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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

Pharmacist-led care improves asthma in pregnancy

Date of Posting: 18-02-2014

A multidisciplinary model of care could improve asthma outcomes during pregnancy and be easily implemented in maternal health settings, according to new research. Researchers from Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS) Read More...

CMUS researcher Angelina Lim

Nurses and midwives rally to save Medicare

Date of Posting: 18-02-2014

Nurses and midwives have joined hundreds of people rallying against moves to change Medicare and introduce patient payments to visit bulk-billing GPs. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members joined a mass rally on February 15, o Read More...

NSWNMA secretary Brett Holmes at the rally

Nurse stands up for ageing workforce

Date of Posting: 18-02-2014

Against the background of an ageing workforce, the NSW state health department is being called on to introduce measures that ensure the well-being of its older nurses and midwives. With retirement age set to increase to 67 in Australia, Karin Tild Read More...

Karin Tilden- branch president, NSW Nurses & Midwives Assoc

Queensland nurses hit back over Nurse Power fund

Date of Posting: 18-02-2014

The Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU) has defended the establishment of its Nurse Power fund to support its campaigning, organising and community engagement activities. From July 1 this year, all QNU active members, regardless of employment sta Read More...

QNU secretary Beth Mohle

Lax planning the cause of ACT bed shortage?

Date of Posting: 17-02-2014

Canberra's health needs have allegedly been compromised, with the ACT Government coming under criticism for losing its grip on planning for the future. The criticism comes after it was discovered the Canberra Hospital had been forced to use &# Read More...

Lax planning the cause of ACT bed shortage?

Prioritising Placements to Reach the Greatest Area of Need

Date of Posting: 14-02-2014

In December 2013, NAHRLS introduced the Prioritisation Checklist in response to the overwhelming locum support requests received and the fixed number of placements remaining this financial year. NAHRLS is funded to undertake a fixed number of plac Read More...

Prioritising Placements to Reach the Greatest Area of Need

Transform pharmacists' roles: Guild

Date of Posting: 12-02-2014

Community pharmacy should be transformed into a core primary health care destination with pharmacists providing health checks, and administering vaccinations alongside wound and pain management, according to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. In its Read More...

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia's pre-budget submission

Mental health review welcomed by rural health advocates

Date of Posting: 11-02-2014

As a national review of mental health services gets underway, the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health has called for a more consistent approach to mental health policy. The centre’s Dr Jennifer Bowers reportedly said chall Read More...

Mental health review welcomed by rural health advocates

APS says schools need more psychologists

Date of Posting: 11-02-2014

Psychologists, not coordinator teachers, should be employed to deliver mental health services in schools across South Australia, according to the Australian Psychological Society. The APS, which represents more than 21,000 psychologists across Aus Read More...

APS spokesman David Stokes

Nurses warn against attack on penalty rates

Date of Posting: 11-02-2014

Nurses and midwives have warned the Federal Government to keep its hands off their penalty rates. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) federal secretary Yvonne Chaperon said nurses and midwives are called on to provide quality care a Read More...

Hands off penalty rates: ANMF

London's calling our paramedics

Date of Posting: 11-02-2014

The London Ambulance Service wants to recruit Australian and New Zealand paramedics in a bid to bridge its paramedic shortage. The service has about 250 vacancies for registered paramedics and has been granted permission to sponsor 100 work visas Read More...

Wanted: Our paramedics in London

An incredible time nursing in Kenya

Date of Posting: 10-02-2014

Kenya will always have a place in my heart after I had the time of my life on the Nurses in Action Program. I will never forget the incredible time I had working, living and experiencing life in Kenya.  Working in Kenya was one of the most chall Read More...

An incredible time nursing in Kenya

Cancer our biggest killer

Date of Posting: 06-02-2014

Cancer is now the world’s biggest killer - and the cancer burden is expected to rise 75 per cent in the next two decades, according to a new global scientific report. The World Cancer Report 2014, released from the World Health Organisation& Read More...

Cancer Council Australia spokesperson Terry Slevin

Weighing in on Obesity: Breastfeeding and the Obesity Epidemic

Date of Posting: 05-02-2014

In the past year, there have been several major health initiatives, accompanied by much public hand wringing, designed to address the American “obesity epidemic.” When I hear of these initiatives, I am of two minds. First, I applaud effor Read More...

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, RLC, FAPA

Initiative aims to boost Maori nursing numbers

Date of Posting: 04-02-2014

Counties Manukau Hospital registered nurse Marieann Mohi understands the importance of increasing the number of Maori nurses in New Zealand’s hospitals and health facilities. “In order for the industry to be empowered in providing the Read More...

