Nursing Australia: Ep14. Nurses who upskill

In this episode of Nursing Australia, hosted by Suzanne Blackeby, we hear:


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Mandatory vaccines for residential Aged Care workers; The Commonwealth revises its national vaccine allocations as COVID reignites; a blood-test to diagnose Alzheimers; and a superhero delivers vital equipment to a regional clinic.  

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Segment 1

2021 Influenza vaccine update

The last 18 months has seen COVID stifle the conversation and awareness of other communicable diseases. Therefore, it may not surprise some of us to learn Influenza vaccination rates in Australia have waned recently. Is this COVID driven complacency? Or perhaps the decreased community mobility explains the lull?  

Year-to-date we are some 1.5 million flu jabs behind last year. So, it is vital that we continue to fly the health promotion flag for Influenza vaccination.  

This year the Australian Immunisation Handbook has heralded an exciting newcomer to the influenza vaccine game. A cell-based vaccine, which has only recently been approved for use in Australia. 

We caught up with two of our resident nurses here at APNA, RN and Nurse Immuniser Jo Millard and RN Matt St Ledger.  

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Segment 2

Wound care online learning 

Wound care, wound management, all things wounds are trending topics for nurses. Hear how Smith & Nephew are delivering free online learning modules for healthcare professionals and hosting specialised wound workshops at the upcoming 2021 APNA Conference Roadshow.  



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Segment 3

Exploring nurse clinics

Matt St Ledger caught up with APNA's Marg Dempsey and Chronic Disease Management Nurse Di Mears. Di has demonstrated amazing success in establishing a nurse-lead clinic in her practice in Toowoomba, Queensland. A brilliant initiative which ensures coordinated care for patients with coronary heart disease within a regional community. 

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