First nurse honoured at historic memorial: podcast
Nursing Review
by Elise Hartevelt
6d ago
The Australian War Memorial will exhibit its first statue of a female nurse by the end of 2023 to commemorate the nursing profession. Former World War II nurse and prisoner of war Vivian Statham (nee Bullwinkel) in 1941. Picture: NewsCorp Australia. The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) raised $1.5 million over four years for a memorial of Australian Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel, who served in World War II as a nurse. During her career, Bullwinkel advocated for better working conditions for nurses and became the first female member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial. "Her ..read more
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Health and care sector needs over 100,000 workers by 2025: report
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by Elise Hartevelt
6d ago
Registered nurses and aged care workers have been flagged as the occupations most likely to grow in-demand by 2025. A 2022 report from the National Skills Commission (NSC) said demand for health staff will rise by 40 per cent over the next four years. This would mean Australia will need to fill nearly 50,000 nursing positions and around 54,700 roles in aged and disability care. "Over the next five years, we anticipate around a quarter of new jobs to be in the health care and social assistance sector," NSC chief Adam Boyton said. "In fact, the two occupations [nursing and aged care worker] alon ..read more
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Medicare revamp may break down barriers for nurses
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by Elise Hartevelt
6d ago
The government's medicare overhaul could give nurses a more prominent role in diagnosing and prescribing medication for patients in healthcare settings. Last week, Labor flagged the Medicare system as 'unfit for purpose' after data revealed that bulk-billing rates had plummeted by 7 per cent over 2022, placing further pressure on healthcare systems. Health Minister Mark Butler established the 'Strengthening Medicare Taskforce' in July last year to design a new model of a 'modernised Medicare.' He said that Australia's universal healthcare scheme is in 'its worst shape since 40 years.' "I want ..read more
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Victoria opens new priority health centres
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by NCA NewsWire
2w ago
The Andrews government has opened ten new priority health centres in Victoria to alleviate pressure from busy emergency departments The ten free priority care centres have already seen more than 6,000 patients walk through their doors. At a time when the state’s health system is facing record levels of demand, the centres play a crucial role in reducing wait times while also providing an alternative service for those who cannot see their regular GP. Premier Daniel Andrews said it should be a “basic right” to get healthcare at no cost and the primary care system is “broken”. “Far too many Victo ..read more
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New initiative to support Indigenous student nurses
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by Eleanor Campbell
2w ago
Indigenous student nurses in WA will be supported through their studies as part of a nationwide initiative to help fill chronic hospital shortages.  Australia's largest private hospital provider, Ramsay Healthcare, announced it will be expanding its undergraduate cadetship program this year.  As part of the new scheme, up to 25 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student nurses will recieve assistance during their clinical placements.  Cadets will also be offered a guaranteed graduate interview for ongoing employment after they finish their studies. Ramsay’s Chief Nurse and Cl ..read more
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Commission launches two supportive tools to boost sepsis detection
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by Elise Hartevelt
1M ago
The Commission has released two new quality improvement tools to help healthcare services implement the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard launched earlier this year. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard in June to provide guidance and improve early sepsis detection for health professionals. Sepsis is when the body's response to an infection damages its own tissues, which can potentially lead to heart or organ failure and septic shock. Clinical Director at the Commission and emergency physician Dr Carolyn Hullick sa ..read more
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Probe after dozens hospitalised at NSW conference
Nursing Review
by NCA NewsWire and Elise Hartevelt
1M ago
Authorities are urgently investigating a major outbreak of salmonella after almost 70 people attending a fancy gala dinner suffered horrific food poisoning. NSW Health confirmed at least 69 people from across the state, as well as Queensland and the Northern Territory, became unwell with symptoms of food poisoning after the two-day Aboriginal Languages Trust conference at the Crowne Plaza in Terrigal in the Central Coast. Of those people, 27 have confirmed cases of salmonella. It's estimated that foodborne illnesses costs Australia $2.44 billion each year, of which a large part goes toward hos ..read more
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‘It’s not a choice’: Nurse raises awareness on eating disorder discovery
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by Elise Hartevelt
1M ago
A nurse working in a recovery centre for people affected by an eating disorder says she hopes to turn around the stigma attached to the illness. Alanah started her job as an acting nurse at the Queensland-based Wandi Nerida unit, Australia's first residential recovery centre for people with an eating disorder.  She's been a registered nurse for five years and received her Master's in Mental Health Nursing in 2019. Eating disorders are a type of mental illness typically characterised by problems around disordered eating or body weight control and a severe concern with body weight or shape ..read more
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Nurses Australia’s most ethical profession
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by Elise Hartevelt
2M ago
Nurses have been ranked as Australia's most ethical profession. The annual 2022 Ethics Index released last month quizzed a thousand Australians on ethical challenges around topics such as Covid-19 and climate change. Nurses were considered the most ethical in the healthcare sector, with an index of 77, followed by veterinarians (73) and GPs (72). Governance Institute of Australia chief Megan Motto said the pandemic had emphasised the nursing profession's commitment to delivering care under stressful and dire circumstances. "We perceive them as highly ethical because they have shown u ..read more
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New $10M virtual reality clinic at Westmead Hospital
Nursing Review
by Eleanor Campbell
2M ago
A new multi-million dollar training facility in Western Sydney will use virtual reality and artificial intelligence to train nurses how to better manage violent situations. On Tuesday, the University of Sydney announced plans to build a $10M 16-bed simulation ward inside of Westmead Health Precint’s innovation centre. Set to open in mid-2023, the facility will use virtual reality headsets to immerse nurses in virtual high-risk emergencies, including violent patient outbursts and cardiac arrests.  “This new funding underlines our longstanding commitment to the Westmead Health Precinct,” sa ..read more
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