Is mindfulness “right” for you? Here’s how it transformed my practice – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC


I’m not here to say whether mindfulness may be right or wrong for you. Only you can explore that for yourself. However, I would really, really like to share the stuff I’ve come across during my mindfulness journey in the hope that it will give you a greater understanding of what mindfulness is and isn’t. [Read More…]

Nursing program funding freeze not an obstacle to be recognized worldwide but an obstacle in addressing the shortage of nurses in Australia

Australian nursing courses among the best in the world

The implemented two-year funding freeze for Commonwealth-supported university nursing programs did not stop some Australian institutions offering nursing programs that have been ranked among the best in the world. Just recently, nine Australian institutions with nursing programs made the cut to the Top 50 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2018. The University of [Read More…]

Practitioner-patient pairs to conspire for the future of health care

collaborative pairs

A new initiative designed to recruit 4 pairs of professionals and patients is expected to pave the way for a better health care system in Australia. “The Collaborative Pairs” program made possible through the joint effort of Consumers Health Forum and the program’s developer King’s Fund of London will run the trial period for two [Read More…]

Is pharmacist-led education critical in reducing medical prescribing errors?

reducing medication prescribing errors

Two studies carried out in Victoria revealed effective ways to reduce medication prescribing errors and promote patient safety in the Australian healthcare system. The first paper, published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (JPPR) and authored by Dr Jared Gursanscky noted that pharmacist-led education could help reduce medication prescribing errors by one third. [Read More…]

Different health industry sectors recognize the importance of codeine restriction for pain management

codeine restriction for pain management

In February, the Therapeutic Goods Administration implemented its decision to make codeine-based medications available only to consumers with prescription. Evidence backing the risks and side effects of taking codeine-based medications specifically for pain management pushed United General Practice Australia (UGPA) member organisations and other health industry sectors to affirm Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) decision on [Read More…]

Scathing reviews on “our national shame” and some hope….. 10 years of Closing the Gap….. or not…..

Closing the Gap 2018

Indigenous Allied Health Australia is demanding that Australian governments coordinate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to address urgently the “national shame” of a widening life expectancy gap for aboriginal people. The report A ten-year review: the Closing the Gap Strategy and Recommendations for Reset released in February delivered statistics and recommendations on the failed [Read More…]

Being a nurse – and loving it. By Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

“Nurses are central to health care. There are not too many areas in health care where we do not have a presence. We perform many tasks and duties with and for patients each and every day, no matter the time of day or night. Nursing is vast with no 2 days ever being the same [Read More…]

What it’s like being a health professional with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC

AMG PAH with MHC poster

The two things that distressed me the most with respect to my professional life were my fears. I was scared to death that I was going to make a mistake that would lead to the harm of a patient. I was freaking out that I was going to cause someone to become vision impaired, blind, [Read More…]

Psychologists, GPs, surgeons, nurses and psychiatrists raise concerns for the wellbeing of asylum seekers

Australian health industry stance for refugees and asylum seekers

The ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), announced by the Australian government in February 2017, was implemented in December. The federal government is moving to work closely with different states and territories to prevent torture incidents in detention sites. However, there [Read More…]

Physician assisted dying – the for and against amongst nursing and medical associations

Physician assisted dying Australia

The Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passing the Legislative Council has spurred vastly differing views from organisations including the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), the Australian Medical Association (AMA), and Palliative Care Australia (PCA). The ANMF and ACN expressed approval of the physician assisted suicide with ANMF further [Read More…]

2017 – My year in review – by Amanda Griffiths, founder My Health Career

Heart Reef

2017 literally started off with a bang. And ash. Funnily enough it was the ash that made the experience what it was…… I went to the New Years’ Eve Gala at the Opera House, and so saw Sydney’s incredible fireworks display right in the thick of things. The finale of the fireworks was so spectacular [Read More…]

NMBA strengthened support for the nursing and midwifery workforce in 2016 – 2017

Number of nurses in Australia

In an effort to ensure safer healthcare access for all Australians across the country, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in partnership with the National Boards recently released an annual report revealing the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) initiatives that supported the nursing practitioners and protected the public from June 2016 until [Read More…]

Paramedicine Board of Australia to be established, nursing & midwifery to be established as separate professions & AHPRA disciplinary enforcement powers to be strengthened

Paramedicine Board of Australia

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and National Boards have welcomed the passing of two legislative reforms by the Queensland Parliament and the Parliament of Western Australia in September. A first since the establishment of the National Scheme in 2010, the reforms, Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 and [Read More…]

COSA recommends exercise as part of the standard of care for beating cancer

COSA exercise for cancer patients

The importance of exercise, and referral to physiotherapists experienced in working with cancer patients, has been highlighted in a new position statement released by Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA). COSA is recognising the importance of exercise to help counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. It then assigned its Exercise in Cancer [Read More…]

A big YES from Australians and the health industry on same sex marriage

same sex marriage health

Following on from the recent survey on same sex marriage, the marriage equality bill will be introduced into the House of Representatives on Monday 4th December. The Australian Psychological Society (APS), Australian Medical Association (AMA), and Australian Nursing Midwifery Federation (ANMF) strongly welcomed the momentous day the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey resulted in a [Read More…]

Physiotherapists Battle for Prescription Rights

physiotherapy prescribing rights

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), whom started a bid in 2015 for physiotherapists to gain prescribing rights, expects to pass a framework to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia within 12 months. Drafting the range of medicines it hopes to gain access to, the APA emphasized that the goal is to have rights to prescribe medication [Read More…]

Almost 10% of the Australian population receiving Medicare-subsidized mental health care

Medicare-subsidized mental health services

Three days after the celebration of the World Mental Health Day on October 10, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released the report Mental Health Services: In brief 2017. According to the report, more Australians received Medicare-subsidised mental health care service in 2015 – 2016 than in 2011 – 2012. The data is [Read More…]

Should kidney investigations be carried out in cases of retinal emboli?

kidney investigations for retinal emboli

The occurrence of retinal emboli in three major Asian ethnicities was studied, with results published in JAMA Ophthalmology recently. The study was conducted via gradable retinal photographs from 9978 Singaporean individuals between the ages of 40 and 80, who were of Chinese, Malay and Indian backgrounds. Findings revealed that the prevalence of retinal emboli in [Read More…]

Everything is on the table, but only 2 things matter for the aged care workforce taskforce

aged care workforce taskforce 2017

“Everything is on the table but there are only two things that matter, safety and quality,” The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM said on the announcement of a new aged care workforce taskforce. The taskforce, consisting of widely experienced individuals within and outside the aged care industry led by Professor Pollaers, focuses on [Read More…]

World-first guide to developing a workplace wellbeing strategy in health service settings launched by beyondblue

beyondblue health workforce mental health

beyondblue has acted on evidence suggesting that health professionals are at a greater risk of experiencing depression, anxiety and suicide, to produce a guide for health services in developing a workplace mental health strategy. There are a number of benefits for health services that focus on creating mentally healthy workplaces. Research suggests that: Patient experiences [Read More…]

Can aged care services be revolutionized?

