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OBJECTIVES This article describes the development of an assessment of functional disability for use with proxy-respondents of community-dwelling persons who have Alzheimer's disease as well as a study testing its reliability. METHOD Panels composed of health care professionals and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease were used to develop the(More)
BACKGROUND the maternity services reforms announced by the Australian government herald a process of major change. The primary maternity care reforms requires maternity care professionals to work collaboratively as equals in contrast to the current system which is characterised by unequal relationships. AIM critical discourse analysis (CDA) using(More)
AIMS OF THE STUDY The study identifies third-year nurses' expectations of the graduate nurse role and ascertains how prepared they feel to fulfil this role. BACKGROUND The literature substantiates that the university-workplace transition is marked by differences between students' expectations of the graduate year and the realities of practice they(More)
AIM This paper presents an overview of current literature relating to over-the-counter and herbal preparations use, with a focus on pregnancy. BACKGROUND Internationally, there has been a shift towards self-medication through over-the-counter release of many prescription-category drugs and wider acceptance and use of herbal preparations. The general(More)
Traditional Chinese herbal Medicine (TCHM) has been gaining interest and acceptance world wide. TCHM provides on the one side promising perspective of scientific interest and on the other side possible health risks if TCHM drugs are not controlled with respect to quality standards or if practitioners for TCHM are not well trained. This paper outlines an(More)
This paper presents a critical analysis of risk management in maternity care and the hidden costs associated with the practice in healthy women. Issues of quality and safety are driving an increased emphasis by health services on risk management in maternity care. Medical risk in pregnancy is known to benefit 15% or less of all pregnancies. Risk management(More)
BACKGROUND In 2009 the Australian government announced a major program of reform with the move to primary maternity care. The reform agenda represents a dramatic change to maternity care provision in a society that has embraced technology across all aspects of life including childbirth. METHODS A critical discourse analysis of selected submissions in the(More)
Current exclusive breastfeeding rates in Victoria do not meet World Health Organization (WHO) recommended standards. This study describes the reasons for early cessation of breastfeeding from the perspectives of the mothers, midwives and maternal and child health (M&CH) nurses in Frankston, Victoria. Interviews were conducted with women who had ceased to(More)
The Australian government has announced major reforms with the move to a primary maternity care model. The direction of the reforms remains contentious; with the Australian Medical Association warning that the introduction of non-medically led services will compromise current high standards in maternity services and threaten the safety of mothers and(More)
BACKGROUND The Australian government has announced a major program of reform with the move to primary maternity care, a program of change that appears to be at odds with current general public perceptions regarding how maternity care is delivered. METHODS A critical discourse analysis of articles published in 'The Age', a newspaper with national(More)