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    “Practice Focus”

     Practice Support Newsletter March 2008

     Prepared by Jenny Morgan and Leigh Eastwood_

    ALSO available on the MNCDGP website http://www.mncdgp.org.au

    ? There are also more detailed documents available on the website. If you can’t remember

    your user name and/or password please contact the Division on 0266515774

    ?

    Welcome to the first 2008 issue of Practice Focus Newsletter. We hope you all had a relaxing break over the Christmas and New Year period. We are now back on deck for another year.

The Australian Immunisation Handbook 9th Editon is due to be released soon.

    Information on "Whats New" in the 9th Edition is available on the MNCDGP thwebsite. The 9 handbook has not been released yet, but this should give you an

    insight into the changes.

    MNCDGP Website which is http://www.mncdgp.org.au has a variety of useful up to date immunisation information and links for you to access at your convenience. Below is an

    example of information available on the site. Please take the time to access the website to

    read the following documents. They are available on the public page (password not required)

    NSW Health has uploaded the NSW Health Immunisation Strategy 2007-10 to their website as follows:

    http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/2008/immun_strategy2008.html

It is time to begin planning programs to help fight flu in the community. The “Fight Flu” campaign has

    been launched with a new set of posters and promotional material. For more information visit

    http://www.fightflu.gov.au/

    Earlier this week the CSL information regarding delay to Fluvax supply was circulated. This information has

    been sent by CSL to all GPs and a separate letter to pharmacists.

CSL has assured us there is sufficient supply to cover the funded co-hort (>65yrs & >50yrs in ATSI) and

    non funded stock should be available anytime from the end of March.

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If you have any queries or concerns, please contact Belinda Main, Vaccine Specialist Rep at CSL on 0447

    571125 or via email belinda.main@csl.com.au.

    ?Vaxigrip Junior funded

    AGPN is excited to hear that the Australian Government Department of Health and Aging will be funding ?st?Vaxigrip junior under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 1 January 2008. Vaxigrip junior is

    a new form of influenza vaccine suitable for children up to 35 months of age who are at risk of adverse

    consequences from lower respiratory tract infections (chest infections). This will provide doctors with a more

    convenient form of influenza vaccine for young children.

    Fluvax 2008 documents listed below which include Fluvax vaccine supply delay; Provider information

    and Consumer Medicine information; vaccine order forms for GP's AMS and Aged Care Facilities and

    an order form for posters for the Fight Flu campaign are available on the MNCDGP website

    http://www.mncdgp.org.au

    .

    Letter and order form to NSW GPs with autosignature 2008.doc 873.5 KB Flu order form AMS 2008.doc 725 KB Flu order form - Aged Care Facilities 2008.doc 767.5 KB Fluvaccine supply GP Fax 8 feb 08 final.pdf 99.74 KB NICS.2008.Fight_Flu_poster_order_form.doc 292.5 KB CSL.2008 Fluvax CMI FINAL VERSION.pdf 196.48 KB CSL.2008 Fluvax PI A4 FINAL VERSION.pdf 115.87 KB

Zostavax (zoster vaccine live{OKA Merck}) is now available from wholesalers. Documents with provider

    information including indications; dosage; administration; presentation ;reimbursement; recommended

    retail price ;storage and website address for further information is avalable on the MNCDGP website.

CSLZ1763 Zostavax PI.pdf 369.68 KB

    CSLZ1770 Zostavax.pdf 178.87 KB

Other Useful documents about reports and notifications to ACIR are also available on the

    MNCDGP website

    ANSWD.ACIR Guide to Secure Site.Jan08.pdf 4.2 MB ANSWD.Recall Flowchart.March08.UPDATED.doc 78.5 KB ACIR Online Guides.MD2 Prac3 Link.doc 363 KB ACIR Forum.Data Management Worksheet.080123.doc 896 KB ACIR Forum.Data Management Answer Sheet.080201.doc 894.5 KB

The funded HPV vaccine will be available for 18 to 26 year old women until June 30 2009. As the course of

    the immunisation takes 6 months it is important to remind women in that age group to take advantage of the

    offer of the free vaccine as soon as possible.

