The need to know how to properly use complex medical technology while making life-or-death decisions about patient care make a national registration system for paramedics essential.
Ambulance Employees Association of Victoria secretary Steve McGhie says patient safety and the need for access to high standard care anywhere in Australia demands a recognised national standard for paramedics. There is now no nationally consistent standard for assessing paramedics’ qualifications, either from interstate or overseas, and no national standard for safe care in practice. There is not even agreement on who can call themselves a paramedic, says McGhie, pictured.Read more
Paramedics in Melbourne and regional centres today instructed members of the public on how to carry out life saving CPR amid an ambulance crisis in which waiting times continue to fail the State Government's own guidelines.
Hundreds of people took the opportunity of expert instruction from the highest trained paramedics in the country. Sunbury paramedic Olga Bartasek (pictured) was among those who shared their skills.
City cleaners are claiming a landmark victory in their campaign to eliminate bullying and wage theft with one of Australia’s biggest cleaning companies agreeing to stop using dodgy subcontractors who underpay international students.
More than 200 cleaners are today voting on a deal struck with the Glad Group which delivers real pay rises, job security and hope of an end to Melbourne’s history of exploitative working conditions affecting international students.
Calls on the federal Government to undermine the minimum wage are just one element of a grave attack on the pay and conditions of Australians, United Voice member Victor Barrientos has warned.
'We are a voice for quality education and care that is only going to grow louder now that government has turned its back on professional standards.'
That was the message that rang loud and clear from the weekend’s Big Steps forum (pictured) in Melbourne which also saw the release of the interim findings of the Big Steps Quality Matters survey.
Workers at Abbottsford Brewery are insisting on work trials to prove the safety of planned new work practices that if introduced, will result in 19 redundancies.
A meeting of workers today condemned Carlton and United Breweries for trying to rush through changes to the handling and movement of beer products at the site. They voted not to accept any redundancies until a proper trial proves the new logistics systems are safe and achievable.
YEARS before he started work making paint at what was then a Dulux plant in Clayton, Dennis Kimball knew it was a good place to work. That was the word around the traps: the conditions were good and they looked after you.
A lot has changed since. The plant is owned by a foreign multi-national – the Pittsburgh Paint Group – and the Global Financial Crisis created a harder focus on costs, and the pressure stepped up even more when the soaring Australian dollar undermined international competitiveness.
Australians worry about the demise of manufacturing and Dennis understands why. Manufacturing supplies good jobs, like his. But just as there are fewer of those jobs, the workers whose skills make them good jobs must struggle to maintain their conditions.
Victorian ambulance paramedics have voted overwhelmingly to seek the right to take strike action in a bid to bring their 20-month wages dispute to an end.
More than 98 per cent of votes cast in last week’s registered ballot of paramedics were in favour of intensifying industrial action.
By JESS WALSH
Imagine an Australia with no compensation for working public holidays, weekends, or nights, or overtime. Imagine an Australia that allows the award safety net of pay and conditions to be undercut. That's where the federal government is taking us.Read more