Program at a glance

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Thursday 10 May

9:00am - 12:00pm


Wounds: Dealing with healing
Cheryl Frank
Mental Health in your Practice
Sharyn Amos
Common Travel Diseases & Influenza Update Setting up your Nurse Clinic: a modular approach to success Weight Management in General Practice
Dianna Fornasier
Advanced Nurse & Nurse Practitioners Workshop: Pharmacology PHN Workshop: Change Management
10:15 - 10:45am Morning tea
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
2:15 - 2:45pm Afternoon tea

1:00 - 4:00pm


Spirometry: Understanding, interpreting & recognising abnormalities
James Brinton
CDM: Care Coordination
Kym Poyner
Advance Care Planning: Can I start the discussion? Vaccination doesn't stop at childhood: How can you help protect vulnerable older Australians against preventable diseases?
Magali De Castro
Asking Better Questions
Lindsey Tighe
Advanced Nurse & Nurse Practitioners Workshop: Pathology & Diagnostics PHN Workshop: Change Management - continued
4:30 - 5:00pm APNA Annual General Meeting
5:15 - 7:00pm
Social Event
Meet & Greet

Friday 11 May


7:00 - 8:15am
Breakfast Sessions

What are Aussie Kids really Eating? A focus on milk consumption How Primary Health Care Nurses can Step Up in Diabetes Management

8:30 - 10:30am

Welcome to Country — Songwoman Maroochy
MC Welcome & Housekeeping — Jean Kittson
Welcome to delegates — Karen Booth, APNA President
Address from The Hon Greg Hunt, Minister for Health
Address from Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms, Commonwealth Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer
APNA Nurse Awards Presentation Ceremony
Keynote — Leadership from the Frontline — Major Matina Jewell
10:30 - 11:00am Morning tea

11:00am - 12:30pm

Models of Care

Nurse Navigator North West Hospital & Health Service
Anne Neilson 

Increasing Access to Medical Termination of Pregnancy Through Nurse-Led Models of Care
Lauren Coelli 

Making Connections: the Evolution of a Nurse Enhanced Dementia Care Service in General Practice
Caroline Gibson 

Teen Clinic
Meghan Campbell

Workforce: development, recruitment & retention

Health Workforce Utilisation Under the Health Care Homes Model in General Practice in Australia
Rachel  McKittrick

Finding Them & Keeping Them: Lessons Learned from Primary Health Care Nurses Transitioning from Acute Care Employment
Christine Ashley

A Collaboration to Improve Outcomes in Patients with Diabetes by Improving Workforce Capability
Louise Natusch

Job Satisfaction & Career Intentions of General Practice Nurses
Liz Halcomb


Supporting Lay Carers to Provide Breakthrough Palliative Symptom Management
Liz Reymond

Reducing the Impact of Anxiety in Later Life: Nurse-Led Innovation in General Practice
Sharon Hills

Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences at Inala Primary Care
Kelsa Laughlin

After Hours On-Call Nurse Practitioner Model of Care: Working Sustainably at Seymour Health
Pettina Hodgson

Quality & Safety

Using Teachback, a Telephone Communication Technique to Improve Patient Understanding of Health Information & Advice
Dianne Zalitis

Bone Health Consults
Andrea Hunter

Hypertension & Chronic Kidney Disease: New Evidence & Its Impact on PHC Nurse Practice
Kathy Godwin

Nurse-Led High Risk Diabetes Assessment
Jedda Outten

Embracing Change

Exploring the General Practice Nurse's Role in Delivering Primary Mental Health Care
Susan McInnes

How Do Registered Nurses in Australian General Practice Perceive Lifestyle Risk Communication?
Sharon James

Embracing Change: How Community Nurses Engaged with Research
Denise Cummins

Increasing Uptake of Long-acting Reversible Contraceptives Through Nurse-led Insertions:  A Cost-benefit Analysis
Jessica Botfield

Inclusion of IUD Insertion to Family Planning Nurses’ Scope of Clinical Practice
Jessica Botfield

12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch

1:30 - 3:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

Models of Care
Nurse Clinics: Models of Care
Workforce: development, recruitment & retention
More to Mentoring
Health Care Homes
Australian Digital Health Agency
Quality & Safety
Cultural Safety: a relaxed & fun way to explore our identity & how it impacts on the care we give
Ruth De Souza
Quality & Safety
Know Meningococcal: Everything from A to Y
Embracing Change
Changes to National Cervical Screening Program
Cervical Renewal Taskforce - Department of Health
3:00 - 3:30pm Afternoon tea

