How can you make your adult children behave themselves?

There is an apocryphal story about a woman who included the following clause in her Will: “To my son-in-law I bequeath the sum of $2.00 and express the wish that he apply those funds towards the purchase of a stout rope with which to hang himself.” It is usually not a good idea to express your...

Demystifying Accounting for Health Professionals

Cost Centre Management can appear complex but with the right knowledge and skills, it can be interesting and rewarding. The team from Training Capability, a company that engages and educates staff to assist in the financial turnaround for health services have created a training package that will...

Endometriosis and Diet: Top 3 Dietary Strategies to help Manage Endometriosis

What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the reproductive organs which affects over 10% of Australian women at some point in their life. The condition results in tissue, which is similar to the lining of the uterus, growing in other parts of the body, most...

I went to an aged care facility – this is what I saw

I had been asked to see a single, elderly man who, following a fall at his home of over 30 years, had been, as they say, ‘placed’ in the facility, some one week before, by his energetic and attentive enduring attorneys. At first sight, he looked remarkably well. He had, as he said, ‘dressed up’...

Low doses of radiation promote cancer-capable cells!

Nurses are acutely aware of the value and the frequency in which CT scans are used to support diagnosis and the management of patients.  'Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge studied the effects of low doses of radiation in the esophagus of mice. It has been...

Influenza, 10 years on from the “Swine Flu” pandemic

The following is a very informative article  published in the June 2019 edition of the Clinical Communique by Professor Allen Cheng MB BS, FRACP, MPH, MBiostat, PhD Director, Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology Unit, Alfred Health Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, School...

A Swine of a Diagnosis!

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine has recently published an article including coroner findings  regarding the deaths of two patients in 2009.The  cases were heard as concurrent inquests into the deaths of two patients. The two patients were not known to each other, but they had both...

Kissing a Patient!

Some time ago a colleague shared an article from nurse.com an American newsletter that reported “Does staff member’s kiss of resident violate CMS regulations?”  This is the USA monitoring authority for aged care facilities. At first glance my immediate response to the fact a nurse kissed the man...

Nurses in Crisis

Often after providing a lecture or webinar about bullying in nursing, employment contracts of Fair Work legislation, contact is made by a member who is experiencing the catastrophe of work injury, termination or ongoing unemployment attributed to previous injury or conflict in the workplace. The...

Criminal Health Carers

Sometimes it seems that there is a cascade of items, similar and worrying that catches attention in a short time.  That was this week’s experience for me. The first news item that gave me pause was a story in Queensland about a 77 year old woman admitted to hospital in such a poor state that the...

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Baked Kale

For years people have been juicing, loading their smoothies and eating kale raw. I was led to believe that the natural oxalates found on kale can inhibit the absorption of iron and other essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. As a result I generally never eat it...

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