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Dementia perceptions

A study collects opinions and beliefs from staff in RACFs.  Researchers at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers, hosted at Queensland University of Technology, are involved in Australia’s first large-scale systematic study of the quality of life of ...

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Fresh and focused

Third-year student’s perspective on cultural competence in midwifery lands her in journal.  Koby Elliott, a third-year midwifery student at the University of Technology, Sydney, has been published in the journal Contemporary Nurse. Her paper, Providing Culturally Competent Learning Experiences for ...

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The dance of pain

Learn the right movements within yourself to help patients deal with discomfort. As nurses, we all must deal with pain, either in those we care for or within our own lives – or sometimes even both! Our relationship with pain, ...

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New look, same rules

The cosmetic industry may put a new face on care, but under the surface the same rules and professional obligations apply. An increasing number of nurses are being attracted to employment within the cosmetic and anti-ageing industries. Two tasks they ...

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Fail safe

There needs to be more dialogue about workplace aggression and violence, a new report shows.  Results from the recent The Home Care, Community Care and Outreach Staff Safety Survey reveal workers believe the number and seriousness of incidents involving aggression ...

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Going to plan

A recent study suggests that continence telemonitoring could help return patients’ quality of life. Early findings on the use of telemonitoring systems to augment continence assessment procedures in residential aged-care facilities are promising, says Barry Cahill, CEO of Continence Foundation ...

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It’s essential, not simple

Even the routine tasks of everyday nursing are a vital part of high-quality care.  Essential nursing care sits at the very core of what nursing is all about and its importance cannot be overstated or talked about too often. Essential ...

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Meeting of minds

When mental illness meets the medical ward.  The complexity of providing treatment to patients who suffer from both physical and mental illness is well recognised. People who experience mental illness have a disproportionate rate of physical comorbidities, such as cancer, ...

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Up to the challenge

Speakers at a recent symposium discussed the problems with dementia care in the hospital system – and what’s being done about them.  Many were relieved when the government’s recent Budget upheld its pre-election promise to commit $200 million over the ...

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Read a plate like a book

The secrets of monitoring food intake in aged care. One of the most important aspects of aged care meal services is to ensure that residents are eating sufficient food and drinking enough fluids. This is important so they do not ...

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