Leading with intention

As leaders we need to create experiences on purpose to influence change. What does this mean and how do we go about it? Natalie Dragon talks with midwife and health service improvement coach Jane Stanfield. Jane Stanfield argues it’s not outside anybody’s realm to influence. “It can be done within what you’re already doing but […]

Roster justice needed so workers can plan their lives

Unions have called for roster justice saying new proposals by employer groups for increased flexibility in awards will adversely impact women workers and carers. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) used its reply submission on the work and care stream of the Fair Work Commission’s Modern Awards Review 2023-24 to call for roster justice […]

SA nurses and midwives petition for rural and remote incentives

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) South Australian Branch has launched a public petition calling for urgent rural and remote incentives for nurses and midwives to address the staff shortage that is putting regional country hospital services under threat of closure. The SA government reached an agreement with the ANMF SA Branch in 2022 […]

The Break Glass function in My Health Record: when and how to use it

There are certain urgent situations where health professionals can legally access restricted information in a My Health Record to lessen or prevent a serious threat to a person’s health. This is known as Emergency Access or the break glass function. While it is expected that it will be rarely required, it is important to understand […]

Almost one in five suffering from long COVID

Almost one in five Australians who have tested positive for COVID, experience symptoms of long COVID, new research shows. An Australian National University (ANU) study of more than 11,000 Australians who tested positive to COVID-19 in 2022 shows almost one in five were still experiencing ongoing symptoms three months after their initial diagnosis. The study […]

CSIRO reports surge in AI in healthcare

A surge in the amount of digital data in the health sector, together with increases in compute power and the availability of new artificial intelligence (AI) tools are leading to an explosion of AI being used in healthcare, according to a new report from CSIRO. Australia’s national science agency CSIRO AI Trends for Healthcare report […]

Specialist lung cancer nurses for South Australian metro public hospitals

Three lung cancer specialist nurses have been recruited in a $2.5 million investment over four years by the South Australian government. The partnership with Lung Foundation is aimed to help improve the care of patients diagnosed with lung disease. Nurses will work across the Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, one at the […]

Queensland rolls out pill testing services

Queensland is becoming the first Australian jurisdiction to support pill testing on an ongoing basis with other states and territories being urged to follow suit. $1 million will be invested by the Queensland government over the next two years and final planning is underway to deliver an event-based service at the Rabbits Eats lettuce festival […]

Nurse practitioners, midwives empowered to provide quality care

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has commended the Albanese Government for introducing new laws which will give highly trained nurse practitioners and midwives greater capacity to provide people with safe, quality care. This morning, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney introduced the Health Legislation Amendment (Removal of Requirement for a […]

Peer-led telehealth counselling for nurses and midwives is now active

The Nurse Midwife Health Program Australia (NMHPA) is now open for telehealth counselling for nurses, midwives and students of the professions living anywhere in Australia. Free, confidential and independent counselling services and case-managed support is available for any sensitive health-related issue that nurses, midwives and students are experiencing. Whether it is drug, alcohol or gambling, […]