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The 40th International Mental Health Nursing Conference

Date of Posting: 05-06-2014

Ruby looks good on everyone! Honouring the past, shaping the future. Here at the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (the College), we think that ruby looks good on everyone. It’s a bold statement, we know, but we’re yet to find Read More...


Ruby looks good on everyone! Honouring the past, shaping the future
 
 

Nurse recovers from stabbing

Date of Posting: 04-06-2014

A Queensland nurse is recovering after a male patient stabbed her in the face using forceps. The nurse was on night duty in a ward at Brisbane’s Redcliffe Hospital when the 88-year-old man allegedly attacked her, inflicting injury to the 37- Read More...


Queensland Nurses' Union secretary Beth Mohle
 
 

Queensland to recruit an extra 100 ambulance officers

Date of Posting: 04-06-2014

Queensland will receive 155 new and replacement ambulances and recruit an extra 100 ambulance officers in 2014-15. The boost, unveiled in the state government’s 2014-15 budget, will coincide with the roll out a low-acuity paramedic service i Read More...


Budget boost to Queensland ambulance services
 
 

Conference inspires primary health care nurses

Date of Posting: 04-06-2014

More than 400 primary health care nurses have gathered to network, learn, discuss and be inspired as part of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association’s (APNA) sixth national conference in Sydney. The May 29-31 conference, which Read More...


APNA CEO Kathy Bell at the conference
 
 

PACU nursing on a floating hospital

Date of Posting: 29-05-2014

Victorian nurse Michelle McEwan has cared for some of the world’s poorest people on the threshold of new lives. The Traralgon nurse, who provides infusions for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis at Lifescreen Australia in her day job, spe Read More...


Nurse Michelle McEwan
 
 

Website targets medicine shortages

Date of Posting: 29-05-2014

A new website for pharmacists, doctors and consumers will highlight Australia’s prescription medicine shortages. The Medicines Shortages Information Initiative features an online information portal and an alert service for subscribers for th Read More...


Medicines Australia welcomes website initiative
 
 

Most nurses and allied health workers experience violence

Date of Posting: 28-05-2014

New Zealand nurses, allied health professionals, physicians and clinical support workers are being threatened, assaulted, humiliated, sexually harassed and stalked, according to new research. University of Otago researchers found 94 per cent of he Read More...


Hospital violence needs urgent attention: research
 
 

Pharmacists deliver flu vaccines

Date of Posting: 28-05-2014

Pharmacists have administered more than 8500 immunisations as part of the Queensland flu vaccination trial. Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Queensland branch president Professor Lisa Nissen said the immunisations have been conducted &ldq Read More...


Pharmacists administer vaccines
 
 

Radiography under stress at WA hospital

Date of Posting: 28-05-2014

Radiography services at one of Western Australia’s key hospitals are under strain after radiographers left their positions in protest. Radiographers at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia walked off the job at the hospital ear Read More...


Radiography under stress at WA hospital
 
 

Speech therapy app to gain new features

Date of Posting: 28-05-2014

An app designed to help speech therapists working with autistic children develop kids’ capabilities in speech and widen their grammar and vocabulary is set to develop new features, following a fresh funding injection. As reported by technolo Read More...


Speech therapy app to gain new features
 
 

UK Government to ban public sector pension transfers

Date of Posting: 23-05-2014

On Wednesday 19th March the Chancellor of the Exchequer – George Osborne unveiled the most radical reformation of the UK pension regime, dwarfing the A-day changes announced in 2006 In an effort to provide consumers with more freedom and cho Read More...


UK Government to ban public sector pension transfers
 
 

'Mock patients' aid trainee nurses' hands-on experience

Date of Posting: 21-05-2014

Deakin University is embracing a novel way of teaching hands-on patient interaction to budding nurses through the use of live stand-ins or ‘mock patients’ instead of inanimate models for training purposes. As reported by Fairfax region Read More...


'Mock patients' aid trainee nurses' hands-on experience
 
 

Psychologist studies chronic fatigue impact

Date of Posting: 21-05-2014

Eighty-five per cent of people with the debilitating illness Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have difficulties reading and following directions even when it comes to a new medication, according to a New Zealand study. Dr Don Baken, a clinical psych Read More...


