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.

How do you get a job in general practice?

Career opportunities in general practice are on the rise. With 63% of general practices in Australia employing at least one nurse, general practice (GP) nursing is the fastest growing area within the healthcare sector.

News: Tough Talk – Australian urged to plan for end of life care

April 2018. Australia’s inaugural Advance Care Planning Week begins on 16 April, encouraging people of all ages to prepare their personal end of life care plans, to give certainty to themselves and their families. Department of Health Media release.

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.

Does my workplace professional indemnity insurance give me enough protection?

May 2018. This is the top question that we’re answering on our APNA (Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association) Nurse Support Line during this busy registration and renewal time. And the answer is - POSSIBLY NOT.

News: Janine Mohamed: Cultural safety matters – The conversation we need to keep having

March 2018. An article from Janine Mohammed, CEO of CATSINaM on the new code of conduct for nurses and midwives set by the Nursing and Midwife Board of Australia from 1 March 2018.

PBS changes for respiratory combination therapy

Changes to the PBS restrictions of some respiratory medicines came into effect on 1 August 2018. Find out more...

Are you interested in improving the quality of data that is collected in primary health care?

APNA is excited to be part of a project with the CSIRO on this topic and we would value your input.

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?

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.

News: Government dedicates $50 million towards cancer patients

July 2018. The Turnbull Government will provide $50 million to support some of Australia’s sickest patients, battling ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, renal cell cancer and sarcomas, to access potentially life saving medical treatment. The new national program–The Australian Genomic Cancer Medicine Program–will treat more than 5,000 patients nationally, from every state and territory. Read more...

Smart digital health to help drive government's chronic disease initiative

December 2017. A smart system capable of recognising patients at risk of hospitalisation has been released this week as part of a primary health care initiative in Australia to tackle the growing epidemic of chronic illness.

New Primary Care Toolkit fact sheets - Palliative and advanced care

August 2018. Created by the Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association the End of Life Directions for Aged Care Primary Care Toolkit now contains new factsheets for primary health care providers in addition to the existing resources. Find out more...

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...

Scotland’s 'poaching' of WA nurses shines light on labour problem

"When you have other countries investing a lot more, that’s where the workforce will go." APNA President Karen Booth speaks with WA Today.

News: Better care at end of life gets a boost with new website

April 2018. The End of Life Directions for Aged Care website has been launched. It provides practical and useful information for palliative care and advance care planning. 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.

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.

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: Amendment to APNA’s Constitution gets passed at General Meeting in Melbourne

The effect of these amendments is in line with APNA’s commitment to hold transparent election of board members that align with the intent of the APNA constitution.
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