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Pharmacist survey aims to shape profession

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Pharmacists are being asked to participate in a major survey designed to shape the future of the pharmacy profession. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched the survey to gauge pharmacists’ opinions as it works to positio Read More...

Pharmacists consider their future

Doctors urged to spot rheumatic fever

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Indigenous people are at increased risk of contracting acute rheumatic fever, which is preventable but leads to deadly heart disease if undetected. When Kenya McAdam's joints started hurting when she was 15, she thought it was due to a recent Read More...

Doctors urged to spot rheumatic fever

Support for Noarlunga Hospital nurses

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Nurses working at an Adelaide hospital have been offered counselling and support after a patient was charged with the murder of another patient. South Australia Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old Woodcroft man with murder after the dea Read More...

Noarlunga Hospital

Healthy ways of coping with night work

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Quiet surroundings and dark curtains are important in getting a good day's sleep for those who work night shifts, a psychologist says. Night workers who have trouble sleeping after their shifts shouldn't rely on sleeping pills, a German ps Read More...

Healthy ways of coping with night work

Australian nurses in Ebola response

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Australian nurses are on the frontline in the health response to the Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa. As the death toll from the virus continues to climb, Australian Red Cross aid worker and nurse Amanda McClelland is on the ground in Sierra L Read More...

Ebola epidemic. Credit: IFRC

Swine flu cases rising in Australia

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Nearly 21,000 cases of flu have been confirmed in Australia so far this year, double the number of cases at this time last year. There has been a sharp increase in the number of cases of flu this year. Nearly 21,000 cases of influenza have been Read More...

Swine flu cases rising in Australia

First DNA based colon cancer test approved

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

The US health regulator has approved the first DNA-based test for colon cancer, which has proven to be more accurate than traditional tests. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patie Read More...

First DNA-based colon cancer test approved

Cancer survivors face challenges

Date of Posting: 11-08-2014

When GP Elysia Thornton-Benko suspected something wasn't quite right with her body she did everything she tells her patients not to - ignored the symptoms and carried on. "In typical doctor fashion I didn't take my own advice," s Read More...


London, no ordinary challenge for paramedics

Date of Posting: 11-08-2014

It’s one of the world’s most famous cities with landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and The Shard. It’s also home to one of the busiest ambulance services in the world - and it wants our paramedics, writes Kar Read More...

Former Brisbane paramedic Frances Hobbs in London

Ebola vaccine may be ready for 2015: UN

Date of Posting: 11-08-2014

Clinical trials of a preventative vaccine for the Ebola virus made by British pharma company GlaxoSmithKline may begin next month and made available by 2015, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. "We are targeting September for the Read More...


Toddlers lacking iron: study

Date of Posting: 08-08-2014

Many Australian toddlers are not eating enough meat and it may be compromising their iron levels, a study has shown. Experts have linked this to an overconsumption of formula and cow's milk. University of Technology Queensland researchers i Read More...


Tasmanian nurses and midwives plan industrial action

Date of Posting: 08-08-2014

Tasmania’s nurses and midwives will remove goodwill in their planned industrial action as the state government considers introducing a public sector wage freeze. The move comes after the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (A Read More...

ANMF Tasmanian branch secretary Neroli Ellis

Melbourne test picks up autism in infants

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

A quick screening test developed by Melbourne researchers is helping detect autism in 12-month-old bubs with 81 per cent accuracy. In 2006, researchers from La Trobe University developed a test consisting of five early signs or "markers" Read More...


New gene tied to major breast cancer risk

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk of breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same. Mutations in the gene can make breast cancer up to nine times more likely to Read More...


New camera technology for Victorian ambulances

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

Innovative reversing camera technology is being rolled out in new ambulances across Victoria. The technology, designed to provide paramedics driving ambulances with a clearer view of the rear cabin, is already installed in about 50 new ambulances Read More...

