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Expand nursing and allied health roles: report

Date of Posting: 14-04-2014

Expanding the roles of nursing assistants, registered nurses and allied health assistants could shave almost $430 million a year from public hospital budgets, according to a new report. The Grattan Institute report, Unlocking skills in hospitals: Read More...

The Grattan Institute report

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Contributing to the continued provision of healthcare services to rural and remote Australians

Date of Posting: 16-04-2014

This financial year, NAHRLS locums have made it possible for over 1000 health professionals to take a leave and contributed to the continued provision of healthcare services to rural and remote communities around Australia. Nurses, midwives and al Read More...

Contributing to the continued provision of healthcare services to rural and remote Australians

Cuts at Perth hospital put safety at risk

Date of Posting: 14-04-2014

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in WA has entered a danger zone in terms of patient and staff safety, following moves to reduce the number of guards monitoring unstable patients, according to industry commentators. As reported by The West Australian Read More...

Cuts at Perth hospital put safety at risk

Virginia Rigoni Consulting - Where Experience Matters

Date of Posting: 10-04-2014

...a specialist boutique search, selection and consulting company with a solid track record of Search and Selection in the Health Care industry across Australia and overseas. Our focus is on providing a high quality, contemporary and thorough Read More...

Virginia Rigoni Consulting - Where Experience Matters

ACN submission supports rural nurse workforce

Date of Posting: 09-04-2014

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has called on the Federal Government to fund a rural scholarship program to support newly registered and enrolled nurses. The proposed $660,000 three-year trial of 50 transition scholarships would support ea Read More...

ACN CEO Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms

Neonatal nurses struggle to support parents

Date of Posting: 08-04-2014

New research shows neonatal nurses are struggling to provide emotional support to parents in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). University of Adelaide research reveals a lack of physical space in the unit, little time for nurse-to-parent con Read More...

Dr Melanie Turner

Pharmacists test ECG mobile phone covers

Date of Posting: 08-04-2014

Pharmacists equipped with innovative iPhone covers could be at the forefront of diagnosing a common abnormal heart rhythm that causes a third of all strokes, according to researchers. A University of Sydney study, published in the Thrombosis and H Read More...

The iPhone ECG test

Nurse practitioners still face barriers

Date of Posting: 07-04-2014

Australia’s trained and highly skilled nurse practitioner (NP) workforce is still an untapped resource, according to the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP). ACNP vice president Leonie Burdack said despite gaining access to the Read More...

NPs remain an untapped resource

Dietitians call for tighter regulation on marketing to children

Date of Posting: 03-04-2014

Dietitians are calling for tighter regulation of food and beverage marketing to children but they’ve stopped short of calling for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to kids and teenagers. The stance comes after the Country Women’s Asso Read More...

Accredited Practising Dietitian Margaret Hays

Funding boost for regional and remote hospitals

Date of Posting: 03-04-2014

Ten regional and remote hospitals across four regions of Western Australia will be upgraded and expanded thanks to a $56.3 million federal government funding injection. The major boost to health services will improve the provision of kidney dialys Read More...

Boost to regional and remote hospitals

Lab provides insight into patients' care at home

Date of Posting: 02-04-2014

Nursing, midwifery and allied health students are learning to think about patient care outside the hospital walls thanks to a unique learning space. Federation University Australia’s Mount Helen campus in Ballarat, Victoria, features an inno Read More...

Federation University Australia students

Nursing and allied health rehab at home delivers results

Date of Posting: 01-04-2014

A New Zealand program delivering post discharge rehabilitation to older people in their rural and urban homes is reducing hospital length of stay, re-admissions and delivering cost savings. The Supported Transfer and Accelerated Rehabilitation Tea Read More...

Professor Matthew Parsons

Former midwife banned and fined

Date of Posting: 31-03-2014

A former midwife operating in Adelaide has been found guilty of professional misconduct following her involvement in high risk homebirths that saw the deaths of four infants. As reported by abc.net.au, Lisa Barrett opted to save the Health Practit Read More...

