We remember

In Australia on Remembrance Day we stop to honour and respect those who have fought in wars and conflicts.


And nurses have had a vital role during these conflicts.  On the announcement of WW1 many Australian nurses travelled to Britain to join Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS).

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Upper House inquiry backs need for registered nurses in aged care

A report into the role of registered nurses within residential aged care in NSW has found they are essential to high-quality care and recommends the retention of a legal minimum requirement to ensure registered nurses are on duty at all times.

The Legislative Council Committee report confirms registered nurses are pivotal to the skill-mix of staffing in residential aged care facilities, particularly sites with high and complex care residents, and recommends amendments to language discrepancies between NSW and Commonwealth laws.

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How a week in intensive care with my daughter changed me

Lisa Byrant discusses in the Daily Life how a harrowing experience made a few things crystal clear. That we are all in this together.

$230,000. It’s hard to get accurate figures, but let’s run with $230,000. That is how much Australia has invested in keeping my daughter alive for the past 10 days in the intensive care unit of Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

The teams of neurologists, intensivists, immunologists and neurosurgeons diagnosing her are telling us they have never seen a case like hers. It’s encephalitis (swelling of the brain, for the uninitiated), but they don’t know what caused it, a virus or an auto immune disease – and, more to the point, they don’t know how to treat it.

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Dying with Dignity

A NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying (PWGAD) has been established.

A key objective of PWGAD is to achieve law reform on the issue of voluntary assisted dying.

The group is comprised of cross party Members of NSW Parliament who advocate for assisted dying.

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Inquiry into elder abuse in NSW

Aged care nurse Mary invites other nurses to participate in the current NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse. This inquiry was established on 1 September  to inquire into and report on elder abuse in New South Wales. Submissions close on Sunday 15 November. 

The inquiry will focus on the prevalence of abuse experienced by older persons, including financial, physical, sexual and psychological abuse, as well as neglect. The committee will consider the effectiveness of laws, policies and strategies to safeguard older persons. The committee is also considering the development of long-term measures to prevent or safeguard against abuse and to develop ways of empowering older  persons to better protect themselves.

Mary writes: I would like to encourage nurses working in residential aged care facilities to contribute to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse.

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