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.

News: Improving clinical practice and patient care in nocturnal enuresis

May 2018. Release of a new report addressing the need for children to have timely access to appropriate healthcare for the management of urinary incontinence1 coincides with today’s launch of the second edition of the Australian Nocturnal Enuresis Resource Kit in the lead up to World Bedwetting Day (Tuesday, May 29, 2018).

Research reports provide insights into veterans’ health and wellbeing

August 2018. First reports of Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and Department of Defence-funded Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme have been published. The $6 million programme is the most comprehensive study undertaken in Australia on the impact of military service on the mental, physical and social health of current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families. Find out more...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Health Workforce Scholarship Program 2019

Australian Government's initiative to improve access to health services needed in remote and rural areas across Australia by supporting an increase in skills, capacity and/or scope of practice.

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.

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.

Improved access for veterans to mental health care

From mid-2018, eligible Australian Defence Force members transitioning from defence will automatically receive a DVA White Card to access DVA-funded mental health care from general practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists or other health providers. Read more...

Carnegie nurse wins Nurse of the Year at prestigious national awards

Winner of the Nurse of the year award category, Cathy said it was important that the public learnt more about the role of primary care nurses in their community.

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.

Department of Veterans' Affairs Toolbox trial

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is currently testing a new DVA Toolbox for Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC), which supports medical clinics and practitioners who enrol and care for DVA clients in the CVC Program. Health professionals are invited to access and trial the toolbox during the testing phase.

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: 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.

Primary Care and Mental Health elearning modules

July 2018. The Primary Care and Mental Health elearning modules are available for nurses working in primary health care. The modules cover mental health screening, assessment, planning care, referral and documentation and are developed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN). Mental Health Practice Standards for Nurses are also available.

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.'
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