Swinburne & RMIT study exposes Healthcare Worker distress in Victorian public health system
Swinburne & RMIT study exposes Healthcare Worker distress in Victorian public health system
10 Nov 2022
[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] Media Release 10 November 2022 As the Victorian health system faces uncertainty ahe...
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Reconciliation Week – Face the Future: Face the Past
31 May 2024
This week is Reconciliation Week in Australia.  Reconciliation is about coming together, to tell the truth about the past, to heal, to give up...
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The Health System Response (HSR) has Shifted From Stage 1 to 2. Here’s what this means.
31 May 2024
The hospital system will come under increasing stress as the current wave worsens, particularly in relation to higher levels of staff leave because of...
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Sign the Petition: Ahpra Should Act Fairly and Equitably
20 May 2024
Join the call to action for fair and equitable registration fees! Healthcare workers deserve fair and equitable registration fees. Ahpra and th...
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Longstanding VAHPA President Resigns
Longstanding VAHPA President Resigns
08 May 2024
It is with sadness that VAHPA announces the resignation of our long-term President Cheryl O’Connor. Cheryl, a Medical Imaging Technologist, has been...
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State Budget: Big on Families and Light on Detail
08 May 2024
The 2024 – 25 Victorian state budget, pitched as the Helping Families budget, was tabled in parliament yesterday. On the surface the budget appears ...
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Placement Payment Fails Allied Health Test
08 May 2024
The Federal Government’s announcement of a $319.50 weekly payment for nurses, midwives, teachers, and social workers is mere tinkering with a broken...
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Today the First of May, is International Labour Day
01 May 2024
May Day is a global day on 1 May each year to celebrate our victories as a movement, commemorate our defeats and dream of a better world to come.   ...
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Today is International Workers Memorial Day
29 Apr 2024
Each year we gather to remember the workers who were killed at work and reaffirm our commitment to making workplaces safer. The International Worke...
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Betrayed! VIC State Govt Reduces Workcover Rights and Benefits
26 Mar 2024
The Victorian State Labor Government has made a shameful deal with the Liberal State Opposition to reduce injured workers rights and benefits under Wo...
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International Women’s Day March 7th – Join the Rally – End the Silence!
07 Mar 2024
As AHPs, we know from experience that inequity continues to be the reality in the workplace. Whether that’s through the distribution of wealth, c...
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Finding The Money, Union Screening National Debt and Funding Documentary
19 Feb 2024
Finding the Money will screen Friday 8th March 2024 at 7pm, Solidarity Hall, Victorian Trades Council. It is said by many politicians and economist...
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February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
01 Feb 2024
The month of February is time to elevate public awareness about ovarian cancer, which is very difficult to treat at later stages. According to the ...
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VAHPA Statement Regarding Australia Day, January 26
25 Jan 2024
This 26 January, VAHPA stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people in their struggle for self-determination, autonomy, an...
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Dept. of Health Protective Measures Advice for COVID-19 variant JN.1
15 Jan 2024
The Department of Health has issued an update to advise health services regarding the COVID-19 JN.1 variant. The following is advice from the Departme...
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COVID-19 Continues to Devastate Aged Care Facilities
19 Dec 2023
Andrew Hewat, from the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association, was recently interviewed by Channel 9 and has spoken out on the unrelenting ...
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Letter to Ministers Opposing WorkCover Changes – Signed by all HSU Victoria Branches
15 Nov 2023
VAHPA continues to oppose changes being pushed by government through the Workcover Scheme Modernization bill 2023. It is our view that these changes w...
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Urgent COVID Update: Settings Move to Stage 2
08 Nov 2023
The Health System Response (HSR) was escalated to Stage Two, effective from 11:59pm Friday 3 November 2023.  This escalation is base...
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Lake Imaging Ballarat Protected Action
01 Nov 2023
This week VAHPA members at Lake Imaging Ballarat took a two hour work stoppage as part of organised Protected Action. Many passing drivers supporte...
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Public Sector – Parental Leave: What you Need to Know
31 Oct 2023
*Please note this applies to Public Sector Employees only. Please contact VAHPA for guidance if you are not a public sector employee.* The arrival of...
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We Must Always Remember: It’s the Members’ Money
20 Oct 2023
The ABC  is currently running a series of programs on Whistle Blowers. Last week's episode featured VAHPA Secretary Craig McGregor, who uncove...
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Podiatry Week: More Than You Think!
11 Oct 2023
This week - 9-15 October - is Podiatry Week, promoting a national awareness of the Podiatry profession and the many ways Podiatrists support the healt...
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Rattle Ya Bones Day
10 Oct 2023
October 31 - better known for Halloween - is also Rattle Ya Bones Day, a National Day of Awareness for all muscle, bone, and joint conditions.  Th...
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Mental Health Week – Resources to Help Allied Health Professionals
10 Oct 2023
Welcome to Mental Health Week - 7th to 15th October 2023! Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day are important annual events that remind us...
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VAHPA Condemns Victorian Government Decision to end COVID-19 Paid Special Leave and reduce HCW isolation period
06 Oct 2023
The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) condemns the decision made by Victorian Government to end Special Paid Leave for healthc...
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Supermarkets Strike Saturday 7th October 10am to 12pm – Request for Solidarity
06 Oct 2023
Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) members at Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets have been trying to negotiate with the multi-billion dollar s...
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VAHPA Statement of Solidarity with Striking NTEU Members
06 Oct 2023
VAHPA stands in solidarity with National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) members taking strike action across Victoria and nationally. This wee...
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VAHPA Statement on the Referendum
04 Oct 2023
Yes, but we demand more and better. VAHPA stands with First Nations communities in their ongoing struggle for self-determination. We acknowledge...
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Lifeblood Industrial Action
11 Sep 2023
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Today is World Physiotherapy Day!
08 Sep 2023
World Physiotherapy Day reflects on the vital work Physiotherapists do to improve the health of people with a wide range of health conditions. The...
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VAHPA Strongly Condemns NSW Government Decision to Downgrade COVID-19 Response and Abandon Masks in Healthcare Facilities
30 Aug 2023
*Press Release* Melbourne, 30 August 2023 — The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) has condemned the recent announcement m...
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Justice for Junior Doctors as Landmark Wage Theft Case Opens Class Action
14 Aug 2023
As per The Age - "A young Victorian doctor has won a wage theft case against Peninsula Health, a victory lawyers say will set a precedent for thousand...
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Important Step for Climate and Health as Victoria Goes Gas-free for New Homes, Public Buildings and Hospitals 
02 Aug 2023
On Friday, the Victorian Government announced that new homes and new public buildings, including hospitals (not already in design phase) will be gas-f...
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Croakey Media – VAHPA Executive Officer Andrew Hewat’s Urgent COVID-19 Article
13 Jul 2023
VAHPA Executive Officer Andrew Hewat has written an article for Croakey Media, urging a new approach to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 aftershocks that i...
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Ripple Effect of Pandemic Still Hurting Regional Health – VAHPA Interviewed for WIN News
05 Jul 2023
VAHPA Executive Officer Andrew Hewat was interviewed recently by WIN News regarding the significant and troubling vacancies in Regional Health Centres...
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‘A Death Sentence’: More Than 600 People Die After Catching COVID in Hospital – VAHPA Interviewed by The Age
27 Jun 2023
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500 Health Job Vacancies in Regional Centres – VAHPA Interviewed by ABC Radio
15 Jun 2023
VAHPA Executive Officer Andrew Hewat was interviewed today by ABC Radio regarding the more than five hundred vacancies in health jobs across Shepparto...
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WorkSafe Covid-19 Guidance
15 Jun 2023
With the cessation of the Pandemic Orders last October 2022, the Victorian State Government has taken a more hands-off approach to Covid controls in h...
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Establishment of VAHPA LGBTQIA+ Working Group
09 Jun 2023
At Monday night’s VAHPA Branch Committee of Management meeting, the following resolution was endorsed: “The Committee endorses the following co...
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VAHPA Radiation Therapists Survey Featured in Croakey Health Media
09 Jun 2023
Excerpt from Croakey Health Media referencing VAHPA Radiation Therapist survey and quotes from VAHPA Assistant Secretary John Ryan; Medical radiation ...
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BREAKING NEWS: We’ve had a Win! Covid Special Leave to Continue in Public Health Sector!
09 Jun 2023
On the 25th May, VAHPA and all other public sector unions sent a letter to the relevant Government Ministers regarding public sector health services p...
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Reconciliation Week, a History to Acknowledge and a Future to Create
02 Jun 2023
This week is Reconciliation Week in Australia.  It is a time, but not the only one, to come to terms with the ongoing impact of European Colon...
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Commemorating the Historic Achievements of Feminist, Equal Pay Activist and Trade Unionist Zelda D’Aprano
02 Jun 2023
VAHPA is proud to have contributed to the newly erected statue of stalwart trade union activist, feminist and defender of equality, Melbourne born Zel...
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Victorian Health Unions Letter of Response – Ceasing Covid Special Leave Support Payment for Healthcare Workers
25 May 2023
Mary-Anne Thomas Minister for Health Minister for Health Infrastructure Minister for Medical Research      &nbs...
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May 17th, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
17 May 2023
On 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), workers demand equal, inclusive and safe workplaces for all,...
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VAHPA’s Letter of Response to Minister Shorten’s NDIS Comments
VAHPA’s Letter of Response to Minister Shorten’s NDIS Comments
12 May 2023
On the 4th May 2023, Minister for NDIS Bill Shorten was interviewed by ABC Radio. The Minister made some comments about the scheme and providers of se...
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Changes to Health System Response
Changes to Health System Response
01 Feb 2023
In response to the continued reduction in Covid hospitalisations from a peak of 750 on 29 December 2022 to 161 on 29 January 2023, the government...
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AHP Update
AHP Update
09 Dec 2022
Cabrini AHPs Need Your Help! VAHPA Members at Cabrini Health have been engaged in bargaining since May 2022 seeking to improve pay and conditions. ...
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Covid Health System Response raised to Stage 3
Covid Health System Response raised to Stage 3
07 Dec 2022
With the escalating Covid wave leading to increased pressure on the health system, through rapidly rising hospitalisations and furloughing rates, the ...
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Updated PPE Guidance
Updated PPE Guidance
18 Nov 2022
See updated Department of Health PPE guidance here: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): specific recommendations for COVID-19...
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New Public Sector Agreement Starts Today
New Public Sector Agreement Starts Today
18 Nov 2022
Your new Enterprise Agreement takes effect TODAY, Friday 18 November - some common FAQs are below Today marks a milestone in your employment&n...
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You did it! The new Enterprise Agreement results are IN with an overwhelming YES vote for better conditions for Allied Health Professionals!!!
You did it! The new Enterprise Agreement results are IN with an overwhelming YES vote for better conditions for Allied Health Professionals!!!
07 Nov 2022
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Important information regarding upcoming vote on Public Sector Allied Health Enterprise Agreement
Important information regarding upcoming vote on Public Sector Allied Health Enterprise Agreement
07 Oct 2022
Voting timeline: Sunday, 16 October 9:00am: Ballot opens - the ballot will be run electronically by a third-party provider, Elections Australi...
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Post-Election Report – HSU E2022/34
Post-Election Report – HSU E2022/34
06 Oct 2022
Scheduled quadrennial elections for HSU Branch Officers, Branch Committee of Management, Branch Delegates to National Council, and National Officers w...
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Covid Settings Update – The End of Isolation
Covid Settings Update – The End of Isolation
04 Oct 2022
National Cabinet’s decision on Friday 30 September 2022 means the end for mandatory isolation for anyone testing positive for COVID-19, from 14 Octo...
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VAHPA Protected Industrial Action – We Need You!
VAHPA Protected Industrial Action – We Need You!
04 Oct 2022
VAHPA Members are engaged in Protected Industrial Action at Lifeblood and Yooralla. Members at Lifeblood staged their first stoppage and event on...
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Community Health Campaign Update
Community Health Campaign Update
04 Oct 2022
A proposal on how bargaining for a new Community Health Agreement will be negotiated is currently being put to employers by their representatives, the...
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Health Workforce Strategy Survey
Health Workforce Strategy Survey
04 Oct 2022
We know there's a bit of "survey fatigue" out there, however the Victorian Government has recently launched a survey for health professionals working ...
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Survey participants sought
Survey participants sought
04 Oct 2022
Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre is seeking to understand experiences of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.Have you experi...
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VAHPA Election Results
VAHPA Election Results
20 Sep 2022
The recent results declared by the Australian Electoral Commission confirm that the Clean Sweep ticket was elected unopposed. Your new VAHPA Branch...
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VAHPA 2022 Survey on Workplace Climate & Wellbeing – closing soon *AHP input needed by 4 September*
VAHPA 2022 Survey on Workplace Climate & Wellbeing – closing soon *AHP input needed by 4 September*
02 Sep 2022
VAHPA is thrilled to announce the launch of the Workplace Climate and Wellbeing survey 2022. Twelve months after the successful collaboration ...
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Public Sector Enterprise Agreement workplace meetings starting soon
Public Sector Enterprise Agreement workplace meetings starting soon
31 Aug 2022
Enterprise Agreement workplace meetings starting soon Things are moving along quickly with your new EA! As anticipated, drafting was completed o...
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Allied Health Professionals say NO to reducing mandatory isolation requirements
Allied Health Professionals say NO to reducing mandatory isolation requirements
30 Aug 2022
Media Release date: Tuesday 30 August 2022 Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) The Victorian Allied Health Professionals A...
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VAHPA 2022 Survey on Workplace Climate & Wellbeing *AHP input needed by 4 September*
VAHPA 2022 Survey on Workplace Climate & Wellbeing *AHP input needed by 4 September*
03 Aug 2022
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Notice of 2022 VAHPA Elections
Notice of 2022 VAHPA Elections
28 Jun 2022
VAHPA is a democratic community of Allied Health Professionals. The government, management, and the control of the affairs of VAHPA (officially des...
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Members’ Solidarity Fund Launch
30 Mar 2022
VAHPA is proud to announce the launch of our Members’ Solidarity Fund on 30 March 2022. When VAHPA Members are bargaining for a new or replacemen...
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I-MED All-Site Work Stoppage
I-MED All-Site Work Stoppage
18 Feb 2022
On Monday 14 February, VAHPA Members at I-MED VIC staged a historic half-day, all-sites stoppage. Around 60 VAHPA Members gathered at the People's Pat...
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What are your rights if you test positive for COVID at work?
What are your rights if you test positive for COVID at work?
07 Feb 2022
Although there was a significant drop from February to March, COVID-19 case numbers have begun to rise again. And as more and more people test positiv...
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Student placement pipelines during Code Brown
Student placement pipelines during Code Brown
04 Feb 2022
The ongoing struggle to find suitable clinical placements for Allied Health students through the current Omicron/Code Brown surge has led the Departme...
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VAHPA statement on PPE guidelines and shortages
24 Apr 2020
VAHPA statement on PPE guidelines and shortages One of the most contentious issues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic for Allied Health Professionals has...
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Which Way Out? Health Care, Economics, and the Endgame
Which Way Out? Health Care, Economics, and the Endgame
24 Apr 2020
Which Way Out? Health Care, Economics, and the Endgame Australia has deferred, temporarily at least, what looked to have been our worst health cris...
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JobKeeper Information for Allied Health Professionals
JobKeeper Information for Allied Health Professionals
24 Apr 2020
JobKeeper Information for Allied Health Professionals Introduction VAHPA understand that many of our members are in workplaces which are not eli...
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Changes to Your Employment & COVID-19
01 Apr 2020
Changes to Your Employment & COVID-19 Allied Health Professionals are strongly advised to contact the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Ass...
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“Let Them Die.” Health versus the “Economy”
01 Apr 2020
“Let Them Die.” Health versus the “Economy” In late March 2020, The Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Matthews, made an argument: old peopl...
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Surge Workforce Survey
28 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Useful Information -> News and Updates -> Surge Workforce Survey Surge Workforce Survey The Victorian Allied Health Professionals...
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CoronaCrisis: The Democracy of Health and the Health of Democracy
28 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Useful Information -> News and Updates -> CoronaCrisis: The Democracy of Health and the Health of Democracy CoronaCrisis: The Democr...
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Department of Health: COVID-19 Letter to Allied Health Professionals
27 Mar 2020
Department of Health: COVID-19 Letter to Allied Health Professionals The Federal Government Department of Health Deputy Secretary Lisa Studdert add...
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Stand down, leave and casuals
24 Mar 2020
Stand down, leave and casuals Stand down The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act) has stand down provisions, which are found at section 524 of the Act...
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Impacts from Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Changes to Hours and Salary
24 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Useful Information -> News and Updates -> Impacts from Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Changes to Hours and Salary Impacts from Coronavirus (CO...
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COVID-19 Disability Sector Response
20 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Disability Sector Response The Health Services Union (HSU) National Office has been representing the Victorian Allied Health Professionals...
