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15
Dec

Featured Resource – AMH Australian Medicines Handbook

Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH) is a peer-reviewed medicines prescribing guide for Australian health professionals. CKN's subscription to AMH is supplemented by the AMH Aged Care Companion and the AMH Children's Dosing Companion. Together they provide medical practitioners, pharmacists and nurses with an independent medicines reference tool for concise, practical, reliable, comparative drug information and quality use of medicines in Australia.

14
Dec

Search Tip - Refining searches using Subject Headings

When looking for articles or resources using the CKN discovery search box, you can help refine your results using Subject Headings. These are a controlled vocabulary of standardised terms used to describe the content of an article. When an article is indexed it can be assigned one or more subject headings, which can help you more easily drill down to the specific content you are after.

14
Dec

Clinician Profile - John Haberecht, Director of Learning and Development, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE)

Palliative care is an approach that improves quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life threatening illness, through prevention of suffering by early identification, and impeccable assessment and treatment of, pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual. The Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE) was established by Queensland Health to enhance palliative care services in Queensland through education and research.

13
Dec

New “Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Clinical Care Standard” and resources released

Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common problem affecting one in four women of reproductive age, having a significant impact on their physical, emotional, social and material quality of life. Around 50% of women referred to secondary care for heavy menstrual bleeding experience severe or very severe pain, even when they do not have any uterine pathology.

13
Dec

HIV - Down, but not out

Every December 1st is World AIDS Day and the theme in Queensland this year is “End HIV”. Progress against stemming the epidemic of HIV worldwide has been truly remarkable over the last 15-20 years.

12
Dec

The new national cervical screening program

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and routine screening has played a vital role in significantly reducing the incidence rate since national screening began in the 1990’s. It's widely acknowledged that regular cervical screening is the best protection against cervical cancer. Still, every year around 800 Australian women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, 80% of whom have never been screened or have not screened regularly. Starting this December cervical screening in Australia will change to a more accurate and less frequent test.

12
Dec

Clinician Profile - Justin Lee, Director of Medication Services Queensland

CKN will be regularly featuring the work of clinicians from around the state. Today we speak with Justin Lee, Director of Medication Services Queensland.

23
Nov

Workplace violence

Queensland hospital staff are exposed to serious physical and psychological risks, with more than 3,000 healthcare workers physically assaulted on the job every year. The frequency of violent incidents are increasing, and many more incidents are not reported.

23
Nov

Surviving shift work

Nursing is a round-the-clock job, and when other staff go home at 5 p.m. the night shift nurses are there with only their skills and colleagues to count on. The duties and responsibilities are no different for a nurse that works during the day or overnight, but shift work does present unique challenges. The workplace atmosphere and schedule at night require a significant adjustment to a nurse’s daily routine and personal life.

23
Nov

Queensland is the melanoma capital of the world

Melanoma is the least common but most serious type of skin cancer in Australia, and Queensland has the dubious honour of having more people die from melanoma than anywhere else in the nation. More than 3,600 people are estimated to be diagnosed with melanoma in Queensland every year (an incidence rate of 71 cases per 100,000). A recent Cancer Council Queensland study though shows that incidence rates for invasive melanomas have started to stabilise or fall.

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