Welcome to the Medical Scientists Association of Victoria (MSAV) the Victorian Psychologists Association Inc (VPA Inc) and the Association of Hospital Pharmacists (AHP)website.

MSAV, VPA Inc and AHP are the only unions in Victoria which specifically look after the industrial interests of medical scientists (MSAV), psychologists (VPA Inc) and hospital pharmacists (AHP). MSAV, VPA Inc and AHP are component Associations of the Health Services Union (HSU) Victoria No. 4 Branch.

VPA AGM and PD Seminar

 

This year’s Annual General Meeting for the VPA and the next Professional Development seminar will be held on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at the Tracey Centre in Parkville.

The topic for the professional development is “The diagnosis and management of sleep disorders”, which will be presented by Associate Professor Gerard Kennedy.

Associate Professor Gerard Kennedy has extensive expertise in the diagnosis and psychological treatment of sleep disorders.  He has developed expertise in sleep psychology during more than 20 years of practice as a senior clinical psychologist in the Department(s) of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at both the Austin Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.  

Save the Date: Wednesday 17 September for the next Professional Development session and the VPA Annual General Meeting

To register your interest for the VPA PD and AGM please contact Alex at alexs[at]msav.org.au



It pays to belong to the Union

A member at one of our major Melbourne Hospitals contacted the Union after her employer had refused her request to come back from maternity leave on a part time basis. The Union approached the employer and sought to appeal the decision as per the Public Sector Enterprise Agreement.

The employer later retracted their refusal and the member will make a return to work after maternity leave with her flexible work arrangements later in the year – It Pays to belong to a Union.


It Pays to belong to the Union is prepared each week by Veronica Belot, an industrial officer at the MSAV/VPA/AHP/HSU4.

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VPA PD Seminar and AGM

This year’s Annual General Meeting for the VPA and the next Professional Development session will be held on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at the Tracey Centre in Parkville.

The topic for the professional development is “The diagnosis and management of sleep disorders”, which will be presented by Associate Professor Gerard Kennedy.

Associate Professor Gerard Kennedy has extensive expertise in the diagnosis and psychological treatment of sleep disorders.  He has developed expertise in sleep psychology during more than 20 years of practice as a senior clinical psychologist in the Department(s) of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at both the Austin Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.  He is also employed in the Psychology Department at Victoria University in Melbourne, where he maintains a strong research program in the area of sleep and circadian rhythms, but also finds time to do research in other areas of psychology.  

Associate Professor Gerard Kennedy has published more than 100 articles in refereed journals and books, and given many conference presentations, presentations to the media and community organizations.  Many of the articles and presentations that he has done have been on issues related to sleep and health psychology.  He has received over 40 grants from universities, the ARC, NHMRC and TAC.  He has also supervised the research theses of more than 50 PhD, DPsych, Masters and fourth year students and supervised more than 20 probationary psychologists to full registration in the state of Victoria.

Save the Date: Wednesday 17 September for the next Professional Development session and the VPA Annual General Meeting

 


 
HSU No. 4 Branch Election Notice

VICTORIA NO. 4 BRANCH ELECTION NOTICE

Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009

Nominations are called for the following offices:

Branch President *
Branch Senior Vice-President *
Branch Junior Vice-President (Psychologist) *
Branch Secretary *
Branch Assistant Secretary *
Trustee (Psychologist) *
Trustee (MSAV) *
Committee Member (Psychologist) *
Committee Member (Pharmacist) (2) *
Committee Member (MSAV) (3) *
National Council Delegates (3)

NOMINATIONS

Written nominations, which comply with the registered rules of the Union, will open on 22 July 2014 must reach the Returning Officer at his office or postal address not later than 5:00pm on Monday, 4 August 2014. Nominations cannot be withdrawn after this time.

Note: that emails greater than 6 MB size may not be accepted by the AEC’s firewall.

NOMINATION FORMS

Nomination forms are available from me, from the website of the AEC (www.aec.gov.au) or the Union’s website. (www.hsu.net.au).

