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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
 
 

Affordable allied health key to rural population retention

Last Updated: 26-06-2014

The dearth of affordable allied health services in key parts of Queensland could lead to declining populations in rural and regional areas, a high profile politician has warned. State Member for Mount Isa in Queensland, Rob Katter, reportedly said Read More...


Affordable allied health key to rural population retention
 
 

Nurses and midwives join allied health professionals against cap

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

Nurses and midwives have joined a growing alliance of doctors and allied health professionals calling on the Federal Government to axe the $2000 a year cap on tax deductibility for work-related self-education expenses. The Scrap the Cap campaign h Read More...


Nurses and midwives back the campaign
 
 

Study aims to retain allied health professionals in workforce

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

A new research project studying retirement-aged allied health professionals in Victoria hopes to combat a shortage of the workforce in rural and remote areas on a national scale. The Monash University research project, labelled Retention of Allied Read More...


Monash University researcher Dr Margaret Stebbing
 
 

Emerging disorder alert for allied health professionals

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

Allied health professionals and nurses are being urged to familiarise themselves with an emerging chronic health disorder. Australasian Lymphology Association president Penelope Sanderson said lymphoedema, a progressive disorder of the lymphat Read More...


Australasian Lymphology Association president Penelope Sanderson
 
 

Pharmacies employ nurses to fill health care gaps

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

Pharmacists are employing nurses to provide maternal and child health care in a market-driven response to gaps in the public sector, according to the results of a new study. As part of a state-wide evaluation of post-birth care in Queensland, Univ Read More...


Pharmacists filling gaps in maternal and child health care
 
 

Subsidy extended to nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists

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

New Zealand practice nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists will be able to access the General Medical Subsidy (GMS) before the end of the year. The government has announced the subsidy, previously only available to GPs treating children and Read More...


NZ Health Minister Tony Ryall
 
 

Robotics in Nursing

Last Updated: 26-06-2014

Staff shortages and technical challenges (such as patient lifting and moving) means there is a present and growing incentive to design, develop and implement robotic technology in the delivery of health care.  The reliance on robotic technology Read More...


Robotics in Nursing
 
 

Griffith to launch first primary maternity services course

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

Queensland’s Griffith University is preparing to launch Australia’s first course focusing on the provision of maternity services in primary health care. Griffith University School of Nursing and Midwifery Professor Jenny Gamble said th Read More...


Professor Jenny Gamble
 
 

Nurses applaud investigation into health cuts

By Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 26-06-2014

Nurses have welcomed a move to put the Federal Government’s health budget cuts under the microscope. The Senate this week agreed to Labor’s motion to establish a Select Committee on Health to investigate the impact of additional costs Read More...


ANMF welcomes Senate committee
 
 

Mental health nurses exiting watershed program

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

Disheartened mental health nurses are leaving the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP). Australian College of Mental Health Nurses CEO Kim Ryan said Federal Government funding for the program had been frozen at 2011-2012 levels despit Read More...


Australian College of Mental Health Nurses CEO Kim Ryan.
 
 

Report applauds mental health nurse incentive program

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

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses has called for funding for the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) to be uncapped after the program received a glowing report card. ACMHN CEO Kim Ryan said the program needs to be uncapped t Read More...


Australian College of Mental Health Nurses CEO Kim Ryan
 
 

Budget boost for mental health nurses

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

The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) has received a $23.8 million boost in the Federal Budget. The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) and the Australian Nursing Federation welcomed the additional funding, which will en Read More...


Australian College of Mental Health Nurses CEO Kim Ryan
 
 

Mental health nurses cycle for schizophrenia

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

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
 
 

The 40th International Mental Health Nursing Conference

Last Updated: 26-06-2014

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
 
 

Mental health nursing remains a vexing issue

Last Updated: 26-06-2014

The mental health sector is a highly controversial area of the national health system, with repeated calls for a system overhaul so far falling on deaf ears.But the mental health system was again thrust into the political spotlight last month after a Read More...


Mental health nursing remains a vexing issue
 
 

Fee cut for students and enrolled nurses

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

Australia’s nursing and midwifery students applying for registration as a nurse or midwife will save $140, with the fee slashed to just $20. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has cut the fees for final year students of board-appro Read More...


National board reduces fees
 
 

New social media rules for nurses and allied health professionals

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

Social media guidelines are being developed for Australian nurses and allied health professionals. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has been consulting with major stakeholders across the 14 national boards and will Read More...


AHPRA is developing social media guidelines.
 
 

Nursing and allied health fall prey to NSW cuts

Last Updated: 26-06-2014

The general secretary of the NSW Nurses Association has questioned promises made by NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner that nurses’ jobs will be protected in the state’s health sector cuts. Brett Holmes said the minister, while insist Read More...


Jillian Skinner
 
 

New bid to recruit 380 nurses and allied health workers

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

The Federal Government will spend more than $16 million to recruit more than 380 nurses and allied health workers to Australia’s regional and remote areas. Under Health Workforce Australia, 387 nurses and allied health professionals will be Read More...


Acting Federal Health Minister Mark Butler
 
 

Allied health professionals boost autism services

Last Updated: 26-06-2014

Speech pathologists and occupational therapists are helping Queensland children with autism spectrum disorder improve their communication, motor and sensory skills. The Autism Early Intervention Outcomes Unit (AEIOU) is establishing more earl Read More...


Allied health professionals boost autism services
 
 

Physiotherapy stats revealed

Last Updated: 26-06-2014

  More than two thirds of Australia’s physiotherapists are aged under 44 and physiotherapy is the fifth largest of the regulated professions, according to the latest information.   New data on all 10 professions regulat Read More...


Physiotherapy stats revealed
 
 

Physiotherapy students average 1000 clinical training hours

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

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
 
 

ANF campaigns to safeguard graduate nursing jobs

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

The Australian Nursing Federation is demanding state and federal politicians act now to curb the cost-cutting attack on nursing, midwifery and care staff. The ANF federal executive has launched a national campaign, titled 'Stop passing the buc Read More...


The new ANF campaign to secure nursing jobs
 
 

Fears more aged care nursing jobs to go

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

The Queensland Nurses’ Union fears up to 100 nurses face redundancy and hundreds more jobs are at risk if government-owned aged care services continue to be privatised. The concerns come after Metro North Hospital and Health Service announce Read More...


The QNU fears more aged care nursing jobs are at risk
 

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