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Get ready for the heat

Staff discuss ways to help keep residents safe in hot weather.  A recent report on hot weather readiness cites staff awareness and regular maintenance as ways aged-care facilities can prepare for hot weather and heatwaves. Released by Australian Health Review, ...

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Depression therapies go head to head

Study compares effectiveness of two well-known treatments.  GPs are being called to participate in a world-first study exploring the treatment of depression in older people who live with chronic health conditions. The project, partially funded by beyondblue, is the first ...

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Intimacy quiz

Questionnaire puts focus on residents’ sexual lives.  A new tool has been developed to help providers give adequate support to residents’ sexual expression and sexuality. The Sexuality Assessment Tool – known as SexAT – launched on the last weekend in ...

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Wound healing: the silent epidemic

Developing innovative therapies for treatment.  Small, everyday injuries are not considered important because they usually heal without any trouble. However, many do not mend properly and problems such as diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers from chronic venous or artery disease, ...

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Into the deep end

Case shows potential costs of working beyond scope of practice.  Caring, helping and a sense of not letting the team down are central to what nurses do every day. At times, these notions need to be tempered so as not ...

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Home truths

Serious allegations of ill-treatment in residential care facilities were recently made on the ABC television program Lateline, but the solution isn’t simply a matter of more funding and tighter regulation.  The public crisis of trust that followed the report on ...

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