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The Quiet Leader and the Graduate - Working Together Towards the Ah-ha Moment

NCAH | Date of Posting: 23-09-2014

There are many people involved with the transition from university student to health professional, and it is at this time of the year that preceptors, mentors, educators and managers reflect on the achievements and areas for improvement for their gra Read More...


By Jessica Brown
 
 

Tribute to Kim Hunt

NCAH | Last Updated: 23-09-2014

The tragic events in Lockhart in early September will remain with many of us for a very long time.  A family tragedy shocked families, a local community and indeed our community of Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD). Two years ago whil Read More...


Tribute to Kim Hunt
 
 

Health spending growth slowest in decades

AAP | Date of Posting: 23-09-2014

Health spending increased by just 1.5 per cent to $147bln in 2012/13 compared to 5.1 per cent a year over the past decade. Health spending has grown as its slowest rate in almost 30 years, new figures show. Expenditure on health reached $147.4 Read More...


Health spending growth slowest in decades
 
 

Health report disproves Abbot govt claims: AMA

AAP | Date of Posting: 23-09-2014

The AMA says a new health report makes a mockery of the Abbott government's claims that health expenditure is out of control. A report showing health spending has grown at its slowest rate in almost 30 years makes a mockery of the Abbott gover Read More...


Health report disproves Abbot govt claims: AMA
 
 

Woman fined for pretending to be a registered nurse

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 23-09-2014

A Queensland woman has been fined $7000 for pretending to be a registered nurse and nurse practitioner for three years. Sherri Cather, 64, of Alexandra Hills pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates' Court on September 18 to using titles suc Read More...


Nurse pleads guilty
 
 

NZ mother's 'very real' pain during caesar

AAP | Date of Posting: 22-09-2014

An anaesthetist in New Zealand may face legal action after failing to give a first-time mother enough pain relief during a caesarean. An anaesthetist in New Zealand who refused to give a woman more pain relief during a caesarean despite her compla Read More...


NZ mother's 'very real' pain during caesar
 
 

Dad's smoking can cause asthma in children

AAP | Date of Posting: 22-09-2014

The earlier a man takes up smoking, the higher the risk that his offspring will suffer from non-allergic asthma, according to a study. Men who smoke increase the risk that their children will have asthma - even if they give up long before concepti Read More...


Dad's smoking can cause asthma in children
 
 

Psychologists concerned at growing income inequality

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 20-09-2014

Psychologists are concerned at increasing levels of income inequality contributing to poorer mental health and well-being among disadvantaged Australians. The Australian Psychological Society (APS), the peak professional organisation for psycholog Read More...


APS shines spotlight on mental health
 
 

Pharmacy trial moves into second phase

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 20-09-2014

More than 200 pharmacies are now delivering whooping cough and measles vaccines across Queensland. The Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Project (QPIP) moved into phase two on September 1 after the first phase, where pharmacists at 80 community p Read More...


Professor Lisa Nissen
 
 

Nurses call on government to boost Ebola response

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 20-09-2014

There’s growing calls for Australia to send a contingent of nurses, doctors and other health workers as part of a coordinated international response to the Ebola epidemic sweeping East Africa. As the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates Read More...


Credit: International Federation of Red Cross
 
 

Alliance aims for Aussie proton therapy

AAP | Date of Posting: 19-09-2014

Hopes are raised for a new $170 million proton beam centre in Australia after an alliance was formed between a Brisbane hospital and Sydney proton company. Australia is one step closer to having its first proton therapy facility after an alliance Read More...


Alliance aims for Aussie proton therapy
 
 

Courageous young nurse honoured

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 19-09-2014

Katrina Coleman is triaging more than the nursing needs of some of New Zealand’s most disadvantaged families. From preventing power disconnection to linking isolated families and advocating to move families into better housing, the 27-year-o Read More...


Plunket nurse Katrina Coleman
 
 

Vic ambulance dispatches slip below target

AAP | Date of Posting: 19-09-2014

Dispatch times for Victorian ambulances have slipped below target and are worse than the previous year, a report reveals. Victorian ambulances aren't being dispatched to emergencies as quickly as they should be, a report from the state's t Read More...


