Leading With Heart: Angela Thwaites’ Inspiring Journey of Empowerment and Excellence

This past International Women’s Day, we shine a spotlight on one of the remarkable women in our Lumia Care family: Angela Thwaites, the visionary behind Healthcare HQ. Angela’s journey from a high-acuity specialist nurse to the founder of a leading nursing agency showcases a unique blend of compassion, innovation, and leadership that has significantly impacted the healthcare recruitment industry.

Common Misconceptions About New Nurses

Written by Natalie Sarmiento Entering the nursing profession can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. With a field that is in high demand for Australians – and one that has a higher intake than most other professions – it is often difficult to avoid the opinions and misconceptions of the public regarding […]

‘Tis The Holiday Season!

Written by Natalie Sarmiento  It’s officially December and we are reaching the tail end of the year which means one thing… It’s almost Christmas! This marks a very busy season, especially for those within the healthcare industry with a surge in shifts and a demand for even more work during the holidays. As such, it […]

How To Get Involved In Movember 2023

The month of November is the month to commemorate and partake in Movember – a time to recognise and celebrate men’s health around the globe. The month encourages men to grow moustaches and participate in activities to raise awareness about men’s health issues. Whilst the month is encouraging for men to participate, there are still a plethora of ways for all people to join in and promote the physical and mental wellbeing of men.

All About Mental Health Month 2023

Written by Natalie Sarmiento In the month of October in NSW, Mental Health Month is celebrated, reminding us of the importance of mental health & wellbeing and the steps we can take to maintain good health within these areas. The 2023 theme is “We all have a role to play” which promotes the significance of […]

6 Benefits of Nursing Agency Work 

Whether you’ve been with a nursing agency for years, or you know someone who may be interested in the work, there are many benefits when it comes to nursing agency work.  You may be asking: “what does it mean to be an agency nurse?” or even “what is the difference between agency work & regular shift work”. […]

Feature: Nursing Life With Liam Caswell

We are now in the midst of May and what better way to kick off the second half of the month then to list all of the things that we are grateful for thus far. Today we are grateful for support networks and the people we surround ourselves with. As a nursing agency, Healthcare HQ […]

Feature: Australia’s chronic skills crisis: The jobs we need to fill, but can’t

Angela was recently interviewed and featured in an article for Yahoo Business.  Angela Thwaites runs a boutique nursing recruitment firm in Sydney. Even at the best of times, she might find herself one or two nurses shy of being able to fully meet demand. That was before the pandemic. These days, she’s facing a candidate drought […]

The Royal Commission’s Interim Report: Simplified

On 31 October, the royal commission into aged care released its interim report after ten months of investigation, revealing the insufficiencies of Australia’s aged care system and recommendations that spurred the government into action. But through all this jargon, what did the report actually say and what has the government done about it? Here are […]

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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