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Creating living space for dementia sufferers

Dementia residents require highly specific living arrangements that help reduce confusion and frustration if they are to effectively negotiate their later years.  Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians aged 65 years or older, with more than ...

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Preventive primary dental care

Oral disease contributes to both poor dental health, and negative healthcare outcomes.  Oral disease is one of twelve chronic diseases identified as National Health Priority Areas (NHPA) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). In 2006, AIHW estimated ...

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Sim City

Mary Casey reveals the benefits of education in a simulated environment. Simulated training is an educational concept that all nursing and allied health colleges should be offering students. Teaching multiple objectives in a ‘real life’ environment can grow confidence, encourage ...

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Championing skin integrity

Want to become involved in helping the elderly look after their skin? This article is a first step toward becoming a champion of skin integrity.  In managing and caring for skin injuries, there is now substantial documentation to prove that ...

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Good news for the aged care work force

Change has been slow in coming, but it has arrived. A government report on the industry is giving us the most comprehensive picture yet.  In the midst of uncertainty, it is reassuring to learn that the aged care workforce has been ...

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Asking the right questions

Determining a service delivery strategy requires leadership, education and funding. So it’s important to get all your ducks in a row.  I recently participated in an aged care industry event, and had a conversation with a CEO from a large ...

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Managing diabetes in aged care

Older diabetes sufferers are at risk of many problems, including malnutrition, but best practice is to balance blood glucose levels and quality of life.  Diabetes is a growing health problem, characterised by the body’s reduced capacity or inability to control ...

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