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INVITATION | Attend, Exhibit and/or Sponsor | Join Dr Norman Swan & Bernard Salt AM & Industry experts 20th September 2017 5:30 – 8.30 pm

As you know I am a passionate advocate for Nursing in the community and am proud to have been involved in bringing ACN Community & Primary Health Care Nursing Week 18-24 September 2017 and The University of Sydney Nursing School Primary Health Care Nursing Leadership Forum event together, and I invite you to be involved by either attending, exhibiting and/or sponsoring.

HYPOTHETICAL | Addressing the very real issue we are faced in the community where funding pathways do not always support qualified Nursing in the community, it is timely to ponder what health would look like if there weren’t any Nurses.

We are bringing together Dr Norman Swan to facilitate, Bernard Salt to give us a demographers view on a society without qualified Nurses in the community and an expert representative panel of Nursing leaders, GP and Consumer.

ATTEND           | Register for Free Online here

EXHIBITORS    | Contact Clare Iglesias

SPONSORS     | Contact Clare Iglesias

Please fee free to share this invitation among your networks.

Members of the public are welcome.

Full details and online registration can be found here or below via link.

Anna Shepherd

Chief Executive Officer

A career and education framework for Nurses in primary health care

An exciting framework has been Launched that provides YOU with the opportunity to monitor your own Career and Education.

Our CEO, Anna Shepherd was very proud to have been on the External Advisory Group for the Commonwealth Department of Health through the Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses Association.

From start to finish, the Career and Education Framework for Nurses in Primary Health has been developed using an evidence-based and rigorous approach.

From literature review, environmental scan, to 18 months of consultation with key participants with expertise from a range of primary health care settings and a variety of focus areas including clinical, policy, management, research and education.

The need for a Framework and resources was clearly articulated by all participants and demonstrated a current gap, while outlining the many and varied potential impacts the Framework would have on recruitment and retention of nurses in primary health care settings.

Most significantly, all stakeholders saw value in the Framework to improve the perceived value and professionalism of the nursing role in primary health care. Other major themes consistent across the range of consultations included the positive impact the Framework would have on strengthening undergraduate nursing curriculums and clinical placements, the development of transition support programs, supporting recruitment and retention, and opportunities for career progression.

We invited nurses to work with APNA to develop a mobile-responsive website (containing resources, information, contacts and visual career pathways) for Nurses to explore and navigate the potential of working in primary health care.

Everything down to the My Nursing Future logo, videos of Nurses working in primary health care, career advice articles, and the words of wisdom, were all developed by current and future nurses.

Take a look at why this is so meaningful to the Nursing workforce, the health workforce, and the future of health and health policy in Australia-

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

Community Nursing Week

Regal Home Health is proud to partner with the Australian College of Nursing for Community Nursing Week.

18-24 SEPTEMBER 2017


Now in its 3rd year, the ACN Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week is held annually to raise awareness of the current and potential contribution of community and primary health care nursing to the health care system and highlight its impact on the wellbeing of individuals and those in local communities.

The 2017 Community & Primary Health Care Nursing Week will be held from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 September 2017.


Community and Primary Health Care nurses are enrolled nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners whose work settings may include hospital-affiliated clinics, community health centres, homes, schools, prisons, maternal and child health centres, and a range of other health service settings.

Community and Primary Health Care nursing practice includes health promotion, illness prevention, treatment and care of the sick, advocacy and rehabilitation (APHCRI 2009). The provision of Community and Primary Health Care Nursing supports individuals to more effectively manage their well-being within their communities and improve health outcomes (Keleher 2001).

Community and Primary Health Care Nursing (CPHCN) makes an important contribution to health care however its current and potential contribution is not well recognised by politicians, the nursing professions, the broader healthcare community and the general public. Raising the awareness of CPHCN supports the shifting of care from the acute to the primary health care sector.

Nurses lead and provide care in many community-based health services across the country, striving to improve equity of access for the hardest to reach communities and promoting the integration of health care delivered by a range of services.




The upcoming NNF will host a number of keynote speakers who will share their experiences and ideas on facilitating change in nursing and health care.

Find out more about one of these inspiring speakers, Adjunct Associate Professor Anna Shepherd MACN (Associate).

Anna Shepherd is the CEO and owner of Regal Home Health and Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Sydney Nursing School. Over the past 34 years, Anna has worked as a passionate advocate for primary health nursing in the community through Regal and other community avenues.

Visit the website to view all keynote speakers and register for the NNF.



A three-year Australian study has concluded that despite inpatient rehabilitation for a knee replacement costing more than 20 times above home-based care, there is no difference in clinical outcome.

Chief investigator of the study, Justine Naylor, from The Ingham Institute at Liverpool, in southwest Sydney, said the study ­observed no significant differences between the inpatient and home-based groups across a range of outcomes at 10, 26 and 52 weeks after surgery.

She said given the costs of inpatient therapy — about $700 a day — and the volume of Australians having knee replacements, the number of patients having rehab in hospital was not sustainable.

Knee replacements are one of the top 10 elective surgeries in Australia, with more than 50,000 performed annually.

Private paying patients are the main people targeted for inpatient rehab, a move that is said to add to the increasing pressure on insurance premiums.

