Together Queensland is a union of workers who act collectively to build better lives. Our members work in public services, health care, public utilities and higher education among other areas. We are united by our commitment that we are stronger together.
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Fund the continuation of the Good Start preventative health program.
As leaders in our community, we have seen first-hand the damage preventable diseases have had on our families and communities. Our Maori and Pacific Islander people in Queensland experience diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases, up to nine times more frequently than others in the Queensland population. We’ve seen our family members dying early and suffering terribly from these diseases, but the worst part is that we know that this is preventable. The Good Start Program is already changing health attitudes and outcomes for the next generation. The Good Start program is run by Queensland Health, and has worked successfully with 31,151 participations across schools and community groups in Queensland delivering preventative health programs. The University of Queensland’s evaluation of Good Start has shown great results. In the past, the Queensland Government has praised Good Start as one of Queensland’s ‘cornerstone’ programs to address preventable disease (ABC’s 7:30 report). However now our MPs may be turning their backs on the program. Just weeks ago in their Federal budget, the Australian government cut funding to Good Start. Minister Springborg, without your support here in Queensland, this program will have to close its doors on 30 June 2014. We implore the Queensland government to stand and fund this vital program.Inez Fainga’a Manu-Sione - Australian, Aboriginal, Fijian, Tongan, Samoan Farshon Inivale - Australian, Samoan Mary Bartlett-Johnson - Australian, Maori Moana Heather - Australian, Cook Island Debra Modra - Australian, PNG Losa Seiler - Australian, Tongan Mark Moko - Australian, Samoan, Niue Natalie Fenwick - Australian, Maori Nigeline Fafai - Australian, Samoan Oswin Fainga’a - Australian, Tongan, Samoa Reema Naresh - Australian, Fijian, Fijian/Indian Tiffany Paki - Australian, Maori Valami Waqaliva - Australian, Fiji Violet Langan - Australian, Fiji Annie Brown - Australian, Cook Island Sian Teriini - Australian, Maori
Protect the HP Classification structure
Health Practitioner – Here to Stay The Health Practitioner classification structure was established to recognise the critical role played by Health Practitioners within clinical environments such as hospitals, community health services and in public health. The work that Health Practitioners do is vital to all Queenslanders and an integral part of the Health system. The classification structure, recognising the clinical skill and expertise of this workforce, was established to fix the systemic issues in the underpayment, loss of experienced staff and major recruitment and retention problems for Queensland that impacted on the delivery of health services to Queenslanders. This structure is now under attack. We have just a few days to make our case to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission about why HP should be here to stay. The Government is seeking to “simplify” the working conditions of Queensland Health staff and this could put the entire HP classification on the chopping block. We do not want to return to the days when allied health, diagnostic and public health staff were significantly worse off when compared with interstate colleagues or other clinical professionals. The Commission has already indicated that they are prepared to keep the separate Nursing and Medical Officer classification structures. The Health Practitioner classification structure must also be retained. We cannot let the HP structure disappear. We must have a strong showing of support - HP here to stay! Add your name.
Support the parliamentary inquiry into public sector rights at work
Over the last six months Queensland public servants have had many of their rights and conditions stripped away by government legislation. The federal government can legislate to protect these rights but it will need to act soon. Adam Bandt, the member for Melbourne has proposed a parliamentary inquiry into the rights and conditions of state public servants. The time has come to run the ruler over the way state governments have been treating their workers. A parliamentary inquiry is an important first step to the return of rights and protections to state government employees. All Australians should enjoy the same rights at work, whether they work for a private company, small business or state government. Sadly conservative state government’s have been using their powers to strip rights away from their own workers- people like doctors, nurses, teachers, ambulance officers and fire fighters. A parliamentary inquiry will help shine a light on what has happened in Queensland and lead to federal government action to ensure all workers are protected.