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Palliative care wish list

Australia remains a long way from providing everyone with access to quality end-of-life care, the nation’s peak palliative care group states. “We remain a very long way from achieving our goals,” Palliative Care Australia chief executive Liz Callaghan said. The ...

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More male nurses in the works

More males are enrolling in nursing courses, a New South Wales tertiary education provider has stated. Glenys Wensor, head teacher of nursing at the Northern Sydney Institute said, "We've seen a steady increase in men wanting to take up the occupation." Last year, the ...

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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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