Healthy Practices

Do you know what the benefits of having a nurse in your practice are? APNA's Healthy Practices website is for employers, practice managers, GPs and nurses looking for information and resources on employing a nurse – the benefits, financial considerations and more...

Framework for registered and enrolled nurses launched

The APNA Career and Education Frameworks for Nurses in Primary Health Care project are the first of their kind in Australia and are now available from My Nursing Future.

The essential elements of a nurse clinic: Staffing and HR

Having a strong and effective team ready to take on the challenges of implementing a new model of nurse-led care is an essential part of a nurse clinic. While supporting and sustaining the team can be challenging there are a few things that can help to minimise potential issues.

News: 2018 influenza update and free vaccination for children under five in NSW

7 May 2018 The 2018 National Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program commenced in mid-April with New South Wales (among other states) funding a free influenza vaccination program for children aged six months to less than five years. Read advice from NSW Health.

News: Victoria and New South Wales ration influenza vaccine

The shortage is blamed on an "unprecedented demand" for vaccines this year. According to the states and territories, there has been a 25-30% uptake in demand for the vaccine.

APNA Workforce Survey

APNA has commissioned a national workforce survey annually since 2004, with the aim of equipping nurses working in primary health care with information on the workforce conditions of their profession. Collection of this information helps APNA’s to develop evidence-based policy and programs relating to the primary health care nurse workforce and to advocate for you.

Does my workplace professional indemnity insurance give me enough protection?

This is the top question that we’re answering on our APNA (Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association) Nurse Support Line during this busy registration and renewal time. And the answer is - POSSIBLY NOT.

News: Primary Times Autumn 2018 issue out now

Have you read the Autumn 2018 issue of Primary Times? Read about what's instore for the Nurseforce for the Future APNA conference in May, where primary health care nurse fit into the Health Care Homes initiative and how effective mentorship can improve job retention for nurses.

Influenza vaccination 2018

Are you up-to-date with this year's flu vaccination information? This year five quadrivalent and two trivalent influenza vaccines will be available. Read the latest from the Therapeutic Guidelines Administration (TGA).

News: Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Darren Carr as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective 21 May 2018.

Transition to Practice

It’s recognised that the longer a nurse stays with an organisation the more productive they become. Early results of the Transition to Practice Pilot Program Tranche 1 have indicated it has had a positive influence on nurses’ intentions to remain in the nursing workforce.

News: Australian Government announces ongoing funding for APNA

On 8 May 2018, the Australian Government announced it will help strengthen the role of nurses in delivering primary health to meet the future health care needs of the Australian community.

APNA office phones are currently down

APNA is currently experiencing issues with its office phone lines. If you have a question, need help or have an enquiry for our member-only Nurse Support Line, please send an email to or call 1300 303 184.

Nurses and future nurses can explore the world of primary health care with

Primary health care offers a diverse, dynamic and fulfilling career with ongoing opportunities to evolve professionally and make a difference to people’s lives. Current nurses can complete the self-assessment and find out where they sit in the Career and Education Framework for Nurses in Primary Health Care and receive a personalised report.

APNA Conference 2018

It is with great delight that APNA announces Nurseforce for the Future, the 10th Annual National Conference for nurses working in primary health care, to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10 to 12 May 2018.

APNA Workforce Survey 2018

Launched at this year's conference, APNA's Workforce Survey 2018 aims to equip nurses working in primary health care with information on the workforce conditions of their profession. APNA also uses this information to help in advocate and represent nurses in primary health care. Take part now!

Events Calendar

Register and find out more about APNA's 2018 workshops for nurses in primary health care.

Reminder: National Cervical Screening Program changes

Reminder: On 1 December 2017 the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) was renewed. The Pap test was replaced by the human papillomavirus (HPV) Cervical Screening Test with the age for screening under the NCSP changed from 18 to 25. Please remember that Pap tests are no longer eligible for Medicare rebates–patients may be charged if this test is requested.

News: Flu vaccination program now mandatory for aged care staff and volunteers

7 May 2018 The Department of Health has announced that as of 1 May legislation requires Australian Government-subsidised residential aged care providers to offer the flu vaccine to staff and volunteers.

News: 2018 National Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program

07 May 2018. Find out the key facts you should know about influenza vaccination in 2018, including resources and information from the Department of Health, ATAGI and the TGA.

Make the most of it

Find out how your membership with APNA can help you achieve your professional goals. 

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Enjoy a fulfilling career

APNA will support you throughout your career in primary health care. Find out which membership type suits you.

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