Survey aims to improve legal response to occupational violence

A survey addressing workplace occupational violence aims to clarify what discourages nurses from reporting incidents to legal authorities, according to the nurse researcher leading the project. CJ Cabilan, a researcher who has previously published in the ANMJ on occupational violence, said while legislation is in place across the states and territories that addresses occupational violence […]

Nursing and midwifery research – how do I get started?

Nursing and midwifery practice significantly impacts the health of Australians. This makes nursing and midwifery research critical. The best people to conduct this research are nurses and midwives themselves, says Deborah Forsythe, an academic researcher in UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences with the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre. Based on her discussion paper, titled ‘Nursing […]

Nurse sounds a warning on hearing loss for COVID-19 patients

A registered nurse who experienced sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) five weeks after testing positive to COVID-19 has documented her experience to inform research into a little-known side effect of the virus. Kim Gibson, who was fully vaccinated at the time, developed acute hearing loss in one ear, along with vertigo and tinnitus several weeks […]

Promising new Network set to boost nursing and midwifery research

The recently formed Australasian Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Trials Network (ANMCTN) is set to elevate and support nursing and midwifery research across Australasia. The world first Network, formed in 2020, brings together academic institutions to enhance, support and facilitate nurse or midwife-led clinical research. Professor Marion Eckert, Director of the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre […]

The ANMF National Policy Research Unit – the first five years

Embedding high-quality research into nursing and midwifery is vital for delivering safe, effective healthcare. This is not only important in informing best practice, but having the latest evidence is essential to the ANMF as they advocate for the rights of the nursing and midwifery workforce and support improvement to the health and wellbeing of all […]

How disposable PPE is being recycled to make stronger concrete

A new generation of nurses, midwives and carers have never practiced without wearing disposable PPE since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, research at RMIT is paving the way to reduce PPE waste, including gowns, face masks and rubber gloves, from landfill or incineration by using it to improve the strength and durability of […]

Cultural safety in Australian nursing and midwifery

Developed in the 1980s by Maori nurse and anthropologist Irihapeti Ramsden in New Zealand Aotearoa, Cultural Safety has gradually become a key component in nurses’ and midwives’ education in Australian healthcare. Cultural Safety is a reflective process where you analyse your own cultural biases and attitudes. From this position, you are open when engaging with […]

A culturally appropriate safe sleeping tool could reduce SIDS for First Nations’ families

A program focused on delivering safe-sleeping practices for infants in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities could reduce the incidents of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). The Pepi Pod program, studied in collaboration with Charles Sturt University, Flinders University, SA Health, The Aboriginal Health Council of SA, and […]

Home injuries increased during first wave of COVID-19

The number of in-home injuries increased during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found. The report, Injury in Australia 2019-20, revealed there were more than 3,300 injuries that occurred at home between March and May than the preceding equivalent 2018-19 period, […]

Sexual orientation and gender identity – the question no one asks

Supporting equitable health outcomes in gender and sexually diverse people; how can we know if we don’t ask? Gender and sexually diverse (GSD) people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/agender, and other groups (LGBTQIA+) experience barriers accessing equitable healthcare. This population also faces unique risks and health issues due to social determinants of […]