APNA’s advocacy direction: Join us in making a change

Since 2001 APNA has been there for primary health care nurses to ensure they can continue taking care of Australia.

We are the voice of the 96,000 nurses who work outside of the hospital system – today we are the largest PHC nurse association in Australia. We speak to decision makers and those in power at a federal, state and local level.

We advocate for nurses working in primary health care, including those in general practice, aged care, defence, disability services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, corrections and other community settings. APNA champions the role of primary health care nurses; to advance professional recognition, ensure workforce sustainability, nurture leadership in health, and optimise the role of nurses in patient-centred care.

We are working to achieve this vision by advocating for:

  • New funding models that empower nurses to use more of their skills (45% of primary health care nurses say the current system prevents them working to full scope of practice – an incredible lost opportunity for the health and wellbeing of Australia)
  • A national placements scheme for nursing students in primary health settings, so a new generation is ready to take up the baton
  • Greater investment in team-based preventive health programs involving nurses in general practice and aged care

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to be involved in APNA's advocacy activities, please contact the policy team at advocacy@apna.asn.au or call 1300 303 184. We’d love to hear from you! 

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Consultations and submissions

APNA's consultations and submissions from 2022 and 2023. APNA regularly contributes to consultation processes on behalf of our membership. APNA members are invited to contribute to consultations on various matters related to nursing and health throughout the year. APNA will provide a submission depending on the significance of the issue to primary health care nurses. We look to our members to help inform these consultations; this is your opportunity to have your voice heard.

APNA member advocacy updates

Regular updates about APNA's activities, initiatives, and meetings with political and health sector stakeholders on behalf of its members

APNA position statements

APNA is committed to developing policy and positions that support and foster the primary health care nursing profession. We provide advocacy and representation for nurses to ensure they are recognised, professional and empowered.

Federal Budget 2022 – what does it mean for Primary Health Care Nurses?

The Morrison Government has just released its Federal Budget for the year ahead. It’s always an important event for PHC nurses, even more so this year. With a federal election soon to be announced, the ongoing COVID response, numerous natural disasters across the country, the Aged Care Royal Commission and other newsworthy events all impacting PHC nurses, there’s a lot to address.

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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