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Palliative care standards open for feedback

Peak body calls for comment to help shape new, streamlined set of guidelines for best practice.  Australia’s peak organisation for palliative care is calling for interested parties to provide feedback on the revised national draft standards. Palliative Care Australia, which ...

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Quiet please, sleep in progress

Quiet please, sleep in progress A study into patients’ sleep patterns reveals plenty of ways to cut down on noise pollution in hospital. Australia’s largest study into what keeps patients awake at night reveals that sleep quality is poor, but ...

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Leading to something better

Nurse leadership – important for the workforce and the community. The Australian College of Nursing’s new strategic direction positions ACN as the national organisation for nurse leaders and those with an interest in nurse leadership. This new direction recognises the ...

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Let’s Close the Gap

Achieving equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous healthcare outcomes will require collaboration, communication and the full deployment of nursing skills.  Since the Australian Government apologised to the Indigenous people of Australia in February 2008, there has been a greater focus from ...

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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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