From prize-winning short-story writer Cate Kennedy comes a new collection to rival her highly acclaimed Dark Roots. In Like a House on Fire, Kennedy once again takes ordinary lives and dissects their ironies, injustices, and pleasures with her humane eye and wry sense of humour. In 'Laminex and Mirrors', a young woman working as a cleaner in a hospital helps an elderly patient defy doctor's orders. In 'Cross - Country', a jilted lover manages to misinterpret her ex's new life. And in 'Ashes', a son accompanies his mother on a journey to scatter his father's remains, while lifelong resentments simmer in the background. Cate Kennedy's poignant short stories find the beauty and tragedy in illness and mortality, life and love. Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People's Choice Award in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2010. It was also shortlisted for The Age fiction prize 2010 and the ASA Barbara Jefferis Award 2010, among others. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Cate is also the author of the travel memoirs Sing, and Don't Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight and Signs of Other Fires. Her book The Taste of River Water: New and Selected Poems by Cate Kennedy was published in 2011. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Millar, Federay Holmes, Vanessa Coffee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020810/bk_adbl_020810_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject Medicine - Public Health, grade: 1,5, University of Queensland, course: Strategic Human Resources Management, language: English, abstract: The Mater Private Hospital is the biggest hospital of Mater Health Services. Its main strengths are the long tradition and good reputation due to a high healthcare quality. The focus on high quality is also positioned in its vision to become the leader of compassionate and exceptional healthcare. Currently, reaching the vision is at risk. Due to a poor work-life balance the job satisfaction as well as motivation of nurses decreased. In addition, high stress levels lead to a poor nursing outcome and impair the healthcare quality. Furthermore, an increasing turnover rate causes lowered organisational cost efficiency and high recruitment costs.An internal and external analysis of the labour market, the MPH, and the role of nurses, showed the great importance of a good WLB, a high commitment and a high retention rate. Since one of MPH's main goals is to continually improve its employment offer in order to increase the retention rate, it is recommendable that it implements an intervention that increases the WLB, job satisfaction and retention rate.Two possible interventions have been examined: (1) Flexible Working Hours and (2) Mentoring Programme. The recommended intervention for the MPH is implementing a Mentoring Programme. It shows the same advantages in its outcome as the flexible working hours (higher job satisfaction, better WLB, higher commitment). However, it has more advantages than flexible working hours: it also improves older nurses' retention, improves the team environment, and improves the knowledge and education of younger nurses. Therefore, it contributes to achieve the MPH's vision by increasing the healthcare quality.A generated action plan, including key actions, success criteria, timescales, resources, respon
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC), more commonly known by its former names ANZ Stadium or QE II, is a major sporting facility on the south side of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. From 1993 to 2003, QSAC was the home of the Brisbane Broncos, who play in National Rugby League. The facility opened in 1975 and was officially named Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Sports Centre by the Queen in 1977. It was constructed in close proximity to both the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital and Griffith University campus, which provided athlete accommodation. The original roofed stadium was intended to be the only permanent seating facility. The remainder of the stadium seating was built as "temporary" seating and was intended to be removed after the Commonwealth Games had finished. Public opinion resulted in the unroofed temporary seating being retained as permanent.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is the chief provider of out-of-hospital emergency care and ambulance transport in the state of Queensland, Australia. It falls under the control of the Queensland government's Department of Community Safety, and is the fourth-largest ambulance service in the world. The service provides a high level of emergency care and transport services to over 4.1 million people in Queensland, covering an area of 1.77 million square kilometres. They provide such services as emergency response, pre-hospital patient care, specialised transport services, coordination of aero-medical services and inter-hospital transfers. Approximately 2,780 paramedics are employed by QAS, who deliver their services from over 260 response locations across the state. In 2005/06, the service handled 746,275 cases, of which 536,227 were emergency cases and 210,048 were non-emergency cases. In the same period, QAS trained 63,092 first aiders.
Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject Medicine - Public Health, grade: 1,5, University of Queensland, course: Strategic Human Resources Management, language: English, abstract: The Mater Private Hospital is the biggest hospital of Mater Health Services. Its main strengths are the long tradition and good reputation due to a high healthcare quality. The focus on high quality is also positioned in its vision to become the leader of compassionate and exceptional healthcare. Currently, reaching the vision is at risk. Due to a poor work-life balance the job satisfaction as well as motivation of nurses decreased. In addition, high stress levels lead to a poor nursing outcome and impair the healthcare quality. Furthermore, an increasing turnover rate causes lowered organisational cost efficiency and high recruitment costs. An internal and external analysis of the labour market, the MPH, and the role of nurses, showed the great importance of a good WLB, a high commitment and a high retention rate. Since one of MPH's main goals is to continually improve its employment offer in order to increase the retention rate, it is recommendable that it implements an intervention that increases the WLB, job satisfaction and retention rate.Two possible interventions have been examined: (1) Flexible Working Hours and (2) Mentoring Programme. The recommended intervention for the MPH is implementing a Mentoring Programme. It shows the same advantages in its outcome as the flexible working hours (higher job satisfaction, better WLB, higher commitment). However, it has more advantages than flexible working hours: it also improves older nurses' retention, improves the team environment, and improves the knowledge and education of younger nurses. Therefore, it contributes to achieve the MPH's vision by increasing the healthcare quality.A generated action plan, including key actions, success criteria, timescales, resources, responsibilities, monitoring and evaluation against success criteria shows a detailed implementation strategy. After the implementation it is recommendable according to the CHRM framework to continually assess and improve the mentoring programme.
'Brett's debut builds slowly and grimly on a classic high fantasy framework of black-and-white morality and bloodshed. Young Arlen battles demons to save his mother while his father watches in terror; when his mother dies, Arlen runs away. Leesha leaves her village to work in the city hospital of Angiers after her betrothed claims to have taken her virginity. Jongleur Arrick Sweetsong saved himself from demons at the expense of a female friend, but he honors her last request and raises her son, Rojer, as his apprentice. Only near the end do the three strands of the story begin to intertwine. With its nameless enemies that exist only to kill, Brett's gritty tale will appeal to those who tire of sympathetic villains and long for old-school orc massacres.'&#8212; Publishers Weekly &#8220;I enjoyed The Warded Man immensely. There is much to admire in Peter Brett&#8217;s writing, and his concept is brilliant. There&#8217;s action and suspense all the way, plus he made me care about his characters and want to know what&#8217;s going to happen next.&#8221;&#8212;Terry Brooks &#8220; The Warded Man works not only as a great adventure novel but also as a reflection on the nature of heroism.&#8221;&#8212;Charlaine Harris &#8220;An absolute masterpiece . . . The novel [is] literally &#8216;unputdownable,&#8217; and certainly deserves to be the next Big Thing in dark fantasy.&#8221;&#8212;HorrorScope &#8220;A very accomplished debut fantasy, broad in its scope.&#8221;&#8212;SFRevu &#8220;A fabulous new fantasy series . . . that is likely to become a classic. Excellent fantasy literature.&#8221;&#8212; The Cairns Post ,Queensland, Australia
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 Frank Gold&#8217;s family, Hungarian jews, flee the perils of World War II for the safety of Australia, but not long after their arrival, thirteen-year-old Frank is diagnosed with polio. He is sent to a sprawling children&#8217;s hospital called The Golden Age, where he meets Elsa, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen, a girl who radiates pure light. Frank and Elsa fall in love, fueling one another&#8217;s rehabilitation, facing the perils of illness and adolescence hand in hand, and scandalizing the prudish staff of The Golden Age. Frank and Elsa&#8217;s parents, too, must cope with their changing realities. Elsa&#8217;s mother Margaret, who has given up everything to be a perfect mother, must reconcile her hopes and dreams with her daughter&#8217;s sickness. Frank&#8217;s parents, transplants to Australia from a war-torn Europe, are isolated newcomers in a country that they do not love and that does not seem to love them. Frank&#8217;s mother Ida, a renowned pianist in Hungary, refuses to allow the western deserts of Australia to become her home. But her husband, Meyer, slowly begins to free himself from the past and integrate into a new society. With tenderness and humor, The Golden Age tells a deeply moving story about illness, resilience and recovery. It is a book about learning to navigate the unfamiliar, about embracing music, poetry, death, and, most importantly, life. Awards 2015 Australian Prime Minister's Award for Fiction 2015 Patrick White Literary Award 2015 Kibble Literary Award Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction New South Wales Premier's People's Choice Award
