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Editor’s note... Hi Readers, We are delighted to welcome you to Issue 9 of The Health Scoop magazine featuring Technology in Healthcare. This issue, we feature the Aussie FoodSwitch app fighting two of the nation’s biggest killers. The revolutionary, free to download, iPhone app is empowering Australian shoppers to make healthier food choices and reduce excessively high levels of fat, salt and sugar in their families’ diets. Developed in Australia, and tailored for Australian shoppers, FoodSwitch allows users to scan the barcode of packaged foods using their iPhone camera and receive immediate, easy to understand nutritional advice and seek healthier choices. Turn to page 10 for more information. We also feature Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), and Amy Trindall, a radiographer returning to study to complete a Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography. Amy Trindall aims to fill the rural ultrasound shortage as her local hospital in the rural town of Narrabri, cannot keep up with demand. To read more about Amy’s journey, and to find out about scholarships offered by SARRAH, turn to page 16. Our next issue will arrive on Monday 27 May featuring Paediatrics/Child Health. Until then, take care.

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Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Brightest minds collaborate to tackle allergy epidemic Allergic disease already affects one in five Australians, but experts warn this could rise by 70% to one in four by 2050 unless prevention strategies are developed now. In response to the dramatic rise in allergies and public health concern, researchers and clinicians from across Australia have developed a collaborative research centre to tackle the growing allergy epidemic. The Centre for Research Excellence in Paediatric Food Allergy and Food-related Immune Disorders, which is the only one of its kind in the world, was officially launched last month during World Allergy Awareness Week.


An alliance of leading researchers and centres in Australia will work together to focus on prevention. The team hope to develop strategies to prevent food allergy developing, prevent adverse events in children with a food allergy and to prevent food allergy progressing to asthma. Research by Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia has shown that food allergy and eczema may be the gateway disease. Infants with a food allergy are five times more likely to develop respiratory allergic diseases later in life. Australia is leading the world in food allergy research.

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The prevalance of food allergy in infants is 10%, which was much higher than researchers anticipated. Demonstrated that early introduction of egg is safe and may even protect against the development of egg allergy - these results have underpinned the recently revised infant feeding guidelines. Found that pets, especially dogs, and having siblings may be protective factors for the development of food allergy. Described a novel two step testing approach to improve the precision of peanut allergy testing which will reduce the burden on overwhelmed allergy services. Discovered that Vitamin D status is integrally linked to the development of infantile food allergy.

Over the last ten years, there has been a five-fold increase in hospital admissions for life-threatening anaphylaxis. During the same period, clinical referral for life-threatening peanut allergy of all ages has doubled in Australia. These changes are most pronounced in children less than five years, suggesting a casual role for early life determinants. These findings are reflected in unprecedented waiting lists for specialist allergists with most States of Australia reporting waiting lists in excess of 12 months.

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FoodSwitch Aussie app fighting two of the nation’s biggest killers The revolutionary iPhone app, FoodSwitch, is empowering Australian shoppers to make healthier food choices and reduce their risk of dying early from two of the nation’s biggest killers – heart attack and stroke. In three easy steps, Australian consumers can reduce excessively high levels of fat, salt and sugar in their families’ diets and share shopping lists with friends via social media. Developed in Australia, and tailored for Australian shoppers, FoodSwitch allows users to scan the barcode of packaged foods using their iPhone camera and receive immediate, easy to understand nutritional advice and seek 10

healthier choices. Importantly, the app displays healthier choices based on the nutritional value of close to 40,000 packaged food products found in Australian supermarkets - the result of three years of research by pre-eminent food and health policy experts from The George Institute for Global Health, and launched thanks to a new partnership with Bupa, one of Australia’s leading healthcare organisations. “FoodSwitch’s three step approach marries the latest technology with cutting edge research. Australians can now scan barcodes, see what’s in a food, and switch to a healthier choice in an instant,” Professor Bruce Neal, Senior Director at The George Institute, said.

Bupa’s Head of Clinical Advisory, Dr Stan Goldstein, said FoodSwitch puts Bupa and The George Institute at the forefront of improving Australian families’ diets with a simple, practical tool.

