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When babies don’t survive

Parents whose babies are dying could be better supported and the core task for nurses during such a time is engagement with and empowerment of parents. These are among the key points Dr Andrew Watkins, from Mercy Hospital in Melbourne, raised during ...

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Wisdom for times of transition

The Hospital for Specialist Surgery officially launched today, designed and run by 48 specialist doctors. The hospital is the creation of a group of professionals at a day surgery clinic in Castle Hill, who decided to set up a larger scale hospital ...

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Aged care may teach core skills: researcher

There are core nursing skills to be learnt in the aged-care setting that some students may be taking for granted in pursuit of more advanced clinical skills. That’s according to University of Western Sydney PhD candidate Maricris Algoso, whose most ...

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Here’s what’s hot in professional development

Mental health and personality disorders, emotional intelligence and the shift from a traditional care model to an enabling one are amongst this year’s top professional development areas for aged-care workers. Mental health and personality disorders in older people are the ...

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China trade deal’s impact

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed by the minister for trade and investment, Andrew Robb, and the Chinese commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, last week. The signing has been welcomed by Australian aged-care providers with a presence in China. ...

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Trial aims to integrate mental, clinical care

The separation of mental and clinical healthcare funding is a barrier to improving wellbeing, a senior research fellow has said. To overcome this, RDNS, along with Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, is trialling a wellness and re-enablement model of integrated physical, social and ...

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Health workers in the Third Reich explored

The acts of nurses, midwives and doctors in the Third Reich were the focus of a recent free public lecture. The presentation, delivered by professor Linda Shields from James Cook University, detailed the involvement of these health professionals in Nazi ...

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Continence nurse specialty taking hold

The prevalence of urinary, fecal and mixed incontinence is estimated to increase to more than 6.4 million Australians by 2030. This will increase demand for the continence nursing specialty, a leader in the field has said. The president of the Continence Nurses Society ...

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