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27 July 2020, Issue 12 - Nurse/Patient Communication; Sleep Management; Australian Ageing Agenda [Journal], Mar/Apr 2020 and more....

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Articles – Nurse-Patient Communication

1. The phone calls easing loneliness in lockdown
Nursing Standard. 35(7), 25-26.
doi: 10.7748/ns.35.7.25.s13 - Published: 08 July 2020

Alex Richardson, Second-year mental health nursing student, Canterbury Christ Church University A student initiative to support isolated older people during the pandemic has brought benefits for both clients and volunteers. Since lockdown began in March, many people have been living in isolation because they are in a vulnerable group, for example the over-70s.

2. Remote consultations: how to get them right
Erin Dean, Health journalist
Nursing Standard. 35(7), 19-21.
doi: 10.7748/ns.35.7.19.s11 - Published: 08 July 2020

Online and phone appointments are here to stay. Here’s how to prepare for this ‘new normal’ in patient care. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in remote consultations, with healthcare professionals keen to protect patients and themselves from the virus.

3. Nurse-patient conversations: compassionate communication while social distancing
Jennifer Trueland, Health journalist
Nursing Standard. 35(7), 22-24.
doi: 10.7748/ns.35.7.22.s12 - Published: 08 July 2020

Finding new ways to meet patients’ needs when face-to-face care is not an option. Communicating compassionately has always been a part of nursing – the difference in a time of COVID-19 is that so much of it has had to be done via the phone.

4. Understanding and applying personality types in healthcare communication
Louise Terry, Associate Professor, London South Bank University, England
Nursing Standard. Published online 16 June 2020. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11509

Understanding personality types can assist nurses in enhancing their understanding of themselves and their colleagues, which in turn can support effective communication. This article outlines the principles of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – a personality inventory that aims to improve the understanding of psychological types – and details the characteristics of the MBTI’s 16 different personality types. The article explores how these 16 personality types can influence communication within healthcare teams and between healthcare professionals.

Articles – Sleep Management

5. Sleep management: Safeguarding sleep during a pandemic
Philpott, Leanne
AJP: The Australian Journal of Pharmacy, Jun 2020, 101(1195), 40-42
Experts warn that COVID-19 is likely to have a detrimental effect on our sleep - in turn posing a major risk to our long-term health and wellbeing.

6. Moe Kitenga: A qualitative study of perceptions of infant and child sleep practices among Maori whanau
George, Molly;   Theodore, Reremoana;   Richards, Rosalina;   Galland, Barbara;   Taylor, Rachael;   Matahaere, Matt & Te Morenga, Lisa.
AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, Jun 2020, 16(2), 153-160
Using qualitative methods, the Moe Kitenga project explored the diverse realities of sleep in 14 Maori whanau. We conclude that for infant sleep interventions to prevent obesity and improve health outcomes for Maori children, they must take into account the often pressing social circumstances of many Maori whanau that are a barrier to adopting infant sleep recommendations, otherwise sleep interventions could create yet another oppressive standard that whanau fail to live up to.

7. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and sleep disorders: Evidence that extremely low frequency magnetic fields and radiofrequency electromagnetic fields are factors to investigate in treatment
Maisch, Don
Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Apr 2020, 39(1), 24-28.

It is estimated that 50 -70 million Americans chronically suffer from a sleep and wakefulness disorder which hinders their daily functioning and adversely affects health and longevity (2). In Australia, a 2016 sleep health survey found that inadequate sleep affects 33-45% of adults, across all age groups.

8. Sleep and stress: Easing the way: To slumberland
Philpott, Leanne
AJP: The Australian Journal of Pharmacy, Mar 2020, 101(1192), 64-66, 68
The unsung hero of health, sleep has a major impact on many areas of our body making it an important area for pharmacists to advise on.

9. Health and wellbeing: Fatigue: I'll sleep when I'm dead
Setti, Rachel
LSJ: Law Society of NSW Journal, Aug 2019, No. 58, 52-53
The badge of honour that comes with racking up long hours on very little sleep must become a thing of the past.

10. Getting a better night's sleep
Egan, Natasha
Australian Ageing Agenda, May/June 2019, Jul 2019: 52-53

WCS Care has found out a lot about residents sleeping at night through its trialling of technology. The plug and play monitoring system uses sensors to detect unusual noises and sends an alert to a central monitoring station based on settings personalised to residents’ choices

Articles – Australian Ageing Agenda [Journal]

11. RC recommends 4-star staffing model
Australian Ageing Agenda, Mar/Apr 2020, p11

Aged care providers should be required to meet a prescribed amount of daily care, registered nurse and allied health time per resident under a minimum staff-to-resident ratio model, says Counsel Assisting the royal commission.

12. Caring beyond outrage
Australian Ageing Agenda, Issue Mar/Apr 2020, 26-29
The International Dementia Conference is connecting delegates from around the world in an interactive online event in September to discuss dementia care in these challenging times and the drivers of the culture and future of aged care.

13. Building a workforce from the ground up
Richards, Samira
Australian Ageing Agenda, Mar/Apr 2020, p32

There's a great deal of opportunity for industry-led innovation for attracting, developing and retaining engaged aged care workers, writes Samira Richards.

14. Steps for reducing harm
Egan, Natasha
Australian Ageing Agenda, Mar/Apr 2020
Strengthening your aged care home's medication advisory committee can help ensure safe and effective medication use. Multi-morbidity and frailty is highly prevalent in a residential aged care setting. That means residents use multiple medications, and along with an increasing number of medications goes the increased potential for medication related harm.


15. From Sad Blokes to Well Men: Changing the focus in male suicide prevention...
Wed, August 19, 2020, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Auckland University of Technology, Building WG, Mayoral Drive, Auckland 1010 International and New Zealand modelling of the short and long term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic indicates that one consequence is likely to be a substantial increase in suicide, particularly in young people and men.

16. Open Forum: Resilient health care - embracing the future
This event that was scheduled to take place on 26 March 2020, has been postponed to 8 October 2020. If you are already registered, your booking will be transferred to the new date.
Event start
: 8 Oct 2020 9:00am – 4.30pm
Location: Rydges, 75 Featherston St, Wellington
More information: Please contact Jess Bilton at for all queries.

17. When Suicide Comes to Church: Pastoral care approaches of working with suicidal people and those bereaved by suicide – Auckland
: 9 November 2020: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Building WO, Auckland University of Technology, 55 Wakefield Street, Auckland, Auckland 1010
More information:

18. Te pou i ngā  hiranga kaihoko hei poutokomanawa o ngā mahi tiaki hauora.
Putting what matters to consumers at the centre of health care.

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is hosting a shared decision-making and advance care planning virtual hui for health care workers and managers
Call for abstracts now open: Closing on 10 September 2020
Registration opens: 1 September 2020.
More information:

News – National

19. New privacy laws must cope with rapid technological change
Susan Hornsby-Geluk, Jul 08 2020
OPINION: It is hard to believe that New Zealand’s Privacy Act became law in 1993 and its foundation principles have not changed since then. Advances in technology over the past 27 years have made access to, collection, storage and the transfer of vast amounts of information as simple as the touch of a button. It is no surprise therefore that the existing legislation has struggled to adequately protect privacy rights in this rapidly changing landscape.

News – International

20. Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria records 532 new COVID-19 cases as Epping Gardens, Thai Rock clusters grow, Australian death toll jumps to 161.
Melbourne Age – 27 July 2020
•  Australia's death toll from coronavirus has increased to 161 after Victoria recorded six deaths overnight. Victoria has had its worst day of the pandemic after recording 532 new cases overnight taking the state's total to 8696.

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