Aged care and the treatment of older Australians have been in the media spotlight of late, but not in a good way.
As reform continues to shape Australia’s mental health system, greater access to mental health nurses across all levels of healthcare is crucial. When allowed to work to their full scope, mental health nurses possess the ability to engage and connect with people while helping them drive their own recovery journeys. Robert Fedele reports.
Community Health Nurse Claire Dowling was drawn to working with the disadvantaged after witnessing first-hand the impact of poverty and health disparities in her hometown of Glasgow in Scotland.
Several public hospitals in New South Wales have escaped privatisation after almost a year of determined campaigning by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA ANMF NSW Branch) helped trigger a backflip from the state government
Over a century ago the state of Victoria was one of the first regions in the world to legislate wages and create arbitration boards and councils to resolve labour conflicts before the recourse to strikes. These were the initial steps towards minimum wages.
Extreme weather patterns, global warming and air pollution are increasingly becoming the norm, the consequences of which are being felt across the world. Climate change is being touted responsible, compelling a commitment from world leaders to reduce emissions in an attempt to curtail the impact. Yet to ensure environmental sustainability everyone must play a role including nurses, midwives and healthcare facilities. Natalie Dragon investigates the progress healthcare has made to this end.
The increasing rates of obesity within Australia present a challenge for healthcare professionals from all disciplines working in the health system. Current statistics indicate that 63%
of adults are outside of the normal weight range, with 35% overweight and 28% obese (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012).
Recently I took the opportunity to take a 10 day trip to explore Nepal, which began in Kathmandu, followed by Bandipur, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park and then back to Kathmandu.
Aged care has yet again been dealt a significant blow.
The vast health disparities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the rest of the Australian population has been a longstanding issue. While urgency to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians is evident, the gap continues to widen, gripping everything from life expectancy to the burden of chronic disease and suicide. It’s now been acknowledged that building a robust Indigenous nursing and midwifery workforce is a key solution to achieving health equity. Robert Fedele speaks to the next generation of nurses and midwives determined to make change.
One of our newest topic additions to the CPE website is Crystal Methamphetamine – ICE, a tutorial for nurses and frontline workers. This topic was written in collaboration with Marie Coughlan, CNC Co-morbidity, Hospital Consultation Liaison SESLHD D&A Services; Jodie Davis, ANMF Federal Education Officer and Peer reviewed by the NSWNMA Drug and Alcohol Reference Group.
A series of behaviour change research trials to tackle gender inequality are underway with early insights presented in Victoria last month.
As nurses and midwives it’s our job to look after the healthcare needs of others. Caring is the fundamental core of what nursing and midwifery is all about and is what we do well for our patients, their families, and each other.
Newly appointed ANMF Federal Vice President Lori-anne Sharp believes nurses and midwives have the ability to become influential leaders.
Diabetes is fast becoming one of the biggest epidemics in the world. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Australia where approximately 1 million Australians have been diagnosed with the disease. Natalie Dragon investigates why Diabetes has become so prevalent and what is being done about it.
International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day, celebrated on 5 May and 12 May respectively, are when nurses and midwives are acknowledged for the job that they do and also thanked for the vital care they give to their patients, their patients’ families and each other. Yet while nurses and midwives are good at taking care of others, sometimes they can fall short of taking care of themselves. When celebrating nurses and midwives during May it is important to take time to acknowledge your own achievements as a nurse and/or a midwife, but also review what you are doing to care for yourself. Applying a few strategies could help you live more fulfilling, productive and happier lives, professionally and personally.
On the day the nation stops to remember past and present servicemen who have fought and died in war this ANZAC day, spare a thought for Australian nurses who bravely looked after the sick and injured during the World Wars as well as those involved in all conflicts and peacekeeping missions since.
The brave men and women of Australia’s military put their lives on the line to defend the country at home and abroad. Behind the scenes, military nurses work alongside troops to provide support across the gamut of healthcare. At any given time, military nurses could be working in field hospitals, supporting training exercises across Australia, or deployed overseas in war zones. Filled with adventure and unique challenges, Robert Fedele explores the highs and lows of life as a military nurse.
Outgoing ANMF Vice President Maree Burgess does not count on having extra spare time leaving the federal executive team.
Nursing uniforms have transformed dramatically over the past century on the back of emerging trends, demand for practicality and comfort, and strict workplace policy.