Former midwife banned and fined

Push for midwives' medicine bag

Date of Posting: 25-03-2014

Australia’s growing number of prescribing midwives should be equipped with a midwives’ bag of emergency medicines, according to a leading midwifery advocate. University of Western Sydney Professor Hannah Dahlen, a privately practising Read More...

Midwifery professor Hannah Dahlen

Pharmacists defend immunisation trial

Date of Posting: 25-03-2014

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) have rejected criticism attacking a Queensland trial of pharmacist-delivered immunisations. It comes after the Revive Clinic used a newspaper advertisement to warn p Read More...

PSA president Grant Kardachi

Auckland nursing and midwifery jobs at risk

Date of Posting: 21-03-2014

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) holds fears nursing and midwifery jobs could be targeted after Auckland District Health Board (DHB) revealed plans to introduce cost-cutting measures. Auckland City Hospital, the country’s largest p Read More...

NZNO industrial advisor Lesley Harry

Medicines for diabetes, HIV and cancer on PBS list

Date of Posting: 20-03-2014

Medicines for the treatment of type two diabetes, brain tumour, HIV, colorectal cancer and juvenile idiopathic arthritis will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from April 1. Health Minister Peter Dutton has announced 10 new med Read More...

Health Minister Peter Dutton

Sepsis-related deaths decline

Date of Posting: 20-03-2014

Australia and New Zealand now have the lowest rates of mortality for ICU sepsis in the world, according to the results of a new study. Researchers from Monash University’s Australian New Zealand Intensive Care (ANZIC) Research Centre have fo Read More...

ICU practice reduces sepsis deaths

Nursing student sings for mental health

Date of Posting: 18-03-2014

A nursing student has told how the skills he learnt in his studies and part-time orderly work helped him approach a semi-naked homeless man passed out on the wintry streets of Brighton in the United Kingdom. Third year Griffith University Bachelor Read More...

Nursing student Liam Maddigan

Paramedics ramp up industrial campaign

Date of Posting: 18-03-2014

Victorian paramedics will consider stop-work meetings in a bid to bring their 19-month dispute over pay and conditions to an end. Ninety-eight per cent of the state’s 1700 paramedics recently voted in favour of adding 22 new work bans, rangi Read More...

Victorian paramedics consider strike action

Dietitians and nurses support better food labelling

Date of Posting: 18-03-2014

Australia’s dietitians, nurses and midwives have thrown their support behind the introduction of a front-of-pack labelling (FoPL) system for packaged, manufactured or processed foods. The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) has long lo Read More...

Proposed Star Rating system

Medical teams set off to save lives on the Kokoda Track

Date of Posting: 13-03-2014

The first No Roads to Health expedition in Papua New Guinea will depart on 15 November following pilot expeditions in November 2012 and April 2013. This is the first in a series of expeditions over the next three years to take medical teams along the Read More...

Medical teams set off to save lives on the Kokoda Track

Vietnam an eye-opener for Australian physios

Date of Posting: 13-03-2014

Physiotherapists and occupational therapists look set to be in demand at an ongoing project working with a children’s home in Vietnam. Will Pashley, director of the Australian office of Projects Abroad, which organises volunteer projects o Read More...

Vietnam an eye-opener for Australian physios

Contributing to the continued provision of healthcare services to rural and remote Australians

Date of Posting: 11-03-2014

This financial year, NAHRLS locums have made it possible for over 1000 health professionals to take a leave and contributed to the continued provision of healthcare services to rural and remote communities around Australia. Nurses, midwives and al Read More...

Contributing to the continued provision of healthcare services to rural and remote Australians

Survey to help forge e-mental health resources

Date of Posting: 10-03-2014

Australian allied health professionals, mental health nurses and general practice nurses are being asked to share their views about online mental health services. Australian National University’s Centre for Mental Health Research is conducti Read More...

The e-mental health initiative

Nurses' penalty rates under review

Date of Posting: 10-03-2014

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) fears nurses’ penalty rates and other allowances are in the firing line as the Productivity Commission moves to review the Fair Work Act. A Fairfax Media report states the independent in Read More...

ANMF says penalty rates are under attack

Mater nurses and midwives take action

Date of Posting: 10-03-2014

Around 2300 nurses and midwives at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital have begun wearing campaign tees and badges as protected industrial action begins. The Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU) states the Mater, which is jointly funded through Queens Read More...

