The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care. APNA champions the role of primary health care nurses; to advance professional recognition, ensure workforce sustainability, nurture leadership in health, and optimise the role of nurses in patient-centred care.
APNA is bold, vibrant and future-focused. We reflect the views of our membership and the broader profession by bringing together nurses from across Australia to represent, advocate, promote and celebrate the achievements of nurses in primary health care.
APNA represents a significant and rapidly expanding workforce; primary health care nurses account for around one in eight of the 640,000 registered health professionals in Australia.
APNA’s Advocacy Direction
APNA strives to become a stronger influencer of national health care policy for the benefit of primary health care nurses and the Australian community. This includes both advocacy at the state and federal level (macro), and programs that equip nurses to advocate for themselves (micro level).
Members most commonly tell us that they would like APNA to increase recognition and the role of primary health care nurses and improve working conditions.
APNA is currently in the process of developing a policy and advocacy plan for 2018 and beyond which aims to work towards addressing the following key issues:
- Scope of practice: Improve understanding of scope of practice to ensure optimisation at the individual, business and system level
- Increase understanding and profile of nurses’ role: Improve the understanding and recognition of the role of primary health care nurses and work towards improvements in working conditions
- Funding models of care delivery: Change perception of nurses’ value and facilitate the adoption of funding models that support the optimisation of primary health care nursing practice
By developing plan with clearly defined advocacy priorities we can develop a coherent, strategic and planned approach to advocacy to maximise our impact in line with our vision and mission, available resources and government priorities.
If you’d like to be involved in the development or implementation of the policy and advocacy plan please contact the policy team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9669 7462. We’d love to hear from you!