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Triage: Time is Critical

Glynis Thorp | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

Triage is a well-embedded process in contemporary hospital settings.  However, historically, administrative clerks conducted the processing of visitors to emergency departments and patients were subsequently seen in the order in which they arriv Read More...


Triage: Time is Critical
 
 

Pharmacists rate high in customer satisfaction

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 17-10-2014

Pharmacists have received top marks in yet another public poll - this time for customer satisfaction. The Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards reveal Australia’s big-name chain pharmacies have received satisfaction ratings ranging from 85 Read More...


PSA president Grant Kardachi
 
 

Vic elective surgery rates at record high

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

Despite hospitals failing to reach key waiting period benchmarks, a record 170,190 elective surgery patients have been treated in Victorian hospitals. A record number of elective surgery patients have passed through Victoria's hospitals, despi Read More...


Vic elective surgery rates at record high
 
 

Doctors treat man addicted to Google Glass

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

A US man who wore the Google Glass headset for up to 18 hours a day has been diagnosed as having internet addiction disorder, his doctors report. An American man has been admitted into the US Navy's substance abuse program after showing signs Read More...


Doctors treat man addicted to Google Glass
 
 

Forget slow weight loss advice: Aust study

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

Dieters should forget the advice about losing weight slowly rather than shedding the kilos rapidly, according to Victorian researchers. Dieters should ignore advice that shedding the kilos slowly is better than rapid weight loss, a new study sugge Read More...


Forget slow weight loss advice: Aust study
 
 

Experiences of person centred care patients' perceptions

NCAH | Last Updated: 16-10-2014

Patient care models have been implemented and documented worldwide. Many studies have focused on features that hinder and facilitate the shift to such models, including the implementation process, staff involvement, resistance to new models and cultu Read More...


Experiences of person-centred care - patientsí per
 
 

Pharmacists applaud immunisation move

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 16-10-2014

Victorian pharmacists have welcomed a move that could enable them to deliver immunisations to adults as early as next year. The Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Legislation Committee’s Inquiry into Community Pharmacy in Victoria h Read More...


PSA Victorian president Michelle Lynch
 
 

Cairns nurse calls for Ebola response

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 15-10-2014

The Queensland nurse at the centre of the recent Ebola scare has urged other medical professionals to join the health frontline working to combat the deadly virus in West Africa. The call comes as three other nurses from across Australia prepare t Read More...


Ebola in West Africa. Australian Red Cross image.
 
 

GPs 'struggle to spot lung cancer'

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-10-2014

Family doctors need more help in recognising patients at a high risk of lung cancer, new research has found. One in three lung cancer sufferers die within 90 days of diagnosis, suggesting GPs are struggling to spot the early signs of the disease. Read More...


GPs 'struggle to spot lung cancer'
 
 

Calls for wider use of overdose antidote

AAP | Last Updated: 15-10-2014

Medical experts say the lifesaving drug naloxone must become widely available to reduce opioid overdoses. Health experts, researchers and practitioners are calling for a lifesaving antidote for victims of drug overdoses to be more widely used in r Read More...


Calls for wider use of overdose antidote
 
 

Call for Vic pharmacists to give flu jab

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-10-2014

Call for Victoria's government to allow pharmacists to give adult flu jabs in time for the 2015 influenza season. Victoria's community pharmacists could be providing adult flu jabs in time for the 2015 influenza season. The Victorian go Read More...


Call for Vic pharmacists to give flu jab
 
 

Toddler's family wants better ambo times

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-10-2014

Ambulance Victoria says a call about a drowning child was mistakenly made a lower priority, as the family calls for improvements to response times. The family of a toddler who drowned in the bath wants faster ambulance response times, but Ambulanc Read More...


Toddler's family wants better ambo times
 
 

Vic needs heatwave plan: auditor-general

AAP | Last Updated: 15-10-2014

As the temperature heats up, Victorian Auditor-General John Doyle says the state urgently needs an emergency heatwave plan. More people died during Victoria's 2009 heatwave than the Black Saturday bushfires, but the state still does not have a Read More...


Vic needs heatwave plan: auditor-general
 
 

Meningococcal kills toddler in north Qld

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-10-2014

The death of a toddler from meningococcal disease in Townsville has prompted a warning to react quickly to symptoms of the deadly illness. Public health authorities say the death of a toddler in north Queensland from meningococcal disease highligh Read More...


