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Nurses welcome introduction of Legislation into Parliament

MEDIA RELEASE: The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) will use a breakfast briefing at Parliament House, sponsored by the Hon Ged Kearney, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, to welcome the introduction of new Legislation into the Parliament to make it easier for nurse practitioners to deliver high quality primary health care for the community.

New nurse-led clinics a welcome addition to primary health care for women and girls

MEDIA RELEASE: The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) commends the Queensland Government’s announcement of $46 million dollars in funding for four nurse-led walk in clinics to provide improved access to health care for women and girls.

Primary Health Care Nurses Day 2024

MEDIA RELEASE: On Primary Health Care Nurses Day, APNA Workforce Survey data shows almost one third of primary health care (PHC) nurses (31%) in Australia are still unable to work to their full scope of practice.

One in four nurses consider leaving primary health care

Australia is on notice that its nursing shortage is set to worsen, with one in four nurses working in primary health care (PHC) considering leaving their role in the next two to five years, according to the largest survey of the sector.

APNA welcomes direction of Scope of Practice Review Issues Paper 1

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) has welcomed today’s Unleashing the Potential of our Health Workforce Scope of Practice Review Issues Paper 1 and its recognition that more primary health care (PHC) professionals working to full scope of practice will provide greater levels of safe, efficient, patient-centred care for our communities.

APNA welcomes nurse-led Medicare Urgent Care Clinics

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) welcomes the announcement that the six ACT nurse-led walk-in centres will provide expanded services as they join the Medicare Urgent Care Clinics program.

The Nursing Peaks Coalition supports a Yes Vote to the referendum on the Voice to Parliament

The Nursing Peaks Coalition supports a Yes Vote to the referendum on the Voice to Parliament.

Cardwell is the latest, but not the last

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is aware of the situation in Cardwell where State and Commonwealth government intervention has been required to maintain primary health care (PHC) services to a rural community.

APNA honours two shining lights of primary health care nursing

A nurse who has spent decades bringing high quality, community-led healthcare to remote area Indigenous Australians and a social scientist and nursing professor who fundamentally changed the way primary health care (PHC) nurses provide vaccinations have both been recognised for their monumental contributions to PHC nursing in Australia.

West Australian nurses are Australia’s most underutilised - survey

Western Australia’s primary health care (PHC) nurses are the most underutilised in Australia, according to a national survey of Australia’s PHC nursing workforce.

Aged care nurses underutilised despite workforce shortage - survey

More than one third (34%) of all nurses working in residential or community aged care settings are not being utilised most of the time, according to a new national survey of Australia’s primary health care (PHC) nursing workforce.

First nursing students placed in national aged care program

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) has placed its first 76 student nurses into aged care placements as part of a new program to recruit nurses into the residential aged care sector.

One in four Primary Health Care nurses plans to quit

More than a quarter of all Primary Health Care (PHC) nurses in Australia say they are planning to leave their job, according to new national data.

New models of nursing care will provide solutions to the ageing population

The Intergenerational Report, released yesterday, predicts that Australia’s population is expected to climb to 39.8 million by 2060-61, a million more than the previous projections for 38.8 million released in 2021, and pass 40 million by 2063. Additionally, Australians are expected to live longer with life expectancies forecast to rise to 87 years for men and 89.5 years for women by 2062-63.

APNA welcomes new Health and Aged Care Secretary

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) has welcomed the appointment of Blair Comley PSM as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.

Nurse skills, experience being wasted despite nursing shortage - national survey

One third (32%) of all primary health care (PHC) nurses are not being utilised most of the time, according to a new national survey of Australia’s PHC nursing workforce.

New Plan to better use Nurse Practitioners

Today’s release of the Nurse Practitioner Workforce Plan is a welcome follow-up to last week’s Budget announcements supporting Nurse Practitioners (NPs).

International Nurses Day - a chance to thank nurses for the care they give us

International Nurses Day is about two words - thank you.

Budget lays the groundwork for structural change in health care

The Federal Budget will strengthen Australia’s primary health care (PHC) system by addressing growing nursing shortages, seeing more nurses hired where they are needed, and better utilising the largest workforce in PHC of nearly 100,000 nurses to their full potential to reduce the pressure on the health system.

Nurses focusing on their financial health

NURSES are gathering around the country tomorrow night for professional development with a difference - to learn more about money and how to navigate the financial side of being a nurse.

More to do, but APNA welcomes Albanese Government’s approach to health reforms

The peak body representing Australia’s 96,000 Primary Health Care nurses has welcomed the Albanese Government’s first steps to reforming Medicare, which will help improve Australia’s health.

We agree. It’s now time for action. Nurses are ready for change

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) welcomes Federal Health Minister Mark Butler’s thoughtful and considered approach to change in Australian health care.

Federal Budget keeps PHC nurses waiting

Tonight’s Federal Budget has failed to address the growing nurse shortages in general practice and aged care which will lead to a crisis in Australia’s primary health care (PHC) system.

Victorian nursing announcement risks general practice and aged care

The Andrews Government’s $270 million announcement to recruit more nurses into the public health system is well-intended but risks exacerbating nurse shortages in aged care and general practice.

Celebrating 21 years of nursing impact - APNA marks a milestone in making Australia healthier by supporting primary health care nurses

When Primary Health Care (PHC) nurses needed a voice, when student nurses needed a reliable pathway to primary care placements, when rural communities urgently needed nurses to help tackle COVID, APNA was there.

More than 900 Calvary nurses to benefit from APNA membership

More than 900 Calvary nurses in aged care, home care and telehealth services are set to benefit from an agreement between Calvary and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA).

Government must focus more on Australia’s primary health care needs

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) has welcomed moves by the Morrison Government in tonight’s federal Budget to partly address the urgent issues faced by primary health care nurses when caring for the health needs of millions of Australians.

Homegrown talent the answer to global nursing shortage

A global shortage of more than 30 million nurses and midwives means Australia must focus on training local Primary Health Care (PHC) nurses rather than rely on overseas-trained nurses to fill the aged care workforce shortfall.

Top marks for primary health care student nurse program

It’s official - nine out of every ten PHC nurse supervisors who participated in APNA’s Student Nurse Placement Program (SNPP) said that they would be happy to supervise student nurses again, according to new national data.

Next-generation of nurses impressed with primary health care

New national data shows seven out of every 10 student nurses who complete APNA’s Student Nurse Placement Program (SNPP) say they would consider a primary health care (PHC) career.

No time for heart health education, say under-resourced nurses

Almost one in three Primary Health Care (PHC) nurses in Australia say that work and resource pressures mean that they do not perform cardiovascular education and management with patients, according to new national data.

Nursing organisations condemn Morrison Government for failures in aged care

The country’s peak nursing organisations today stand together to condemn the Morrison Government for its failure to protect Australia’s nursing home residents, and the nurses and care workers doing their utmost in a sector that has been overwhelmed by COVID. And, at a time when the latest COVID outbreaks continue to claim lives in Australia’s nursing homes.

APNA and School Nurses Australia to amalgamate

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) and School Nurses Australia (SNA) have agreed to amalgamate. The merged body will continue to be known as APNA. APNA Acting CEO Mitch Wall welcomed SNA members to APNA and said the amalgamation process would begin immediately.

Student Nurse Placement Program

APNA and Monash University are helping nursing students complete clinical placements that were disrupted by COVID-19.

Doctors and Primary Care nurses join forces to strengthen rural and remote healthcare

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and APNA have formalised a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of strengthening healthcare teams across rural and remote Australia.

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.


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