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SARS-CoV2 – Know the Facts
16 Mar 2020
SARS-CoV2 - Know the Facts The SARS-CoV-2 virus is of concern to all Victorian Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). As such it is important that we ...
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COVID-19 Update for Allied Health Professionals
13 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Update for Allied Health Professionals Allied Health Professionals are on the frontline of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. We diagnose, treat and...
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Mildura Base Hospital to return to public hands
19 Sep 2019
Mildura Base Hospital to return to public hands Amidst a raft of public health cutbacks, sell-offs and rationalisations under Jeff Kennett’s Libe...
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Mistrust in retail super sees industry super funds grow
19 Sep 2019
Mistrust in retail super sees industry super funds grow A recent report in The New Daily examined a trend of superannuation fund members desert...
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Opposing the Ensuring Integrity Bill
03 Sep 2019
Opposing the Ensuring Integrity Bill The Ensuring Integrity Bill quite clearly represents the biggest attack on unions, union members, and working...
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Allied Health Action on Climate Change
03 Sep 2019
Allied Health Action on Climate Change VAHPA strongly encourages all Allied Health Professionals to join the next student-led Global #ClimateStrik...
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Action on Finger Scanning
06 Aug 2019
Action on Finger Scanning The response to the recent VAHPA Finger Scanning survey has been overwhelming, with large numbers of respondents across a...
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International Unionism: Solidarity and Salient Lessons
06 Aug 2019
International Unionism: Solidarity and Salient Lessons It has been six days since Sepideh Gholian, and two other labour activists started their dr...
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Community Health Update
06 Aug 2019
Community Health Update After the celebratory “Our Agreement’s been approved!!” cheers in all Agreements comes the follow up questions, usua...
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Bargaining, Bargaining, Bargaining!
06 Aug 2019
Bargaining, Bargaining, Bargaining! We’re just over the halfway mark in the 2019 calendar year and we have a number of new Agreements completed a...
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Finger-scanning to clock-on and off for Allied Health Professionals?!
04 Jul 2019
Finger-scanning to clock-on and off for Allied Health Professionals?! Biometric finger-scanners, for clocking on and off work, are already a re...
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Are you an Allied Health student looking for work? We’re recruiting Campaign Organisers!
04 Jul 2019
Are you an Allied Health student looking for work? We’re recruiting Campaign Organisers! If you’d like to work with VAHPA, we have paid Campaig...
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Procedural Fairness – How VAHPA can help you
04 Jul 2019
Procedural Fairness - How VAHPA can help you Whilst it’s not likely the first thing on your mind when you go to work, many Allied Health Professi...
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Survey about working with elderly people
04 Jul 2019
Survey about working with elderly people The University of NSW, Macquarie University and RMIT university are conducting a survey, commissioned by U...
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Close Manus and Nauru – Bring Them Here – Rally July 20
04 Jul 2019
Close Manus and Nauru – Bring Them Here – Rally July 20 VAHPA members are encouraged to attend the upcoming Refugee Action Collective (RAC...
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Join VAHPA at the 2019 Victorian Healthcare Week Expo
04 Jul 2019
Join VAHPA at the Victorian Healthcare Week Expo We are proud to support the Victorian Healthcare Week Expo, running on the 23-24 July, a...
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Alfred Health Cloth-eared on Radiation Therapy restructure
01 Jul 2019
Alfred Health Cloth-eared on Radiation Therapy restructure Alfred Health intends to roll out a new structure for its Radiation Oncology departments...
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Community Health win! New agreement comes into operation
28 Jun 2019
Community Health win! New agreement comes into operation The new Agreement for Allied Health Professionals working in Community Health has been a...
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Global Green and Healthy Hospitals
28 Jun 2019
Global Green and Healthy Hospitals VAHPA is now a member of Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH), an international network of hospitals, healt...
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VAHPA sponsors Speech Pathology seminar
28 Jun 2019
VAHPA sponsors Speech Pathology seminar VAHPA was proud to sponsor the St Vincent’s Speech Pathology Subacute Seminar on June 21, and used the co...
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Planning to Win? Sounds like a good idea
08 Apr 2019
Planning to Win? Sounds like a good idea There has been lots of training activity underway since courses resumed earlier this year. In addition t...
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Change the Rules for Workers’ Rights – Rally: Wednesday, April 10
26 Mar 2019
Change the Rules for Workers’ Rights – Rally: Wednesday, April 10 With the Federal Election approaching, a third big Change the Rules rally has...
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VAHPA post-election report from the Australian Electoral Commission
26 Mar 2019
VAHPA post-election report from the Australian Electoral Commission VAHPA is a democratic community of Allied Health Professionals. The scope and d...
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VAHPA Elections Declared
01 Mar 2019
ALLIED HEALTH ACTIVIST – MARCH 1, 2019 IN THIS EDITION: 2019 VAHPA Elections Declared The Branch Committee of Management (BCOM) would lik...
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Public Holiday Pay
01 Mar 2019
ALLIED HEALTH ACTIVIST – MARCH 1, 2019 IN THIS EDITION: Public Holidays Small Mercies Poorly Managed The VAHPA Member Assist Team deals ca...
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Stand up for Climate Action – Students Strike for Climate
28 Feb 2019
ALLIED HEALTH ACTIVIST – MARCH 1, 2019 IN THIS EDITION: Stand up for Climate Action - Students Strike for Climate Students will be wal...
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VAHPA takes Alfred Health to the Fair Work Commission …. again
15 Feb 2019
ALLIED HEALTH ACTIVIST – MARCH 1, 2019 IN THIS EDITION: VAHPA takes Alfred Health to the Fair Work Commission... again VAHPA and Alfre...
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Action Alert! Radiation Therapy Under Attack
12 Feb 2019
ALLIED HEALTH ACTIVIST – FEBRUARY 7, 2019 IN THIS EDITION: ‣ New Community Health Agreement voted up ‣ Physiotherapists keep their Christmas...
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‘Twas the week before Christmas
07 Feb 2019
ALLIED HEALTH ACTIVIST – FEBRUARY 7, 2019 IN THIS EDITION: ‣ New Community Health Agreement voted up ‣ Physiotherapists keep their Christmas...
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New Community Health Agreement voted up
07 Feb 2019
ALLIED HEALTH ACTIVIST – FEBRUARY 7, 2019 IN THIS EDITION: ‣ New Community Health Agreement voted up ‣ Physiotherapists keep their Christmas...
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Esso Longford Dispute – 596 days going and (still) counting
07 Feb 2019
Allied Health Activist - February 7, 2019In this edition: ‣ New Community Health Agreement voted up ‣ Physiotherapists keep their Christmas br...
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VAHPA Elections 2019
04 Feb 2019
VAHPA Elections in 2019 - nominations open for two casual vacancies VAHPA is a democratic community of Allied Health Professionals and there is no ...
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AABill spells bad news for the union movement
10 Dec 2018
AABill spells bad news for the union movement VAHPA condemns the passing of the Assistance and Access Bill (the AABill) through the Australian Parliam...
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Media Release: Union Protests Barwon Health Annual General Meeting
30 Nov 2018
UNION PROTESTS BARWON HEALTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING [caption id="attachment_10270" align="alignright" width="315"] Staff at Barwon Medical Imaging are...
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Media Release: Multi-million dollar new Barwon Health facility set to gather dust
31 Oct 2018
[caption id="attachment_10213" align="alignright" width="315"] VAHPA members voted unanimously to reject Barwon Health's proposal to open its new mult...
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VAHPA Calls for Urgent Climate Change Action in Light of Recent IPCC Report
13 Oct 2018
On October 7, the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a sobering report on a 1.5°C hotter planet. At heart the report indicated ...
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Australia Needs a Pay Rise Rally called for October 23
06 Sep 2018
The next big Change The Rules rally, around the theme of wages, has been called for the 23rd of October. WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 10.30am WHERE: Vi...
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Community Health… The clock is ticking
18 Aug 2018
On 12 July VAHPA and the Victorian Hospitals’ Association (VHIA) reached in-principle agreement on a deal for a new enterprise agreement for stand-a...
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VAHPA Elections Completed: Clean Sweep Returned to Office
13 Jul 2018
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Playing Merri Hell with Community Health
29 Jun 2018
Close on 100 Victorian Allied Health Professionals downed tools today as part of VAHPA’s long-running Defending Community Health campaign. Workers ...
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Upcoming Rally to Defend Community Health
19 Jun 2018
VAHPA members in Community Health are ramping up their campaign to achieve the strong agreement outcome that they have been fighting for. Allied Heal...
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VAHPA is a democratic community of AHPs – Election in 2018
21 May 2018
VAHPA is a democratic organization and as such we have regular elections. These take place once every four years, and 2018 is an election year. All 1...
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NEW: VAHPA Mobile App & CPD Tracker
NEW: VAHPA Mobile App & CPD Tracker
21 May 2018
The all new VAHPA Mobile App is now available for IOS and Android users. This long awaited technological update to our system will make it easier for ...
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Same Sex Marriage: A Victory for the Activists
09 Dec 2017
Yesterday, Australia’s Governor General, Peter Cosgrove, gave Royal Assent to the same-sex marriage bill and in doing so set the countdown for it to...
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PUBLIC Sector – MISSING PERSON REPORT!
24 Nov 2017
Are you missing team members? In most workplaces along with the usual “we’ll miss you!” when a colleague resigns, is the accompanying dread of ...
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Defending Community Health – Campaign Update
Defending Community Health – Campaign Update
17 Nov 2017
Quite a bit has been happening in the Community Health campaign both at the bargaining table and at your workplaces. And as we move towards the end of...
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Same Sex Marriage Update
Same Sex Marriage Update
16 Nov 2017
Pictured Above: VAHPA Secretary Craig McGregor with his partner Sarah and Vin Tagé at the VTHC Yes celebrations. a a As a union that stands for fai...
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BCOM Casual Vacancy…  Rewarding & Democratic!
BCOM Casual Vacancy… Rewarding & Democratic!
09 Nov 2017
Pictured above - VAHPA Delegates   The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) is seeking a suitably qualified and committed m...
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2016 – 17 Financial Report
18 Oct 2017
Your elected representatives, the Branch Committee of Management, met last night to finalise VAHPA’s audited annual financial report for the year en...
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Change the Rules!
28 Sep 2017
Unions have been the primary and most important means by which workers have been able to organise to protect their industrial interests and your right...
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VAHPA stands up for Marriage Equality * Vote Yes!
24 Aug 2017
VAHPA and the rest of the Australian union movement at Pride March 2016.  Anyone who has read the VAHPA mission statement or has had anything at all...
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Defending Community Health Mass Meeting
18 Aug 2017
Viking Women are famous for their success in defending themselves from maurading hordes. Freydis Eiriksdottir, pictured above, first gained notoriety ...
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VAHPA Negotiates New Senior Jobs for Allied Health Professionals
16 Aug 2017
Twenty new and senior Allied Health jobs will be rolled out across the state as a result of successful negotiations between VAHPA and the Andrews Labo...
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VAHPA wins CPD Dispute
VAHPA wins CPD Dispute
16 Aug 2017
Allied Health Professionals in the Public Sector should start receiving their long overdue 2016 CPD Allowance payments in the coming weeks. This comes...
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VAHPA wins Public Holiday Dispute
VAHPA wins Public Holiday Dispute
16 Aug 2017
VAHPA has had yet another win for members. This time by compelling Victorian Public Hospitals to finalise all outstanding payments to members for ent...
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VAHPA wins CPD Allowance dispute!
VAHPA wins CPD Allowance dispute!
10 Aug 2017
The long-standing CDP Allowance dispute appears to have come to an end. On 1 August 2017, the Victorian Hospitals' Industrial Association (VHIA) backe...
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Public Sector EA – Congratulations!
04 Aug 2017
One year ago today we stood in solidarity, some seven-hundred of us, to demand a fair and reasonable public sector agreement. And, as you will no doub...
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Never Cross a Picket Line! Dorevitch Pathology
Never Cross a Picket Line! Dorevitch Pathology
04 Aug 2017
Hundreds of members of the Health Workers Union (HWU) have voted in favour of taking protected industrial action across Dorevitch's Pathology services...
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Unions unite to present anti-Adani film: ‘Guarding the Galilee’
28 Jul 2017
Three unions with a keen interest in climate change and social justice have joined forces to put on a screening of Michael Caton's highly rated short ...
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Bargaining Update 2017
Bargaining Update 2017
28 Jul 2017
Welcome to your VAHPA’s Bargaining Update that will fill you in on the work union staff and members have been doing to win improvements to wages and...
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Community Health Members… Photos required…
Community Health Members… Photos required…
28 Jul 2017
VAHPA is seeking Community Health Allied Health Professionals to volunteer for photos. All good campaigns need images, real and relevant images. In fa...
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Defending Community Health – Join the fight back!
05 Jul 2017
Today, Friday 7 July 2017, marks the launch of “Defending Community Health”, a forthright publicity campaign, set to run in parallel with VAHPA’...
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Community Health Mass Meeting – Your Attendance Required!
Community Health Mass Meeting – Your Attendance Required!
05 Jul 2017
What: An essential Community Health Mass Meeting When: Thursday 17 August at 6:30pm Where: Function Room of the City of Melbourne Bowls Club in Flagst...
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VAHPA Delegate Training
VAHPA Delegate Training
05 Jul 2017
It will probably come as no surprise that one of the key elements in ensuring that Allied Health Professionals enjoy all the entitlements in their Agr...
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Regional Imaging Gippsland Protected Action Ballot
Regional Imaging Gippsland Protected Action Ballot
05 Jul 2017
VAHPA is in the process of lodging a Protected Action Ballot application in an effort to bring bargaining at Regional Imaging Gippsland (RIG) to a suc...
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Branch Committee of Management…
Branch Committee of Management…
19 May 2017
On 2 May this year, your Branch Committee of Management welcomed Social Worker Kerri Felemonow to the office of Ordinary Member. Kerri’s governance...
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Action On Climate Change…
19 May 2017
When: 23 May, 12:30 pm Where: Medibank Head Office, 720 Bourke Street, DocklandsIn February this year, the massive not-for-profit health insurer HCF (...
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VAHPA Training… Advanced Scope of Practice, workplace activism, ending gendered violence…
VAHPA Training… Advanced Scope of Practice, workplace activism, ending gendered violence…
19 May 2017
The first Advanced Scope of Practice workshop for public sector Allied Health Professionals working in the Radiation and Imaging Stream is taking pla...
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People Matter… have your say!
People Matter… have your say!
19 May 2017
The State Government and Victorian Public Sector Commission are once again conducting the important People Matter Survey across Victorian public hospi...
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Public Sector Agreement approved!
01 May 2017
We are very pleased to announce that the Fair Work Commission has approved our new Public Sector Enterprise Agreement. From 3 May 2017 the document is...
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St Vincent’s Private – Agreement Reached
St Vincent’s Private – Agreement Reached
01 May 2017
Members at St Vincent’s Private have endorsed an in-principle settlement for a new workplace agreement. The offer delivers 3% per annum pay rises ov...
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Health Futures – Campaign Strategy Meeting
Health Futures – Campaign Strategy Meeting
01 May 2017
VAHPA is a supporter of Healthy Futures, an organisation of health professionals, students and community members taking action to address climate chan...
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May Day 2017 – Victorian Trades Hall Council
May Day 2017 – Victorian Trades Hall Council
01 May 2017
BANDS - KIDS' RIDES - ACTIVIST SKILLS - FOOD - MARCH AND MORE! May Day is the International Day of Working People and working-class struggle. It comm...
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AHPs… Join us in this vital campaign. Refugees and asylum seekers need our help!
AHPs… Join us in this vital campaign. Refugees and asylum seekers need our help!
24 Apr 2017
Join VAHPA in demanding refugees and asylum seekers, particularly those in offshore detention camps, are treated fairly and humanely. Last year hundr...
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Career opportunities for AHPs in public sector
Career opportunities for AHPs in public sector
13 Apr 2017
Twenty exciting career advancement opportunities have been created out of the recent EBA negotiations with the Andrews State Government. Ten EFT Grade...
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Take action to support refugees
Take action to support refugees
13 Apr 2017
During Human Rights week in December 2016, more than 500 Victorian teachers wore refugee rights t-shirts to work. This action embarrassed the Turnbull...
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Easter message
Easter message
13 Apr 2017
VAHPA wishes all our members a safe and enjoyable Easter. For those lucky enough to have some time off, travel safe and we hope you get to spend some ...
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Union Training
Union Training
11 Apr 2017
The next union training course is just around the corner on May 9 & 10 (Tue & Wed).  If you are interested in attending this course, please r...
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Advanced Scope Workshops – CPD eligible
Advanced Scope Workshops – CPD eligible
11 Apr 2017
The first VAHPA Advanced Scope Workshop is on in 3 weeks!  Have you registered yet? The new Public Sector Agreement now recognises, for the first ti...