Legislated review of aged care 2017

Highlighting the work done to date which have given consumers more say in aged care services as well an ensuring Australians have access to high quality care as they get older, The Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 was released recently. The Australian College of Nursing were pleased to see The Legislated Review of Aged [Read More…]

Health Workforce Scholarship Program for rural practitioners starting soon

Health Workforce Scholarship Program

Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) is a new $11 million scholarship program that is set to better target financial support to health professionals working in communities most in need. This program is a consolidation of previous scholarship programs. The program will be delivered by a consortium of Rural Workforce Agencies which led by Health Workforce [Read More…]

The health and well-being of Australian health professionals – by Kay Dunkely


October is Mental Health Month and it is important for all health professionals to focus on their own mental health to ensure they are in a good position to look after others. Two sayings that come to mind are “put on your own oxygen mask first so that you can help others” and “you can’t [Read More…]

ATARs for every nursing course in Australia

2017 ATAR for nursing

For entry into a university nursing course commencing in 2017, the ATAR ranged from 50 to the mid-80s. When combined with another Bachelor’s degree such as midwifery or arts, the ATAR was sometimes in the 90s for a double degree. The following tables show the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each [Read More…]

ATARs and OPs for every midwifery course in Australia

midwifery ATAR 2017

There are undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery courses throughout Australia. For entry into an undergraduate midwifery course commencing in 2017, the ATAR ranged from 60 to the high-90s. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of 2017. Please note that this is a [Read More…]

Submissions for public consultation on midwifery standards of practice close 25th August

midwifery standards of practice consultation

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has collaborated with Deakin University to develop the midwife standards for practice in Australia. As part of the project, the current national competency standards for the midwife (2006) will be reviewed as it may not compatible with the continuous development of the role and scope of practice [Read More…]

Nurses and premature death – what’s the link in aged care?

premature death in aged care

The last 13 years has witnessed an increased frequency of premature death in aged care facilities. Research by Monash University Professor Joseph Ibrahim, revealed that the causes that are potentially preventable are which are falls, choking and suicide. Following are the key points of the research: There were 21 672 deaths of nursing home residents [Read More…]

Volunteer OTs, psychologists & speechies called on to support refugees and asylum seekers in Victoria

support for refugees

Through the work of the Disability Action Group, AMES Australia have initiated establishment of Refugee Disability Network (RDN) with Occupational Therapy Australia, Speech Pathology Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. The work of RDN is focused on providing immediate, practical solutions to improve health outcomes for newly arrived Refugees by creating shorter pathways to specialist [Read More…]

Reminder to check, correct & comply with professional and legal advertising obligations

regulated health service advertising

Registered health practitioners are reminded to check, correct and comply with their professional and legal advertising obligations. The National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have published a strategy for the National Scheme to help keep health service consumers safe from misleading advertising. AHPRA CEO Mr Fletcher said, “The National Law limits [Read More…]

$54.4 investment to boost clinical training in regional Australia

regional health training hubs

The Federal Coalition Government has allocated $54.4 million over 2016-17 to 2018-19 for new Regional Training Hubs and University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH). Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, announced the locations of 26 regional training hubs and 3 new UDRHs and the universities that will operate them. The University of Notre Dame [Read More…]

Ms Dhu coronial findings show importance of teaching doctors and nurses about unconscious bias


This article was originally published on The Conversation. Gregory Phillips, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute In delivering her findings of the coronial inquest into the death of 22-year-old Ms Dhu during time spent in a Western Australian jail cell, state coroner Ros Fogliani was highly critical of some actions of police and medical staff. [Read More…]

From scepticism to rolling out the welcome mat: 8 professions respond to the federal health budget

2017-18 federal health budget response

The 2017-18 Federal Budget was handed down on 9 May 2017 by the Turnbull Government. The budget received mixed responses from various health associations and organisations. The freeze will be lifted from bulk billing incentives for GP consultations from 1 July 2017, from standard GP consultations and other specialist consultations from 1 July 2018, from [Read More…]

How to be a Happy Health Practitioner – by optometrist Carina Trinh

Carina Trinh

So, there’s this talk that I feel extremely passionate about that I give to the new graduate optometrists who enter the workforce in NSW/ACT each year as part of Young Optometrists Inc. NSW/ACT that covers the importance of self-care for optometrists. But really, it applies to all health care practitioners.   Being a Health Care [Read More…]

Mindfulness for health professionals – by Dr Kathryn Choules (PhD) and Dr Samantha Clarke (PhD)

Kathryn Choules

Due to my own developing interest in mindfulness in my own practice as an optometrist, and for the wider community of health practitioners, I thought it was worth asking mindfulness teachers and psychologists about how health practitioners can be mindful in their practice and interactions with patients. I was fortunate enough to receive responses from [Read More…]

Kindness and compassion to avoid practitioner burnout and aid patient healing

compassion for health care providers

A Stanford University study suggested that a lack of compassion in health professionals not only affect patients who experience their unkind behavior from their practitioner, but also induces stress and burnout to the health providers themselves. The study examined possible practical steps to increase compassion, thereby benefitting both provider well-being and patient care. This study [Read More…]

Mindful nurses perform better

mindfulness effective for nurses

Mindfulness really does work for nurses, according to a review led by Laurence Guillaumie PhD. Work-related stress among nurses is estimated to be the biggest occupational health problem after musculoskeletal disorders. The study, A mixed-methods systematic review of the effects of mindfulness on nurses, reviewed 32 studies published between 1980 and 2014, including 17 controlled [Read More…]

24 hour support service for nurses and midwives has launched

nurse & midwife support

Turning Point, an Australian leading addiction treatment, research and education organisation, has launched first national health and support service for nurses and midwives in Australia, called Nurse & Midwife Support. The service is an initiative of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to provide education and support on health impairment as defined in the [Read More…]

New index to examine geographic supply of clinical health workforce for Indigenous Australians

spatial distribution of clinical health workforce

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare utilised a new measure for its report, Spatial distribution of the supply of the clinical health workforce 2014: relationship to the distribution of the Indigenous population. The measure is Geographically-adjusted Index of Relative Supply (GIRS), which was developed to overcome limitations in using relatively simple provider-to-population ratios to [Read More…]

Robot revolution: why technology for older people must be designed with care and respect

robots for dementia care

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Nola Ries, University of Newcastle and Taro Sugihara, Okayama University Many countries around the world have ageing populations and a growing prevalence of dementia. Japan, in particular, is a “super-ageing” society, with a population getting older faster than anywhere else in the world [Read More…]

Australian Dental Association shares concerns about MBS Review

MBS Review Taskforce

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has raised some matters of concern around the MBS review taskforce, including intravenous sedation in dental procedures, private insurance, and dental services for special needs patients. The ADA recommends: Restriction of the rebate payment for sedation services when suitably trained and endorsed dentists were not able to provide the sedation [Read More…]

APA statement on physio role in acute ankle sprain management

physio role in acute ankle sprain

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has reacted to a suggestion by a recent study that there is no evidence to support a clinically important improvement in outcome with the addition of supervised physiotherapy to usual care for acute ankle sprain. Despite the findings of the study and some reports with similar suggestions, APA strongly asserts [Read More…]

Pharmacists’ responses to codeine upscheduling decision

prescription only codeine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has announced that products containing codeine will be available only with a prescription from February 1, 2018. Pharmacists are largely disappointed with the decision. They say that this is not the answer to misuse issues and, that it creates a new problem for patients who genuinely need them. According to [Read More…]

Identifying and eliminating biofilm in chronic wounds

identifying and eliminating bioflim

Some sources claim that almost 80% of chronic wounds are colonised with biofilm. Biofilm has a significant tolerance to antibiotics and biocides while remaining protected from host immunity. While awareness of the presence and impact of wound biofilm has advanced enormously, understanding of its pathogenesis is yet to be clarified fully. The International Wound Infection [Read More…]

Feedback sought on Parliamentary inquiry into mental health services in the NDIS


As part of the Joint Standing Committee inquiry into the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) scheme, the committee will inquire into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with a mental illness. This parliamentary inquiry has been welcomed by Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). They are concerned about the needs [Read More…]

Staffing levels – the answer for the aged care crisis?


