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Posted on: October 14th, 2019 by Hobson HR

For most people, Christmas is a time for family, friends and reflection on the year all but past. The chances are you’ll be glued to the box watching countless Christmas movies that you have watched thousands of times before. Then later, tucking into Christmas turkey, fish on the BBQ if your a full blown Aussie, or stuffing your face full of ham with your fam come December 25th.

Whilst most of us get stuck into the Christmas cheer, unfortunately Christmas and New Year can be a lonely affair for some. Loneliness, as we now know, is a mental health risk. And it is particularly acute at Christmas, when all around seem swept up in celebrating with family and friends. For those who have no one with whom to celebrate, all the activity serves to highlight their aloneness.

As an expat, I’m all to aware of what it felt like to be at times lonely and my earliest memories of moving to Australia on my own were filled with loneliness, anxiety, uncertainty and fear. I can only imagine that this is the same feelings for people alone at Christmas and New Year

Studies show that social isolation carries the same mortality risks as smoking, obesity and alcohol, and that loneliness can lead to high blood pressure, spikes in stress hormones, chronic inflammation, weaker immune resistance and poorer cardiovascular functioning.

Extreme loneliness can lead to anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, and social isolation is a key risk factor for people who attempt suicide.

Whilst getting into the Christmas spirit this year, spare a moment of your time to be mindful that there are people around you alone and there are people around you in need.

Do something for others and help people feel connected this Christmas and New Year.

Sleep snapshot: Do you sleep like a baby or struggle to get your shuteye?

Posted on: September 16th, 2019 by Hobson HR

Keeping your sleep gripes to yourself? Here’s your chance to get them off your chest.

Whether it’s noisy partners, crying infants, worries, medical problems or an addiction to your phone — if you’re 15 years or older, we want to know what’s sabotaging your sleep.

And telling us might just help us help you.

Along with diet and exercise, sleep is one of the pillars of good health.

Want to get more involved?

We’re also looking for four people to take part in a fun project in October, in which we’ll ask you to trial some techniques for improving your sleep.

You’ll also get to be involved in an episode of RN Life Matters in October.

If you’d like to take part, email us with your name, age and where you’re from.

(If you would like to know more about how we use your information, read the ABC’s Privacy Policy)

Lack of it can affect you in myriad ways, impacting your mood, memory, alertness, productivity, capacity to learn and ability to think clearly.

Then there’s the impact on your physical health — poor sleep can affect your weight and immune system, and some studies have found there’s a relationship between sleep deprivation and high blood pressure or heart disease.

Not only does missing out on vital sleep affect our health and happiness, it hurts the economy as well.

Figures suggest sleep problems cost the economy $3 billion a year!

So let’s start a conversation about sleep.

In October we’re going to zoom in on all things snooze-related, to get us all thinking about our sleep and how to improve it.



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Hobson Health Recruitment are humbled to be seen as an industry expert in health recruitment across Australia. 

Posted on: July 22nd, 2019 by Hobson HR

A quick message from our Director

“Humbled once again to have had this opportunity to comment of our growing healthcare industry here in Australia.

For people that know me, I’m really passionate about healthcare and I tremendously value the opportunity to be invited to comment on health, emerging health industry trends and the future of healthcare recruitment here in Australia.

Special mention to Susan Muldowney and Seek (health article below)

(Read full article here)

Healthcare & Medical

Health expenditure per person is projected to more than double over the next 40 years as Australia’s ageing population continues to place significant demands on the nation’s healthcare system.

The healthcare and medical industry was among the fastest growing industries on SEEK in 2017 with job ads rising by 11.1%. While every state and territory recorded growth, this was primarily driven by Victoria (4.2%), Queensland (2.3%) and New South Wales (2.1%).

Aged-Care Nursing was among the fastest growing roles within the industry with job ads rising by 1.6%.

“The aging population is having a huge impact on the healthcare system,” says Dan Hobson, Director of Hobson Health Recruitment. “It’s not only aged-care facilities that are experiencing growth. More people are choosing to age at home and this means they are accessing community healthcare.”

Hobson adds that as people are living longer, they are more focused on living well. This may be contributing to growing demand for ancillary health services, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and rehabilitation, which saw a 2.1% growth in opportunities last year.

Psychology, counselling and social work also experienced growth, with job ads rising 1.9%.

“When it comes to mental health, society is continuing to evolve and the stigma is shifting, so people are more willing to speak about it and seek help,” says Hobson.

