9 December 2013

The run down to the end of the year is always a busy time for us all. For APNA it is very busy in house as we progress our very exciting APNA and AML Alliance NiGP Program activities. For APNA externally, representation is required at many national forums, requiring stakeholder input and sign-off to progress national health programs. In the last fortnight I have attended various meetings of which I will give you a snapshot.

Members of two NPS Medicinewise program committees met for discussions around future program development. NPS Medicinewise are a valued and vital source of information and education for clinicians and consumers around quality use of medicine if you haven’t before then I would suggest you have a look at their resources.

RACGP National Standing Committee for Standards in General Practice, of which APNA has been a member for the development of the 3rd and 4th edition of the standards. Work continues on further refinement and development of these standards and others important to nurses working in general practice, and in particular nurses leading and participating in quality assurance within their workplace. See RACGP Standards for more. The General Practice Roundtable Taskforce (GPRT) continues to provide a forum for discussion with key general practice clinicians around disaster and pandemic planning and is chaired by the Chief Medical Officer. Vital national Information is shared through the GPRT. APNA then feed to our members and stakeholders through the fortnightly eNews and when more urgent through email.

APNA attended the Cancer Australia health professionals forum where strategic planning directions for the next five years was discussed. Cancer Australia was established by the Australian Government in 2006 to benefit all Australians affected by cancer, and their families and carers. Cancer Australia works to reduce the impact of cancer and improve the wellbeing of those diagnosed by ensuring that evidence informs cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care. As the lead national cancer control agency, Cancer Australia also makes recommendations to the Australian Government about cancer policy and priorities. APNA has been actively involved with Cancer Australia since 2006 at the national level and most recently with their Lung Cancer program. I would recommend you revisit the Investigating symptoms of lung cancer, an excellent resource for all primary health care nurses.

Your thoughts are very welcome at president@apna.asn.au.