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Website to help manage high rates of anxiety

The federal government and the Black Dog institute have launched an e-health initiative to support those living with anxiety. As more Australians turn to the internet for medical help, a new federally-funded website is offering tools and tips to those ...

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Promising results for online depression therapy

Australian National University researchers say online interventions can have important flow on effects to a patient’s quality of life and physical health. Online depression therapy programs can have a positive impact on more than just depressive symptoms, according to a ...

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A brave new world

Nurses will be integral to the smooth rollout of e-health from this month, but the profession’s leaders still see potential stumbling blocks, reports Flynn Murphy. Australia’s health sector has begun a monumental shift towards a networked, national electronic health system ...

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Spreading the knowledge faster

Digital technology offers the chance to get peer-reviewed information out to professionals much more quickly, writes Sandra Campbell-Crofts. Publication of contemporary nursing knowledge is important for the translation of this material to the clinical arena. The speed of access and ...

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Human touch in a virtual world

Can simulated learning environments teach nursing students important interpersonal skills? Flynn Murphy reports on the debate surrounding the challenges and opportunities. Rapid advances in new technology have made simulated learning environments available to a growing number of nursing students for ...

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Community nurses to deliver virtual consults

People living in their own homes will have daily virtual consultations with community nurses under a new trial. Darragh O Keeffe reports. Up to 50 community care clients in Victoria will soon have their medications monitored remotely thanks to a ...

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Electronic prescriptions save lives: study 

Medication error has dropped in hospitals using e-prescribing technology. The use of electronic prescriptions can slash medication error rates in hospitals by up to two-thirds, new research suggests. A study by the University of NSW has found that prescribing errors ...

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Bridging the technical divide

New clinical informatics roles for nurses have the potential to transform IT in healthcare, writes Linda Belardi. As Victoria's first formally appointed Chief Clinical Information Officer, Jenny O'Brien says she's part of an emerging hybrid of clinical leaders straddling the ...

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Nurses to contribute to health policy

Nursing dean calls on the profession to break its policy silence, writes Linda Belardi. A ''virtual policy'' school to encourage the active involvement of nurses in public policy is to be established. The school will be an international collaboration between ...

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Virtual Reality

In a system of clinical placements already stretched to capacity simulated learning offers a new era in clinical education writes Joan Deegan and Karen-leigh Edward. Rapid advancement in technological innovation over the past decade has made simulated learning available for ...

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