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.
June 2018. Canberra nurse, Chris Helms (PhD in nursing), receives the Rosemary Bryant Award, in recognition of his contribution to the nursing profession.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Career opportunities in general practice are on the rise. With 63% of general practices in Australia employing at least one nurse, general practice (GP) nursing is the fastest growing area within the healthcare sector.
April 2018. The End of Life Directions for Aged Care website has been launched. It provides practical and useful information for palliative care and advance care planning. Read more...
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.
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...
Seqirus Australia announces the recipients of the 2018-2019 Championing Change Innovation Practice Nurse Grants. See who has won!
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.
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.
Augsut 2018. APNA's Haemochromatosis for Nurses is an online course developed to provide an understanding of haemochromatosis, its symptoms, diagnosis, and management. Developed by Haemochromatosis Australia for APNA, this course takes approx. 1 CPD hour and costs $38.50 for non-members. Get learning now!
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.
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.
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...
Over recent weeks, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has become aware of media devices within a small number of organisations in the health sector being infected with WannaCry ransomware.
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...
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.