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No. 268 9 Sept 2015

From NZ media this week

Nurses all aboard the Pink Caravan – national tour starts tomorrow
The Pink Caravan starts its national tour tomorrow, Tuesday September 8, wending its way from Whangarei to Balclutha on its mission to provide breast health information to women in New Zealand’s smaller towns and provincial centres.

To’a Fereti shares her ‘accidental’ career path to be clinical nurse director in charge of 600 nurses – the first Pacific nurse to hold the post.
Name: Safaato’a (To’a) Fereti (born in Samoa, raised and educated in Dunedin)

Health clinic seeks to heal holistically
A new health clinic in central Masterton is set to open by Christmas and will fill "pockets of need that aren't met by mainstream services", say the nurses behind it.
Trish Wilkinson and Janine Vollebregt said the centre would offer "a more casual service" - accepting drop-ins and casual clients.

The best start B4 School
One free assessment was all it took for Cannons Creek mother Tiata Robati to learn that her twins may have vision or hearing problems that could affect their performance in school.
“It was quite interesting. It’s made me aware that I need to get their eyes checked in case they need glasses,” she says.

Public health

Negative talk delaying baby-jabs
Some parents are putting off or ditching plans to immunise children after discouraging information, a study shows.

Anti-vax info delaying immunisation
Parents who receive warnings about vaccinations are twice as likely to delay having a child immunised, research has found.

Top doc says anti-vaccinators on 'flat earth'
A top doctor speaking at a national immunisation conference in Hamilton has likened parents who refuse to vaccinate their children to flat earth advocates.

Measles elimination in New Zealand - target set for 2020
New Zealand is well on its way to achieving "measles elimination" status according to a Manila-based Kiwi doctor.
World Health Organisation (WHO) communicable diseases director Mark Jacobs said seven countries and areas in the Western Pacific region have already eliminated measles and New Zealand has an important part to play

Social health

Benefit in family approach - Whanau Ora report
A family-centred approach to delivering key social services has short and long-term benefits, according to new research on Whanau Ora.

PATU programme aims to inspire Maori to lead active, healthy lives
PATU Aotearoa is a social enterprise that combines group exercise by incorporating high intensity training, healthy lifestyle education with te reo me ona tikanga Maori. The programme aims to inspire whanau to lead more active, healthy and enriching lives while reducing inactivity rates and waistlines.

From International media this week

Can hefty sign-on, retention bonuses solve the nurse shortage?
Some hospitals offer nurses as much as $20K to join and stay at their organizations

Nursing chief: ‘Nurse shortages are life-threatening’
Head of the Royal College of Nursing, Janet Davies, on how pay, staffing problems and a heavy workload are hurting the NHS

Do nurses and midwives really need a university degree?
It may come as a surprise that entry requirements for nursing and midwifery at The University of Queensland are higher than many other courses around Australia – including most engineering, science and journalism degrees.

Online resources

Identifying and Responding to Elder Abuse (online presentation)
In this Nursing Lecture Gary Ferguson sheds light on the very real threat of abuse against some of the most vulnerable members of society. He describes what defines elder abuse and gives some insight into what support services are dealing with. He offers advice for referral and advocacy and provides pointers to some valuable resources.
Topics covered
What is elder abuse?
Who is the victim?
Who reports elder abuse?
How to report elder abuse

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 8 Sept 2015

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