Robert M Eley

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES A study was undertaken of the current knowledge and future training requirements of nurses in information and computer technology to inform policy to meet national goals for health. BACKGROUND The role of the modern clinical nurse is intertwined with information and computer technology and adoption of such technology forms an important(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to increase knowledge and skills of Advisory and Extension Agents (AEAs) in recognizing the symptoms of mental disorders, providing initial help, and offering the referral pathway for appropriate professional help. METHOD Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training was provided to AEAs and knowledge and skills pre-training(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To support policy planning for health, the barriers to the use of health information and computer technology (ICT) by nurses in Australia were determined. BACKGROUND Australia, in line with many countries, aims to achieve a better quality of care and health outcomes through effective and innovative use of health information. Nurses(More)
Nurses are at high risk of incurring workplace violence during their working life. This paper reports the findings on a cross-sectional, descriptive, self-report, postal survey in 2007. A stratified random sample of 3000 of the 29 789 members of the Queensland Nurses Union employed in the public, private and aged care sectors resulted in 1192 responses(More)
Objective In order to support policy planning for health, nurses in Australia were surveyed to determine their current use of information technology and barriers to that use. Design A self‐administered postal survey. Setting Nurses throughout Australia. Subjects The survey was distributed to 10,000 members of the Australian Nursing Federation. Main outcome(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Through comparison of two studies undertaken three years apart the opinions of nurses working in aged care facilities in Queensland were determined. Results will support policy planning for the Queensland Nurses Union. BACKGROUND An ageing population in Australia is placing increased demands on residential aged care facilities. In(More)
AIM Data were collected on tenure, mobility and retention of the nursing workforce in Queensland to aid strategic planning by the Queensland Nurses Union (QNU). BACKGROUND Shortages of nurses negatively affect the health outcomes of patients. Population rise is increasing the demand for nurses in Queensland. The supply of nurses is affected by recruitment(More)
OBJECTIVE To inform the development of an initiative designed to support the mental well-being of farmers in Queensland. DESIGN Interactive focus groups. SETTING Rural and remote Queensland. PARTICIPANTS Health professionals, farmers and representatives of organisations and agencies working with farmers. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Determination of(More)
This article reports on the views of Australian nurses as to their use of computers in the workplace. Data were collected by questionnaires mailed to 10,000 members of the 150,000-member Australian Nursing Federation, which represents 60% of the Australian nursing workforce. The response rate was 43.3%. Computer use was 20% by assistants in nursing, rising(More)
AIMS Urinalysis provides direction in diagnosis and treatment of patients in the emergency department (ED). Midstream urine (MSU) collection from female patients has a high contamination rate. Verbal instruction by nurses to patients reduces contamination but is inconsistent owing to lack of time and professional knowledge. This study aimed to determine if(More)