New Zealand Move on Filipino nurses threatens political fallout

NZ Herald: Move on Filipino nurses threatens political fallout
4:00AM Tuesday Feb 24, 2009
By Lincoln Tan

Failure to register Philippine-trained nurses is not only turning many into overstayers, it puts New Zealand at risk of political backlash, Philippine Ambassador Bienvenido Tejano warns.

Mr Tejano says about 50 “distressed” overstaying Filipinos, many of them nurses, have approached him directly in the last year after they ran out of money, and he believes many others are in the same plight.

“It is a problem, and it is growing by the day. They come in groups of five, 10 and 15, and as much as we want to help them, there is not much we can do,” Mr Tejano said.

Many nurses from the Philippines had sold everything to come here – because it was widely publicised that there was an acute shortage of nurses in New Zealand – only to discover their qualifications were not recognised and they could not get registered, he said.

“They have no money to go back, and nothing to go back for any more.”

The New Zealand Nursing Council has questioned the quality of nursing qualifications and training programmes in the Philippines after nursing student numbers there boomed from 30,000 in 2004 to 450,000 last year – but Mr Tejano said it was “unacceptable” for the council to be judging the quality just by looking at the numbers.

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Asians suffer discrimination in New Zealand

TVNZ: Asians suffer discrimination

Asians are regarded as the group most likely to suffer discrimination in New Zealand, according to survey results.

In the poll conducted for the Human Rights Commission by UMR Survey, 74% of respondents said Asian people experienced “a great deal” or “some” discrimination.

Men and children were groups with the lowest level of perceived discrimination at 27%.

The figures are contained in the Race Relations Report’s discrimination chapter, which will be released to the national meeting of the Federation of Ethnic Councils in Auckland on Saturday.

The report, the full version of which will be published next month, also records media reports of racially motivated crime last year.

Among them was the jailing of Hayden Brent McKenzie, 31, for a life term for the killing of Korean backpacker Jae Hyeon Kim near Westport in 2003. Full Article.

New Zealand fears over Filipino nurse training

NZ Herald: NZ fears over Filipino nurse training
By Lincoln Tan
Posted: 4:00AM (NZST) Monday Feb 09, 2009

The Nursing Council is concerned that the rapid increase in nursing programmes in the Philippines could be at the expense of the quality of nursing, and says it will raise the issue with Filipino authorities.

Chief executive Carolyn Reed says representatives of the council will travel to the Philippines to meet the nursing regulatory authority and educational providers because it needs to be satisfied that educational courses preparing nurses coming to New Zealand are meeting acceptable standards.

“We do have concerns about the effect that such rapid growth has on programme quality,” Ms Reed said.

“There has been an escalation of programmes offering nursing education in the Philippines.

“Some figures suggest that in 2004 there were 30,000 nurses in education programmes and this has risen to 450,000 last year.”

Many in the Philippines take a nursing degree as a second tertiary qualification because they think that with the global shortage of nurses, it could be their ticket to migration.

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prescriptions? find out your options on MIMS

MIMS Philippines is an internet database of virtually every medicine sold in the Philippines.  The website is simple and easy to use, similar Google.

When you search for a medicine’s generic name it will give you all available brands of the drug.  The database will also give you the description, recommended dosage, contraindications, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, mechanism of actions as well as the available variants and suggested retail prices.