Here is how you pump up the volume - The trifecta of improving primary healthcare

May 2018. A collaborative healthcare approach with nurses at the helm of managing patient care is not a new concept.  Yet this alternate model of care is neither well understood nor fully embraced by the primary health sector.

Voluntary assisted dying is now legal in Victoria

Terminally-ill Victorians can now legally ask their doctors for lethal drugs under Australia's only voluntary assisted dying laws.

News: Improving clinical practice and patient care in nocturnal enuresis

May 2018. Release of a new report addressing the need for children to have timely access to appropriate healthcare for the management of urinary incontinence1 coincides with today’s launch of the second edition of the Australian Nocturnal Enuresis Resource Kit in the lead up to World Bedwetting Day (Tuesday, May 29, 2018).

Nurse practitioner Chris Helms receives the Rosemary Bryant Award

June 2018. Canberra nurse, Chris Helms (PhD in nursing), receives the Rosemary Bryant Award, in recognition of his contribution to the nursing profession.

Department of Veterans' Affairs Toolbox trial

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is currently testing a new DVA Toolbox for Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC), which supports medical clinics and practitioners who enrol and care for DVA clients in the CVC Program. Health professionals are invited to access and trial the toolbox during the testing phase.

News: The Bega Teen Clinic

March 2018. The Bega Teen Clinic is a nurse-led, early intervention model of access to primary health care for teenagers, which sits within existing general practices providing a drop-in service for young people in rural towns and supported by APNA through the Enhanced Nurse Clinics program.

News: Changes to Domiciliary Medication Management Review (DMMR)

June 2018. Part of APNA’s Transition to Practice Pilot Program (TPPP), has been to ensure nurses stay informed of primary health care news and best practice. All nurses are actively encouraged to seek out additional and external resources, news and information, including keeping abreast of any changes occurring in local or national government. One such change has occurred recently, with the MBS requirements for Item 900 becoming more robust. Read more...

New Primary Care Toolkit fact sheets - Palliative and advanced care

August 2018. Created by the Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association the End of Life Directions for Aged Care Primary Care Toolkit now contains new factsheets for primary health care providers in addition to the existing resources. Find out more...

Are you getting the most out of your nursing workforce?

June 2018. Australia faces a shortfall of 38,000 nurses in the primary health care sector by 2030, if industry stakeholders remain apathetic about workforce retention and recruitment.

Primary Care and Mental Health elearning modules

July 2018. The Primary Care and Mental Health elearning modules are available for nurses working in primary health care. The modules cover mental health screening, assessment, planning care, referral and documentation and are developed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN). Mental Health Practice Standards for Nurses are also available.

Does my workplace professional indemnity insurance give me enough protection?

May 2018. 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.

Refugee Health Assessment Template launched

The Victorian Refugee Health Network have launched the 2018 update of the Refugee Health Assessment Template. Endorsed by APNA and developed in collaboration with health professionals and bicultural workers from refugee backgrounds, the template supports the delivery of refugee health assessments in line with current clinical recommendations, while allowing flexibility in approach.

Research reports provide insights into veterans’ health and wellbeing

August 2018. First reports of Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and Department of Defence-funded Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme have been published. The $6 million programme is the most comprehensive study undertaken in Australia on the impact of military service on the mental, physical and social health of current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families. Find out more...

Aged Care Quality Standards

July marks the commencement of the new national Aged Care Quality Standards which apply to all aged care settings including residential and in-home aged care services.

Help your patients know when to claim online

August 2018. If you claim a Medicare benefit for a patient, remind them they don’t need to submit a claim online to get their benefit. Since Medicare improved its patients’ Medicare online accounts earlier this year, more patients are submitting their claims online. But some patients are claiming benefits for services the practice has already claimed for them. Find out how you can better assist your patients and your practice...

News: Government dedicates $50 million towards cancer patients

July 2018. The Turnbull Government will provide $50 million to support some of Australia’s sickest patients, battling ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, renal cell cancer and sarcomas, to access potentially life saving medical treatment. The new national program–The Australian Genomic Cancer Medicine Program–will treat more than 5,000 patients nationally, from every state and territory. Read more...

Are you interested in improving the quality of data that is collected in primary health care?

APNA is excited to be part of a project with the CSIRO on this topic and we would value your input.

Improved access for veterans to mental health care

From mid-2018, eligible Australian Defence Force members transitioning from defence will automatically receive a DVA White Card to access DVA-funded mental health care from general practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists or other health providers. Read more...

What will Health Care Homes mean for nurses?

December 2017. Find out the latest about the Health Care Homes initiative and the role of nurses, including the Health Care Homes Q&A panel from the 2017 APNA conference, perspectives from those support practices involved, and a webinar on the role of nurse transformation.

Encourage My Health Record uptake by patients

Want to encourage My Health Record uptake in your practice? These videos and articles of patient stories show how My Health Record can help patients better manage and coordinate their health care. Watch and read here...
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