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In the hands of machines

Robots and other assistive technology may be inevitable in aged care moving into the future, but can they replace the human touch? Annie May reports. Standing at just 40cm tall and looking suspiciously like the latest toy their grandchildren have ...

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In response to a public health emergency

Senior clinical nurses can effectively contribute to the pandemic influenza public health response. Annie May reports. On 24 April, 2009 the World Health Organisation advised of an outbreak of a new strain of flu – H1N1 Influenza 09, to become ...

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Prevention of infectious diseases vital post-flood

Prevention of infectious diseases is vital following sudden flooding disasters, according to an infectious diseases specialist. Writing in the latest issue of Emergency Medicine Australasia, Dr Tony Allworth, director of Infectious Diseases at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, offered advice ...

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Combating antibiotic resistance in Australia

Key stakeholders are being called upon to take action on antimicrobial resistance by reducing the inappropriate use of antibiotics. A major cause of antibiotic resistance, a growing issue in Australia and internationally, is the unnecessary and inappropriate use of antibiotics ...

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More NPs needed in aged care

One third of Australia’s aged care residents are estimated to be living with depression. Figures showing nursing home residents are experiencing high rates of depression is a reminder that the aged care sector needs more skilled staff, such as nurse ...

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The key to tackling addiction

Support, not punishment, is the key to tackling substance abuse and addiction among nurses, study suggests. As many as 10 to 20 per cent of nurses and nursing students may have substance abuse and addiction problems, but the key to ...

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Nature’s way

Native plants may hold the key to healing wounds. Common plants such as marigold could hold the key to dealing with chronic wounds, which affect almost half a million Australians and cost around $2.6 billion to the health system annually. ...

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The body’s building blocks

Stephen Ratcliffe on the important link between nutrition and wound care and healing. For many clients and their carers, the link between nutrition and wound care is not easily understood. But in the context of food as the building block ...

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Caesarean myth dispelled by study

Research suggests rise in caesareans is largely driven by medical advice not choice. The popular belief that caesareans are on the rise because women are ‘too posh to push’ is incorrect, a new study shows. University of Queensland researchers surveyed ...

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