Psychologist Dr Don Baken
 
 

Locum Requests Now Open for First Quarter Next Financial Year

Date of Posting: 20-05-2014

212 placements available from 1 July to 30 September 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 next financial year. The NAHRLS Team have r Read More...


Locum Requests Now Open for First Quarter Next Financial Year
 
 

Lessons learnt in Flinders University telehealth pilot

Date of Posting: 20-05-2014

An innovative Flinders University project trialling telehealth in palliative care, aged care and rehabilitation is delivering positive results for patients, health care professionals and providers. The Telehealth in the Home pilot, which was launc Read More...


The Flinders University telehealth pilot
 
 

Dietitian's malnutrition research highlights nursing factors

Date of Posting: 20-05-2014

Malnourished renal and geriatric hospital patients are missing out on vital nutrition due to environmental factors such as nurses being interrupted, according to a dietitian’s award-winning research. Kelly Lambert, a renal clinical lead diet Read More...


Dietitian Kelly Lambert and DAA president Liz Kellett
 
 

Keeping your super on track while taking a break from your employment

Date of Posting: 19-05-2014

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, in this issue, ways to keep your super on track while taking a break f Read More...


Keeping your super on track while taking a break from your employment
 
 

Nursing and allied health stakeholders react to budget

Date of Posting: 15-05-2014

The Federal Government’s 2014-15 budget has delivered mostly painful cuts to health and missed opportunities, according to some of the peak bodies representing nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. The much-maligned $7 Medicare c Read More...


Health cuts, few injections
 
 

Campaign hearts nurses and midwives

Date of Posting: 15-05-2014

Who hearts nurses and midwives? The Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU) is asking the public to show their love for the state’s nurses and midwives. The union has launched a social media campaign calling for the public to take a photo of Read More...


Nurses heart their campaign
 
 

Nurses can change the picture of the profession

Date of Posting: 15-05-2014

Nurses have the power to be a force for change in tackling the major health care challenges facing the nation, according to the Australian College of Nurses (ACN). To mark International Nurses’ Day, an initiative of the International Council Read More...


ACN marks International Nurses' Day
 
 

Outstanding nurses recognised

Date of Posting: 13-05-2014

A nurse who championed an innovative system that enables mental health nurses to attend police and ambulance call-outs to people with mental illness is the Nurse of the Year. NorthWestern Mental Health’s Steve Brown received the top accolade Read More...


Outstanding graduate: RDNS nurse Zoe Sabri
 
 

Physiotherapists drive insurance change

Date of Posting: 13-05-2014

Western Australia’s at-fault insurance scheme for people injured in motor vehicle accidents is leaving a trail of road casualties in its wake, according to physiotherapists. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling for the s Read More...


Physiotherapist Tim Barnwell
 
 

Get networking to advance your nursing career

Date of Posting: 12-05-2014

Nurses are tapping into a unique networking opportunity to discuss local professional issues and advance their professional development. Karen Keast meets a young nurse leader striving to connect nurses through the initiative. At 23, Renee Callend Read More...


Get networking to advance your nursing career
 
 

Unregulated workers a poor solution to health budget crisis

Date of Posting: 12-05-2014

Amid the shortage of qualified nursing staff and rising health costs, expert opinion has questioned the value of replacing registered or enrolled nurses with unregulated nursing workers. Writing in The Conversation, Christine Duffield, Professor, Read More...


Unregulated workers a poor solution to health budget crisis
 
 

Allied health practitioner numbers increase

Date of Posting: 06-05-2014

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
 
 

Paramedics at risk in one of the most dangerous jobs

Date of Posting: 06-05-2014

Paramedics have one of the most dangerous occupations in Australia with new research revealing an average of one paramedic dies on the job every two years. The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, also shows 30 paramedics are s Read More...


Research shows paramedics have highest injury rate
 
 

Celebrating midwives

Date of Posting: 06-05-2014

There’s one day on the calendar to celebrate one of the world’s most ancient professions but time rarely stands still for midwives. Midwives across the globe paused to mark International Day of the Midwife on May 5 and its sub-theme of Read More...


