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Invisible young carers

Young carers in Australia need stronger support, according to research. This group was often invisible in the society despite their important role, said Rob Bray, researcher from the Australian National University College of Business and Economics. Bray concluded this from ...

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Health workers need health food

After a punishing shift, resist the call of junk food and sweet snacks. By Amie Larter Research for many years has suggested that shiftwork can have negative effects on your relationship, your children and in particular your health. Patients’ needs ...

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How to meet strong demand

The second annual aged care conference, linked with retirement living, will cover a broad range of topics. Two of the main areas to be discussed at this year’s Aged Care Summit will be how to tackle the predicted increase in ...

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Disability nurses under pressure

A push to lure staff to this area of nursing has been hit by government moves to cut penalty rates and leave loading. Louis White reports The role of the disability nurse is under threat due to low wages and ...

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Front-line cancer spotters

With careful observation aged care staff can spot skin disease on patients. By Amie Larter While the most significant cause of skin cancer is sun exposure when young, aged care workers and nurses are in a unique position to help ...

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Gaining strength from spirituality

A person’s need to answer life’s big questions can take the shape of religion and other pathways such as art or nature All aged care workers should learn to be good listeners to help people face the spiritual tasks of ...

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Speeding up police checks

Accredited private agencies can now do relatively fast criminal checks on prospective employees. By Martin Lazarevic With safety and security an ongoing concern, businesses within the healthcare sector need to be increasingly savvy to protect themselves and their patients, clients ...

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Building the big workforce

Attracting and training staff to work in the rapidly growing aged care sector is focusing the attention of operators, government and unions. Flynn Murphy reports Australia is ageing. Thirty years ago, there were five workers for every one person in ...

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