Home | Clinical Focus (page 30)

Clinical Focus

This is where it hurts

Pain, experts say, is all in the brain.  Our brain produces the illusion that is pain. “No brain, no pain. No body part? The brain can still make the missing part hurt,” said professor Lorimer Moseley, who develops non-pharmacological treatments ...

More »

Going the distance on diabetes

It’s one of the top 10 causes of death. Yet type 2 diabetes can be better managed if more research is done to help sufferers help themselves – especially in multicultural societies, say health experts.  Diabetes is one of the ...

More »

The needle and the damage done

Needlestick injuries affect about 18,000 healthcare professionals every year, but with unreported cases, the figure may be more than 30,000.  It’s the kind of workplace injury that health professionals fear the most. If it wasn’t already a job where practitioners ...

More »

Overcoming incontinence and the language barrier

The nursing profession can support Australia’s ethnic communities through communication barriers and cultural misconceptions about incontinence.  Incontinence is one of the least spoken about health conditions. In fact, an estimated 70 per cent of people affected by incontinence don’t talk ...

More »

Donated blood goes further than ever

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Shayne Neumann recently announced that the blood Australians donate is now used more efficiently. Neumann made the announcement while visiting the Gosford Red Cross Blood Service with federal Member for Robertson, Deb O’Neill. He ...

More »

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 ...

More »

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 ...

More »

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 ...

More »