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Three-year trial of specialist role

A trial of prostate cancer nurses may lead to a national roll-out of the support carers, writes Julie Sykes. For men and their families, a diagnosis of prostate cancer can lead to great uncertainty. Men not only face the prospect ...

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Men embracing alternative therapies

Male interest in complementary medicines while receiving conventional cancer treatment is growing, new research has found. By Linda Belardi. Men with cancer are increasingly turning to complementary and alternative medicine –with one in two using therapies such as dietary supplements ...

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Shaking up primary care

Australia's first standalone nurse practitioner-led clinic was launched in Brisbane last month. Linda Belardi speaks to the woman at the helm of the model. "It's been a pretty hectic month," says Julie Farrelley, lead nurse practitioner at the Brisbane-based SmartClinics, ...

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‘Geriatric flying squad’ takes flight

A multidisciplinary mobile team is improving the quality of life for older people living in the community, reports Darragh O Keeffe. It may be just 16 months in operation but a multidisciplinary 'geriatric flying squad' has already made a world ...

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Surviving cancer

For decades medical science has long focused its research efforts on saving lives, now it's turning its attention to an emerging research field - survivorship. Louise Williams reports. Professor Andrew Lloyd had always imagined his career as an infectious diseases ...

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The wider impact of child bed-wetting

Important factors affecting the quality of life of Australian school children with urinary incontinence have been identified, Linda Belardi reports. Children with incontinence from non-Caucasian backgrounds are at higher risk of experiencing severe negative effects on their wellbeing, research has ...

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Too much of a good thing?

Survey finds communication gap on early childhood nutrition, Annie May reports. There needs to be increased communication between healthcare professionals and parents to improve understanding about the right nutrition practices for children, a new survey has found. The international survey ...

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Raising expectations

Catheter-related blood stream infections and life-threatening hospital acquired infections present a challenge for healthcare professionals across the world, but with the right strategies they are also the most preventable. Annie May reports. Nurses and other health professionals need to move ...

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