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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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Palliative care wish list

Australia remains a long way from providing everyone with access to quality end-of-life care, the nation’s peak palliative care group states. “We remain a very long way from achieving our goals,” Palliative Care Australia chief executive Liz Callaghan said. The ...

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There’s no formula for infant sleep

Parents shouldn’t buy into the idea that good babies rest through the night. It’s not long before new parents get asked the loaded cultural question, “Is she a good baby?” Which all new parents understand as code for is the ...

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Lisa Nissen on prescribing errors and training

Queensland University of Technology will be developing implementation tools for prescribing competencies. Project lead professor Lisa Nissen, head of the school of clinical sciences at QUT, spoke with health editor Dallas Bastian about the issue of health professionals lacking prescribing ...

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Violence against student nurses rampant

New research has indicated that a significant percentage of WA’s nursing students have been exposed to aggression and violence while on clinical placement. The study, carried out by Murdoch University PhD student Martin Hopkins, surveyed 150 second and third year ...

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Water ways

Nursing professor uses aquatic exercise to help people living with dementia. There are few meaningful physical activity programs for people with dementia, especially plans that take into account significant disabilities, an academic says. Her solution? A dip in the pool. ...

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