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Family Violence Training
Family Violence Training
11 Apr 2017
VAHPA is pleased to see strong Family Violence Leave clauses in many of our new Agreements. Have you ever wondered how this entitlement works on the g...
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Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees
Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees
30 Mar 2017
VAHPA will this year again be participating in the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees on Sunday 9 April 2017. We can’t ignore the fact that ...
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Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees
Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees
27 Mar 2017
VAHPA will be marching in the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees on April 9. If you would like to march with VAHPA, we will be meeting at the S...
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Member Portal & Online Join Form unavailable this Saturday.
Member Portal & Online Join Form unavailable this Saturday.
24 Mar 2017
Members will not be able to access their personal online login page (Member Portal) for 17 hours on Saturday—from midnight until 5pm. The shutdown ...
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BCOM… casual vacancy filled!
BCOM… casual vacancy filled!
23 Mar 2017
On Tuesday 14 March 2017, the Branch Committee of Management passed a resolution, in accordance with the Rules of the HSU and the VAHPA Democracy Poli...
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Public Sector Agreement… delays continue
Public Sector Agreement… delays continue
23 Mar 2017
While members are eagerly awaiting the new agreement and the payrise and backpay that will come with it, the new EA still sits with the Fair Work Comm...
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Public Holidays and CPD Allowance… where are we at?
Public Holidays and CPD Allowance… where are we at?
23 Mar 2017
Allied Health Professionals across the state are baulking at the idea of working public holidays without some assurance that they will be paid the app...
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NDIS… disability workers have your say
NDIS… disability workers have your say
23 Mar 2017
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a once-in-a-generation reform and it will have a significant impact on every worker in the disabili...
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Delegate Training… May & June
Delegate Training… May & June
23 Mar 2017
Following the great success of the first of our two-day courses in February, three further courses have been booked in as follows: May 9 & 10 May ...
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Advanced Scope of Practice… public sector workshops
Advanced Scope of Practice… public sector workshops
23 Mar 2017
The new Public Sector Agreement now recognises, for the first time, that Allied Health Professionals are working in the Advanced Practice space. This...
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Position Vacant: Fixed Term (12 Months), Full Time Member Assist Organiser
Position Vacant: Fixed Term (12 Months), Full Time Member Assist Organiser
27 Feb 2017
The Organisation The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) is an industry-based Union for Allied Health Professionals working in ...
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VAHPA Video
VAHPA Video
20 Feb 2017
VAHPA has taken the time to record a short 'Mission Statement' video. It is fantastic! Truly, it's wonderful! It's the best video!* Members and emplo...
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VAHPA Video
VAHPA Video
20 Feb 2017
VAHPA has taken the time to record a short 'Mission Statement' video. It is fantastic! Truly, its wonderful! Its the best video!* Members and employe...
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Public Holiday Pay… where is it?
Public Holiday Pay… where is it?
20 Feb 2017
Few of us want to spend time at work at those times culturally allocated to family, to watching the kids play, to chatting with friends or to relaxing...
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Yooralla Deal Struck After Industrial Action
Yooralla Deal Struck After Industrial Action
20 Feb 2017
Industrial action taken by VAHPA members at Yooralla has delivered a new agreement that ensures dedicated allied health professionals will be retained...
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BCOM Vacancy – Get Involved!
BCOM Vacancy – Get Involved!
20 Feb 2017
The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) is seeking a suitably qualified and committed member to fill the role of Ordinary Member...
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WRAW Festival – Women’s Rights At Work
WRAW Festival – Women’s Rights At Work
20 Feb 2017
The WRAW Festival is a week long celebration of Women’s Rights at Work starting 1 March! There are a wide range of events on including the Stop Gen...
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Ramsay AHPs making things happen!
25 Jan 2017
VAHPA Members have rejected the latest enterprise agreement offer made by Ramsay Health Care and are quickly moving towards industrial action. “VAH...
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Midsumma Pride this Sunday!
Midsumma Pride this Sunday!
25 Jan 2017
VAHPA will be marching with the Victorian Trades Hall Council and Union contingent for this year's Midsumma Pride March. Please come along and show y...
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VAHPA Training *Reminder*
VAHPA Training *Reminder*
25 Jan 2017
The response to our Union Training article from last week has been terrific and has seen many AHPs register with us. A few spaces however remain ...
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Stopping Gendered Violence
Stopping Gendered Violence
25 Jan 2017
The Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) is running a one-day conference and skills training workshop entitled ‘Taking Action to Stop Gendered Viole...
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Gender Segregation – Senate Enquiry – AHPs Required
Gender Segregation – Senate Enquiry – AHPs Required
25 Jan 2017
The Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) is making a submission to the “Gender segregation in the workplace and its impacts on women’s economic eq...
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2017 Midsumma Pride March Sunday 29 January
2017 Midsumma Pride March Sunday 29 January
23 Jan 2017
2017 Midsumma Pride March Sunday 29 January. VAHPA will be marching with the Victorian Trades Hall Council and union contingent. Members we still ha...
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VAHPA Training
20 Jan 2017
The first of our 2017 Training Dates are set and filling fast.  These are the first 2-day courses VAHPA has conducted, facilitated by the paid Union ...
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AHP Workforce Enhancement Plan!
AHP Workforce Enhancement Plan!
20 Jan 2017
Public Sector Allied Health Professionals will no doubt be aware that the new Enterprise Agreement (voted up but yet to be formally approved by the Fa...
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Lunch and Learns – Know Your Entitlements
Lunch and Learns – Know Your Entitlements
20 Jan 2017
Do you ever consider one of your entitlements and think, “I’m not 100% sure how that works/ I wish I understood that better”? Lunch and Learns ...
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Public Hospital Reforms: Request for Feedback
Public Hospital Reforms: Request for Feedback
20 Jan 2017
The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission released a study report on the first stage of their inquiry into Human Services on 5 December 20...
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New Courses at Monash University for Medical Radiation Practitioners
New Courses at Monash University for Medical Radiation Practitioners
16 Jan 2017
Monash Uni has announced four new online post grad courses for medical radiation practitioners. Designed for those looking to upskill, progress to a ...
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Lump-Sum Payment, Back-pay, Pay-rises and CPD Payment
Lump-Sum Payment, Back-pay, Pay-rises and CPD Payment
13 Jan 2017
Some Public Sector employees have received their lump sum payment negotiated by VAHPA as part of the new enterprise agreement. If you haven’t then c...
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2017 Pride March… Save the date!
13 Jan 2017
VAHPA members are encouraged to take part in the Midsumma Pride March on Sunday 29 January. VAHPA will be marching with the Victorian Trades Hall Cou...
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Allied Health Future Directions Conference, 31 March 2017
Allied Health Future Directions Conference, 31 March 2017
13 Jan 2017
The Department of Health and Human Services is hosting the 2nd Victorian Allied Health Research Conference, to be held on Friday 31st March, 2017 a...
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VAHPA Office Hours Over the Christmas / New Year Period
20 Dec 2016
2016 has been another big year for VAHPA. In fact, it has been our most successful year to date. During the course of the year we successfully negoti...
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Public Sector Lump Sum Payment Approved
Public Sector Lump Sum Payment Approved
20 Dec 2016
The VHIA has today written to the payroll departments of all relevant public sector employers to confirm that the lump sum payment of $1561 (pro-rata ...
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Calling Mental Health Occupational Therapists & Social Workers!
Calling Mental Health Occupational Therapists & Social Workers!
20 Dec 2016
Are you an Occupational Therapist or a Social Worker with expertise in mental health? Do you have a strong view about attraction and retention issues?...
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Public Sector Agreement Voted Up!
Public Sector Agreement Voted Up!
14 Dec 2016
A herd of Physiosaurs celebrating the historic ballot outcome   The ballot has closed, the votes have been tallied up and the results are in…...
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2017 Pride March… Save the date!
2017 Pride March… Save the date!
09 Dec 2016
VAHPA members are encouraged to take part in the 22nd Midsumma Pride March on Sunday 29 January. VAHPA will be marching with the Victorian Trades Hal...
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Public Sector EA Ballot – VOTE YES
Public Sector EA Ballot – VOTE YES
09 Dec 2016
Public Sector Members are reminded that they need to vote ‘yes’ to give their recently negotiated Enterprise Agreement effect. VAHPA members work...
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Unscrupulous employer tactics – VAHPA Members take heed.
Unscrupulous employer tactics – VAHPA Members take heed.
09 Dec 2016
Fifty-five maintenance workers have successfully defended their wages and conditions after a long and successful union campaign. In June this year Ca...
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Code Blue Ballot Opens Today – VOTE YES!
06 Dec 2016
The Public Sector ballot for the recently negotiated Allied Health Enterprise Agreement opens today. Together we have worked hard to achieve this out...
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Public Sector Ballot Opens Soon- Time to Vote!
Public Sector Ballot Opens Soon- Time to Vote!
24 Nov 2016
By now you should have received an email from your manager or HR department explaining the ballot process and providing a copy of the final agreement ...
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A Bounty of Bargaining!
A Bounty of Bargaining!
24 Nov 2016
The casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that the only bargaining happening was in the Public Sector; however, this is not the case. VAHPA ...
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Membership Dues Increase
Membership Dues Increase
24 Nov 2016
VAHPA membership dues will increase on 1 January 2017. This measure is being implemented in accordance with a decision made by the Branch Committee of...
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November is CPD month!
November is CPD month!
24 Nov 2016
It’s AHPRA time again! And that means CPD time. There is no better way to top up those CPD points than by taking advantage of the HSU-CPD program. ...
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Public Sector Agreement Update
Public Sector Agreement Update
18 Nov 2016
Further to our recent e-News, we are pleased to advise that there are now confirmed dates for the next phase of our new Agreement! Your respective em...
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VAHPA T-shirts… New Range Coming
VAHPA T-shirts… New Range Coming
16 Nov 2016
  A fantastic new range of VAHPA t-shirts have been created. This includes a VAHPA Pride t-shirt supporting diversity in Allied Health and the b...
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Annual Financial Report… Your Union, Your Report
Annual Financial Report… Your Union, Your Report
16 Nov 2016
Members are encouraged to take a look at VAHPA’s annual financial report. As previously reported, the 2015 – 16 financial year has been another s...
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Member Benefits
Member Benefits
16 Nov 2016
VAHPA members can now access the Australian Unions Member Benefits Service. This service provides discounts on products and services such as: Movi...
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Public Sector Agreement Update
Public Sector Agreement Update
15 Nov 2016
Further to our recent e-News, VAHPA have been working with the VHIA to ensure that the Agreement is put to ballot as soon as possible.  We anticipate...
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Delay in finalising public sector agreement may prompt resumption of industrial action.
Delay in finalising public sector agreement may prompt resumption of industrial action.
11 Nov 2016
Frustrated allied health professionals consider resumption of industrial action in public sector. Frustrated VAHPA members are beginning to direct the...
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AHPRA Registered Professions – Renewal and Recency of Practice Changes
AHPRA Registered Professions – Renewal and Recency of Practice Changes
11 Nov 2016
VAHPA members who are registered with AHPRA will need to renew their registration by the end of November.  You can do so online here: http://www.ahpr...
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Yooralla Set For Industrial Action
Yooralla Set For Industrial Action
11 Nov 2016
VAHPA members at Yooralla have overwhelmingly voted in favour of taking protected industrial action. With 100% voting Yes to taking action out of t...
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Protest Privatisation of Disability Services
Protest Privatisation of Disability Services
11 Nov 2016
VAHPA encourages members to stand in solidarity with vulnerable Victorians and our fellow health workers by protesting the Andrews Government’s move...
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Public Sector EA ballot – HWU not VAHPA
Public Sector EA ballot – HWU not VAHPA
28 Oct 2016
Members of the Health Workers Union (HWU) (HSU Vic No. 1 Branch) will be voting on their new public sector agreement over the coming weeks. The ballot...
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Superannuation & Climate Change…
Superannuation & Climate Change…
28 Oct 2016
Allied Health Professionals spend their working lives helping people and protecting their health. Meanwhile, Australia’s two largest health sector s...
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Working on Christmas Day and over the Holiday Season?
Working on Christmas Day and over the Holiday Season?
28 Oct 2016
Your Guide to Pay Rates It’s that time of the year again when people are starting to ask others what their plans are for Christmas or New Year’s ...
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Annual Financial Report… another successful year for VAHPA.
Annual Financial Report… another successful year for VAHPA.
13 Oct 2016
VAHPA audited General Purpose Finance Report now available to members. The 2015 – 16 financial year has been another successful one for VAHPA. Our s...
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VAHPA negotiates PII improvements
VAHPA negotiates PII improvements
13 Oct 2016
All Allied Health Professionals need Professional Indemnity Insurance. PII is one of those services that you will hopefully never need, but if you do,...
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Community Health is starting to HUMM…
Community Health is starting to HUMM…
06 Oct 2016
Above: Posters from our 2014 Community Health campaign. The VAHPA organising team has been out in force over recent weeks meeting with Allied Health P...
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BCOM Vacancy… interesting, rewarding, democratic!
BCOM Vacancy… interesting, rewarding, democratic!
06 Oct 2016
The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) is seeking a suitably qualified and committed member to fill the role of Ordinary Member...
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Stat Decs… a guide for Victorian AHPs
Stat Decs… a guide for Victorian AHPs
06 Oct 2016
Most Allied Health Professionals in Victoria are covered by Enterprise Agreements that allow them to provide a statutory declaration as evidence to ac...
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Branch Committee of Management (Casual Vacancy- Expressions of Interest Sought)
Branch Committee of Management (Casual Vacancy- Expressions of Interest Sought)
06 Oct 2016
The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) is seeking a suitably qualified and committed member to fill the role of Ordinary Member...
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Your Wage Outcome – Code Blue
Your Wage Outcome – Code Blue
22 Sep 2016
Public Sector Wage Outcomes VAHPA Members achieved an impressive wage outcome during the most recent round of public sector negotiations. The extent ...
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Final Draft Public Sector Agreement available
Final Draft Public Sector Agreement available
12 Aug 2016
The Final draft of the new Allied Health Public Sector Enterprise Agreement is now available to all members. The document has been uploaded to your pe...
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Community Health Kicks Off!
Community Health Kicks Off!
12 Aug 2016
Community Health Kicks Off! Community Health Members will be aware that the hard-fought Code Blue Public Sector Campaign concluded successfully last...
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Public Sector Agreement… Deal’s Done!
Public Sector Agreement… Deal’s Done!
05 Aug 2016
VAHPA and the Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Association (VHIA) successfully concluded bargaining for a new Allied Health Enterprise Agreement at 1...
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9:13 pm and bargaining continues…
9:13 pm and bargaining continues…
03 Aug 2016
VAHPA, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Victorian Hospital’s Industrial Association (VHIA) continue to bargain in an attem...
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Public Sector Stop Work Meeting Locked in…
Public Sector Stop Work Meeting Locked in…
02 Aug 2016
The mass meeting of 04 August is now almost certain to be a stop work meeting. Five hours of bargaining today, for a new public sector Enterprise Agre...
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Crunch Time for Public Sector
Crunch Time for Public Sector
01 Aug 2016
VAHPA, the Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Association and Department of Health and Human Services are meeting tomorrow in a last-ditch attempt to b...
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Advanced Scope of Practice dispute likely to derail bargaining. Assistance required urgently!
Advanced Scope of Practice dispute likely to derail bargaining. Assistance required urgently!
22 Jul 2016
VAHPA is seeking relevant Allied Health Professionals to complete its advanced scope of practice survey as a matter of urgency. The survey flows from...
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Athenaeum Mass Meeting – Public Sector
Athenaeum Mass Meeting – Public Sector
20 Jul 2016
  Much of the ground-breaking work in Jurassic marine life was done by palaeontologist Mary Anning. Sadly, her name and the importance of her wo...
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Public Sector Members Save the date!
Public Sector Members Save the date!
08 Jul 2016
“Actual photographic image of a heavily armed dinosaur circa 2027” Members have another date to add to their Code Blue event calendar, with a mass...
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Public Sector Backpay
Public Sector Backpay
08 Jul 2016
It has come to our attention that a number of members have raised concerns over the issue of backpay as part of the current public sector negotiations...
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Make every email a CODE BLUE blast
Make every email a CODE BLUE blast
29 Jun 2016
One very important part of our protected action is changing email signatures to a message in supporting the CODE BLUE campaign. Our successful protec...
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Branch Committee of Management Vacancy — Expressions of Interest sought!
Branch Committee of Management Vacancy — Expressions of Interest sought!
21 Jun 2016
The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) is seeking a suitably qualified and committed member to fill the role of Ordinary Member...
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Industrial Action… 97% of VAHPA members vote YES!
Industrial Action… 97% of VAHPA members vote YES!
16 Jun 2016
Pictured Above: Tim Flannery is best known for his extraordinary work around climate change and for being Australian of the year in 2007. But did you ...
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Protected Industrial Action – Q&A
Protected Industrial Action – Q&A
16 Jun 2016
Will industrial action impact patient care or safety? Our industrial action strategy has been carefully designed to ensure that patient care and safet...
