APNA’s advocacy direction: Join us in making a change

APNA strives to become a stronger influencer of national health care policy for the benefit of primary health care nurses and the Australian community. This includes both advocacy at the state and federal level (macro), and programs that equip nurses to advocate for themselves (micro level).

Our vision is a healthy Australia through best practice primary health care nursing. We advocate on behalf of the sector’s largest health workforce – the 84,000 nurses in GP clinics, aged care, schools, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services and other community settings. We believe a well-trained, well-supported primary health care nursing workforce is critical in meeting the needs of Australian communities. This skilled workforce needs to be valued, visible and respected.

We are working to achieve this vision by advocating for:

  • New funding models that empower nurses to use more of their skills (45% of primary health care nurses say the current system prevents them working to full scope of practice – an incredible lost opportunity for the health and wellbeing of Australia)
  • A national placements scheme for nursing students in primary health settings, so a new generation is ready to take up the baton
  • Greater investment in team-based preventive health programs involving nurses in general practice and aged care

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to be involved in APNA's advocacy activities, please contact the policy team at policy@apna.asn.au or call 1300 303 184. We’d love to hear from you! 

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