Mar 17, 2018 Last Updated 11:02 AM, Mar 14, 2018

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Australian government invests in nursing

AusBN – The Australian government has announced that it will invest A$6.4 million into nursing through its primary healthcare programme.

The government has partnered with the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) to boost the number of nurses working in health services.

Funds will be provided by the government over a period of three years and will enable APNA to deliver nursing services into general practices and primary healthcare.

Australian minister for Health Sussan Ley said: “Nurses will be encouraged to move into primary health care through a new national ‘transition to practice’ pilot.

“The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association as the peak body for nurses working in general practice and primary health care is uniquely positioned to offer the programme of activities.”


Healthscope sells Australian pathology operations

AusBN – Crescent Capital Partners has acquired Healthscope’s Australian pathology operations for A$105 million.

Over 500 collection centres and 30 laboratories in Victoria and the Northern Territory will now be operated by Crescent Capital.

Healthscope will also transfer six of its skin clinics to Crescent and the proceeds from the sale will be used to fund its expansion plans at major hospital sites.

Healthscope CEO Robert Cooke said: “Our Australian pathology operations are non-core, have been operating in challenging market conditions for a number of years and their underlying earnings contribution to the group is limited.

 “We remain committed to our international pathology operations, which have consistently performed well over time.” 


Novacorr Healthcare introduces new bariatric products

AusBN – Novacorr Healthcare has introduced its newest range of adjustable bariatric chairs and beds.

The new products have a number of innovative features, which aim to improve patient care and comfort.

Future customers will be able to make use of the company’s in-home trial service so they can test and try the products first.

Over 60% of the Australian adult population is overweight and this number is rising fast.

Novacorr has been supporting bariatric care for years and remains at the forefront as innovative developers of bariatric products.

A company spokesperson said: “Novacorr Healthcare aims to help its customers deliver better care to their loved ones without compromising their dignity.

“Our new adjustable bariatric chairs and beds are weight tested to 350 kilograms.

“Our bariatric beds and chairs are unlike any other product. These products are custom-built to meet the needs of each individual client.”


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