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New book on an old foe

Researchers compile best-practice guidelines for managing diabetes in care settings.  Planning care for older people with diabetes is challenging because complex medicine regimens are usually necessary; most people have multiple diabetes complications and at least one other comorbidity, which complicates ...

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e-charts allow smarter drug management

The number of patients relying on medications keeps growing and we need to embrace technology to meet their needs.  Pressures on the aged-care industry require us to work smarter. Better medication management facilitates more customer-focused care and better health outcomes for ...

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Within reach

Many factors that contribute to worse health outcomes from Indigenous people can be improved with better access to information and care. An effort is under way to provide what’s needed.  Indigenous Australians suffer from higher rates of illness and disability ...

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A prescription for future care

It is essential that we expand the role of nurses in the delivery of primary healthcare if we are to meet Australia’s future health needs.  Our healthcare system is under threat. Our ageing population and the way we live are ...

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Six steps in the right direction

Remember these ‘Cs’ for guiding workers and the organisation as both evolve in coming years.  The foundation for success for workplace leaders can be built around three critical beliefs: people need something to believe in, someone to believe in and ...

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For good measure

Several nutrition screening tools are available to help identify residents at risk of malnutrition. Choose the best fit.  Why does nutrition screening matter? In Australia, malnutrition is common in the elderly and can result in poor quality of life, decline ...

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Show them how it’s done

Healthcare professionals should exemplify the healthy lifestyles they preach.  It’s almost as if chronic diseases have become more infectious than the plague, and we are beginning to find out that they are just as deadly. The outlook is rather bleak. ...

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Nibbling details

Senior staff dine with residents for camaraderie and nuanced feedback on meals. Food is a vital part of life for all human beings, not just for the nutrition it provides but for the opportunity to share a meal with others. ...

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