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  • Nurse practitioner Anita Wild dreamed of bringing new life into the world, not being witness to its passing. But as is the case with best-laid plans, life had other ideas. Then, one day, as an undergraduate nurse working in Melbourne, the spark of a new passion took hold. Surprising joy in enriching quality of life experiences 16th June 2021 Nurse practitioner Anita Wild dreamed of bringing new life into the world, not being witness to its passing. But as is the case with best-laid plans, life had other ideas. Then, one day, as an undergraduate nurse working in Melbourne, the spark of a new passion took hold. ... more
  • Today we met with the Minister for Health & Aged Care, Hon Greg Hunt MP, to discuss the role of Nurse Practitioners in Australia’s health system. Meeting with the Health Minister 26th May 2021 Today we met with the Minister for Health & Aged Care, Hon Greg Hunt MP, to discuss the role of Nurse Practitioners in Australia’s health system. ... more
  • Chris O'Donnell shares views on how Nurse Practitioners can contribute to ongoing improvements to the care of patients.
ED staff blame a number of factors, including increasing number of people in mental health crisis exacerbations of chronic conditions and older adults being admitted from aged care facilities. Courageous change urged as emergency departments struggle to meet demand 29th April 2021 Chris O'Donnell shares views on how Nurse Practitioners can contribute to ongoing improvements to the care of patients. ED staff blame a number of factors, including increasing number of people in mental health crisis exacerbations of chronic conditions and older adults being admitted from aged care facilities. ... more
  • In Australia, nurse practitioners are becoming increasingly critical in providing health care to at-risk populations – especially those in rural and remote regions. But some challenges must be overcome to realise this important role's full potential.
Realise your full potential as a Nurse Practitioner 16th April 2021 In Australia, nurse practitioners are becoming increasingly critical in providing health care to at-risk populations – especially those in rural and remote regions. But some challenges must be overcome to realise this important role's full potential. ... more
  • A general practitioner will be required to supervise nurse practitioners as they administer the COVID-19 vaccine, a decision that was made without concerns of health and safety. This means under-resourced and at-risk communities will be slower to gain access to the vaccine, Vaccine rollout hindered by lack of recognition for nurse practitioners 26th March 2021 A general practitioner will be required to supervise nurse practitioners as they administer the COVID-19 vaccine, a decision that was made without concerns of health and safety. This means under-resourced and at-risk communities will be slower to gain access to the vaccine, ... more
  • Highly skilled nurses say they are frustrated they have been locked out of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Australia due to a government requirement that they must be supervised in order to administer the vaccine.
Nurse practitioners say they are 'completely overlooked' for COVID-19 vaccination rollout due to 'supervision' requirement 23rd March 2021 Highly skilled nurses say they are frustrated they have been locked out of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Australia due to a government requirement that they must be supervised in order to administer the vaccine. ... more
  • ACNP join with Cairns Hospital and the many people you have assisted, in praising you on this exceptional accomplishment. Congratulations, Humanitarian Angie 22nd March 2021 ACNP join with Cairns Hospital and the many people you have assisted, in praising you on this exceptional accomplishment. ... more
  • Leanne Boase is a Nurse Practitioner and President of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, representing more than 1,300 NPs and Advanced Practice Nurses. She gives us her thoughts on the COVID vaccine rollout and outlines the raw impact it will have on the community by omitting the role of nurse practitioners in the rollout.
