NeHTA set to be scrapped in radical eHealth overhaul

The government’s review of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record has not only recommended that a new Commission be set up to run the scheme but that electronic records become the default.

CPSU cold on voluntary demotion offer to avoid retrenchments

By Julian Bajkowski The conspicuous collapse of the Coalition’s promise to slash 12,000 federal public service jobs through natural attrition has been quickly followed by revelations that parts of the bureaucracy are looking at radically redefining job structures and pay grades in an apparent bid to limit forced retrenchments. The Community and Public Sector Union […]

Federal job cuts of 12,000 swallowed by projections of 14,500 retrenchments

By Julian Bajkowski The Abbott government’s election promise of shedding 12,000 federal public service jobs voluntarily has started to publicly unravel after estimates of at least another 14,500 forced redundancies prompted by Labor’s loathed efficiency dividend opened a trapdoor under the Coalition’s plans. As Canberra’s public sector workers brace for one of the bleakest Christmas’ […]

Public service morale plummets as 12,000 ‘natural attrition’ target fizzles

By Julian Bajkowski The prospect of looming job cuts in the federal public service is dragging down morale and feeding into a climate of deep uncertainty over job security, unions and Canberra’s Labor politicians have warned. As the Coalition government sets about attempting to thin the ranks of the bureaucracy by 12,000 positions through ‘natural […]

Poor prognosis for Victorian eHealth

By Julian Bajkowski Australia’s troubled eHealth sector has been handed yet another negative appraisal after the Victorian Auditor General released a report cited “poor planning and an inadequate understanding of the complex requirements to design and implement clinical ICT systems” as the reasons for the state’s major online medical upgrade failing to deliver what it […]

Dentists drill Victorian councils on decay

By Julian Bajkowski Victorian councils have been urged to urgently sink their teeth into improving the dental health of their communities after the state’s lead oral health agency revealed it will soon be handing out individual profiles for local government areas. Dental Health Services Victoria has said it will start distributing individual oral health profiles […]

Management of purchasing still weak in WA Health

Auditor General Colin Murphy has tabled a report in parliament which assessed six hospitals’ implementation of key controls to ensure compliance with government purchasing policies and to reduce the risk of unauthorised access and use of pharmaceuticals.   Mr Murphy said the Department’s pharmaceutical procurement process and practice had a number of weaknesses relating to […]

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