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Interview with Christine Neville

Health editor Dallas Bastian speaks to Dr Christine Neville, associate professor and head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Queensland and president of the Psychogeriatric Nurses Association, about aquatic exercise for individuals with a diagnosis of dementia. In ...

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Coalition subtracts $7, adds $5

The $7 Medicare co-payment is no more. Instead, the government has put forward a new package of measures with the aim of making Medicare more sustainable. Under this package, doctors will encounter a $5 reduction in the Medicare rebate paid ...

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Fit test for Fitbits

Commercial devices in trial to see if they can deliver medical data. By Amie Larter. Wearable devices such as Fitbit and Nike+ could soon feed information to health professionals monitoring patients in their own homes. A team of engineers from ...

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Staff share common concerns

Attrition and working conditions are amongst chief worries in survey. By Dallas Bastian. Aged-care workers are worried – and the ageing population, working conditions and attrition are the main concerns. The findings come from a poll conducted by Galaxy Research ...

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Brains train best in teams

Workouts for the mind go best with buddies, study finds.  Brain training works wonders by boosting memory and thinking skills in the elderly but many expensive at-home programs are ineffective, new research shows. The study, published in the journal PLOS ...

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