APNA's definition of primary health care nursing covers health, scope of practice, primary health care, roles and settings. We also explore general practice nursing and Phillips et al. six roles of the general practice nurse.
What is APNA’s Vision for Primary Health Care Nurses & How Do We Get There?
Australia’s health system is facing workforce shortages, shifts in the burden of disease and a growing, ageing population. To sustainably manage Australia’s health, a strong preventative health focus is required. Primary health care nurses are ideally placed to play a fundamental role in addressing the current and future health needs of Australians. However, they often find their roles constrained by funding models that restrict nursing input, and face limited understanding among other health care professionals, patients and policy-makers about their true capacity and professional scope. In this 90 minutes session, we will start with a briefing from Katharine Silk of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association about their vision for a healthy Australia, supported by the best possible healthcare system. APNA will then lead a discussion about its vision for primary health care nurses – APNA Nurse 2022 – and how to get there. We will look at both the system level changes that are required to bring about Nurse 2022, as well as at some of the activities that individual nurses can consider to become Nurse 2022.