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APNA meets with Health Minister Greg Hunt
The voice of primary health care nurses has been heard in Canberra, as APNA pushes the primary health care nurse agenda in the lead up to the federal election.
APNA CEO Ken Griffin and Policy Adviser Rachel McKittrick met with ministers from both sides of politics and key Department of Health and other industry stakeholders, including nursing organisations and peak bodies. Some key interactions included meetings with Health Minister Greg Hunt, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM, and Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare Catherine King’s Chief of Staff Andrew Garrett.
Discussion covered the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Stronger Rural Health Strategy Workforce Incentive Program, Medicare Benefits Schedule Review, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shared data set, Review of Nurse Education: Educating the nurse of the future, all of which contribute to support strong primary health care nursing.
Stakeholders were urged to sit up and listen to the key targets of the primary health care nurse workforce, in line with APNA’s policy and advocacy plan for the next four years, to:
- Improve the understanding and recognition of the role of primary health care nurses
- Improve understanding of scope of practice
- Change perception of nurses’ value and facilitate the adoption of funding models that support the optimisation of primary health care nursing practice.
Ken Griffin said, ‘A strong primary health care nurse workforce requires strong representation. The voice of primary health care nurses has been heard loudly in Canberra last week and APNA will continue to ensure that nurses are recognised and remunerated for their role in primary health care and that our full scope of practice is understood and respected.’