Guest Bloggers

ALI MURDOCH

After marrying and becoming a mom, Ali Murdoch took a step back from her role in admin in a health care environment to become a full time writer. She’s currently setting her own site up and producing articles that focus on matters relating to healthcare, wellness and current affairs. In any free time she has she works with a few mental health charities on a volunteer basis.

BRIAN HERD

CRH Law Blog

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Brian is a partner in the CRH Law firm and has been a lawyer since 1983. He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts in the areas of elder law, retirement, disability and aged care. Brian has extensive experience in life planning for older people and the legal issues impacting on them including making Wills, administering estates, disputes over Wills, superannuation, social security, retirement villages and aged care, incapacity, the Guardianship Regime, the loss of a spouse or the ‘suddenly single syndrome’, planning for disabled children, elder abuse, enduring powers of attorney, advance health directives, family agreements and disputes and mediation.

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His expertise also extends to the structuring of business affairs and advising on the impact of the transfer of interests in family businesses including trusts and family companies.

As a passionate believer in the crucial role of charitable and community organisations, he also spends a significant amount of his time advising the not for profit and community sectors on Board governance, restructuring and constitutional review, mergers and acquisitions, legal compliance and risk management especially in the aged care, retirement and disability sectors.

Brian is a popular presenter in public forums on elder law issues and is also regularly invited to address the changing legal dynamics and needs of the aged care and disability sectors at industry conferences.

In 2014, for the second year in a row, Brian was named one of Australia’s best lawyers in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law.

Qualifications, Memberships and Other Contributions:

  • Bachelor of Arts – University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – University of Queensland
  • Deputy Chair – Queensland Law Society’s Elder Law Committee
  • Former part time member – Queensland Law Reform Commission
  • International member – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys of America
  • Member – Queensland Law Society
  • Approved Facilitator for Corporate Governance – Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency
  • Member – QPAC Choir
  • Adjunct Lecturer – Griffith University

CHERYL DEZOTTI

What’s New With Wounds!

Wound Management Specialist | See All Posts

I love working with Wounds. As a Student Nurse in the 1980s, I  was fascinated with how a complex wound could successfully heal with diligent care. I have continued my love of Wound Management and have enjoyed teaching and sharing knowledge about wounds in my professional roles as a Director of Nursing, Clinical Administrator and via the Nursing CPD Institute.

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Despite the passing of time and regardless of location ( I’ve been blessed to be able to lecture around Australia and overseas on Wound Care) Nurses are practical people and  really prefer to ‘cut to the chase’ with wound care and  focus on the ‘key bits they need to know’ to be able to do the task at hand. Nurses remain generally time-poor and often resource-restricted.

I look forward to sharing up to date news on wound care along with tips and downloads for you to use in your workplace.  

There are also  CPD wound care activities in the Members section of the Nursing CPD Institute including webinars and quizzes.

I welcome your comments and hearing about your wound tips and wound care experiences!

Til next time!

Cheryl

R.N., MQIHC., Grad Dip QIHC., AFAAQHC., MACN

CHRIS CARLIN

Master Your Money Now – Financial Planning For Nurses and Midwives

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Chris Carlin is the founder of Master Your Money Now, the only Australian financial services organisation dedicated to caring for nurses and midwives. Chris is passionate about helping nurses and midwives achieve their financial goals and live out their dream lifestyle. Chris has been delivering advice for over eight years to Australians seeking to increase their income, purchase homes, understand super, protect their loved ones and plan for retirement. 

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Chris is a regular commentator on blogs, LinkedIn and Instagram on finance-related topics. Chris is married to Natalie, a proud New Zealander and paediatric nurse. Chris is the author of the eBook “The World’s Simplest Budget For Nurses and Midwives” which you can download for free here.

ELISSA O'KEEFE

Bravura Education

Managing Director at Bravura Education | See All Posts

We are Australia and New Zealand’s leading health professional educators in lasers and intense pulsed light technologies for cosmetics, surgery and podiatry. Our students love the quality and flexibility of Bravura’s self-paced programs, and the support they receive to get up and running quickly. 

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We’ve worked hard to become the preferred training organisation for doctors, dentists, nurses and beauty therapists and we’re passionate about delivering a superior learning experience for anyone with a passion for this area.

We believe students are most successful when their training environment is relaxed, flexible and carefully designed to deliver the knowledge and technical skills they need to build utmost confidence as laser treatment specialists.

DENISE DONATI

Fertility Solutions

RN at Fertility Solutions | See All Posts

Denise Donati is a Registered Nurse and has worked in assisted reproduction for 24 years. She is passionate about education for nurses and allied health professionals working in the area of Assisted Reproduction. She is also passionate about making a difference for her patients by providing them with an exceptional experience. In 2006 was invited to Vietnam to assist and establish a local Fertility Nurse Training Program. Denise has also presented extensively in the UK and South East Asia on topics relating to assisted reproduction.

