Tasmania. Health Practitioners Tribunal
The Tasmanian Board of the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia v Angela Shone (Ref No. 1/2012)  TASHPT 2 (24 April 2012)
The Tasmanian Board of the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (applicant) and Angela Shone, a nurse (respondent), sought orders by the Health Practitioners Tribunal that gave effect to the terms agreed to by the parties following mediation.
Whilst working at St Ann's Compton Downs aged facility one day, the respondent failed to administer prescription medication to some patients, did not make records to that effect, but instead recorded that the medication had been administered. She did not inform any staff member of this. The next day, she documented that the medication was not administered. The entries should have been made the day before.
The Tribunal stated its primary role was ensuring public safety and maintaining professional standards. It therefore formed its own opinion as to the conduct complained and sanction suggested.
It noted that the respondent acknowledged her wrongdoing, was under a great deal of stress and had told her employer of the unrealistic work demands. There was no significant risk she would do it again and interim sanctions and employment termination had affected her.
The Tribunal found there was unprofessional conduct and deemed the orders submitted by the parties appropriate. The Respondent was reprimanded under section 196(2)(a) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Tasmania) Act 2010 (Tas). She was to receive a period of supervised practice and attend weekly meetings with a Supervisor to reflect on medication and ethical issues. Supervisors would report each month and once three reports were satisfactory, the respondent could stop attending meetings.
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- 6 May 2012 - Blitz on dental waiting lists to benefit low income Australians - The Australian Government has announced 400,000 people will benefit from a blitz on public dental waiting lists as part of a $515.3 million drive in foundation measures.
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Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare
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New South Wales. Department of Health
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Queensland. Department of Health
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Western Australia. Department of Health
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Western Australia. Department of Health
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New Zealand. Ministry of Health
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Canada. Health Canada
Australian Medical Association
9 May 2012 - Cuts to Practice Incentive Payments (PIP) penalise GPs and pose public health risks - AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today that last night's Budget cuts to PIPs to GPs will have a double negative impact on the health system by penalising GPs for not meeting new higher targets for cervical cancer screening and specialised diabetes care and removing incentives for immunisation. Dr Hambleton said these measures, along with changes to the e-health PIP, have the potential to pose serious public health risks and undermine successful preventive health programs that are providing health benefits to many Australians. Read more
8 May 2012 - Health budget reflects the economic times - AMA President, Dr Steven Hambleton said tonight that the government had done the right thing by sparing health from broad funding cuts to provide a budget for tough economic times and to fund a budget surplus. "Health has generally been sheltered from the budget cuts," Dr Hambleton said.
British Medical Association
The alcohol emergency - When Lisa Smyth spent a night on an emergency department, she witnessed first-hand how alcohol misuse is stretching health services to breaking point.
BMA calls for action on aid worker safety - Death of Red Cross worker prompts drive for protection.
Canadian Medical Association
8 May 2012 - Resident training: How many hours are too many?
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