    Information including advice to GP’s about AEFI’s as well as templates for the HPV Register is available on the MNCDGP Website

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There is a temporary shortage of the JE vaccine in Australia and a number of other countries. Although the

    Department of Health and Ageing is seeking alternative supplies of the vaccine, there could be a shortage

    for up to 2 years. The Department has been working together with other Commonwealth agencies and

    jurisdictions to prioritise the use of the remaining stock of the vaccine.

    Under the prioritisation plan, current stooks have been prioritised to address the needs of Australian

    residents at risk of contracting the virus. Vaccines will be supplied for travellers with a priority for Australians

    who are required to travel overseas for and on behalf of the government to areas where there is a high risk

    of contracting the virus. Only those who have been assessed as at highest risk of exposure are to be

    vaccinated. The highest risk is among those spending one month or more in a rural area in an endemic

    country where one or more of the following conditions strictly applies:

    ? the period of stay includes the transmission season (wet season in south-east Asia;

    summer/autumn in temperate Asian regions);

    ? flooding irrigation is practiced in the area;

    ? the person will be engaged in considerable outdoor activity;

    ? the standard of accommodation is suboptimal.

    For any person travelling to a JE endemic area, the importance of mosquito avoidance measures should be

    stressed and detailed information provided on how best to protect themselves against mosquito bites. A fact

    Sheet on JE and the JE vaccine shortage can be accessed at:

www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/BC8EB8E87AB496D7CA25739B00

    143B64/$File/je-7-jan08.pdf

     ?TGA update on HPV Vaccine (Gardasil)

    The TGA has recently updated their information sheet on the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (Gardasil?). It

    can be found online at www.tga.gov.au/alerts/medicines/gardasil.htm.

A recent outbreak of rubella (also known as German measles) has been reported in Sydney with at least

    four babies less than 12 months having been infected with the highly contagious disease in the past few

    weeks. Rubella is not normally a serious illness, but it can cause complications in pregnant women - if a ththwoman is infected between the 8 and 12 week of pregnancy, about 90% of babies have some form of

    deformity. Doctors should urge women who are trying to get pregnant, or in early stages of pregnancy to

    check their immunity to the disease.

    Children are now routinely vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella at 12 months and four years,

    however many adults (particularly men born between 1966 and 1985) have not received the vaccine and,

    as a result, don’t have immunity. Reduced population immunity can lead to a potential outbreak at any time.

    It is therefore imperative that patients visit their GP to check their immunity to the disease and get a booster

    vaccine if immunity levels are low.

    Symptoms of rubella can include a fine rash (often mistaken for heat rash) and fever, arthritis or painful

    joints, headache, swollen lymph glads, a cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis.

GSK have sent out copies of the Rotarix Preparation and Administration DVD Please utilise these for

    practice nurse or GP education. These are also being distributed to all AHS to assist with education and

    health professional queries.

    DoHa has developed a fact sheet for parents on Rotavirus. It’s similar to the “Understanding Immunsiation”

    pink/purple booklet seen around for the past few years.PDF is available on the mncdgp attached.

    Hardcopies available via Immunise Australia

     I also have some Immunise Australia Rotavirus patient information sheets in a tear out pad. If any practices

    would like a pad please contact Leigh at the Division.

