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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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New look can help now

Don’t wait for the next generation of hospitals, a few changes can make current environments better for dementia patients.  Admission to hospital can be a confusing and frightening experience for people with dementia. Their problems with memory, orientation and confusion ...

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In short supply

Rural and regional aged-care providers face many challenges in recruiting and retaining staff. A mix of remedies may be the answer.  Published last February by the Department of Health and Ageing, The Aged Care Workforce, 2012 Final Report stated that ...

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Pride of place

Recent legislation acknowledges the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.  It is timely to comment on the place of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex) people within the aged care agenda. We have seen LGBTI elders ...

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How art can bypass the limitations of dementia

Moments of connection with people who have advanced dementia are possible and art can make these moments happen.  Special moments with loved ones who have dementia can become rare over time. The movie The Notebook highlighted the moving connection you ...

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The carer crisis looms

Is anything more important than the refugee boats and the price of carbon? One CEO says yes, if you’re paying attention.  With the federal election looming, the national media is consumed by a narrow range of issues, such as a ...

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