Posts by Healthcare HQ

Australia’s RN Shortage: Why and What Next?

Written by: Melanie Wong The Australian healthcare industry is seeing the start of a dire shortage of nurses, a shortfall unable to meet patient demands that will continue for another decade. This desperate situation made itself known in the last year to most in the healthcare industry as hospitals and aged care centres began to…

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Agency Nursing: One Career, A Million Jobs

Written by: Melanie Wong Forget mid-life crises – in a world as fast-paced and rapidly changing as ours, more often than not, those in the workforce are more concerned about whether or not their next career steps are the right ones, or even what their next career steps are. Research says that we’ll have 17…

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Tackling Tax: 6 Easy Steps

It’s that time of the year again, when you start getting emails about tax deductible donations and work starts talking about personal income statements. June and July can be a bit of a busy time and one of the most fear-inducing, confusing and overcomplicated processes during this time period is how to lodge your tax…

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Lifesaving Between the Flags

Written by Melanie Wong Rapid response systems (RRS), such as Between the Flags or Early Warning Score, have become increasingly effective and common in hospitals since the 1990s. While they were first developed in Australia, RRS have now been placed into effect in other countries including the US and the UK due to their noticeably…

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ANZAC Day 2019: Tribute to the Nurses

Written by: Melanie Wong This year marks the centenary anniversary of the end of World War I or the Great War, which Australia and a host of another nations participated in. The story of the ANZAC soldiers is one that is well-known, but there is another side of the narrative; more than 3000 Australian women…

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Long shift? We’ve got you covered.

We all know the boredom and exhaustion that can accompany a long shift, especially if you’ve been standing on your feet for hours and finally take a seat – just to be called up again. Whether it’s a night shift and you’re struggling to keep your eyes open or it’s the middle of the day…

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The cracks in Australia’s aged care workforce

In a 2017 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, over one in seven Australians were aged 65 years and over. Australia undoubtedly has, like so many other Western countries, an ageing population. It comes as no surprise then that the number of Australians receiving home care has been steadily rising in the…

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Self-care for caregivers

Written by: Melanie Wong Hospitals are always open, regardless of whether it is 2pm in the afternoon or 2am in the morning. They have to be, of course, because health problems wait for no one, but when you dig a little deeper, what does this constant state of being ‘switched on’ mean for those giving…

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A Day In The Life: In Conversation with RN Padraig

Written by: Melanie Wong Australia. Our country is well known for its beaches, summer vibes and strange and dangerous creatures. But does this same stereotype apply to the experiences of those working here? Australia has long been known as a multicultural country, and this diversity is most noticeable when Australians travel to other countries, where…

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