    The following rotavirus resources are available on the MNCDGP website

A5 Rotarix instruction leaflet_v3.pdf 123.56 KB

    GSK.Rotavirus FINAL Poster 160506.pdf 299.63 KB

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The Division welcomes a second Youth Worker, Gary Maher, who together with Jenny Corbett (Nambucca

    Heads) contact jcorbett@mncdgp.org.au , is employed under the Promoting Better Mental Health Youth

    Mental Health Initiative Headspace Program. Headspace Mid North Coast (MNC) is a new service which

    aims to reduce the burden of disease amongst young people aged 12-25 caused by mental health and

    related substance use problems. The emphasis is on promoting early identification and effective, evidence-

    based interventions; improved access to mental health services; and specialist providers and primary

    health care working together within an accessible and integrated service framework. The Youth Worker

    Mental Health role aims to improve the coordination between GPs, mental health and other support

    services to ensure appropriate ongoing care for young people. Gary has extensive experience in case

    management and program implementation, most recently as Youth Worker with Glebe Youth Service. Gary

    is based in Coffs Harbour, and commenced work on 21 January. He is currently located at the Division

    office, and can be contacted on 6651 5774 or gmaher@mncdgp.org.au.

An experienced Practice Nurse is seeking part time, casual, or holiday relief work available to start at the

    beginning of February. An experienced Practice Manager is looking to relocate to the Coffs Harbour area

    and is seeking employment. Also, an AIN with administrative experience is looking for full time employment

    in an admin role with a medical practice. For further information please contact Belinda at the Division.

Immunisation for Registered Nurses course

    Unfortunately there are now no more Alliance funded positions available for general practice nurses to

    undertake the Immunisation for Registered Nurses course through The College of Nursing. As the Nursing in General Practice Education and Training budget is fully committed until June 2008, more places cannot

    be brokered. However, should there be an under-spend of currently allocated funds, the Alliance will once

    again broker this course for practice nurses.

    Implementing Lifestyle Change online There are still 20 brokered positions left for PNs wishing to complete this on-

    line course.

The Heart Foundation commissioned the RACGP to develop online learning modules for PNs and GPs on

    implementing lifestyle change in their patients. These modules aim to educate PNs (and GPs) on facilitating

    positive behaviour change in patients to help manage behaviours that put them at risk of chronic conditions.

    The modules focus on smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity and weight management (SNAPO).

Modules are similar in format with multiple choice questions, interactive learning styles, presentations, and

    case studies, with some focus on assessment and motivational interviewing.

PNs will need to complete a funding request form to be funded. The NiGP program will send out a

    username and a password to each of the 50 PNs to register with the gplearning website

    www.gplearning.com.au to complete the modules.

As you are aware, the Nursing in General Practice Program has been funded until 30 June 2008 by the

    Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The NiGP program is still yet to hear whether the

    program will be extended past June 2008, and, if the program is to be refunded, what the funding

    arrangements will be, therefore, please be mindful that the NiGP program is unable to commit to any

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activities, especially education and training, beyond 30 June 2008. The program will also not be able to

    guarantee funding for all PN workshops from January June 2008. NiGP orientation presentations

    The Nursing in General Practice website www.generalpracticenursing.com.au

    A series of PowerPoint presentations have been developed to complement the Nursing in General

    Practice Recruitment and Orientation Resource. The presentations have been developed based on the content of the Nursing in General Practice Recruitment and Orientation Resource and can be utilised by

    Divisions holding information sessions for recruitment of practice nurses. The presentations include

    speakers’ notes. The three presentations are available on the new NiGP website at

    www.generalpracticenursing.com.au and include the following:

    ? a presentation for general practitioners interested in employing a practice nurse

    ? a presentation for nurses interested in working in general practice

    ? a presentation for nurses new to general practice.

The Domestic Violence incentive

    From May 2008, a payment of $1 per SWPE per year will be available to practices that meet the

    requirements of the new PIP Domestic Violence Incentive (capped at $4,000 per annum).

    To be eligible for the PIP Domestic Violence Incentive, practices will need to:

    ? participate in the PIP;

    ? be located in a rural or remote area (RRMA 3-7); and

    ? ensure that an appropriately trained and qualified Practice Nurse or Aboriginal Health Worker is

    available for the minimum number of sessions per week to act as a referral point to domestic

    violence support services for people experiencing domestic violence.

