Review of the National Competencies Standards for Australian Nurse Practitioners

National competency standards for Registered Nurses (RNs) were first adopted by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council in the early 1990s, and shortly thereafter, competency standards for Enrolled Nurses, Midwives and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) were developed. These standards were adopted by the Nursingand Midwifery Board of Australia in 2010. Subsequently, there have been substantial developments…

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The ACT Government Budget is a move in the right direction, recognising that health is more than acute service delivery. We need the health of our community to be included across all government policies.  We are generally supportive of the provision of additional funds for community and hospital services in line with growth so that…

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4th International Primary Health Care Reform Conference

In March this year, HCCA consumer representative Joanne Baumgartner attended the 4th International Primary Health Care ReformConference in Brisbane.  The conference had an array of interesting speakers, including Professor Martin Roland from the University of Cambridge; Dr Paul Grundy of IBM; and Rosie Rowe from the Western District Health Service in Victoria.  Professor Roland discussed…

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Forum on Men’s Health

On Thursday last week, HCCA consumer representatives Roger Killeen, Russell McGowan and Bill Heins attended a forum on men’s health convened by Jeremy Hanson of the ACT Liberals.  There were around 30 participants from a range of community groups within the ACT, including the Mental Health Consumer’s Network, YMCA and Woden Community Services.  There did…

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What’s in a name?

I recently read an article based on online-discussions regarding terminology in the health care sector which has given me food for thought.  The discussion was prompted by a post from Stephen McMahon, the CEO of the Irish Patients Association, where he expressed his concern with the use of the word “consumer” instead of “patient”.  McMahon’s…

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Depression in Australia

Recently, the Canberra Times published an article by Julieanne Strachan describing the increasing burden of depression in Australian society. For instance, Australian taxpayers spent over $333 million subsidising antidepressant medication in 2011. The use of antidepressants has increased substantially since 2007, with 13.6 million scripts written by doctors in 2010-2011. In the ACT, doctors issued…

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