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Voting for a better change

With an election on the horizon, health reform is a popular topic. Annie May recaps the latest developments. Reform is defined as improving on something. Change is to make something different, yet not necessarily better. This was pointed out in ...

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The start of a new era

Nurses celebrate new laws giving PBS and MBS access for nurse practitioners and midwives. The government has finally given the right prescription to fully recognise the skills of nurse practitioners and midwives. Landmark and historic are just two 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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Resilience key to retention

Developing resilience is central in keeping nurses from leaving the profession. Developing intimate and meaningful relationships with residents is central to enhancing the resilience of aged care nurses, new research shows. And developing resilience is central in keeping nurses from ...

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Treating a hidden issue

The often hidden issue of incontinence can be treated, improved and often cured, writes Anne Ramus. A much-quoted statistic is “one in three women who ever had a baby wet themselves”. When it comes to bladder or bowel control problems, ...

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Diagnosing diarrhoea

Gaye Philpott looks at faecal incontinence. Constipation is a common frustration for many residents and the staff who care for them in aged-care facilities. However, an even bigger frustration can be diarrhoea. Combine diarrhoea with an inability to get to ...

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RCNA Federal Budget priorities 2010-2011

Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) provided a clear-cut pre-budget submission to the Department of Treasury in January to highlight priority areas for nursing and midwifery for the 2010-2011 Federal Budget. Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) provided a clear-cut ...

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Violence not part of job description

Study finds 75 per cent of nurses have experienced workplace violence and only 16 per cent make an official report. A new report revealing a high level of violence against hospital nurses highlights the need for a shift in attitudes ...

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Caring for those in desperate need

Coffee with an Islamic Jihad or a dinghy as transport doesn’t sound like the life of a nurse, but for some it’s just part of the job, writes Annie May. Brian Moller was always going to do humanitarian work. It was ...

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