The COVID vaccine rollout has excluded Nurse Practitioners being involved 26th February 2021 Leanne Boase is a Nurse Practitioner and President of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, representing more than 1,300 NPs and Advanced Practice Nurses. She gives us her thoughts on the COVID vaccine rollout and outlines the raw impact it will have on the community by omitting the role of nurse practitioners in the rollout. ... more
  • The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) says the final recommendations of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce to government perpetuate the under-representation of nurses in the workforce and will do nothing to address ongoing challenges faced across the healthcare system
Read more: http://hospitalhealth.com.au/content/nursing/news/taskforce-ignores-role-of-nurses-in-frontline-care-says-acn-1350685447#ixzz6lAFEjdTo Taskforce ignores role of nurses in frontline care 1st February 2021 The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) says the final recommendations of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce to government perpetuate the under-representation of nurses in the workforce and will do nothing to address ongoing challenges faced across the healthcare system Read more: http://hospitalhealth.com.au/content/nursing/news/taskforce-ignores-role-of-nurses-in-frontline-care-says-acn-1350685447#ixzz6lAFEjdTo ... more
  • The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) works in partnership with 15 national health practitioner boards (the National Boards) to implement the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) and administer the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and
territory (the National Law). Guidelines for advertising a regulated health service - Ahpra 14th January 2021 The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) works in partnership with 15 national health practitioner boards (the National Boards) to implement the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) and administer the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). ... more
  • The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is pleased to advise the release of two new resources for consumers on the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter). The resources, a detailed guide and a summary booklet, are designed to support consumers to better understand their healthcare rights and what they can expect from the Australian healthcare system. Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights - NEW RESOURCES for Consumers 22nd December 2020 The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is pleased to advise the release of two new resources for consumers on the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (the Charter). The resources, a detailed guide and a summary booklet, are designed to support consumers to better understand their healthcare rights and what they can expect from the Australian healthcare system. ... more
  • A global team of researchers led by Associate Professor Margie Danchin has partnered with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to develop a new, evidence-based communication package called MumBubVax.
The MumBubVax package aims to support healthcare providers in communicating confidently and effectively with expectant parents about vaccination during pregnancy and for babies after delivery. MumBubVaX 22nd December 2020 A global team of researchers led by Associate Professor Margie Danchin has partnered with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to develop a new, evidence-based communication package called MumBubVax. The MumBubVax package aims to support healthcare providers in communicating confidently and effectively with expectant parents about vaccination during pregnancy and for babies after delivery. ... more
  • Implementation Leadership Team - Communique December 2020
This update includes a message from the Chair, Dr Scott Blackwell, 2021 Implementation Timeline Key Dates, Progress Update, details on Practitioners preparing for voluntary assisted dying in Western Australia and information on an implementation conference, that will be held prior to the commencement of the legislation. VAD Act 2019 Implementation Update 22nd December 2020 Implementation Leadership Team - Communique December 2020 This update includes a message from the Chair, Dr Scott Blackwell, 2021 Implementation Timeline Key Dates, Progress Update, details on Practitioners preparing for voluntary assisted dying in Western Australia and information on an implementation conference, that will be held prior to the commencement of the legislation. ... more
  • ACNP President, Leanne Boase, was on Ultra106Five, in Southern Tasmania talking about NP week, the benefits of NP's in the Health System and some of the barriers they face. ACNP President - extending awareness of NP's 10th December 2020 ACNP President, Leanne Boase, was on Ultra106Five, in Southern Tasmania talking about NP week, the benefits of NP's in the Health System and some of the barriers they face. ... more
  • NP week has become so celebrated, in 2020 the ACNP will once again extend the celebrations to a full week. Nurse Practitioner Week will commence on the 7th December and finish on the 13th December 2020.
The theme for Nurse Practitioner Week in 2020 is “Nurse Practitioners: Writing Our Own Story. Helping You with Yours…”
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week 2020 7th December 2020 NP week has become so celebrated, in 2020 the ACNP will once again extend the celebrations to a full week. Nurse Practitioner Week will commence on the 7th December and finish on the 13th December 2020. The theme for Nurse Practitioner Week in 2020 is “Nurse Practitioners: Writing Our Own Story. Helping You with Yours…” ... more
  • We were joined by 4 inspirational speakers who shared differing aspects of the Nurse Practitioner role in their country and their invaluable experience. These presentations are now available to be viewed. International Guests Celebrate the Australian Nurse Practitioner 26th November 2020 We were joined by 4 inspirational speakers who shared differing aspects of the Nurse Practitioner role in their country and their invaluable experience. These presentations are now available to be viewed. ... more
