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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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Seeking a way forward

There is an urgent need to reduce the burden of mental illness in Australia’s indigenous communities, reports Annie May. Mental disorders are the second leading cause of disease burden among Australia’s indigenous people after cardiovascular disease. Yet indigenous people do ...

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Seclusion to inclusion

Isolating extremely unwell psychiatric patients remains a common practice despite being seen as a measure of last resort. Genevieve Costigan reports on a project that has seen it significantly reduced. A pilot project in an inner city Melbourne hospital has seen ...

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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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