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The Nurses’ Professional Association of Queensland Inc. – NPAQ, was formed to provide nurses with a genuine professional association structure run by nurses for nurses, that they can join instead of a union. It is a bit like the AMA, but for nurses. The NPAQ is Informed by four broad themes 1. Money doesn’t grow on trees 2. Complexity is not free 3. Open and transparent decentralised solutions are nearly always better than centralised ones 4. Members money is not to be used for party political purposes. The existing nurses unions however want 1. all increases in nurse entitlements to come either from the taxpayers or the shareholders of the private health system. 2. Ever more complex and unworkable workplace conditions 3. All decisions made in secret and in either the capital cities or Canberra. 4. Nurse members money to be used to fund the “Labor Party” and the “Greens” causes. The NPAQ and the existing unions are like chalk and cheese. If nurses are going to get a better deal we first need to identify where other savings can be made. Extra money generally doesn’t grow on taxpayer and shareholder funded trees. New arrangements need to be simple and they need to generate out of the NPAQ branches close to where the problems are. And with no money hived off to party political purposes the annual fees are over $200 less. Here is your choice. If you are happy with your membership money going to the left wing political parties. Then don’t join us. If you don’t want any money going to any political party then join us. The current union movement in Australia has a monopoly. All monopolies stem from well-meaning governments who believe that lack of competition inherent in a monopoly will never be abused. The scandals surrounding the HSU, now the HWU, the AWU and other unions suggest otherwise. The existing monopoly unions have millions in income and assets. It was perceived by them that there was almost no possibility of anyone ever providing a viable challenge. Accordingly the scandals surrounding the union movement can be easily explained in that light. “They did it because they could – who was ever going to do anything about it?” QAS Group and Sajen Legal have established a new business model for Employee Associations Queensland Association Services Group (QAS Group), who are the contracted service providers for the NPAQ, in conjunction with Sajen Legal have developed and set up a new association business model. Working with a small group of dedicated and experienced nurses, they have built in a strict separation between the money earned and spent on the one hand, and the control of the Association on the other.  Everything is transparent. Apart from the state executive officials of the Association who "may" be paid an honorarium, every other Association official is a volunteer who can have their legitimate expenses met but not receive a wage or salary. If the Association employs people, then those people cannot be on the executive at either state or branch level. So there's nowhere in the Association where you can be voted in to a paid job. Most importantly NPAQ is designed to be lead by the elected nurses on the executive and run by dedicated volunteer nurse professionals at the branch level. To launch NPAQ, the  QAS Group , have backed the provision of services for ten years under contract. They have provided all of the seed funding for the administrative and legal services including the member Professional Indemnity Insurance policy required of the Association. Under this model, new Association members are guaranteed the service promised because the service provider has funded all the necessary outlays and has the resources necessary to provide the services needed for the long term. And it has worked. Whilst it will be many years before all the seed funding is fully repaid, at the end of our second year, the membership income was sufficient to fund all the running expenses of the NPAQ. We are now confidently paying our way. Every employee member of NPAQ is covered by the Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance policy underwritten by CGU. Self-employed and contractor nurses do need their own PI Insurance cover for registration purposes. No party politics The NPAQ executive is resolute that there will be no party politics. Every cent of your NPAQ membership money is spent on nurse services and issues. Regional and branch focus The centralised Queensland Health system has served Queensland very poorly on a value for money basis. The current model of 16 regions is a decided improvement on the former centralised model. It would be much more efficient to have every hospital or major medical facility run autonomously with not only all the staff having their pay and conditions negotiated at that level but the payroll administration also being done at that level. The efficiencies generated by such a process will allow much more generous pay and conditions and it is NPAQ’s goal to work to that end for the members. That won’t happen overnight. However until common sense and good management principles are adopted we are happy to talk or negotiate on our Members’ behalf at the regional and state levels. To that end NPAQ will have new branches formed as the local needs arise. NPAQ will not be run from the top but regional and local branches will have genuine autonomy and financial independence. Continuing professional development (CPD) Nurses, their governing bodies and NPAQ take CPD seriously. Included as an option of membership to NPAQ is access to the excellent Nurses for Nurses Network online training. Busy nurses can easily and conveniently keep up to date, fulfil their CPD requirements for licensing and build their qualifications. We are looking to attract as members, nurses who are committed to their profession. We are confident that those nurses will find common ground with our philosophy and we invite them to grow with us.