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In 2007 Denise set up her own IVF Clinics, Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast and Fertility Solutions Bundaberg and manages a team of 12. Under Denise’s guidance Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast has been nominated for and won the following Sunshine Coast Excellence in Business Awards:

  • 2009 Winner Professional Services
  • 2010 Winner Professional Services
  • 2011 Winner Outstanding Small Business of the Year
  • 2013 Inducted into the Hall of Fame

In 2012, in response to the economic climate and consumer demand, Denise established a new fertility service, Affordable IVF which was launched on the Sunshine Coast in November 2012 and extended to Bundaberg in March 2015.

Denise also runs her own Nurse Education Consultancy business and as an advanced practitioner her extended roles include performing intra uterine inseminations, ultra sound scanning and embryo transfers. Denise has recently been asked to be a co-author in a book looking at the management of IVF units. The book is set to be released in 2016.

  • Qualifications:
  • Registered Nurse
  • Certified Midwife – non-practising
  • Bachelor of applied science in nursing
  • Master of Nursing
  • Cert IV in Small Business Management

DR JULIE MARTYN

Medication Management Musings from Doc Martyn

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Julie is a senior lecturer with The University of The Sunshine Coast who recently completed her PhD with The University of New England. Julie’s PhD thesis is the untold story of the medication administration experiences of 20 registered nurses in a regional Australian hospital. Julie’s point of difference in her study is the use of an appreciative inquiry approach rather than the commonly used deficits approach to exploring medication administration practices of Nurses.

LEISA WHEELER

Naturopath and Founder of  Embracing Health
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Leisa Wheeler, naturopath, health and healing mentor and raw food coach, is the founder and director of Embracing Health, a business dedicated to bringing you health information that can change your life. Leisa knew from a very young age that her future was going to be in the healing profession, and her journey exploring the field of natural medicine in all its facets began in earnest as a teenager. 

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With personal excellence in all areas the ultimate goal (health, personal development, relationships and financial); a search began that encompassed learning in a variety of modalities and developed into a passion. Diet and nutrition, physical fitness, emotional release work, hands-on healing, meditation, self-development, and metaphysics training ultimately lead Leisa to qualifications in naturopathy, herbal medicine, homoeopathy, electrotherapy and massage.

She achieved outstanding grades throughout her education and was awarded Student of the Year for earning the highest academic results among her peers. With a voracious appetite for reading and learning, the search continues as Leisa looks deeper into the healing process at not just a physical level, but at an emotional and spiritual level, with a special interest in the mind/body connection in healing. Leisa also has a diploma in freelance journalism and has written for numerous health magazines.

She writes a popular blog www.EmbracingHealthBlog.com and offers a membership club www.EmbracingHealth.com.au/members for people wanting more detailed information on health, where she writes a monthly magazine and produces regular audio lectures and interviews. Leisa spent several years coaching people through an intensive detoxification program as the naturopath at one of Australia’s leading health retreats, and from there went on to develop her own retreat program – the Embracing Life! Six Day Detox, Healing and Raw Food Retreat which she takes to different venues around Australia. 

Leisa has also produced her own DVD entitled “The Emotional Aspects of Healing” – an hour and twenty-minute lecture covering the mind / body connection in healing, where Leisa shares some of her own powerful story in overcoming trauma to lead a successful, healthy life. Leisa is currently developing her public speaking career, lecturing regularly to doctors and naturopaths as a speaker for Healthscope Pathology, and is a guest speaker on health, nutrition and superfoods for Universal Wealth Events. www.EmbracingHealth.com.au/events

As a naturopath, Leisa specialises in thyroid, adrenal and hormonal issues and will be developing a lecture series around these topics in the near future. She currently speaks at local chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia support groups. Leisa’s goal is to empower and inspire people with knowledge to make a change in their lives so that they can experience better physical, emotional and spiritual health. She enjoys mentoring people through their health challenges by educating them about raw food, food as medicine and the emotional aspects of healing.

MELANIE MCGRICE

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Melanie McGrice is one of Australia’s best-known dietitians. She is a highly respected author of ‘The Pregnancy Weight Plan’ and co-author of several papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. An experienced media presenter on health, nutrition, and dietary issues Melanie is passionate about educating Australians to eat well, appreciate good food and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Join her free nutrition and wellbeing network at: www.melaniemcgrice.com.au 

NICOLE NASH-ARNOLD

Nursing Career Coach | See All Posts

Nicole Nash-Arnold is a nursing career coach who helps great nurses transform into respected leaders. She shares her 15 years of experience in both senior and executive health leadership roles to germinate great leadership. Clinically, Nicole has over ten years perioperative experience before moving into her nurse educator and management roles. 