  • The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) would like to voice their discontentment and disappointment in the American Medical Association’s recent media criticism and professional assassination of the American Nurse Practitioner to the broader community. At any time, there should be a collegial approach to health care, and it is even more disturbing that that the American Medical Association has engaged in behaviour and practices to discredit Nurse Practitioners during the pandemic. Open letter to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 19th November 2020 The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) would like to voice their discontentment and disappointment in the American Medical Association’s recent media criticism and professional assassination of the American Nurse Practitioner to the broader community. At any time, there should be a collegial approach to health care, and it is even more disturbing that that the American Medical Association has engaged in behaviour and practices to discredit Nurse Practitioners during the pandemic. ... more
  • Back in July 2010, the then Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon signed the National Health (Collaborative arrangements for Nurse Practitioners) Determination 2010. This Collaborative Arrangement for Nurse Practitioners specified that an eligible Nurse Practitioner must name of at least 1 specified medical practitioner who is/or will be collaborating with the Nurse Practitioner in the patient’s care. Government extends financial disadvantage to patients 2nd October 2020 Back in July 2010, the then Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon signed the National Health (Collaborative arrangements for Nurse Practitioners) Determination 2010. This Collaborative Arrangement for Nurse Practitioners specified that an eligible Nurse Practitioner must name of at least 1 specified medical practitioner who is/or will be collaborating with the Nurse Practitioner in the patient’s care. ... more
  • Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner and ACNP ACT Chapter Chair, Juliane Samara joined Adam Shirley on ABC Radio, Canberra to talk about the increased number of 'Nurse Led Walk In Centres' in the ACT. This is a great discussion around the cost, quality and efficiency of health care in the ACT. Juliane's interview begins around the one hour mark. Radio Interview with ABC Radio, ACT Adam Shirley and ACT Chapter Chair Juliane Samara 17th September 2020 Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner and ACNP ACT Chapter Chair, Juliane Samara joined Adam Shirley on ABC Radio, Canberra to talk about the increased number of 'Nurse Led Walk In Centres' in the ACT. This is a great discussion around the cost, quality and efficiency of health care in the ACT. Juliane's interview begins around the one hour mark. ... more
  • The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) is calling on the SA State Government to grant Nurse Practitioner, Di Thornton, of Mallee Border Health, an exemption to cross the Victoria/South Australia border to provide care for the residents of Pinnaroo and surrounding areas. South Australian town left without local Nurse Practitioner 20th August 2020 The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) is calling on the SA State Government to grant Nurse Practitioner, Di Thornton, of Mallee Border Health, an exemption to cross the Victoria/South Australia border to provide care for the residents of Pinnaroo and surrounding areas. ... more
  • Read the full Media Release here about Victorian Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Rights Have Changed Victorian Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Rights Have Changed 27th July 2020 Read the full Media Release here about Victorian Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Rights Have Changed ... more
  • As a Nurse Practitioner working in Victoria, or as a student or prospective NP in Victoria, this is a very important and positive update.
Effective immediately, Nurse Practitioners lists or formularies are no longer in use, and Nurse Practitioners have the ability to prescribe all S2, S3, S4 and S8 medicines in Victoria. Formularies Update for Victorian NP's 23rd July 2020 As a Nurse Practitioner working in Victoria, or as a student or prospective NP in Victoria, this is a very important and positive update. Effective immediately, Nurse Practitioners lists or formularies are no longer in use, and Nurse Practitioners have the ability to prescribe all S2, S3, S4 and S8 medicines in Victoria. ... more
  • The Australian Government is investing $57.2 million to improve palliative care in aged care facilities across Australia.
Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, says the funding will help reduce the physical and emotional distress for individuals who require palliative care and their families. Government invests $57 million to improve palliative care 27th May 2020 The Australian Government is investing $57.2 million to improve palliative care in aged care facilities across Australia. Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, says the funding will help reduce the physical and emotional distress for individuals who require palliative care and their families. ... more
  •  Palliative Care Week in the Wimmera
Helping people with life-limiting illnesses during a pandemic has required some rethinks by the team at Wimmera Palliative Care. The team covers an area of 37,000 sq km supporting people to live as well as possible, for as long as possible. It's about living as well as you can with a terminal illness 27th May 2020 Palliative Care Week in the Wimmera Helping people with life-limiting illnesses during a pandemic has required some rethinks by the team at Wimmera Palliative Care. The team covers an area of 37,000 sq km supporting people to live as well as possible, for as long as possible. ... more
  • Revised opioids PBS listings for the management of severe disabling pain
Commencing 1 June 2020, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listings for opioid medicines will change. Change Coming - New Fact Sheet on Opioids 22nd May 2020 Revised opioids PBS listings for the management of severe disabling pain Commencing 1 June 2020, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listings for opioid medicines will change. ... more
