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  • The Hon Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Health, has prepared a draft Ministerial Approval to remove barriers to Nurse Practitioner prescribing in Victoria, and this is now open for consultation.
The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners concurs that the current prescribing arrangements for Nurse Practitioners in Victoria do not meet the needs of our community, and welcomes this proposed change, particularly as it is clearly driven by consumer need and safety.
ACNP Welcomes the Victorian Department of Health review of the Victorian Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Arrangements 22nd October 2019 The Hon Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Health, has prepared a draft Ministerial Approval to remove barriers to Nurse Practitioner prescribing in Victoria, and this is now open for consultation. The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners concurs that the current prescribing arrangements for Nurse Practitioners in Victoria do not meet the needs of our community, and welcomes this proposed change, particularly as it is clearly driven by consumer need and safety. ... more
  • Read about the episode being just one example of the systemic issues facing aged care laid bare by Palliative Aged Care NP Juliane Samara during her presentation titled The silicone in Residential Aged Care: Nurse Practitioners Making a Difference, at September’s ACNP National Conference in Melbourne. How nurse practitioners are filling the gaps in aged care 14th October 2019 Read about the episode being just one example of the systemic issues facing aged care laid bare by Palliative Aged Care NP Juliane Samara during her presentation titled The silicone in Residential Aged Care: Nurse Practitioners Making a Difference, at September’s ACNP National Conference in Melbourne. ... more
  • Following a review conducted by the Department of Health, the PBAC recommended changes to antibiotic listings for high use items on the PBS with repeat prescription options. The PBAC recommended the removal of repeat options for a range of listings where no repeats were deemed necessary as per the Therapeutic Guidelines. The PBAC also recommended aligning the listings for specific indications to the Therapeutic Guidelines where increased quantities are clinically indicated. PBAC Outcome - Changes to Antibiotic Listings on the PBS 10th October 2019 Following a review conducted by the Department of Health, the PBAC recommended changes to antibiotic listings for high use items on the PBS with repeat prescription options. The PBAC recommended the removal of repeat options for a range of listings where no repeats were deemed necessary as per the Therapeutic Guidelines. The PBAC also recommended aligning the listings for specific indications to the Therapeutic Guidelines where increased quantities are clinically indicated. ... more
  • ACT Health Minister confirms the amendment Bill to Part V of the Health Act 1993 was passed unopposed in the ACT Legislative Assembly yesterday. This finalises the legislative requirements to abolish the current governance structure for nurse practitioner roles in the ACT and brings it into line with that of other health professionals. ACT Legislative Assembly passes Bill amendment Part V 26th September 2019 ACT Health Minister confirms the amendment Bill to Part V of the Health Act 1993 was passed unopposed in the ACT Legislative Assembly yesterday. This finalises the legislative requirements to abolish the current governance structure for nurse practitioner roles in the ACT and brings it into line with that of other health professionals. ... more
  • Nurse practitioners are often the key contact point for rural patients. Do they get enough credit? - ABC North West Qld By Kelly Butterworth
ABC News interview NP Andrew McCallum in North West Queensland 24th September 2019 Nurse practitioners are often the key contact point for rural patients. Do they get enough credit? - ABC North West Qld By Kelly Butterworth "In many small rural towns there are no doctors to visit when you get sick, no GP to know your history, and no friendly receptionist to stock you up with magazines while you await your turn." What do they do? ... more
  • A big leap forward for health care relationships over the last couple of months, I have been active in supporting the General Practitioner Trainees in the Urgent Care environment at the organisation I work for. Big leap forward for healthcare relationships 13th September 2019 A big leap forward for health care relationships over the last couple of months, I have been active in supporting the General Practitioner Trainees in the Urgent Care environment at the organisation I work for. ... more
  • Positive news for Victorian NPs with the Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos approving additions to the Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care - scheduled drugs list. Positive news for Victorian NPs 13th September 2019 Positive news for Victorian NPs with the Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos approving additions to the Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care - scheduled drugs list. ... more
  • The outcome of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review has the potential to improve access to nurse practitioner services and healthcare for patients if recommendations to increase the scope of the advanced clinical role are adopted, Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) President Leanne Boase has argued. The potential of the MBS review 10th September 2019 The outcome of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review has the potential to improve access to nurse practitioner services and healthcare for patients if recommendations to increase the scope of the advanced clinical role are adopted, Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) President Leanne Boase has argued. ... more
  • Delivered by ACNP Vice President, Amanda Davies at the ACNP National Conference last week (ACNP) the address to Delegates provided an update on the scope and emerging findings of the inquiry. Update on the scope and emerging findings of the inquiry. 10th September 2019 Delivered by ACNP Vice President, Amanda Davies at the ACNP National Conference last week (ACNP) the address to Delegates provided an update on the scope and emerging findings of the inquiry. ... more
  • Stephen Herrick's appreciation, understanding, support and advocacy for the Nurse Practitioner role was recognised at the 2019 Gala dinner with the awarding of an Honorary Fellowship.