“If we can identify care that is, and is not, good value, we can help reduce pressure on private health insurance premiums and the ­public system at the same time,” Associate Professor Naylor said.

Dwayne Crombie, head of Australian health insurance at Bupa, said the insurer spent $165 million on rehab last year, which he said was driven largely by hospitals that provided the services at “enormous” profits margins.

Dr Crombie said the cost to Bupa of a two-week stay in rehab following a knee replacement was more than $9000.

“We know that many hospitals pressure patients into having a lengthy stay in rehab,” he said.

“One of our customers complained to us that the hospital they were in was trying to have them change their health insurance ­policy so the hospital would be able to claim for inpatient rehab.

“Most private health insurance customers don’t realise that by spending time in inpatient rehab when they don’t really need it, they are paying for it in higher ­premiums.”

Associate Professor Naylor added that the study, performed in southwest Sydney and to be released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, did not conclude that inpatient rehabilitation did not have a role.

“We believe it remains an ­appropriate option for those who are most impaired pre-surgery, without adequate social support and those who may experience a significant complication after ­surgery that slows them down,” she said.

Nib chief executive Mark Fitzgibbon said the insurer did not ­believe in customers being treated in hospital where there was no ­evidence of a clinical benefit of hospitalisation over home-based or community-based care.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the study’s findings demonstrated the need for increased transparency around cost and medical efficacy to help consumers make more ­informed choices about their healthcare.

Cindy Shay, chief benefits ­officer of HCF, which funded the study, said the insurer was encouraged by the findings as it provided an alternative option to hospital rehabilitation, while delivering the same outcome at a fraction of the cost.

Medibank’s group executive, healthcare and strategy, Andrew Wilson, added that the insurer’s customers preferred rehab in the home. “Medibank recognises that home-based rehabilitation can be just as effective as inpatient rehab, which is why we have started ­offering this to our customers where clinically appropriate,” he said.

Sarah-Jane Tasker

The Australian March 15,2017.

Associate Professor Justine Naylor of The Ingham Institute at Liverpool, in southwest Sydney, says inpatient rehab for knee operations is unsustainable. Picture: Renee Nowytarger

Associate Professor Justine Naylor of The Ingham Institute at Liverpool, in southwest Sydney, says inpatient rehab for knee operations is unsustainable. Picture: Renee Nowytarger

Remembrance Day 2016

LEST WE FORGET | 1 MINUTE SILENCE | As the grand daughter of Major Patrick Decourcy O’Grady I am proud of the war service legacy of my family from my grandfather to my three uncles who all served in war and that today Regal Home Health founded by my mother Patricia R Shepherd still serves its veterans 50 years later in healing, dignity & respect through healthcare at home. #remembranceday2016anna-remember

Antibiotic Awareness Week

14-20 November 2016


 “Antimicrobial resistance is a danger of the utmost urgency. This year will be a pivotal one…We have a global action plan. What we need now is the action“

Margaret Chan, WHO Director – General addresses the Executive Board.
Report by the Director-General to the Executive Board at its 138th Session 
Geneva, Switzerland. 25 January 2016

Antibiotic Awareness Week will take place from 14–20 November and is endorsed by the World Health Organization, acknowledging the global importance of this growing public health issue.

All health services and hospitals are encouraged to take part in Antibiotic Awareness Week, to help raise awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance and ways to address this issue.

You can start preparing for Antibiotic Awareness Week now. Visit the resources page where you will find a ‘Planning guide’ and an ‘Ideas for activities and events’ list to get you started.

Key Messages for Antibiotic Awareness Week

  • Antibiotics are a precious resource that could be lost.
  • Antibiotic resistance is happening now – it is a worldwide problem that affects human and animal health.
  • Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria stops an antibiotic from working effectively – meaning some infections may be impossible to treat.
  • Few new antibiotics are being developed to help solve this problem.
  • Misuse of antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance.
  • Whenever antibiotics must be used, they must be used with care.

Get involved

Join the conversation – follow the Commission on Twitter @ACSQHC 

During Antibiotic Awareness Week you can learn more about the importance of safe and appropriate antibiotic use in addressing the problem of antibiotic resistance on Twitter. Many clinicians and organisations will be participating. Use the hashtag #AbxAus for the local campaign.

Veterans’ Health Week

Veterans’ Health Week (VHW) this year will be held from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October 2016.

This year’s theme is Social Connection.

The week is an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to participate, connect and influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends.

Events and activities

DVA has partnered with Ex-service organizations’ (ESOs) and community groups to develop a program of fun and interactive events and activities at a local level.

Canvas friends, family and acquaintances to come along to events planned in your local area and take part in the fun. Note that all members of the veteran and service communities, their friends, carers and families are encouraged to participate. This year DVA is hoping that members of the veteran community will make a special effort to come along with friends, family and acquaintances who don’t normally get involved in veteran activities.


Odd sock day

Team Regal wearing Odd Socks today!

As a Friend of GROW, a peer support program that provides respectful and likeminded support for people who may be challenged with mental health issues from time to time. #oddsocksday


Community & Primary Health Care Nursing Week.

Community & Primary Health Care Nursing Week.
Regal wishes to thank all our Nurses for BEING REGAL and the powerful role they have in healing in our Community, wear a touch of ORANGE this week to celebrate.