Music to Your Ears: Music Therapists Improving Lives Through Song.

Music to Your Ears: Music Therapists Improving Lives Through Song.

We all love music, but did you know it has the power to manage symptoms, rehabilitate and improve lives? Meet, HSUWA Members Louise and Karen, incredible Music Therapists who work closely with children at Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH). Music therapy is an established allied health profession where clinicians focus on the unique physical, emotional, cognitive,…

Union Win: Shift Penalty Underpayment Reconciliation Underway
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Union Win: Shift Penalty Underpayment Reconciliation Underway

Last year, HSUWA Members at Armadale Hospital uncovered widespread underpayment of shift workers who worked overtime in public health. As a result of union Members standing up to demand pay of their due entitlements, about 3,000 current and former employees will be back paid some entitlements (on average around $160). Due to union advocacy, the Department of Health agreed to investigate…

Consultation Round 2 – Independent Review: Career Pathways for Health Professionals
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Consultation Round 2 – Independent Review: Career Pathways for Health Professionals

HSUWA Members won an Independent Review of career pathways for health professionals in 2022. AHP Workforce, who are conducting the review, will commence the second round of consultation with the WA Health workforce in March 2024. There are a number of ways to provide your feedback as part of the round two consultation. AHP workforce…

Public Sector Agreement Negotiations Kick Off
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Public Sector Agreement Negotiations Kick Off

A group of dedicated HSUWA Delegates and Members attended training to prepare to present your claims for improvements to the public sector Union Agreement 2024. HSUWA Members will present claims in person at the bargaining table to the Department of Health. This is designed to ensure the Department of Health hear directly from Members about the importance of each claim –…

CAMHS Members Commence Industrial Action
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CAMHS Members Commence Industrial Action

On Wednesday, 7 February 2024, HSUWA Members across CAMHS Community Clinics stopped work and voted on a plan to take further industrial action. Members voted to implement two work bans, including a caseload cap and changes to some forms of record keeping. Members have advocated consistently over the past three years for changes to public services for children and adolescents needing mental health treatment – to better…

HSUWA State Wages Review Submission 2023
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HSUWA State Wages Review Submission 2023

As part of the review of State Government wages, unions were invited to provide a written submission following the consultation with Members. The submission is sharply focused on Members’ wage claim of 7% (year 1) and 5% (year 2) for the Union Agreement 2024. A special thank you to all of the Members who contributed quotes, stories and questions…

Ministerial Round Table: Allied Health

Ministerial Round Table: Allied Health

A Delegation of HSUWA Members and Health Professionals, nominated by their peers, attended the Ministerial Round Table for Allied Health on 13 October.  Members were incredibly articulate in representing their professions and advocating for much-needed change amongst a group of about 80 people including some CEs of the HSPs. Promisingly, there was agreement within the room about many opportunities…

Members at PathWest FSH Stand Up! For Safety

Members at PathWest FSH Stand Up! For Safety

On 18 October, Union Members who work in specimen collection for PathWest at Fiona Stanley Hospital made the tough and brave decision to cease work for 1 hour to meet and discuss significant concerns about workplace safety.  Members have endured concerning behaviour over the last 12 months, including being belittled, ignored and criticised for raising concerns about dangerous staffing levels and unsafe workloads….

HSUWA Threatens Industrial Action at CAMHS

HSUWA Threatens Industrial Action at CAMHS

HSUWA Members have advocated for nearly three years for urgent action to improve services for children who need to access public mental health services. The Union announced that if funding for more staff and services are not committed by December, its Members working as Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and in Clerical roles with…

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