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14.09.2020

A critical shortage of community nurses to be addressed in new project by CANR

In the next decade, the community sector faces a critical shortage of community nurses. To address this issue, the ‘Cast-a-Net’ research project, funded by a WSU-SWSLHD Primary and Community Health Partnership Grant and run by the Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR), is currently examining the workload of community nurses in South West Sydney. Using…

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07.09.2020

NEWS: A postdoc Association for SWS

Post-doctoral researchers in South West Sydney now have a new way to stay-in-touch and collaborate with their colleagues with the establishment of the Ingham Institute Postdoc Association. The idea for the Association came up following discussions between Research Fellow, Vikneswary (Vicky) Batumalai from the Cancer Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CCORE) Group at Ingham and Professor…

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01.09.2020

English language proficiency and concordance between doctors and patients in ED: a research study

A study looking into the experiences of Arabic-speaking people at Fairfield Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) has found that recent migrants, those with more severe illness, and people from NESB who are not supported by an interpreter, are at risk of miscommunication. “This communication can lead to errors, patient dissatisfaction and most worryingly, patient harm,” explains…

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10.08.2020

Researching the impact of postnatal depression on early language development

How much impact does Postnatal Depression (PND) have on the conversation between a mother and her baby? And how does this conversation affect the child’s future development? These are the questions that have driven Christa Lam-Cassettari, Research Fellow from MARCS Institute’s Baby lab, Western Sydney University, to research what is known to be a critical…

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03.08.2020

Improving outcomes for lung cancer patients in South West Sydney

We don’t often hear about lung cancer in the media despite the fact that it kills more people in Australia each year than any other cancer. Logic would dictate that due to its high mortality rate, funding into research would be paramount. Sadly, lung cancer receives a fraction of research funding compared to other cancers…

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27.07.2020

SWS joins the worldwide search for undiagnosed hepatitis carriers

More than 300 million people worldwide are unknown carriers of Hepatitis B and C infections which, if left untreated, can cause serious liver damage and even liver cancer. Most of these people have no symptoms until they are in advanced stages of the disease at which time there is little that doctors can do for…

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