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Hospital ‘wardies’. They deserve our respect.

I recieved an email today from an emergency department nurse in Tasmania asking for a story a wrote a while back about the importance of hospital orderlies. It is probably even more relevent in these days of COVID-19 than ever before. Here it is…… In some hospitals they may be called orderlies or porters.In Australia […]

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Coronavirus and facemasks

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread with uncertainty, many people traveling in high risk areas are wearing some form of facemask as a primary means of protection. You can track the latest status of the virus here) The problem is that most people are not wearing them properly, do not understand the importance of […]

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Beware the Deathcap Mushroom.

There is something compelling about the idea of picking your own mushrooms. Walking eyes-down amongst smells of wet wildflower or forests of birdcall. Laughing with friends or family. Perhaps a small cane basket to collect them. Perhaps a soft checkered tea towel to cover them. A wistful yearning to reconnect with the earth and with […]

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Could you save the life of a Wiggle?

The Wiggles are a children’s musical group that formed back in the 1990s. Recently they reformed for a series of performances for their (now grown up) fans to raise money for the current bushfire relief appeal. Yesterday, Greg Page (the yellow Wiggle) collapsed on stage at the end of the show and suffered a cardiac […]

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