Making Primary Health Care Work...together:

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Media Release

Attention: news, health, aged care, industrial relations, politics

Tuesday June 16

Making Primary Health Care Work…Together: 

Nurses and midwives invite Government and doctor’s groups to join them in

planning a way forward for the sake of everybody’s health 

Australia’s peak nursing and midwifery groups will host a roundtable at Parliament

House in Canberra today bringing nurses, midwives, doctors and the Government

together to discuss community health services that better meet the needs of all

Australians and that will take pressure off our over-burdened public hospitals.

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN), Australian College of

Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), Australian Nursing Federation (ANF), Australian

Practice Nurses Association (APNA), CRANAplus (the professional body for

remote and isolated practice) and Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) say

they are hosting the roundtable with the aim of inviting key medical groups to work

together on the way forward for primary health care services in Australia.

Helen Gosby ACNP President said that, although welcome, federal budget

initiatives giving people receiving care from nurse practitioners and eligible

midwives access to rebates through the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) and

Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) are only an interim measure. Broader

reform in primary health care policy is the ultimate goal.

“Pressure and demands on hospitals and emergency departments will continue to

increase unless governments act now to give Australians access to safe, timely

and accessible primary health care in their communities,” she said.

Primary health care from the appropriate professional such as a nurse, midwife,

physiotherapist or a doctor is essential if people are to be able to access effective

and well targeted community health programs. Health promotion, prevention and

management of illness and injury are all important to keep people out of hospital.

A robust primary health care system is the best way to help those with chronic

conditions to remain in control of their own health care and lives.

Nursing and midwifery representatives say they hope the day will result in a

practical plan involving all professional groups making primary health care reform

work – together.

The roundtable will take place from 10am to 3pm in Committee Room

1S4 followed by a press conference in the Senate courtyard at 3:30pm

Participating bodies listed below

Media inquiries: Libby Muir Communications Officer

0413 834 979

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