It’s time for big picture thinking on health reform, says Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.
Cervical screening rates plummeted by 76% at the height of the coronavirus lockdown. These and other issues must be addressed in the wake of the pandemic, writes Janet Michelmore, Acting CEO of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.
“It’s a joy having the residents as part of my life; I feel so lucky to have so many grandparents”. In a sector under siege, APNA Board member Melissa Cromarty explains why she chooses to work in aged care.
The failings of government and management at aged care facilities during COVID-19 has brought historical negligence at the heart of aged care into the spotlight. Marie Vaughan, former Chief Nurse at Royal Freemasons Aged Care, offers her thoughts on a preventable horror show.
Nurses need to be allowed to work to the top of their scope of practice if Australia is to more effectively deal with rising rates of chronic disease, says Rosemary Calder, Professor of Health Policy at the Mitchell Institute.
“It’s crucial to have these difficult conversations to let young people know there is support” headspace CEO Jason Trethowan offers timely advice for practice nurses on how to identify young people who may be struggling with their mental health.
APNA member Darren Grassick is a Registered Nurse determined to improve access to mental health services for young people in rural and remote areas.
Driving into the gym carpark at Launceston one morning, Nurse Practitioner Jane Laidlaw was surprised to see a person rough sleeping in a car. Fast forward two years and this APNA member now heads up a nurse-led drop-in service for some of Launceston’s most vulnerable people.
Orange is a city of 40,000 people in Central West New South Wales. Like many country centres, it has its fair share of health challenges. But an innovative nurse-led clinic, backed by enlightened doctors, is making a substantial difference to the health and wellbeing of the community as well as to people in surrounding small towns.
A nurse-led healthy ageing clinic is helping to keep people well and at home in suburban Adelaide. Among those to benefit are elderly couple Brian and Gaynor Stanford, who have been married for 56 years and are keen to remain at home with support.
Tasmanian nurse practitioner Kerrie Duggan is working on a men’s health project focused on local quarry workers…and she’s uncovered a few potentially serious issues along the way.
Generations of people in the Kimberley know and love nurse Joanne Moore. She’s held them as babies, watched them grow into adults, and cared for their children. And, sadly, she’s attended too many funerals in the 40 years she’s been working at Derby, a small town with some big health issues.
Australians living in rural and remote areas have shorter lives, higher levels of disease and injury, and poorer access to and use of health services.
The new National Rural Health Commissioner, Dr Ruth Stewart, wants to change that deadly paradigm.
It seems Rebecca Nothdurft was destined to mentor Alicia Safar. The two nurses first met many years ago when Alicia was a 15-year-old flipping burgers at Hungry Jack’s in Toowoomba, Queensland. Back then Rebecca was her manager.
In a year of sadness, it’s time to focus on the guys says APNA Board member and nurse representative for Healthy Male, Helen Storer. “The challenge for us in primary health is how we can help boys and men deal with the psychological impact of 2020 and also look at their physical health as being more than prostates and hamstrings.”
When Kylie Foley was working in a hospital ward, she saw the terrible things that diabetes can do to a human being. Those memories are what motivates her to make a difference now as a primary health care nurse and diabetes educator working in general practice in Sydney’s western suburbs.
One nurse who understands the importance of culture is Sandy Anderson who is driving action on cancer prevention for Indigenous women in regional Victoria. She’s pictured with patient Kym Krasa (foreground) at the local BreastScreen service in Ballarat.
A terrible pandemic has brought out the best in Australia’s nurses. In primary health, we have seen nurses rise to the challenge. They have run infection control in aged care homes; they have swabbed patients in general practice car parks; and they have provided ongoing care for the community.