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VAHPA still concerned at student workload issue…  You won’t believe what happened next!
VAHPA still concerned at student workload issue… You won’t believe what happened next!
10 Jun 2016
Pictured above: Paleontologist Sir Richard Owen (1804 – 1892). Best remembered for coining the word Dinosauria meaning Terrible Reptile.   Bar...
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People Matters Survey
People Matters Survey
10 Jun 2016
Victorian public hospital workers are being urged to complete the People Matter Survey as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s new plan to address...
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Protected Action Ballot – Dates Confirmed!
Protected Action Ballot – Dates Confirmed!
13 May 2016
Allied Health Professionals are another step closer to taking industrial action. Yesterday we received confirmation of dates for the protected action ...
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Code Blue Protected Action Ballot Approved!
Code Blue Protected Action Ballot Approved!
09 May 2016
This afternoon the Fair Work Commission approved our Protected Action Ballot application, clearing the way for AEC ballots in 35 Public Sector hospita...
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VAHPA Membership Milestone!
VAHPA Membership Milestone!
09 May 2016
This Sunday afternoon VAHPA reached another important milestone—we signed up Member 4,000!  This is a significant increase, up 43% from January 201...
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Protected Action Ballot Order Lodged at Fair Work!
Protected Action Ballot Order Lodged at Fair Work!
04 May 2016
Following on from the direction of the VAHPA Mass Meeting last week, Protected Action Ballot Orders (PABO) have today been lodged with the Fair Work C...
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Federal Government cuts funding to YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS) Program
Federal Government cuts funding to YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS) Program
14 Apr 2016
YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS) is the only youth led and youth focused sexual health organisation in the country. They are driven by dedica...
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Public Sector Mass Meeting
Public Sector Mass Meeting
13 Apr 2016
VAHPA has called a mass meeting of all members to discuss the progress of bargaining for a new public sector Enterprise Agreement and to decide upon t...
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Dinosaurs Descend on Royal Children’s Hospital
Dinosaurs Descend on Royal Children’s Hospital
13 Apr 2016
Fifty inflatable dinosaurs descended on the Royal Children’s Hospital last Tuesday in what turned out to be a dynamic and colourful event for a curi...
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A Proper Career Structure for AHP’s…
A Proper Career Structure for AHP’s…
13 Apr 2016
VAHPA’s proposal for a fair, reasonable and appropriate UG1 classification structure is a cornerstone of our public sector campaign. This shouldn’...
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VAHPA members call for public sector industrial action
VAHPA members call for public sector industrial action
31 Mar 2016
Pictured above some of your public sector bargain team: Andrew Hewat - VAHPA Assistant Secretary, Bernarda Cavka - Physiotherapist, Jo Ginn - Medical ...
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Your Career Structure… Posters!
Your Career Structure… Posters!
24 Mar 2016
Public Sector Members... please download these posters and get them up at your worksites! Happy Easter. Career Structure_Information Career Structu...
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VAHPA stalwart. Simon Lejcak
VAHPA stalwart. Simon Lejcak
09 Mar 2016
This week we hear from one of our Radiation Therapist members, Simon Lejcak. What drew you to working as an Allied Health Professional? Being able ...
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Allied Health… a vanishing act?
Allied Health… a vanishing act?
09 Mar 2016
Members who follow VAHPA on Facebook may have seen the recent video of VAHPA Secretary, Craig McGregor, asking the question “What’s happened to Al...
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Safe Schools Rally TODAY
Safe Schools Rally TODAY
09 Mar 2016
VAHPA supports the Safe Schools Coalition and the fantastic work that they do; we encourage all members to show their support for the program by atten...
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FREE Student Membership!
FREE Student Membership!
09 Mar 2016
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Community Health Bargaining…Round Two
Community Health Bargaining…Round Two
09 Mar 2016
Community Health Professionals are getting ready for their next round of Enterprise Agreement negotiations amid a raft of major changes being introduc...
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Code Blue:  T-shirt Tuesday 1st March
Code Blue: T-shirt Tuesday 1st March
26 Feb 2016
Public sector members are encouraged to support their public sector bargaining team on Tuesday by wearing their Code Blue T-shirts. Members last wore...
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Public Sector Talks Hit Road Block?!
Public Sector Talks Hit Road Block?!
11 Feb 2016
Bargaining for a new public sector Agreement has been fairly uneventful… up to this point! On Tuesday however, the vital matter of career structures...
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Cardiac Techs Save Profession at Barwon
Cardiac Techs Save Profession at Barwon
11 Feb 2016
Cardiac Technologists at Barwon Health have been successful in protecting their jobs from a sustained attack. For some time the Cardiac Technologists...
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These Cuts are Killing Us—Medicare Rally
These Cuts are Killing Us—Medicare Rally
11 Feb 2016
VAHPA Members… it is time to take action! Join us on Saturday 20 Feb in protesting sustained attacks on the Medicare system. When: Saturday 20 Febr...
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VAHPA Marches for Marriage Equality
VAHPA Marches for Marriage Equality
11 Feb 2016
Melbourne's annual Midsumma Pride March recognises and celebrates Victoria's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) community, remem...
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Help us Communicate Betteter.
Help us Communicate Betteter.
11 Feb 2016
This year is an important year for the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association. With a number of big campaigns running, it is crucial that o...
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RALLY: Stop Cuts to Medicare! Saturday 20 February 2016 @12pm
RALLY: Stop Cuts to Medicare! Saturday 20 February 2016 @12pm
09 Feb 2016
You can download a copy of the poster here...
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January Quarterly Bargaining Update
January Quarterly Bargaining Update
01 Feb 2016
The January 2016 Edition of the Quarterly Bargaining Update is now available. It can be viewed here....
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Stop Allied Health Job Cuts – Eastern Health – Support Exercise Physiologists!
Stop Allied Health Job Cuts – Eastern Health – Support Exercise Physiologists!
21 Jan 2016
Eastern Health recently announced a plan to make six Exercise Physiologists positions within Ambulatory and Community Services redundant. This prop...
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Post Election Report
Post Election Report
08 Jan 2016
Members should be aware that the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has issued a post-election report on the contested election for the position of...
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Workplace Change and Your Rights
Workplace Change and Your Rights
08 Jan 2016
Throughout the year many members contact us for advice and assistance around workplace change. For every member that contacts us, we predict just as m...
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Delegate Training 2016
Delegate Training 2016
08 Jan 2016
Delegate training is crucial to ensure VAHPA delegates know their rights and are confident in the role. If you are an elected VAHPA delegate and have...
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Public Sector Bargaining is ON! Have you received your notice?
Public Sector Bargaining is ON! Have you received your notice?
06 Jan 2016
Members in the public sector should have received their Notice of Employee Representational Rights (NERR) by now. This notice indicates that bargaini...
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Allied Health Professionals Rally… and Dan Andrews Moves!
Allied Health Professionals Rally… and Dan Andrews Moves!
22 Dec 2015
Formal bargaining for a new Allied Health Professionals Enterprise Agreement has finally commenced—members will receive their Notice of Employee Rep...
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Code Blue Rally THIS Tuesday!
Code Blue Rally THIS Tuesday!
18 Dec 2015
Don’t forget next Tuesday is rally day! RALLY DETAILS 12:30pm sharp Tuesday December 22 Treasury Building, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne CODE BLUE -...
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Christmas Shut Down
Christmas Shut Down
18 Dec 2015
As we approach the silly season, members who are concerned about being forced to take leave during a Christmas/New Years shutdown period are reminded ...
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VAHPA Office Hours Over Christmas/New Year
VAHPA Office Hours Over Christmas/New Year
18 Dec 2015
Well, it has been another big year for the VAHPA team and with the pressures of private EA negotiations, planning a big Code Blue public sector campai...
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BCOM Election Result
BCOM Election Result
18 Dec 2015
After receiving two nominations for the position of ordinary member on the Branch Committee of Management, the contested election saw over 33% of the ...
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Code Blue BBQs
Code Blue BBQs
27 Nov 2015
Royal Park members discussing Code Blue over a perfectly cooked snag. VAHPA’s Code Blue festival-of-the-snag kicked off today with dozens of Royal P...
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Public Sector Bargaining Update
Public Sector Bargaining Update
27 Nov 2015
On 9 September 2015, we served your log of claims on your employers via their bargaining representative, the Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Associa...
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November is CPD month!
November is CPD month!
27 Nov 2015
It’s AHPRA time! And that means CPD time. There is no better way to get those CPD points rolling than to take advantage of the HSU CPD program. Reg...
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Code Blue – Lots Happening!
Code Blue – Lots Happening!
13 Nov 2015
Since its lively and successful launch in August, there has been plenty of action on the Code Blue campaign front, much of it behind the scenes. Memb...
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Cardiac Tech Roles Under Attack at Barwon Health
Cardiac Tech Roles Under Attack at Barwon Health
13 Nov 2015
Cardiac Technologists working in the cath labs at Geelong Cardiology Practice within Geelong Hospital are effectively having their jobs cut. Through r...
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People’s Climate March – Your presence needed!
People’s Climate March – Your presence needed!
13 Nov 2015
On the eve of world leaders meeting in Paris for the UN Climate Summit, Melbourne is set to hold what it hopes will be one of the biggest climate chan...
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Democracy in Action!
Democracy in Action!
13 Nov 2015
Members will be aware that there is currently a vacancy for the position of Ordinary Member on the Branch Committee of Management. The AEC has receiv...
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STOP PRESS! Regional Imaging Gippsland PABO Approved by Fair Work Commission!
STOP PRESS! Regional Imaging Gippsland PABO Approved by Fair Work Commission!
30 Oct 2015
The Fair Work Commission approved our Protected Action Ballot Order application meaning that the AEC will now conduct a ballot of Union Members at RIG...
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Private Imaging Negotiations—A Tale of Two EAs
Private Imaging Negotiations—A Tale of Two EAs
30 Oct 2015
Members at MIA are being urged to VOTE NO to a sub-standard offer from management that would see their wages fall behind their colleagues working for ...
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HSU National Conference and National Council
HSU National Conference and National Council
30 Oct 2015
Pictured above: Craig McGregor - VAHPA Secretary The National Council of the HSU met on October 22 and 23 for the annual National Conference and Coun...
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Health 2040—where are we going?
Health 2040—where are we going?
30 Oct 2015
The Andrews State Government is currently crafting a reform package for the Victorian healthcare system. The project has been dubbed Health 2040. On ...
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Join VAHPA and Support Your Pay and Conditions
Join VAHPA and Support Your Pay and Conditions
30 Oct 2015
Many of you reading this will already be VAHPA members. However we know that a significant number of non-union members subscribe to the Allied Health ...
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VAHPA Yearly Financial Report Out Now!
VAHPA Yearly Financial Report Out Now!
15 Oct 2015
Last night the Branch Committee of Management met to adopt the VAHPA Audited Financial Report for the 2014-15 financial year. The report is now availa...
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Alfred Health Backpay
Alfred Health Backpay
15 Oct 2015
Eligible VAHPA members received a sizable bonus in their pay packet recently after the Union intervened in an underpayment issue. For some employees t...
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New Staff
New Staff
15 Oct 2015
We would like to take this opportunity to announce the appointment of Organiser Nick Fredman. Nick brings to the Branch a wealth of industrial and ca...
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Work Safe OHS Week
Work Safe OHS Week
15 Oct 2015
Work Safe Health and Safety Week is fast approaching and runs from 18 to 29 October. Elected Health and Safety Reps (HSR’s) are eligible to attend W...
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Families of Children with Cancer
Families of Children with Cancer
15 Oct 2015
When a child or young person is diagnosed with cancer it can have a big impact on a family’s financial circumstances. Early intervention—speaking ...
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September Quarterly Bargaining Update
September Quarterly Bargaining Update
08 Oct 2015
The September Edition of the Quarterly Bargaining Update is now available. It can be viewed here....
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Free CPD for a limited time only – register today!
Free CPD for a limited time only – register today!
30 Sep 2015
Is your AHPRA CPD triennium due this November? If so, you don’t have much time to get all your points in order. VAHPA has an online CPD program whic...
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Code Blue – Public Sector Bargaining
Code Blue – Public Sector Bargaining
25 Sep 2015
As Members will have seen in previous e-News editions, the Public Sector bargaining campaign, Code Blue, has been launched and, following an extensive...
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Community Health Lunch n Learn Sessions – Book yours now!
Community Health Lunch n Learn Sessions – Book yours now!
25 Sep 2015
In late 2014, the Organising Team ran a series of ‘Lunch n Learn’ sessions in the Public Sector around the theme of “Know Your Agreement”.  T...
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Casual Vacancy on BCOM
Casual Vacancy on BCOM
25 Sep 2015
Members should be aware that Ordinary Member, Jenni Bourke, has resigned her position on the Branch Committee of Management. Jenni was part of the suc...
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St John of God Pathology
St John of God Pathology
25 Sep 2015
After many months of little to no progress, SJOG Pathology finally came to a position that Members could agree to. While not ideal, the offer locked i...
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Great Result in Healthscope EA!
Great Result in Healthscope EA!
10 Sep 2015
A successful campaign for improved wages and conditions at Healthscope has concluded with Members voting in favour of a settlement.  Healthscope oper...
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Workplace Change – Members Make the Difference!
Workplace Change – Members Make the Difference!
10 Sep 2015
Major Workplace Change VAHPA Members are no strangers to change within their workplaces, indeed sometimes it is clear that the only constant is change...
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Home and Community Care Program (HACC) Funding Changes
Home and Community Care Program (HACC) Funding Changes
10 Sep 2015
With changes to Home and Community Care Program (HACC) funding in the pipeline, members working in the program have expressed concern about the potent...
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Quarterly Bargaining Update
Quarterly Bargaining Update
10 Sep 2015
Somewhat scarily in terms of how quickly the year is whizzing by, the next issue of the Quarterly Bargaining Update is just over a couple of weeks awa...
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Report – What is important to you at work?
Report – What is important to you at work?
10 Sep 2015
For those who have not yet read our "What is important to you at work?" report, we highly recommend you do so. The report can be found here. Apology:...
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Code Blue – Reviving Allied Health in the Public Sector
Code Blue – Reviving Allied Health in the Public Sector
27 Aug 2015
         The VAHPA public sector campaign “Code Blue” kicked off with a bang yesterday! The launch held in the Fitzroy Gardens saw an ent...
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New Public Holiday: Grand Final Friday
New Public Holiday: Grand Final Friday
27 Aug 2015
The Victorian State Government last week approved and gazetted the new Grand Final Friday public holiday. The holiday will fall this year on Friday 2n...
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Jackson’s Trial
Jackson’s Trial
27 Aug 2015
Members will have seen the recent media reports regarding the Federal Court findings against former Branch Secretary, Kathy Jackson, for the misapprop...
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VAHPA Expands—New Member Assist Organiser
VAHPA Expands—New Member Assist Organiser
27 Aug 2015
Members will be pleased to know that we have recently appointed a new Member Assist Organiser. The new organiser, Carly Bald, starts work on Monday 31...
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WE’VE HAD ENOUGH: FURIOUS VICTORIAN HOSPITAL STAFF IN PROTEST FOR FAIR PAY, CONDITIONS
WE’VE HAD ENOUGH: FURIOUS VICTORIAN HOSPITAL STAFF IN PROTEST FOR FAIR PAY, CONDITIONS
24 Aug 2015
‘CODE BLUE’ INDUSTRIAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCH ON TUESDAY 25 AUGUST PUBLIC HOSPITALS FACING EXODUS OF KEY PROFESSIONAL STAFF SURVEY REVEALS DESPAIR AND A...
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Allied in union and Allied in name… VAHPA
Allied in union and Allied in name… VAHPA
30 Jul 2015
The Victorian Health Professionals Association (VHPA) is undergoing a minor name change. Over the next month we will be transitioning to become the Vi...
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Employment Opportunities at VAHPA!
Employment Opportunities at VAHPA!
30 Jul 2015
The Branch is expanding at such a rate that we have determined that we need an additional Member Assist Organiser.  This role is integral to the prov...
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Regional Imaging Gippsland Members Endorse Protected Industrial Action Ballot
Regional Imaging Gippsland Members Endorse Protected Industrial Action Ballot
30 Jul 2015
Members at a recent Regional Imaging Gippsland mass meeting unanimously rejected the current management offer for their EA and endorsed the lodging of...
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Public Sector Mass Meetings
Public Sector Mass Meetings
30 Jul 2015
Mass meetings for endorsement of the Log of Claims kick off in public sector workplaces from Monday 3 August and run through to a campaign launch on 2...
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Border Force Act
Border Force Act
02 Jul 2015
The Victorian Health Professionals Association condemns the passing of the Border Force Act in May 2015, proposed by the Liberal/National Coalition Go...