    Support payments will be available to eligible practices to assist with travel and accommodation costs

    associated with attending training for Practice Nurses and Aboriginal Health Worker in RRMA 3-7 locations.

    Further information about the Domestic Violence Initiative, including details about recognised domestic

    violence training, support payments and the PIP incentive will be provided to PIP practices within the

    February 2008 PIP News Update.

    The Domestic Violence training

    DoHA, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) and

    Lifeline have been working together to provide training for the Practice Nurses and Aboriginal Health

    Workers as Points of Referral for People Experiencing Domestic Violence Initiative. This initiative will be

    rolled out nationally.

    DoHA, FaCSIA and Lifeline are proposing to run 8 workshops in NSW. Hastings Macleay Division will be

    running the training in March, and Dubbo/Plains Division hosted the pilot training.

    Please see information below about the training:

    ? The training will be held over two days in a face to face format. This is considered as the

    preferred modality for training due to the sensitivity of the topic and the support required by

    participants undertaking the training. This has been reflected by feedback from participants in

    the face to face training pilot.

    ? There will be on-line learning available as an option for those unable to access face to face

    training. The pilot of the on-line learning is currently underway in WA, but is not at the feedback

    stage as yet.

    ? Both modes of training will be provided free of charge.

    ? The training will be delivered by Lifeline, commencing in February 2008 and finishing June 2009.

    The training workshops will only be scheduled during business hours Tuesday-Friday to keep

    within the budget parameters.

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    ? For practices to be eligible to claim the PIP Domestic Violence Incentive, the practice nurse/s or

    AHW/s that will provide the service at the practice will first have to have undertaken this

    training provided by Lifeline.

The Office of Industrial Relations has updated the award for general practice nurses. To view the Nurses,

    Other Than In Hospitals (State) Award, visit

    http://www.industrialrelations.nsw.gov.au/awards/pdf/Rates_0510.pdf.

Research on general practice nurse job content is being carried out at the University of Technology

    Sydney and has been endorsed by the Australian Practice Nurse Association (APNA) Policy and Research

    Development Committee.

This research contributes to an understanding of the professional roles that practice nurses are engaged

    in - the results of which will inform future professional development and health sector policy. It explores

    the factors that effect the decision making of practice nurses working in general practice settings. For

    this research to be a success the assistance of PNs is required, if you have not already done so please

    consider participating in this research. The confidential survey should take no more than 15 minutes to

    complete.

To find out more or to participate in this research please visit:

    www.nmh.uts.edu.au/chsm/research/pnjcq, or for further information, please contact Eamon Merrick on Eamon.merrick-1@uts.edu.au.

     Changes to fees for general practitioners providing treatment to an injured worker are attached to this

    newsletter.

    For explanatory notes to assist in the completion of the WorkCover Medical Certificate see the WorkCover

    website at: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/5ADCB934-844F-4090-89FB-

    1075DC4780E0/0/notes_to_assist_in_completing_the_workcover_medical_certificate_4221.pdf

People with pleural mesothelioma, eye conditions, those who want to stop smoking and infants with chest stinfections will benefit from changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) that commence 1

    January 2008.

    The new listings and changes include:

    ? Pemetrexed disodium (Alimta?) in combination with the drug Cisplatin has been extended to include

    the treatment of pleural mesothelioma

    ? Vaxigrip junior? is a new form of influenza vaccine suitable for children up to 35 months of age who

    are at risk of adverse consequences from lower respiratory tract infections (chest infections). This

    will provide doctors with a more convenient form of influenza vaccine for young children.

    ? Optometrists authorised to prescribe certain preparations under state or territory legislation will be

    able to apply to Medicare Australia for approval to prescribe a limited list of PBS eye medicines.

    ? Varenicline (Champix?) will help people who want to stop smoking. This is a new smoking cessation

    therapy treatment to assist in reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms when a person gives up

    smoking.

    Information about medicines subsidised by the Australian Government through the PBS is available at

    www.pbs.gov.au.