Maori registered nurse Marieann Mohi

Mental health nurses cycle for schizophrenia

Date of Posting: 04-02-2014

Four mental health nurses will spend three days riding 237 kilometres next month in a bid to raise funds and awareness about schizophrenia. The four nurses will join a team of 10 staff and supporters from New South Wales’ unique ROAM Communi Read More...

ROAM Communities' general manager Matthew James

Unregistered psychologist fined $20,000

Date of Posting: 04-02-2014

A Western Australian woman found guilty of falsely claiming to be a registered psychologist has been fined $20,000. Last month, the Magistrates Court of WA found Jayne Walton of Western Australia guilty of using the title psychologist and claiming Read More...

Magistrates Court of WA finds 'psychologist' guilty

Creating and sustaining diversity within communities

Date of Posting: 03-02-2014

CRANAplus invites you to submit Abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the 2014 Annual Conference: Creating and Sustaining Diversity within Communities. Pullman Melbourne | Albert park | 15–18 october 2014 Australia is a multicultur Read More...

Creating and sustaining diversity within communities

Nurses want answers on elective surgery proposal

Date of Posting: 29-01-2014

The Queensland Nurses’ Union has called for the State Government to release detail on its proposal to move public patients waiting for surgery to private hospitals in a bid to slash elective surgery waiting lists. Health Minister Lawrence Sp Read More...

Queensland Nurses' Union secretary Beth Mohle

Study finds room for improvement in workplace relations

Date of Posting: 29-01-2014

With the high rate of turnover in nursing well documented, new findings from a study by Southern Cross University's School of Business point to staff relationships as one of the key reasons why so many nurses leave the profession. As reported Read More...

Study finds room for improvement in workplace relations

Closure a blow to rural communities

Date of Posting: 29-01-2014

The National Rural Health Alliance has described the loss of the Rural Health Education Foundation as a blow for remote communities. The Foundation is shutting down after 22 years of operations, due to a decline in government-contracted work. A st Read More...

Closure a blow to rural communities

New Zealand graduate nurses missing out

Date of Posting: 28-01-2014

An estimated 500 graduate nurses a year are unable to find Nursing Entry To Practice (NETP) places in New Zealand, according to the nurses’ union. Ministry of Health figures reveal 1328 new graduates recently applied for positions on nursing Read More...

Student nurse Alex Kondou

Conference puts forensic nursing under the microscope

Date of Posting: 27-01-2014

The founder of forensics nursing practice in the United States will join some of Australia’s experts in the growing nursing movement at next month’s second annual National Forensic Nursing Conference in Sydney. Founding president of th Read More...

Australian Forensic Nurses Association founding president Linda Starr

Go remote to discover nursing, allied health jobs in 2014

Date of Posting: 27-01-2014

Registered nurses and midwives, cardiac sonographers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists looking for work will find jobs in remote areas of Australia in 2014, according to a new report. Recruitment firm Hays has released its Quarterly Ho Read More...

Job opportunities in remote nursing in 2014

Victorian hospital beds disappearing: ANMF

Date of Posting: 24-01-2014

Victoria is suffering from a shortfall of 2017 beds across its public hospitals, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s Victorian branch. Since the ANMF’s last audit in 2011, 101 beds have disappeared and 1116 a Read More...

ANMF Victorian branch acting secretary Paul Gilbert

Mobile devices a risk in clinical practice

Date of Posting: 23-01-2014

Smart phones, tablets and software apps raise privacy and security concerns and are also a distraction for nurses and allied health professionals, according to the results of a new study. Monash University researchers Jennifer Lindley and Dr Juani Read More...

Monash University researchers Jennifer Lindley and Dr Juanita Fernando

Pharmacists sought for mental health project

Date of Posting: 21-01-2014

Pharmacists and pharmacy assistants from 100 pharmacies across Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales are wanted to participate in a pilot project designed to help mental health consumers. Griffith University aims to involve about 1000 Read More...

Griffith Health Institute study leader Professor Amanda Wheeler

Calls to expand pharmacists' roles in rural and remote areas

Date of Posting: 21-01-2014

Non-medical prescribing pharmacists and scholarships for pharmacy students from rural areas could be used to improve poor access to medicines and pharmaceutical advice in rural and remote areas of Australia, according to a new discussion paper. Th Read More...

More pharmacists needed in rural and remote areas

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