 30% across the public health sector.  This is far too high.  We have written to each of the area health service Chief Executives as a start to getting some action to get more permanent jobs, to bring more certainty and security to working in Health. We will be corresponding with WACHS, HSS and CAHS in similar terms shortly.

In principle agreement has been reached with Brightwater for a replacement EBA, salary increases of 1.5% from July this year, and 2% from July 2017 and July 2018.  More detail soon.

The annual HSUWA Committee of Management elections have concluded. Congratulations to new Vice President, Jodie Freeman (Ward Clerk, SCGH) and continuing Treasurer, David Shaw (Employment Services, HSS).  A warm welcome to new Committee members, Trish Ward (Payroll, HSS), John Walker (Anaesthetic Technician, Armadale General Hospital) and Jonathan Nugent (Acting Deputy Chief Pharmacist, PMH).

Following the election, Committee Member Dean Clair (Physiotherapy, Osborne Park Hospital) resigned creating a casual vacancy (12-month term) that will need to be filled by election. Thank you to all our outgoing Committee members for their service – Dean Clair (OPH), Ric Skipworth (HSS), Steven Cindric (SCGH) and Shaun Keshavarz (ex HSS).

At the recent HSU National Council meeting the union’s National Women’s Committee met to discuss their way forward , HSUWA President Cheryl Hamill and Industrial Officer Pam Marcano are representing HSUWA on the Committee, you can read their first report.

The Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 7th December 5:30 pm at the SCGH Social Club.  At the AGM we will announce the winner of the member prize, every financial member is in the draw, you could win a big screen smart TV and home theatre system. We will also consider the union’s reports for 2016, review member subscription rates,  award long serving members, and have eats and drinks.  A copy of the HSUWA 2016 Financial Report is available here. Details of how to get to the AGM are here.

We will also announce the Workplace Rep of the Year 2016 at the AGM.  The winning Rep gets a flash looking trophy and $500.  You need to tell us why  your Rep should win, to do that you will need to nominate your local Rep using the nomination form. Nominations close Friday 2nd December 2016.

If you sign up a member you could win $250 and an extra entry in the annual members grand prize draw simply by recruiting a new member, download a form now.  Your colleagues who want to join the HSUWA can do so online through our website at www.hsuwa.com.au –  the site is secure and very easy to use.

If you need to know about something and we haven’t written about it, or you can’t open the links, please let us know.  If you have a story to share then please contact us at union@hsuwa.com.au

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Introduction to OT Sessions 2017

Fremantle Hospital has been running Introductions to OT sessions (in lieu of work experience) successfully for a number of years now, and it gives potential students an opportunity to see and understand some of the wide scope of OT practice.

The sessions include a Presentation/ Overview of Occupational therapy, case studies, a tour of the department, and an opportunity to see therapists at work in a rehabilitation ward and hand therapy department. An opportunity to trial some of their aids and equipment will also be provided.

The aim of these sessions is to educate potential Occupational Therapy students on the role of Occupational Therapists in general and specifically to Fremantle Hospital.

Click here for more information and contact details

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Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Communiqué

The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia meets face-to-face each month to consider and decide on matters related to its regulatory functions within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme). All documents are publicly available on the boards website at:

http://www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au/News/Communiques.aspx
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WorkCover

WorkCover WA intends to index the scales of fees paid to medical and allied health providers with effect from 1st November 2017. Medical and allied health fees are indexed annually in accordance with the Composite Index. The Index is a transparent and uniform methodology which incorporates annual changes to Wage and Consumer Price Indices and the Australian Medical Association’s Medical Fees Index for General Practice (non procedural). This methodology has been used to index medical and allied health fees, based upon stakeholder agreement, since 2003.

The scheme actuary has advised that this year’s calculation of the Composite Index will result in a 1.66 per cent increase to all fees.

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Better Start  is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indegenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Better Start provides up to $12,000 in early intervention funding for children under the age of six with certain disabilities.  They have recently developed a Better Start Referral Form to be utilised by health professionals (who are not medical practitioners) to refer eligible children to the program.

To see the Better Start brochure click here              Better Start Referral Form click here

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commissioner for children and young people

 

 

 

Ground Floor, 1 Alvan St, SUBIACO WA 6008
T: (08) 6213 2297 ? F: (08) 6213 2220 ? W: www.ccyp.wa.gov.au

Children and young people are among the most vulnerable members of our community and we must ensure they know what to do if they experience mistreatment or abuse, or have concerns about products and services they utilise.

Michelle Scott has released today her updated publication Are You Listening? – Guidelines for making complaints systems accessible and responsive to children and young people.

All organisations, government and non-government, are encouraged to use this practical resource to review their complaints and feedback processes from a child-friendly perspective and identify areas of improvement.

To further assist agencies in this work, Michelle Scott will publish over the coming months examples of best practice complaints systems developed by WA organisations, which will also be available on her website.

Questions or feedback regarding this work can be directed to Caron Irwin on 6213 2221 or caron.irwin@ccyp.wa.gov.au

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Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2016

This Overview of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status provides information about: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations; the context of Indigenous health; various measures of population health status; selected health conditions; and health risk and protective factors.

The Overview is now available on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet’s web resource.

Find the Overview at http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/overviews