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Data points to opportunities

Senior consultant Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson tells Amie Larter why health information fields need more nurses. The number of nurses specialising in health informatics and health information management roles is still small. Even so, according to Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson, senior consultant health ...

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Where culture meets care

The goal of embedding transcultural nursing within modern practice continues to make steady progress, to the benefit of patients around the world. Australia’s shift towards multiculturalism was signalled with the adoption of a multicultural policy in the 1970s by the ...

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Cause is what counts

Plaintiffs must show a negligent act led to suffering in order to win. In any medical negligence case it is for the patient to prove their accusations on the balance of probabilities. One of the elements of a medical negligence ...

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Refugee children need our attention

The numbers show children in detention centres face higher risks for mental, physical and social problems. If you open an Australian newspaper or news website, questions or criticism regarding the treatment of refugees in Australian immigration detention centres and offshore ...

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Fad diets are beyond the Paleo

Quick fixes and gimmicks are no safe way to weight loss and nutrition in the long term; learn to help patients steer clear of them. The Lemon Detox Diet, the Clay Diet, the Breatharian Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Wheat ...

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The way to a man’s stomach

There are more overweight or obese men in Australia than women, yet most weight-reduction surgeries are performed on women. A team of researchers hopes to help change that. As the number of bariatric surgeries increases, the numbers of men receiving ...

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Disaster and opportunity

Pre-hospital placements are offering nurses and students more chances for training and learning. Nurses and student nurses are increasingly exploring alternative and innovative ways to deliver care and develop their knowledge and skills in environments beyond the traditional hospital setting. ...

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Reinstatement – apply with care

A sloppy, poorly constructed application can doom a deregistered worker’s hopes. The process of applying for reinstatement to the nurse’s register, having been suspended, is not to be taken in a cavalier fashion. The neatness or sloppiness of the application ...

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A unique headspace

'What’s special about mental health nursing?’ This question launched a three-year study into the nature, scope and consequences of nurses’ work in the mental health sector. “The question [was] posed in the context of what constitutes distinctive practice and how ...

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Take on burnout together

Clinical supervision is effective at reducing stress and improving performance – but it requires full organisational support.  Healthcare organisations aspire to provide high-quality care to the community. The role staff play in achieving this is critical. In 1998, the World ...

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