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.

Improving patient outcomes – Primary health care nurses working to the breadth of their scope of practice

September 2017. APNA Position Statement: Nurses working to their full scope of practice as part of an interdisciplinary team can enable more integrated, efficient and accessible healthcare. September 2017.

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: 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...

APNA welcomes Dr Tony Hobbs back on board

APNA welcomes the return of Dr Tony Hobbs to its Board. Dr Hobbs, who served on the APNA Board in 2011 and 2012, brings significant expertise in general practice administration, Australian health policy, and corporate governance.

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

April 2018. APNA’s president Karen Booth says 'APNA wants to reiterate their support for Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s code of conduct. The code has included extensive consultation across nursing and midwifery, and provides care that is holistic, free of bias and racism, and most importantly respectful of cultural safety for all cultures.'

The view from the other side

As an Australian enrolled nurse now living in Canada for two years, I’ve found myself unemployable as a nurse. As a health consumer in Canada, in particular in Halifax Nova Scotia, family medicine (general practice) seems to be a fractured and understaffed area of care.

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.

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.

News: Amendment to APNA’s Constitution gets passed at General Meeting in Melbourne

The effect of these amendments is in line with APNA’s commitment to hold transparent election of board members that align with the intent of the APNA constitution.

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: 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: 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?

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...

Caring@home - Resources for palliative care

Caring@home is a national project led by the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative, and funded by the Australian Government. It has produced resources for community service providers and health care professionals to support carers manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines. Find out more...

Health Workforce Scholarship Program 2019

Australian Government's initiative to improve access to health services needed in remote and rural areas across Australia by supporting an increase in skills, capacity and/or scope of practice.

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.

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.

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.

News: The first My Health Record connected town in Australia

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.
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