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It's said that small acts can make a big
difference. This is certainly true, when it
comes to the HESTA Australian Nursing
Awards, because each person nominated
for an award receives a certificate of
"This gesture is an important part of the
HESTA Australian Nursing Awards," says
HESTA CEO Anne-Marie Corboy.
"Recognition plays a vital role in rewarding
personal achievement. A certificate lets all
those who've been nominated know their
work is appreciated."
While only nurses, midwifes, personal care
attendants and assistants in nursing are
eligible to be nominated, it's important
to remember that anyone can make a
"Nominations are a chance for patients,
patients' families, colleagues or employers
to say thank you, and to tell the community
about their 'above and beyond' personal
experience with a nurse," Ms Corboy says.
"The achievements of remarkable
nursing professionals are heart-warming,
inspirational, courageous and empowering
--- and the Awards are an avenue to share
Visit hestanursingawards.com for more
information about the awards, gala dinner
and to nominate.
What our judges say...
The HESTA Australian Nursing Awards
judging panel is made up of trained nurses,
academics and industry representatives.
"Remember this is your one chance to
tell us about the remarkable nurse you're
nominating --- so tell us as much about
their accomplishments as possible."
"When evaluating nominations, I look for
that extra something that makes it stand
out against the rest --- where the person
has thought 'outside the square'. It's really
important that these special qualities stand
out clearly and examples are the best way to
illustrate these qualities."
Unveiling the winners
The 2012 HESTA Australian Nursing
Awards gala dinner takes place on
Thursday 10 May. Following months of
anticipation, the winners of the Nurse
of the Year, Innovation in Nursing and
Graduate Nurse of the Year categories will
HESTA has more than 750,000 members,
100,000 employers and $18 billion in
funds invested for the retirement of our
members. We are the Fund more people
in health and community services choose.
Nominate now and make a difference
IN A HISTORIC move that will
soon see women in low-wage
caring roles receive significant
wage boosts, Prime Minister
Julia Gillard has committed to
partly funding pay increases for
all social and community sector
Late last year, PM Gillard
announced that the federal
government had come to an
agreement with the Australian
Services Union (ASU) over the SACS
equal remuneration case, currently
before Fair Work Australia (FWA).
The agreement saw
the application's principal
respondent, the Commonwealth,
publically and legally support the
umbrella applicant, the Australian
Services Union (ASU) and all of
its SACS members -- including
community care workers -- by
working with the union to present
a joint submission to the FWA in
the equal pay test case.
The joint submission clearly
states that the federal government
will fund its share of the 18 to 42
per cent pay increase which will
flow to SACS workers, if the full
bench decides in favour of the
applicant as now expected.
commitment to pay equity for
SACS workers is estimated to
cost more than $2 billion.
"The federal government and
the ASU now have agreement on
a way forward," Gillard said.
"A way forward to deliver fair
pay for caring workers covered by
this case... That means together
we will argue for rates of pay
that fairly and properly value
social and community sector
work, for rates of pay which don't
discriminate and which finally end
decades of unequal pay.
"Other unions will join us and
we expect major providers will do
the same, to support this before
Fair Work Australia's full bench."
The full bench is expected
to rule in favour of both the
applicant and SACS wage
increases, which means new,
'fair' pay rates will be introduced,
increasing current SACS wages
by about 20 per cent on average.
Pay increases also aim
to eradicate the gender pay
imbalance associated with
The federal government
proposed that "fair pay
increases" start on December 1,
2012 and be gradually phased in
over six years.
The states and territories were
also respondents to the case but
are yet to follow through with a
union agreement or commitment
to fund their share of SACS wage
By Yasmin Noone
Wage parity making history
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
To be involved in the research,
participants (either healthy, those
living with RLS or Parkinson's)
must be willing to travel to either
Randwick in NSW or Adelaide in
SA and be able to spare anything
from one to three hours, three
times over six months.
Researchers will study
participants' movement and
memory and conduct MRI scans
on a select few from the group
who meet certain health criteria.
Double encouraged aged and
community carers to spread the
word and raise awareness about
the condition and the study.
"Researchers can study for a
long time and come up with ideas
but unless the community gets
involved in their work, they can't
test their ideas or come up with
"I believe we can find a cure
for it but we first need to do the
research and for that, we need
To find out more, contact the
clinical studies coordinator on
02 9399 1155.
By Yasmin Noone
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