11 November 2013

Since October 2013, there have been 27 measles cases in Australians, including 11 secondary cases, associated with travel to Indonesia, and more specifically Bali. It is vitally important all primary health care clinicians are kept well informed of the current state of the measles concern. APNA is a member of the General Practice Round Table (GPRT). The GPRT was established during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic to inform the Commonwealth’s response to the pandemic and support information dissemination to general practice during the response. The GPRT continues to provide mechanisms for communicating with general practice during disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

APNA is represented at many forums and peak consultations across Australia. Through these opportunities APNA and its members remain informed and able to provide valuable contributions to national programs, policy and health reform planning. This week’s eNews captures information from several of these.

On Friday 8 November I chaired the Coalition of National Nursing Organisations (CoNNO) member meeting in Sydney. CoNNO is an alliance of 52 national nursing organisations working collectively to advance the nursing profession to improve health care. The Coalition represents the national interests of nurses in all sectors of the health profession. This meeting always provides a strong forum for networking and synergy between nursing organisations, and an opportunity for Government and national health bodies to address nursing collectively.

18-24 November 2013 is Antibiotic Awareness Week, a global initiative encouraging health professionals and the wider community to learn more about antibiotic resistance and the importance of taking these life-saving medicines appropriately. This Antibiotic Awareness Week, NPS MedicineWise is asking all health professionals to pledge to join the fight against antibiotic resistance. APNA is a member of NPS MedicineWise, which is an  independent, evidence-based and not-for-profit organisation providing practical tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests for health professionals and consumers.

APNA remains supportive of eHealth and the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR). APNA actively provides extensive expert input into the ongoing development and clinical usability of the national eHealth record, and we are keen and committed to staying engaged in the delivery of the PCEHR, a very important mechanism to support continued improvements to health outcomes. The federal government has announced a review of the PCEHR, and APNA will be providing substantial input to this review.

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