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Public Sector EA Survey
Public Sector EA Survey
26 Jun 2015
With a week to go the Public Sector EA Survey is going extremely well. Almost 20% of all Victorian Public Sector Health Professionals have taken the t...
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Public Sector Next Steps
Public Sector Next Steps
26 Jun 2015
Following the close of the survey in July, a report will be prepared and posted to VHPA Members in mid-July. This will be followed by a draft Log of C...
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Bargaining!
Bargaining!
26 Jun 2015
There is as always, a lot of bargaining underway at the Branch including Lyndoch Living, St John of God Pathology, Regional Imaging Gippsland, Scope, ...
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Delegate Training – July & August 2015
Delegate Training – July & August 2015
26 Jun 2015
VHPA Delegates are a vitally important part of Branch and never more-so than when something is happening at the workplace.  “Whether it’s bargain...
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VHPA Advocacy
VHPA Advocacy
26 Jun 2015
As we’ve said in previous E-news editions, alongside the collective work of Branch runs a skilled Member Assist Team of John Ryan, Luke Smeaton &...
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Parental Leave Entitlements
Parental Leave Entitlements
05 Jun 2015
As most Members would be aware, in the recent federal budget, the Abbott Government proposed removing the entitlement to government-funded paid parent...
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Salary Sacrifice in the gun
Salary Sacrifice in the gun
05 Jun 2015
Health Professionals working in the non-for-profit sector—including public hospitals and community healthcare centres—are likely to be worse off u...
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Branch Delegate to National Council Election
Branch Delegate to National Council Election
05 Jun 2015
Members will be pleased to hear that VHPA President, Cheryl O’Connor, has been elected to the position of Branch Delegate to National Council unoppo...
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HWU Join Forms
HWU Join Forms
05 Jun 2015
Many Members at the Austin and Alfred Hospitals received an email or hardcopy join form from HSU Vic No. 1 Branch (trading as the HWU) over the past w...
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Public Sector Enterprise Agreement Survey
Public Sector Enterprise Agreement Survey
05 Jun 2015
The EA survey has been well received with just over 15% of all Victorian Public Sector Health Professionals contributing to date. “It’s incredibl...
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VHPA Facebook Page
VHPA Facebook Page
05 Jun 2015
Love it or hate it, social media such as Facebook is a quick and economical way to communicate with Members. Members who have been through bargaining ...
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2015 Federal Budget-Health Professional wages in the firing line?
2015 Federal Budget-Health Professional wages in the firing line?
18 May 2015
The 2015-16 Federal Budget appears, on its surface, to be a kinder, less ideologically driven economic plan than its predecessor. A closer inspection ...
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Name the Campaign—Public Sector Campaign
Name the Campaign—Public Sector Campaign
18 May 2015
Members in the Public Hospital Sector are being asked to channel their creative juices into helping name their upcoming EBA campaign. Campaign slogan...
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Delegate to national Council Election
Delegate to national Council Election
18 May 2015
Members are reminded that there exists a vacancy for the Delegate to National Council position. For details on the election follow the link. The VHPA...
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Members Conference 2015
Members Conference 2015
18 May 2015
Members will be pleased to hear that the VHPA 2015 Delegates Conference went off without a hitch over the Thursday and Friday of last week. Speakers ...
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Online Join Facility
Online Join Facility
06 May 2015
Our online join facility is now up and running and being enthusiastically embraced by new Members! This new facility, which can be accessed via this ...
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VHPA Election—Branch Delegate to National Council
VHPA Election—Branch Delegate to National Council
06 May 2015
Election Notice Nomination Form The National Council is the supreme governing body of the Health Services Union. National Council consists of the N...
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Members Conference
Members Conference
28 Apr 2015
This years Members Conference sees the launch of our Public Sector Campaign. Members who are interested in their wages and conditions (I assume that m...
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Personalised login for VHPA Members
Personalised login for VHPA Members
28 Apr 2015
Accessing your VHPA membership details has now become easier with the launch of our new Member Portal. You can now update your contact and employment...
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Public Sector Campaign—Survey
Public Sector Campaign—Survey
28 Apr 2015
The survey has only been open for a week but we have already had many hundreds of responses. If you are interested in your wages and conditions, then ...
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Quarterly Bargaining E-news now available!
Quarterly Bargaining E-news now available!
02 Apr 2015
The first edition of the quarterly Bargaining E-news is now available!  As we’ve mentioned in previous editions of the VHPA E-news, there is so muc...
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VHPA Members Conference
VHPA Members Conference
22 Mar 2015
As advised in previous E-news editions, the second annual VHPA Conference will be held on May 7 & 8, 2015 at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment ...
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New VHPA Organiser
New VHPA Organiser
22 Mar 2015
As some of you will be aware VHPA Organiser, Jay Morrison, left the Branch in March to return to full time study.  We’d like to take this opportuni...
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VHPA Member Assist – Individual Member Experience
VHPA Member Assist – Individual Member Experience
22 Mar 2015
In addition to Organising, the VHPA has a fairly significant resource dedicated to advocating for individual Members.  The Member Assist Team compris...
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Facebook
Facebook
22 Mar 2015
Love it or hate it (or somewhere in between), social media platforms such as Facebook provide a quick, accessible way for us to communicate with Membe...
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Community Health
Community Health
22 Mar 2015
We had hoped to be including a “Stop Press” advising the date of the Community Health EA listing in Fair Work.  Unfortunately, we are still await...
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Special Bargaining Edition E-news
Special Bargaining Edition E-news
22 Mar 2015
There is so much happening on the bargaining front that it’s difficult to include it in a regular E-news without either omitting some or overwhelmin...
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VHPA Delegates’ Conference
VHPA Delegates’ Conference
10 Mar 2015
The VHPA will be hosting its second Delegates Conference on 7 & 8 May this year. This will be a significant event for the Branch and will serve as...
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Stand Up! Fight Back!
Stand Up! Fight Back!
10 Mar 2015
Tens of thousands of people turned out in Melbourne and across the country on 4 March to protest the Coalition government’s attacks on penalty rates...
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Value your Penalty Rates?!
Value your Penalty Rates?!
10 Mar 2015
The VHPA in conjunction with HSU National are in the process of making a submission to the Productivity Commission Workplace Relation Inquiry and we n...
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Fight for our Rights – Nationwide Protest!
Fight for our Rights – Nationwide Protest!
02 Mar 2015
On Tuesday evening, 10 February, the Branch Committee of Management passed the following resolution: That the VHPA condemns attacks on: penalty rates...
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Great Community Health Ballot Result!
Great Community Health Ballot Result!
02 Mar 2015
The long awaited ballot for the Community Health EA closed on Friday 20 February and we have now received results from all 31 Centres. The average pa...
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Clause 11 Variation – Sonographers
Clause 11 Variation – Sonographers
02 Mar 2015
As public sector Members will be aware, one of the benefits to come out of the Clause 11 (Better Structures/Better Care) variation to the Agreement is...
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Expression of Interest – Disability Sector Wide Mass Meeting
Expression of Interest – Disability Sector Wide Mass Meeting
02 Mar 2015
Members in the disability sector are being encouraged to come along to a mass Union meeting in March. Discussions will focus on the NDIS, bargaining i...
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Conference / Seminar Leave – Are you getting your leave?
Conference / Seminar Leave – Are you getting your leave?
02 Mar 2015
Members in the Public Sector are reminded that they now have an entitlement for up to two days of paid study/conference/seminar leave per year (see p....
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February Delegates Training
February Delegates Training
02 Mar 2015
Delegates pictured here from left to right are: Kate Parks - Melbourne Health, Damian Brown - Alfred Health, Carolyn Cheshire - Scope, Kim McManus - A...
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Walk for Justice for Refugees – Sunday 29 March 2015
Walk for Justice for Refugees – Sunday 29 March 2015
23 Feb 2015
The Refugee Advocacy Network is hosting "Walk for Justice for Refugees" on Sunday 29 March 2015. Palm Sunday Walk for Justice is a way for people to ...
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Clause 11 – Where’s the money?
Clause 11 – Where’s the money?
17 Feb 2015
  Click here for high resolution printable poster:  VHPA Clause 11 A4 Poster,   VHPA Clause 11 A3 Poster (high resolution)...
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News From The Federal Court
News From The Federal Court
09 Feb 2015
Justice Richard Tracey on Friday set aside ten days, starting 29 June, to hear the HSU’s claim for Jackson to repay around $1.4 million of allegedly...
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Community Health EA Update
Community Health EA Update
09 Feb 2015
As some Members will be aware from our last community health e-mail, we have recently been in negotiations with the VHIA around the timing of the Comm...
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HSU National Elections
HSU National Elections
09 Feb 2015
A new Health Service Union national leadership team was successfully elected on Friday. Those elected include Chris Brown (National Secretary), Lloyd...
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“Know Your Entitlements” Lunch n Learn Sessions
“Know Your Entitlements” Lunch n Learn Sessions
19 Jan 2015
The “Know Your Entitlements” Lunch n Learn road show has rolled into the New Year with gusto with 14 sessions held already and another thirteen bo...
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Noah’s Ark Therapists’ Not-So-Happy New Year
Noah’s Ark Therapists’ Not-So-Happy New Year
19 Jan 2015
Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Social Workers employed as Early Intervention Professionals at disability organisat...
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Public Sector Employer Clause 11 Report Card: Must Do Better!
Public Sector Employer Clause 11 Report Card: Must Do Better!
19 Jan 2015
As Members would be aware, the Clause 11 variations to the Public Sector Agreement were approved by the Fair Work Commission on 31 October 2014. Sinc...
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Community Health Update
Community Health Update
19 Jan 2015
Following the vote of VHPA Members at the mass meeting in December 2014, the VHPA has been working furiously with VHIA to finalise drafting of the fin...
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Big Win for Community Health Members!
Big Win for Community Health Members!
19 Dec 2014
Community Health Centre Members have voted to endorse a settlement for a new sector wide Agreement. A mass meeting at Trades Hall on Tuesday 9 Decembe...
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Red Cross campaign update
Red Cross campaign update
10 Dec 2014
The VHPA and staff Delegates at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service have been negotiating since March.  Negotiations have stalled despite a no vot...
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Yooralla members score Agreement win
Yooralla members score Agreement win
10 Dec 2014
The VHPA has given in-prinicpal support to a new Enterprise Agreement for Therapists employed at Yooralla following a year and a half of strenuous neg...
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VHIA advice to employers re: Clause 11
VHIA advice to employers re: Clause 11
10 Dec 2014
We’re aware that a lot of Members have raised questions with HR or Payroll about the Clause 11 changes and are being told that they are “awaiting...
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Branch Anniversary
Branch Anniversary
10 Dec 2014
The VHPA is now 2 years old ! On 28 November 2012, the results of the first elections of the reconstituted Branch were announced. On that day the Bran...
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Lake Imaging Agreement Battle Intensifies
Lake Imaging Agreement Battle Intensifies
10 Dec 2014
VHPA Members at Lake Imaging in Geelong continue their fight for a decent Enterprise Agreement.  These negotiations have seen Lake management attempt...
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Radiation Oncology Victoria bargaining update
Radiation Oncology Victoria bargaining update
10 Dec 2014
VHPA Members at Radiation Oncology Victoria (ROV) are currently enjoying – and yes, we use the term advisedly – not one but two lots of bargaining...
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Christmas annual leave
Christmas annual leave
18 Nov 2014
Are you being directed to take annual leave at Christmas? Depending on your Enterprise Agreement and some additional factors, your Employer may or may...
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Yooralla Therapists start industrial action
Yooralla Therapists start industrial action
18 Nov 2014
Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech Pathologists at the disability organisation, Yooralla have commenced protected industrial action ...
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Victorian Public Sector Agreement – Varied (October 2014)
Victorian Public Sector Agreement – Varied (October 2014)
31 Oct 2014
  Varied Victorian Public Sector (Health Professionals and Support Services) Multiple Enterprise Agreement 2011-2015 [31 Oct 2014]...
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Community Health members to rally at parliament
Community Health members to rally at parliament
13 Oct 2014
Community Health members are ramping up their campaign to achieve a strong agreement outcome and increased funding for centres, with a rally and stop-...
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Personal Leave Squeeze Effects HPs
Personal Leave Squeeze Effects HPs
13 Oct 2014
The VHPA has received a number of reports in recent weeks from members working in Public and Community health that personal leave (which includes both...
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AHPRA Registration – the onus is on you
AHPRA Registration – the onus is on you
13 Oct 2014
Medical Radiation practitioners across the country are obliged by law to ensure that their Registration is valid and up to date. The deadline for this...
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Striking Health Professionals plaster Melbourne   
Striking Health Professionals plaster Melbourne   
13 Oct 2014
  After almost four years without a pay rise, frustrated Community Health professionals have launched a city-wide pre-election...
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Local Community Health Professionals to take strike action
Local Community Health Professionals to take strike action
07 Sep 2014
Health Professionals at Banyule Community Health are poised to escalate industrial action next week in protest of what they are calling a crisis in co...
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Community Health Centres affected by pay claims
Community Health Centres affected by pay claims
04 Sep 2014
Ballarat Community Health Centre — Cooinda, Sebastopol, Smythesdale Banyule Community Health Service Bass Coast Community Health Service Bellarine ...
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Public Sector Wage Increase
Public Sector Wage Increase
29 Aug 2014
Members working in the public health sector are due a salary increase that should start being paid on the first full pay period on or after 01 October...
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Clause 11 Classification Review Amendments Voted Up
Clause 11 Classification Review Amendments Voted Up
28 Aug 2014
The VHPA is pleased to report that the “Clause 11” Classification Review amendments to the Public Sector Agreement have now been successfully vote...
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Clause 11 Classification Review FAQ
Clause 11 Classification Review FAQ
12 Aug 2014
Background. In the last round of public sector Enterprise Agreement negotiations, the Union and the Department of Health struck a deal that would see ...
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Clause 11 Posters
Clause 11 Posters
08 Aug 2014
The VHPA has done significant work over the past year or so negotiating the Clause 11 Classification Review. The gains that flow from this process are...
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Clause 11 (Better Structures/Better Care)
Clause 11 (Better Structures/Better Care)
07 Aug 2014
By now you should have received a number of documents relevant to the Clause 11 Classification Review from your employer. Among them should be a copy...
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HSU Victoria No. 3 Branch (VHPA) Elections. Nominations open today!
HSU Victoria No. 3 Branch (VHPA) Elections. Nominations open today!
22 Jul 2014
On Friday afternoon, the AEC sent the VHPA 3 important documents of direct relevance to the Branch elections. They are the: 1.     Full election ...
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Clause 11 Classification Review
Clause 11 Classification Review
22 Jul 2014
Public sector members will have the opportunity to vote on the Clause 11 Classification Review during the upcoming ballot period 11 August to 21 Augus...
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Community Health Protected Action Ballots get up!
Community Health Protected Action Ballots get up!
22 Jul 2014
VHPA members at Cohealth, Isis and Banyule Community Healthcare Centres have won the right to vote in favour of taking protected industrial action. T...
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Super payments now 9.5% – check your payslips
Super payments now 9.5% – check your payslips
22 Jul 2014
VHPA urges it's members to check their payslips for the rise in Superannuation. Superannuation has risen .25% making super payments 9.5% of your w...
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Success for the Community Health Forum
Success for the Community Health Forum
11 Jul 2014
Some 70 Community Health Professionals from more than 19 different Community Health Centres came together on Wednesday 9 July to discuss the issues an...
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Annual Leave – your rights
Annual Leave – your rights
11 Jul 2014
Under the Fair Work Act 2009, all full-time Employees are entitled to 4 weeks of annual leave per year, with part-time Employees entitled to a pro-rat...
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Direct Debits now show as Ezidebit Australia on credit card statements
Direct Debits now show as Ezidebit Australia on credit card statements
11 Jul 2014
If you are paying your membership fees by credit card, from 1 July you will see membership fees displayed on your credit card statements with the desc...
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Community Health Forum – Wednesday July 9 @ 6.30pm
Community Health Forum – Wednesday July 9 @ 6.30pm
03 Jul 2014
Our Community Health campaign continues to gain momentum with our inaugural Community Health Forum less than a week away. Confirmed to appear are Gre...
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HIS EA Update – Members Vow to Fight On!
HIS EA Update – Members Vow to Fight On!
03 Jul 2014
On Thursday 27 June, HIS Members held a mass meeting at Trades Hall to discuss the latest offer from HIS.  There was good representation across the H...
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Online Actions for all VHPA Members!
Online Actions for all VHPA Members!
03 Jul 2014
As you’ll have no doubt noticed, over the past few months there has been an increased focus on the social media and on-line aspects of our campaigns...
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Flexible Work Arrangements
Flexible Work Arrangements
03 Jul 2014
Accessing parental leave, carer’s leave and requesting Flexible Work Arrangements can be tricky at the best of times. While we usually associate the...
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Budget Rally Sunday 6 July @ 1pm – Our Community Counts
Budget Rally Sunday 6 July @ 1pm – Our Community Counts
03 Jul 2014
We know this budget is unfair and affects the people least able to carry the burden. Despite this, the Abbott government is determined to push throu...