Marking International Day of the Midwife
 
 

Pharmacists, nurses and midwives attack Audit Commission report

Date of Posting: 02-05-2014

Community pharmacists, nurses and midwives have condemned some of the key controversial recommendations outlined in the National Commission of Audit report to the Federal Government. The report recommends a $15 fee to visit the GP, which would fal Read More...


Audit Commission report
 
 

Congratulations: awards recognise allied health achievements

Date of Posting: 02-05-2014

The importance of the contribution made by allied health workers has been recognised by a recent awards program. A number of allied health staff were honoured at an annual awards ceremony covering a key clinical area in New South Wales. As repo Read More...


Congratulations: awards recognise allied health achievements
 
 

Physiotherapy students average 1000 clinical training hours

Date of Posting: 02-05-2014

Physiotherapy students completed an average of 1000 clinical training hours and nursing students averaged 899 training hours in 2012. New Health Workforce Australia (HWA) statistics reveal more than 5600 registered physiotherapy students enrolled Read More...


HWA's physiotherapy profile
 
 

Waikato initiative supports nurses to support students

Date of Posting: 01-05-2014

Student nurses are preparing for the reality of practice thanks to a new clinical education initiative which enables them to more actively contribute in their clinical placements. The pilot Dedicated Education Unit, a partnership between Waikato D Read More...


Part of the Dedicated Education Unit team
 
 

Brand new fully integrated digital hospital, a first for Australia

Date of Posting: 01-05-2014

The brand new St Stephen’s Private Hospital is Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital, and it will be opening its doors later this year! The $87.5 million 96 bed in-patient and busy Day Surgery facility is a “state o Read More...


 
 

Nurse and midwife sisters battle BRCA at Waikato

Date of Posting: 01-05-2014

Two New Zealand sisters - a midwife and a duty nurse manager - have received treatment for the rare gene mutation BRCA at Waikato DHB, where they both work. Hamilton sisters Amber Argaet, 34, a midwife, and Tara Ellingham, 32, a duty nurse manager Read More...


Sisters Amber Argaet and Tara Ellingham
 
 

Private hospital surgeries on the rise

Date of Posting: 30-04-2014

Almost 70 per cent of elective admissions occurred in Australia’s private hospitals in 2012-13. An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report has revealed of the two million elective admissions for surgery, 67 per cent took place in p Read More...


The AIHW report
 
 

Growing Retirement Villages: conference

Date of Posting: 24-04-2014

Strategies for attracting residents & meeting future needs 21st & 22nd May 2014, Melbourne, CQ Functions Quote the code CC*NCAH when registering & SAVE $100! This conference will address: Strategies to renew and enha Read More...


Growing Retirement Villages: conference
 
 

Graduate nurses and midwives should get jobs first: ANMF

Date of Posting: 24-04-2014

Hundreds of home grown graduate nurses and midwives struggling to find work should be employed in Australia before overseas nurses and midwives, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). The ANMF is preparing a submissio Read More...


ANMF wants jobs for graduates first
 
 

RDNS program nurses Melbourne's homeless

Date of Posting: 24-04-2014

Almost 40 nurses are now providing essential health care and support to homeless people in Melbourne as part of a vital Royal District Nursing Service program. The RDNS Homeless Persons’ Program (HPP) recently began a three-year-trial of the Read More...


Theresa Swanborough (right) at the launch of the RDNS Frankston service
 
 

Dietetics and nutrition to take centre stage in Brisbane

Date of Posting: 22-04-2014

The latest research on food and menu labelling and fortification, childhood nutrition and obesity, and technology in health care will be presented at the Dietitians Association of Australia’s 31st national conference next month. The May 15-1 Read More...


The DAA national conference
 
 

Rural telehealth needs holistic team based focus

Date of Posting: 22-04-2014

While early adoption of mobile devices and their associated technologies in rural general practice has boosted the uptake of telehealth, the sector needs to turn from a focus on doctors to a focus on patients and communities through a team based, hol Read More...


Rural telehealth needs holistic team based focus
 
 

Dementia in prisons a growing health issue

Date of Posting: 22-04-2014

Allied health specialists including psychologists may be in greater demand within Australia’s corrections system going forward, based on indicators outlined in a new report on dementia in prison. With the ageing population in Australia&rsquo Read More...


Dementia in prisons a growing health issue
 

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