Nurse practitioner tickled pink with patient recognition

Student Bone Marrow Nurse Practitioner Jill Shergold’s thoughtful act toward one of her patients has prompted her to be nominated in the Juiced TV’s latest Super Hero Awards. The awards are designed for patients to shine a light on hospital staff  who selflessly dedicate themselves to the wellbeing of others. Eighteen-year-old Megan, who is no […]

No Jab, No Play, begins in SA childcare services

The South Australian government’s No Jab, No Play law came into effect at childcare services across the state this month. From 1 January children who attend childcare require to be vaccinated. Parents now have to provide approved immunisation records to their childcare service provider. Services include childcare centres, family day care, pre-schools, kindergartens and early […]

Nurse researcher develops poop kits for kids

One of Australia’s most unconventional nurse researchers is developing a ‘Poop-it’ educational kit for children. The Poop-it Kit will contain poo-related stories, wall posters, poo-shaped cartoon characters, a Monopoly-style game, a colouring-in book, a whoopee cushion and an apron with a map of the digestive system. Professor Kerry Reid-Searl of CQUniversity Australia’s School of Nursing, […]

Australia’s ‘shame’ over offshore detention

In late 2014, paediatric clinical nurse consultant Alanna Maycock spent five days on Nauru providing healthcare to asylum seekers in detention. She encountered dreadful incidents including the rape of a mother, a guard assaulting a father of a child she was caring for, and a six-year-old girl attempting to hang herself with fence ties. Back […]

Educating aboriginal youth on health


A sexual health and life skills program for Aboriginal children in Western Australia has been granted a $514,654 funding boost by the state government. The Mooditj program, delivered by state wide Aboriginal Educators, is designed to inform and empower Aboriginal children between 10-14 years about their sexual health, emotions and feelings, goal setting, puberty and […]