Continence nursing offers opportunities for autonomy and direct client feedback

Janie Thompson, a continence nurse and Clinical Services Manager at the Continence Foundation of Australia, has spent more than two decades working as a continence nurse. She says being able to make a difference to improve people’s lives through continence management has sustained her in her speciality. “When you do a continence assessment and then […]

Student nurses drawn to primary healthcare

Seven out of 10 student nurses who completed APNA’s Student Nurse Placement Program (SNPP) said the experience exceeded their expectations, raising hopes that the next generation of nurses will consider a career in primary healthcare, according to new national data. Results from APNA’s survey of student nurses and PHC nurses who completed the program found […]

Prisoners not counted in drive to reach universal healthcare goals, study finds

An international study of global progress in reaching World Health Organization (WHO) goals in the provision of universal healthcare coverage has found many countries, including Australia, may be inflating their success by not counting people in prisons and youth detention in their data. The review, led in Australia by Curtin University and The University of […]

APNA and School Nurses Australia to amalgamate

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) and School Nurses Australia (SNA) have agreed to amalgamate in a bid to give all primary healthcare nurses more influence and a stronger voice. APNA is the peak professional body for 89,000 primary healthcare nurses working outside of hospital settings in Australia. Meanwhile, SNA represents nurses who […]

How Kazuma Honda stumbled into nursing and found his calling

Becoming a nurse was never on Kazuma Honda’s radar. He didn’t even know what the role involved. Looking back, however, it feels like his pathway into the profession was almost meant to be. A native of Nagoya, Japan, Kazuma was living and studying in China in 1998 when he met his future wife, an Australian. […]

Nurse researcher in primary healthcare honoured

“It [primary healthcare] is one of the fastest growing healthcare areas in Australia and we need to keep people well in the communities where they live,” says nurse researcher in primary healthcare, Susan McInnes. “Rather than focusing on treatment, we need to focus on preventative care, behavioural change and health promotion.” Susan is an early […]