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.

APNA Conference 2018: Interviews from Croakey with presenters

May 2018. Did you catch these conference interviews with Sue McInnes, Christine Ashley and Liz Halcomb in this week's APNA Connect? Hear them talking to Croakey at the APNA Conference about mental illness, lifestyle risk prevention and workforce issues.

News: 2018 National Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program

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.

News: The first My Health Record connected town in Australia

20 March 2018. The community of Berrigan in NSW is the first town in Australia where all key healthcare providers are connected and using My Health Record.

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).

News: Tough Talk – Australian urged to plan for end of life care

April 2018. Australia’s inaugural Advance Care Planning Week begins on 16 April, encouraging people of all ages to prepare their personal end of life care plans, to give certainty to themselves and their families. Department of Health Media release.

Smart digital health to help drive government's chronic disease initiative

7 December 2017. A smart system capable of recognising patients at risk of hospitalisation has been released this week as part of a primary health care initiative in Australia to tackle the growing epidemic of chronic illness.

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.

My Health Record update: Legislation changes

Last week the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, announced legislative changes to the My Health Record to strengthen privacy provisions under the My Health Record Act.

News: Janine Mohamed: Cultural safety matters – The conversation we need to keep having

March 2018. An article from Janine Mohammed, CEO of CATSINaM on the new code of conduct for nurses and midwives set by the Nursing and Midwife Board of Australia from 1 March 2018.

News: Getting you through the Flu (season)

May 2018. One of the most common questions APNA’s nurse support line has been answering over the past week has been: How do we reduce anxiety in our at risk groups (especially the over 65s) when there’s an influenza (flu) vaccine shortage?

News: Vaccinating patients against shingles

April 2018. With the flu season upon us, now comes a timely reminder to general practitioners in your practice about the importance of adult vaccination against shingles. Health professional-only information.

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...

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.

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...

News: Are you ready for winter's woes?

April 2018. Winter is on the way. It’s the season most associated with the hardship of illness such as influenza. Influenza or 'the flu' as it is commonly called, is usually identified as a mild illness, but for children under five years of age, pregnant women, and people over the age of 65 it can be severe and occasionally fatal.

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.

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.

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: Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer

May 2018. 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.
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