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Get in quick for July Delegate Training!
Get in quick for July Delegate Training!
03 Jul 2014
If you couldn't make it to this week's Delegate Training, there are still places available for our session on Saturday July 26. To register your inte...
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HIS EA Update & Mass Meeting
HIS EA Update & Mass Meeting
24 Jun 2014
The HIS EA battle continues … following an updated offer on Tuesday 17 June which included no improvement, a meeting was requested by HIS and held o...
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Community Health Forum & Video Launch
Community Health Forum & Video Launch
24 Jun 2014
As part of our ongoing Community Health Campaign, a public forum has been organised to enable Community Health Professionals to engage with key stakeh...
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Royal Commission Update
Royal Commission Update
24 Jun 2014
In recent days the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (TURC) has been in the media spotlight. This spotlight, as members will...
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Staffing win at St Vincent’s Nuclear Medicine department
Staffing win at St Vincent’s Nuclear Medicine department
24 Jun 2014
Understaffing is a problem that can not only create unhealthy working conditions for staff, but can also have a negative impact on patient outcomes....
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Let your workmates know- Union dues are tax deductible!
Let your workmates know- Union dues are tax deductible!
24 Jun 2014
Remember to claim your Union fees on your tax return- statements of the fees you have paid will be sent out early in the new financial year. If you h...
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Changes to Medical Imaging Supervised Practice and feedback wanted
Changes to Medical Imaging Supervised Practice and feedback wanted
24 Jun 2014
Medical Radiation Practice- Changes to Supervised Practice After November 2014, management of Supervised Practice for Provisional Registrants will tra...
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Community Health says no to VHIA offer
Community Health says no to VHIA offer
13 Jun 2014
Community Health Professionals from stand-alone centres met last night at Trades Hall to discuss the most recent offer from the VHIA. The offer inclu...
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**STOP-PRESS**  HIS Mass Meeting
**STOP-PRESS** HIS Mass Meeting
12 Jun 2014
Following the recent extremely successful NO vote campaign in the HIS EA and a subsequent return to bargaining HIS had advised they would come back to...
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Tens of thousands at the Bust the Budget rally
Tens of thousands at the Bust the Budget rally
12 Jun 2014
Workers took to the streets en masse today to let the Abbott government know what everyday Australians think is fair and how the Abbott/Hockey budget ...
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Royal Commission update
Royal Commission update
12 Jun 2014
As reported in earlier newsletters, the HSU is one of a number of Unions referred to within the Heydon Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference set out...
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Community Health Mass Meeting, June 12
Community Health Mass Meeting, June 12
07 Jun 2014
On Monday 2 June, the VHIA, on behalf of the Community Health employers, put a formal offer to the VHPA. As members will be aware we are obliged to gi...
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Bust the Budget – Rally June 12th
Bust the Budget – Rally June 12th
07 Jun 2014
Make June 12th a day of action for you and your colleagues with the Bust the Budget Rally starting at Trades Hall at 10.30am. Get online and share the...
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New Ramsay Agreement Provides 14.1% Pay Increase
New Ramsay Agreement Provides 14.1% Pay Increase
07 Jun 2014
Yet another Agreement negotiated by the VHPA for Health Professionals has commenced operation, this time at Ramsay Healthcare. The Agreement, approve...
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HIS Delegate Dismissal Update
HIS Delegate Dismissal Update
03 Jun 2014
As many members may be aware, VHPA Delegate, Scott Plowman, was recently dismissed by Healthcare Imaging Services. We are happy to report as follows: ...
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Bust the Budget – what you can do
Bust the Budget – what you can do
30 May 2014
Shock and anger over the budget has translated into community action across Australia - starting off with the March in May rallies. Another rally to p...
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Public Sector workplaces wrongly limit use of Statutory Declarations
Public Sector workplaces wrongly limit use of Statutory Declarations
30 May 2014
Members’ ability to use statutory declarations as supporting evidence when taking personal leave is under attack again. The VHPA has recently been i...
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Take your breaks – you’re entitled to them!
Take your breaks – you’re entitled to them!
30 May 2014
Work breaks have become an issue at a number of VHPA workplaces. Members have reported that they don’t or can’t take the breaks they are entitled ...
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Show your support for Community Health on the Community Health in Crisis Facebook page!
Show your support for Community Health on the Community Health in Crisis Facebook page!
22 May 2014
Download our poster here and take a photo of yourself holding it like the handsome staff at VHPA and upload it to the Community Health in Crisis Face...
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Great result for Cabrini Health Professionals
Great result for Cabrini Health Professionals
21 May 2014
Following last week’s good news about the Epworth EA, another VHPA negotiated Agreement has recently come into effect at Cabrini. The three-year Agr...
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HIS Fundraising Dinner this Thursday 22nd- last chance for tickets!
HIS Fundraising Dinner this Thursday 22nd- last chance for tickets!
21 May 2014
The HIS fundraising dinner will be held this Thursday 22nd May. This is your last chance to get tickets, only $35 for a sumptuous Lebanese meal in ...
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Being a member of Branch Committee of Management – Marni Jackson
Being a member of Branch Committee of Management – Marni Jackson
21 May 2014
With elections for all branches of the HSU just around the corner we thought it would be a good time to give members an insight into what it means to ...
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June Delegate Training- book your place today!
June Delegate Training- book your place today!
21 May 2014
Snap up your place in June's Delegate Training. Nominate your preference for training in June here. For more information on the training, find the d...
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Union response to the budget
Union response to the budget
21 May 2014
Last night Members, Delegates and Officials from unions across Victoria met at Trades Hall to discuss the response to the Budget. ACTU President, Ged ...
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Epworth Health Professionals win 14.9% over 4 years
Epworth Health Professionals win 14.9% over 4 years
16 May 2014
The new Epworth Healthcare agreement came into effect on May 8 and started with an impressive increase of 4%.  There will be another increase of 2.2...
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Budget takes a wrecking ball to Health
Budget takes a wrecking ball to Health
16 May 2014
Last Tuesday night, the Abbott government delivered what could be the death knell for universal healthcare. Hockey’s federal budget outlined the in...
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Have you got your tickets to the HIS Fundraising Dinner?
Have you got your tickets to the HIS Fundraising Dinner?
16 May 2014
Tickets are still available for dinner on Thursday 22nd. Come along and enjoy the delicious Lebanese cuisine at Tiba’s at 55 Lygon St, Brunswick. ...
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Community Health On-Line Campaign Takes Off
Community Health On-Line Campaign Takes Off
09 May 2014
Members in Community Health have launched enthusiastically into the on-line element of the campaign with emails flying furiously from many Centres to ...
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HIS employees return to work after Fair Work Conference
HIS employees return to work after Fair Work Conference
09 May 2014
HIS employees and the VHPA had a win at the Fair Work Commission (FWC) yesterday with the locked-out 6 being returned to work. The VHPA made an applic...
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Fundraiser for Locked-out Members
Fundraiser for Locked-out Members
09 May 2014
Come along to the HIS Fundraising Dinner and get to sample the tasty Lebanese cuisine offered by Tiba’s restaurant in Brunswick. All the proceeds ...
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Vic Budget—Operating Surplus, Healthcare On the Backburner…Again
Vic Budget—Operating Surplus, Healthcare On the Backburner…Again
09 May 2014
Evidence suggests that healthcare is the number one priority for Victorians yet figures show that the government has neglected the sector again. Ther...
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Anaesthetic Tech job structure under threat at RCH
Anaesthetic Tech job structure under threat at RCH
09 May 2014
VHPA Anaesthetic Technologist Members have been engaged in a process around a change in the way operating theatres are staffed at the RCH. “The Chan...
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Are you getting your Meal Allowance?
Are you getting your Meal Allowance?
09 May 2014
We have received a number of calls about Meal Allowances in the Public Sector with some Health Professionals not receiving the allowances they are ent...
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Physios and Medical Radiation Practitioners – AHPRA would like your feedback
Physios and Medical Radiation Practitioners – AHPRA would like your feedback
09 May 2014
AHPRA is reviewing registrations standards for several boards including Physiotherapy and Medical Radiation Practice. The standards up for review incl...
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Delegate Profile- Robyn Grant from Sunbury Community Centre
Delegate Profile- Robyn Grant from Sunbury Community Centre
06 May 2014
Robyn has worked as a Physio for 30 years and has been at Sunbury Community Health Centre for over 22. She’s someone who clearly loves her work and ...
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Independent Living Centre to Lose 3 Therapists
Independent Living Centre to Lose 3 Therapists
02 May 2014
A restructure at Yooralla’s Brooklyn Independent Living Centre will mean the loss of 3* Therapist positions. The move raises concerns for the welfar...
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Preventative Healthcare Agency Targeted
Preventative Healthcare Agency Targeted
02 May 2014
Health organisations are bracing themselves for the budget to be released on the 13th. With the National Commission of Audit outlining how the delay o...
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Urgent HIS update- eight members locked out
Urgent HIS update- eight members locked out
24 Apr 2014
After a return to bargaining meetings where some minor progress was made, the second ‘final offer’ by HIS management was still sub-standard.  Mem...
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Impact of Royal Commission into Unions
Impact of Royal Commission into Unions
24 Apr 2014
As Members may recall from our newsletter of April 1, the VHPA was one of a number of Unions served with a Notice to Produce (documents) by the Heydon...
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AHPRA – call for applications for the Occupational Therapy Registrations and Notifications Committee
AHPRA – call for applications for the Occupational Therapy Registrations and Notifications Committee
24 Apr 2014
There is an opening on the AHPRA Occupational Therapy Registrations and Notifications Committee. The RNC is responsible for deciding registrations, as...
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Report Recommends Allied Health Assistants perform Occupational Therapist and Physio tasks
Report Recommends Allied Health Assistants perform Occupational Therapist and Physio tasks
17 Apr 2014
A report released by the Grattan Institute claims having Allied Health and Nursing Assistants take on tasks currently performed by Occupational Ther...
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May Day in Community Health
May Day in Community Health
17 Apr 2014
The ongoing Community Health EA campaign was given a significant boost on Monday evening as Delegates from across the sector converged for a mass meet...
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VHPA advances HIS dispute
VHPA advances HIS dispute
17 Apr 2014
The VHPA continues to advance the interests of members involved in the HIS dispute. Over the last fortnight management have been forced to lift the lo...
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Easter Saturday public holiday: Monday – Friday workers
Easter Saturday public holiday: Monday – Friday workers
17 Apr 2014
Health professionals working in the public and community health sectors (and in some private health workplaces) who ordinarily work from Monday – Fr...
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Locked-out members back at work
Locked-out members back at work
08 Apr 2014
It has been another dramatic week for HIS members- following the stop-work meeting on 28th March two more members were locked out on Tuesday of last ...
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Public Sector Payrise- check your payslip
Public Sector Payrise- check your payslip
08 Apr 2014
If you work in the public health sector, don’t forget to check your next pay slip to make sure you have received your latest pay rise. Under the cu...
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Getting colleagues off the fence – joining more members before the next EA
Getting colleagues off the fence – joining more members before the next EA
08 Apr 2014
“I’m waiting to see the outcome of the EA before I join the union.” Many people have heard this when trying to recruit or re-join members - an i...
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Lake Imaging attacks Parental Leave
Lake Imaging attacks Parental Leave
08 Apr 2014
Management at Lake Imaging Geelong has moved to strip long service leave and paid parental leave entitlements from workers. The move comes as a shock...
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Royal Commission Into Unions
Royal Commission Into Unions
01 Apr 2014
Along with many other unions, the VHPA has been served with documents by the Royal Commission into unions. We have been given a very short time frame ...
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Continued industrial action following HIS refusals to bargain
Continued industrial action following HIS refusals to bargain
01 Apr 2014
Early last week, HIS members offered to suspend industrial action should HIS return to thebargaining table and release members from their lockouts. H...
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Unpaid Parental Leave and Returning to Work
Unpaid Parental Leave and Returning to Work
01 Apr 2014
The arrival of a new family member can be a time of great joy and excitement - it can also be a very busy time. Sorting out leave arrangements and req...
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Australian Red Cross Blood Service restructure attracts more media concern
Australian Red Cross Blood Service restructure attracts more media concern
01 Apr 2014
Jon Faine’s Morning Program on ABC 774 interviewed a former Australian Red Cross Blood Service worker last week and questioned how the service will ...
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Clause 11 – Public Sector Delegates say YES
Clause 11 – Public Sector Delegates say YES
27 Mar 2014
After many months of negotiations with the VHIA and Department of Health, it appears as though the Clause 11 Public Sector Classification Review is dr...
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HSU National Secretary insults Branch 3 members
HSU National Secretary insults Branch 3 members
27 Mar 2014
VHPA Members were shocked to find themselves insulted by the National Secretary of the Union, Kathy Jackson, on Tuesday. In an extraordinary move Jack...
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AHPRA changes guidelines after Health Practitioners online campaign
AHPRA changes guidelines after Health Practitioners online campaign
27 Mar 2014
As changes to the AHPRA Advertising Guidelines came into effect last week, a social media campaign lead by Health Practitioners was lobbying for chang...
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HIS members stand strong in the face of management aggression
HIS members stand strong in the face of management aggression
17 Mar 2014
Management at Health Imaging Services, in keeping with their heavy-handed approach, have locked-out two further Health Professionals employees after a...
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Salary sacrificing- not a reason to pay Health Professionals less
Salary sacrificing- not a reason to pay Health Professionals less
17 Mar 2014
When negotiating for better terms and conditions, the VHPA is constantly given the excuse that any salary increase needs to be weighed against the abi...
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Want to do CPD through your Union? Complete this survey
Want to do CPD through your Union? Complete this survey
17 Mar 2014
Are you a Health Professional registered under APHRA? If the answer is yes, then ensuring you complete your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)...
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Delegate profile – John Condliffe
Delegate profile – John Condliffe
17 Mar 2014
John Condliffe has been able to bring almost 40 years of experience to his work at Healthcare Imaging Services (HIS) but for the first time in his wor...
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Radiographers Locked Out at Northern Hospital
Radiographers Locked Out at Northern Hospital
13 Mar 2014
Four Radiographers, employed by Healthcare Imaging Services, were today issued with indefinite lockout notices. The unprecedented and heavy-handed mov...
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HISterical Fundraiser — industrial action looms
HISterical Fundraiser — industrial action looms
06 Mar 2014
Industrial action looms at Healthcare Imaging Services (HIS) as negotiations have reached loggerheads. The position put by HIS management is unaccept...
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AHPRA – new policies and changes to guidelines
AHPRA – new policies and changes to guidelines
06 Mar 2014
Health Professionals regulated by AHPRA must ensure they are aware of a number of recent policy and other regulatory changes. The key modifications p...
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Hazelwood Fire Protest
Hazelwood Fire Protest
06 Mar 2014
Residents in the Latrobe Valley have been living with the smoke emanating from the Hazelwood Coalmine Fire for nearly 4 weeks, with those in Morwell c...
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Labour day holiday – check your pay
Labour day holiday – check your pay
06 Mar 2014
Monday 10th March is the Labour Day public holiday. If working the public holiday be sure to check that you are paid correctly for it. If in doubt, ch...
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Systematic payroll error detected
Systematic payroll error detected
28 Feb 2014
We have received reports of two separate incidents where members have been underpaid for periods of recall over the Australia Day public holiday. In o...
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Hazelwood Fire – Rally called, government action needed now!
Hazelwood Fire – Rally called, government action needed now!
28 Feb 2014
There is a serious public health issue unfolding in the Latrobe Valley. The Hazelwood Open Cut Brown Coal Mine hasbeen burning for over 2 weeks. Smoke...
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Profile: Arne Rygg, Radiation Engineer from Peter Mac
Profile: Arne Rygg, Radiation Engineer from Peter Mac
28 Feb 2014
Arne Rygg, a Radiation Engineer working at Peter Mac, is somewhat unique among Health Professionals- rather than working directly with people, Arne an...
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VHPA push Yooralla on financial data
VHPA push Yooralla on financial data
20 Feb 2014
A scheduled meeting with management at Yooralla was cancelled this week as financial information requested by the VHPA has not been provided. It has ...
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Radiographers- donate equipment to help children in Cambodia
Radiographers- donate equipment to help children in Cambodia
20 Feb 2014
Sam Tuck is a volunteer Radiography tutor based at the Children’s Surgical Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Centre is an NGO that provides free r...
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Antiprotesting Rally
Antiprotesting Rally
20 Feb 2014
This week, VHPA staff joined unions and activists from around Victoria to protest against the Napthine government’s ‘move on’ laws- laws that ma...
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VHPA Members prepare for industrial action
VHPA Members prepare for industrial action
17 Feb 2014
VHPA Members working at Healthcare Imaging Services (HIS) sent a strong message to management last week by voting in favour of taking industrial actio...
