Nestled in the forest at Buderim on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Bloomhill Cancer Care provides personalised support to people diagnosed with cancer as well as their partners, children and carers.
There have been several recent developments on the nursing workforce front and the APNA team, including APNA President Karen Booth, has been busy advocating for primary health care nurses at various levels of government.
Our 2020 Workforce Survey results show that Australia’s primary health care (PHC) nurses are skilled, experienced and keen to make the most of their capabilities.
In August 2021, COVID-19 surprised health services with a rapid outbreak in outback NSW. The virus spread quickly within rural communities, including some of our most vulnerable First Nations communities where vaccination rates were low. The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) – a workforce agency – was quick to call on APNA for help.
APNA’s Transition to Practice Program is helping nurses from all walks of life to become stronger leaders and mentors. Most importantly, the program is increasing the knowledge, skills, and confidence that participants can bring to primary health care nursing.
Ongoing professional development and education is every nurse’s business. Nurses strive to provide the best health outcomes for their patients; however, caring for patients with intellectual disability (ID) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can involve some unique challenges for health-care professionals.
The Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program, for eligible veterans, is a team-based program where eligible veterans (participants), their GP and care coordinator (nurse or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Worker) work together as a core Care Team to develop a comprehensive Care Plan and coordinate care.
The Victorian Infection Prevention Helpline is here to help clinicians and other staff working in primary health-care settings (e.g., general practice, community pharmacies and community-controlled Aboriginal health services) to navigate and provide support for both broad and narrow questions around infection prevention and control.
Over the last 30 years, a block-funding arrangement between the Commonwealth Government and VCS Pathology enabled certified Victorian cervical screening nurses to provide cervical screening tests (CSTs) for patients without the need for sign off from a GP. This arrangement was unique to Victoria, with nurses in other states and territories not experiencing the same degree of autonomy.
APNA has conducted a series of COVID-19 ‘PulseCheck’ Surveys with primary health care (PHC) nurses since the start of the pandemic. The third survey in the 2021 series reveals that PHC nurses are working hard to educate patients on the COVID vaccine and to reduce vaccine hesitancy.
Registered nurse and APNA member Ellen Gvozdenko has identified the need to implement smoking-cessation strategies to address alarming tobacco-dependence rates within her local community. Working at Interchange Health Co-operative in Greenway, ACT, Ellen applied to participate in APNA’s Building Nurse Capacity project to establish a Smoking-Cessation Nurse Clinic.
Tobacco smoking is a major risk factor for almost all types of cardiovascular disease and has been shown to at least double the risk of heart attack and heart failure.1 The good news is that 1 year after quitting smoking the increased risk of cardiovascular events and mortality halves, and after about 15 to 20 years the rate is similar to that of someone who has never smoked
It will be no surprise to nurses that when it comes to public health, effective communication saves lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important it is that information be delivered clearly to ensure public safety.
Timely and accurate diagnosis of dementia can be challenging. Many people face years of multiple assessments, repeated and costly investigations, misdiagnosis, uncertainty, frustration, and stress. All this is associated with significant negative outcomes for them, their families, their clinicians, and health care systems. To help improve early and accurate diagnosis and outcomes, a team of researchers from Neuropsychiatry at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) are exploring blood biomarkers for people with cognitive, psychiatric and neurological symptoms through the Markers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (MiND) Study.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs), contraceptive implants and early medical abortion (EMA) are safe and effective. So why aren’t they being utilised more by primary care clinicians?
Primary health care nurses have a significant and growing role in delivering end-of-life care1 in general practice, aged care, community health and other settings. Their clinical role at the end of life is multifaceted, and can include providing medical and personal care; recognising and responding to deterioration; involvement in clinical decision-making; and care coordination.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s health-care workforce has played a critical role in protecting the broader community from the virus. While the broader community has experienced increased emotional distress, unease from greater uncertainty, and negative impacts to emotional wellbeing, the same goes for members of our health-care workforce.
Despite prolonged periods of lockdown for many of us, the essential work of nurses continues unabated to support the health and wellbeing of Australians.
General practices face a backlog of patients in need of preventative and chronic-disease-related cardiovascular care. During a period of competing priorities, including the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the role of practice nurses has never been so critical.