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Taking Ownership of Your Scope of Practice - Dr Chris Helms
APNA's 2019 National Conference is honoured to hear from Dr Chris Helms, a registered nurse and endorsed nurse practitioner currently working in primary health care in a remote Aboriginal community in far north Queensland.
Chris received his formal training as an Adult and Geriatric NP from the University of Wisconsin, based in the United States. He has worked in diverse healthcare settings, ranging from remote primary healthcare to subspecialty practice in a quaternary referral centre. He immigrated to Australia in 2007 and has since served on several committees vested in the advancement of the Australian nursing profession.
Dr Helms currently holds a ministerial appointment with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and is member of the Commonwealth Health Care Homes Implementation Advisory Group. He recently completed his PhD, which validated a specialist clinical learning and teaching framework for Australian NPs. In his spare time he serves as a Director for a consultancy based in Canberra that helps organisations better understand, plan and implement NP models of care.
Chris received APNA's 2018 Rosemary Bryant Award in recognition of his contribution to the nursing profession, dedication and advocacy of nurses working in primary health care.