What will Health Care Homes mean for nurses?

APNA's position statement on the Health Care Homes model demonstrates strong support for an initiative that aims to better assist and support people with chronic and complex health needs.

It will be a setting where patients can receive 'enhanced access to holistic coordinated care, and wraparound support for health needs', and will provide a team-based care approach where patients and carers are active members of the Health Care Home care team. APNA believes the nursing workforce will play an essential role in the success of the Health Care Homes model.

Find out how nurses are part of the Health Care Homes model when APNA hosts a panel on Friday 5 May at the State of the Art Conference in Hobart in May.

The event will be hosted by Dr Norman Swan and will feature the following panel members:

  • Karen Booth | President APNA
  • Tracey Johnson | CEO Inala Primary Care
  • Leanne Wells | CEO Consumers Health Forum of Australia
  • Dr Bastian Seidel | RACGP President

Get involved and ask panel members that question you've been wanting to ask, email your questions about Health Care Homes to policy@apna.asn.au.

Here are some inspiring thoughts to get you started:

The nursing workforce will play an essential role in Health Care Homes. Nurses are highly trained, trusted professionals able to make a significant contribution within Health Care Homes by pursuing truly team based, interdisciplinary care which puts patients at its heart. APNA supports the concept, and the role of patients and carers as active members of the care team. 
Karen Booth | President APNA

Patient Centred Medical Homes are well established in many other countries. They enable better utilisation of nurses and a range of other care providers for people whose health profiles warrant additional support. Effectively implemented healthcare homes should reduce stress in clinical teams, improve patient outcomes and deliver better value to taxpayers. 
Tracey Johnson | CEO Inala Primary Care

Health Care Homes have the potential to transform primary health care particularly for those with complex and chronic illness. The principle aims of Health Care Homes to encourage more team-based, coordinated and patient-focused care offer the potential of more satisfied health practitioners and patients. 
Leanne Wells | CEO Consumers Health Forum of Australia