Health professionals have been enthusiastic about the new SaltSwitch function, which will be particularly beneficial for those with high blood pressure or heart attack and stroke survivors.

“While the food labelling debate is ongoing, this app uses the best available science to deliver immediate, easy-tounderstand nutritional information so users can switch to healthier options,” Dr Goldstein said.


FoodSwitch allows consumers to scan packaged food products, which will provide a traffic light rating for fat, sugar and salt (low rating; green, consumed in moderation; amber, high in fat, salt, etc; red). The app will also list recommendations for healthier products. If a product is not available in the app, users can submit it to be added. Close to 300,000 Australians have downloaded the app to date. New functions Since FoodSwitch first launched in January 2012, the teams at Bupa and The George Institute for Global Health have been inundated with requests for extended functionality from large communities of people. This consumer demand led to the introduction of SaltSwitch and GlutenSwitch filters in 2013. SaltSwitch Australians are eating more than double the daily recommended level of salt. Reducing salt intake by an average of 3 grams a day could reduce the number of Australian deaths from stroke by a quarter and the number of deaths from coronary heart disease by one fifth. Professor Bruce Neal said that many people simply don’t realise how much salt they are consuming.

Australians with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance are able to make better informed choices in the supermarket aisle, with the addition of the GlutenSwitch. GlutenSwitch provides instant information about whether a scanned product contains gluten and also recommends alternative gluten-free items. At the same time, it shows consumer-friendly traffic lights for fat, saturated fat, sugars, salt and energy. Bupa Chief Medical Officer, Dr Paul Bates, said the added functionality would provide extra help when it came to healthy food choices for those requiring gluten-free options. “Having something without gluten doesn’t automatically make it healthy and, as with many processed foods, some gluten-free products are high in sodium and saturated fat,” Dr Bates said. “This isn’t about chasing a fad. GlutenSwitch helps consumers who must maintain a gluten-free diet choose the best options for their health, so they don’t have to cut out entire food groups which could leave them lacking some nutrients.” Almost 10,000 gluten-free items are now searchable on the app.

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“Salt is a silent killer, and its health impacts are too often underestimated,” Professor Neal said. “It’s really important that people understand a high salt diet is a key driver of high blood pressure, which in turn is a major risk factor for stroke, heart attack and kidney failure.”


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APNA Online learning for nurses and other health professionals APNA Online Learning delivers rich, interactive learning in a fully flexible online format, with courses designed specifically for nurses in primary health care and other health professionals. APNA is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care including general practice. With more than 3000 members, APNA provide primary health care nurses with a voice, access to quality continuing professional development, educational resources, support and networking opportunities. APNA continually strives to increase awareness of the role of the primary health care nurse, and to be a dynamic and vibrant organisation for its members.


In October 2012, the APNA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee released a CPD survey to find out more about the professional development needs of our members. Of the 527 primary health care nurses who completed the survey, 91% of respondents indicated that they cover the cost of their own CPD; participants proceeded to indicate cost as the greatest barrier to accessing professional development. Nurses specified they would like APNA to provide more professional development opportunities through local workshops and online learning courses. APNA Online Learning has unique advantages, overcoming barriers of education costs and physical distance for rural,

remote and city based nurses. For many nurses, job and family obligations make it difficult, if not impossible, to participate in traditional classroom learning to further their education. APNA Online Learning includes courses suitable for nurses and other healthcare professionals to schedule their study time around their other obligations, opening up educational and further career opportunities that may not have been possible otherwise. APNA Online Learning can be utilised to meet minimum learning requirements under national registration during work breaks and at home without taking a leave of absence. The busy lifestyles of the primary health care nursing profession encourages APNA to increase our attention to online learning as a convenient way of gaining this professional training. You have the opportunity to join the 4,768 healthcare professionals using APNA Online Learning to access upto-date, relevant and professionally delivered education. APNA Online Learning currently offers 30 courses ranging from 1 CPD hour to 16 CPD hours. An educational module can be started, paused and recommenced a number of times without users losing track of their progress, giving you the flexibility to stop and start your learning. Topics and courses include: Chronic Conditions • Cardiovascular Disease Risk - Assessment and Management – FREE • Diabetes Management in the Primary Care Setting - Introduction to Diabetes • Diabetes Management in the Primary Care Setting - Supporting People Living with Diabetes – New course • Palliative Care Clinical Education • An Introduction to Eyes • Basic Life Support • Basic Pharmacology • IV Cannulation • Immunisation • Influenza Prevention – FREE • Managing Fertility in General Practice – New course and FREE • Pertussis – New course and FREE • Reducing Risky Drinking – Coming soon • STI and Blood Borne Viruses

