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Experience continuity

Innovative program introduces students to new standard for private practice.  To date, midwifery student Kate Dousi has delivered nine babies and observed and assisted in another three births, under supervision of midwives, an experience she describes as a humbling privilege. ...

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Extended care

Two RNs and one midwife describe their roles in Closing the Gap.  After moving from a hospital-based nursing career to the community-controlled health services, registered nurse Nola White was part of a two-person team that set up a centre in ...

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Children need holistic care

An international expert in children’s nursing spotlighted the changes, challenges and future of paediatric nursing at a public event recently.  Caring for sick children has changed dramatically in the past 50 years and those changes were a major focus in ...

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The essential role of the dementia specialist

Early diagnosis and implementation of care strategies are among the benefits a specialist in dementia care can deliver, along with valuable support for clients, families and health professionals.  "Having a dedicated person in this role who fully understands and is ...

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Sizing up an epidemic

As childhood obesity affects more and more families, nurses must prepare to help parents address the problem.  Australian children are dying from obesity and, according to a Sydney nurse specialist, it’s impossible to know the extent of the problem. For ...

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At cancer’s frontline

These nurses play a vital role in caring for patients as they experience one of life’s toughest challenges.  This year alone, an estimated 124,910 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia, a figure which is set to rise ...

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Central to the task

Breast care nurses help guide cancer patients in the right direction throughout their continuum.  About 113 out of every 100,000 Australian females will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, a figure set to remain constant until at least 2020. ...

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Fertility nursing

At a time when birth rates are falling, nurses are at the vanguard of fertility and conception health treatment.  Since 1976, Australia’s total fertility rate has been below replacement level – the average number of babies born to each woman ...

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