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Refugee children need our attention

The numbers show children in detention centres face higher risks for mental, physical and social problems. If you open an Australian newspaper or news website, questions or criticism regarding the treatment of refugees in Australian immigration detention centres and offshore ...

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Fad diets are beyond the Paleo

Quick fixes and gimmicks are no safe way to weight loss and nutrition in the long term; learn to help patients steer clear of them. The Lemon Detox Diet, the Clay Diet, the Breatharian Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Wheat ...

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The way to a man’s stomach

There are more overweight or obese men in Australia than women, yet most weight-reduction surgeries are performed on women. A team of researchers hopes to help change that. As the number of bariatric surgeries increases, the numbers of men receiving ...

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Disaster and opportunity

Pre-hospital placements are offering nurses and students more chances for training and learning. Nurses and student nurses are increasingly exploring alternative and innovative ways to deliver care and develop their knowledge and skills in environments beyond the traditional hospital setting. ...

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Reinstatement – apply with care

A sloppy, poorly constructed application can doom a deregistered worker’s hopes. The process of applying for reinstatement to the nurse’s register, having been suspended, is not to be taken in a cavalier fashion. The neatness or sloppiness of the application ...

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A unique headspace

'What’s special about mental health nursing?’ This question launched a three-year study into the nature, scope and consequences of nurses’ work in the mental health sector. “The question [was] posed in the context of what constitutes distinctive practice and how ...

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Take on burnout together

Clinical supervision is effective at reducing stress and improving performance – but it requires full organisational support.  Healthcare organisations aspire to provide high-quality care to the community. The role staff play in achieving this is critical. In 1998, the World ...

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Leading to something better

Nurse leadership – important for the workforce and the community. The Australian College of Nursing’s new strategic direction positions ACN as the national organisation for nurse leaders and those with an interest in nurse leadership. This new direction recognises the ...

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Question patients with caution

Nurses frequently collect personal information; that means they must be mindful of privacy laws and standards.  George Clooney surely spoke for many when he understandably said, “I don’t like to share my personal life … It wouldn’t be personal if ...

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A dose of reality

Errors in drug administration are inevitable, which only makes vigilance that much more important. For as long as medications have been given, there have been errors in their administration. Irrespective of policies, procedures and risk-management strategies, their incidence continues – ...

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