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A prescription for future care

It is essential that we expand the role of nurses in the delivery of primary healthcare if we are to meet Australia’s future health needs.  Our healthcare system is under threat. Our ageing population and the way we live are ...

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Save on public health, go green

The benefits of taking action on climate change now exceed the financial and health costs of further delays.  As a member of the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), the Australian College of Nursing recognises the likely threat of climate change ...

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An age-old problem

Incontinence is a major reason why people move into residential care, and most aged residents suffer from it – which is why access to workforce training, education and support on the issue is a top priority for the sector.  No ...

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Leadership the key to quality of care

At the recent National Nursing Forum, a searching and necessary conversation opened up the pressing issue of standards of care and the public perception of nurses.  "The causes of disasters in care, such as at Mid-Staffordshire, were identified: inadequacy of ...

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Grounds for marriage

Can a person in a vegetative state get married? And if not, why not?  A recent interesting case involved a woman who was denied the right to marry her fiancé because he was in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) and ...

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The Mindset Nurse

Nurse with open hands, hearts and minds. Nursing practice is based on a biopsychosocial model of nursing care. Nurses interact with their clients from biological, psychological and sociological perspectives. The biological component of the model includes the use of our ...

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Faith and medicine

Case of teen with Hodgkin’s raises question of whether a life is always best served by trying to save it.  Medical treatment, even if life-saving, cannot be forced upon an adult. For underaged children, however, such decisions can be made ...

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The health of those who seek asylum – our role

There are many opportunities to provide care to this most vulnerable group.  Asylum seekers are amongst the most vulnerable of the world; displaced, enduring long unknown journeys, often dealing with the effects of trauma, torture and poverty. In addressing these ...

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