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The Nurses’ Professional Association of Queensland Inc. – NPAQ, was formed to provide nurses with a genuine professional association structure run by nurses for nurses, that they can join instead of a union. It is a bit like the AMA, but for nurses. The NPAQ is Informed by four broad themes 1. Money doesn’t grow on trees 2. Complexity is not free 3. Open and transparent decentralised solutions are nearly always better than centralised ones 4. Members money is not to be used for party political purposes. The existing nurses unions however want 1. all increases in nurse entitlements to come either from the taxpayers or the shareholders of the private health system. 2. Ever more complex and unworkable workplace conditions 3. All decisions made in secret and in either the capital cities or Canberra. 4. Nurse members money to be used to fund the “Labor Party” and the “Greens” causes. The NPAQ and the existing unions are like chalk and cheese. If nurses are going to get a better deal we first need to identify where other savings can be made. Extra money generally doesn’t grow on taxpayer and shareholder funded trees. New arrangements need to be simple and they need to generate out of the NPAQ branches close to where the problems are. And with no money hived off to party political purposes the annual fees are over $200 less. Here is your choice. If you are happy with your membership money going to the left wing political parties. Then don’t join us. If you don’t want any money going to any political party then join us. The current union movement in Australia has a monopoly. All monopolies stem from well-meaning governments who believe that lack of competition inherent in a monopoly will never be abused. The scandals surrounding the HSU, now the HWU, the AWU and other unions suggest otherwise. The existing monopoly unions have millions in income and assets. It was perceived by them that there was almost no possibility of anyone ever providing a viable challenge. Accordingly the scandals surrounding the union movement can be easily explained in that light. “They did it because they could – who was ever going to do anything about it?” QAS Group and Sajen Legal have established a new business model for Employee Associations Queensland Association Services Group (QAS Group), who are the contracted service providers for the NPAQ, in conjunction with Sajen Legal have developed and set up a new association business model. Working with a small group of dedicated and experienced nurses, they have built in a strict separation between the money earned and spent on the one hand, and the control of the Association on the other.  Everything is transparent. Apart from the state executive officials of the Association who "may" be paid an honorarium, every other Association official is a volunteer who can have their legitimate expenses met but not receive a wage or salary. If the Association employs people, then those people cannot be on the executive at either state or branch level. So there's nowhere in the Association where you can be voted in to a paid job. Most importantly NPAQ is designed to be lead by the elected nurses on the executive and run by dedicated volunteer nurse professionals at the branch level. To launch NPAQ, the  QAS Group , have backed the provision of services for ten years under contract. They have provided all of the seed funding for the administrative and legal services including the member Professional Indemnity Insurance policy required of the Association. Under this model, new Association members are guaranteed the service promised because the service provider has funded all the necessary outlays and has the resources necessary to provide the services needed for the long term. And it has worked. Whilst it will be many years before all the seed funding is fully repaid, at the end of our second year, the membership income was sufficient to fund all the running expenses of the NPAQ. We are now confidently paying our way. Every employee member of NPAQ is covered by the Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance policy underwritten by CGU. Self-employed and contractor nurses do need their own PI Insurance cover for registration purposes. No party politics The NPAQ executive is resolute that there will be no party politics. Every cent of your NPAQ membership money is spent on nurse services and issues. Regional and branch focus The centralised Queensland Health system has served Queensland very poorly on a value for money basis. The current model of 16 regions is a decided improvement on the former centralised model. It would be much more efficient to have every hospital or major medical facility run autonomously with not only all the staff having their pay and conditions negotiated at that level but the payroll administration also being done at that level. The efficiencies generated by such a process will allow much more generous pay and conditions and it is NPAQ’s goal to work to that end for the members. That won’t happen overnight. However until common sense and good management principles are adopted we are happy to talk or negotiate on our Members’ behalf at the regional and state levels. To that end NPAQ will have new branches formed as the local needs arise. NPAQ will not be run from the top but regional and local branches will have genuine autonomy and financial independence. Continuing professional development (CPD) Nurses, their governing bodies and NPAQ take CPD seriously. Included as an option of membership to NPAQ is access to the excellent Nurses for Nurses Network online training. Busy nurses can easily and conveniently keep up to date, fulfil their CPD requirements for licensing and build their qualifications. We are looking to attract as members, nurses who are committed to their profession. We are confident that those nurses will find common ground with our philosophy and we invite them to grow with us.

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