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Respectful relationships pilot for a violence free future

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations: The Honourable Grace Grace
Respectful relationships pilot for a violence free future

Ten Queensland state primary schools are piloting a respectful relationships program dealing with issues such as family violence, respect for women and girls, compassion and gender equality. 
The Palaszczuk Government is partnering with Our Watch and the Luke Batty Foundation to deliver the 18-month pilot program in support of its measures to stamp-out bullying and domestic violence.

Queensland health budget puts patients first

Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Cameron Dick

Queensland health budget puts patients first 

Queensland’s multi-billion dollar health budget will jump 7.7 per cent to meet growing demands for health services across the state. Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the health budget would increase to $15.274 billion in 2016-17, ensuring world-class health services for Queenslanders.

Mr Dick said the bulk of the new budget, totalling $12.

Not Now, Not Ever - Brisbane

A Budget for jobs, health and education

Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships: The Honourable Curtis Pitt 

A Budget for jobs, health and education

The Palaszczuk Government’s first Budget delivers on its election commitments to increase health and education funding – with record budgets for these key service delivery portfolios.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the Budget also delivered for those Queenslanders seeking a job by implementing the Government’s commitment to the Working Queensland jobs plan.

Physician Who Gave Unneeded Chemo Gets 45 Years in Prison

Farid Fata, MD, the oncologist who got rich administering excessive or unnecessary chemotherapy to hundreds of patients, including some who DID NOT HAVE CANCER, was sentenced to 45 years in prison today by a federal judge in Detroit, Michigan.
The sentence came after the 50-year-old Dr Fata heard the judgement of patients and family members who testified earlier this week to the excruciating physical and psychological harm he caused.

One of them was Laura Stedtefelt, who said the oncologist had overtreated her late father for lung cancer to the point of killing him, according to an account in the 

Mt Isa community leaders meet to tackle violence

Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland 
The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

Mt Isa community leaders meet to tackle violence. Government and community leaders will meet today to discuss ways the Mt Isa community can help tackle domestic and family violence. Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke will host the roundtable session, which is one of several being held across Queensland to discuss local responses to domestic and family violence.

New campaign says GP not ED

Media Release
Minister for Health
The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

New campaign says GP not ED

A new marketing campaign aims to improve Emergency Department wait times by encouraging patients to visit their GP, instead of hospital Emergency Departments.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Queensland Health had begun planning the campaign to reduce the thousands of unnecessary ED presentations to Queensland hospitals every year.
“We have a strong commitment to improving frontline health services and ensuring that Queenslanders get the very best of care,” Mr Springborg said.

Healthcare Elective at MGSM 2014

MBA in Healthcare? 

Macquarie Graduate School of Managementwill once again offer a subject specifically designed for Healthcare Managers. MGSM recognises that industry-specific training for future healthcare leaders as critical to meeting the demands of Australia’s ageing population, as well the general increasing demand on health care services, tight government budgets and continuing global economic uncertainty.

Topics will range from the local health scene to global healthcare and cover health economics; policy and practices; funding mechanisms; medical law and ethics.

Predictions for the 2014 Budget

Great News for Queensland Nurses
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:06:02 +1000
Subject: QLD Nurse Pay-Packets Boosted This Week 

Media Release: Minister for Health The Honourable Lawrence Springborg
QLD Nurse Pay-Packets Boosted This Week

Queensland Health’s over 32,000 public nurses and midwives have this week received their final instalment of an almost 10% pay increase since the Newman LNP government was elected to office just over two years ago.Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the pay packet boost was in sharp contrast to the trauma experienced by nurses and midwives under the previous government when they couldn’t even be guaranteed a regular pay-packet thanks to Labor’s infamous billion-dollar payroll debacle.

R U 4 'RU486'?

R U 4 'RU486'?

The general sentiment of the Hippocratic Oath is still taught around the world wherein the medical fraternity should "first do no harm then do some good". Depending on which version you read this sentiment polarises opinion. Looking to the actual text the Classical version states that "I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art" whereas the Modern version states that "I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.
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