The attendee's gave a long and rousing applause to acknowledge his generosity to emerging and candidate Nurse Practitioner through the Heather May Herrick Scholarship. Honorary Fellowship Awarded at Gala Dinner 4th September 2019 Stephen Herrick's appreciation, understanding, support and advocacy for the Nurse Practitioner role was recognised at the 2019 Gala dinner with the awarding of an Honorary Fellowship. The attendee's gave a long and rousing applause to acknowledge his generosity to emerging and candidate Nurse Practitioner through the Heather May Herrick Scholarship. ... more
  • What a great way to start the 2019 ACNP Conference Transforming Healthcare, with educational workshops throughout the day and the Welcome reception, presented by Health Professionals bank officially kick started the conference. We are now underway. ACNP Conference has begun 3rd September 2019 What a great way to start the 2019 ACNP Conference Transforming Healthcare, with educational workshops throughout the day and the Welcome reception, presented by Health Professionals bank officially kick started the conference. We are now underway. ... more
  • A big announcement today from the Hon Jenny Mikakos MLC Victorian Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services at the ACNP National Conference. Starting from today, consultations to reform prescribing rights for Victoria’s NPs. Jenny Mikakos MLC 3rd September 2019 A big announcement today from the Hon Jenny Mikakos MLC Victorian Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services at the ACNP National Conference. Starting from today, consultations to reform prescribing rights for Victoria’s NPs. ... more
  • The Nurse Practitioner Endoscopist (NPE) is an advanced practice role enabling the Nurse Practitioner (NP) to perform colonoscopy procedures within a legislative and regulatory framework applied in Australia.
Read more of the article completed by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Nurse Practitioner Endoscopists pioneer procedural sedation for endoscopies 24th August 2019 The Nurse Practitioner Endoscopist (NPE) is an advanced practice role enabling the Nurse Practitioner (NP) to perform colonoscopy procedures within a legislative and regulatory framework applied in Australia. Read more of the article completed by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. ... more
  • The 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, 'Shaping the future', is being held in Alice Springs 25-26 May 2020 and the call for abstracts is now open.
The Symposium will focus on rural and remote health research that informs strategic health policy, and health service challenges in rural and remote Australia into the future. Submissions Open for Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium 20th August 2019 The 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, 'Shaping the future', is being held in Alice Springs 25-26 May 2020 and the call for abstracts is now open. The Symposium will focus on rural and remote health research that informs strategic health policy, and health service challenges in rural and remote Australia into the future. ... more
  • Earlier this year, APNA contributed to the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Report consultation from the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group. APNA believes that the barriers stopping nurse practitioners from working to their full scope of practice must be challenged to improve patient outcomes. APNA Article - Recognising Nurse Practitioners 15th August 2019 Earlier this year, APNA contributed to the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Report consultation from the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group. APNA believes that the barriers stopping nurse practitioners from working to their full scope of practice must be challenged to improve patient outcomes. ... more
  • Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Federal Government to adopt the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce Recommendations for Nurse Practitioners, in a bid to ease pressures on local GP clinics.
“Greater access to Nurse Practitioners across Central Victoria would relieve pressures on local GPs and emergency waiting rooms.
More Support For Nurse Practitioners Could Ease Local GP Crisis 5th August 2019 Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Federal Government to adopt the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce Recommendations for Nurse Practitioners, in a bid to ease pressures on local GP clinics. “Greater access to Nurse Practitioners across Central Victoria would relieve pressures on local GPs and emergency waiting rooms. ... more
  • A NOVEL treatment involving honey has helped a Perth grandmother get back on her feet after sustaining leg wounds. Christine Mohr, 69, injured herself with a tree branch while gardening, with the wounds remaining three months after the incident. The retiree attended Silver Chain’s Kingsley clinic and received care from nurse practitioner Gordana Petkovska.
