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2018 APNA Nurse Awards | Leading nurses shine

The Friday morning plenary of Nurseforce for the Future was dazzling with the "force" as the winners and finalists of the APNA Nurse Awards were announced.

Rosemary Bryant Award: Chris Helms, ACT

APNA Nurse of the Year Award: Cathy Carrasco, VIC
Finalists: Caroline Gibson and Margaret Crowley

APNA Graduate Nurse of the Year Award: Shangying Tian, SA
Finalist: Kerry-Lee McBride


Rosemary Bryant Award

Chris Helms is a registered nurse and endorsed nurse practitioner working in private general practice. An early member of the ground-breaking team that set up the Nurse Walk-in Clinics in Canberra (providing free advice and treatment for people with minor health issues) he also recently completed his PhD in nursing at Australian Catholic University. His research was embedded into the CLLEVER2 study which has established and validated clinical learning and teaching frameworks for Australian nurse practitioner students.


APNA Nurse of the Year Award

Cathy Carrasco is a leading dedicated and experienced nurse, advocating for the importance of the role of nurses and the invaluable contribution they make in the community.
In 2017 she initiated her clinic’s participation in two studies ‘Anxiety in Older Adults’ through Monash University and the ‘Cancer Screening in General Practice’ facilitated by the Victorian Cancer Council and HotDoc.


APNA Graduate Nurse of the Year

Shangying Tian joined Northbridge Medical Practice in April 2016. During the process of opening an associated medical practice, Nova Medical, Shangyiang was responsible for setting up a nursing component with three other nurses under her supervision and guidance. She has also been influential in promoting the significance of general practice nurses and improving the working relationship between nurses and other health professions in the practice.


Have you taken the survey?

What's involved?

The survey will take approximately 25 minutes. You will be asked about your professional experience, current role, working conditions and workplace satisfaction.

We recommend doing this on your desktop computer rather than a tablet or mobile phone.

The data we receive will help APNA to advocate for nurses working in primary health care providing us with critical information about the capacity, conditions and experience of the workforce.

Results from 2017

• Over 80% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their current role and intend to continue with a nursing or midwifery career in primary health care.

• However many felt that their education, training and qualifications were not used to the full extent in their current role with 29% of respondents feeling they could do more.

Take part in the 2018 survey

View the 2017 survey infographic

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Have you made arrangements for your professional indemnity insurance?

With registration renewal with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) right around the corner, don’t forget your professional obligation of ensuring that you have appropriate professional indemnity insurance cover.

Get cover that satisfies your registration requirements with APNA’s member insurance policy that is AHPRA/NMBA compliant.

There’s no need to pay an arm and leg for insurance—APNA’s member insurance for only $92 covers you through to 31 March 2019.

Click here for more information

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Getting you through the flu (season)

One of the most common questions APNA’s nurse support line has been answering over the past week has been: How do we reduce anxiety in our at risk groups (especially the over 65s’s) when there’s an influenza (flu) vaccine shortage?

If you can relate to the 'waiting skeleton', we've got some tips for managing the flu vaccine shortage. 

Read more and add your own handy hints in the comments section


APNA Career and Education Frameworks

Did you know APNA launched Australia’s first career and education frameworks for nurses in primary health care?

The frameworks, along with some helpful tools, have been developed to improve the employment opportunities, build capacity and support the transferability of nursing skills across primary health care settings.

With separate frameworks for both enrolled nurses and registered nurses, each has been designed as a self-assessment tool for nurses currently working in primary health care and be downloaded or explored online at My Nursing Future.


How you pump up the volume | The trifecta of improving primary health care

APNA president Karen Booth writes about nurse clinics, an alternate model of care that is neither well understood nor fully embraced by the primary health sector.

Nurse clinics empower nurses to take on roles such as the screening and detection of symptoms of early disease; to act as care coordinator, to monitor a patient’s health condition; and to provide health education and support.

Read Karen’s full article

Want to know more about APNA’s Enhanced Nurse Clinics project?

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Introducing APNA’s new user-friendly access to online learning

Following your feedback, APNA has made accessing APNA Online Learning even easier. You can now purchase more than 200 hours of online courses through the official APNA website

Step 1. Log on to the APNA website

On the APNA homepage click on ‘Member Login’ button located on the top-right of the APNA website.

If you haven’t logged into the APNA website before, Click 'Get a new password' to create an APNA website login password.

Step 2. Purchase a course

Visit the APNA's online learning products

Step 3. View and complete your courses 

While logged in, click on 'Go to My Dashboard’ on the top of the screen, then click ‘My Online Learning’ on the left menu.

This will take you to the e3learning page

Read the Frequently Asked Questions


Survey | Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs recently published the article ‘Help us to improve the way we work together’ advising of a new initiative to improve the way health professionals engage with them.

Health professionals are invited to complete a short 5-10 minute survey to share your experience of working with DVA and what you’d like to see improved.

Complete the survey by Wednesday 30 May

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HealthInfoNet website improvements

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet have launched new responsive design websites featuring a 'cleaner, visual and more accessible site which can now be accessed on any platform be it a tablet or mobile phone.'

Both the HealthInfoNet and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre (the Knowledge Centre) are available in this new format. The Knowledge Centre also has new portals on Harm Reduction, Health Impacts and Social Impacts.

A simpler and easier navigation will also mean a shorter search time to get to what you need with a quicker loading time.

Read the latest Communique outlining the changes

Visit the new website

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PANDA National Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Helpline

PANDA’s helpline is Australia’s only national helpline to support women, men and their families affected by perinatal anxiety and depression.

This free service provides ongoing telephone counselling, information, and referral for parents across Australia experiencing mental health challenges, and work closely with a range of health professionals, including primary health care nurses, to contribute to holistic and family-centred care.

Nurses can refer to the Helpline or their patients can call PANDA directly

Find out more and read this factsheet

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Upcoming APNA events and workshops

Hastings Macleay PHC Nurses Network
Port Macquarie, NSW: Tuesday 29 May
Town Green Inn – 6 Horton Street

Mid North Coast PHC Nurses Network
Coffs Harbour, NSW: Wednesday 30 May
Aanuka Beach Resort – 11 Firman Drive

Foundations of General Practice Nursing Workshop
Perth, WA: Friday 8–Saturday 9 June
Cliftons Perth – Parmelia House

Hunter Region Nurse Network Meeting
Callaghan, NSW: Thursday 14 June
University of Newcastle – Family Action Training Room

Foundations of General Practice Nursing Workshop
Canberra, ACT: Friday 15–Saturday 16 June
Cliftons Canberra – 2/10 Moore St

Free COPD Nurse Workshop
APNA/Lung Foundation Australia/Murray PHN
Bendigo, VIC: Saturday 16 June
Murray PHN Offices – 37 Rowan Street

APNA/AAPM Workshop:The Magic of Collaboration
A workshop for practice managers and nurses
Adelaide, SA: Tuesday 19 June
The Lakes Resort – 141 Brebner Drive

See all upcoming APNA courses and register online

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Help shape the future of women's health

The Jean Hailes annual online Women's Health Survey provides insights into the health concerns, fears and needs of women in Australia.

The survey takes 10 minutes and is open to all women aged 18 years and older.

Health professionals are encouraged to share the survey with patients, and colleagues, include in newsletters and promote on social media.

Participate in the survey

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