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Smartphone apps to detect blindness

AAP | Date of Posting: 27-11-2014

The Portable Eye Examination Kit consists of smartphone apps and an adapter which can be used anywhere in the world to test eyes easily. A smartphone device which healthcare workers can use to carry out eye examinations could help tackle blindness Read More...


Smartphone apps to detect blindness
 
 

Early screening helps deaf children

AAP | Date of Posting: 26-11-2014

Children who are screened at birth and found to be deaf develop better language skills than those who are not screened, research shows. Deaf teenagers have better reading skills if they are identified as deaf by the time they are nine-months-old, Read More...


Early screening helps deaf children
 
 

Robots set to assist nurses in aged care

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 26-11-2014

Robots could be entertaining, serving food and fluid, conversing with and lifting aged care patients in Australian facilities in the not too distant future. Professor Wendy Moyle, of Griffith Health Institute’s Centre for Health Practice Inn Read More...


Professors Ian O'Connor and Wendy Moyle with Paro
 
 

Recovery from brain injury 'a marathon'

AAP | Date of Posting: 26-11-2014

Recovery from brain injury is a marathon, not a sprint, says an expert from Brain Injury Australia as cricketer Phillip Hughes fights for his life. Recovering from a brain injury is a marathon, says Brain Injury Australia spokesman Nick Rushworth, Read More...


Recovery from brain injury 'a marathon'
 
 

Vegetarians healthy but unhappy: study

AAP | Date of Posting: 25-11-2014

Australian vegetarians are physically healthier than meat-eaters but have more mental problems, the Alere Wellness Index suggests. Australian vegetarians might be healthier than meat-eaters but they are unhappier and more prone to mental health di Read More...


Vegetarians healthy but unhappy: study
 
 

Tropical fish helps TB researchers

AAP | Date of Posting: 25-11-2014

The transparent zebrafish develops the tuberculosis bug in the same way humans do and may help researchers develop new ways to treat the disease. The new weapon for Auckland researchers trawling through ways to treat tuberculosis is a small tropic Read More...


Tropical fish helps TB researchers
 
 

Health recruitment in Australia

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 25-11-2014

Health recruiters are pointing to a brighter Australian jobs market for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in 2015. Recruitment firms forecast steady employment growth across the health sector next year as new hospitals in several st Read More...


Medacs Healthcare Australia's Jamie Walsh
 
 

Brain training works in groups only: study

AAP | Last Updated: 24-11-2014

Brain training can boost memory and thinking skills but not when done alone at home, a study has found. Computer-based "brain training" is useful for older adults, but only if it's conducted in a group setting, research suggests. Read More...


Brain training works in groups only: study
 
 

On-time operations or get it free: Qld

AAP | Last Updated: 24-11-2014

Patients in Queensland requiring surgery will be operated on within the medically recommended time or get it all free, says the health minister. Queensland's health minister has announced a guarantee that patients will receive their surgery wi Read More...


On-time operations or get it free: Qld
 
 

Italy doctors held amid baby milk 'bribes'

AAP | Date of Posting: 24-11-2014

Italian police suspect doctors have been promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding in exchange for kickbacks. Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding in exchange Read More...


Italy doctors held amid baby milk 'bribes'
 
 

Nurse leader in cancer care

By Karen Keast | Last Updated: 14-08-2014

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
 
 

213 Australian Government funded placements available from 1 October to 31 December 2014

Date of Posting: 13-08-2014

Following the success of the NAHRLS program and the importance of reaching the greatest area of need, we are doing things a little differently this financial year. The NAHRLS Team have reopened our locum requests applications for the second quarte Read More...


213 Australian Government funded placements available
 
 

London paramedic campaign to land Down Under

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Nurse endoscopists for Queensland

By Karen Keast | Last Updated: 29-07-2014

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
 
 

New Zealand introduces nurse endoscopists

By Karen Keast | 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

By Karen Keast | 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

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

New nursing jobs at Townsville Hospital

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Pay offer infuriates paramedics

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

NZNO launches petition for graduate nurses

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Only 50 Funded Locum Support Placements Left this Quarter

Last Updated: 16-07-2014

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
 
 

Experienced allied health professionals wanted

By Karen Keast | 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

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Initiative connects remote midwives

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Queensland pharmacy trial expanded

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Nurse refused bail over aged care deaths

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Pharmacists applaud HIV home testing kits

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Nurses and midwives take health care pledge

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Nurses fatigued as Cairns Hospital reaches 'code black'

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

Advanced nutrition leaders recognised

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Expanded scope for advanced care paramedics

By Karen Keast | 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).
 
 

Pharmacist and nurse health checks in supermarkets?

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

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

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Midwives catching more babies

By Karen Keast | 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
 
 

Allied health practitioner numbers increase

By Karen Keast | Last Updated: 26-06-2014

Australia is now home to more than 25,900 registered physiotherapy practitioners and more than 28,100 registered pharmacy practitioners, new figures show. The quarterly statistics released from the National Boards reveal the number of allied healt Read More...


Where physiotherapists reside. Source: Physiotherapy Board of Australia
 
 

Greater allied health integration needed in aged care

Last Updated: 26-06-2014

Integration of the allied health professions into aged care has been identified as a key issue for the sector, despite increased evidence showing the benefits of multidisciplinary teams in aged care. Media coverage in Australian Ageing Agenda has Read More...


Greater allied health integration needed in aged care
 
 

Women dominate allied health workforce

By Karen Keast | Last Updated: 26-06-2014

Most Australian allied health professionals are women, with the highest proportion of women working as occupational therapists, psychologists and as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners. The Australian Institute of Health and Read More...


The allied health workforce report
 

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