Vic ambulance dispatches slip below target
 
 

Victoria ready if Ebola strikes

AAP | Date of Posting: 19-09-2014

Victoria's health department has launched a statewide plan aimed at containing Ebola, though officials say the risk is very low. Authorities say the risk of Ebola reaching Victoria is very low but have still rolled out a statewide plan aimed a Read More...


Victoria ready if Ebola strikes
 
 

Syphilis diagnoses hit all-time high

AAP | Date of Posting: 18-09-2014

Syphilis and gonorrhoea rates are up and the number of people dying from liver disease related to hepatitis C has more than doubled in a decade. Syphilis has reached its highest level ever recorded in Australia, with the increase almost exclusivel Read More...


Syphilis diagnoses hit all-time high
 
 

Artificial sweeteners may cause diabetes

AAP | Date of Posting: 18-09-2014

New research suggests artificial sweeteners could cause glucose intolerance and diabetes. Artificial sweeteners could increase the risk of developing diabetes and glucose intolerance, new research suggests. Researchers say non-caloric artificia Read More...


Artificial sweeteners may cause diabetes
 
 

Salt levels in bread, cereals still high

AAP | Date of Posting: 18-09-2014

Bread and cereal manufacturers have reduced the salt content of their products but levels still remain high, according to the latest research. The salt content of many bread and breakfast cereals sold in Australian supermarket has been reduced, bu Read More...


Salt levels in bread, cereals still high
 
 

Govt called to act on hepatitis death rate

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-09-2014

A peak body representing hepatitis sufferers says governments need to act to prevent a "tidal wave" of life-threatening liver disease. Hepatitis-related liver diseases are killing 1000 Australians a year and the burden is increasing, the Read More...


Govt called to act on hepatitis death rate
 
 

Ebola fight will cost $US1b: UN

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-09-2014

The UN has warned that 20,000 people could be infected with Ebola by the end of 2014, and that the world is facing a huge funding challenge. Nearly $US1.0 billion ($A1.1 billion) is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the Uni Read More...


Ebola fight will cost $US1b: UN
 
 

Child mortality drops in 2013: UN

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-09-2014

Last year, more than six million children died before reaching the age of five, around 200,000 fewer than the year before, the UN says. The child mortality rate around the world has dropped by nearly half since 1990, the United Nations says in its Read More...


Child mortality drops in 2013: UN
 
 

Former nurse applauds clinical trials of medical cannabis

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 16-09-2014

It’s the announcement retired nurse Lucy Haslam and her family has been waiting to hear. The New South Wales' government has announced plans to establish a clinical trial of medical cannabis for patients suffering from a range of debilit Read More...


Daniel Haslam
 
 

Mature nursing student heads to Laos

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 16-09-2014

Elizabeth Eastwell was working as a dental assistant but dreaming of a career in nursing. Now, the 44-year-old Bachelor of Nursing student will realise her dream of providing nursing care to children in a developing country when she volunteers in Read More...


Nursing student Elizabeth Eastwell
 
 

Dairy food 'lowers diabetes risk'

AAP | Date of Posting: 16-09-2014

Eight or more portions of high-fat dairy produce each day can reduce the risk of developing diabetes, claims study. People who take eight or more portions of high-fat dairy produce each day are at a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who Read More...


Dairy food 'lowers diabetes risk'
 
 

NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug

AAP | Date of Posting: 16-09-2014

Schemes to block drug competition, without considering the consequences to patients, are a growing trend in the health care industry, US AG says. New York's attorney-general has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop a manufacturer from disco Read More...


NY bid to halt Alzheimer's drug
 
 

Organizing Safe Transitions from Intensive Care

NCAH | Date of Posting: 16-09-2014

Critically ill patients are often transferred several times to the healthcare chain of care. A patient’s journey may begin with transfer from an ambulance to the emergency room and then sometimes continues to surgery and intensive care followed Read More...


Organizing Safe Transitions from Intensive Care
 
 

People rally to legalise medical cannabis

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-09-2014

About 250 people have gathered in Perth and around Australia calling for governments to legalise cannabis for sick and dying patients. Five-year-old Madison Graham has up to eight severe seizures every day and must wear a helmet to protect her hea Read More...


People rally to legalise medical cannabis
 
 

Accentuate the positive to stay healthy

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-09-2014

A university study has shown older people who take a positive outlook are likely to have better immune systems and may live longer. When American pop star Bobby McFerrin sang Don't Worry, Be Happy, he wasn't just offering the world a catch Read More...


