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Nurse leader in cancer care

Date of Posting: 29-07-2014

Nurse leader Raymond Chan has always been passionate about cancer care. But it wasn’t until he moved into research and focused on making IV complications a thing of the past, that he found his niche. “Clinical is great and having th Read More...

Adj Assoc. Professor Raymond Chan

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London paramedic campaign to land Down Under

Date of Posting: 30-07-2014

The London Ambulance Service will arrive on Australian shores in September as it ramps up its campaign to recruit Australian paramedics. The ambulance service, one of the world’s busiest which receives around 4000 calls a day, hopes to inter Read More...

Former Adelaide paramedic Verity Reinke

New Zealand introduces nurse endoscopists

Date of Posting: 29-07-2014

New Zealand will train its first group of nurse endoscopists early next year in a bid to ease waiting lists for colonoscopies while tackling the nation’s high bowel cancer rates. Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced specialist nurses wil Read More...

New Zealand Health Minister Tony Ryall

Research shows suicide stigma exists in health sector

Date of Posting: 28-07-2014

Well-presenting people who have survived a suicide attempt have encountered dismissive and negative attitudes in the health sector, according to the results of new research. SANE Australia, a national mental health charity, and University of Engla Read More...

SANE Australia's Sarah Coker

Physiotherapists keeping athletes fit at Games

Date of Posting: 24-07-2014

New Zealand physiotherapist Jordan Salesa has been to the last four Olympics and three Commonwealth Games. Now, the Physio Rehab Group co-owner is part of an elite team of 11 New Zealand physiotherapists working to ensure the nation’s top at Read More...

Physiotherapist Jordan Salesa

Pay offer infuriates paramedics

Date of Posting: 23-07-2014

Paramedics are “infuriated” at the state government’s latest pay offer as the dispute over wages and conditions enters its 23rd month, the Ambulance Employees Association Victoria says. Premier Denis Napthine and Health Minister Read More...

Victoria's paramedic dispute continues

New nursing jobs at Townsville Hospital

Date of Posting: 23-07-2014

Eighty graduate and experienced nursing jobs will be created as part of 200 new positions at Queensland's Townsville Hospital this financial year. The hospital added 16 full-time equivalent (FTE) nursing positions during 2013 to its 2500 nursi Read More...

Townsville nursing graduates Lauren Lea, Lauwana Blackley and Lennie Shields

NZNO launches petition for graduate nurses

Date of Posting: 22-07-2014

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has launched a petition calling for the government to fund a one-year nurse entry to practice program for all new graduate nurses. The NZNO petition comes amid concerns large numbers of graduate nurses are faili Read More...

Petition for graduate nurses

Initiative connects remote midwives

Date of Posting: 15-07-2014

A New South Wales’ initiative is connecting rural and remote midwives with larger maternity units. The Rural and Remote Midwifery Connect program is providing education for 88 midwives working outside metropolitan hospitals in the Nepean Blu Read More...

Participants: Wagga Wagga Health Service's Colleen Paech and Joy Dickinson

Experienced allied health professionals wanted

Date of Posting: 15-07-2014

Health care employers are seeking experienced physiotherapists, psychologists and occupational therapists, according to a new employment hotspots report. The latest Hays Quarterly Report points to an increasing trend to employ experienced allied h Read More...

Jobs for physiotherapists, psychologists and OTs

Prescribing changes for NPs, optometrists and midwives

Date of Posting: 15-07-2014

New Zealand nurse practitioners, optometrists and midwives are now able to prescribe all medicines within their scope of practice. Changes to the Medicines Act 1981, which came into effect on July 1, names nurse practitioners (NPs) and optometrist Read More...

Changes to controlled drugs prescribing

Only 50 Funded Locum Support Placements Left this Quarter

Date of Posting: 14-07-2014

Over 70% of Australian Government funded placements have already been awarded. NAHRLS has continued funding by the Australian Government to fill 750 nursing and midwifery locum placements from July 2014 which is divided into each financial quarter Read More...

Only 50 Funded Locum Support Placements Left this Quarter

Nurse refused bail over aged care deaths

Date of Posting: 10-07-2014

A nurse has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of killing two residents at an aged care facility in northern New South Wales. Megan Haines, 46, was extradited to Sydney after being arrested at a property in Seaspray, eastern Read More...