The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has released the National Aged Care Staffing and Skills Mix Project Report, which addresses the issue of reduced staffing levels and skills mix in Residential Aged Care. The project was undertaken as a result of the “monumental failure” of governments to establish evidence based staffing levels and skills [Read More…]

Almost half of nursing students and over a third of medical students not getting enough exercise


48% of nursing and 38% of medical students did not achieve recommended levels of physical activity, according to a questionnaire study from the UK . The study surveyed 193 nursing students and 168 medical students at a UK medical school over 12 months. Nursing students were less active than medical students. They perceived fewer benefits [Read More…]

Tackling antimicrobial resistance


The federal government has announced the implementation of the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2015-2019. The strategy is developed under the Coalition Government’s new plan, in partnership with health professionals, research communities, veterinarians and agricultural industries. The implementation plan outlines specific focus areas for action to minimise the development of antimicrobial resistance and ensure the [Read More…]

Funding for preventative health initiatives reduced: Australia’s Health 2016 report


The Australia’s Health 2016 report has revealed that funding for prevention initiatives has reduced from 2.2% (2008) to 1.4%, contrary to the belief that prevention is better than cure. This goes against the expectation of 76% of Australians that investment in preventive health should be one of the top ten priorities. Public Health Association of [Read More…]

A Transition to Practice Program for nurses in Primary Health Care – by APNA project manager Lisa Collison


“Recruitment and retention of nurses in the primary health care workforce will play an increasingly important role in ensuring our health care system can meet the complexities of ever increasing demands. There is a projected shortfall of primary health care nurses due to high exit rates and low numbers of workforce entrants. Although there is [Read More…]

ATARs for every nursing course in Australia

raining ATARS

For entry into a university nursing course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from 50 to the mid-80s. When combined with another Bachelor’s degree such as midwifery or arts, the ATAR was as high as 99 for a double degree. The following tables show the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each [Read More…]

ATARs and OPs for every midwifery course in Australia

raining ATARS

As at September 2016, there are 7 accredited undergraduate midwifery courses in Australia and 3 postgraduate courses. For entry into a midwifery course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from 60 to the high-90s. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of [Read More…]

Exhilarating! My week with the Royal Flying Doctor Service – by Rebecca Irwin – medical student and NRHSN Chair

Rebecca Irwin RFDS week

The unique exhilarating experience of flying to remote communities and stations to provide health care is unparalleled by anything I have experienced thus far. I loved flying with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) to remote locations, hopping from station to station, community to community, providing health care as we went. Occasionally we were diverted [Read More…]

Telemedicine: A Fundamental Addition to Contemporary Medical Curricula – by Christopher Lemon

Christopher Lemon

“Medicine and technology are intrinsically linked. Many advances in health have been contingent upon synonymous advances in technology. This has become particularly clear in recent times when considering the extent to which to technology has helped to substantially improve not only understandings of disease processes, but also the ways in which they can be managed. [Read More…]

A 44.4 year old clinician working 33.5 hours per week – Australia’s “average” nurse

nurses and midwives 2015 workforce data

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) data on nursing and midwifery workforce says that in 2015, the total number of nurses and midwives registered in Australia was 360,008. Of these, 263,209 were registered as a registered nurse only, 59,429 were registered as an enrolled nurse only and 3,591 were registered as a midwife only. [Read More…]

Palliative care

Palliative care statistics Australia

In 5 years the Medicare Benefits Schedule payments for palliative medicine specialist services has increased by almost 80%, according to figures released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). In 2014-15, 13,000 patients received an MBS-subsidised palliative medicine specialist service, with around 71,500 of these services provided nationally at a cost of $5.3 [Read More…]

Child Oral Health – a hidden crisis

child oral health

The British Dental Journal Team has said that woeful children’s dental decay statistics are making headlines in the UK, and have suggested that the quickest way to address this could be influencing their parents and carers. We asked the Australian Dental Association what factors are at play for children’s oral health closer to home and [Read More…]

Health industry voices its opinions as the #healthelection2016 looms

health funding around federal election

Health organisations around the country have been lobbying for a greater share of the health spending dollar in the lead up to the election tomorrow. Federal Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, claims to have put patient outcomes at the centre of health reform in the Federal Budget released in May 2016, but many associations are [Read More…]

Skilled Occupations List submissions put workforce shortages and excesses in the spotlight

Skilled Occupation List 2016

The new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) comes into effect on 1st July 2016. There have been changes to the status of a number of health professions, and a large number have been flagged for consideration in 2017. Health professions being added to SOL from 1st July 2016: Orthotist or prosthetist Audiologist Health professions being removed [Read More…]

We’re frozen, there’s no provision for preventative health and it will be difficult for the poor to stay well – the aftermath from the 2016 Federal Health Budget

2016 health budget

The Minister for Health Sussan Ley has said that the 2016 federal budget puts patient outcomes at the centre of health reform, but there doesn’t seem to be much agreement from the health industry. One of the main reasons why the industry hasn’t supported the health budget is due to the freeze on the Medicare [Read More…]

61 recommendations for Choosing Wisely Australia

choosing wisely 61 recommendations

Sparking conversations between patients and clinicians about what care and management is truly necessary for specific conditions is the goal of the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative. The campaign has released 61 recommendations of tests, treatments and procedures that may not be necessary and could cause harm to Australian patients as the global healthcare initiative continues [Read More…]

Nurses, are your interviewing mistakes killing your career prospects?