Accentuate the positive to stay healthy
 
 

Chia seed superfood status questioned

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-09-2014

The European Union has recommended people should not consume more than 15 grams of chia seeds a day until more research is done. Chia seeds are now a key element of what has become known as the Aztec Diet. But some consumer health organisations Read More...


Chia seed superfood status questioned
 
 

Iron deficiency linked to milk intake

AAP | Date of Posting: 12-09-2014

Pregant women who drink a lot of milk are being told to take iron supllements to avoid making their babies iron deficient. Pregnant women who drink a lot of milk may be making their babies iron deficient, according to new research. Iron defic Read More...


 
 

Wounds and the normal healing process

Bonnie Fraser | Date of Posting: 12-09-2014

Wound healing is the process of the body replacing devitalised and/or missing tissue in order to fill a cavity and repair damaged skin. This typically occurs in a coordinated fashion along a healing continuum, a process taking up to two years.  Read More...


Wounds and the normal healing process
 
 

Baby dies from of meningococcal in SA

AAP | Date of Posting: 12-09-2014

An Adelaide baby has died from meningococcal disease, one of five cases in SA in September. A six-month old girl has died in Adelaide from meningococcal disease. SA Health said she was one of five people diagnosed with the disease in September Read More...


Baby dies from of meningococcal in SA
 
 

New study to shed light on asthma genes

AAP | Date of Posting: 12-09-2014

Scientists hope a study of the genes of children with dust mite allergies will shed new light on the causes of asthma. SYDNEY, AAP - A group of children with dust mite allergies are having their genes examined by scientists to see why some develop Read More...


New study to shed light on asthma genes
 
 

ABC to put mental health in spotlight

AAP | Date of Posting: 12-09-2014

Rove McManus says the more people talk about mental illness the better equipped society is to help and he is supporting the ABC's Mental As TV initiative. Comedian Rove McManus and Studio 10 presenter Jessica Rowe have ditched their network al Read More...


ABC to put mental health in spotlight
 
 

The black dog in country Australia

AAP | Date of Posting: 11-09-2014

Australians living in rural regions are more likely to take their own lives as a collection of pressures push them to the brink. A black dog is haunting Australia's rural communities. While it can't be seen or touched and many can't Read More...


The black dog in country Australia
 
 

Device avoids diabetes amputation

AAP | Date of Posting: 11-09-2014

Experts have developed a new diagnostic device which can spot diabetes-related complications in the feet early on. A device similar to bathroom scales could stem the tide of patients who lose their limbs as a result of diabetes, researchers have s Read More...


Device avoids diabetes amputation
 
 

Margie Abbott launches Pink Lipstick Day

AAP | Date of Posting: 11-09-2014

Margie Abbott has told a charity brunch to launch Pink Lipstick Day that she has always encouraged her daughters to be cancer aware. The prime minister's wife, Margie Abbott, says she encourages her daughters to be vigilant with their health a Read More...


Margie Abbott launches Pink Lipstick Day
 
 

Legislation won't safeguard nurses and allied health professionals

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 10-09-2014

New legislation that aims to protect nurses and allied health professionals against assaults and threats will not work to deter violent offenders, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) Victorian branch. ANMF V Read More...


ANMF Victorian branch secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick
 
 

Breath test for lung cancer mooted

AAP | Last Updated: 10-09-2014

Scientists have discovered subtle genetic changes in vapour given off by cells, which could help in the development of a breath test to diagnose lung cancer. Doctors might introduce a breath test designed to detect early signs of lung cancer tha Read More...


Lung Cancer XRay
 
 

Grief 'hits immune system of older people'

AAP | Last Updated: 10-09-2014

Grief has a damaging impact on the immune system because it disrupts the balance of two key hormones that influence the way people respond to stress. Losing a loved one can have a devastating effect on the immune systems of older people, a study Read More...


 
 

Sedative chronic use linked to Alzheimer's

AAP | Last Updated: 10-09-2014

Researchers in France and Canada say they've uncovered a possible link between Alzhemier's and chronic use of the sleep drug benzodiazepines. Long-term use of a drug commonly prescribed for anxiety and sleeplessness is linked to a greate Read More...


Sedatives Alzheimers Link
 

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