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Source: Nicola Roxon (2008) Press Release: New PBS Listings for January 2008. Department of Health

    and Ageing, Canberra.

    http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/CDC3692DC0FCEDA2CA2573BA007C2A34/$File/nr001.pdf

    Depression is one of the four most common problems managed in general practice. Depression in combination with anxiety is the number one non-fatal disease affecting Australians. Accumulating evidence suggests that regular physical activity is effective in preventing and managing depression as well as other chronic diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Heart Foundation (Sydney) has recently developed an information sheet entitled "Physical Activity and Depression".

    This 4 page information sheet has been designed for those working in the general practice setting and includes discussion on physical activity as a component of treatment for depression, the link between depression and cardiovascular disease and information to help patients get active.

    The Physical Activity and Depression information sheet is the final production in a series of physical activity information sheets developed by the Heart Foundation Prevention in Practice Project. Other information sheets include:

     * Management of overweight and obesity (4000 copies available)

     * Getting patients more active (available electronically)

     * Information for General Practice on PA and Heart Disease (300 copies available)

     * PA in the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes (400 copies available)

     * PA and Healthy Ageing (180 copies available)

    To order any of the above information sheets please contact Leigh or Jenny at the Division. All information sheets are available to view electronically at

    http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/Professional_Information/General_Practice.htm

    On 9 December 2007 AGPAL signed a license agreement with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for use of the RACGP Standards 3rd edition (revised) for general practices and for medical deputising services. The license agreement covers a number of key areas that will ensure accreditation remains a relevant process to support quality improvement in general practices. As an organisation which is governed by 12 members, AGPAL has a responsibility to act in the best interest of the profession. AGPAL negotiated the terms of the license agreement to ensure the organisation can continue to deliver egalitarian services to general practices across Australia. The AGPAL board supported the introduction of the license agreement and AGPAL is the first accreditation company to sign the agreement. The license agreement will ensure all AGPAL accredited practices are legitimately accredited and recognised by the RACGP, the Government and consumers.

     Cost of AGPAL accreditation will not increase as a result of the license agreement As a not-for-profit organisation AGPAL is committed to providing equitable access to accreditation for all practices. AGPAL is absorbing the cost of the license agreement into its current fee structure. Therefore the cost of accreditation with AGPAL will not increase as a result of the license agreement. AGPAL is able to absorb the costs of the license agreement via efficiencies we have gained in the past 12 months through the release of our electronic model AccreditationPro. It is important that the structure of accreditation remains accessible for all the profession regardless of a practice's location or size. In signing the license agreement the AGPAL board committed to absorbing the cost and not distributing it onto practices. Benefits of the license agreement The license agreement was introduced by the RACGP. The board agreed to the license agreement as it provided an opportunity to add rigor to, and formalise the processes between AGPAL as an accreditation provider and the RACGP as the setter of standards: ? While AGPAL and the RACGP worked closely on standards development and improvement, the license agreement clarifies this approach. The license agreement adds rigor to the way data is shared between AGPAL and the RACGP. AGPAL always escalated feedback to the RACGP, the license

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agreement will help ensure feedback from practices on the standards collected during an accreditation

    visit is acted on in a more proactive manner, improving the overall process of standards development. ? The license agreement adds rigor to further support the model of peer assessment. AGPAL has always

    committed to the model of peer assessment ensuring all accreditation visits are conducted by peers as

    defined by the RACGP. The license agreement will ensure the future of accreditation is against a model

    of peer assessment.

    ? Consumers will also benefit from the license agreement as it insists on the promotion of a practice's

    accreditation by mandating that the name and contact details of accredited practices be published on

    the licensee's website (subject to the practice's permission). AGPAL has always ensured consumers

    can access the name of accredited practices through our website. However this license agreement

    formalises the requirement and highlights the right of consumers to be able to recognise accredited

    practices.

