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.

Cyber security alert: Wannacry

Over recent weeks, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has become aware of media devices within a small number of organisations in the health sector being infected with WannaCry ransomware.

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.

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...

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...

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.

Help your patients know when to claim online

August 2018. If you claim a Medicare benefit for a patient, remind them they don’t need to submit a claim online to get their benefit. Since Medicare improved its patients’ Medicare online accounts earlier this year, more patients are submitting their claims online. But some patients are claiming benefits for services the practice has already claimed for them. Find out how you can better assist your patients and your practice...

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.

APNA welcomes $12 million boost to national immunisation education

Every day around 60% of primary health care nurses provide an immunisation, and a further 18% immunise at least weekly.

APNA Conference 2018: Interviews from Croakey with presenters

May 2018. Did you catch these conference interviews with Sue McInnes, Sharon James, Christine Ashley and Liz Halcomb in this week's APNA Connect? Hear them talking to Croakey at the APNA Conference about mental illness, lifestyle risk prevention and workforce issues.

Want to know more about Haemochromatosis?

Augsut 2018. APNA's Haemochromatosis for Nurses is an online course developed to provide an understanding of haemochromatosis, its symptoms, diagnosis, and management. Developed by Haemochromatosis Australia for APNA, this course takes approx. 1 CPD hour and costs $38.50 for non-members. Get learning now!

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.

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.

Caring@home - Resources for palliative care

Caring@home is a national project led by the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative, and funded by the Australian Government. It has produced resources for community service providers and health care professionals to support carers manage breakthrough symptoms safely using subcutaneous medicines. Find out 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.

Vaccinations: New resources to address common questions

Two new immunisation resources are now available to help parents better understand immunisation and to answer key questions about vaccination.

News: The Bega Teen Clinic

March 2018. The Bega Teen Clinic is a nurse-led, early intervention model of access to primary health care for teenagers, which sits within existing general practices providing a drop-in service for young people in rural towns and supported by APNA through the Enhanced Nurse Clinics program.

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

April 2018. APNA’s president Karen Booth says 'APNA wants to reiterate their support for Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s code of conduct. The code has included extensive consultation across nursing and midwifery, and provides care that is holistic, free of bias and racism, and most importantly respectful of cultural safety for all cultures.'

The view from the other side

As an Australian enrolled nurse now living in Canada for two years, I’ve found myself unemployable as a nurse. As a health consumer in Canada, in particular in Halifax Nova Scotia, family medicine (general practice) seems to be a fractured and understaffed area of care.

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...
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