* Candidate Statements: Candidates for Branch Officers and Ordinary Branch Committee members (marked with an asterisk * above) may lodge a written statement, of no more than 300 words, in support of their candidature. Statements which comply with the organisation’s Rules will be distributed with the ballot papers. Statements must be submitted to the Returning Officer as a word document (.doc) either by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on a cd. The statement must reach my office or postal address no later than 5:00pm on Monday 4 August 2014. Note: that emails greater than 6 MB size may not be accepted by the AEC’s firewall.

Note: A Candidate Statement template and Word Count Guide is able to be downloaded from the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au under elections/industrial elections tabs.

ADDRESS FOR LODGING NOMINATIONS

By Post: Australian Electoral Commission, GPO Box 4382, Melbourne Vic 3001
By Hand: Australian Electoral Commission, Level 8, Casselden Place, 2 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Vic 3000
By Fax: (03) 9285 7149
By Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BALLOT

A postal ballot, if required, will open on 9 September 2014 and will close at 5.00pm on Friday 10 October 2014. Members should notify the Union of any change of address. NOTE: A copy of the AEC’s election report can be obtained from the Union or from me after the completion of the election.

Jeff Webb

Returning Officer – 03 9285 7141

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Gippsland Pathology putting patients at risk in Warragul: MSAV

The Medical Scientists Association of Victoria (MSAV) is warning that Gippsland Pathology, a subsidiary of privately-owned Dorevitch Pathology, at Warragul Hospital is failing to employ enough properly qualified scientists to perform critical services putting patients at risk.

Paul Elliott, MSAV Assistant Secretary said:

“The Union has been advised that Gippsland Pathology is performing a range of complex scientific work from diagnoses to cross matching blood, despite not having sufficient scientists with the qualifications, training and experience in this highly specialised field.

“This kind of work is life and death stuff. If the wrong blood is given to a patient it can lead to their death. And if a wrong diagnosis is made it can significantly delay a patient getting the right care at the right time.

“Despite raising these very serious concerns with Gippsland Pathology and the management of Warragul Hospital, we’re still receiving reports that scientific staffing levels are so low that emergency out-of-hours’ work is being performed by staff with insufficient training.

“It is a very serious problem for the Warragul community.

“The Union calls on the management and board of the hospital to urgently intervene to ensure these dangers are removed.”

Mr Elliott continued:

“If the situation continues, we have very real concerns that Gippsland Pathology will be unable to safely meet normal demand for pathology testing. And in a major emergency this could have severe ramifications.

“It is completely unacceptable for a private pathology service to put patients’ lives at risk because they refuse to employ the right scientists to undertake the life-saving work it has been contracted to perform.

“Unfortunately for patients in regional centres like Warragul, there are currently no alternatives to private providers who seem less concerned about maintaining quality testing by employing the correct mix and number of trained and qualified scientists than they do about making huge profits.

“It’s time the Health Minister, David Davis ensures private providers like Gippsland Pathology aren’t putting patients’ lives at risk by continually slashing their scientific workforces in order to maximise profits.”

Mr Elliott concluded, “Will someone have to suffer serious, life-threatening complications or worse before Gippsland Pathology employs the qualified staff needed to deliver the best possible care for the Warragul community?”


 
Let's Keep Super Fair

Australian workers who currently earn up to $37,000 per year get a tax rebate from the Federal Government’s Low Income Superannuation Contribution (LISC).

For eligible workers this contribution can be up to $500, paid annually into their super account, on the tax paid on their superannuation contributions. The LISC rebate was introduced to make superannuation tax concessions more equitable.

The Abbott Government is now proposing to abandon it.

Without the LISC, the lowest-paid 3.6 million working Australians would receive no tax break on their compulsory super contributions, while the highest-paid workers would continue to receive a tax break of 30 per cent.

This change will disproportionately impact on women. In fact 1 in 2 working women will be affected.

The Union thinks it’s unfair to penalise people for saving for their retirement.

Make your voice heard to Keep Super Fair at http://keepsuperfair.com.au/

 


 
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