Nicole Nash-Arnold

We would like to acknowledge Nicole Nash-Arnold, founder of Nurse Manager HQ for allowing us to republish her LinkedIn post about mistakes made in interviews by nurses.  “Of the hundreds and hundreds of nursing interviews I’ve done, there are 5 top mistakes that nurses during interviews that kill their chances of securing that job. This [Read More…]

Crocodiles, culture and career – Danni-Lee Dean’s #GoRural trip to the Northern Territory

Danni-Lee Dean croc encounter

They say never smile at a crocodile, but try telling that to Danni-Lee Dean. The nursing and midwifery officer at the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) has been nursing a desire for a crocodilian encounter for some time. Her wish came true in Darwin recently when she got up close and personal with this [Read More…]

Risk analysis personal safety and politics of a double shooting – by Craig Hooper, Emergency Service Management consultant


“I never thought I would deliberately drive into a live fire zone. This was East Timor and just about a week before what has colloquially been called the “First Dili Riots”. There had been many Dili riots before 2002 but this was the first one since the fledging nation’s independence a few months earlier. But [Read More…]

Is the future of healthcare here? Dr Andrew Lin, co-founder of CliniCloud talks connected devices

Clinicloud phone

You may have heard of CliniCloud, the health-tech startup who recently received $5 million in funding. Business partners Dr Hon Weng Chong and Dr Andrew Lin met at medical school, and both had a passion for technology and the benefits it could bring to healthcare. CliniCloud is at the stage of shipping its first product, [Read More…]

Q&A with Cheryl Prescott – Nurse Educator – about the role of…. you guessed it….. nurse educators!!

nurse education simulation

We got really excited with Brisbane based nurse educator Cheryl Prescott said she’d answer a few questions about what she does at work. Cheryl got really excited too. Following are her answers to our questions!! Please outline what you spent your time on each day while you were at work last week.  At the end [Read More…]

Cannabis products made legal for Australian patients

legalisation of cannabis-derived substances for medicines

Australian parliament has passed the Turnbull Government’s historic legislation to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis products for Australian patients, with the right procedures. Referred to as “missing piece”, cannabis now become a legal and reliable medication for the management of painful and chronic conditions. “This is an historic day for Australia and the many [Read More…]

The 10 commandments of patient-centred care

the ten commandments for patient-centred care

A team of UK researchers has transformed their paper, published in the British Journal of General Practice, into a website fully dedicated to covering the 10 commandments for patient-centred treatment. Although it is about general practice, the principles are similar for any health profession, particularly where the profession involves disgnostics, prescribing medications or giving medications [Read More…]

How to deal with bullying in nursing clinical placements

workplace bullying prevention

The Nurse Path founder Ian Miller says that bullying is the topic that comes up in his conversations both online and amongst other nurses more than any other. Laurie Bickhoff from Defining Nursing has also spoken of the infamous “eat our young” culture in nursing. So if you’re a nursing student embarking on your clinical [Read More…]

How can nurses increase their visibility – it might be a vital sign for a strong position in healthcare organizations

image of nursing profession

A discussion paper published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing on the image of nursing shows that the public is not always aware of the qualifications nurses need for their profession. As the result, their actual public image is diverse and incongruous, and tends to be influenced by nursing stereotypes. Ironically, this image may be [Read More…]

Over 40% of diabetics with a foot ulcer die within 5 years

diabetic foot ulcers mortality rate

A recently published UK study has confirmed long-believed association between diabetic foot ulcers and an increased risk of death. 414,523 people with diabetes enrolled in practices associated with The Health Improvement Network in the United Kingdom were analysed for this study to evaluate the effects of diabetic foot ulcers and the covariates on death. Among [Read More…]

GradStats from the turn of the century…. What are health graduates getting paid? What’s the employment rate?

GradStats 2015

While starting salaries for new graduates from university health degrees have increased significantly since 1999, the percentage of graduates going directly into a full time job has dropped, according to GradStats data. Employment rate The GradStats figures show that there is now a lower full time employment rate for medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing (initial), rehabilitation, [Read More…]

$250 million for translating medical research into real benefits

Biomedical Translation Fund

The Australian Government will invest $250 million over two years to help translate Australian health and medical research into commercial reality as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). This investment will provide the funds to improve the quality of life of Australians. The Biomedical Translation Fund alongside the Medical Research Future Fund [Read More…]

New graduate nurses’ caring qualities declined after experiencing “workplace misfit”

do graduate nurses really care

Being caring, empathetic, knowledgeable and respectful are four qualities of nurses and are likely to be the attributes of students who decide to become a nurse. Yet, a new study showed that caring, as a central tenet of nursing, declined slightly on graduation. The Australian study by Leanne Cowin and Maree Johnson titled From student [Read More…]

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s position statement on substitution of biosimilar medicines

substitution of biosimilar medicine

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has released a position statement supporting the Australian Government’s policies that encourage the use of biosimilar medicines to contain the cost of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). A biosimilar medicine is a version of an already registered biological medicine that has a demonstrable similarity in physicochemical, biological and immunological characteristics, [Read More…]

10 year road map for Closing the Gap

ten year road map to close the gap

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash has launched an Implementation Plan as a further commitment to Closing the Gap. The Implementation Plan is a ten-year road map: a strategy to better health for Indigenous children, Indigenous youth and Indigenous adults. The Coalition decided to adopt and build on the 10 year National Aboriginal and Torres Strait [Read More…]

Fund for registered nurses and midwives with a health impairment

fund for nurses and midwives with a health impairment

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) will fund a nationally consistent health support service for all registered nurses and midwives who are impaired or at risk of impairment. The service will also improve education and awareness about impairment among nurses and midwives. In making its decision to fund the service, the NMBA considered [Read More…]

The health industry responds to “Wasted” – the 4 Corners report on overdiagnosis and treatment in medicine

4 Corners Wasted health care system

Following the airing of the Four Corners report “Wasted” on 29th September, which featured commentary on the over diagnosis and over treatment of common health complaints including back pain, knee pain, chest pain and prostate testing, the conversation about inappropriate tests and procedures has gone well beyond the medical profession. “Wasted” implied that doctors are [Read More…]

A guide for nursing in general practice

role of nurses in general practice

Australian College of Nursing has developed an updated handbook titled Nursing in General Practice to reflect the ongoing development of roles of registered and enrolled nurses in general practice, as well as changes to the funding mechanisms available. The handbook covers 6 sections as outlined below: 1.   Nurses in General Practice Registered nurses (RNs) [Read More…]

Are graduate nurses’ workforce ready?

Are graduate nurses workforce ready

For those who are regular followers of our blog, you might have seen a comment that was made on one of our articles in August. It said: “I’ve read a fair bit of commentary stating that many new-grads just aren’t up-to the standards that health services expect of them. What are some of the common [Read More…]

Miss Colorado starts a #notjustanurse and #NursesShareYourStethoscopes movement

Miss Colorado nurse

The profession of nursing, people on social media and big business have rallied around Miss America contestant Kelley Johnson’s decision to give a monologue about being a nurse for her 2 minute talent segment. In the presentation, she gave a gut-wrenching insight about what it’s like to be a nurse, and shared the story of [Read More…]

4 areas of health sector change in the NAB Health in Focus Report

NAB Health in Focus report

A new Australian health ecosystem, new frontiers for practitioners & medical specialists, developments in the pharmacy sector and the future of aged care have featured in Health in Focus – Health Sector Insights which was released by the National Bank of Australia’s NAB Health recently. Here is a summary of the 4 areas: 1.   [Read More…]

ATARs for every nursing course in Australia

ATAR for nursing

Click here for our most recent ATAR for nursing 2017 article. Click here for our ATAR for nursing 2016 article. For entry into a university nursing course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from 50.35 to the mid-80s. When combined with another Bachelor’s degree such as midwifery or arts, the ATAR was as high as [Read More…]

Nursing graduate programs – should we be calling on aged care facilities, community nursing organisations and general practice to offer more positions?

