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Breaking the negative cycle

Caring for people with arthritis. Arthritis is the name given to more than 120 musculoskeletal diseases. These diseases can have a debilitating effect on the individual. They cause chronic pain and weaken and degrade joint function so that it becomes ...

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Pathways to a new future

Aged care facilities should provide quality clinical placements to nursing students, writes Dr Andrew Robinson. Australia faces multiple challenges in providing high quality care in residential aged care facilities. The resident population is rapidly moving to higher levels of dependency ...

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Making cents of the industry’s coppers

Dr Anna Howe examines the current captial funding framework, the challenges it poses, and offers some possible solutions. Capital flows into aged care from interest on bonds and accommodation charges paid by residents or by the commonwealth for those who ...

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Dealing with difficult pasts

A new resource helps staff better care for the growing number of residents from different cultures who have experienced torture and trauma. The need for new resources and supplemental training around trauma is great. In Western Australia, where the material ...

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From top to bottom

Thorough assessments are essential for building individualised care plans. When performing a head to toe assessment, a person-centred approach encourages greater communication between nurse and the person being assessed. A head to toe assessment is a systematic review of a ...

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Going for broke

Three quarters of baby boomers are worried they will not be able to afford healthcare as they grow older, courtesy of the economic crisis. Beverley Head reports. A survey of 6000 Australians between the ages of 45 and 64 took ...

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Honouring the human spirit in aged care

Residential and community carestaff in a large Victorian provider are being trained in providing spiritual care to seniors. While many children across Australia are excited and looking forward to Santa’s arrival on Christmas Day, others in our community are awaiting ...

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A helping hand up the ladder

Darragh O Keeffe reports on one organisation’s individualised approach to encourage staff training and career progression. Rae Harrison’s career path is pretty indicative of the can-do attitude that prevails at Villa Maria, the Victorian provider of disability, education and senior ...

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