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Currently, she manages a privately owned emergency department in Brisbane. She has post-graduate qualifications in perioperative nursing and currently a Masters In Nursing. Nicole is a member of the International Coaches Federation. Nicole’s career coaching blog can be found at www.nursemanagerhq.com 

NURSE AND MIDWIFE SUPPORT

Support Service for Nurses | See All Posts

Nurse & Midwife Support (NM Support) is the national, 24/7 support service for nurses, midwives, students, and anyone concerned about the welfare of a nurse, midwife or student. NM Support provides a national telephone and interactive website support service, funded by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia and operated independently by Turning Point. NM Support offers free, anonymous and confidential support no matter where you are in Australia.

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NM Support provides brief intervention counselling and referral to further support as required. The interactive website offers self-help resources, tools, education materials, a directory of referral services and outlines the professional responsibilities of Nurses and midwives with health-related issues. You look after others; let us look after you! Access our service at any time. Your health matters.

PAM BRIDGES

Aged Care Happenings

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Pam has worked in the aged care sector for many years in a wide range of roles and is recognised as a leader in the field. She has represented the industry on Expert Reference Groups, Advisory bodies, and Ministerial working parties, and continues to be heavily involved in the activities of the State and National industry bodies.

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During her career, Pam has worked in a wide range of roles including (but not limited to):

  • Community Nursing
  • Operations Manager TARCRAC
  • Commonwealth Nursing Officer
  • Manager Residential Care
  • Residential Care Manager (ACQI)
  • Manager ACQ Consultancy Services
  • Manager Residential Services – 5 Facilities

Pam is a Registered Nurse BA (Social Welfare),  Graduate Diploma (Health Services Management) and an Aged Care Quality Assessor.   She has been involved with a wide range of State and National Committees and Reference Groups representing industry views and interests on behalf of the ACQ (LASA Q) membership.  Pam is also included on the Department of Health and Ageing Nursing Advisor and Administrator Panel.

Pam’s wide ranging career experiences have enabled her to network with members across the state and across all streams i.e. retirement living, community and residential.

In her spare time Pam has been President (an honorary position) of Nurses in Management Aged Care (NIMAC) for the past fifteen years.   This is a professional development, peer support association and network for those working in the aged care sector in management positions.  

She hosts a very successful annual conference each year, and for the past two years has led study tours to the Netherlands and Singapore (2011), and Philadelphia and Los Angeles in the USA (2012).  These tours are an opportunity to compare the provision of aged care in a number of countries other than Australia.

DR PAM SAVAGE

Nurse Education Specialist | See All Posts

RN, BA (Maq), DipN (Lon), MHPEd (UNSW), DipLaw (Syd), EdDoc (CQU) As a Lawyer and Clinician, this background was brought to her role as a Lecturer, at CQ University to undergraduate and postgraduate students. This experience also served her well while working with and educating Aboriginal Health Workers. Pam is a Barrister at Bar (NSW) and a published author, her book “Law for Student Nurses: applied principles” is now in its third edition. Pam has travelled extensively and participated as a Presenter for various Nurses for Nurses’ events, including the 2015 annual conference. 

RESEARCH REVIEW AUSTRALIA

Nurse & Midwife Support (NM Support) is the national, 24/7 support service for nurses, midwives, students, and anyone concerned about the welfare of a nurse, midwife or student. NM Support provides a national telephone and interactive website support service, funded by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia and operated independently by Turning Point. NM Support offers free, anonymous and confidential support no matter where you are in Australia.

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NM Support provides brief intervention counselling and referral to further support as required. The interactive website offers self-help resources, tools, education materials, a directory of referral services and outlines the professional responsibilities of Nurses and midwives with health-related issues. You look after others; let us look after you! Access our service at any time. Your health matters.

SUE WALKER

Director/Nurse Educator at
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Sue is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters Degree in Primary Health Care majoring in Palliative Care. Sue has extensive experience both as a clinician, educator, and senior manager in the aged care and palliative care settings.

Sue is passionate about making a difference to the way in which people experience the healthcare system. Healthcare should be delivered by competent, knowledgeable individuals to ensure the best possible experience for the recipient of that care. Nursing is a fabulous profession – the backbone of the healthcare system, “it is the knowledge of the individual Nurse that has an immediate impact on the happiness of the person in their care”

TONI HOFFMAN

Asisterly

Lecturer at CQU | See All Posts

Toni Hoffman came to national prominence after exposing issues regarding patient complications and deaths in what became known as the Jayant Patel case. In ASISTERLY Toni will share her thoughts on issues in Health Care. 