Nursing graduate positions outside the hospital

It’s the time of year when nursing graduates are scrambling to be chosen for the limited number of graduate nursing program positions available in hospitals throughout Australia. But if you look at the statistics, while almost 64% of Australia’s nurses and midwives who are working as a clinician work in a hospital, this means that [Read More…]

Dietitians Association Australia raises diet of ATSI people as a key area in Closing the Gap – by Amanda Griffiths

will diet policy help Close the Gap

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is calling on the Federal Government to get serious about improving food and nutrition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The call comes after University of Newcastle researcher, Dr Mark Lock, recently exposed the failings of the Federal Government to address this crucial public health issue. Robyn Delbridge [Read More…]

457 overseas nurses get jobs over 3000 unemployed nursing graduates

nursing jobs filled with skilled migrants

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) appeared before a Senate inquiry on 19 June 2015 to address the current policy that allows employers to hire offshore nurses and midwives even though there are Australian workers available to fill the position. The high numbers of temporary migrant workers is impacting employment opportunities for highly-educated Australian [Read More…]

Burnout in health professionals – Q&A with Dan Martin, a psychologist who has worked in rehab with doctors, pharmacists and nurses

Burnout in health professionals

Q. Can you please give us an overview on your experience working with health practitioners requiring rehabilitation?  A. For several years I worked at a rehab program that specialised in treating doctors with addiction and mental health issues. We also had a nurses and pharmacists program. Having treated hundreds of healthcare professionals who weren’t able [Read More…]

Caring for you whilst caring for others – by RN Sue Rittmeyer

Safe Solutions Counselling and In-Home Care

“The impact of caring for others is gaining more discussion than in previous years. Once called the ‘burden’ of caring, which sadly comes with much stigma. Burnout, Stress, Vicarious Trauma, Carer Fatigue, and Poor Resilience are terms that are often heard. Ultimately, the name of the condition, or situation is irrelevant when you or a [Read More…]

Registered Nurse Jennifer Smith on recovering from burnout

Nurse Jennifer Smith after burnout recovery

“I have been nursing for 21 years and in the last 4 years I have enjoyed my work more than ever. I look forward to each day, even after my days off. I enjoy the contact and the connections I make with patients in my care, their family and my colleagues. It wasn’t always this [Read More…]

Catalyst statin broadcast proven to have impacted drug dispensing rates

catalyst did change statin use in Australia

It is estimated that more than 28,000 Australians ceased statin treatment after the airing of a Catalyst series in 2013, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia. However, there was a return to the average levels of statin use after 18 weeks. The two-part Catalyst special edition, titled Heart of the [Read More…]

Allied health misses a guernsey in the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce – by Amanda Griffiths

Medicare Benefits Scheme Review Taskforce

It’s been about a month since Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the members of the Federal Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG). Although the PHCAG is made up of members from a number of health professions including physiotherapy, medicine and pharmacy, it is blatantly obvious [Read More…]

#WhyWeDoResearch campaign – by Cheryl Prescott and Claire Gibbs

Claire Gibbs and Abby Greaves

“The #WhyWeDoResearch campaign was conceived and launched via Twitter by Claire Gibbs, Senior Clinical Research Nurse (@ClaireGibbsUK) and Abby Greaves, Research Administrator, (@JPUHResearch) at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2014. Their intention was to use the hashtag #WhyWeDoResearch as a way to introduce core research team members to the public, [Read More…]

Revalidation of doctors

revalidation of doctors in Australia

The Medical Board of Australia has commissioned international research into revalidation of doctors to make sure doctors in Australia maintain the skills to provide safe and ethical care to patients throughout their working lives. The conversation about revalidation in Australia started in 2012. Evidence from Canada indicated that 1.5 per cent of medical practitioners were [Read More…]

Nurse leadership from the ward to the board makes a significant contribution to health care – by Debra Thoms – CEO Australian College of Nursing

Debra Thoms ACN

“Our health truly is our wealth, and the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) firmly believes that access to good health is the right of every single Australian, regardless of background or health status. However there are a number of major challenges currently facing the health care system such as caring for an ageing population increasingly [Read More…]

Nursing through death – by Bradley Winter RN

Brad Winter

Last week I helped one of my residents to die peacefully and painlessly. She was dying of late stage cancer, and it had been a few months since the cancer had overtaken her body’s ability to function normally. The cancer had certainly slowed her down over the months leading up to this, but now it [Read More…]

How phytoestrogens decrease symptoms of menopause – by Melanie McGrice AdvAPD

Melanie McGrice Headshot

Melanie McGrice (AdvAPD) is one of Australia’s best known dietitians. She is a highly respected author and health presenter on nutrition and dietary issues – and a lover of great food! Learn more about dietary recommendations for menopause or other health conditions or join her free nutrition and wellbeing network at   Did you [Read More…]

Call for health professionals to be more aware of signs of child sexual abuse surfaces during royal commission

child sexual abuse in institutions royal commission

The ABC has again reported on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They recently published revelations by psychologist Terence Kirkpatrick that he was sexually abused by a psychologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) in 1967 when he had been referred to the clinic to be treated for what was [Read More…]

Advertising health services is about so much more than the AHPRA guidelines

advertising laws for health professionals

Health practitioners need to be aware that their advertising must comply not just with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines where appropriate, but also with national law. Consumer Law The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the authority who enforces the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The Act covers areas including false [Read More…]

The health industry’s reaction to the 2015 Federal Budget

health industry federal budget

As usual, the federal government’s health budget has been a mixed bag for the industry. Professional bodies representing practitioners including podiatrists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, optometrists, dentists, nurses and medical students have all had something to say about the budget. Here’s a summary……   Building a Healthier Medicare The Government has announced that they [Read More…]

My rant following the most recent round of careers expos….

The dark side of career expos

I have just returned from a series of 4 careers expos in the New South Wales towns of Young, Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst. Although this website was started especially for high school students considering a career in health and has lots of resources such as videos from real health practitioners and pathways information, there are [Read More…]

Non-medical prescribing in the UK

non medical prescribing

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stated that only “appropriate practitioners” can prescribe medicine in the UK. There are two categories of the said practitioners: Independent prescribers, who are healthcare professionals responsible for assessing patient and making clinical decisions about how to manage the patient condition and prescribing medication. They include doctors, dentists, [Read More…]

Would you spend 30 hours a month with older folk to get free accommodation during uni?

