A day in the life of a podiatrist – by Rudo Makuyana

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How do you start your day? Breakfast! Most of my days tend to be long and busy, I found that a good breakfast is essential to stay focused throughout the morning. I also catch the train most days to work which helps me relax before I start my day. What’s the first thing you do [Read More…]

5 Ways to Earn More Money as a Nurse in Australia

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In the public healthcare system in Victoria, the typical starting pay for a beginning-level registered nurse is $50,856. Wages for experienced registered nurses are generally in the range of $65,000 to $75,000 per year. However, there are ample opportunities to increase your earnings. The following are 5 ways to earn more money as a nurse [Read More…]

UCAT Fear and Panic Campaign!!

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The following article has been published by UCAT NIE – The National Institute of Education nie.edu.au BEWARE PARENTS, TEACHERS and STUDENTS! The shift from UMAT to UCAT took place without much warning with only the university admission offices having been made aware ahead of the change.  For everyone else it did come as a surprise [Read More…]

UMAT to be replaced by UCAT in 2019

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In a decision made by the Consortium of Australian School-Leaver Entry Medical Schools on 24th September, UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) will replace UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test) for undergraduate entry into most medical schools and some schools of dentistry around Australia in 2020. UCAT, administered by Pearson VUE, starts registrations on [Read More…]

Software not switched on to physios says Australian Physiotherapy Association

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In a world of digital hyper-connectivity, practice management software should be physiotherapists’ most reliable business partner – but a new survey by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has found that’s often not the case. Despite the cloud, apps, voice recognition and myriad other online services available, many physio practices must use five to six different [Read More…]

Importance of Young People’s Involvement in Healthcare Decision Making – by Martin Vu, public health student

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Meaningful collaboration with young people in healthcare decision making results in a more responsive healthcare system. The definition of young people generally refers to persons aged between 12 and 25. In Australia, there are about 3 million young people representing an eighth of all Australian residents. However, there is a service gap in the Australian [Read More…]

ACRRM, RACP, RANZCP, and AMA agree: The health condition of refugee children in Nauru is a medical emergency

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In an attempt to invoke the government to make changes on the current policies covering children immigrants detained in Nauru, more than 180 organisations and individuals, have spoken about the real state of health and welfare of refugee children in the island. The move initiated ahead of Universal Children’s Day which will be celebrated on [Read More…]

3 reasons why online health courses can get you out of the waiting room and into a job

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Whether you’re a high school student for whom the traditional university medical degree isn’t feasible or you graduated years ago and you’re ready to take the next step, online health courses could hold the keys to your future in the industry. Hospitals, specialist centres and other institutions need qualified, skilled Australians for a variety of positions. [Read More…]

Love sport, exercise, health and fitness? Turn it into a career! – by Professor Peter Reaburn, head of exercise and sports science, Bond University

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“When I left school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. My friends were going to University, studying at TAFE, taking on apprenticeships, or getting jobs in areas they hated just to earn money. Nobody had told me I could study exercise and sports science and make a career out of my passion [Read More…]

Cultural safety for patients in the AHPRA Code of Conduct: It’s not just black and white – by Nicole Nash-Arnold

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Here’s a weird question for nurses: in the course of discharging your duties, when’s the last time you stopped to acknowledge ‘white privilege’ to your patients? It’s a requirement when you’re providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, according to the latest Code of Conduct for nurses released by the Nursing and Midwifery [Read More…]

What are the big issues in health right now? An optometrist, occupational therapist and sonographer tell us….

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Young Optometrist Rose Huang on buying online Glasses and contact lenses are a medical device and not simply something you can just “Add to Cart” yet a number of consumers are turning to online shopping for their optical needs. In a recent study by the American Optometric Association, researchers discovered that nearly half of all [Read More…]

20 years of change in Occupational Therapy – by Nicole Grant

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I am an Occupational Therapist and Practice Principal working in the private sector in Brisbane. I have now been working/ studying in the field of allied health for 20 years and over that time have noticed many changes. Some minor, subtle changes such as the gradual introduction of tech into our practice. Others – massive [Read More…]

Fear of having fun: the workplace culture-killer in nursing – by Nicole Nash-Arnold, founder Nurse Manager HQ

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“In trying to stay safe, we’re risking our sanity. During my latest Whole Brain Thinking course, I asked the participants to tell me about the last time they had fun at work. There were about twenty nurses in the room. All of the Baby Boomers and most of the Gen Xs started talking about the [Read More…]

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – worthwhile or not? What the AMA, ANMF and Universities Australia have to say

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On September 16, the government announced its plans to establish a Royal Commission that is expected to look into the conditions of the aged care sector in Australia. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety covers not only residential and home aged care but also young Australians with disabilities living in residential aged [Read More…]

Healthy Lung Month – By Emily Walsh

For most people, breathing is often taken for granted. We don’t have to think about it, and our lungs automatically adjust to allow in the perfect amount of air with every breath we take. But for others, breathing is a labor-intensive chore and can cause pain. It can even be impossible for some without the [Read More…]

Leading Darwin surgeon claims lack of funding as cause of preventable dental infections, ADA NT president says the problem might be broader than that

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Most cases of emergency medical treatment for deep neck infections at Royal Darwin Hospital could have been avoided with early dental treatment, according to a recent study. The research, spearheaded by Dr Mahiban Thomas, a head and neck surgeon and also Chair of the NT Regional Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), [Read More…]