Meningococcal kills toddler in north Qld
 
 

Physiotherapist paves the way in mental health

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 14-10-2014

Seventeen years ago, Kevin Lau had a few reservations about working as a physiotherapist in the mental health field. Today, as the head of the physiotherapy department at a large psychiatric hospital in Western Australia, he wouldn’t have it Read More...


Physiotherapist Kevin Lau
 
 

Nurses voice concerns over Dying with Dignity Bill

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 14-10-2014

The Australian Greens’ proposed voluntary euthanasia legislation has received a mixed response from nurses. Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) is at odds with the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Exposure Draft Bill 2014 while the Read More...


PCNA president John Haberecht
 
 

Scientists reprogram skin cells to help find a cure fo Alzheimer's

NCAH | Date of Posting: 14-10-2014

Dr Lezanne Ooi, from the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute based at UOW, is at the forefront of an exciting new branch of neuroscience that converts donated human cells back to their original pluripotent stem cell state so that they can Read More...


Dr Lezanne Ooi
 
 

Help ads aimed at NSW gambling addicts

AAP | Date of Posting: 13-10-2014

A new NSW government campaign is urging problem gamblers to reach out for help - before it's too late. You don't have to hit rock-bottom before you seek help with a gambling problem. That's the message driving the latest NSW governm Read More...


Help ads aimed at NSW gambling addicts
 
 

Brave boy in haemophilia battle

AAP | Date of Posting: 13-10-2014

Jayden Wong, 11, is proof that with proper treatment, people with haemophilia can maintain an active life. productive life Jayden Wong has been living with the blood clotting disorder haemophilia for 11 years. He is among the 5800 Australians l Read More...


Brave boy in haemophilia battle
 
 

Midwifery courses in Australia

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 13-10-2014

Interested in pursuing a career in midwifery? As a midwife, you’ll provide care to women throughout their pregnancy, labour, birth and during the postpartum period, as well as care for newborns through to six weeks of age. Midwifery is an in Read More...


Midwifery courses in Australia
 
 

Dementia scarier than cancer for over 50s

AAP | Last Updated: 13-10-2014

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 getting cancer. W Read More...


 
 

Clots as bad as heart disease: experts

AAP | Last Updated: 13-10-2014

Australians need to be made aware of their risks of getting a blood clot and the dangers that can follow, say medical experts. Blood clots kill at least an estimated 40 Australians a day and should be regarded as important as heart disease and dia Read More...


Clots as bad as heart disease: experts
 
 

GPs pledge to ban drug company visits

AAP | Date of Posting: 10-10-2014

A group of Australian doctors has pledged to ban pharmaceutical companies visiting their practices but the AMA says the campaign is misguided. About 100 doctors have pledged to ban visits from pharmaceutical companies but the Australian Medical As Read More...


GPs pledge to ban drug company visits
 
 

Warrior image poses mental problems: ADF

AAP | Date of Posting: 10-10-2014

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs says while the nation's soldiers are undoubtedly warriors, the term comes with traditional baggage. The vice chief of the Australian Defence Force says viewing the nation's soldiers as "warriors" poses pro Read More...


Warrior image poses mental problems: ADF
 
 

Don't panic over Ebola scare, says AMA

AAP | Date of Posting: 10-10-2014

The Australian Medical Association says there is no need to over-react about a Cairns nurse's Ebola scare. There's no need to panic or over-react due to the latest Ebola scare, the Australian Medical Association says. Cairns nurse Sue-E Read More...


Don't panic over Ebola scare, says AMA
 
 

First artificial hand with a sense of feel

AAP | Date of Posting: 09-10-2014

Two men have told US researchers that implanted electrodes in their artificial hands have allowed them to feel certain objects. Scientists are moving closer to an artificial hand that can feel. Implanted electrodes have allowed some amputees to Read More...


First artificial hand with a sense of feel
 
 

New Auckland mental health unit for mothers and babies

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 09-10-2014

Nurses will provide specialised care and treatment for up to 50 women a year at Auckland City Hospital’s new mental health mother and baby unit. The recently opened ward, located in the child and family unit at Starship Children’s Hosp Read More...


