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Primary healthcare nurses have an important role in providing treatment and services to the veteran community. Up to 6,000 personnel leave the Australian Defence Force (ADF) each year, including around 20% for medical reasons. To ensure they receive the care they need and are entitled to after serving their nation, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) spends around $4 billion annually on health services and currently supports 330,000 clients.
With approximately 6.5 million adults living with the condition, high cholesterol accounts for a significant burden of heart disease and stroke in Australia. This is despite clear evidence that an individual’s risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD), including stroke, increases as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) increases.
Lifestyle modification education by nurses is key to supporting patients who need to lower their cholesterol. 2g of plant sterols is clinically proven to lower LDL cholesterol by up to 9% in four weeks as part of a healthy diet low in saturated fat.
Primary Times is APNA's semi-annual publication for primary health care nurses and key stakeholders. Please find the guidelines outlining article submission requirements here
Primary health care nurses have a significant and growing role in delivering end-of-life care1 in general practice, aged care, community health and other settings. Their clinical role at the end of life is multifaceted, and can include providing medical and personal care; recognising and responding to deterioration; involvement in clinical decision-making; and care coordination.
The Victorian Infection Prevention Helpline is here to help clinicians and other staff working in primary health-care settings (e.g., general practice, community pharmacies and community-controlled Aboriginal health services) to navigate and provide support for both broad and narrow questions around infection prevention and control.
The importance of scheduled vaccines and catch-up programs. In this segment, you will learn why scheduled vaccinations and catch-up programs are so important, especially in the aftermath of a global pandemic
During COVID-19, nurses have observed that some patients are reluctant to attend clinics to receive scheduled immunisations. We explore the risks associated with children missing their early childhood vaccinations.
Nurses know the NIP funded vaccines inside-out, but how often do you speak to your patients about the recommended vaccines, but not funded ones? We discuss how to raise this sometimes-tricky conversation and share the reasoning behind recommended vs funded vaccines.