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.

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.

Refugee Health Assessment Template launched

The Victorian Refugee Health Network have launched the 2018 update of the Refugee Health Assessment Template. Endorsed by APNA and developed in collaboration with health professionals and bicultural workers from refugee backgrounds, the template supports the delivery of refugee health assessments in line with current clinical recommendations, while allowing flexibility in approach.

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.

Nurse practitioner Chris Helms receives the Rosemary Bryant Award

June 2018. Canberra nurse, Chris Helms (PhD in nursing), receives the Rosemary Bryant Award, in recognition of his contribution to the nursing profession.

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.

Funding to improve those with allergies

The Government will invest more than half a million dollars in projects to improve the lives of Australians who live with allergies. Projects include development of standardised food allergy content to be included in all accredited food hygiene courses and the development of online resources for teens and young adults with allergies to share their experiences. Read more...

News: Getting you through the Flu (season)

May 2018. One of the most common questions APNA’s nurse support line has been answering over the past week has been: How do we reduce anxiety in our at risk groups (especially the over 65s) when there’s an influenza (flu) vaccine shortage?

What will Health Care Homes mean for nurses?

December 2017. Find out the latest about the Health Care Homes initiative and the role of nurses, including the Health Care Homes Q&A panel from the 2017 APNA conference, perspectives from those support practices involved, and a webinar on the role of nurse transformation.

Long-serving board member appointed CEO

APNA has appointed board member Ken Griffin as Chief Executive Officer. 

My Health Record update: Legislation changes

August 2018. Last week the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, announced legislative changes to the My Health Record to strengthen privacy provisions under the My Health Record Act.

APNA welcomes $12 million boost to national immunisation education

Every day around 60% of primary health care nurses provide an immunisation, and a further 18% immunise at least weekly.

Severe Asthma Toolkit - Evidence-based asthma education

July 2018. The Severe Asthma Toolkit is a dedicated, evidence-based online resource to support clinical care. The toolkit also provides practical resources that can be accessed in the clinic to support clinical management.

News: Improving clinical practice and patient care in nocturnal enuresis

May 2018. Release of a new report addressing the need for children to have timely access to appropriate healthcare for the management of urinary incontinence1 coincides with today’s launch of the second edition of the Australian Nocturnal Enuresis Resource Kit in the lead up to World Bedwetting Day (Tuesday, May 29, 2018).

Cyber security alert: Wannacry

Over recent weeks, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has become aware of media devices within a small number of organisations in the health sector being infected with WannaCry ransomware.

Improved access for veterans to mental health care

From mid-2018, eligible Australian Defence Force members transitioning from defence will automatically receive a DVA White Card to access DVA-funded mental health care from general practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists or other health providers. Read more...

News: Australian Government announces ongoing funding for APNA

On 8 May 2018, the Australian Government announced it will help strengthen the role of nurses in delivering primary health to meet the future health care needs of the Australian community.

News: The first My Health Record connected town in Australia

March 2018. The community of Berrigan in NSW is the first town in Australia where all key healthcare providers are connected and using My Health Record.

Help your patients know when to claim online

August 2018. If you claim a Medicare benefit for a patient, remind them they don’t need to submit a claim online to get their benefit. Since Medicare improved its patients’ Medicare online accounts earlier this year, more patients are submitting their claims online. But some patients are claiming benefits for services the practice has already claimed for them. Find out how you can better assist your patients and your practice...

APNA welcomes Dr Tony Hobbs back on board

APNA welcomes the return of Dr Tony Hobbs to its Board. Dr Hobbs, who served on the APNA Board in 2011 and 2012, brings significant expertise in general practice administration, Australian health policy, and corporate governance.
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