  • Nurses have a reputation for leading with their hearts, but their roles also demand a balance of skill, science, and empathy to deliver the best outcomes for patients. NP Anthony Sokolowski talks about a diverse career on International Nurses Day. International Nurses Day highlights vital role nurses play and career opportunities in world health sector 12th May 2020 Nurses have a reputation for leading with their hearts, but their roles also demand a balance of skill, science, and empathy to deliver the best outcomes for patients. NP Anthony Sokolowski talks about a diverse career on International Nurses Day. ... more
  • Thank you for collaborating with us to inform consumers about excipient (‘inactive’) ingredients in medicines and our work to display this information in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), on the TGA website. Collaboration on about excipient (‘inactive’) ingredients in medicines 1st May 2020 Thank you for collaborating with us to inform consumers about excipient (‘inactive’) ingredients in medicines and our work to display this information in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), on the TGA website. ... more
  • After lobbying of Federal authorities by the ACNP President Leanne Boase on behalf of all Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care across the country, including rural and remote areas the ACNP is pleased to share the update that NP's can now request PPE through their local PHN. PPE for Nurse Practitioners 1st May 2020 After lobbying of Federal authorities by the ACNP President Leanne Boase on behalf of all Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care across the country, including rural and remote areas the ACNP is pleased to share the update that NP's can now request PPE through their local PHN. ... more
  • ACNP calling on the Government to implement the 14 MBS recommendations immediately - read the full Media Release below. ACNP calling on the Government to implement the 14 MBS recommendations immediately 16th April 2020 ACNP calling on the Government to implement the 14 MBS recommendations immediately - read the full Media Release below. ... more
  • It is essential that clear and consistent messaging and information is delivered to the public, and that this continues to be updated as changes occur, or as the situation evolves. It is also vital that all health professionals receive clear and consistent measures, and have optimal support in place to provide health care during these challenging times. Health services and professionals already at maximum capacity are stretching even further. COVID 19 – Nurse Practitioners working to provide clinical care and assist with planning and response 24th March 2020 It is essential that clear and consistent messaging and information is delivered to the public, and that this continues to be updated as changes occur, or as the situation evolves. It is also vital that all health professionals receive clear and consistent measures, and have optimal support in place to provide health care during these challenging times. Health services and professionals already at maximum capacity are stretching even further. ... more
  • ACNP President, Leanne Boase has just released an Urgent Update to all ACNP Members regarding COVID 19 & Influenza.
If you have any questions please call the ACNP National office on 1300 433 660.
The link for Health Professional information is:
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-for-health-professionals-including-pathology-providers-and-healthcare-managers
Coronavirus Resource Links 23rd March 2020 ACNP President, Leanne Boase has just released an Urgent Update to all ACNP Members regarding COVID 19 & Influenza. If you have any questions please call the ACNP National office on 1300 433 660. The link for Health Professional information is: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-for-health-professionals-including-pathology-providers-and-healthcare-managers ... more
  • Read about how the Nurse Practitioner and other advanced nursing roles have never been more needed in the aged care sector than they are now according to the Australian Ageing Agenda. The new generation of nursing professionals are here 23rd March 2020 Read about how the Nurse Practitioner and other advanced nursing roles have never been more needed in the aged care sector than they are now according to the Australian Ageing Agenda. ... more
  • RC recommends 4-star staffing model - Australian Ageing Agenda
Under the research-based system, several different combinations of nursing and care staff can achieve a particular star rating. Mr Rozen said they have recommended 4 stars because that is the staffing level recommended to achieve high-quality care. Aged Care RC recommends 4-star staffing model 26th February 2020 RC recommends 4-star staffing model - Australian Ageing Agenda Under the research-based system, several different combinations of nursing and care staff can achieve a particular star rating. Mr Rozen said they have recommended 4 stars because that is the staffing level recommended to achieve high-quality care. ... more
  • This is excellent news for our patients, and will improve management of these HBV, HCV and HIV within our community. We will let members know once we have an implementation date. There is still work to be done on PrEP, however ASHM is working on it, and ACNP is supporting this. We will confirm the implementation date once announced. PBAC Decision - s100 HBV HCV and HIV medicines 26th February 2020 This is excellent news for our patients, and will improve management of these HBV, HCV and HIV within our community. We will let members know once we have an implementation date. There is still work to be done on PrEP, however ASHM is working on it, and ACNP is supporting this. We will confirm the implementation date once announced. ... more
  • The Product Information for IMPLANON NXT has been updated as of January 20201. The updated sections include those related to the site of insertion and the procedures for implant insertion and removal. Changes to the Implanon procedure 12th February 2020 The Product Information for IMPLANON NXT has been updated as of January 20201. The updated sections include those related to the site of insertion and the procedures for implant insertion and removal. ... more
  • Wimmer Health Care Group chief executive Catherine Morle said Wimmera Base - supporting Nurse Practitioners 12th February 2020 Wimmer Health Care Group chief executive Catherine Morle said "The other thing we've done is support a nurse to become a nurse practitioner, which is a higher level of skill, and we'd like to look at more of them in place." Click the link below to read how this is helping Wimmera Base. ... more
  • What is a mandatory notification?