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Silver Chain Involved in National Telehealth Research Project Working in a government and industry collaboration, Silver Chain WA is involved in a project to demonstrate how the new high-speed broadband will enable better access to health services to homes through Telehealth services. Prospective clients have been identified by Silver Chain as potentially benefitting from the Telehealth technology to help them better understand and manage their health. Telehealth enables a health professional to remotely monitor a client’s vital signs using equipment that is installed in the client’s home. Clients are taught to use the hand-held device to measure and record their own vital signs, including blood pressure, weight, heart rate, 14

temperature, oxygen saturation levels and blood glucose levels. The device also allows for communications between client and health professional through text, voice and video, using National Broadband Network (NBN) connectivity in the home. This project aims to demonstrate how high speed broadband provided through the NBN will enable better access to technology in the home that assists people to improve their health and wellbeing. The project will see Silver Chain using the NBN to connect the Telehealth equipment to the Internet in the client’s home to: •

monitor vital signs based on client answers to questions that are recorded daily, and

conduct face-to-face video calls and conferencing remotely.

“Telehealth allows Silver Chain to monitor a client’s health and recognise any signs of deterioration in their chronic disease,” says Carole Bain, Silver Chain’s General Manager of Country Services. “This enables the client to take steps to control the situation, for example, take medication, or seek advice from their GP and, in turn, prevent a visit to the Emergency Department or an admission to hospital. For rural clients, this means they can stay in their community and not have to travel to a regional hospital or even to Perth.” Project participants will be required to measure their vital signs daily and answer questions using the Telehealth device. The project can integrate with existing services, for instance, those currently receiving Silver Chain’s medication prompting service can have a nurse video call them instead of driving to their home. Participants may also be invited to attend video conferences for further education and consultation on their conditions. “Telehealth provides the client with a better understanding of their individual chronic diseases and helps them to identify any changes or signs of deterioration themselves, allowing them to have more control over their disease management at home,” says Mrs Bain. Improving access to both primary and specialised care – particularly across rural and remote communities, where it reduces the need to travel to a regional or metropolitan centre – is a significant benefit of Telehealth, she explains. “Telehealth will increase access to health care in the bush and totally change the way Silver Chain delivers health and community care.”

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Amy Trindall, radiographer at the Narrabri District Health Service, and recipient of the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme.

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health Radiographer aims to fill rural ultrasound shortage

Although she is already qualified and works at the Narrabri District Health Service, Amy is going back to study next year to work towards a Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography. Why? Because her local hospital cannot keep up with demand for ultrasound scans. “Since moving back to my home town, Narrabri, I have become aware of the shortage of sonographers in the region,” Amy said. “Patients are waiting weeks for routine scans and many 16

She is an example of why allied health professionals are a real asset to rural communities across Australia – they provide essential services in a setting where they get to know the local issues and can step in to help in all sorts of ways.

The use of technology is a given for Amy Trindall, a radiographer in Narrabri, a rural inland town in northern New South Wales.

acute patients are transferred to other hospitals just because we don’t have a sonographer available to perform the scan.

Amy is hoping that once she is trained to provide ultrasounds in Narrabri, patients will no longer need to undertake the long commute for routine healthcare. “Once I am qualified I aim to be full-time in the public health system, ideally providing an on-call service for patients,” she said.

For me to complete this study, I am going to have to travel to Tamworth (two hours one way) every week for supervised training. I am also completing my study by distance, unsupported. But I’m doing it because I really want to provide a high quality service for my local community and surrounding district.

“Locals are having to drive two to three hours away to Tamworth to get an appointment in a reasonable time frame.”

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) CEO Rod Wellington praised Amy for making the huge sacrifice of travelling to another town to study next year in order to help out with an allied health service that is in short supply in her community.

