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Tougher tasks in Nepal

Australian healthcare workers have been travelling to Nepal to educate rural and remote communities about health and sanitation, and the country's recent earthquake has made the need for help much greater. Emily Young, an RN at a women's and children's hospital ...

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Screen mentally ill for chronic diseases: psychiatrists

All mental health professionals should prioritise screening and treatment for common chronic conditions in people with serious mental illness, leading psychiatrists have said. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) president Dr Murray Patton said: “It’s too easy for ...

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Tech consultation breakdowns hurt funding

Shortfalls in the consultation between patient advocates and government on healthcare tech funding must be improved, researchers from the University of Adelaide have argued. Dr Jackie Street, senior lecturer in public health said patient organisations are not being effectively engaged, ...

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Researchers plot acute-care assessment system

A research team has received more than $770,000 from the Federal Department of Social Services to develop and test a new assessment system for acute hospital care. Professor Len Gray, director of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, is ...

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The charm and challenge of making decisions

The role of clinical nurse consultant in adolescent and young adult cancer has brought some autonomy to one woman's work co-ordinating care. Fiona Maguire is a young adult CNC at Prince of Wales Hospital Youth Cancer Services. Prior to this, she was an ...

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Larger fatal burden for Indigenous people

A report released today found that in 2010, Indigenous Australians lost about 100,000 years of life to premature mortality. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report also held the fatal burden for Indigenous Australians was 2.6 times that for non-Indigenous Australians. Injuries and ...

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Cancer treatments evolving rapidly

The paradigm of treatment for cancer patients has been revolutionised, particularly in the last five years, according to a nurse who has worked in the field for over two decades. Mary Duffy, an advanced practice specialist lung cancer nurse, said: ...

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Cancer nursing’s role evolves

The has been a huge raft of changes in the way cancer nurses deliver care, an Australian researcher says. Associate professor Mei Krishnasamy, executive director of cancer nursing and allied health at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and professorial fellow ...

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Bandage in works detects pressure ulcers

Researchers from the US are developing a new type of bandage that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers before the human eye can. “What we're detecting is a change in the way electricity flows that ...

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Aussies courting chronic disease

About two-thirds of Australians have health issues caused by risk factors that are "modifiable", such as exercise, diet and smoking, a new report shows. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, which was released on Wednesday, uses data from ...

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