Industrial action begins at the Mater

Ethics and patient care in conference spotlight

Date of Posting: 10-03-2014

Nurses and midwives are facing ethical challenges around the provision of patient care due to major budgetary cutbacks, according to the Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU). The QNU’s 2014 Professional Practice and Ethics Conference held la Read More...

QNU secretary Beth Mohle

New asthma guidelines for pharmacists and nurses

Date of Posting: 07-03-2014

New national asthma management guidelines have been released for pharmacists, primary health care nurses and GPs. The National Asthma Council Australia’s revised Australian Asthma Handbook aims to assist pharmacists, nurses and GPs when it c Read More...

The Australian Asthma Handbook

Physiotherapists lobby to refer their patients

Date of Posting: 06-03-2014

Physiotherapists being granted the power to refer their patients to relevant medical specialists could save the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) an estimated $13.6 million every year. A new report from the Deeble Institute and Griffith University&rs Read More...

Submission calls for physiotherapists to refer patients

New physiotherapy CPD app

Date of Posting: 05-03-2014

A new smartphone app enables New Zealand physiotherapists to track their professional development hours all at the touch of a button. Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ) has launched the Physio Log app, created by physiotherapists Mark Shirley and Kur Read More...

The Physio Log app

Nurse practitioners hit the 1000 mark

Date of Posting: 05-03-2014

Australia is now home to 1000 nurse practitioners (NPs). NPs are highly educated, skilled and experienced registered nurses who can prescribe medications, order and interpret x-rays and blood tests, and refer to medical specialists. The first N Read More...

Nurse practitioners reach milestone

Study points to factors behind aged care assaults

Date of Posting: 04-03-2014

A new study has identified demanding workloads and poor workplace autonomy as factors influencing nurses’ exposure to workplace violence in the aged care sector. Conducted by Australian Catholic University, the study, whose results were publ Read More...

Study points to factors behind aged care assaults

US study reveals potential role for acupuncture in critical care

Date of Posting: 03-03-2014

Traditionally seen as an alternative treatment, the ancient Chinese therapy of acupuncture could play a future role in helping prevent fatal inflammatory disease, with potential benefits in theatre and critical care settings, according to a new US st Read More...

US study reveals potential role for acupuncture in critical care

Nurse-led dementia trial bridges diversity

Date of Posting: 25-02-2014

A Melbourne nurse-led dementia trial is working to prevent people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds slip through the cracks of the health system. The Royal District Nursing Service’s (RDNS) two-year Dementia Care Read More...

RDNS' Jordan King and Dr Di Goeman

Nurses reveal they feel unhealthy

Date of Posting: 25-02-2014

Most Australian nurses feel they are unhealthy while a third suffer from chronic illness, according to new research. In a national survey of more than 6000 nurses, researchers from Southern Cross University found many nurses identified stress, fai Read More...

Southern Cross University researcher Kay Ross

Pharmacists' treatment program an early success

Date of Posting: 25-02-2014

Community pharmacists have treated more than 90 children with mild cases of gastroenteritis as part of a pilot program in New Zealand. The MidCentral District Health Board’s two-year pilot program, the community pharmacy Paediatric Gastroent Read More...

Pharmacy program reduces emergency department visits

How to increase your super on a low income

Date of Posting: 24-02-2014

In this three part series, the team from First State Super provide you with tips on how to find and save additional money, the benefits of making extra contributions to super and ways to get your super back on track after a break from your career. Read More...

How to increase your super on a low income

Sydney psychologist helps athletes prepare mentally at Sochi

Date of Posting: 21-02-2014

Sydney psychologist Ferry Lee is helping Australian athletes stay cool and focused at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The sport psychologist for the Australian Mogul program, who is also providing sport psychology services to other Australian programs Read More...

Sport psychologist Ferry Lee at Sochi

New social media policy and guidelines unveiled

Date of Posting: 21-02-2014

Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will be banned from discussing patients or posting pictures of procedures, case studies, patients or sensitive material which may lead to patients being identified without consent, under the National B Read More...

New social media policy

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