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Release child detainees: nurse leaders

Nurse groups have labelled the Australian Human Rights Commission’s landmark Forgotten Children report, the clearest evidence yet that the Australian government must rethink its policies regarding the detention of children in immigration facilities. In the wake of the report – ...

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Preventing infections by looking abroad

A Queensland University of Technology researcher has shed light on the benefits other countries have seen from introducing a national program to monitor health-care associated (HAI) infection rates. PhD researcher Philip Russo said National HAI surveillance programs are associated with ...

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Fathers at risk for postnatal depression

New fathers are at an increased risk of experiencing psychological distress in the postnatal period, a discussion paper released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) states. Deputy director (research) at AIFS, Dr Daryl Higgins, said about 10 per cent of Australian fathers report ...

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PUP backs nurses on staff ratio concerns

Glenn Lazarus

The Palmer United Party has thrown its weight behind the ANMF’s ongoing campaign to improve nurse to patient staffing ratios in aged care. ANMF leaders met with senator Glenn Lazarus in Canberra earlier this week and say the PUP senate ...

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New international criminal history checks in place

Public protection and patient safety are the drivers behind a new procedure for checking international criminal history. The approach, first announced by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA) in November last year, requires certain applicants and practitioners to apply for an ...

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Lisa Nissen on prescribing errors and training

Queensland University of Technology will be developing implementation tools for prescribing competencies. Project lead professor Lisa Nissen, head of the school of clinical sciences at QUT, spoke with health editor Dallas Bastian about the issue of health professionals lacking prescribing ...

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$54.5 million to build dementia response teams

The federal government is to commit $54.5 million over four years towards dementia support services for the establishment of a number of new Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT). In a statement, assistant minister for social services Mitch Fifield explained that ...

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