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Five steps to better dementia care

We ask the experts about the challenges facing dementia care in Australia, and how to overcome them.  Each week, more than 1700 people in Australia are diagnosed with dementia. As our ageing population grows, it’s expected that this number will ...

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Rugged makes ready

Educator says the harsh life in remote Australia is the perfect breeding ground for nurses and midwives.  Nothing makes a better nurse than growing up in the bush, Jane Mills tells her audience. Mills, an associate professor from James Cook ...

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Home is where the health is

Research will look into how to give seniors the best chance at staying out of hospital when they need medical treatment.  Keeping our ageing population from having to leave their homes or residential aged-care facilities for medical treatment will be ...

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Bespoke care essential

Every patient is different; whenever one presents a particularly troublesome problem, meeting it with the specified precautions is critical.  The way patients who present special difficulties are managed needs to be individualised, even with all the competing demands on nurses’ time, ...

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Palliative care standards open for feedback

Peak body calls for comment to help shape new, streamlined set of guidelines for best practice.  Australia’s peak organisation for palliative care is calling for interested parties to provide feedback on the revised national draft standards. Palliative Care Australia, which ...

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Quiet please, sleep in progress

Quiet please, sleep in progress A study into patients’ sleep patterns reveals plenty of ways to cut down on noise pollution in hospital. Australia’s largest study into what keeps patients awake at night reveals that sleep quality is poor, but ...

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Leading to something better

Nurse leadership – important for the workforce and the community. The Australian College of Nursing’s new strategic direction positions ACN as the national organisation for nurse leaders and those with an interest in nurse leadership. This new direction recognises the ...

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Let’s Close the Gap

Achieving equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous healthcare outcomes will require collaboration, communication and the full deployment of nursing skills.  Since the Australian Government apologised to the Indigenous people of Australia in February 2008, there has been a greater focus from ...

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Dementia perceptions

A study collects opinions and beliefs from staff in RACFs.  Researchers at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers, hosted at Queensland University of Technology, are involved in Australia’s first large-scale systematic study of the quality of life of ...

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Fresh and focused

Third-year student’s perspective on cultural competence in midwifery lands her in journal.  Koby Elliott, a third-year midwifery student at the University of Technology, Sydney, has been published in the journal Contemporary Nurse. Her paper, Providing Culturally Competent Learning Experiences for ...

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