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.

Improving patient outcomes – Primary health care nurses working to the breadth of their scope of practice

September 2017. APNA Position Statement: Nurses working to their full scope of practice as part of an interdisciplinary team can enable more integrated, efficient and accessible healthcare. September 2017.

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...

News: Flu vaccination program now mandatory for aged care staff and volunteers

7 May 2018 The Department of Health has announced that as of 1 May legislation requires Australian Government-subsidised residential aged care providers to offer the flu vaccine to staff and volunteers.

Patient engagement

Patient engagement on your nurse clinic is about designing effective patient pathways and flow. This includes defining patient criteria, referrals, assessment, care plan and coordination, information provision and more...

Does my workplace professional indemnity insurance give me enough protection?

May 2018. This is the top question that we’re answering on our APNA (Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association) Nurse Support Line during this busy registration and renewal time. And the answer is - POSSIBLY NOT.

National Employment Standards

The National Employment Standards determines the absolute minimum standards of pay and conditions for any employee in Australia. Read them here.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation: Wages and conditions

Information on wages and conditions for nurses and midwives from the ANMF

Career and Education Framework

The Career and Education Framework and Toolkit supports education and career progression and improves employment opportunities, recruitment and retention for nurses in primary health care.

The essential elements of a nurse clinic: Staffing and HR

Having a strong and effective team ready to take on the challenges of implementing a new model of nurse-led care is an essential part of a nurse clinic. While supporting and sustaining the team can be challenging there are a few things that can help to minimise potential issues.

Transition to Practice

It’s recognised that the longer a nurse stays with an organisation the more productive they become. Early results of the Transition to Practice Pilot Program Tranche 1 have indicated it has had a positive influence on nurses’ intentions to remain in the nursing workforce.

Are you getting the most out of your nursing workforce?

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.

Fair Work Commission

Australia's national workplace relations tribunal. Contains the Nursing Award and other workplace awards.

The essential elements of a nurse clinic: The fundamental of systems and processes

The systems and processes building block describes the fundamental requirements to maximise your clinic’s outcomes focusing on: technical systems, processes to manage patient appointments and reminders and data-management and privacy obligations.

APNA Education and career framework for nurses in general practice November 2015

This document has been developed to explain aspects of the visual representation of the Framework. Appendices are included to provide clarity and context for stakeholders such as practice managers, health care providers, education providers and the community. This document represents the first stage in the process of developing an education and career framework for nurses in general practice.

Honour for Ballarat Nurse

Nurse and APNA Member Caroline Gibson has been recognised nationally for her innovative dementia care work. Ms Gibson was a finalist in the prestigious APNA Nurse Awards for developing a ground-breaking practice nurse dementia care model at Ballarat Community Health. Read more...

Championing Change practice nurse grants - Winners announced

Seqirus Australia announces the recipients of the 2018-2019 Championing Change Innovation Practice Nurse Grants.  See who has won!

News: The Bega Teen Clinic

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.

Case studies

Find out how these five nurse clinics were set up in these examples

Improving job retention: The power of mentorship

Mentoring in the workplace delivers myriad benefits for the nursing workforce including job retention, promotion and advancement, higher satisfaction, morale and productivity. Now more than ever, it is considered an essential element in keeping nurses engaged and satisfied throughout their professional journey. Primary Times Autumn 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 1)
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