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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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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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