See full article by Joondalup Community Times. Sweet treat for Perth wound sufferer 17th July 2019 A NOVEL treatment involving honey has helped a Perth grandmother get back on her feet after sustaining leg wounds. Christine Mohr, 69, injured herself with a tree branch while gardening, with the wounds remaining three months after the incident. The retiree attended Silver Chain’s Kingsley clinic and received care from nurse practitioner Gordana Petkovska. See full article by Joondalup Community Times. ... more
  • Approximately 3000 Australians travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia each year for the annual Islamic pilgrimage (Hajj).The Kingdom is experiencing an ongoing outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), associated with infections in healthcare facilities and exposure to camels and camel products.
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and the Hajj 15th July 2019 Approximately 3000 Australians travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia each year for the annual Islamic pilgrimage (Hajj).The Kingdom is experiencing an ongoing outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), associated with infections in healthcare facilities and exposure to camels and camel products. ... more
  • AHPRA will almost certainly have endorsed its 400th Victorian NP by now and our annual endorsement rate (already the highest in the country) appears to be pulling further ahead over time.
You can view the statistics supplied by Dan Schiftan, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services by clicking the download.
400 Victorian Nurse Practitioners 12th June 2019 AHPRA will almost certainly have endorsed its 400th Victorian NP by now and our annual endorsement rate (already the highest in the country) appears to be pulling further ahead over time. You can view the statistics supplied by Dan Schiftan, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services by clicking the download. ... more
  • A fact sheet about the Shared Debt Recovery Scheme (the Scheme) is now available to view on the Department’s website. The site also includes a “frequently asked questions” page, based on feedback we received from a variety of stakeholders. Shared Debt Recovery Scheme 4th June 2019 A fact sheet about the Shared Debt Recovery Scheme (the Scheme) is now available to view on the Department’s website. The site also includes a “frequently asked questions” page, based on feedback we received from a variety of stakeholders. ... more
  • The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) welcomes today’s announcement by Chief Minister Andrew Barr of a $9.8 million investment in upgrading the Dickson Community Health Centre to deliver the fifth nurse-led walk-in centre for Canberra in 2020. ACNP Welcomes fifth nurse-led walk-in centre for ACT 3rd June 2019 The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) welcomes today’s announcement by Chief Minister Andrew Barr of a $9.8 million investment in upgrading the Dickson Community Health Centre to deliver the fifth nurse-led walk-in centre for Canberra in 2020. ... more
  • Palliative Care Australia has released a position statement about Sustainable access to
prescription opioids for use in palliative care. For more information go to the Palliative Care website where you can access the Media release. Final Opioid Position Statement and Media Release 29th May 2019 Palliative Care Australia has released a position statement about Sustainable access to prescription opioids for use in palliative care. For more information go to the Palliative Care website where you can access the Media release. ... more
  • Nurse practitioner Nikki Johnston has been awarded the inaugural Health Minister's Award for Nursing Trailblazers. On May 4th, the Illawarra Mercury News published an article featuring Nikki and how she is changing the way the elderly end their lives. 'A good death': nurse pioneers a better way for the elderly to die 14th May 2019 Nurse practitioner Nikki Johnston has been awarded the inaugural Health Minister's Award for Nursing Trailblazers. On May 4th, the Illawarra Mercury News published an article featuring Nikki and how she is changing the way the elderly end their lives. ... more
  • The Daily Telegraph published (04/55/2019) a moving story featuring Nurse Practitioner and ACNP Member, Kevin Hardy and all the amazing team at the North Adelaide end-of-life care facility, Mary Potter.
At the end of the month, the Mary Potter Foundation will hold its major annual fundraiser – Walk for Love. The walk will take place on Sunday May 26, 2019.