Mental health care for mothers and babies
 
 

NSW dementia sufferers set to double

AAP | Last Updated: 09-10-2014

Western Sydney and coastal regions will be the areas in NSW most heavily impacted by dementia: study growth rates, new dementia prevalence rates show. The number of elderly people in NSW with dementia will more than double over the next 40 years, Read More...


Dementia Sufferer
 
 

People with dementia remember emotion

AAP | Last Updated: 09-10-2014

People with dementia remember the feelings associated with an event for a longer time, a study says, feeling the emotion after the memory has vanished. Although people with Alzheimer's disease forget things quickly, they can remember the feeli Read More...


People with dementia remember emotion
 
 

Smart wearable body sensors for patient self-assessment and monitoring

NCAH | Last Updated: 09-10-2014

Innovations in mobile and electronic healthcare are revolutionizing the involvement of both doctors and patients in the modern healthcare system by extending the capabilities of physiological monitoring devices [1,2]. Expansion of health information Read More...


Smart wearable body sensor
 
 

NSW emergency to flood under GP co-payment

AAP | Date of Posting: 08-10-2014

About 500,000 extra people will go to emergency departments to avoid a GP co-payment, with an added cost of $80 million, NSW opposition claims. Emergency departments in NSW will be flooded with an extra half a million people a year if the federal Read More...


NSW emergency to flood under GP co-payment
 
 

Coffee drinking 'is in your genes'

AAP | Date of Posting: 08-10-2014

A large study has found genetic links that may explain why a given amount of coffee or caffeine has different effects on different people. People's coffee-drinking habits are linked to their genes, scientists say. A large-scale study, which Read More...


Coffee drinking 'is in your genes'
 
 

Woman with womb transplant marvels at baby

AAP | Date of Posting: 08-10-2014

A Swedish woman who gave birth after a womb transplant has brushed off the stresses of caring for a newborn as she marvels at her miracle baby. The parents of the first baby born to a woman who had a womb transplant say they hope they can be an in Read More...


Woman with womb transplant marvels at baby
 
 

Physiotherapists tackle obesity

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 08-10-2014

Physiotherapists are playing a pivotal role in working to trim the nation’s expanding waistlines. As experts in physical activity, weight management, heart disease and diabetes prevention, physiotherapists are increasingly treating patients Read More...


Australia's biggest killer
 
 

Older people with depression more likely to fall

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 08-10-2014

Allied health professionals and nurses should treat depressive symptoms in older people with a combination of physical exercise and psychosocial therapies, according to new research. The message comes after Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Read More...


Dr Kim Delbaere
 
 

Dietitians respond to celebrity chef attack

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 07-10-2014

It may focus on fresh fruit and vegetables but the Paleo diet fails to serve up all the nutrients our bodies need, as recommended in the revised Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADGs). Instead, the Paleo diet dishes up a high protein, high fat, low Read More...


The revised Australian Dietary Guidelines
 
 

Men give health the cold shoulder: study

AAP | Date of Posting: 07-10-2014

A Movember Foundation study finds men still have a way to go in taking their health and wellbeing seriously. Gather round gents and lean in lads, here's some advice: stop giving your health and wellbeing the cold shoulder. A study by the Mo Read More...


Men give health the cold shoulder: study
 
 

Nurse first Ebola victim outside Africa

AAP | Date of Posting: 07-10-2014

A Spanish nurse who treated two Ebola victims at a Madrid hospital has become the first person to contract the disease outside Africa. A Spanish nurse who treated two Ebola victims at a Madrid hospital has contracted the virus herself in the first Read More...


Nurse first Ebola victim outside Africa
 
 

Slip Slop Slap message is paying off

AAP | Date of Posting: 07-10-2014

Skin cancer rates are falling in Australia but millions of people are still at risk of developing the deadly disease. The `Slip Slop Slap' message has helped Australia become the first country in the world to experience a reduction in skin can Read More...


Slip Slop Slap message is paying off
 
 

Anti-dengue mozzies released in Rio

AAP | Date of Posting: 03-10-2014

Brazil has begun releasing mosquitoes immunised against dengue fever in a bid to cut the number of people who contract the illness. Ten thousand mosquitoes immunised against dengue fever have been released in Brazil as part of an innovative attemp Read More...


Anti-dengue mozzies released in Rio
 

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