Nurses conference about to kick off

THE North Coast Nurse Practitioner Network together with the NSW Chapter of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) is holding its Fourth Annual Conference at the Norm Jordan Pavilion at the Coffs Harbour Showground, Pacific Highway Coffs Harbour on May 17 and 18.

Anne Moehead, nurse practitioner and chair of the NSW Chapter of ACNP said, the Program will provide a wonderful opportunity for nurse practitioners and transitional nurse practitioners.

"The Conference commences on Thursday evening with a presentation from Leonie Parker, nurse practitioner from Women's Health Condobolin and Liza Edwards, principal nurse practitioner  and advisor to the Nursing and Midwifery Office NSW Ministry of Health. 

"Opportunities for networking and relaxing with your colleagues during the evening's entertainment is always a highlight," Ms Moehead said.

Friday program will include a full day of education. This year's theme is Nurse Practitioners 'Hand in Hand Enhancing Health Care'.t

The program includes pharmacology and alternative therapies update, Chronic and Complex Care case study 'the Patient Journey', discussing the patient care from community to emergency department to inpatient, discharge and follow-up with community services and the general practitioner, demonstrating the collaborative practice of nurse practitioners in patient care with general practitioners and pharmacists.

Guest speakers include Dr Karen Luxford, Director of Patient Based Care, Clinical Excellence Commission, and Jackie Furey, psychotherapist, speaker and executive coach, who will talk about maintaining a work-life balance.

The history of the development of nurse practitioners in Australia has been slower than the rest of the world with the first nurse practitioner being endorsed in 2002.  However, there are now more than 540 nurse practitioners in Australia.

"Nurse practitioners are authorised to deliver care within a specialised scope of practice, which includes but not limited to such areas as emergency rooms, critical care, aged care, chronic and complex care and mental health to name a few areas nurse practitioners work," Ms Moehead said.

"Nurse practitioners have attained a masters level university degree.  As a result of their education and training and experience, they demonstrate a high level of clinical proficiency and carry out a range of evidenced-based procedures, interventions and treatments within their scope of practice  This also includes the ability to prescribe medications and order and interpret specific diagnostic tests."

For more information and registration details email or phone Anne Moehead: or phone  02 6620 2612, ot Sue Trotter,,      0439660404.


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