With growing demand for healthcare and medical professionals, Hobson says employers must promote a positive culture to attract and retain talent.

“Healthcare is an extremely demanding profession, so employees look for a positive culture where they feel valued and supported.”

Smartphone app could replace traditional atrial fibrillation detection in outback Australia

Posted on: September 26th, 2016 by Hobson HR



A new smartphone app could revolutionise the way health care is delivered in the outback.

The iECG replaces a traditional ECG machine to detect atrial fibrillation, which is responsible for one third of all strokes in Australia.

A pilot program run by the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney is trialling the technology in far western New South Wales to create the first snapshot of atrial fibrillation rates in Aboriginal people.

One of the benefits is that it can be carried out by local healthcare workers with minimal training and effort.

Daniel Kelly is an Aboriginal Health Education Officer at the hospital in Brewarrina in north-west NSW and said it was less daunting for patients who were sometimes scared of hospitals.

“A lot of the time, you’ll get a machine that has a lot of connections and you’re there for about 10 to 15 minutes setting up, whereas the iECG is in a comfortable position in your hands and it’s just two fingers on the back of a probe on the back on a phone,” he said.

“People are quite happy to do it, they’re quite surprised that a screening tool can be so small and so mobile.”

At the heart of the research is community consultation.

The programs and rollout have been designed with local people on the ground because they are more in touch with what the community needed.

‘Oh go away, it’s only a phone’

One of the Aboriginal health officers, Helen Ferguson, said it was so easy, some of the patients thought they were joking.

“It was so funny because when we first got the little machine we would say to the people, ‘now we’ve just come to have a little yarn to you, this is a machine that we’ve got and it’s like a little ECG machine and instead of having all the cords on and it’ll give you a reading of either normal or AF [atrial fibrillation]’,”she said.

“And then they’d say ‘oh go away, it’s only a phone’, and they thought we were pretending.”

The patient places their fingers on connectors and holds on for 30 seconds.

The file is processed by an app on the phone which gives results almost immediately.

Once an abnormality is picked up, the patient is referred to a specialist in Sydney or they can book an appointment with visiting specialists who come to the area about once a month.

One of those specialists, Dr John Watson, is a leading neurologist and said that stroke, as a result of atrial fibrillation, could be among the most severe — but it can also be easily treated with anti-coagulant medications.

“A lot of the time, the stroke can be the presenting feature of the atrial fibrillation,” he said.

“One of the worst things is to see someone who’s just had a stroke to find out that they are in atrial fibrillation and that was the cause of the stroke, and then to hear that the chance to detect it earlier was missed or ignored or it was detected and not enough was done to try to treat the atrial fibrillation and prevent the stroke.”

Telehealth to transform outback care

It is the beginning of a new way of treating people in remote and inaccessible areas.

As a concept, telehealth has been around for a while but new technology is helping to push that along.

Dr Watson said new equipment, which included satellite technology and medical instruments, could send information back to specialists in real time — meaning consultations could take place more frequently and for less cost.

“We may have a cardiologist in Sydney who says, ‘every Thursday morning, for three hours, I’m free, I’m available to help run a clinic anywhere else in the country’,” he said.

Treating Indigenous people in communities rather than sending people to cities for treatment, where possible, could be more successful and more cost effective.

Dr Susannah Tobin from the Poche Centre for Indigenous health said culturally appropriate health care was not just important, but vital if patients were to see the benefits.

“If we can deliver them where they feel comfortable … then they’re more likely to be able to take advantage of it and to see the benefit,” she said.


Emergency Community Care Positions – Phase 2

Posted on: September 16th, 2016 by Hobson HR

Thanks to everyone to date for their contributions with the Victorian Supercare Pharmacy Initiative  the service is now 5 weeks into  its operation in selected pharmacies across Melbourne.

We are now recruiting for more nurses to join at this exciting time

HCF Invests $1 Million Into Innovative Australian Technology Business, Curo

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 by Hobson HR



Leading not-for-profit health fund HCF is investing $1 million in Curo Technologies, an innovative Australian company that seeks to assist elderly people to live independently for longer.

Its sensor technology taps into the fast growing Internet of Things marketplace.

Founded by Matt and Tim McDougall, Curo uses unobtrusive sensor technology to monitor the well-being of elderly residents in their own home or in an assisted living environment. Activity data is collected, analysed and then securely reported on mobile devices to care providers and loved-ones.

The technology allows care providers to optimise the quality and efficiency of their care, while providing relatives and friends with real-time reassurance of the well-being of loved-ones.