Live in aged care facility during uni

According to a report in The Journal in Ireland, a nursing home in Deventer in the Netherlands is opening its doors for uni students to live with the elderly as housemates. Why would any young free uni students wish to live with the pensioners instead of partying with fellow college roommates? The rent is free. [Read More…]

Nursing Is Not A Back-Up Career – by RN Laurie Bickhoff

Laurie Bickhoff

Research has shown patient safety and the quality of patient care are closely linked with the education levels of the nursing workforce (Aiken et al., 2003). An integral part of nursing education is achieving a solid foundation of human biosciences and developing strong critical thinking skills (Shields et al., 2011). Yet, nursing continues to be [Read More…]

The difference between an enrolled nurse and a registered nurse – by Belynda Abbott

Belynda Abbott

The Enrolled Nurse is a valued and pertinent member of the healthcare workforce. According to the Health Workforce 2025 National projections (2012) Enrolled Nurses (EN) have a higher retention rate compared to that of Registered Nurses (RN) and it projects 4,189 ENs are required to graduate annually from 2015 in order to assist with the [Read More…]

Polio Australia: Improving Health Outcome for Australia’s Polio Survivors

Polio Australia

Many thanks to Mary-ann Liethof, National Program Manager of Polio Australia for contributing this valuable information for health professionals. Acute Polio Australia experienced waves of polio epidemics throughout the 20th century. However, with the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines, polio was an uncommon infection in Australia by the early 1960s. According to the [Read More…]

Male nutrition and how it can improve fertility – by Melanie McGrice AdvAPD

Melanie McGrice Headshot

Current reports indicate that fertility problems affect approximately 15% of Australian couples. There’s a lot of focus on women improving their diet and lifestyle but dad’s-to-be should aim to improve their diet just as much as their partners. Sub-optimal diets can contribute to low sperm outputs and/or sperm abnormalities. Three key dietary changes that men [Read More…]

Are surgeons really arrogant, or is it just that they aren’t “agreeable?”

personality traits of a surgeon

Surgeons do tend to get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to their personality traits. When we interviewed Mimi Le, who was at the time a final year med student, she described her first rotation with a surgeon who was “one of the most intimidating people” she had ever met in her [Read More…]

Please don’t look at the latest Department of Employment projections and think it’s all rosy in the health industry

Department of Employment health industry projections

Once again the federal government’s industry employment projections data show that the Health Care and Social Assistance sector will be the leading provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market. However, just because the sector as a whole is performing well, do not interpret this to mean that all students who study degrees in [Read More…]

A gap in wound care research – by RN Brad Winter

Brad Winter

In the last couple of years, wound care has become a little passion of mine. I try not to be one of those over-excited nurses who become hyperactive at the thought of discussing their favourite subject, however, today, I allow myself to indulge a little and discuss some of my thoughts on wound care for [Read More…]

4 adults including a clinical nurse, 1 teenager and a fur baby to walk 1850km Canning Stock Route to stop stigma around mental illness

One Step at a Time Canning Stock Route

When I came across this hard-core group of 5 walkers (and Milly the fur baby) plus a support team who are preparing to walk the 1850km Canning Stock Route and fund raise in May in the name of stopping the stigma around mental illness, I couldn’t help but share their story. It’s up close, personal [Read More…]

The training program to become an ear nurse – by Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw qualified as an Eye & Ear Nurse in 1982, and worked in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for close to 25 years. From ward nursing to Deputy Director of Nursing, she had done it all. In 2006 she had an idea about establishing the first Ear Hygiene Clinic in Australia. Crystal [Read More…]

Cardiologist in a truck becomes the Heart of Australia

Heart of Australia

The Heart of Australia is a 25 metre clinic on a truck that is the brainchild of Dr Rolf Gomes, a Brisbane cardiologist. He had been moved by his concern about the lack of cardiac care in rural and remote areas, and the difficulties undertaken by rural people to access adequate health service. Compared to [Read More…]

Ovarian cancer symptoms and prevention still misunderstood

Teal Ribbon Day ovarian cancer

Teal Ribbon Day is being held today in an effort to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. And with good reason. The statistics are pretty scary. Research says that: over a quarter of Australians know someone who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer only half of Australians know that ovarian cancer exhibits symptoms ovarian cancer has [Read More…]

Will physiotherapists be routinely using lung ultrasound for critical care in the future?

physiotherapists and lung ultrasound for critical care

A paper published in Physiotherapy Research International has looked at the physiotherapist’s respiratory assessment in critical care, and in particular, identifying parenchymal pulmonary pathology. The paper notes that the limited diagnostic of tools such as auscultation and chest X-ray might may not for allow the accurate differentiation between conditions such as lung collapse, consolidation and [Read More…]

AHPRA to introduce further drug screening procedures for practitioners with substance related impairment

AHPRA drug testing for health practitioners

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will be introducing mandatory hair testing for all practitioners with a substance related impairment. Under the screening protocol, all health practitioners who have restrictions on their registration linked to previous substance abuse will have routine hair testing in addition to the urine drug screening as per the interim [Read More…]

Upskilling online made possible by Monash University

Monash Online courses for health professionals

The health industry is incredibly rewarding yet can be a mentally draining area to work in. Take it from Natasha Jennings of the Alfred Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre, who shared her typical day online at Health Victoria. Her exhausting day begins at 5am and she is seeing patients as soon as she steps into [Read More…]

Rolling out multiple ear clinics – by Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw qualified as an Eye & Ear Nurse in 1982, and worked in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for close to 25 years. From ward nursing to Deputy Director of Nursing, she had done it all. In 2006 she had an idea about establishing the first Ear Hygiene Clinic in Australia. Crystal [Read More…]

Are your clients gluten free for the right reasons? by Sally Marchini APD

Sally Marchini dietitian

Accredited Practising Dietitian Sally Marchini was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 40 years ago and then coeliac disease 13 years ago. It was that second chronic disease diagnosis that inspired her to go to university to become a dietitian, both to benefit her own health and lead by example to help others to enjoy [Read More…]

ANMF calling 2014 graduate nurses and midwives to complete a questionnaire

ANMF 2014 graduate nurse and midwife questionnaire

The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling on newly graduated nurses and midwives to complete an online questionnaire by the 11th February 2015. It is to provide the ANMF with data to help with gaining employment opportunities for new graduates. The survey asks respondents for information as to whether they are currently employed, [Read More…]

The world of aged care nursing– by RN Brad Winter

registered nurse in aged care

“I work in a world of crocheted rugs, prunes for breakfast and jelly bean bingo. It is also a world of complex comorbid states, dementia in all forms and care of the dying. It is a world of these things, and so much more, the world of aged care. Specifically, I am a Registered Nurse [Read More…]

Too few exercise physiologists in Australian hospitals

Exercise physiologist workforce in hospitals

Less than 5% of Australian Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are employed in Australian hospitals, and industry body Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA) has called on the hospital sector to increase engagement with AEPs. ESSA released its Exercise Physiology Health Service & Workforce Planning Document 2014 in December, and following its release, ESSA is calling [Read More…]

Setting up ear clinics from scratch – by Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw qualified as an Eye & Ear Nurse in 1982, and worked in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for close to 25 years. From ward nursing to Deputy Director of Nursing, she had done it all. In 2006 she had an idea about establishing the first Ear Hygiene Clinic in Australia. Crystal [Read More…]

What do patients think about digital health? By Cathie Reid – Digital Health Summit post 4

technology in health

This is the fourth and final post in my series from the Digital Health Summit at CES 2015, following on from posts on wearables, disrupting the doctor visit, and how pharmacy can avoid its own Kodak moment. It was fantastic to see the program include a session on the patient perspective, as all too often [Read More…]

It has been confirmed: patient safety suffers when nurses are overworked

overworked nurses

Nursing is a soft target for budget reductions. This statement was made by Professor Linda Aiken, a researcher from the University of Pennsylvania, at the recent Queensland Nurses Union symposium in Brisbane. Prof Aiken was one of the investigators in a study which concluded that registered nurses in Europe working shifts of greater than or [Read More…]