Mr Wellington said Amy demonstrated why the scheme was so important for Australian rural healthcare.

“Amy is already qualified as a radiographer, so she could easily have settled into that job and not concerned herself with the patients who are in need of other imaging services,” he said.

“Demand for allied health scholarships outstrips supply every year,” Mr Wellington said.

“She is an example of why allied health professionals are a real asset to rural communities across Australia – they provide essential services in a setting where they get to know the local issues and can step in to help in all sorts of ways.” However, Mr Wellington points out that for Amy to help out in this instance, she will need assistance with accommodation while studying in another town, as well as with her travel and tuition costs. Amy explains why: “For me to complete this study, I am going to have to travel to Tamworth (two hours one way) every week for supervised training. I am also completing my study by distance, unsupported. But I’m doing it because I really want to provide a high quality service for my local community and surrounding district.”

Unfortunately, he said not all applicants were as fortunate as Amy.

“But without dedicated allied health professionals like Amy, rural patients miss out.” With this in mind, Mr Wellington said SARRAH had requested an additional $7.5 million from the Federal Government in order to offer more scholarships from 2014. SARRAH is awaiting the 2013-14 budget announcement this May for news of whether this request has been be successful. In the meantime, any allied health professional interested in the scholarships should contact SARRAH on or visit the website on

Amy applied and was offered a Postgraduate Scholarship under the Federal Government’s Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme. SARRAH administers the allied health component of this scheme on behalf of the Federal Department of Health and Ageing in order to attract and retain more allied health professionals to rural areas. 17

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We introduce a series of programs, on the Rural Health Channel, to reduce smoking and support healthy lifestyles amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This series is directed toward Tobacco Action Workers, Healthy Lifestyle Workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait 18


Some programs will have a strong educational component, for which CPD points will apply, but others, while being educational, will have more general information content for wider audience appeal.


The need to reduce smoking and encourage healthy lifestyle practices within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities is vitally important. The Rural Health Education Foundation has begun a series of programs that will look at these aspects both generally and with specific community examples.

Islander Health Workers, Nurses, healthcare professionals, community groups and the general public. Some programs will have a strong educational component, for which CPD points will apply, but others, while being educational, will have more general information content for wider audience appeal.

The emphasis of this project is to showcase initiatives and programs around the country. To demonstrate why these programs have been successful and to encourage partnerships and collaboration within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait community, we are showing aspects of these programs that would work in individual areas. “It is not our goal to show programs that work so should be copied, rather to showcase programs and encourage communities to see what could be adapted or modified to work best for them.” says Linda Beaver, Education Manager of the Foundation. “The wealth of opportunities is undeniable. Sharing the initiatives and triggering conversations is a key element of the ‘Be Strong’ series we are developing”. The Department of Health and Ageing, Indigenous Chronic Disease Prevention Section has funded this project for the Foundation. Programs broadcast on the Rural Health Channel so far and now available to view online are: Changing our Future Together: Highlights from the Tackling Indigenous Smoking Conference (5th April) - highlights of the ‘Changing our Future Together’ conference, held in Canberra in December 2012 have been pulled together for this hour long program. It includes footage from some of the keynote presentations and sessions from a gathering of Tobacco Action Workers and Healthy Lifestyle Workers from across Australia. These workers are working with their local communities to reduce smoking and support healthy lifestyles.

It is not our goal to show programs that work so should be copied, rather to showcase programs and encourage communities to see what could be adapted or modified to work best for them. The wealth of opportunities is undeniable. Sharing the initiatives and triggering conversations is a key element of the ‘Be Strong’ series we are developing.

The need to reduce the incidence of smoking in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is well documented. The impact of smoking on chronic disease and associated health complications is also well reported. Smoking during pregnancy and the impact of smoking on children is profound.

Be Strong - Get Connected ( 3rd May) - a half hour documentary looking at innovative ways to get the quit smoking and healthy lifestyle awareness messages out there in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Programs will be broadcast on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 2pm and will be a combination of half hour documentaries and live panel discussion programs. The series began in April 2013 and will run for a year. Visit the Be Strong series webpage:

The Rural Health Education Foundation has a long history of producing educational programs for healthcare professionals and communities. The Rural Health Channel is a free-to-air, satellite digital TV channel available across Australia.