Nicholas Sadleir speaks to his great grandson, describing cattle drives from Queensland for rail shipment to Adelaide. He talks of his sheep and cattle runs, a privileged Irish childhood, Tipperary insurrection, the potato famine and sailing with his brothers to Melbourne in 1852. He is 17 when he arrives. Nicholas mines gold. His brothers disapprove - they want him as a lawyer in Melbourne. He resists, finds gold and joins Irish cousins with their livestock on the Darling River. Nicholas runs a station there for them for the rest of his life. He adapts to new country. He manages Aboriginal and European people and invests in buildings, fencing and stock water. They call the station Albemarle. It spans more than a million acres with 200,000 sheep, several thousand cattle and hundreds of horses and people. His siblings replicate their Anglo-Irish advantages too. Richard has a hospital in Melbourne. John is a senior policeman and supervises the capture and arrest of bushranger Ned Kelly and Marshal practises law. A twin sister starts an academy for the children of gentleman to later lose touch with her brothers. They never find her. Nicholas regrets the demise of Aboriginal people on the Darling. Paddle steamers and the Telegraph help to colonise the inland rivers. He profits in a Queensland cattle station. He meets his future wife, has a homestead built, marries Anna Sturgess, regrets her loneliness on the Darling and persuades his cousins to buy the opulent Quamby Estate in Tasmania for him to manage. He, Anna and their firstborn move there. Anna Sadleir thrives in Tasmanian motherhood, the sociable spread of culture and Christian charity from the endowment of her liberal education in England. Nicholas commutes between Quamby, Albemarle, his stations in New South Wales and Queensland and his cousins' farms and urban investments. He and Anna host guests generously. The family luxuriates. Nicholas has a salary of £2000. Servants abound. He ends a partnership in Queensland and starts new stations. Anna explores her noble roots in Ireland and England to advance her children's prospects. Ten more children arrive before Quamby is sold and everyone moves to Adelaide in South Australia. Four more children arrive. A depression strikes and banks fail. Nicholas loses his stations but his cousins keep Albemarle. Prices for wool and livestock fall. Nicholas lives at Albemarle as austerity and rabbit plagues demand. A son kills himself with a shotgun at home in Adelaide because he is in trouble at school. Anna and Nicholas grieve in separateness. Shearers' strikes follow. Nicholas manages the strikes to shear 100,000 sheep in successive years, but returns are less. Anna starts a wholesale cloth business, she moves the family to a smaller home and Nicholas struggles with a four-year drought that reminds him of the Irish potato famine. He dies at 68 at Albemarle. Anna persists in the care of her children and claims for their nobility. She seeks, but cannot afford, university study for them. Some find work in banks and with commercial agents. They progress. Another suicides. Two marry. Four migrate to Argentina. Four serve in the Great War. Anna holidays in Great Britain with a daughter and visits relatives in Ireland and England. She dies in Liverpool. Years later, James, the eldest son, is offered a baronetcy. He rejects it as a lot of rot. The fraudulent offer probably comes from agents of a British Prime Minister seeking funds for election expenses. Tales of family aristocracy persist in South Australia long after James' death, and perhaps for the Sadleirs of Argentina. They still raise Australian Merino sheep there.
They called him Dr Death. A 15-year-old boy's leg had to be amputated as a result of his poor judgement. He botched a procedure on a young man, leaving him impotent and urinating through his rectum - and with a 30cm surgical clamp embedded in his abdomen. Undeterred by the atrocities he was causing, Dr Death continued to deceive the patients who trusted him to fix their pain. At least 17 people in his care did not survive. Dr Jayant Patel's reign at Bundaberg Base Hospital lasted two years. A life-threatening combination of the doctor's manipulative personality and a culture of concealment in politics and medicine meant that the surgeon's incompetence went unchallenged by Queensland authorities, despite the fact that Dr Patel had previously been banned from surgical practice in the United States. But a courageous nurse blew the whistle, taking the appalling story of a sick health system to a leading journalist and a state parliamentarian. Their combined efforts forced two powerful enquiries. This is a true story of deceit, tragedy and heroism, one that forces us to question our very faith in this country's medical system. Hedley Thomas won a 2005 Walkley Award for unveiling the truth about Dr Patel. Toni Hoffman's efforts have been lauded on many levels including a Local Hero Award in the 2006 Australian of the Year honours.