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Strength from a look within

Reflective practice should be a tool for building resilience against racism in nursing and midwifery, attendees at the recent CATSINaM conference were told. Griffith University professor of first peoples health Roianne West delivered the presentation, following recent membership forums at ...

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Healing options

Is electric stimulation therapy a viable alternative when compression therapy is not tolerated? That’s the current focus of a La Trobe University pilot randomised controlled trial investigating whether people with venous disease would tolerate an alternate regimen and, further, would ...

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Fad diets are beyond the Paleo

Quick fixes and gimmicks are no safe way to weight loss and nutrition in the long term; learn to help patients steer clear of them. The Lemon Detox Diet, the Clay Diet, the Breatharian Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Wheat ...

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The way to a man’s stomach

There are more overweight or obese men in Australia than women, yet most weight-reduction surgeries are performed on women. A team of researchers hopes to help change that. As the number of bariatric surgeries increases, the numbers of men receiving ...

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Contagion contained, mental healthcare declines

Hospital infections are down but mental healthcare has deteriorated, a recently released report states. The Australasian Clinical Indicator Report 2008–2013, published by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), presents an overview of the changes in levels of performance in ...

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What-if.com: online program simulates emergencies

An online education program aims to boost nurses' emergency management skills using simulations of deteriorating patients. The program, FIRST2ACTweb (Feedback Incorporating Review and Simulation Techniques to Act on Clinical Trends), was developed by Monash University researchers, the University of Queensland, ...

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Five steps to better dementia care

We ask the experts about the challenges facing dementia care in Australia, and how to overcome them.  Each week, more than 1700 people in Australia are diagnosed with dementia. As our ageing population grows, it’s expected that this number will ...

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Rugged makes ready

Educator says the harsh life in remote Australia is the perfect breeding ground for nurses and midwives.  Nothing makes a better nurse than growing up in the bush, Jane Mills tells her audience. Mills, an associate professor from James Cook ...

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Home is where the health is

Research will look into how to give seniors the best chance at staying out of hospital when they need medical treatment.  Keeping our ageing population from having to leave their homes or residential aged-care facilities for medical treatment will be ...

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Bespoke care essential

Every patient is different; whenever one presents a particularly troublesome problem, meeting it with the specified precautions is critical.  The way patients who present special difficulties are managed needs to be individualised, even with all the competing demands on nurses’ time, ...

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