Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week – Nurses Where You Need Them
ACN (Australian College of Nursing) is pleased to launch Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week (21-27 September 2015). ACN has introduced the week to raise awareness of community and primary health care nursing roles and their impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Kathleen McLaughlin, Acting CEO of ACN, says “As the government focuses its attention on reform of the primary health care system, it is critical that community and primary health care nursing services, and their impact on the health status of individuals and communities, are highlighted.

“From community health centres and outreach clinics through to homes, schools and prisons, community and primary health care nurses are leading care in communities across Australia. They are achieving this through active health promotion, illness prevention and advocacy efforts to support equal access for all to health services, especially in rural and remote communities.

“I encourage all nurses, health professionals and the public to be involved in the week,” stressed Ms McLaughlin.

There will be a range of activities occurring across Australia to raise awareness of the importance of community and primary health care nursing roles; these include lectures, networking events, social gatherings and group readings from an eBook developed by ACN.

The eBook profiles the many varied community and primary health care nursing roles and the impact they have on health outcomes.

The eBook can be read at: http://issuu.com/australiancollegeofnursing/docs/cphcnw_ebook_c1

Individuals, organisations and clubs can show their support by getting involved via:

spreading the word on social media using the hashtag #nurseswhereyouneedthem
holding an event
wearing an orange scarf or shirt during the week