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All’s well for dream facility

New Sunshine Coast health and well-being precinct ready to serve the region.  All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: ...

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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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Positive thoughts are just the start

Finding success throughout each working day means knowing what you want and having a plan.  How do we decide what to wear each day? According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, psychologist and author of the seminal 1990 book Flow: The Psychology of ...

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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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Nice view through the cloud

Emerging technologies such as cloud computing and smart homes will help older Australians remain independent and maintain their quality of life.  A regret I have about ageing is that I won’t see the exciting innovations in technology that I know ...

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Think before you tweet

Social media makes guarding privacy critical for patients and you.  Patient privacy is essential in healthcare. However, we are seeing increasing breaches on social media. From status updates containing patient information to photos of patients, x-rays or wounds, private data ...

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Know the signs, lower the risk

A keen eye, good record-keeping and some preventative steps can help control malnutrition.  Nurses are often the first point of contact when it comes to managing patients who are malnourished, so it is important to stay well informed. The silent ...

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