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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

Prioritising Placements to Reach the Greatest Area of Need

Date of Posting: 17-01-2014

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...

Mark Leddy, Practice Manager for Camperdown Clinic in Victoria.

Queensland expands hospital in home service

Date of Posting: 16-01-2014

The Queensland Government will begin expanding its Hospital in the Home service across the state this year as part of a pilot program. Not-for-profit organisations Blue Care and Silver Chain will deliver acute care treatment for patients with skin Read More...

A Blue Care nurse

What's in a name? NSW hospital considers rebranding

Date of Posting: 16-01-2014

After 150 years, the Royal Hospital for Women is proposing to rebrand itself with a new name. The renowned Sydney hospital is considering changing its name from the Royal Hospital for Women to simply being known as The Royal for Women. Commonly Read More...

Sydney's Royal Hospital for Women

WA report puts a price on obesity

Date of Posting: 15-01-2014

Overweight patients cost Western Australia’s public hospitals $241 million in 2011 - and that number is expected to soar to $488 million by 2021, according to a new report. The WA Department of Health study, titled The Cost of Excess Body Ma Read More...

New report reveals the cost of overweight patients

Breathing new life into cardiorespiratory physiotherapy

Date of Posting: 14-01-2014

Physiotherapist Arthur Lee is venturing into a speciality where many privately practising physiotherapists fear to tread. While many physiotherapists are heading into the more appealing areas of sports and spinal physiotherapy, this Melbourne born Read More...

Cardiorespiratory physiotherapist Arthur Lee

Queensland pharmacists to provide immunisations in trial

Date of Posting: 14-01-2014

Australian pharmacists could be a step closer to providing immunisations, thanks to a new trial research project in Queensland. The state’s pharmacists will be the nation’s first to provide vaccines as part of the Queensland Pharmacist Read More...

Pharmacists a step closer to immunising

Pharmaceutical researchers develop life-saving device

Date of Posting: 14-01-2014

A team of Victorian pharmaceutical researchers are creating a device to prevent women in developing countries from dying as a result of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). Monash University researchers are developing a dry powder inhaler for Oxytocin th Read More...

Pharmaceutical scientist Dr Michelle McIntosh

Guide shows physiotherapists how to harness social media power

Date of Posting: 14-01-2014

A new ebook aims to guide New Zealand physiotherapists through launching themselves or their business into the social media stratosphere. Physiotherapy New Zealand has released the free guide for members, titled Social Media for Physios, which out Read More...

New social media guide for physiotherapists

Dietitians rank the worst diets

Date of Posting: 08-01-2014

More than 200 Australian dietitians have voted for the worst diets with the Lemon Detox diet, SkinnyMe tea and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge claiming the three top spots. With weight loss one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions Read More...

Dietitians focus on healthy eating

New year brings new career for physiotherapy graduate

Date of Posting: 07-01-2014

Graduate physiotherapist Luke Licht is starting 2014 on a high, working in elite sport. The Griffith University Master of Physiotherapy graduate begins work with the Brisbane Lions AFL club in February, hot on the tail of a month in New Zealand sp Read More...

Physiotherapy graduate Luke Licht

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