Decision on international RN quals proving contentious

The decision to make international Registered Nurse qualifications equivalent to the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 3 is proving controversial with the residential aged care sector.

Open to interpretation: the need for skilled interpreters in our health system

BEATRICE HALE and LINDA ROBERTSON discuss the need for skilled and well-trained interpreters in New Zealand's health services.

In the event of an emergency – are you prepared?

We generally don’t like to think about worst-case scenarios, about how our rest home or hospital would cope in a fire or earthquake. Getting out of a multi-storey building in an emergency situation is a frightening enough prospect for able-bodied people, let alone for the elderly or disabled.

Opinion: Ray Lind on pay equity, qualification equivalencies and Careerforce

Careerforce chief executive RAY LIND reflects on what the pay equity settlement means for care and support workers and their employers.

International nursing degrees equivalent to Level 3

Care and support workers holding nursing degrees from the Philippines, India, South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom now hold qualifications equivalent to the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3).

Training providers get ready for more Level 3 and 4 completions

The pay equity settlement will see more workers completing Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications. Training providers are getting prepared and finding cost-effective ways in which they can...

Immigration changes ignore reality: Kiwis don’t want caregiver jobs

Many rest homes rely heavily on migrant workers but Government’s new immigration policies are trying to encourage providers to employ more New Zealanders as caregivers. The problem is, Kiwis are not lining up for the jobs. JUDE BARBACK reports.

Home care sector: on the edge of crisis

The home and community support services (HCSS) sector is on the edge of crisis as it becomes clear that some businesses will need to close, services cut and redundancies made following the Government’s failure to deliver on its promise to fully fund both the pay equity settlement and the implementation of guaranteed hours. By JUDE BARBACK.

Not your average apprentice

Combining an Apprenticeship in Brain Injury Rehabilitation with her experience in Spinal Cord Injury seemed like natural progression for veteran health worker Sally Brown.

Rest homes fear closure following pay equity settlement

Residential aged care providers are feeling “horror and disgust” as they learn that the Government’s pay equity funding won’t cover their costs, leaving many facilities with no choice but to consider redundancies and closure.

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