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 Coronavirus: What you need to know

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has certainly been a topic of conversation and concern ever since news of the outbreak was first reported on 31 December 2019, in Wuhan, China. The coronavirus first appeared to be pneumonia in a group of individuals who had been to a seafood market in Wuhan. Since then, the virus has […]

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 […]

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 […]

From university to the workforce: The Pandora’s box of graduate life

Written by: Melanie Wong Published by: Jay Lee Graduation. For most students, this is the most pivotal transition between studying and working to pay off your HECS debt; the peak of the mountain, so to speak, that defines whether or not you make the cut for professional life. In recent decades, this has been the […]

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety

Written by: Melanie Wong Published by: Jay Lee Nursing homes first appeared in the mid 20th Century and have only become more common in the 21st Century; as family roles have shifted over time and a larger percentage of the population is now contributing to the workforce, the ability of some families to look after […]

Have you met mandatory CPD requirements?

What are CPD requirements? Nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (National Board) are expected to annually attend to a minimum number of continuing professional development (CPD) hours directly relevant to the nurse or midwife’s context of practice. In what areas can I claim CPD hours? Basically any role, remunerated […]