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Mental health patients face eight-hour wait in ED

Healthcare staff have called for urgent action after new figures showed that one-third of patients with mental illness faced an eight-hour wait in emergency departments. Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) president Dr Simon Judkins said the issue was referred ...

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A unique headspace

'What’s special about mental health nursing?’ This question launched a three-year study into the nature, scope and consequences of nurses’ work in the mental health sector. “The question [was] posed in the context of what constitutes distinctive practice and how ...

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National push to help struggling nurses

A proposal to roll out support services to nurses and midwives is currently before the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. By Linda Belardi Support services for nurses and midwives with substance abuse and mental health problems could be implemented ...

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SA nurses welcome review on mental health beds

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA branch) has welcomed the Health Ministry’s announcement of looking into mental health bed capacity and demand. Heath Minister Jack Snelling called for the review following reports of nurses opposing the closure of mental ...

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International headlines

Overseas nurses may face more hoops to nurse in NZ Nurses trained in India and the Philippines may have to sit an exam and face tougher English language requirements to nurse in New Zealand. The Nursing Council of New Zealand ...

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Defence suicide rate lower than community

New insights into the mental health of Australia’s defence force. Australian defence personnel commit suicide at a lower rate than the general community but think about it more often, a new study has revealed. The rate of alcohol abuse is ...

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A well-balanced investment

Mental health has attracted a significant amount of new investment in the federal government’s latest budget. Nurses have applauded the federal government for delivering a well-balanced investment in mental health, but questioned where the staff will come from for the ...

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Psychiatrists warn of flood trauma

Governments urged to provide increased and targeted mental health services to affected people. People affected by the floods devastating Queensland are being urged to look after their mental health. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is warning ...

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