30 March 2015

Dear members,

I’m not going to chat too much today. I’m going to cut straight to the chase because I want to know what you know and think. The expansion and diversification of primary health care and the growing demands for frontline preventive care is changing the face of many services including general practice. I want you to tell me how you feel the modern 21st century general practice looks and works. How would you describe or define contemporary general practice? What does the model look like? What makes a cutting edge general practice? Members, add their thoughts here.

APNA has secured a meeting with the Health Minister, the Hon Sussan Ley. We will be able to showcase the wonderful activities of APNA and the valuable contribution that primary health care nurses make to the health of this nation. We’ll keep you posted.

Also there have been a number of important notices coming to APNA via the General Practice Roundtable and the National Immunisation Committee. There have been updates to the online version of the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition including information about pertussis vaccination in pregnancy and a booster for children aged 18 months. Many areas are seeing a big upswing in whooping cough activity in 2015. Read more here.

There have also been a number of updates regarding the 2015 influenza season. For the latest news, have a look here.

There have also been changes to immunisation reporting to help immunisation providers identify under-immunised children in their practices. The fact sheet can also be accessed via the Immunise Australia website.