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STAFFING NEEDED FOR MEDICAL INSTITUTION
We are an expanding Medical Centre in the north-western part of the country and in keeping with our
existing services and the establishment of new ones, we are looking for highly motivated individuals who
understand the current practice of Medicine and who are interested in being part of a team which leaves
no stone unturned in providing excellent service in the area of patient care. All of the positions listed are
Full-time, unless otherwise stated.
The candidate should possess certification in the relevant field and work experience in a medical environment would be an asset.
Successful candidates will be required to work in various areas of services, including Medical and Lifestyle Assessment,
Specialist Outpatient Services, Imaging, Operative interventions, Dialysis, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Engineering and
Maintenance. Business Management and Specialist Nursing post-graduate degrees would be considered suitable qualifi-
cations for this position. Preference will be given to candidates with more than 3 years experience in a similar field.
The incumbent would be required to provide on-site and on-call imaging service for X-ray, mammogram, fluoroscopy,
ultrasound, CT and MRI services. Applicants should possess the necessary qualifications in Radiography with at least 3
years experience in the appropriate subspecialty.
Our physiotherapists must possess at least a BSc or equivalent/related degree in Physiotherapy. Three or more years sub-
specialty training in the areas of stroke/brain-injured/cardiac rehabilitation is preferred. Our department provides care
on weekdays, evenings and weekends as needed.
Applicants must possess an MLT or equivalent degree, be at least 3 years post certification and have experience in a full
range of investigations (Haematology, Biochemistry and Immunology) in order to function in this busy department.
Participation in an on-call roster is a requirement.
Qualified RNs and ENAs are required to fill positions in the following areas: Medical/Surgical, Dialysis, ICU, Emergency
Room, Operating Theatre and Outpatient Services.
Applicants should possess a degree/certificate in Biomedical Engineering or Electronics notwithstanding consideration
would be given to interest persons with other engineering degrees. Preference will be given to candidates with 3 or more
years experience in a similar position. Please note that this position includes on-call sessions. Full-time TECHNICIANS
are also needed in this department with maintenance experience and certification where applicable.
Vacancies are available in Internal Medicine, Emergency Room/Family Practice and Critical Care/Anaesthesia. Sessions
are also available in Emergency Room/Family Practice.
Doctors are also invited to apply for courtesy privileges in Operating Theatre, Outpatient and Emergency Department.
All appropriately qualified specialists will be considered.
Applications are also available for PHARMACISTS, PHARMACY TECHNICIANS and DENTISTS on a part-time or
All applicants are also required to submit
a copy of the application to:
A new study
Growing up can be a full-time job---and not an
easy one. And the infamous pitfalls and challenges
kids face today can lead to emotional distress and
According to recent research, parents can now
turn to a new treatment to help their troubled chil-
A new study has discovered that music therapy
reduces depression and raises self-esteem in children
and adolescents with behavioural and emotional
problems. The research also found that those young
people who received music therapy had improved
communicative and interactive skills, compared to
those who received usual care options alone.
The fact that music has therapeutic affects isn t
a revelation, and past research has shown that simply
listening to upbeat music can boost a person s mood.
But music therapy is more than simply popping on
a pair of headphones. According to the American
Music Therapy Association, it is the clinical use of
music to accomplish specific goals in a therapy setting.
It can include creating, singing, moving to, and/or
listening to music, but the treatment has to be admin-
istered by a credentialed professional who has com-
pleted an approved music therapy programme.
"Music therapy is a health profession that uses
music as a treatment tool to address non-musical
goals," Al Bumanis, spokesperson for the American
Music Therapy Association, told Yahoo Health. "The
structure of music--- tempo, rhythm, pitch---can be
applied in a scientific way to help people overcome
a wide range of physical and emotional problems."
Music therapy is often just one part of a patients
overall treatment plan and has also been used to
lessen the affects of dementia in older patients, reduce
asthma symptoms in children, and improve sleep
patterns and weight in premature infants.
For this study, researchers, in partnership with the
Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust, divided 251
children and adolescents into two groups, one of
which underwent standard care while the other was
assigned 12 half-hour weekly sessions of music ther-
apy. In their sessions participants used music in var-
ious forms including improvisation and song writing
to explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-
"The findings are dramatic and underscore the
need for music therapy to be made available as a
mainstream treatment option," Ciara Reilly, Chief
Executive of the Northern Ireland Music Therapy
Trust, said in a press statement. "For a long time we
have relied on anecdotal evidence and small-scale
research findings about how well music therapy
works. Now we have robust clinical evidence to show
its beneficial effects."
Depression affects 17 million Americans of all ages
each year. As many a one in 33 children and one in
eight teenagers have depression, according to Kid-
sHealth. It s certainly normal for young people, espe-
cially adolescents, to be moody, so it can be tricky
for parents to gauge the emotional well-being of
"Depression is just a diagnostic label that is com-
posed of a number of symptoms that help us decide
a course of treatment," author and psychologist Mary
Lamia told Yahoo health. "What really matters are
the emotions that kids are actually feeling. It s impor-
tant to understand and address these underlying
emotions, so we aren t just throwing labels on kids
and calling them depressed."
Parents should try to empathise with their kids
and make them feel safe, rather than suggest there
is something wrong, said Lamia. "Around the age of
ten and beyond, a child s self-conscious emotions
are in full swing, and a lot of what children encounter
in their daily lives makes them feel shamed or humil-
iated," she continued. "And shame often mimics
depression in how kids respond to it, through avoid-
ance, withdrawal, harming themselves, or attacking
others." "Sometimes kids are in a bad mood because
they should be," said Lamia. "Every day, kids are
confronted with feelings of shame, guilt, and jealousy,
so it s no surprise that they are moody. If parents
can understand the emotional toll that this takes on
their children, they can better understand how to
Music therapy can help
when kids are depressed
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