     ? Surveyors will benefit through improved training. While AGPAL has always committed to surveyor

    training, the license agreement will add weight to the importance of appropriately trained surveyors

    against a framework which meets QA&CPD requirements. This will help ensure consistency for all

    survey visits and between providers. Most importantly the license agreement adds legitimacy to AGPAL's business activity and the practices

    we accredit. The signing of the license agreement ensures that as an accreditation provider, AGPAL has

    legitimate rights to both use and accredit practices against the profession's standards. PIP payments As the first accreditation provider to sign the license agreement with the RACGP, all business

    undertaken by AGPAL is legitimate. Practices accredited with AGPAL are legitimate and recognised by

    the RACGP, PIP and the AMDS for medical deputising services. Questions and feedback We anticipate the concept of the license agreement may be misunderstood by some practices. It is

    critical that practices do not see this as a burden on them or interpret it as a cost increase. The license

    agreement was developed by the RACGP and to ensure accreditation providers legitimately use these

    standards. AGPAL signed in the best interest of their practices and the future of accreditation. If any

    staff or practices in our division hear of any rumours, or have any questions please call either Marisa

    Vecchio, Kylie Fahey or Natalie Petrakis at the AGPAL office on (07) 3876 6370.

The NHMRC has completed a review of the latest scientific evidence in relation to fluoride and health.

    Based on the research the NHMRC recommends artificial fluoridation of water as an effective community

    measure to protect the population from tooth decay. A copy of the report on the Efficacy and Safety of

    Fluoridation will be available on the NHMRC website soon. It will also be available to order from

    nhmrc.publications@nhmrc.gov.au. A copy of the public statement can be found at

    http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/news/media/rel07/_files/Flouride_Flyer.pdf.

The following resources on refugee health are now available from Foundation House:

    ? Caring for Refugee Patients in General Practice: A Desktop Guide

    ? Promoting Refugee Health: A Guide for doctors and other health care providers caring for

    people of a refugee background.

These resources are primarily web-based and are available to download from the Foundation House

    website: www.foundationhouse.org.au/publications.php.

These resources have been developed to complement the Refugee Health Assessment tool developed by

    the General

    Practice Divisions of Victoria (GPDV) to support GPs carrying out refugee health assessments consistent

    with the requirements of MBS item numbers 714 and 716.

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Below is a list of workshops that the Alliance is funding for Divisions. If you are organising a workshop and

    it is not on this list please contact Sherryn. Visit the Nursing in General Practice page on the Alliance

    website www.answd.com.au to view the full calendar of events.

    Topic Date Division

    Wound Management Phase 1 5-Mar-08 Hunter Urban

    Domestic Violence Initiative 6 -7 Mar 08 Hastings Macleay training

    Sterilisation 11-Mar-08 Manly Warringah

    Wound Management Phase 1

    (part 2) 12-Mar-08 St George

    Sterilisation 12-Mar-08 Shoalhaven

    Sterilisation 13-Mar-08 Riverina

    Sterilisation 18-Mar-07 Murrumbidgee

    Legal & Professional Issues 19-Mar-08 Illawarra

    Effective communication 27-Mar-08 Hastings Macleay skills for PNs

    Wound Management April Dubbo/Plains

    Venepuncture 3-Apr-08 Barwon

    CPR/First Aid/ Triaging 4 & 5 April Riverina

    Sterilisation 12-Apr-08 Liverpool

    Sterilisation 22-Apr-07 Hunter Urban

Below is a list of other courses/ conferences run by external organisations. Please contact the

    appropriate organisation for further information. Please Note: The NiGP program will not guarantee funding for PNs to attend these courses. A full calendar is available at www.answd.com.au.