3:30 - 5:00pm

Keynote — Adult Immunisation — Professor Ross Andrews, Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation
Keynote —Leadership & Communication  — Holly Ransom, Emergent CEO
7:15 - 11:15pm
Social Event
Cocktail Night for Nurseforce Superheroes! Stokehouse Q

Saturday 12 May


7:00 - 8:15am
Breakfast Sessions


Meningococcal: Impacting all ages Are skeletons still in the bedroom closet? Best practice guidelines for the prevention of malnutrition in community-dwelling older adults. How can practice nurses aid in identifying nutritional risk in the elderly?
Anthony Villani
8:30 - 10:30am
MC Welcome & Housekeeping
Keynote — Hot on Health — Robbie Bedbrook, Registered Nurse
Keynote — Implementing Change — Adjunct Professor Debora Picone, CEO Australian Commission for Safety & Quality in Health
Keynote — Health Promotion & Better Access — Lesley Salem, Nurse Practitioner
10:30 - 11:00am Morning tea

11:00am - 12:30pm

Models of Care

Nurse-delivered Collaborative Care for Depression: Preliminary Evidence of Feasibility & Acceptability
Susie Fletcher

The Wednesday Room: Nurse-Led Clinic
Jaclyn Eyles

The Effectiveness of Outpatient Nurse-led Clinics in Providing Continuity of Care for People Living with Chronic Disease
Kate Davis

The Role of the Primary Mental Health Nurse in the Prison Setting
Amanda Smith

Patient Centred Model of Care for the 75+ Population
Beverley Korn

Workforce: development, recruitment & retention

The Experience of a New Graduate Nurse Program in General Practice
Liz Halcomb

Case History: Two Practice Nurses Working in  "GP Land" Will Soon Be Eligible to Seek Endorsement As Nurse Practitioners
Elizabeth Kinnersly

Evaluation of the Brisbane North Team Care Coordination Program
Helen Hoare

Nursing Role in Improving Primary Health Care Access to Vulnerable Population Groups in Community Setting
Joanne Wilson

Recruitment to Retention
Vicki Conomy


Hep B 1, 2, 3: Teach, Test, Take Control
Meg Perrier

Investing in Prevention Primary Care Nurses Drive Cardiovascular Disease Assessment
Amanda Jennings

SA PHN Immunisation Hub
Tracy Maynard

Combined Chronic Disease Care Plan at Indian Ocean Territories Health Service
Sung Lee

CATCHing the Hearts of Country SA: Innovation in Delivering Cardiac Rehab Through the Country Access to Cardiac Health Program
Inara Beecher

Supporting General Practices & Other Primary Care Providers to Work with People from Refugee Backgrounds: Resource Development
Samantha Furneaux

Quality & Safety

The Development of Nurse Network Meetings for Northern New South Wales & Mid North Coast
Susan Mills

Indigenous Health: How the Practice Nurse Can Help Close the Gap
Kim Passante

Role of Nurses in Performing Therapeutic Venesection
Desma Wieringa

G’Day Nellie! Using a New SMS System to Encourage Patient Self-Management in Australia
Sharon Hills

Expanding Clinical Training Capacity in Aborginal Health
Susan Mills

Removing Barriers to Care: an Online Learning Module for Nurses, to Address Stigma & Discrimination Towards People with Blood Borne Viruses
Melinda Hassall

Embracing Change

Person Centred Care
Roslyn Rolleston

Freedom’s Aged Care Advice Hub: Helping Older Australians Navigate the Aged Care Maze
Rebecca Bingham

Chronic Pain Management Pilot Project & the Role of the Practice Nurse
Noelene Cooper

Asthma Best Practice (ABP): A National Asthma Education Program Changing Primary Health Care Practice
Judi Wicking

Epilepsy Foundation Focusing on Efficient Models of Care for People Living with Epilepsy
Honor Coleman

How Can the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Assist Nurses Who Care for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People?
Jane Burns

12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch

1:30 - 3:00pm
Concurrent Sessions

Models of Care
Manging Diabetes & the NDSS
Workforce: development, recruitment & retention
Grow Your Career in Primary Health Care
Fostering Self-Management: How can nurses & patients work together to maximise living well
Sue Randall & Andrea Morello
Quality & Safety
CDM & Osteoporosis
Dr Chrys Michaelides & Denise Polichronis
Embracing Change
Dying to Talk: How can practice nurses assist people to talk about their wishes & preferences for their care at the end of life?
Kelly Gourlay & Grace Keyworth
3:00 - 3:30pm Afternoon tea

3:30 - 5:00pm

Closing Acknowledgments and Prize Draws — MC
Panel: A Multidisciplinary Team Performing to Top of Scope — Kotara Family Practice
Keynote — MC Jean Kittson Monologue


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