30 September 2013

An ongoing strategic priority for APNA’s board and management is to ensure APNA is represented nationally within all national forums impacting on primary health care in Australia. On a regular basis we will request your feedback and opinions on a variety of national issues or visions and I urge you to respond whenever you can. On occasion in the interest of having a national voice, APNA must respond with expediency and provide comment based on previous membership feedback. Recently we provided a submission to Medicines Australia about transparency between companies and health care professionals. This will impact on primary health care nurses and APNA.

As part of their Code of Conduct review Medicines Australia established a Transparency Working Group who developed a model for introducing greater transparency about payments and transfers of value between companies and healthcare professionals. The model is informed by the Principles for Transparency, which the Working Group developed to guide its development of a model. The Transparency Model was released for consultation and discussion with all interested stakeholders.

This model will impact on primary health care nurses and APNA. APNA’s submission can be found here. 

APNA’s conference committee is busy planning APNA’s sixth exciting National Conference Thriving through Change in beautiful Sydney 29-31 May 2014. I urge you to put this in your calendar now and start thinking about submitting your abstract to share your experience and learnings in primary health care nursing. This conference once again promises to be a plethora of knowledge and skills; sharing and learnings from national nurse leaders and international colleagues. Most importantly it will be an opportunity for primary health care nurses nationwide to gather and network and for APNA to hear from its membership of the issues and concerns, wins and rewards we see in our daily working lives. Click here to stay tuned.

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