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Preventive primary dental care

Oral disease contributes to both poor dental health, and negative healthcare outcomes.  Oral disease is one of twelve chronic diseases identified as National Health Priority Areas (NHPA) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). In 2006, AIHW estimated ...

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Threats to SA nurses

South Australia’s health system is reeling from graduate oversupply, issues of nurse safety and trenchant budget cuts.  The national situation for nurses, midwives and other health professionals is of major concern. Just as in other states, South Australia is experiencing ...

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Nursing’s state of pay

A quick look at the numbers on nursing pay makes it shockingly clear that our best professionals are underpaid and struggling.  Leah Roberts has worked in the nursing profession for more than 20 years. During that time, she has worked ...

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Health and disability scheme get budget support

The government has chosen to take the “responsible course” to delay the return to surplus in order to “support jobs and growth in an uncertain world”.  Treasurer Wayne Swan made these announcements when delivering the federal government’s election budget – ...

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Sweet healing

With a rise in antibiotic resistance, a crisis in chronic wound management has been averted with a new treatment. By Aileen Macalintal New research from the University of Technology Sydney has shown that the most effective type of honey for ...

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Remote incentives for nurses

There is a desperate need for nurses in rural areas, but there’s also a great sense of potential for the nurses who do relocate. By Flynn Murphy I was at Royal Hobart, and I’d been there for 15 months,” recalls ...

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Rural health: It’s time to address the issues

Now is the time for the government to direct incentives to the rural workforce.  Health Workforce Australia (HWA) has released an online consultation paper, Nursing Workforce Retention and Productivity, to encourage further feedback and discussion in regards to strategies to ...

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