Becoming an Ear Nurse – by Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw

Shelley Straw qualified as an Eye & Ear Nurse in 1982, and worked in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for close to 25 years. From ward nursing to Deputy Director of Nursing, she had done it all. In 2006 she had an idea about establishing the first Ear Hygiene Clinic in Australia. Crystal [Read More…]

What to do if you didn’t get into a grad nursing program

Brad Winter

My Health Career is pleased to present a guest article from Bradley Winter, a 2011 nursing graduate who now works in Aged Care in Brisbane. Brad initially wrote the article when he graduated, but 3 years down the track, 2014 grads are going through the same thing.  Brad’s blog Bed 15 will be up and [Read More…]

Becoming a medical writer

medical writing career

Medical writing is the term used for a field that can include journalists who specialize in writing in healthcare and medicine as well as doctors, nurses and other health professionals who go into the areas of writing and editing. Medical writing is a small profession, with the peak body, the Australasian Medical Writers Association having [Read More…]

#EZDrugID petition aims to reduce drug errors in Australia


Melbourne anaesthetist Nicholas Chrimes has launched a petition on in an effort to reduce the risk of drug error and increase patient safety. The campaign, which has the social media hashtag #EZDrugID, was started on 9th December, and has had over 280 supporters sign the petition in the first 72 hours. Should ability to [Read More…]

ANMF National Graduate Nurse & Midwife Roundtable looking to secure jobs for graduates

ANMF graduate nurse roundtable 2014

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is bringing together nursing leaders and key industry stakeholders for roundtable discussions on securing employment opportunities for more than 3,000 Australian nursing and midwifery graduates unable to find jobs. Federal Secretary of the ANMF, Lee Thomas, has said that the ongoing lack of employment opportunities for graduates remains [Read More…]

Why becoming a nurse purely to help people might be a bad idea

become a nurse

When you think of the “ideal” nurse, you might think of someone who is caring, nurturing and above all, wants to help people. But research carried out at the University of Akron and presented at the American Sociological Association conference suggests that nurses who have altruistic motives are more likely to report higher levels of [Read More…]

It takes a “special breed” to be an emergency department nurse!

emergency department nurse

The Emergency department (ED) is a highly stressful environment, so it requires specialized staff who are not only good at nursing, but also possess certain personalities so that they can cope with high-stress levels of working in the ED. The Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney has conducted a study of nurses’ personalities [Read More…]

#FOANed growing for free open access nursing education


If you’re a social media user, you may have seen the hashtag #FOANed being used recently. It’s a movement where nurses are posting Free Open Access Nursing education. We are lucky to have the drivers of this hashtag right here in our backyard in Australia. Three of the top contributors to #FOANed this week have [Read More…]

What type of nurse do you want to be? There are heaps of areas of specialization……

nursing specialization

Many people who are considering a career in nursing are unaware of the vast array of areas of specialization that exist in this profession. The Western Australia Health website lists clinical specialty areas of the nurses it employs. These are: Burns A burns nurse task including care for serious burns, rehabilitation, prevention and education. Cardiology [Read More…]

Nursing students’ perceptions of their clinical placements outside the hospital

Nursing clinical placements

The importance of health care delivery in clinical environments outside the hospital is increasing, and there are a growing number of nurses working in the community. While the most studies have targeted hospital as the placement setting for nursing students, less is known about the students’ perceptions if they are placed outside traditional hospital settings. [Read More…]

Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge 2014….. and the winners are….

Team UQ

A couple of months ago I was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge. Being offered such a great opportunity is a bit of a privilege, and although I was keen to take part in the day, I was also a bit daunted as it is such a full [Read More…]

“Nurses helped me find meaning in my mum’s death”

Nursing meaning in mother's death

I came across a YouTube video recently, and couldn’t help but share it. Each health professional has a different life experience which draws them to becoming a health professional, but there was something that jumped out at me when I watched this video. The video is about Jennifer, a registered nurse from Canada, whose mother [Read More…]

Transition to Specialty Practice Programs – by RN Laurie, currently in a TSPP

Laurie Bickhoff

My Health Career would like to thank Laurie Bickhoff for writing this article! If you want more from Laurie, check out her blog Defining Nursing. “Graduate nurses will soon be approaching the mid-point of their first year of practice.  Some will be charging full steam ahead, leaping patients in a single bound.  Some will still [Read More…]

Pay and Conditions for Primary Care Nurses

nursing pay and conditions

For 10 years, the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association has conducted a survey to learn the hourly rates of primary care nurses (who often work in a medical centre) and total wage compensation they received as compared to previous years. In the 2013 survey, 1070 nurses responded to questions about their working conditions and [Read More…]

Retired nurse calling for National Medal recognition for nurses

National Medal

G’day, My name is John Hibberd.  I am a retired nurse.  When I was working, I specialized in crisis negotiation and violence management.  At the top of my career, I was routinely managing remand and convicted murderers under conditions of “strictest security”, which meant that I was routinely swapping clients with police and prison guards.  [Read More…]

Tamsulosin and other alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonists may cause eye surgery complications

alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonists floppy iris

This week I went to a continuing education event for optometrists where one of the speakers, ophthalmologist Dr Joshua Hann showed images of complications encountered during cataract surgery due to the patient having a floppy iris. And let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. He mentioned that alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonists were the cause, and [Read More…]

Australia’s first association for nursing students and new grads

Asanna logo

My Health Career is pleased to present a guest article from Carol Mudford. Carol is a nursing student at Charles Sturt University, and one of the Founding Co-Presidents of the new Australian Student and Novice Nurse Association (ASANNA membership is free). Carol is a member of the 2013 intake for the Emerging Nurse Leader Program, [Read More…]

Nursing grad jobs crisis in the media

Nursing grads job crisis media

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) recently put a call out to nursing graduates affected by the jobs crisis to speak to the media in an effort to raise awareness of the situation. The story was picked up by some media outlets, and appeared on Lateline and on and on the blog working [Read More…]

headspace – why are young people presenting for mental health care?

youth mental health Australia

headspace is Australia’s national youth mental health foundation. It provides young Australians aged 12-25 with mental health, general health, education, employment, and alcohol and drug services. It is expected that there will be 90 headspace centres throughout Australia by 2015. A recent article in the Medical Journal of Australia provided statistics about 21,274 headspace clients [Read More…]

Thousands of 2014 nursing graduates predicted to miss out on jobs

Nursing graduate jobs

The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation has made a submission to the government regarding a review of 457 visas for nurses and midwives looking to come to Australia to work. As part of their submission, they obtained data from Health Workforce Australia, who said that while accurate and complete data is difficult to come by: [Read More…]

A mental health nurse in the general hospital – by Paul McNamara

Paul McNamara

Paul McNamara has extensive experience providing clinical and educative mental health support in general hospital and community clinical settings. He holds hospital-based, undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications, is Credentialed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN), and has been a Fellow of the ACMHN since 2007. Paul is a very active participant in health [Read More…]

Health Fusion Team Challenge registration open to uni students

Health industry report

University students studying a health degree in an Australian university are now able to register a team for the 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC). The HFTC is an award winning program aimed at educating students from different disciplines in the area of collaborative patient care. There are 4 basic steps to being involved in the [Read More…]

Advertising guidelines for health professionals changed… just waiting on official AHPRA documentation

AHPRA Action

AHPRA Action, a campaign led by Melbourne surgeon Dr Jill Tomlinson, to have the Guidelines for Advertising Regulated Health Services changed, has had some success, but is still looking for the guidelines document to be changed. The part of the guidelines in question is in section 6.2.3, where it states that: A practitioner must take [Read More…]

Lessons learned in my first year as a Registered Nurse – by Laurie Bickhoff


As my last shift in the graduate nurse transition to practice program approaches, I couldn’t help but reflect back on the last year.  It has certainly been challenging at times but also unbelievably rewarding.  There has been laughter and friendships formed.  There have been farewells and even tears shed.  Above all, and I think I [Read More…]

Want to fly to the Northern Territory to inspire the next generation of health practitioners?