Family Planning NSW Courses

    Topic Date Organisation Location

    Well Women’s Screening Course 26 March 08 Family Planning NSW Ashfield

    Well Women’s Screening Course 30 April 08 Family Planning NSW Dubbo

Orientation for new PNs

    Topic Date Organisation Location

    Practice Nurses: An Orientation 19 20 March 08 The College of Nursing Burwood

    Rural Health Education Foundation (RHEF) satellite broadcast www.rhef.com.au

    Sydney Time Channel Live? Repeat of broadcast Topic Date

    Fri 14 Mar, 12.30pm A program on Secondary Lymphoedema Tue 11 Mar 8 pm 4 Live Channel 23

    Thu 20 Mar, 12.30pm A program on Arthritis Tue 18 Mar 8 pm 4 Live Channel 23

    Fri 28 Mar, 12.30pm A program on Anaesthetics Tue 25 Mar 8 pm 4 Pre Channel 23

    Fri 11 Apr, 12.30pm A program on Rheumatic Heart Disease Tue 8 Apr 8 pm 4 Pre Channel 23

    Fri 25 Apr, 12.30pm A program on Smoking and Pregnancy Tue 22 Apr 8 pm 4 Live Channel 23

Other Courses

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Topic Date Organisation Location

    Infection control and wound 7 8 April 08 The College of Nursing Burwood management

    Clinical assessment workshop 9 10 April 08 The College of Nursing Burwood Legal and Professional Issues for Nurses 11 April 08 NSW Nurses’ Association Sydney Basic Foot Care for RNs & ENs 14 15 April 08 NSW Nurses’ Association Wagga Wagga Psychology of Smoking (strategies to 18 April 08 NSW Nurses’ Association Sydney assist patients quit smoking)

    APEC (Authorised Provider of Endorsed Royal College of Nursing, 30 April 08 Sydney Courses) Australia

    Pandemics, infectious and notifiable 30 Apr 1 May 08 The College of Nursing Burwood diseases

    Infection Control April 08 The College of Nursing Distance education Introduction to Mental Health Nursing April 08 The College of Nursing Distance education

    Monthly Registered Nurse refresher program The College of Nursing Distance education Enrolment

    Monthly Immunisation for Registered Nurses The College of Nursing Distance education Enrolment

    Conferences/ Forums:

    Topic Date Organisation Location

    Australian Practice Nurses Sydney Showground, PNCE- Practice Nurse Clinical Education 24 25 May 08 Association Sydney Olympic Park General Practice and Primary Health 4 6 June 08 PHCRIS Hobart Care Research Conference

    Royal College of Nursing, RCNA Annual Conference 25-27 Sept 08 Sheraton Perth Australia

    Certificates and Graduate Certificate/ Diploma Courses:

    Course Organisation

    Graduate Certificate in Nursing (General Practice) Sunshine Coast University/ Divisions of General Practice

    Flinders University Graduate Certificate in Health (General Practice Nursing) www.nursing.flinders.edu.au

    University of Queensland Graduate Certificate in Nursing (General Practice) www.nursing.uq.edu.au

    University of Wollongong Graduate Certificate in Practice Nursing www.uow.edu.au/health/nursing ? Graduate Certificate in Wound Care Monash University www.vcp.monash.edu.au/courses/woundcare/index.html ? Graduate Diploma in Wound Care

    University of Technology, Sydney Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management www.nmh.uts.edu.au

    University of Western Sydney Graduate Certificate Nursing (Mental Health) www.uws.edu.au/about/acadorg/schools/nursing

    Griffith University Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care www.griffith.edu.au/schools/nrs ? Graduate Certificate Nursing The University of Queensland www.nursing.uq.edu.au ? Graduate Certificate in Nursing (General Practice)

    Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Community Health & The University of Adelaide www.health.adelaide.edu.au/nursing Primary Care)

    Professional Certificate: University of South Australia ? Wound Care www.unisa.edu.au/nur ? Immunisation

    ? Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education Curtin University of Technology www.nursingandmidwifery.curtin.edu.au ? Master of Diabetes Education

    ? Bachelor of Nursing (Postregistration) University of Ballarat www.ballarat.edu.au/nursing Non-award program:

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