Government announces $1 million budget in support of eye health and diabetes

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The federal government has announced a $1 million dollar budget for Diabetes Australia to develop the Preserve Sight program. Being implemented in partnership with Vision 2020 Australia, Oculo and many other eye health and diabetes sectors, this initiative aims to track eye health through a national electric eye health record. It also includes an alert [Read More…]

5 facts all health professionals need to know about opioid drugs

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Opioid drug addictions are a growing problem around the world. Earlier on this year, in response to concerns that Australia is headed down the same path, the Therapeutic Goods Administration published a consultation paper into this issue.  They report that Australia and other countries are seeing unprecedented numbers of overdoses from legally prescribed opioid drugs. [Read More…]

Selective editing of reviews: illegal or not? AHPRA draws the line

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In light of a recent incident where an organisation was publishing only positive reviews from consumers, AHPRA has published further guidance for advertisers of regulated health services to clarify which review or testimonial editing practices are deemed illegal. AHPRA stressed on the importance of advertisers being responsible of their advertising obligations in accordance with the [Read More…]

Two pathways for podiatrists to be endorsed for the use of scheduled medicines

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The Podiatry Board of Australia has implemented the revised registration standard for endorsement of scheduled medicines. The Board allocated a three month preparation period which started in May 2018 to allow podiatrists to be familiar with the changes prior to its implementation. Last updated on 1 July 2010, the new registration standards offers better wording [Read More…]

Physiotherapists urged to be ready for CPD audit

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The Physiotherapy Board of Australia released a poster detailing the steps physiotherapists need to take to be ready for a CPD audit. The initiative stressed the importance of continuous professional development (CPD) by reminding physiotherapists about meeting their obligations, specifically CPD requirements, for annual registration. The Board urges practitioners to be audit-ready and has outlined [Read More…]

ADNet to accelerate research for the prevention and treatment of Dementia

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On 2nd July 2018, the Turnbull Government announced plans of the establishment of the Australian Dementia Network (ADNet). ADNet, once established will be considered as the largest single research program to be funded to date through the Government’s Boosting Dementia Research Initiative. Spearheaded by Professor Christopher Rowe of Austin Health, ADNet commits to facilitate high-quality [Read More…]

Are prisoners getting the mental health care they deserve?

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In light of the momentum given to the issue of mental health in the federal budget, and reports of a psychiatric patient being kept in prison because of a lack of appropriate high security mental health facilities, several health industry organisations have raised concerns about the state of mental health care of prisoners in Australia. [Read More…]

Go8 and Universities Australia tackle the benefits of Research Infrastructure Investment Plan

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Group of 8 Australia (Go8) and Universities Australia (UA) have shared insights on the Research Infrastructure Investment Plan. Recognizing its significant role on leading, developing and managing Australia’s major national research infrastructure facilities, Go8 emphasized how the Australian industry as a whole will benefit from utilizing the national research infrastructure facilities. While also being at [Read More…]

The Inspiring Indigenous Women of Health Care – by Amanda Griffiths and Sab Ocampo

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This year I was in Cairns for NAIDOC week, and Cairns Indigenous Art Fair which was held the following week. It brought back so many of memories from 2010 when I did 3 trips to provide primary eye care in indigenous communities in Cape York and also to Yarrabah, just south of Cairns. I remember [Read More…]

Consumer health advocates and doctors slam HealthEngine for sharing private patient information while Australian Dental Association slams Whitecoat

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HealthEngine, an online service that allows users to browse its health care provider directory and book appointments had reportedly passed on patient data to third parties such as plaintiff law firms. Several patients have complained about receiving direct marketing material based on their personal data. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported that sharing of private [Read More…]

Reasons to consider working with the elderly

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There are few things in life that are more rewarding than knowing that you have helped someone and made a notable difference in their life. Working in a career or volunteer initiative that assists vulnerable people is one sure way to do that, and to gain some good karma back into your life. It seems [Read More…]

20% voluntary sugar reduction regulation for soft-drink businesses to solve the problem of obesity in Australia? Dietitians, doctors and public health advocates not convinced

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The announcement of major beverage companies to reduce sugar across the industry by 20% by 2025 in an attempt to support healthier lifestyles has been met by an overall sense of underwhelm from industry bodies across the country. The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) stance is that although they support a “sugar tax” on sweetened [Read More…]

What Does It Mean to Be Obese and How Can We Prevent It?

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The obesity crisis is spreading, leaving many people with serious health problems or an increased risk of life-threatening illness in the future. But what causes obesity exactly and what can we do to prevent this? Read on to learn more about obesity and its preventative solutions from Mentone Educational. Calorie Consumption Versus Burn One of [Read More…]

Putting the “S” back in Occupations: Sleep is an Occupation – by Assistant Professor Tawanda Machingura, Bond University

Occupational Therapists are problem solvers and have a broad perspective of health and wellbeing, underpinned by a solid scientific base

Occupation is central to occupational therapy. In occupational therapy, occupations are the daily activities people engage in as individuals, families or communities to occupy their time and bring meaning and purpose to their lives (World Federation of Occupational Therapy, 2012). The new paradigm in occupational therapy is calling for a move away from impairment focus [Read More…]