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The annual APNA conference brings together nurses who work in primary health care settings, including in general practice and Aboriginal health services. The conference also attracts a large number of delegates from Medical Locals. The 2013 conference theme - 'movers and shakers' - highlighted the important role that primary health care nurses play in driving the Australian health reform agenda and changing the delivery of healthcare across many settings. About 500 delegates attended the conference.
The conference presentations reflected the diversity of work undertaken by primary health care nurses, including in respiratory health, wound care, telehealth, chronic disease management, mental health, immunisation and child health. Delegates expressed a particular interest in those conference presentations and workshops that highlighted the important leadership role played by primary health care nurses.
Miranda Poynton from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet conducted a promotional internet café on each day of the conference. Delegates were interested in learning how the HealthInfoNet web resource could support their efforts to make general practices and other primary health care settings ‘culturally safe’ for Indigenous patients. They also expressed a commitment to better utilising the measures available through the Government’s Closing the gap program. Delegates were keen to learn about the following features of the HealthInfoNet web resource: the health promotion bibliography; the health practice bibliography; the continuing professional development (CPD) section; the programs and projects section; the child health, kidney disease, immunisation and diabetes sections; and the HealthInfoNet’s original peer-reviewed publications.
APNA conference delegates who wish to follow-up a discussion instigated at the HealthInfoNet exhibition stand are invited to contact us via email@example.com.
Julie Nicholson, Joanne Moore and Roxanne Hutchinson from Derby Aboriginal Health Service, with Miranda Poynton from the HealthInfoNet, at the Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA) conference, Pullman Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne, Friday 3 May 2013
Delegates at Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA) Conference, Friday 3 May 2013, Melbourne
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