Springborg dials-up a second opinion on hospital award dispute

By Paul Hemsley A controversial plan to try and move Queensland’s entire public hospital senior medical staff onto individual workplace contracts by 1st July 2014 is continuing to generate indigestion after the state’s Health Minister Lawrence Springborg claimed the new deal had “a tick of approval” from Visiting Medical Officers. As new the draft contract […]

Doctors slam resuscitation of ‘Workchoices-style’ hospital contracts

By Paul Hemsley The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has slammed the Queensland government’s decision to move all of its public hospital Senior Medical Officers to individual contracts from 1st July 2014. The peak doctor’s group has warned that the state government’s decision will have “dramatic” consequences on medical workforce numbers and could force doctors to […]

IBM banished from new QLD government work

By Julian Bajkowski The Queensland government has moved swiftly to punish multinational technology and services vendor IBM over the $1.2 billion software disaster that crippled the state’s health department payroll for months by immediately banning the company from securing any more deals. The move to ban IBM from further public sector work in Queensland represents […]

Queensland overhauls technology procurement

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley The Queensland government has thrown open the door to outsourcing public sector payroll systems across the state. The move is a watershed because it is almost certain to be followed by other internally-run government technology functions and services being exposed to direct competition from the private sector. Queensland’s Information […]

Queensland Health backs new depression website

By Rob O'Brien A new website to support people with depression and alcohol problems has been launched in Brisbane. The website, called OnTrack and developed by a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) research team with funding from Queensland Health, will allow people free access to assistance.   It was launched by Queensland Parliamentary Secretary for Healthy […]

Sunshine state to poach WA health professionals

By Angela Dorizas Queensland Health has revealed its plan to headhunt health professionals from Western Australia who are likely to be affected by budget cuts. Acting Premier and Minister for Health Paul Lucas said Queensland Health would look to attract health specialists from the Royal Perth Hospital whose jobs were under threat. “Many of the staff […]

Stay connected to health services at home

Faced with unprecedented demands on hospitals, the Queensland Government has announced a new $3 million healthcare support program to provide more patients with free medial home care services. Health minister Stephen Robertson said the program, Home Health Link, will allow patients to receive a range of immediate, short-term care options at home, avoiding unnecessary admissions. […]


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