Visit www.marypotter.org.au/ walk-for-love/ Palliative care: When there is nothing more that can be done to save a life — we celebrate the life that‘s been 14th May 2019 The Daily Telegraph published (04/55/2019) a moving story featuring Nurse Practitioner and ACNP Member, Kevin Hardy and all the amazing team at the North Adelaide end-of-life care facility, Mary Potter. At the end of the month, the Mary Potter Foundation will hold its major annual fundraiser – Walk for Love. The walk will take place on Sunday May 26, 2019. Visit www.marypotter.org.au/ walk-for-love/ ... more
  • The Examiner Tasmania has published a story about Nurse Practitioners filling the gap in diabetes care. You can read the full story about the NPs work on the Examiner's website. How Tasmanian NP's are filling the diabetes care gaps 29th April 2019 The Examiner Tasmania has published a story about Nurse Practitioners filling the gap in diabetes care. You can read the full story about the NPs work on the Examiner's website. ... more
  • Nurses and midwives are calling on all governments to work with our professions to support the health and wellbeing of our community.
There are currently 374,216 nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Nurses and midwives, are the largest health professions and the most geographically dispersed workforce in Australia. They are highly skilled to provide communities with access to health care across all age groups. Calling for governments to work with professions to support health & wellbeing in their communities. 16th April 2019 Nurses and midwives are calling on all governments to work with our professions to support the health and wellbeing of our community. There are currently 374,216 nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Nurses and midwives, are the largest health professions and the most geographically dispersed workforce in Australia. They are highly skilled to provide communities with access to health care across all age groups. ... more
  • Nikki Johnston and Juliane Samara have been announced as finalists in the HESTA nursing and midwifery awards in the Team Excellence category for the INPSIRED work. The awards ceremony will be held in Melbourne on 9 May. ACNP wish Nikki, Juliane and the team all the best. Inspired Work Award 11th April 2019 Nikki Johnston and Juliane Samara have been announced as finalists in the HESTA nursing and midwifery awards in the Team Excellence category for the INPSIRED work. The awards ceremony will be held in Melbourne on 9 May. ACNP wish Nikki, Juliane and the team all the best. ... more
  • A month into offering a nurse-led, drop-in service for Launceston's most vulnerable, Mission Health is working to Launceston nurse-led service Mission Health aims to bridge the healthcare gap 11th April 2019 A month into offering a nurse-led, drop-in service for Launceston's most vulnerable, Mission Health is working to "fill the gaps" in healthcare. A collaboration between City Mission, the UTAS School of Nursing and Tasprac, the service aims to provide free healthcare for people who may otherwise go without. ... more
  • Nikki Johnston MACN was presented with the inaugural Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers at the official launch of Nursing Now Australia on 9 April 2019. Congratulations to Nikki and the other exceptional Finalists who were celebrated on the night. Read their bios below to find out more about their extraordinary accomplishments. Nikki - the 1st trailblazer 11th April 2019 Nikki Johnston MACN was presented with the inaugural Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers at the official launch of Nursing Now Australia on 9 April 2019. Congratulations to Nikki and the other exceptional Finalists who were celebrated on the night. Read their bios below to find out more about their extraordinary accomplishments. ... more
  • Changes antenatal pertussis vaccination 8th April 2019 After reviewing the evidence for antibody transmission during pregnancy, the optimal timing has been revised to provide a longer time-window for pregnant women to be vaccinated. Optimal timing for vaccination is between 20 and 32 weeks (previously 28-32 weeks). All pregnant women are recommended to have a single dose of pertussis vaccine in every pregnancy, including pregnancies that are closely spaced, to provide maximal protection to every infant. ... more
  • Announcement - International Keynote Speaker 29th March 2019 We are thrilled to announce presenting at the 2019 ACNP National Conference is International Keynote Speaker, Dr Anne Alexandrov PhD, RN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, ANVP-BC, NVRN-BC, FAAN. Dr Anne Alexandrov is a Professor and U.T. Mobile Stroke Unit Chief Nurse Practitioner and will be presenting on "The International Nurse Practitioner Perspective" and "Stroke USA." We are delighted that Dr Anne Alexandrov will be joining us. More details on the Conference page. ... more
  • End of Life Law for Clinicians (‘ELLC’) is a free national training program for clinicians and medical students and can also be completed by nurses and allied health professionals about the law at end of life. ELLC aims to improve participants’ knowledge and clinical practice, and enhance their capacity to manage legal issues in end of life care. The program has been developed by the Queensland University of Technology, and is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health. End of Life Law for Clinicians Training 29th March 2019 End of Life Law for Clinicians (‘ELLC’) is a free national training program for clinicians and medical students and can also be completed by nurses and allied health professionals about the law at end of life. ELLC aims to improve participants’ knowledge and clinical practice, and enhance their capacity to manage legal issues in end of life care. The program has been developed by the Queensland University of Technology, and is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health. ... more
  • Changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) have been made relating to Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) products subsidised under the scheme. As a result of these changes, more people will now be eligible to access CGM products free of
charge. Continuous Glucose Monitoring Initiative 20th March 2019 Changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) have been made relating to Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) products subsidised under the scheme. As a result of these changes, more people will now be eligible to access CGM products free of charge. ... more
  • TV Interview with WIN News Gippsland and ACNP President, Leanne Boase 25th February 2019 Click to watch the interview completed with WIN News Gippsland and ACNP President, Leanne Boase. ... more
  • MBS Review Taskforce – Report from NPRG 6th February 2019 Media Release - 6 February 2019 The NPRG report outlines 14 recommendations and each of these recommendations are positive for the community. The recommendations are well considered, extensively researched, and well supported by the evidence that reflects the high standard of Nurse Practitioner care in Australia. ... more
  • Congratulations Nikki 29th January 2019 ACNP President Leanne Boase said, “On behalf of ACNP’s Board, National Council and Fellows, members and staff, I congratulate all of the Australia Day 2019 Honours Recipients. I especially want to congratulate Nurse Practitioner Nikki Johnston on her award and thank her for her service to nursing and her contribution to the ACNP”. ... more
  • NP recognised in Federal Parliament 4th December 2018 NSW member, Anne Moehead has had her outstanding service and skills acknowledged in Federal Parliament by her local member Kevin Hodge Member for Page, NSW. Anne's qualifications include FACNP OAM, Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, Nurse Practitioner Psychogeriatrics / Dementia| NNSWLHD Nursing & Midwifery Directorate. ACNP are thrilled to share her exceptional national acknowledgement. ... more
  • The College would like to congratulate the Government for its initiative in setting up a committee to undertake important work in this area. We would like to add our support to the initiative and have outlined our comments below in relation to the terms of reference: ACNP Response Stillbirth Research and Education 26th November 2018 The College would like to congratulate the Government for its initiative in setting up a committee to undertake important work in this area. We would like to add our support to the initiative and have outlined our comments below in relation to the terms of reference: ... more
  • Nurse Practitioner Week 2018 26th November 2018 In 2018, the ACNP would like to extend the celebrations for Nurse Practitioner Week to a full week. Nurse Practitioner Week will commence on the 10th December and finish on the 16th December 2018. ... more
  • ACNP Welcomes Royal Commission into Aged Care 31st October 2018 ACNP Welcomes Royal Commission into Aged Care The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) welcomes the announcement by Prime Minister, Scott Morrison for a Royal Commission into the quality of care in nursing homes and the broader aged care. The College also welcomes the announcement last week of a $106m funding boost to support better facilities, better care and better standards in aged care. ... more
  • The Nurse Practitioner Profession and its multifaceted dimensions 29th October 2018 With numbers now exceeding over 1500 NPs in Australia, the demand for nurse practitioners is constantly growing. Australian nurse practitioners are experienced in diagnosing and treating people of all ages with a variety of acute and chronic health conditions. NPs can work in the areas of emergency, aged care, drug and alcohol, medical, surgical, private practice, rural and remote medicine, women’s health, mental health, paediatrics and often fill vital roles across the community in healthcare. ... more
  • Nurse Practitioners: A capable and collaborative solution to health care 26th July 2018 In the recent weeks there has been plenty of dialogue about Nurse Practitioners (NP) in Australia and questions have been asked of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) in relation to the ... more
  • ACNP Welcomes $112 Million ACT Health Boost 18th June 2018 The Australian College for Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Meegan Fitzharris in relation to 2018 Budget major infrastructure investment for... ... more
  • Clinical Guidelines April 2018 - ASHM 7th June 2018 Daily use of coformulated tenofovir and emtricitabine for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by populations at high risk of HIV infection is now recommended in guidelines from the United States, Europe and Australia ... more
  • Griffith University Survey: Paediatric Nursing Researchers 29th May 2018 The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University are conducting an observational study to identify paediatric nursing researchers within Australia and describe their current research programs. ... more