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A mixed bunch

From overseas workers to student volunteers, the aged care workforce is truly diverse, posing both challenges and opportunities. Melinda Ham reports. Nasreen Sultana emigrated from Bangladesh to Australia eight years ago with a teaching qualification, but decided to get a ...

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Source of support

How a perfect stranger in a virtual world could be your very own professional coach. By Megan Stoyles. Aged Care Queensland’s (ACQ) new e-mentoring program has successfully used technology to establish contacts and personal development between aged care and community ...

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Purse strings continue to tighten

The latest survey is further evidence the industry is in financial trouble, writes David Sinclair. While community care programs maintained their satisfactory financial performance, residential facilities’ results continued to deteriorate. That’s one of the major findings from the Stewart Brown ...

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The personal touch

Focussing on the person will mean changes to traditional forms of care delivery. A man is sitting in his room and shouting incessantly. A carer identifies his behaviour as verbal aggression and reaches for his medication to calm him down. ...

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From red to black

Making profit in aged care has never been harder, but there are simple steps providers can take to help improve the bottom line The latest survey is further evidence the industry is in financial trouble, writes David Sinclair. The aged ...

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The critical first moments

Staff have a critical role to play in detecting and responding quickly to emergency situations involving elderly. Knowing what to do in those vital first minutes following a sudden incident or illness is critical to avoiding further danger. “Care staff ...

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One bad apple

Providers are focussed on staff retention, but they should be equally worried about staff engagement, writes Cathy Wever. Wanted: nursing staff. Qualifications a must. Experience highly regarded. Enthusiasm and a positive attitude essential. A clear priority for health industry employers ...

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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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