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 ACN Community and Primary Health Care Community of Interest (COI) Advisory Committee was pleased to announce the launch of the Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week: Nurses where you need them national campaign.
This campaign commenced this Monday 21 and concludes this Sunday 27 September 2015 and its intentions are to:
• Raise awareness of the current and potential contribution of community and primary health care nursing and its impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities;
• Inform the general public in order to increase their health literacy about community based health care options;
• Inform nurses of community and primary health care nursing roles and career opportunities;
• Inform state and territory governments as funders of many community and primary health care services and drivers of state health reform of the capacity of community and primary health care nurses;
• Inform the Federal government as a funder of community and primary health care services and general practice based services and as a driver of national health reform of the capacity of community and primary health care nurses; and
• Inform other health professions active in community and primary health care to raise their awareness of community and primary health care nursing services.
Who are Community and Primary Health Care Nurses?
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).
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