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The story behind an HHQ Sponsored Nurse

Australia is the land of laidback culture, work-life balance, and weekend beach trips. It’s also a melting pot of varied cultures from different ends of the world, a place where every culture can find its little nook. There’s a reason that so many people come to Australia every year to work and Healthcare HQ talked…

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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…

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Bushfire Crisis: Please help where you can

Written by: Melanie Wong It’s January 2020 and Australia has already seen one of the worst, if not the worst, bushfire seasons in recorded history. With an unusually early start to the season in mid-November, fires have been burning for two months already, with NSW and Victoria being especially affected. This bushfire crisis is not…

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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…

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Gratefulness in Mental Health Month

Written by: Melanie Wong Gratitude. It’s a word that’s thrown around often enough and is something that those in the healthcare industry specifically will experience on a day-to-day basis, not without good reason. Nurses receive gratitude so often from patients, family members and doctors alike. However, it’s important for nurses to not only know their…

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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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