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Social climbing

An online presence is becoming an essential career enhancement tool.  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter – are you on board? Recent statistics reveal more than 13 million Australians are on Facebook, 3.5 million have a LinkedIn profile and 2.5 million tweet on Twitter ...

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Blog power

Online posts and profiles are helping with the spread of information and opportunity amongst colleagues around the globe.  Nurses and midwives around Australia are taking to blogs to share their experiences and gain new ones. Their posts have brought about ...

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Data pilot

Aged-care nurse leads the way in new informatician qualification.  An aged-care nurse has become the first Australian in the sector to receive a Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) qualification. As the fifth nurse overall to gain the certification nationally, RN Donna ...

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Get it into your system

Upcoming conference will explore how to bring IT online for maximum benefits and support from staff.  The changing landscape of healthcare and increasing demands on the system mean technology and informatics will need to play a much stronger part in ...

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Adventures in telephony

The transition from pagers to more modern devices is full of ups and downs.  Pagers are outdated and healthcare workers are turning to their own smartphones to communicate, opening up potential issues, industry experts say. Joanne Foster, lecturer in Queensland ...

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Image conscious

Organisation finds video offers more ways to connect than meet the eye.  Not-for-profit health and community care organisation Silver Chain is using Polycom video technology, together with tablets and a secure platform, to overcome distance. Nurses have access to media ...

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Quick, easy breaths

New asthma guide updates recommendations in concise format.  Primary care nurses, GPs and pharmacists now have access to new asthma management guidelines. The revised Australian Asthma Handbook was launched by minister for health Peter Dutton recently, who hopes the information ...

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Picking brains for mental health

Plan for online resources in mental health surveys practitioners.  An internet survey will help researchers evaluate how health professionals use online mental health resources. The survey is a part of the eMHPrac project, which is funded by the Australian Government ...

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She clicks because she cares

Nerdy Nurse blogger found a dream career in clinical informatics. She tells Dallas Bastian about selling her peers on the value of technology. A nerd at heart, Brittney Wilson is combining her love of technology and healthcare in her career ...

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A pain in the app

Developers are working on a way to assess the levels of distress for non-communicative patients using smartphones.  A new smartphone app developed by researchers at Curtin University could be the answer to detecting pain in dementia sufferers unable to communicate. ...

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