Lessons from the UK for Queensland Health

Shields, Linda (2014) Lessons from the UK for Queensland Health. In: Presented at the Annual Conference of the Queensland Nurses Union of Employees. pp. 1-13. From: 32nd Annual Conference of the Queensland Nurses Union of Employees, 7-9 August 2013, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] Health managers and professionals are being brought from the United Kingdom (UK) and the National Health Service (NHS) to work in Queensland public health facilities. It is very good that they come to Queensland and experience the wonderful health services on offer, from which they can take lessons back to the ailing NHS, however, they must find themselves at a disadvantage when they learn that Queensland's (and Australia's) health systems are very different to those in the UK. In addition, the status and education of health professionals, in particular nursing, is very different.

Using the recent Mid Staffordshire scandal as a reference point, this paper provides information about how the Australian health systems, and nursing, work, for the edification of those from the NHS who are arriving to work in Queensland's health facilities. As well, the paper holds a salutary warning for Queensland and Australia. The Mid Staffordshire catastrophe holds important lessons for all, and is a timely warning, given the changes across Queensland, that if health management and nursing go down the same route as the NHS, then the system here could similarly fall apart, to the detriment of the people for whom the system is meant to care.

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