Notifying us about a concern that a health practitioner may be putting public safety at risk is called a ‘notification’.
What’s changing?
In early 2020, the requirements to make a mandatory notification are changing. The changes aim to support health practitioners to seek help about their health without fearing a mandatory notification. Mandatory Notifications: What you need to know 7th February 2020 What is a mandatory notification? Notifying us about a concern that a health practitioner may be putting public safety at risk is called a ‘notification’. What’s changing? In early 2020, the requirements to make a mandatory notification are changing. The changes aim to support health practitioners to seek help about their health without fearing a mandatory notification. ... more
  • ACNP congratulate, Nurse Practitioner, Anne Moehead for receiving the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to mental health care of aged persons in NSW. Anne has provided exceptional service to NSW Health since 1973. Specialising in nursing dementia and psychogeriatrics for over 30 years she is regarded by nurses and health professionals, locally and nationally, as a leader, mentor and expert in dementia and delirium care. Anne Moehead OAM receives further recognition 29th January 2020 ACNP congratulate, Nurse Practitioner, Anne Moehead for receiving the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to mental health care of aged persons in NSW. Anne has provided exceptional service to NSW Health since 1973. Specialising in nursing dementia and psychogeriatrics for over 30 years she is regarded by nurses and health professionals, locally and nationally, as a leader, mentor and expert in dementia and delirium care. ... more
  • Please find attached a letter from the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Adjunct Professor Debora Picone, regarding ISO 80369-6:2016 neural connector devices to reduce misconnection errors: Guidelines for implementation in Australia. ISO 80369-6:2016 neural connector devices to reduce misconnection errors 29th January 2020 Please find attached a letter from the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Adjunct Professor Debora Picone, regarding ISO 80369-6:2016 neural connector devices to reduce misconnection errors: Guidelines for implementation in Australia. ... more
  • Message from the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Welcome to the first newsletter for 2020 and my first as Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. 1st Newsletter from Alison McMillanas CNMO 24th January 2020 Message from the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Welcome to the first newsletter for 2020 and my first as Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. ... more
  • Bank First responds to the bushfire emergency Bank First Helping out 13th January 2020 Bank First responds to the bushfire emergency ... more
  • The Federal Health Department has recently completed an independent review of Nursing Education, titled, educating the Nurse of the Future. Update - Independent review of nursing education 4th December 2019 The Federal Health Department has recently completed an independent review of Nursing Education, titled, educating the Nurse of the Future. ... more
  • The ACNP has been advised that a Taskforce meeting will be held on the 11th & 12th December, 2019, where the recommendations from all of the Primary Care Reference Groups (including the NPRG) are being considered. It is possible that we may receive an update following this meeting, and we will advise members ASAP. MBS Review - December Update 3rd December 2019 The ACNP has been advised that a Taskforce meeting will be held on the 11th & 12th December, 2019, where the recommendations from all of the Primary Care Reference Groups (including the NPRG) are being considered. It is possible that we may receive an update following this meeting, and we will advise members ASAP. ... more
  • A fabulous day for NPs with ACNP President, Leanne Boase meeting with Chris Bowen, Shadow Minister for Health to discuss the roles that NPs play in health and the wider issues within the health system. It was fantastic to engage with a highly interested team who has such great knowledge of Nurse Practitioners within the Australian landscape. ACNP President meets with Shadow Minister for Health 7th November 2019 A fabulous day for NPs with ACNP President, Leanne Boase meeting with Chris Bowen, Shadow Minister for Health to discuss the roles that NPs play in health and the wider issues within the health system. It was fantastic to engage with a highly interested team who has such great knowledge of Nurse Practitioners within the Australian landscape. ... more
  • 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