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New awards honour achievements in palliative care

A project that connects Australian nurses and doctors with Indian counterparts and a palliative care service team overcoming geographical challenges were among the winners at last night’s inaugural Palliative Care Australia National Awards. Project Hamrahi won the Innovation in Palliative ...

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Spotlight on pregnancy in diabetes in NT

Pregnant women in the Northern Territory were the focus of a presentation at a conference held by the Australian Diabetes Society and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association. The presentation, delivered by Dr I-Lynn Lee, a PhD candidate with Menzies School ...

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The evolution of children’s nursing

Popular terms in children’s nursing now, such as family-centred care and consumer involvement, weren't always so widely accepted. The idea of sharing care with guardians or relatives was once an extremely radical notion. That’s according to Philip Darbyshire, Flinders University and Monash University professor ...

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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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The everyday fight against Ebola

An Australian RN describes in detail the daily routines, procedures and precautions for nurses in Sierra Leone caring for patients with the deadly Ebola virus. By Peter Kieseker Many Australian nurses have joined or are working alongside the 32-plus international ...

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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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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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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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