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An ounce of prevention

The prevalence of mental health illness remains high, regardless of the amount of money dedicated to research and treatment. Now, professionals are looking for new ways to direct mental health research.  Mental illness has seen an increased profile over the ...

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Keep it clean

Hygiene in the last two decades has improved for a lot of those living in aged care, but as research shows, the rise in multi-resistant bacteria is still a major concern.  For 20 years, Christina Kenneally, a now-retired nurse, has ...

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Preventive primary dental care

Oral disease contributes to both poor dental health, and negative healthcare outcomes.  Oral disease is one of twelve chronic diseases identified as National Health Priority Areas (NHPA) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). In 2006, AIHW estimated ...

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The fall-out from falls

A $1.5 million research trial to prevent falls hopes to keep elders standing firm.  Amid current concerns about the impact of falls on the ongoing health of older people, research is being conducted via a patient-centred program to prevents falls, ...

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Screening for COPD depression link

Research has found that depression and anxiety adversely affect prognosis for COPD patients, and even lead to increased mortality.  The connection between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and depression could point to better health outcomes. Research has suggested that given the ...

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Sim City

Mary Casey reveals the benefits of education in a simulated environment. Simulated training is an educational concept that all nursing and allied health colleges should be offering students. Teaching multiple objectives in a ‘real life’ environment can grow confidence, encourage ...

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Championing skin integrity

Want to become involved in helping the elderly look after their skin? This article is a first step toward becoming a champion of skin integrity.  In managing and caring for skin injuries, there is now substantial documentation to prove that ...

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Managing diabetes in aged care

Older diabetes sufferers are at risk of many problems, including malnutrition, but best practice is to balance blood glucose levels and quality of life.  Diabetes is a growing health problem, characterised by the body’s reduced capacity or inability to control ...

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