News bulletin 18 January 2017

on 18 January

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No. 331 18 January 2017


Emergency department and radiology staff get exercising for patient health
Christchurch Hospital's emergency department, one of the busiest in Australasia, is employing a unique way to get the best for its patients.
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New research on dementia in Maori
Misdiagnosis of dementia in Maori has prompted a three year study from a University of Auckland psychologist.A study into Maori dementia has received more than $1 million from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. It is being led by west Auckland clinical psychologist Margaret Dudley, of Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri and Ngati Kahu descent.
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Asthma may be misdiagnosed in many adults
(Reuters Health) - - As many as one in three adults diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the chronic lung disorder, a Canadian study suggests.
Researchers did lung function tests on 613 adults who had been diagnosed with asthma within the past five years. If participants took asthma medicines, researchers gradually weaned them off the drugs over four clinic visits to see how well their lungs worked without treatment.
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New baby screening test proposed to detect more heart defects
A group of baby experts wants a new screening programme established, to help reduce deaths and disease from congenital heart defects.
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Most Kiwis support euthanasia for those with painful, incurable diseases
Just 12 per cent of Kiwis are completely opposed to the legalisation of assisted dying, according to a University of Auckland study.
In a survey of 15,822 people, 66 per cent supported euthanasia as a legal means of ending the lives of people with painful, incurable diseases.
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Terminally ill patients need relationships with carers - health advocate
Outspoken - A leading patient advocate is calling for more continuity of the carers who help those with a terminal illness.
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College of Midwives and Primary Health Alliance Signal signal new era
The New Zealand College of Midwives has become a full voting member of the Primary Health Alliance in a move which signals a new era of inter-disciplinary collaboration for New Zealand’s primary care sector.
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Advertisers' group frothing over calls to banish booze money from sport
An Otago University academic wants the All Blacks to blow the whistle on their 31-year alliance with beer brand Steinlager.
The NZ Medical Journal has published research on Friday morning outlining the prevalence of alcohol advertising in televised sporting events.
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NMC to reinvest extra £6m per year in 'essential programmes'
The NMC will reinvest up to an annual £6m in 'essential programmes' due to savings from changes to the fitness to practice (FtP) process.
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New Law Gives Advanced Practice Registered Nurses More Opportunities
Legislation signed by Governor Snyder on Monday gives Advanced Practice Registered Nurses more opportunities.
The new state law expands the medical services Advanced Practice Register
ed Nurses can provide, without a doctor’s signature
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Are our busy doctors and nurses losing empathy for patients?
Every day, doctors, nurses and other health professionals are presented with situations that demand empathy and compassion.
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Defining Leadership in a Changing Time
Journal of Trauma Nursing
November/December 2015, Volume 22 Number 6 , p 312 - 314
The purpose of this article is to discuss the difference between leadership and management. Leadership and management have been discussed for many years. Both are important to achieve success in health care, but what does that really mean? Strong leaders possess qualities that inspire others to follow them. This fosters team engagement, goal achievement, and ultimately drives outcomes. Managers plan, organize, and coordinate. It takes dedication, motivation, and passion to be more than a manager and be a good leader. There is not a single correct leadership style, but there are important characteristics that all leaders must demonstrate to get the desired results with the team. In a time when health care is rapidly changing, leadership is important at all levels of an organization.
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Talking about health and experiences of using health services with people from refugee backgrounds
“This report presents the process and the findings from a project conducted by the Victorian Refugee Health Network from July 2015 to July 2016. The project aimed to consult with people from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum, about health and experience of using health services in Victoria. 115 consultations were conducted with individuals and groups from refugee backgrounds.” Source: Victorian Refugee Health Network
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Engaging and supporting general practice in refugee health
“This report details a two year project that aimed to document, develop and trial an approach to engaging and supporting general practices in the delivery of accessible and appropriate health care to people from refugee backgrounds, including those seeking asylum.  A suite of resources to assist in the engagement of general practices in refugee health were co-created and trialled and the report documents this process and the key findings.” Source: Victorian Refugee Health Network
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The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth, SNIPS and is provided on a weekly basis.  It is current as at Tuesday 17 January 2017

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