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.

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.

Carnegie nurse wins Nurse of the Year at prestigious national awards

Winner of the Nurse of the year award category, Cathy said it was important that the public learnt more about the role of primary care nurses in their community.

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...

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.

News: Better care at end of life gets a boost with new website

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...

Member profile : Cathy Carrasco

APNA Nurse of the Year, Cathy Carrasco, is widely regarded as an extremely experienced registered nurse with a wealth of knowledge.

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...

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.'

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.

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...

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.

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.

Scotland’s 'poaching' of WA nurses shines light on labour problem

"When you have other countries investing a lot more, that’s where the workforce will go." APNA President Karen Booth speaks with WA Today.

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...

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...

Want to know more about Haemochromatosis?

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!

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.

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.
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