6 January 2014

Happy New Year to all APNA members and friends.

I was very fortunate to have a lovely yet busy Christmas and New Year, spent surrounded by family with more or less an open house catching up with friends. I suspect, like many, we partook too much of all things Chrismas and now it is back to reality. I hope many of you were fortunate enough to enjoy a least a few days hard earned time away from work and the opportunity of a few laughs and lots of fun over the festive season.

2014 brings with it new challenges for all of us working in primary health care. Fiscal restraints may not be new but undoubtedly will require a change in direction. At APNA we know that utilising our discipline of the Australian nursing workforce to its full capacity will be crucial. In order to appropriately support our communities we need to find the recipe to work smarter to deliver the level of care and education required to address individual and community needs. Not an easy task, but as the professional organisation supporting primary health care nurses, APNA remains committed and seriously focused on this.

As you will be aware, APNA together with AML Alliance are partnering to jointly deliver the Nursing in General Practice (NiGP) Program over the next two years. Whilst this program has a fundamental focus on NiGP it will be applicable and deliverable to most of our primary health care nursing discipline. New initiatives will be developed through demonstration projects and further development of the strong foundations of nursing leadership, education, resource development, research and policy work, and strategic promotion and positioning of NiGP and primary health care nursing nationally. For more information please see your summer edition of Primary Times.

2014 will be a very busy and very exciting year for APNA members and APNA’s hard working team. I look forward to working with many of you over the next year and perhaps meeting with many of you at various APNA gatherings across our beautiful nation throughout the year.

Once again, I wish you a happy and safe 2014.
Your thoughts are very welcome at president@apna.asn.au.