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Community Health Votes No!
Community Health Votes No!
13 Feb 2014
Community Health Professionals in 7 Community Health Centres sent a resounding message to management rejecting the sub-standard, non-union Enterprise ...
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Member Profile- Kim Vien, Occupational Therapist at Yooralla
Member Profile- Kim Vien, Occupational Therapist at Yooralla
13 Feb 2014
With few of the perks that their Public Sector peers have won, Health Professionals in the Not-for-profit sector face a number of issues in their work...
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New Laws Threaten Our Freedom to Protest
New Laws Threaten Our Freedom to Protest
13 Feb 2014
A new law threatening our right to protest is before state parliament and is causing major concern among unions. This new law will grant police and PS...
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Epworth EA: management’s latest offer
Epworth EA: management’s latest offer
13 Feb 2014
Bargaining continues at the Epworth Hospital with management presenting a revised offer to members earlier this week. The VHPA is holding a series of...
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Community Health Professionals need your support
Community Health Professionals need your support
06 Feb 2014
Community Health Professionals are set to become the worst paid Health Professionals in Australia should their agreement offer pass this week. The opp...
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SAYING NO— Community Heath Professionals vote on Enterprise Agreement
SAYING NO— Community Heath Professionals vote on Enterprise Agreement
06 Feb 2014
Nine Victorian Community Health Centres are in the process of voting on a non-Union, management-offered Enterprise Agreement. The proposed Agreement i...
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VHPA Membership figures on the rise
VHPA Membership figures on the rise
06 Feb 2014
January has been a good month for the VHPA with 92 new members joining the Union over the period. ‘This is a terrific result for the membership and...
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AHPRA enforces Health Practitioner Regulation Law—heavy fine imposed
AHPRA enforces Health Practitioner Regulation Law—heavy fine imposed
06 Feb 2014
The first person has been found guilty of an offence under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and has been ordered to pay fines of $20,000. ...
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Bargaining Begins at Lake Imaging
Bargaining Begins at Lake Imaging
06 Feb 2014
Enterprise bargaining at Lake Imaging Geelong is now underway. The parties have thus far met twice and plan to meet on a regular basis. Members deser...
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Medical millionaire proposes real pay cut for staff despite 29% surge in profits
Medical millionaire proposes real pay cut for staff despite 29% surge in profits
29 Jan 2014
A proposed real pay cut for staff of major x-ray and diagnostics provider Healthcare Imaging Services (HIS) is appalling hypocrisy considering company...
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Confidential ballot won for Community Health Professionals
Confidential ballot won for Community Health Professionals
29 Jan 2014
An outcry over the failure to allow Community Health Professionals to vote confidentially in an upcoming Enterprise Agreement ballot has led to a chan...
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Taking care of older people with HIV: new survey
Taking care of older people with HIV: new survey
28 Jan 2014
Due to better treatment and care, people diagnosed with HIV today have similar life expectancy as people who do not have the virus. This is a truly g...
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Constructive talks over Chief Structures in public hospitals
Constructive talks over Chief Structures in public hospitals
22 Jan 2014
Constructive talks were held this morning with the VHIA over the Classification Review and the VHPA’s strong concerns regarding the need to maintain...
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Community Health Professionals to be worst paid Health Professionals in Australia?
Community Health Professionals to be worst paid Health Professionals in Australia?
22 Jan 2014
Members in Community Health are being urged to reject a proposed Enterprise Agreement (EA) that would see them become the worst paid Health Profession...
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Epworth overstates value of pay offer
Epworth overstates value of pay offer
22 Jan 2014
Epworth are overstating the value of their latest pay offer and Health Professionals (HPs) should be sceptical of the figures management has provided ...
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Casual worker entitled to Long Service Leave
Casual worker entitled to Long Service Leave
22 Jan 2014
A Health Professional working in the public sector has gained an extra eight years of service towards their Long Service Leave entitlement with assist...
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Health Professionals rally to save Medicare
Health Professionals rally to save Medicare
15 Jan 2014
VHPA Secretary Craig McGregor takes centre stage at the Save Medicare Rally - you can view other rally pics here Health Professionals rally to save M...
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Delegates’ mass meeting kicks off Community Health campaign for 2014
Delegates’ mass meeting kicks off Community Health campaign for 2014
15 Jan 2014
A mass meeting of Delegates this week means the VHPA’s Community Health campaign will start 2014 with a bang. Community Health Delegates have been ...
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Regional meetings to discuss Health Professional issues
Regional meetings to discuss Health Professional issues
15 Jan 2014
A series of workplace meetings are being held in regional centres to discuss issues for Health Professionals. So far in January, meetings have been h...
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Miserly 1% pay offer rejected by HIS members
Miserly 1% pay offer rejected by HIS members
15 Jan 2014
A pre-Xmas online poll resulted in a clear message from members at Healthcare Imaging Services (HIS) for the VHPA to start moves towards industrial ...
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Do you have any new Interns or Early Graduates?
Do you have any new Interns or Early Graduates?
15 Jan 2014
The VHPA now has a special membership kit for Interns and other Health Professionals who are in the early stage of their careers. If you have any coll...
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VHPA opposes Medicare co-payment proposal
VHPA opposes Medicare co-payment proposal
09 Jan 2014
The VHPA stands in strong opposition to the recent Medicare co-payment proposal. “There are few countries in the world where the great majority ca...
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Ball in VHIA’s court over Public Sector Classification Review
Ball in VHIA’s court over Public Sector Classification Review
09 Jan 2014
A recent conciliation before the Fair Work Commission over the Public Sector Reclassification Review has left the ball firmly in the court of the Vict...
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Member wins 20 weeks back-pay
Member wins 20 weeks back-pay
09 Jan 2014
The VHPA has been successful in obtaining the equivalent of approximately 20 weeks pay for a Health Professional employed at a public sector medical c...
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Unfairly dismissed member gets major payout
Unfairly dismissed member gets major payout
09 Jan 2014
The VHPA has been successful in obtaining a payment of 17 weeks pay for a Health Professional who was unfairly dismissed by their employer. The membe...
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Community Health industrial action delayed by Commission
Community Health industrial action delayed by Commission
09 Jan 2014
The Fair Work Commission has delayed a move by the VHPA to take industrial action at several Community Health Services. Shortly before the holiday br...
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Alfred forced to back down on physio restructure
Alfred forced to back down on physio restructure
18 Dec 2013
Vigorous intervention by the VHPA has forced The Alfred to retract proposed changes to the physiotherapy service in the Burns Unit. The proposal woul...
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Health Minister should now intervene in Community Health Enterprise Agreement
Health Minister should now intervene in Community Health Enterprise Agreement
18 Dec 2013
Victoria’s Health Minister, David Davis should help resolve the Community Health Professionals Enterprise Agreement says the VHPA. Last week the Mi...
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Conciliation over Better Structures, Better Care Review slated for Friday
Conciliation over Better Structures, Better Care Review slated for Friday
18 Dec 2013
A conciliation meeting between the VHPA and the VHIA will occur on Friday over the ‘Better Structures, Better Care’ Classification Review for the ...
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Push for Social Workers to be nationally registered
Push for Social Workers to be nationally registered
18 Dec 2013
A proposal to establish a Code of Conduct for unregistered health practitioners has been rejected by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AAS...
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Coalition scraps pay supplements for aged care workers
Coalition scraps pay supplements for aged care workers
18 Dec 2013
Aged care workers will miss out on a 3.5% pay increase after the Federal Government moved to scrap Labor’s Workforce Compact for the sector. Last w...
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VHPA goes to Fair Work over Better Structures, Better Care Review
VHPA goes to Fair Work over Better Structures, Better Care Review
12 Dec 2013
** Public Sector Health Professionals - Special Update**   VHPA goes to Fair Work over Better Structures, Better Care Review   The VHPA has...
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Pay rise opinion shows need to improve Public Sector EA: further action possible
Pay rise opinion shows need to improve Public Sector EA: further action possible
05 Dec 2013
An opinion expressed by the Fair Work Commission in favour of the employers and against the VHPA has shown the need to improve the drafting of key cla...
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Tutor role under threat at Alfred Health: Sandringham radiology restructure
Tutor role under threat at Alfred Health: Sandringham radiology restructure
05 Dec 2013
A proposed restructure within Sandringham Radiology would see the dedicated Tutor position replaced by a combined Chief/Tutor role. The VHPA is conce...
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New mammography course could erode standards
New mammography course could erode standards
05 Dec 2013
The introduction of a postgraduate course specifically for Mammography that does not require any undergraduate imaging qualifications is raising conce...
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Know your rights: how to check your payslip
Know your rights: how to check your payslip
05 Dec 2013
Are you being paid correctly? How can you check if your employer has passed on your latest pay increase or whether you are getting the right allowance...
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Audited Annual Financial Report reveals healthy surplus for VHPA
Audited Annual Financial Report reveals healthy surplus for VHPA
28 Nov 2013
In a strong sign of confidence in our financial management and administration, the independent auditor has ticked off on the VHPA's Annual Financial R...
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Stop Press: VHPA meeting with Occupational Therapy Victorian Committee
Stop Press: VHPA meeting with Occupational Therapy Victorian Committee
27 Nov 2013
Pictured above are members of the Occupational Therapy Victorian Workforce & Professional Issues Committee who met earlier today with the VHPA. F...
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Fed up HIS members get ready for industrial action
Fed up HIS members get ready for industrial action
27 Nov 2013
VHPA members at Healthcare Imaging Services (HIS) are getting fed up with the response of management and are being surveyed as to what types of indust...
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Ramsay HPs get early pay rise
Ramsay HPs get early pay rise
27 Nov 2013
Health Professionals at Ramsay Health Care a can look forward to a 3.5% pay increase in mid-December (back-paid to the first full-pay pay period comme...
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Yooralla HPs denied pay rise despite $6.6 million profit
Yooralla HPs denied pay rise despite $6.6 million profit
27 Nov 2013
Health Professionals at Yooralla have not had a pay rise for more than two years despite the major disability service provider trumpeting a surplus of...
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Victorian Allied Health Research Conference – 28 March 2014
Victorian Allied Health Research Conference – 28 March 2014
27 Nov 2013
The Victorian Department of Health is presenting the inaugural research conference for all allied health disciplines. The conference will showcase re...
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No excess for new, improved Professional Indemnity Insurance
No excess for new, improved Professional Indemnity Insurance
20 Nov 2013
Members no longer have to pay any excess if they make a claim under the VHPA’s new Professional Indemnity Insurance policy. The VHPA is pleased to ...
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Media spotlight on Red Cross job cuts
Media spotlight on Red Cross job cuts
20 Nov 2013
Quick work by the VHPA put the proposed job cuts by the Red Cross Blood Service under the media spotlight last week. In a rare example of negative co...
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Redundancies at Melbourne Health to worsen staff workloads
Redundancies at Melbourne Health to worsen staff workloads
20 Nov 2013
A round of up to 100 voluntary redundancies at Melbourne Health is bound to worsen staff workloads and could increase patient waiting times says the V...
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Protest over unfair pay at mass meeting of Community Health workers
Protest over unfair pay at mass meeting of Community Health workers
19 Nov 2013
Pictured above are Community Health members getting the message out to colleagues and management at the mass meeting -  from left, Lisa Magnusson, ...
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Go home on time day – Wednesday 20 November
Go home on time day – Wednesday 20 November
18 Nov 2013
Reclaim some work/life balance! Are you a slave to your smartphone? Do you struggle to juggle work demands with the school run? Are you stressed abo...
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Red Cross announces major restructure with 70 Health Professionals to be made redundant
Red Cross announces major restructure with 70 Health Professionals to be made redundant
13 Nov 2013
Documents obtained by the VHPA reveal that 70 Grade 3,4 and 5 positions are to be made redundant in a massive loss of skilled roles for Health Profess...
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Part time Health Professionals lose out under Coalition super changes
Part time Health Professionals lose out under Coalition super changes
13 Nov 2013
Many part-time Health Professionals will be substantially worse off in retirement as a result of recently announced superannuation changes. New feder...
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Epworth Enterprise Agreement negotiations continue this week
Epworth Enterprise Agreement negotiations continue this week
13 Nov 2013
As mentioned in last week's newsletter, Epworth management is playing hardball in its response to the log of claims that was recently presented by the...
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Don’t forget to renew your registration with AHPRA
Don’t forget to renew your registration with AHPRA
13 Nov 2013
It’s that time of the year again! This is a timely reminder that your registration as a health practitioner is due by November 30. Physiotherapist...
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It’s time to support our Community Health colleagues
It’s time to support our Community Health colleagues
08 Nov 2013
Did you know? Podiatrists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists are being paid less than Dietitians, Audiologists and Psy...
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Commission hearing set for public hospital pay rise issue
Commission hearing set for public hospital pay rise issue
08 Nov 2013
The Fair Work Commission has set Tuesday 3 December as the date for hearing the dispute regarding the pay rise delay for Health Professionals in the p...
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Big pay rises due this week for Healthscope and SEPC
Big pay rises due this week for Healthscope and SEPC
08 Nov 2013
Big pay rises are due this week for Health Professionals at Healthscope and South East Palliative Care (SEPC). Health Professionals (HPs) can expect ...
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Collective bargaining update – November 2013
Collective bargaining update – November 2013
08 Nov 2013
Here is a brief update on the progress we are making with the Enterprise Agreements the VHPA has been working on this year:  Barwon CASA Negotiations...
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Personal leave win shows light at end of tunnel
Personal leave win shows light at end of tunnel
31 Oct 2013
If you have been experiencing unfair and potentially unlawful restrictions on your access to personal leave, there is light at the end of the tunnel. ...
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Update on public hospital pay rise delay
Update on public hospital pay rise delay
31 Oct 2013
Last week’s HP Update exposed the fact that Health Professionals in the public sector were experiencing a delay in their pay rise that was due from...
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Bereavement Benefit no longer provided: savings to go to representing members & services
Bereavement Benefit no longer provided: savings to go to representing members & services
31 Oct 2013
Savings from a decision to no longer offer a Bereavement Benefit to members will go towards a major upgrade of individual representation, workplace or...
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Are you being forced to take leave at Xmas or Easter?
Are you being forced to take leave at Xmas or Easter?
31 Oct 2013
Is your workplace telling you they're closing at Xmas (or Easter) and that you'll "have" to take leave? If so, please call VHPA Member Assist - ph 13...
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New shopping discounts and rewards program for VHPA members
New shopping discounts and rewards program for VHPA members
31 Oct 2013
A great new range of discounts and savings is now available for VHPA members. In keeping with the clean sweep of your Union, we recently undertook a ...
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Public hospitals penny-pinching impacts on Health Professionals
Public hospitals penny-pinching impacts on Health Professionals
23 Oct 2013
Many Health Professionals in the public sector are still waiting for their pay rise that was due from 1 October. Under the current Public Health Sect...
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Solid win delivers $8300 a year for SEPC Health Professionals
Solid win delivers $8300 a year for SEPC Health Professionals
23 Oct 2013
Health Professionals at South East Palliative Care will get at least $5,915 in back pay and a lump sum as soon as their new VHPA-negotiated Enterprise...
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Barwon Health criticised over grievances
Barwon Health criticised over grievances
23 Oct 2013
Complaints by two employees have led to calls for changes to Barwon Health’s grievance policy. As reported by the Geelong Advertiser (19/10/13), ...
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Williamson pleads guilty to defrauding HSU East
Williamson pleads guilty to defrauding HSU East
16 Oct 2013
In dramatic news, Michael Williamson, the former head of HSU East, is facing a jail term of up to 30 years after pleading guilty to charges that inclu...
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Healthscope EA to be voted on … again
Healthscope EA to be voted on … again
16 Oct 2013
Members at Healthscope recently voted on their new Enterprise Agreement and the result was a unanimous YES. Unfortunately, an error on behalf of Heal...
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Are you being bullied?
Are you being bullied?
16 Oct 2013
Bullying is repeated unreasonable behaviour towards you as an employee or as part of a group of employees. You can be bullied by a supervisor or by a...
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Budget surplus is a slap in the face – Media Release
Budget surplus is a slap in the face – Media Release
15 Oct 2013
The announcement of a $316 million budget surplus is a slap in the face for Health Professionals working in Victoria’s Community Health Centres and ...
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Three-year anniversary since last Community Health pay rise
Three-year anniversary since last Community Health pay rise
09 Oct 2013
In a few weeks time it will be three years since Community Health Professionals last had a pay rise. This is an appalling anniversary the VHIA and Com...
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Problems with annual leave entitlements at public hospitals
Problems with annual leave entitlements at public hospitals
09 Oct 2013
Problems with annual leave entitlements at public hospitals Heath Professionals at several major public hospitals are experiencing problems with a la...
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Know your rights: union members and delegates
Know your rights: union members and delegates
09 Oct 2013
Know your rights: union members and delegates Did you know that your right to join and be represented by the VHPA is protected by law? Under the Fair...