Let’s Be Strong (19th April) - A half hour program encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to be strong by quitting smoking or by not taking up smoking. The tackling Indigenous smoking and healthy lifestyle program is unique in the sense that it is for the communities to determine what works for them.


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Clinic Manager - Yirrkala Health Centre In this position you will be Managing staff, financial and material resources within a remote health setting. You will provide expert clinical leadership and support to a multidisciplinary team in line with strategic operational business plans to achieve optimal health outcomes for individuals and community. A current AHPRA registration and qualification as an RN5 is required. The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate experience in the provision and/or management of clinical services to Aboriginal people in remote areas. Care Coordinator - Yirrkala Health Centre In this position you will be responsible for working collaboratively with patients, and clinical teams to provide appropriate multidisciplinary care and services for Aboriginal people with a chronic condition. A current AHPRA registration and qualification as an RN4/AHP4 is required. An ability to work both independently and in a team is essential, as is excellent time management and communication skills. Closing date for applications is COB Friday 24 May 2013


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Banyo Library, 284 St Vincent’s Rd, Banyo, QLD 31 May 2013, 8.30am - 4.30pm Investment: Just $229 • • • • •

Increase your confidence Improve your self-esteem Achieve greater awareness Create healthier relationships Be happier and enjoy better health!

This breakthrough program empowers nurses and helps you improve your work and personal life. In the course of a day, we look at your existing internal skills and resources and take you on a step-by-step guided journey through specific activities and processes that build resilience, develop confidence and increase self-esteem. Rave review: “I was lucky enough to have been in Dean King’s course. His willingness to give of his time went above and beyond what was required. His professionalism, sincerity, knowledge and support is exceptional. Thanks for helping me out on this part of my professional development and I look forward to working with you again.”- Tony This course has been designed by nurses for nurses. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to develop yourself. To find out more or to reserve your place call Dean at: 0401 444 093 or email

National Leadership and Learning Conference Rydges South Bank, Brisbane, QLD 5 - 6 September 2013 Mater Health Services is proud to offer another exceptional professional development event, delivering an innovative education and leadership toolkit for health professionals. We offer a valuable opportunity to review a broad range of leadership and learning strategies and consider innovative work practices relevant to health. 26

Bayview Boulevard, Sydney, NSW 29 - 30 May 2013 This conference will attract 10.6 hours of Continuing Professional Development, as per The College of Nursing CPD Program. What is behind the Emergency Department (ED) bottle neck? This conference will examine innovative models for improving waiting times, and access block with an emphasis on safe, quality of care. This conference will address: • The health system that creates an ED pressure • Meeting national health quality and safety standards by strengthening safe, quality service delivery • Balancing the Neat with the National elective surgery target priorities (NEST) • Utilising accurate data to measure performance improvement and drive change

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Applying Clinical Governance to the National Standards Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney, NSW 30 - 31 July 2013 As of 1st January 2013 hospitals and day procedure services across Australia are required to transition to the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. Attend the not-to-be-missed Applying Clinical Governance to the National Standards for your chance to examine how to drive improvement through clinical governance. You will explore best practice models from around the country that demonstrate

excellence on overarching NSQHS standards 1 and 2; safety, quality and consumer partnerships. Register today for your chance to participate in discussions on how to: Establish strong clinical governance frameworks for • improved performance • Develop effective consumer partnerships by involving consumers, patients and carers • Evidence procedures and demonstrate enforcement of the standards • Design sustainable systems for the management of regular clinical audits

Health Scoop Readers! Quote CC*HS when registering for this conference and save $100! What does the future of aged care look like? This conference will equip you with strategies to successfully implement consumer directed care (CDC) models in your organisation. From July 2015 all packages, including pre-existing packages will be consumer directed. Given this rapid shift, it is vital to have the right resources and strategies in place for quality, cost effective service delivery in competitive times. This conference will address how to: • Deliver responsive and varied care • Remain competitive via effective marketing and communication • Implement quality monitoring systems to ensure quality service delivery • Develop effective client quoting and financial reporting systems

Transition to Remote Area Nursing

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Centre for Remote Health offers a three-week face-to-face program that prepares Registered Nurses to work as Remote Area Nurses and articulates with Flinders University Award courses.

