With one Australian having a heart attack or stroke every 4 minutes, primary health care nurses have the power to change this statistic by focussing on simple, yet life-saving, preventative care. Take the opportunity to deliver routine cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment and management for more of your at-risk patients.
Since its beginnings in 2001, APNA has focused on providing a voice and a support network for PHC nurses, and on recognising their needs and achievements. 222 is APNA's 21st birthday!
Around a third of older people in Australia take medicines with anticholinergic effects. Possible adverse effects from these medicines include forgetfulness and confusion, dizziness and falls as well as dry mouth and constipation. Most people in the general public have not even heard of anticholinergic effects of medicines, and amongst health professionals these effects can be easily overlooked.
Remember when you turned 21 and the world seemed full of possibility, and anything was possible? That’s how it feels to be a part of the APNA team right now.
APNA has been working hard to provide a primary health care (PHC) perspective on various workforce planning initiatives. The time is right for government action to meet Australia's health care needs.
Nurses working in Australia are well aware that climate change is already affecting our health. In a 2020 survey by the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), over 75% of nurses surveyed were alarmed or concerned about climate change.
The minimum wages and conditions of most practice nurses are set out in the Nurses Award 2020.
Influenza season is fast approaching, and predictions are that Australia will see a rise in influenza cases this winter. After 2 years of COVID-19, is your practice established, equipped and capable of responding successfully in the event of a flu pandemic?
My Health Record offers significant potential to improve care coordination and health outcomes for older Australians.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many primary health care (PHC) nurses feeling overwhelmed and under-resourced. However, some nurses have found satisfaction by supervising a student nurse. This has not only provided additional support with structured high-volume clinical tasks, such as immunisation, but is also helping to build the next generation of qualified PHC nurses to meet Australia's future health care needs.
The Acacia Ridge and Thornlands general practices in Brisbane participated in APNA’s Building Nurse Capacity Nurse Clinic Project 2020–2021. Lead nurses Isabella Zhao and Georgina Tsang were involved in the project, which established new Supportive Care Nurse Clinics to provide improved symptom management and to support quality of life for people with palliative care needs.
The way we communicate with patients and the language we use is crucial to achieving positive health outcomes. It's important that nurses take a positive approach to supporting patients with chronic conditions, rather than getting caught up in terminology that aligns with meeting Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item-number descriptors.