Nurse remanded over deaths

Queensland pharmacy trial expanded

Date of Posting: 10-07-2014

Queensland pharmacists are now able to administer vaccines for measles and whooping cough. The state government has announced the expansion of the Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Project (QPIP), an initiative of the Pharmaceutical Society of Au Read More...

Professor Lisa Nissen

Nurses fatigued as Cairns Hospital reaches 'code black'

Date of Posting: 08-07-2014

Nurses are working ongoing double shifts to cope with increased demand and nursing shortages at Cairns Hospital, according to the Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU). The public hospital was this week declared a ‘code black’ with emer Read More...

'Code black' at Cairns Hospital

Nurses and midwives take health care pledge

Date of Posting: 08-07-2014

Australia’s largest health union is calling on nurses, midwives and the public to pledge to take a stand against the Federal Government’s proposed health cuts. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has launched a new c Read More...

The ANMF's new campaign

Pharmacists applaud HIV home testing kits

Date of Posting: 08-07-2014

Australians will soon be able to purchase HIV home testing kits and access treatment at local pharmacies, in a move pharmacists have welcomed. The nation’s peak body for community pharmacy, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, has applauded the Read More...

The Pharmacy Guild welcomes HIV home self-test kits

QLD midwives and nurses uncertain over future pay

Date of Posting: 07-07-2014

Queensland nurses and midwives are uncertain over their future following indications by the State Government that a pay overhaul is imminent. As reported by abc.net.au, members of the Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) have received letters from Queens Read More...

QLD midwives and nurses uncertain over future pay

Insurers to tender for PHNs

Date of Posting: 07-07-2014

Private health insurers Medibank Private and Bupa, which collectively control about 60 per cent of the health insurance market, have indicated they will consider tendering for a contract to co-ordinate medical care under the Coalition’s ne Read More...

Insurers to tender for PHNs

Advanced nutrition leaders recognised

Date of Posting: 02-07-2014

Dr Karen Walton is one of eight nutrition leaders to join the ranks of Australia’s Advanced Accredited Practising (AdvAPD) dietitians. The University of Wollongong senior lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics joins more than 90 other dietitian Read More...

AdvAPD Dr Karen Walton

Supervision for midwives: Update on the NMBA Supervision models for privately practising midwives

Date of Posting: 01-07-2014

Supervision for midwives: Update on the NMBA Supervision models for privately practising midwives consultation The Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBA) of Australia are currently looking at models of supervision for privately practicing midwives (PP Read More...

Australian College of Midwives

Student midwives provide care at hospital clinic

Date of Posting: 01-07-2014

Student midwives are following women throughout their pregnancy, labour, birth and early parenting journeys as part of an innovative university-led clinic on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Griffith University Bachelor of Midwifery students are sup Read More...

The university-led student midwives' clinic

Pharmacist and nurse health checks in supermarkets?

Date of Posting: 01-07-2014

Popping into the supermarket to grab your milk and bread? Now you can also get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked in the supermarket aisle at some Woolworths stores. The retail giant has been employing qualified nurses to offer custome Read More...

Woolworths trials nurses in supermarkets

Expanded scope for advanced care paramedics

Date of Posting: 01-07-2014

Selected Advanced Care Paramedics (ACPs) will provide early fibrinolysis to heart attack patients, as part of an extended trial. Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) ACPs are being trained to administer additional cardiac medications, including enox Read More...

ACPs Kathryn Fitzpatrick, Paul Fitzpatrick, Matt Lynch and Ross Hodges with Brett Rogers (centre).

Nurse endoscopists for Queensland

Date of Posting: 27-06-2014

A number of Queensland hospitals will soon be home to nurse endoscopists as part of a long-term plan to reduce public waiting lists for endoscopy services. Queensland Health will introduce trained nurse endoscopists to perform procedures such as f Read More...

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Dr Frances Hughes

Nurses applaud investigation into health cuts

Date of Posting: 26-06-2014

Nurses have welcomed a move to put the Federal Government’s health budget cuts under the microscope. The Senate this week agreed to Labor’s motion to establish a Select Committee on Health to investigate the impact of additional costs Read More...

ANMF welcomes Senate committee

Midwives catching more babies

Date of Posting: 26-06-2014

Australia’s midwives may have their hands full. New figures show the nation’s birth rate continues to rise with 301,810 babies born to 297,126 mothers in 2011. The latest report card on the nation’s health, from the Australian Read More...