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JOHN ALLEN AND ELIZABETH WILMOT

Training Capability

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After studying for years and then beginning your clinical career, it is unlikely you pictured yourself managing people and money.  While for some it is personal choice many clinicians end up (either by fate, seniority or some form of coercion) to be responsible for a cost centre. The need to become more financially literate and work toward achieving financial sustainability is essential in driving the business improvements across the health services – both private and public. Improving your understanding of the basic concepts of finance, internal controls, team development etc. will give you an enormous opportunity to be more confident in managing your cost centre. At Training Capability, we provide a range of options to expand your business skills and acumen.

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John Allen B.Bus CPA ACFE

John Allen is a Certified Practicing Accountant with 25 years’ experience in senior and executive government roles.

At age 31 John reached his accounting career goal acting as Chief Finance Officer for Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, it was at this point he realised his passion was for people rather than just numbers.

John then moved into specialising in learning and development in the Department of Health with the aim of increasing the financial capability of cost centre managers, business managers and clinicians and allied health staff.  While doing this role John also worked as a senior accountant delivering annual financial statements for 12 years.

This extensive background in implementing government financial reforms and managing the financial operations for government departments sets John apart from other executive coaches and leadership trainers as he can deliver practical financial and governance training from real-world experience.

As Director in Training Capability since 2012, John is contracted by numerous private and public hospital and health services to deliver finance and leadership training to improve the financial capability of clinicians and cost centre managers.  The enhancement in the financial capability of cost centre managers has, in turn, led to positive financial turnarounds for hospital and health services.

As an experienced facilitator and management consultant, John has drawn on his extensive practical expertise to customise training programs including;
  • understanding accounting and finance
  • leadership
  • governance
  • developing key performance indicators
  • budget management
  • risk management
  • fraud awareness, and
  • savings strategies.

As a qualified business coach, John can add further value with individual and team coaching to ensure positive change in your organisation.

Elizabeth Wilmot  BA, Grad Dip Ed, GCM, GAID

Elizabeth has been involved in education for over 30 years. Her experience includes primary and secondary teaching, adult literacy, tutoring, executive professional development, coaching and developing high performing teams.

In addition to teaching, Elizabeth has experience across a broad range of industries, including defence, education, professional membership, retail and business development.

In recent years Elizabeth has focused on developing health services individuals and teams to achieve their potential and fostering a positive culture by exploring the benefits of diversity in thinking preferences and improving business skills.

A key achievement for Elizabeth was the implementation and facilitation of a Chief Finance Officer Network bringing together 15 individuals from around Queensland to form a collective problem-solving unit – taking advantage of the wide range of skills, knowledge and experience of individuals to benefit the group and the organization.

Elizabeth has a passion for linking training to achieving business outcomes. Previous roles as a trainer and business development manager highlighted that too often staff are not engaged in the business and have significant misconceptions about the challenges facing business – and business owners. Communication to employees, particularly around change, is regularly not clearly articulated to those responsible for implementing the change – with resulting frustrations for both management and staff.

​Armed with the firm conviction that workplace training should always be directly linked to the organisation’s objectives, Elizabeth strives to develop and present quality, relevant and entertaining training for employees with a clear focus on increasing the capability and effectiveness of the organisation.

Brisbane - Elizabeth Wilmot

0438 781 642

Sunshine Coast - John Allen

0417 707 380

VEET KAREN

Veet’s Cuisine: The Healthy Vegetarian

Founder of Veet’s Cuisine & Veet’s Vegan Cooking School
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Hi, I am Veet Karen. I have been a healthy vegetarian for over three decades and along the way, I have educated myself on how to eat as healthy as I possibly can. I established a catering business seven years ago ‘Veet’s Cuisine” to following my passion of cooking incredibly healthy and creative vegetarian cuisine. Prior to that, I was a care worker for people with disabilities for eight years and a teacher for twelve years. 

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This year I married my teaching skills with my cooking skills and founded Australia’s first organic vegan chef and lifestyle training. I have a wealth of knowledge to share with you all on how to stay healthy as a vegetarian as well as some great ideas on how to really listen to what your body wants and needs to eat. Even if you are not vegetarian the recipes are always well received by meat eaters too. I have catered and facilitated on two of the nurses for nurses retreats and must admit these retreats are at the top of my list of my fave jobs.

Veet's Cuisine

Veet's Vegan Cooking School

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WOMEN'S HEALTH QUEENSLAND WIDE

Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc (Women’s Health) is a not for profit health promotion, information and education service for women and health professionals throughout Queensland. We provide quality evidence-based health information to women via our website, our pregnancy and parenting service, our lending library and our Ask a Health Question telephone and email service. We also deliver health education talks to the community and health professionals across Queensland in person and via video conference.