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ACMHN’s 39th Annual International Mental Health Nursing Conference Pan Pacific Hotel Perth, WA 22 - 24 October 2013 “Collaboration and Partnerships in Mental Health Nursing” This year’s theme “Collaboration and Partnerships in Mental Health Nursing” reflects the changing practice domain and the importance of partnerships to the profession.

Victoria Delivering Consumer Directed Aged Care Royce Hotel, Melbourne, VIC 21 - 22 May 2013

We invite speakers and delegates to consider the significance of collaboration and partnerships to their professional lives and in the positioning of the profession into the future. The host committee believe that the theme will provide opportunity for speakers to address a wide range of mental health issues, and give a wide range for sub-themes. 27

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Healthy recipes... Honey, Lime & Curry Chicken Stir-fry

Emily Tan of Fuss Free Cooking joins us fortnightly sharing her delicious healthy recipes...

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500g chicken breasts, chunky diced 1 tsp and a pinch of salt (1 tsp to marinate the chicken, a pinch to stir fry the veggies Freshly ground black pepper Juice from 1 lime (about 2 tbsps). Please note juice from half a lime to marinate the chicken; the remaining is for the sauce 1 tbsp curry powder, adjust to taste Vegetable oil 200g snow peas, “deveined” and cut across into half 1 red capsicum (red bell pepper), deseeded & sliced 4 short stalks of celery, sliced diagonally 1 tbsp honey 1 spring onion (scallion), sliced diagonally

* Serves 4

Method: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 30

Marinate the chicken: Combine chicken, juice from half a lime, 1 tsp of salt, 1 tbsp curry powder (adjust to taste) and black pepper in a mixing bowl. Set aside. Then prep the vegetables: snow peas, capsicum, celery and spring onion. Make the sauce: Mix together 1 tbsp of honey and juice from the remaining half a lime in a small bowl. Heat a wok (or a pan) over high heat with some oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken pieces and cook until golden brown on the outside and well done on the inside (please drain the marinate before you cook them to minimise oil splatter). Depending on the size of your pan, you will need to do this in batches. Once the chicken pieces are done, set them aside on a plate. Clean the pan to remove any charred bits. Put the same pan back and add some cooking oil. When the oil is hot, add all the vegetables except for the spring onion (scallion) with a pinch of salt. Cook the vegetables until slightly tender. Then toss in the chicken pieces together with the juices on the plate and honey-lime mixture. Just before you finish cooking, add in the spring onion and more black pepper (optional) and toss with the ingredients for a few seconds. Serve immediately with rice.

Gingerbread Loaf with Carrot, Pecan and Dates What you will need: • • • • • • • • •

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1 cup (160g) organic spelt flour 1 cup (220g) firmly-packed dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 cup (170g) chopped dates 1 cup (140g) roasted pecans, roughly chopped 1 1/2 cups carrots (about 2 medium sized carrots), grated & squeezed the excess liquid 2 eggs 1/3 cup (80ml) light olive oil 1/2 cup (125ml) milk 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract Extra sliced pecans, for topping

Method: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a 23cm x 13cm loaf pan with baking paper and the area that is not covered by the baking paper, grease the surface with some olive oil. In a large bowl, use a fork to mix together the flour, brown sugar, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Do this in a “mashing” motion until most of the lumps in the sugar disappear. Add in the chopped dates, chopped pecans and grated carrots (after squeezing out the excess liquid) and toss them about so they’re well-coated in the mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla extract until they’re smooth and creamy. Pour this egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir them together until they’re well combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared tin, smooth it out and sprinkle sliced pecans over the top. Bake the loaf for an hour or until a fine skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool the loaf in the tin on a wire rack for 8 minutes, then gently loosen around the sides before turning it out onto the rack to cool completely.

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The Health Scoop - Issue 9: Technology in Healthcare  

Welcome to Issue 9 of The Health Scoop featuring Technology in Healthcare...