WA Practice Nurses Association, Inc.
(ABN: 77 328 742 618)

Update: Membership Application Process

After assessment and evaluation of the membership application process we have planned a nursing intervention to implement a smooth process regarding renewals to WAPNA, etc.

This will :
Expedite efficiency, minimise workload, maintain best practice and improve quality of life for us!
(Thought you may like the nursing intervention language everyone.)

Please read the following:
When applying for new membership or renewing membership to WAPNA, remember to fill out a new 'application for membership' form, including method of payment and a receipt from your bank if paying by eftpos.

**Membership form must be sent to the Treasurer regardless of the type of payment**.

This will FAST TRACK our response and alleviate confusion.

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, which was previously known as the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR), has an interesting list of events that may be of interest to members. Please check out the following link: http://www.perkins.org.au/events/.

Heart Foundation

CHD in Primary Care: Special Interest Group

Nurses working in primary care are invited to be part of a Heart Foundation special interest group. No cost is involved. Further details can be downloaded here and an application form here



Farmsafe WA Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation encouraging and leading the way to safer farming.

Farmsafe is conducting a project in the Great Southern region, which targets health professionals and farmers. The 'Promotion and Distribution of Resources' project is an initiative of Farmsafe WA Alliance and is funded by the Department of Health, Western Australia. It focuses on three particular farm health and safety resources produced by the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety in the Eastern states; hence their suitability and usefulness in the Western Australian context is yet to be determined.

The resources in question are:

  • Farm Health and Safety Toolkit for Rural General Practices
  • The Great Idea Bank
  • Preventing Falls for Older Farmers

Farmsafe WA will be promoting, distributing and evaluating these resources to determine their usefulness in the WA context. From recommendations which arise from these evaluations, Farmsafe WA will be able to provide WA health professionals servicing the rural communities with optimum resources for the future.

Farmsafe WA is asking health professionals in the Great Southern region to help, by reviewing the resources and completing a short questionnaire (which takes approximately 5 minutes to complete).

These evaluations are crucial for Farmsafe WA's project, so if you are able to assist please contact Farmsafe WA on (08) 9359 4118, visit the website at www.farmsafewa.org<\a> or email admin@farmsafewa.org and the team will have the resources and questionnaires sent to you.

Benchmarque Group

To register for a program - go to www.benchmarquegroup.com.au.

Items of interest

Another very interesting website for practice nurses can be found by clicking here.

Research Review Australia, an independent medical publisher produces a regular free GP and Wound Care publication to help subscribers keep up to date with the latest research. These publications provide subscribers with a short summary of key GP and Wound Care studies from the world's most prestigious journals, together with an opinion on why it matters to Australian practice from experts including Dr Janette Tenne (GP) and Dr Craig McBride (Wound Care). Please click here for the latest edition of Australian Wound Care Research Review. Members can also sign up for free at the website http://www.researchreview.com.au/au/home.aspx or can email the subscription manager, Trish Sirolli, directly on trish@researchreview.com.au.

Continuing Professional Development

In March 2010, the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council approved the current Continuing Professional Development Registration Standard for all nurses and midwives.

What does this mean for nurses?
It means all registered and enrolled nurses and midwives will now have to complete a minimum of 20 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to maintain their registration. For further details from the AHPRA website, click here.

But how do we find the time in our already busy lives to seek out and attend this ongoing education? Practice nurses may already be at a disadvantage when it comes to education due to staff and time constraints in the workplace. The onus is on the nurse to find and participate in ongoing education, whether it is provided by the employer or not.

This is where WAPNA can help you!

PNML Weekly Updates

Weekly updates with all your primary health care information from here and around the nation are available - to view please go to the FRIDAY UPDATE on the PNML Weekly Update website (http://www.pnml.com.au/index.php).

Rural Health Support, Education and Training (RHSET) Program

Three part series on Continence available on DVD through the Rural Health Education Foundation

The Rural Health Education Foundation has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to continue its free distribution of the Foundation's Continence Education Program Series 2007/08. Three educational television programs are compiled onto DVD to assist GPs and other primary healthcare professionals across all settings to better understand and deliver quality care and support to people living with incontinence, their carers and families. The Continence Series 2007/08 has been produced with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the National Continence Management Strategy.

For more details, please click here.

The Rural Nursing and Midwifery Faculty of Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) and Monash University are pleased to announce they will be undertaking a Continuing Professional Development project: 'Learning how to drive the internet: Increasing the level of computer literacy in the rural nursing and midwifery workforce'. Further details are available by clicking here.

WA Spirometry Training Course

For details of future courses, please contact:
Associate Professor Graham Hall
Senior Respiratory Scientist
Respiratory Medicine, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children
GPO Box D184, Perth. 6840
Phone: (08) 9340 8987 Fax: (08) 9340 8181 Mob: 0439 692870

Free Resource from The Cancer Council

Click here for information on obtaining a DVD on cervical cancer prevention.

Asthma Foundation Update

Triple 'E' Children's Event & Asthma Support Group

Triple 'E' Asthma Challenge is a school holiday program for children 7-12 years, which aims to increase children's self-management of their asthma.

Contact Nyree 9289 3643 for details.

