Celebrating Primary Health Care Nurses working in South Eastern NSW

7 February 2024

With the launch of the inaugural Primary Health Care Nurses Day today, 7 February 2024, COORDINARE is highlighting the important work of thousands of nurses working outside a hospital setting in South Eastern NSW. 

Prudence Buist, CEO of COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN said: "Primary Health Care Nurses Day is an opportunity to acknowledge primary health care nurses and how their work positively impacts the health and wellbeing of every Australian.” 

COORDINARE is celebrating the amazing work that nurses do through general practice, aged care, community, custodial, schools and a range of other primary health care settings. 

In recognition of the day, COORDINARE spoke with local primary health care nurse Shayne Mook about her work.

The campaign ‘the anatomy of a primary health care nurse’, launched today by APNA (the Australian Primary Healthcare Nurse Association), points out how nurses operate, on a daily basis and how the variety of their role is a ‘complete body of work’. From prevention to ongoing care, these nurses play a pivotal role in Australia's health.  

"Nurses are a vital part of primary health care teams and their capacity for empathy, guidance, education and problem solving is to be acknowledged. Many nurses have an important role in detecting and identifying issues and in helping to manage complex health challenges,” said Ms Buist. 

“We are also highlighting the many employment opportunities available for nurses in primary health care settings. 

“Please thank a primary health care nurse today. And if you are interested in a new or different career, I urge you to consider the nursing opportunities in primary health care,” she said. 

Learn more about the inaugural Primary Health Care Nurses Day here. 

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