NT Rural High School Visits

The Northern Territory Medicare Local is now taking applications for university health students to fly to the Northern Territory to connect with high school students to promote health careers. Participating uni students will have the opportunity to present workshops to high school students to demonstrate the challenges and rewards of health careers, and also share [Read More…]

Non-medical prescribing: the dispute continues

medicine prescribing rights

In Australia, medications are traditionally prescribed by medical practitioners such as general practitioners, dermatologists and paediatricians, as well as dentists. More recently, suitably qualified health professionals including nurse practitioners, optometrists and podiatrists have taken on the role of prescribing medications. In the past it has been up to the professional bodies to lobby for prescribing [Read More…]

My nursing clinical placement in Vietnam – by Natalie Sharp

Natalie Sharp ENL

My Health Career is excited to present a guest article by Emerging Nurse Leader Natalie Sharp about her placement in North Vietnam…. “I have just completed my Bachelor of Nursing at The University of Notre Dame in Perth, WA. Throughout high school I had always been interested in pursuing a career within the health industry [Read More…]

An emergency department nurse’s inside information about the ED

Mike Fox emergency nurse Mornington

Following is a guest blog by Peninsula Health grad nurse Mike Fox. Mike has a double degree from Monash University, Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health Paramedic. Mike has obtained a full-time role in Frankston Hospital’s Emergency Department following the completion of his grad year. Peninsula Health has expanded the Mornington Centre, and are taking [Read More…]

The numbers in nursing

calculations in nursing

Throughout the course of the year, I have spoken to a number of nurses at careers events. A common theme has come up a few times now, so it’s something that I just can’t ignore!! I had to write an article about it!! As the title of this article implies, it’s to do with the [Read More…]

The Emerging Nurse Leader Program

Emerging Nurse Leaders ICN congress

It’s great to have another guest post from Laurie Bickhoff, who was chosen as one of five Emerging Nurse Leaders in 2012. You can check out Laurie’s profile here. In this post, Laurie gives details about the Emerging Nurse Leader Program. “The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) acknowledges the vital role nurse leaders have in [Read More…]

Cancer Nursing in Australia – Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 16th Winter Congress

Sandy at WC Opening (2)

My Health Career is very pleased to Sandy McKiernan is currently the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) President and the Director Cancer Information & Support Services Cancer Council WA. Sandy has been a Cancer Nurse since 1992 working in both the public health sector and not for profit organisations and completed a Masters of [Read More…]

The jobs market for graduate nurses

nursing graduate employment

My Health Career has been following the 2012 nursing grad jobs crisis since news of it first broke in December 2012. As at December 2012, the numbers of graduate nurses who had been employed were 30% in Tasmania, 10% in Queensland, 50% in South Australia and 800 individuals in Victoria. You can read stories and [Read More…]

The Role of Mental Health Nurses

Mental health nurse Kim Ryan

My Health Career was lucky enough to have Adjunct Associate Professor Kim Ryan, CEO of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) write a post about mental health nursing. So let’s hand it over to Ms Ryan…. “I am the CEO of the ACMHN and a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse™. I have worked in [Read More…]

Why I wanted to become a nurse


It is a treat to have a guest post from Laurie Bickhoff, who was chosen as one of five Emerging Nurse Leaders in 2012. You can check out Laurie’s profile here. In this post, Laurie answers the question “why did you want to be a nurse?” “One of the most common questions I am asked [Read More…]

Nursing – workforce retention and productivity study

Nursing retention and productivity

Health Workforce Australia (HWA) is currently in the process of assessing nursing retention and productivity in Australia. Their previously released report showed that unless action is taken, Australia is on track to have a shortage of 109,000 nurses by 2025. HWA has identified the retention and productivity of nurses as two of the significant factors [Read More…]

Honours for Australian Nurses

John Hibberd Honours for Australian Nurses

Following is a guest post from John Hibberd, a retired Psychiatric Nurse who is on a mission to ensure that nurses are eligible to receive equal recognition for their service when compared to other public servants. You can check out his website here: “G’day, Thank you for inviting me to contribute to your site. [Read More…]

Transition from Nursing to Businesswoman

Gail Timms

Here we have it folks…. a guest blog post from Gail Timms, who has a background in nursing. She has transitioned into the business world, running a wellness program. Here goes Gail’s story…. “Hi, I’m Gail Timms and have the privilege of nursing in the Community for more than 25 years. In that to time [Read More…]

Men in nursing

Nurse male by gcrairch

The Men in Nursing forum was held recently in Sydney, and over 40 men attended. And no, they didn’t spend the day basking in the glory of having a male nurse action figure…. (yup…. personally as an optometrist I’m just jealous that I’ve never seen an optometrist action figure…) there were a lot more serious [Read More…]

Nursing: a calling and a fantastic profession

Nursing - Brett Aimers St John

We are SO EXCITED about to have a superstar guest blogger on My Health Career!! Following is a post by Associate Professor Brett Aimers, Chief Nurse at St John Ambulance Australia. Brett is happy to answer questions you might have about a career in nursing, and can be contacted via email at “Now more [Read More…]

National Nursing Graduate Job Crisis

Nursing - grad crisis

The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) has released figures on new graduate employment – Tasmania 30%, Queensland 10% and South Australia 50%. There are also 800 nurse graduates without employment in Victoria. So yes, there is an apparent shortage of graduate nursing positions throughout Australia, even though Health Workforce Australia’s figures indicate that Australia will have [Read More…]

Nurse practitioners on the non-medical prescribing scene

Nursing - prescribing

Ooohh….aaahhhh….. our first nursing guest blog post!! Thanks goes to the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHC RIS) for allowing us to re-publish this article about what is happening right now in the area of nurse practitioner prescribing of medicines in Australia. The original article was published here: PHC RIS provides research [Read More…]

NSW state wide stop-work day for nurses

Nurses stop work

The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association has issued a media release outlining its plans to have a state-wide day of stop-work meetings co-ordinated by the Public Service Association of NSW on Monday 8th October. So what’s it all about? Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) nurses employed by the public health system in [Read More…]

Nurses In the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony – didn’t see that one coming, did you?!?!

nurses pic

If you watched the Olympic opening ceremony, you couldn’t help but notice there were about 600 nurses featured in the sequence that paid tribute to the National Health Service (NHS). The word on the street is that all of the 300 beds featured in the ceremony were donated to hospitals in Tunisia. Here is a [Read More…]