NEWS-HR

Safe Places Community Services Limited will defend a s.739 (Application to deal with a dispute) in front of Fair Work Commissioner Booth in Hearing Room 3 in Brisbane (Watson).

An application for termination of the Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc Enterprise Agreement 2010-2014 (s.225 – Application for termination of an enterprise agreement after its nominal expiry date) will be reviewed by Fair Work Commissioner Booth in Chambers in Brisbane.

The Health Services Union and Monash Health are in a s.739 (Application to deal with a dispute) contretemps before Fair Work Deputy President Masson in Court 5 – Level 6 and Conference Room D – Level 6 in Melbourne today.

A s.185 (Application for approval of a single-enterprise agreement) from Epic Pharmacy Services Pty Ltd T/A Epic Pharmacy for the Epic SEQ Hospital Pharmacy Services Enterprise Agreement 2018-2021 has been given approval by Fair Work Commissioner Booth in Brisbane on 16 August 2019.

The Health Services Union – Victoria No 2 Branch and Moira Limited have a s.739 (Application to deal with a dispute) on foot before Fair Work Commissioner Wilson in chambers in Melbourne this morning.

A s.185 (Enterprise agreement) application from the Australian Red Cross Society T/A Australian Red Cross Blood Service for its Australian Red Cross Blood Service Western Australian Manufacturing and Support Service Enterprise Agreement 2018 has been granted by Fair Work Commissioner Johns in Melbourne on 15 August 2019.

A nurse has been cleared of allegations she gave children “heavy-hitting sedatives” they weren’t prescribed. Ms H, who has interim name suppression, appeared before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal facing a professional misconduct charge. Ms H was accused of administering sedatives she was not allowed to give without supervision, or which were not prescribed, to two patients while working as an intern clinical nurse specialist in an Auckland hospital emergency department in 2017. On Friday, the tribunal found although some of her actions amounted to misconduct, the main allegations were not proven and she will face no punishment. In relation to both patients, the tribunal agreed Ms H failed to document the name of the senior medical officer (SMO) who gave the verbal order to give the drugs, and failed to write the acronym ‘pp’, plus the prescriber’s name. She also failed to record that Patient A had received intravenous propofol and fentanyl on their medical notes. “We’ve found non-professional misconduct but we’ve determined the conduct is not serious enough to warrant a sanction or penalty against you,” Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal chairwoman Alison Douglass said.

A Brisbane nurse has admitted she killed her 10-year-old nephew by failing to take him to the doctor before he died from pneumonia. Curtis Powell had more than 200 injuries when he was found dead at a house in Brisbane’s south-east in July 2015. His aunt and foster carer, Jodie Maree Powell, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two charges of assault occasioning bodily harm. The Supreme Court in Brisbane heard Powell physically assaulted Curtis with what prosecutor David Nardone described as “excessive discipline”. Mr Nardone said on one occasion Powell threw a knife at Curtis, causing a cut to his leg that she bandaged before making him stand in a corner. In another incident, she hit him with a carving fork. Mr Nardone said Curtis suffered injuries to his legs, arms, neck, stomach and back. Mr Nardone said staff at Curtis’s school often noticed bruises on him, but they had no serious concerns as he was physically active and engaged in rough play. “While that may well be an explanation for some of the bruises, the evidence establishes Ms Powell physically assaulted Curtis,” he said. The court heard that in the lead-up to his death, the 10-year-old boy was suffering from pneumonia and would have been so unwell that he would have had “obvious difficulty breathing”. Mr Nardone said Powell failed to seek adequate medical attention for Curtis before he died in July 2015. She was arrested and charged 18 months later. Defence barrister Tim Ryan said his client overcame “great adversity” to reach success in her career — which included once being the head of infection control and prevention at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital. “But she never confronted her demons from early childhood,” he said. “She found herself in the position where she wasn’t coping.” Mr Ryan said Powell made a serious error of judgment by not taking her nephew to the doctor. “This kind of death is a relatively rare one … rarely do children die of pneumonia,” he said. Justice Martin Burns said Powell was a registered nurse in charge of a very ill child. “She chose not to seek medical attention because that could have well exposed what was going on … that excessive discipline and force,” he said. Justice Burns will hand down his sentence on Wednesday.