19 October Nominations are Open for APNA Nurse Awards October 19, 2018 By Jasmine Harvey Nursing nursing, recognition 0 Nominations for the 2019 APNA Nurse Awards are currently open, in two categories: APNA Recently Graduated Nurse of the Year and the APNA Nurse of the Year. Anyone can nominate a nurse for the APNA Nurse Awards. This may include a manager, co-worker, patient, friend, etc. Self-nominations will also be accepted. Winners will Become an APNA ambassador for 2019–20 with the opportunity to attend key meetings and events Receive a free registration to the APNA National Conference (4-6 April 2019), plus flights and accommodation An experienced nurse will mentor the winner of the APNA Recently Graduated Nurse of the Year for 12 months. For more information, eligibility criteria and the registration forms, visit APNA Nurse Awards 2019 on the APNA website. Applications close 2 November. Related Health Workforce Scholarship Applications Now Open (QLD) The Health Workforce Scholarship Program was established in 2017 to provide scholarships and bursaries to eligible remote and rural medical, nursing and allied health professionals, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, to improve their skills and expand their scope of practice. What doctor groups want from the aged-care probe The RACGP is calling for the Royal Commission on Aged Care to shine a spotlight on government oversight of the sector, nurse staffing levels and barriers to GP access. Rural Australia - Don't Opt Out Australia’s peak body for rural and remote health is urging all country people to embrace My Health Record - an online summary of their health information. Medicare bulk billing rate hits historic 86.1 per cent A record amount of Australians are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent with the latest Medicare data confirming almost nine out of every ten services were fully bulk-billed. GP incentives increased to enrol DVA clients The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has increased incentive payments for General Practitioners (GPs) to enrol eligible patients in the Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) program. The benefits of enrolling your patients, including reduced hospital admissions, were recently highlighted in an in-depth evaluation of the program. GP clinics receive an initial incentive payment to enrol eligible DVA clients, then quarterly care payments thereafter. The new DVA fee schedule for CVC claims, including an increase in payments, came into effect on 1 July 2018. Government-funded program offers support for leave when casual staff are in short supply Article from HealthTimes Leave requests and unexpected absences in health facilities are often difficult to cover when the casual pool of staff are in short supply. This scenario is all too real for rural and remote health services around Australia and the weight is shouldered by the remaining nurses and midwives who take on more of the workload to offset reduced staff numbers. Comments are closed.