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Family ties

Staff relationships with families span the whole gamut, from mutually supportive to deeply destructive. A new study examines the factors for building strong rapport with relatives. Linda Belardi reports. Effective collaboration between staff and families is underutilised in aged care ...

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The sky’s the limit

Darragh O Keeffe reports on how a university and leading providers are working to bolster aged care education. How universities can best prepare registered nurses for the realities of working in residential aged care, and how providers can best support ...

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Beating the blues

Helping staff to detect depression in residents with dementia. Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder among people aged over 65. Within this group, there’s a very high prevalence of major depression in residential care facilities, especially among people in ...

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Good, but not good enough

Linda Belardi reports on what the financial measures recently announced by government might mean for the industry. Genuine financial reform of the sector is again missing from the latest budget announcements, peak bodies say. The renewed zero real interest loans ...

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Do as I say, not as I do?

They say actions speak louder than words. Never more so than in an organisation’s culture. By Darragh O Keeffe. Steve Simpson has a simple message for senior managers. If you don’t understand you’re organisation’s culture, you can’t manage it and ...

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It’s the thought that counts

It’s no coincidence that the providers which reward their employees and display strong leadership are the ones with the least staff turnover. Linda Belardi reports. More policies that reward and value nurses should be embedded in aged care, workforce experts ...

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An age-old problem

The ageing workforce must be re-engaged as the nursing shortage worsens. Annie May reports. Retaining older employers needs to be given more prominence in government initiatives, according to a new study looking at Australia’s ageing nursing workforce. The workforce shortage ...

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