Curo has also set up shop in the US residential aged-care market and is currently running a number of pilots in Australia. HCF’s money will help bring Curo’s technology to the wider Australian market place.

According to Sheena Jack, Chief Strategy Officer at HCF, “HCF is constantly on the search for innovative and disruptive ideas that can improve the well-being of our members. Curo is a great example of this technological innovation, and HCF has a keen interest in not only the business but the greater goal of enabling people to live independently, for longer.

“Our vision is to improve health outcomes for all Australians. We believe, to achieve this goal, we must continue to innovate. We are delighted to be investing in Curo, which we believe can make a real difference to the lives of Australians — we look forward to watching them grow.”

Tim McDougall from Curo said “We value HCF’s understanding of local systems and markets, which we plan to continue to leverage as we grow our presence in Australia. Most importantly, we are pleased to be partnering with an organisation that is aligned to the values of Curo and that has a genuine interest in improving the well-being of seniors in Australia.”

McDougall said the investment enables Curo to supporte its client base both in Australia and the US, and ensures that Curo remains a functionally leading technology in the senior well-being space.

Curo was one of nine businesses to graduate from the 2016 HCF Catalyst programme. HCF Catalyst is Australia’s first health technology accelerator and is an annual programme, offering Australian start-ups and growing companies the opportunity to develop and accelerate their businesses, and make a lasting impact in the healthcare industry.


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New medicine approval process to allow quicker access to breakthrough drugs

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by Hobson HR

The Federal Government is changing the way new medicines are approved to ensure Australians get access to breakthrough drugs more quickly.

At the moment, Australian patients are being forced to wait up to two years longer to access some drugs than patients in the United States and Europe.

Under the changes being announced today, any drug that has been listed by a comparable overseas regulator, including the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency, can now be fast-tracked for approval and sale in Australia.

Health Minister Sussan Ley said the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) would be able to share information with those overseas regulators, meaning it would no longer have to start the lengthy approvals process from scratch, in every case.

“What we need to do is accept the evidence that is being presented to those overseas regulators, bring that information to Australia, ensure our TGA is happy and ultimately list those medicines earlier,” she said.

“Ultimately this is all about consumers getting access to medicines earlier.”

Ms Ley said while regulators in the US and Europe were of the highest quality, the TGA would continue to have the final say over whether drugs were made available in Australia.

The regulatory changes would also allow pharmaceutical companies to list their drugs in Australia at the same time as they list them in larger, overseas markets, she said.

“Ultimately we know pharmaceutical companies tend to list where the market is larger, the patient number is larger and they’re going to sell more of the drug,” Ms Ley said.

“Often that means Australia has missed out but we don’t want to miss out, we want access to that drug.”

The Government allocated $20.4 million in the May budget to implement the changes, which will be rolled out over the next two years.


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Caring for people with Dementia – Workshop

Posted on: September 6th, 2016 by Hobson HR

Practical Approaches to Caring for People with Dementia & Changed Behaviours

A workshop for Enrolled Nurses & Registered Nurses working in Community and Residential Aged Care.

“Enhance your knowledge and experience by registering in this interactive and evidence based dementia workshop held by Australian Integrated Health Services”.

Workshop Overview

Friday 21st October, 2016

 8:15 am – 3:30 pm


University of Melbourne

Hawthorn Campus

Level 2 Room 2520

442 Auburn Road

Hawthorn, 3121


$250 (GST inclusive)

Onsite and street parking available


Please contact Barbara Anne Merrigan for any enquiries or to register for the workshop on                

0431 686 838

(VIEW FLYER) Dementia Workshop


Thank You – World Challenge

Posted on: September 1st, 2016 by Hobson HR

Willunga                       World Challenge                 Peoples Choice

Hobson HR are proud to be encouraging our communities to get involved with the People’s Choice Credit Union Lottery as Willunga High School (South Australia) set out to raise money for their next World Challenge!!

Willunga High School World Challenge

Our Story

We are a group of Willunga High School students aged between 15 and 17 planning to travel to Vietnam as part of the World Challenge program. We are given the basic itinerary, but as a group we need to budget our money, organise accommodation, meals and transport. While our labour will be given freely we will need money to buy tools and materials to complete our community project. So far we have raised $1500. The money we are raising through the People’s Choice Community Lottery will help us to meet all costs. Please snap up the tickets and good luck.

Please help Willunga High School reach their goal.

To buy a ticket go to

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New updates for Hobson HR

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by Hobson HR