Silver/Iodine Trial(SIT)

For further details of the Silver/Iodine Trial(SIT), which was conducted by Royal District Nursing Service (Melbourne), and the Silver Chain Nursing Association, click here.

Members of WAPNA have been advised that some Clients may present to GPs and to ensure they stay on the trial, if possible do not remove their dressing. They can contact the CNS responsible for the Client to discuss any issues. Every effort will be made to ensure GPs are aware which Clients have been recruited in WA as they commence on the trial (a letter will be sent to this effect to the GP at time of recruitment, and at exit or change of treatment) but also each Client will be given small card to keep in their wallet and hopefully remember to present when attending the practice. This card will simply explain that the Client is on the trial and provide a name and contact number of the CNS to discuss.

Update 14/02/07

Stage 1 of this trial has now been completed. The classification tool (1993 Payne & Martin) used for skin tear classification has now been refined and the new tool is called the 'STAR Classification System'.

Further steering group meetings are planned to look at skin tear prevelance, setting up guidelines for prevention, treatment and finally the evaluation of all the above.

** Many thanks to all who have participated in this project. **

Competencies for Nurses in General Practice

Information on the above competencies are now available from the following site: http://www.anf.org.au/nurses%5Fgp/.

APNA also have the information on their website - see the WAPNA 'Links' page.

New book - "A Special Gift" by Ailsa Allen

A brief comment from Ailsa:

"The thought behind my publishing is to increase awareness and understanding of organ and tissue donation and provide the opportunity for people to think about this subject before they are in that tough place in an ICU and being asked to donate. We know that most people think it is a good idea but I feel it is different when a loved one has just died and you are being asked about donating organs and have never really thought about what this can mean, maybe to have a better understanding can make this just a little easier".

To see the book cover click here and for the internal bios click here.

Ailsa is also available for professional and community presentations -

The RRP for the book is $24.95 and it can be ordered through selected bookshops.

Stamps for Soroptimist Club

Update January 2013

Part of an email from Soroptomist Past President Kate and Sylvia (long term member of Soroptomist)

"Thank you for taking the time to send stamps... we want to thank you and all the people who have contributed. This year's collection was worth >$2,000 to Missions Abroad. Please continue the good work just one little BUT - some people are not leaving enough to grasp when soaking. We need at least 5 ml all round please ..."

Please consider asking the person in your practice who opens the daily mail to try and remember to save all the stamps from the incoming letters. It takes but a minute to roughly tear the stamp portion from all the envelopes and collect them in a small box. One of the WAPNA members is also a member of a Soroptomist Club. These clubs provide local, national and international support to projects through active participation in communities and through fund raising. Your stamps could help them to raise funds as they then make up stamp packs for collectors to purchase.

Please feel free to send your collection to:
WAPNA Committee, c/o 36 Maritana Road, Kallaroo 6025,
or bring it along to any WAPNA educational session or Seminar

Thank you for your consideration

Rural Members visiting Metro Area

Please feel free to contact a committee member if you wish to obtain details of any local professional development events that may be available, or just to network over a "cuppa". We would love to meet up with you.

Please also refer to "events" for updates on RHEF and Asthma Education.

Framework for the Treatment of Nicotine Addiction

The Respiratory Health Network is pleased to announce the release of the Framework for the Treatment of Nicotine Addiction.

The Framework provides a state wide approach across primary, secondary and tertiary settings to deliver comprehensive, integrated smoking cessation treatment and support services.

The Framework recognises smoking as an addiction, rather than a habit or choice, and acts as a resource for health professionals and others who have the opportunity to identify, assess and offer treatment to people who smoke.

For many individuals, smoking is not a personal lifestyle choice, and to view it as such ignores the reality of addiction.

A useful one page sheet summarising the resources, tools and information referred to throughout the Framework is also available for health professionals.

Another useful document is the recently revised Clinical Guidelines and Procedures for the Management of Nicotine Dependent Inpatients. It provides advice on how to manage patient’s nicotine withdrawal whilst in a smoke free environment.

Although aimed at WA Health staff, the Guidelines can be used by practice nurses to provide a simple treatment pathway for your patients who may like to stop smoking. It includes useful resources to help you support your patient through their quit attempt.

For further guidelines and resources to help you maintain a smoke free environment at your workplace, visit www.health.wa.gov.au/smokefree

Respiratory Health Network
connect - share - improve
Health Networks: delivering a Healthy WA
P: 9222 0200 E: healthpolicy@health.wa.gov.au

Online Brief Tobacco Intervention Training Program

The Online Brief Tobacco Intervention Training Program is now available. This evidence based, best practice training program has been developed by the National Drug Research Institute for Smoke Free WA Health.

By completing this 2 hour FREE online training you will be able to:

  • Achieve competency in brief intervention and motivational interviewing
  • Understand the Smoke Free WA Health Policy and its implications for general practice

Stricter tobacco legislation being released in September together with the recent increase in tobacco excise may encourage many smokers to think about quitting. This is an opportune time for practice nurses to develop skills to ask patients about their smoking and support them to overcome their nicotine addiction.

To access the training material, visit http://ndri.curtin.edu.au/btitp/.

For more information contact Smoke Free WA Health (Health Networks) at healthpolicy@health.wa.gov.au or 9222 0200.