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Wellbeing thermometer to save lives

Preventing adverse outcomes in psychiatric patients could be a touch away. More than 600 lives could be saved a year under a new tool that “measures” mental health. With the aim of lowering rates of self-harm and suicide in mental ...

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New findings may impact HIV drug use

HIV patients may have a greater chance of avoiding life-threatening diseases, after a breakthrough discovery by Sydney researchers. Britt Smith reports. HIV patients may have a greater chance of avoiding life-threatening diseases thought to be associated with their treatment, after ...

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A story worth telling

Overcoming the challenges of engaging residents with mental health conditions. By Darragh O Keeffe. An innovative program combining reminiscence, cognitive behavioural therapy and digital storytelling at a NSW facility is having a profound impact on residents with depression and anxiety. ...

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Breaking the cycle

New depression resource for healthcare workers. Talking about depression helps break the “fear factor” of seeing it as a weakness instead of an illness. People aren’t ashamed to talk about or seek help for diabetes or asthma, so why would ...

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Prevention from the start

What is the best available evidence regarding preoperative evaluation and preventive measures to control surgical site infection? Clinical bottom line Surgical site infection (SSI) is a serious complication of surgery and may be associated with increased length of hospital stay ...

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Keeping the slate clean

Preparing for another wave of H1N1 influenza is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of infection control, writes Judy Forest. As we move into flu season, those working within the residential care sector must be prepared for ...

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Healthcare workers to get their shot

Healthcare workers are more likely to become infected with influenza than members of the general population, yet vaccination rates among staff remains low. Annie May reports. Experts are calling for a mandatory signed declaration for all staff refusing the flu ...

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Keeping a close watch essential

What is the best available evidence regarding the effectiveness of examining the umbilicus of an infant? Clinical bottom line The umbilicus represents a significant portal of infection into the body of an infant, especially within the healing period of the ...

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A preventative policy is in chronic need

Experts call for the government to fund a preventative approach to wound management. A preventative approach to wound management would reduce the massive cost burden on the Australian healthcare system. But first, money has to be spent. This is according ...

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