APNA's definition of primary health care nursing covers health, scope of practice, primary health care, roles and settings. We also explore general practice nursing and Phillips et al. six roles of the general practice nurse.
Salary and conditions
APNA’s goals are to advance professional recognition, ensure workforce sustainability, nurture leadership in health and optimise the role of nurses in patient-centred care. We do this by working with government, peak bodies and key industry stakeholders to affect policy and provide professional support.
Central to all of this is the fundamental statement that nurses are rewarded for their efforts through appropriate remuneration and benefits in line with the important role they perform. We continue to discuss and fly the flag for nurses with government and other important groups.
APNA works with government and other organisations to maximise awareness of how important nurses are. We create strong relationships with other peak bodies such as doctors and practice managers and reinforce the message that nurses need good opportunities. We are keenly invested in working to ensure a sustainable workforce of primary health care nurses through recruitment and retention initiatives for the next five, ten, fifty years.
We have for some years been working on the development and implementation of an Career and Education framework and toolkit which will be specifically designed to demonstrate education and career trajectories in primary health nursing. This will be a tangible instrument that demonstrates to employers the needs of our workforce, and will influence policies that determines best practice work settings.