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APNA conference engages the world

International experts brought lessons on leadership, infectious and chronic disease, and mental health and career frameworks to an Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association conference on the Gold Coast. Brave to Bold, the APNA national conference, featured a range of experts ...

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Aged-care acute illness project earns funding

A project aiming to improve the care of nursing home residents who develop acute illnesses has received $1.15 million from the Department of Social Services. The project is called CEDRiC (Care Co-ordination through Emergency Department, Residential Aged Care and Primary ...

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Screen mentally ill for chronic diseases: psychiatrists

All mental health professionals should prioritise screening and treatment for common chronic conditions in people with serious mental illness, leading psychiatrists have said. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) president Dr Murray Patton said: “It’s too easy for ...

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The rigour of informed consent

It’s absolutely essential to make sure patients know what they’re getting into – and language barriers can make that a chore. Patients must be fully informed before they can give proper legal consent for a procedure. They must have a ...

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Older, wiser – and rounder

A little extra weight can be quite healthy in old age; and working to lose it is generally a bad idea. Globally, excessive weight and obesity are major health issues. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports 1.4 billion people are ...

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More nuanced diagnoses of depression

Australian research will look into the different ways mental health professionals can diagnose and treat depression. Professor Christopher Sharpley, from the University of New England’s Brain-Behavior Research Group, said a person can qualify for a diagnosis of major depressive disorder ...

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Protect online generation’s mental health

Young people’s growing use of and exposure to technology can create risks to their mental health but also provide opportunity for intervention, a leading expert argues. Speaking at the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses 8th Primary Mental Health Care ...

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