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Threats and opportunities for RTs and imaging technologists
Threats and opportunities for RTs and imaging technologists
09 Oct 2013
Threats and opportunities for RTs and imaging technologists A recently released workforce strategy poses both threats and opportunities for Health Pro...
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Pay rise due for public health sector
Pay rise due for public health sector
02 Oct 2013
Pay rise due If you work in the public health sector, don’t forget to check your next pay slip to make sure you have received your latest pay rise. ...
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‘Close the pay gap’ say Epworth HPs
‘Close the pay gap’ say Epworth HPs
02 Oct 2013
First Epworth EA negotiation meeting The first Epworth EA negotiation meeting was held last week with the VHPA team submitting our log of claims to m...
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Are you being told your entitlements don’t transfer?
Are you being told your entitlements don’t transfer?
02 Oct 2013
Portability of entitlements Recently we have received several queries from members whose employers have refused to recognise their prior service when ...
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Watch out for sick leave issues and Public Holiday shut downs
Watch out for sick leave issues and Public Holiday shut downs
02 Oct 2013
Sick leave... Is your manager insisting on a Medical Certificate when you are sick? This is a common issues for many Heath Professionals and particul...
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Clarification re Fair Work Commission investigation
Clarification re Fair Work Commission investigation
20 Sep 2013
Members may have seen recent reports in the press regarding allegations of “cronyism, the misuse of members’ funds and Health Services Union resou...
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Public Health Professionals set to gain from Classification Review
Public Health Professionals set to gain from Classification Review
11 Sep 2013
Health Professionals working in the public health sector will soon gain a number of improvements from the long-awaited Clause 11 Classification Review...
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Payroll issues persist at Barwon Health
Payroll issues persist at Barwon Health
11 Sep 2013
After repeated complaints by the VHPA to Barwon Health, the HR Director has stepped in to oversee the resolution of the ongoing payroll problems. The...
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Good pay rise on the cards for Healthscope HPs
Good pay rise on the cards for Healthscope HPs
11 Sep 2013
Health Professionals at Healthscope can look forward to a total pay rise of an estimated $13,000 under a proposed new Enterprise Agreement (EA). The ...
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Early access to Long Service Leave won
Early access to Long Service Leave won
11 Sep 2013
Health Professionals at Healthe Care have won early access to Long Service Leave after a protracted but ultimately successful campaign by the Union. ...
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Ten logs of claims served on Community Health Centres
Ten logs of claims served on Community Health Centres
11 Sep 2013
Members’ logs of claims for the Enterprise Agreement have now been served on ten individual Community Health Centres (CHCs). These Centres have ele...
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Policy concerns for Health Professionals – Federal Election 2013
Policy concerns for Health Professionals – Federal Election 2013
03 Sep 2013
Are you concerned about your future working conditions and job prospects? [caption id="attachment_2401" align="alignleft" width="180"] Craig McGregor,...
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Collective bargaining update
Collective bargaining update
26 Aug 2013
Besides the Community Health sector, the VHPA is engaged in collective bargaining on behalf of members with several other employers. Below is an updat...
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Regional visits program moves to Warrnambool
Regional visits program moves to Warrnambool
26 Aug 2013
A COMPREHENSIVE program of regional visits to ensure Health Professionals across Victoria have direct access to their VHPA Organiser will continue thi...
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Sick leave changes cause alarm
Sick leave changes cause alarm
26 Aug 2013
Alarm bells have been ringing for staff at Melbourne Health after a change to the leave policy which limits the use statutory declarations as acceptab...
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Beware misleading info given to Community Health Professionals
Beware misleading info given to Community Health Professionals
19 Aug 2013
RECENTLY the managers of a Community Health Centre in Melbourne’s northeast sent their Health Professional employees a misleading and inflammatory e...
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Beware misleading info given to Community Health Professionals
Beware misleading info given to Community Health Professionals
19 Aug 2013
RECENTLY the managers of a Community Health Centre in Melbourne’s northeast sent their Health Professional employees a misleading and inflammatory e...
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Another employer drops payroll deduction – switch to DD
Another employer drops payroll deduction – switch to DD
19 Aug 2013
ANOTHER employer, the Red Cross, has advised they will no longer support payroll deductions of union fees for their employees. If you are one of the ...
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Massive back-pay win for higher qualifications
Massive back-pay win for higher qualifications
19 Aug 2013
A SUCCESSFUL case by the VHPA before the Fair Work Commission last week has won a member a massive $7000 back-pay. The VHPA’s industrial team succe...
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Employers must first redeploy: Federal Court
Employers must first redeploy: Federal Court
12 Aug 2013
In a big legal win for employees, the Federal Court confirmed last week there is a duty on employers to maintain a relationship of trust and confidenc...
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Self-education tax cap postponed
Self-education tax cap postponed
12 Aug 2013
After community and industry outcry, the Government has deferred the introduction of the proposed $2000 cap on work-related self-education expenses un...
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Do you work at Epworth HealthCare?
Do you work at Epworth HealthCare?
12 Aug 2013
If you work at Epworth HealthCare we want your views and ideas. We are currently surveying all Health Professionals at Epworth to collect feedback ab...
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Union exposes $5,000 pay rip-off in Community Health
Union exposes $5,000 pay rip-off in Community Health
05 Aug 2013
The latest pay offer by Community Health management would be an unfair rip-off with VHPA members ending up getting $5,000 a year less than similarly q...
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More change at PeterMac
More change at PeterMac
05 Aug 2013
More changes are underway at PeterMac with hospital management recently releasing a Change Impact Statement regarding restructuring the operation of t...
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Get yourself a (free) lawyer
Get yourself a (free) lawyer
05 Aug 2013
Members are now able to access free legal advice services from Australia’s leading industrial and personal injury law firm, Maurice Blackburn. Goo...
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Heart and soul training on 10 August
Heart and soul training on 10 August
05 Aug 2013
Delegates are the heart and soul of any union. They are the people who volunteer their time and energy to represent their work colleagues and stand up...
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Serious concerns at Albury Wodonga Health
Serious concerns at Albury Wodonga Health
04 Aug 2013
A successful meeting of Albury Wodonga Health members with Lead Organiser Linda Jenkin last week established a number of serious concerns regarding an...
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First State Super swallows up HealthSuper
First State Super swallows up HealthSuper
29 Jul 2013
Besides a series of recent Government changes to super, many of our members will have noticed that HealthSuper is no more. For the last two years sin...
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Are you getting enough super?
Are you getting enough super?
29 Jul 2013
It is important you check you are being paid the right amount of superannuation by your employer following a recent increase in national super. On 1 ...
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Update on Peter Mac RTS Review
Update on Peter Mac RTS Review
29 Jul 2013
Members at all Peter Mac Centres have elected their Consultative Committee Representatives who have now had an introductory training session. The Reps...
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Employees misled over Healthe Care Agreement?
Employees misled over Healthe Care Agreement?
29 Jul 2013
Statements made by management about long service leave that appear to be misleading are one of several reasons why the Fair Work Commission should rej...
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Tyres slashed at Barwon Health
Tyres slashed at Barwon Health
29 Jul 2013
Barwon Health employees have had their car tyres slashed as a result of parking restrictions introduced at the McKellar Centre in Geelong. Fees of up...
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Uncertainty over Clinical Review prompts meetings at Albury Wodonga Health
Uncertainty over Clinical Review prompts meetings at Albury Wodonga Health
29 Jul 2013
Concern over a Clinical Review which has been underway for some time at Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) has prompted the Victorian Health professionals as...
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Log of claims served on Yooralla management
Log of claims served on Yooralla management
22 Jul 2013
In a major step towards negotiating a long-overdue Enterprise Agreement (EA), the VHPA served a log of claims on Yooralla management last Friday. Top ...
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Community Health campaign gains momentum
Community Health campaign gains momentum
22 Jul 2013
The Community Health Centre (CHC) Campaign continues to gather momentum with more Centres electing Health Professionals Delegates and work underway at...
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Win for fairness as Biomedical Engineering redundancy is withdrawn
Win for fairness as Biomedical Engineering redundancy is withdrawn
22 Jul 2013
In another win for transparency and fairness in the workplace, a Biomedical Engineering redundancy at the Royal Children’s has been withdrawn for a ...
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Salary packaging saved from FBT changes
Salary packaging saved from FBT changes
19 Jul 2013
Health Professionals benefiting from employer-provided salary packaging arrangements can breathe a sigh of relief. While the Federal Government has m...
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Monash Health ordered to reconsider redundancies at Needle Syringe Program
Monash Health ordered to reconsider redundancies at Needle Syringe Program
12 Jul 2013
Community workers at a Needle Syringe Program run by Monash Health successfully won the right to be considered for redeployment at a Fair Work Commiss...
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Non-qualified x-ray operators face $30,000 fines
Non-qualified x-ray operators face $30,000 fines
12 Jul 2013
A policy recently released by the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA) warns of serious repercussions for anyone purporting to be a ...
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Members at HIS win first aid pay and curbs on hours
Members at HIS win first aid pay and curbs on hours
12 Jul 2013
Health Professionals working for Healthcare Imaging Services (HIS) have achieved curbs on extended work hours thanks to intervention by the VHPA. The...
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Final stage of negotiations on public sector reclassifications
Final stage of negotiations on public sector reclassifications
05 Jul 2013
NEGOTIATIONS for improvements to job conditions, rates of pay, retention and career paths for public sector Health Professionals are in a final stage....
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Employers’ representative refuses to bargain with Community Health Professionals
Employers’ representative refuses to bargain with Community Health Professionals
05 Jul 2013
Discussions on the long-overdue Enterprise Agreement (EA) for Community Health Professionals have reached an impasse, with the employers’ bargaining...
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Successful BBQ for RTs
Successful BBQ for RTs
04 Jul 2013
MORE than fifty people attended a BBQ held by the Union today to support RTs and everyone concerned about or affected by the Review of Radiation Thera...
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We are moving – new contact  details for the Health Professionals Union
We are moving – new contact details for the Health Professionals Union
02 Jul 2013
Please contact the Health Professionals Union on 1300 322 917 or email info@hsuhp.asn.au If you have any difficulty getting through on this number, p...
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Healthe Care Members should reject another bad offer
Healthe Care Members should reject another bad offer
18 Jun 2013
Members are being advised to reject another attempt by management of Healthe Care to push through a sub-standard Enterprise Agreement (EA) in the ball...
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Union members in health care are $9000 better off
Union members in health care are $9000 better off
12 Jun 2013
What’s the value of union collective bargaining? More than $9000 a year in your pocket, as well as better conditions and respect for your rights. A...
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Enterprise Agreement negotiations are underway
Enterprise Agreement negotiations are underway
12 Jun 2013
Negotiations for more than twelve different Enterprise Agreements (EA) are either underway or soon to start. These Agreements will determine the pay a...
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Urgent meetings to discuss radiation therapy review at Peter Mac
Urgent meetings to discuss radiation therapy review at Peter Mac
07 Jun 2013
  A REVIEW of therapy services at Peter Mac is prompting concern by health professionals throughout the public hospital sector. The review is ...
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Beware of Bullying: it can affect Health Professionals too!
Beware of Bullying: it can affect Health Professionals too!
06 Jun 2013
Bullying at work is defined as repeated unreasonable behaviour towards an employee or a group of employees that creates a risk to their health and saf...
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Community health delegates meet to plan Enterprise Agreement campaigns
30 May 2013
Newly-elected delegates from around nine community health centres met on Tuesday this week to discuss plans for their Enterprise Agreement campaigns. ...
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Breast cancer patients will lose specialist counselling as a result of St Vincents Hospital redundancies
Breast cancer patients will lose specialist counselling as a result of St Vincents Hospital redundancies
29 May 2013
MEDIA RELEASE Women being screened for breast cancer will no longer receive specialist counselling as a result of a new round of staff redundancies b...
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Indemnity insurance is a must for health professionals
Indemnity insurance is a must for health professionals
29 May 2013
The issue of medical negligence, and claims arising from such, is an ever present concern for all Health Professionals. As such it is crucial that we ...
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Dads and partners are now eligible for $1,200 parental leave pay
Dads and partners are now eligible for $1,200 parental leave pay
22 May 2013
Did you know that working dads or partners can get up to two weeks of pay from the Federal Government when you are on unpaid leave from work? The Gove...
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Podiatrist wins $5,600 back-pay over six years
Podiatrist wins $5,600 back-pay over six years
22 May 2013
A part-time podiatrist who believed she had been wrongly classified has won more than $5,600 in back-pay with the support of the Health Professionals ...
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Stop the drift to private practice – say community health professionals
Stop the drift to private practice – say community health professionals
22 May 2013
More than 160 health professionals attended a recent round of meetings in over 25 Community Health Centres (CHC) to discuss the current Enterprise Agr...
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Crunch time for negotiations on public sector reclassifications
Crunch time for negotiations on public sector reclassifications
16 May 2013
The negotiations for improvements to job roles, pay rates and career paths for public sector Health Professionals have now reached a critical phase. ...
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Coalition workplace policy – as harmless as it seems?
Coalition workplace policy – as harmless as it seems?
15 May 2013
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Real pay cut at Healthe Care thwarted … for now
Real pay cut at Healthe Care thwarted … for now
15 May 2013
If you work at HealtheCare sites it is urgently important you get involved in the union to protect your pay and conditions.  A recent attempt by Heal...
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Alfred Health OT workers win consultation over shock redundancies and service closure
Alfred Health OT workers win consultation over shock redundancies and service closure
14 May 2013
MEDIA RELEASE Following a shock move last week by management of Alfred Health to retrench two Occupational Therapists and close the services they pro...
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State budget tries to repair health sector damage
State budget tries to repair health sector damage
13 May 2013
State budget tries to repair health sector damage In an effort to repair some of the damage caused by previous cuts to the healthcare sector, the Vict...
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Workplace issues under scrutiny
Workplace issues under scrutiny
13 May 2013
Your union membership provides you with industrial representation all year round, not just when Enterprise Agreements are being negotiated. There are ...
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Join in for better pay and conditions
Join in for better pay and conditions
13 May 2013
Join in for better pay and conditions To achieve the pay, conditions and respect that Victoria’s health professionals deserve, we need your support....
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Members at St John of God win 3.25%
Members at St John of God win 3.25%
13 May 2013
Members at St John of God win 3.25% backdated pay rise Congratulations to members at St John of God Health Care who recently voted in favour of their ...
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Jobs Put At Risk
Jobs Put At Risk
26 Apr 2013
NAPTHINE’S UNCONSCIONABLE X-RAY PLAN WOULD Dennis Napthine deliberately compromise his personal health to save a few lousy dollars?  Almost certai...
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Professional Links Strengthened (APA)
Professional Links Strengthened (APA)
03 Apr 2013
All health professionals deserve access to both their industrial and professional bodies. This, for a range of reasons, has proven to be somewhat prob...
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Fair Enough? Union Rights to Enter Workplaces
Fair Enough? Union Rights to Enter Workplaces
24 Mar 2013
If some employers had their way, union officers would be entirely banned from entering workplaces. Fortunately in Australia, we have a law – the Fa...
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AGED CARE – More jobs and higher pay on the way
AGED CARE – More jobs and higher pay on the way
13 Mar 2013
Aged care is one of the biggest growth areas of the Australian economy. But unlike mining, the aged care boom has so far failed to deliver major gains...
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Hospital funding: Why health sector jobs are still at risk
Hospital funding: Why health sector jobs are still at risk
03 Mar 2013
First some good news. The recent reversal by the Federal Government of its proposed funding cuts to Victorian public hospitals has ensured the reinsta...
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HSU3 Election Report – Victory for the rank and file
HSU3 Election Report – Victory for the rank and file
21 Feb 2013
In recent months, as we have been working hard to rebuild your Union, it has been drawn to our attention how little has been reported in the mainstrea...
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Community Health Update
Community Health Update
02 Feb 2013
Until recently, the Community Health sector was covered by the Public Health Sector Agreement. However, the stand-alone Community Health centres were ...
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Public Sector Classification Review (Better Structures / Better Care)
Public Sector Classification Review (Better Structures / Better Care)
02 Feb 2013
Negotiations continue to resolve issues surrounding the $15 million attached to the Public Sector EBA. The original agreement, which included provisio...
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Direct debit – the easiest way to pay your Union dues
Direct debit – the easiest way to pay your Union dues
15 Jan 2013
The Union is keen to encourage as many members as possible to pay their Union dues by direct debit. Traditionally, members have been able to pay thei...
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Cabrini health professional members meeting
Cabrini health professional members meeting
24 Dec 2012
On 24 December Craig McGregor met with Cabrini health professional members to discuss and draft a log of claims for bargaining. Members were very enga...
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Royal Park RMH Sub-Branch Members Meeting
Royal Park RMH Sub-Branch Members Meeting
13 Dec 2012
The Royal Park RMH Sub-Branch had a members' meeting in mid-December to discuss the restructure proposed by RMH management. While there was little cla...
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