18 August

Dear members,

It has been another busy two weeks at APNA. Thank you to all those members who provided feedback to APNA regarding the review of the General Practice Accreditation Standards. The APNA team, led by board member Mr Ian Watts, has developed a well-researched paper to present to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care for our response to that review.

The professional development team remains busy preparing for upcoming events and organising a great speaker line-up for the CDM and Continuing Education Workshops due in Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne over the next few months.

Most of our members have now received the latest Primary Times. This includes a Family Planning Decision Making Support Tool that nurses can use when discussing family planning and contraception with their patients. This resource complements APNA’s four hour online learning module Managing Fertility in General Practice.

There have been some changes to the terms of reference for APNA committees and advisory groups. In 2012 APNA commissioned NFP Analysts to provide us with a comprehensive internal and external review of the structure and functions of our organisation. To follow on from the recommendations made by these consultants, we have implemented recommendations in stages. One of those recommendations was to bring our committee structure in line with the rotation process of similar organisations with membership for APNA advisory groups aligned with the election cycle of the APNA Board. There will be positions open for nomination this month. APNA highly values the contribution of those dedicated advisory group members who are eligible to renominate. We look forward to another exciting few weeks for APNA.

Happy reading and kind regards,

Karen Booth
APNA President

One thought on “18 August

  1. Great to know so much is happening at the organisation level in support of nurses. The FP decision tool is fabulous and the webinar was great despite a few technical hiccoughs. So many events and the PT just keeps getting better. How do nurses get involved in committees?

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