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.
The Contemporary Veteran: Caring for today’s Digger - Jenny Strike
A change is required if we are to alter the health outcomes for our contemporary veteran community. A large percentage of this cohort suffers with PTSD, adjustment disorder, anxiety, depression and many physical injuries and musculoskeletal issues. If we don’t act as an agent of change, this large group of “broken” men and women will follow the path of chronic illness as the veterans before them.
Veterans need to be understood, appreciated for their service and supported to learn how to reintegrate back into a civilian life that they know very little about. They need assistance physically, psychologically, emotionally and most importantly they need to establish trust with their care providers.
At GO2 Health we provide these services by actively engaging the GP Management planning and collaborative Team Care Arrangements, together with a very comprehensive Coordinated Veteran Care Program. We have utilised these programs to develop relationships with our patients to ensure they feel safe enough to pick up the phone and ask for help when the darkness comes. In a cohort or patients with a suicide risk being high, we pride ourselves as never having lost one of our veterans to suicide in the history of the company.