More babies being born

Physiotherapists tackle incontinence

Date of Posting: 24-06-2014

It’s not the most popular area of practice but pelvic floor physiotherapist Melissa Davidson is passionate about her work - and the difference she can make to people’s lives. The principle physiotherapist and owner of Remarkable Physio Read More...

Physiotherapist Melissa Davidson

Physiotherapists to design their own conference program

Date of Posting: 18-06-2014

Physiotherapists will be able to tailor this year’s Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ) conference to their individual area of practice. The September 19-21 ‘Linking the Chain’ conference will feature a PNZ conference smartphone app, Read More...

Physiotherapy New Zealand president Ian d'Young

Psychologists workshop emotional impact of strokes

Date of Posting: 18-06-2014

The emotional toll of stroke and its impact on physical recovery will be on the agenda at this week’s Clinical Psychologist National Conference in Melbourne. Statistics show about 50,000 people encounter a new or recurrent stroke each year a Read More...

Clinical psychology Professor Ian Kneebone

NAHRLS GM Sleeps Rough to Raise Money and Awareness for the Homeless

Date of Posting: 17-06-2014

With just days to go until the CEO Sleepout, Mark has raised over $9,000! Help him reach his target of $10,000 which will, in turn, assist in reaching Australia’s goal of halving homeless numbers and offering all rough sleepers access to accomm Read More...

NAHRLS GM Mark Ellis

Mental health delivery stretched at Dubbo Hospital

Date of Posting: 17-06-2014

Nurses at Dubbo Hospital in New South Wales are under strain due to lack of resources to treat patients with mental health problems, according to unions. As reported by the online Daily Liberal, the Health Services Union and NSW Nurses and Midwive Read More...


Program to boost rural allied health

Date of Posting: 17-06-2014

Rural and remote health facilities in Queensland are benefitting from a program designed to increase the number of allied health graduates working in regional areas. Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said 11 new graduates in allied he Read More...

Program to boost rural allied health

Former nurse fights to decriminalise medical cannabis

Date of Posting: 17-06-2014

Throughout her 20-plus year nursing career, Lucy Haslam was familiar with issues around pain management and cancer treatment. A community nurse, Lucy founded and ran her own home nursing service in Tamworth, New South Wales, often assisting pallia Read More...

Daniel Haslam

Pharmacists applaud community pharmacy inquiry

Date of Posting: 16-06-2014

The Victorian Legislative Council will investigate opportunities for community pharmacies to have an enhanced role in primary and preventative care. The inquiry, which is open to submissions until June 30, will consider the role of pharmacies in p Read More...

PSA Victorian Branch president Michelle Lynch

COAG delivers final health diagnosis

Date of Posting: 13-06-2014

Australians are living slightly longer and smoking less while deaths from circulatory disease and cancer are falling. On the downside, almost 63 per cent of adults are now overweight and obese while a quarter of Australians have type 2 diabetes, p Read More...

COAG's final report card

Standards for mental health postgraduate studies

Date of Posting: 12-06-2014

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is working to forge accreditation standards for postgraduate studies in mental health nursing. In a project with Queensland Health, ACMHN is developing a national framework that will outline a Read More...

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses CEO Kim Ryan

Victorian neonatal intensive care under strain

Date of Posting: 10-06-2014

Overwhelmed doctors and nurses are struggling to meet demand due to capacity shortfalls at Victoria’s neonatal intensive care units. As reported by The Age newspaper, leaked documents show that in late May Melbourne's four specialist uni Read More...

Victorian neonatal intensive care under strain

Physiotherapists urge move to prehab

Date of Posting: 10-06-2014

Physiotherapists are urging more people to consider prehabilitation in a bid to safeguard themselves against sports and fitness injuries this winter. Sports physiotherapists offer prehabilitation or prehab, corrective training to amend problems be Read More...

APA sports physiotherapist Aidan Rich

Overtime taking toll on Tasmania's nurses and midwives

Date of Posting: 10-06-2014

Tasmania’s public sector nurses and midwives are increasingly working overtime and double shifts to fill roster shortages. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) Tasmanian Branch secretary Neroli Ellis said the impact of Read More...

ANMF Tasmanian Branch secretary Neroli Ellis

Accolade for nursing researcher

Date of Posting: 05-06-2014

A Queensland nursing researcher focused on improving patient safety has been recognised with an award for her work. NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Nursing director Wendy Chaboyer, and Professor of Nursing, has received the Griffith Univers Read More...

Nursing Professor Wendy Chaboyer

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