The Healthy Male Partner’s Guide - What to do when your partner’s health impacts you

When a man feels unwell, he turns to his doctor, the internet, his partner, or another family member for support. We know this because Healthy Male – a not-for-profit that provides evidence-based information on men’s health – surveyed more than 1,400 Australian men about their health habits and behaviours.

Voluntary assisted dying - Andrew Denton on what it means to die well

As Australian states and territories adopt new legislation allowing voluntary assisted dying (VAD), it’s important that nurses understand the new laws and their implications for nursing practice. APNA’s nurse content producer Matthew St Ledger caught up with broadcaster and media personality Andrew Denton to discuss patient-centred care at the end of life.

School nurses – the secret superheroes

Despite the huge contribution that school nurses make to their students and communities, fewer than one in six Australian schools has a nurse on staff. However, opportunities to join this rewarding nursing fraternity are starting to open up across the country.

Prioritising CVD risk assessment and management for at-risk patient groups

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.

APNA comes of age! Celebrating 21 years of professional support and advocacy for primary health care nurses

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. 2022 is APNA's 21st birthday!

Anticholinergic burden - An overlooked problem

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.

APNA goes from strength to strength

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.

Strength in primary health care nurses, despite adversity

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.

Code Red: We need climate action now for a healthy future

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.

How to read the Nurses Award 2020

The minimum wages and conditions of most practice nurses are set out in the Nurses Award 2020.

Influenza pandemic planning - Preparing for winter 2022

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?

Practical uses of My Health Record in aged care

My Health Record offers significant potential to improve care coordination and health outcomes for older Australians.

Student nurse placements: Everyone wins!

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.

Nurse clinics - Improving the quality of life for people with palliative 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.

What’s in a name? Reframing our language to better support patients living with chronic conditions

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.

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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