A new view at Ambulance Victoria

Concern over salt levels in cheese

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

Cheese is unnecessarily loaded with salt, campaigners have said after new research found the majority of cheese sold in Britain has a high salt content. Researchers found halloumi and imported blue cheese have the highest amount of salt, while cot Read More...


Ebola death toll nears 1000

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak has hit 932, as international health experts meet to discuss whether to declare the situation a crisis. LAGOS, AFP - The death toll of the Ebola epidemic has neared 1000 as fears that the disease is now takin Read More...

Ebola death toll nears 1000

More graduate nursing training places needed

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

The New Zealand government’s move to fund an extra 200 places in the nurse entry to practice program will still leave hundreds of trained nurses without work, according to nurses. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling for the Read More...

Student nurse Alex Kondou

Proteins linked to oesophageal cancer

Date of Posting: 06-08-2014

A study has identified four proteins associated with the onset of oesophageal cancer, the precursor to developing a blood test for early detection and better treatment of a particularly lethal disease. The findings - by doctors at Allegheny Health Read More...

Oesophageal cancer

Some fats 'reduce diabetes risk'

Date of Posting: 06-08-2014

Not all saturated fats increase the chances of developing diabetes - and some actually protect against the disease, a study has shown. The kind of saturated fat found in dairy products such as yoghurt is likely to reduce type 2 diabetes risk, say Read More...


Daily aspirin can ward off cancer

Date of Posting: 06-08-2014

Healthy people should be encouraged to take a daily dose of aspirin to ward off cancer, according to the leader of a new study highlighting the drug's benefits. The research shows that long-term use of aspirin significantly reduces the risk of Read More...


Stroke care centralisation hailed

Date of Posting: 06-08-2014

Centralising stroke services can save the lives of patients and reduce the number of days people spend in hospital, a new study suggests. Having specialist centres in fewer hospitals means patients have access to stroke experts 24 hours a day, sev Read More...

Stroke Patient

Alzheimer's drug reverses damage

Date of Posting: 06-08-2014

Researching a new drug compound on mice, Yale School of Medicine researchers were able to reverse the effects of Alzheimer's on learning and memory, the school says. Yale School of Medicine psychiatry professor Paul Lombroso and others studied Read More...


HIV drugs may help MS: study

Date of Posting: 05-08-2014

LONDON, AFP - Drugs used to treat HIV could potentially be used to treat multiple sclerosis in the future, experts have said after new research showed that people with the virus have a lower risk of developing MS. Researchers led by Australia' Read More...


Suspected meningococcal death in Qld

Date of Posting: 04-08-2014

Health authorities say the death of a person from suspected meningococcal disease in Queensland's southeast isn't cause for widespread alarm. The disease is the suspected cause of death of a patient who was being treated at a hospital in W Read More...

Meningococcal Disease

Dementia scarier than cancer for over 50s

Date of Posting: 04-08-2014

LONDON, PAA - Older people are more fearful of developing dementia than they are of cancer, a new poll suggests. Two-thirds of people over the age of 50 fear they will develop the condition, while just one in 10 said they were frightened of gettin Read More...


Rethink for failed pancreatic cancer drug

Date of Posting: 04-08-2014

LONDON, PAA - A failed pancreatic cancer treatment could be resurrected as a personalised medicine aimed at one in five patients with the disease, research suggests. Previous trials showed that the drug rapamycin was ineffective as a general thera Read More...


Mapping DNA code for better treatments

Date of Posting: 01-08-2014

LONDON, AFP - British scientists are to map 100,000 complete DNA code sequences in a project that will make the country a world leader in genetic research on cancer and rare diseases, the prime minister says. David Cameron announced STG300 million Read More...

DNA Illustration

US scientists move toward suicide test

Date of Posting: 01-08-2014

WASHINGTON, AFP - US scientists have identified a gene mutation that appears to be common in people who attempt or commit suicide, a finding that could lead to a blood test to predict risk. The discovery is based on a small study by researchers at Read More...

Mental Health

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

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