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A role model for nursing leadership

Challenging the profession to change its way of thinking has earned a Melbourne nurse a major award. Robynne Cooke is not a nurse to be trifled with. As chief nursing officer of the major healthcare network Northern Health, she has ...

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Cultural exchange

Australian midwifery students helping to save lives in East Timor. Third year Flinders University students Amy Buckerfiled and Laura Grigg are playing a critical role in Timor Leste, helping to reduce the number of women and babies dying in a ...

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The primary problem

A new study indicates nursing curricula needs to be more in tune with the evolving health care agenda in Australia. Annie May reports. Shifting focus from hospital-based care to the promotion of health and prevention, the government is placing increasing ...

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Identifying those at risk

Malnutrition is a growing issue in the rehabilitation setting, writes Michelle Miller, Elisabeth Isenring and Angela Vivanti. High rates of nutritional risk have long been documented in acute care settings and, more recently, across rehabilitation settings. People are commonly admitted ...

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Waiting for evidence

Roxon shelves $450m diabetes care plan. The federal government has shelved its controversial diabetes reform plan that was meant to allow patients to sign up with a "home" GP practice for continuing care from mid-2012. Just four months ago, Health ...

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Call for bowel cancer screening funding

End of program would result in unnecessary deaths, experts say. A screening program which has prompted thousands of Australians to get early treatment for their bowel cancer is facing an uncertain future, with its funding due to run out. The ...

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New research funding announced

Almost $450 million in NHMRC research grants. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has announced $447.5 million for medical research, though the National Health and Medical Research Council.  Butler made the announcement while opening two new research facilities ...

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The sixth vital sign

One in four cancer patients has anxiety disorder. Significant numbers of cancer patients experiencing anxiety post diagnosis are seeing their condition escalate to a clinical disorder because they are not being picked up early enough and referred for treatment. In ...

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AHPRA urges new graduates to apply early

Up to 30,000 health graduates across Australia will soon be seeking registration. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is urging students due to graduate from health profession courses later in 2010 to apply for registration early, to avoid year-end ...

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Filling the gaps

New rights for nurse practitioners have been welcomed, but will rural health teams survive? The fact that nurse practitioners now have access to the Medicare Benefits Scheme and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme mustn’t obscure that fact that there is a serious ...

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