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Palliative care: know the myths

PCA chief Yvonne Luxford sets the record straight as the sector comes into the spotlight.  Palliative care was launched onto the world stage on October 12 for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, an event dedicated to celebrating and supporting ...

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Hospital to aged care a rare move

Study also finds two-thirds of admissions into residential aged care are permanent.  According to a recent report, a majority of the hospitalisations that occur amongst older Australians are for people who still live in their own homes – and most ...

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Depression therapies go head to head

Study compares effectiveness of two well-known treatments.  GPs are being called to participate in a world-first study exploring the treatment of depression in older people who live with chronic health conditions. The project, partially funded by beyondblue, is the first ...

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Know the signs, lower the risk

A keen eye, good record-keeping and some preventative steps can help control malnutrition.  Nurses are often the first point of contact when it comes to managing patients who are malnourished, so it is important to stay well informed. The silent epidemic ...

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Perioperative people skills

Nurses in the operating room should be conduits for communication and teamwork to help prevent errors, educators say. Education providers, including the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and universities throughout the nation, are putting greater focus on non-technical skills in curriculums ...

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Watch those lovin’ spoonfuls

Panel, survey say mums of infants are served heaping portions of misinformation on overfeeding.  Many Australian mothers hold perceptions that are unknowingly leading to the overfeeding of infants, a recent online survey by Luma Research for Aspen Nutritionals shows. The ...

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Curing organ donation’s ‘ick’ factor

Inaccurate, insensitive depictions of organ donation can have a real impact on a family’s decision.  Over the last few weeks, a number of incidents in the public sphere have highlighted the problem of callous, inaccurate and insensitive representation of organ donation. ...

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The plaintiff must always have proof

Even in a seemingly obvious case of negligence, the accuser must provide appropriate evidence in order to win.  Not every act of harm is negligent, just as not every negligent act is harmful. An assessment relies on the context, the ...

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Mutual benefits

Connect program helps students and expectant mothers experience continuity of care.  Student midwives are receiving first-hand experience in antenatal, birth and postnatal care through a program that places them in hospitals to join expectant mothers on their pregnancy journey. The ...

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New look can help now

Don’t wait for the next generation of hospitals, a few changes can make current environments better for dementia patients. Admission to hospital can be a confusing and frightening experience for people with dementia. Their problems with memory, orientation and confusion ...

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