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Be it noted, keep records

Scott Trueman discusses the crucial importance of nursing documentation in legal proceedings. Nursing documentation or “nursing notes” have several functions not least of which are to record faithfully and actually what occurred at the relevant time. Such documentation is highly ...

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Early detection for Parkinson’s

Australian researchers are leading the development of a 20-minute test to identify the early stages of dementia in Parkinson’s disease patients. The test to be administered by health professionals will be able to accurately diagnose pre-clinical dementia in the about ...

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Infant co-sleeping sparks debate

A Victorian coroner’s recommendation that health authorities should warn all parents against the dangers of co-sleeping with their baby risks some mothers rejecting all health messages, says a leading midwifery researcher. Following an inquiry into the SIDS related deaths of ...

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Spotlight on spiritual care in nursing

Acute care nurses need support to introduce spiritual care in their daily work, according to new research. Older more experienced nurses working in palliative care are more likely to include spiritual care in their day-to-day work than their younger counterparts, ...

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Homebirth in too-hard basket

Government inaction and insurance are two roadblocks in the way of private practice midwives, writes Joy Johnston. On May 10 an Australian Greens senator, Lee Rhiannon, drew attention to serious obstructions to maternity reform when announcing the passage in the ...

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Concern at SA homebirth reporting

Midwives are concerned a recommendation to report all high risk homebirths will push the practice underground, Darren Mara reports. The Australian College of Midwives has expressed “grave concern” over calls by the South Australian deputy coroner for mandatory reporting by ...

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Men’s health in focus

Indigenous men and those living in rural areas have poorer health outcomes, AIHW analysis shows certain groups of Australian men are at higher risk of poor health than others, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and ...

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Advances to ovarian cancer treatment

Promising Australian research could lead to improved ovarian cancer management and prevention strategies, say researchers. A large study of Australian ovarian cancer patients has the potential to reshape the way the disease is treated, researchers say. The Peter MacCallum Cancer ...

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Mental health experts debate child screening

Concerns of false diagnosis and overmedicating young children have been raised ahead of a national rollout of a program to test three-year-olds for social and emotional issues. Mental Health Minister Mark Butler says safeguards are needed to ensure the government's ...

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Push to save young lives

A landmark report on youth suicide in the Northern Territory calls for better training of nurses in indigenous and mental health to help turn around the alarming statistics, writes Darren Marra. Mental health care groups have welcomed a report into ...

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