ACN was proud to place community and primary health care nurses in the spotlight this September. Our national campaign, Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week, is a highlight of our annual calendar, held 17–23 September 2018.
Our eBook created in celebration of this week in now available online. You can view it here. Read messages from key nurses and leaders in this area, view the faces of community and primary health care nurses from across the country and find out more about this vital area of health care.
We thank everyone involved in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week in 2018 – from those who helped spread the word, those who entered our poster competition and those who hosted and attended events. You all contributed to ensuring that community and primary health care nurses embody our 2018 campaign message – Be Seen. Be Heard. Belong. Thank you for sharing your celebration photos with us too – it was a pleasure to publish so many in our eBook this year.
Primary and community care pathways are the future of Australia’s health care system. With our increasing and ageing population, alongside over-crowded hospitals and residential aged care facilities, community nurses are well-positioned to meet the health care needs of Australians. In addition to recognising individuals and organisations, the purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the value of community and primary care to the public and to our political leaders.
We extend a heartfelt thank you to all community and primary health care nurses – whether you are in a regional or remote area, caring for those in their own homes, schools, or even prisons – your dedication, expertise and compassionate care is highly valued.