Practice Nurse update – 3 July 2024

A great success – Our 2nd Nurse Networking Event

Another great evening. Last Tuesday evening, CESPHN held its second Nurse Networking Event. It was an enjoyable night with lots of conversation, networking and education. It was great to meet and connect with local nurses working in general practice and understand how we can help as a PHN to support them. A big thank you to our sponsor Sanofi, who helped us make this night a success.

St George Hospital Webinar Series – Nurse Grand Rounds

Common presentations and management of respiratory infections in paediatric patients in ED

Hear from an Emergency Nurse Practitioner from St George Hospital on how to improve access to care and support paediatric patients with respiratory infections.

When: Thursday 25 July 

Online Webinar Event via Zoom

Register here.

SAVE THE DATE – Our Annual Practice Nurse Forum Day

This year our Practice Nurse Forum Day will be held on Saturday 26th October 2024.

Enjoy a day of face-to-face presentations, practical workshops, networking opportunities and the launch of our Practice nurse workforce strategy.

It will be a day not to be missed. More information to come.

St Vincents Hospital – Diabetes Practical Workshop for Practice Nurses

You are invited to attend the Practice Nurse Workshop Day, hosted by the Diabetes Service at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.

When: Friday 11 October 2024

Time: 8:30am – 15:30pm

Where: St Vincent’s Hospital Precinct Darlinghurst

For further information and to register: 2024 PN Diabetes Workshop (4) (002).pdf

Are you a new nurse working in general practice?

Our practice support team are available to provide you with a Practice Nurse orientation session which includes a copy of our Practice Nurse Resource Guide.

We can also provide you with ongoing support to help you learn and succeed in your new role.

These sessions can either be an in general practice or a virtual visit.

If you would like to book an orientation session or have any questions, please contact practicesupport@cesphn.com.au

HealthPathways for Practice Nurses

HealthPathways is a free web-based information portal to support primary care clinicians to plan and manage patient care. The platform contains concise and locally-adapted pathways, for use during a consultation, to help navigate community and hospital services and provide the best health outcome for patients. This resource is available to locally registered healthcare providers .

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN covers two HealthPathways regions:

  1.  South Eastern Sydney – which covers referral options for South Eastern Sydney LHD services including Sutherland, St George, Prince of Wales/Royal Hospital for Women, St Vincents Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital network
  2.  Sydney – which covers referral options for Sydney LHD services including RPA, Concord, Canterbury, and Balmain hospitals.

If you require the login details or have any questions, please contact your local HealthPathways team at either South Eastern Sydney at SESLHD-HealthPathways@health.nsw.gov.au or Sydney at SLHD-HealthPathways@health.nsw.gov.au

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Expression of Interest

Representation on the Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence (DFSV) Program Advisory Committee

CESPHN is seeking expressions of interest from practice nurses who would like to join our Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence (DFSV) Program Advisory Committee.

Since 2020, CESPHN has been funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care to improve primary care responses to domestic and family violence (DFV) through training, referral support and system integration and improvements. In 2023, CESPHN received further funding to expand the program to include Sexual Violence and Child Sexual Abuse.

If you have any further questions, please contact the DFV Assist team dfvassist@cesphn.com.au

CESPHN – Vax at Home Program

“You don’t have to wait 6 months anymore between your last infection and having a COVID-19 vaccination”.

The CESPHN Vax at Home Program provides:

  • At home COVID-19 vaccination for people who are housebound and not able to leave their house to access a COVID-19 vaccination or booster, aged 16 years and over.
  • In-reach COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs).

How to access the service:

  • Housebound patients: Upload a GP or Local Health District referral to the Vax at Home Service form. Patient self-referrals will not be accepted. For enquiries on this service, please contact vaxathomeservice@cesphn.com.au

The Vax at Home service aims to ensure that all housebound patients and RACF residents can receive their COVID-19 booster dose in accordance with the 2024 ATAGI recommendations.

View for further information

Nurse practitioner MBS changes from 1 July 2024

From 1 July 2024, there will be changes for nurse practitioner MBS items for both face to face and telehealth services. The schedule fee will be increased by 30 percent.

Find out more and access the fact sheet.

Back to Basics Wound Care Workshop – Presented by Dr Michelle Gibb

When: Friday, 19 July 2024, 8.30am – 3.00pm

Where: Canada Bay Club, 8 William Street Five Dock, NSW 2046

Focusing on the basics of wound care and discussing treatment options for different types of common wounds, how to best address challenges in wound care and working through some case studies.

More information and to register.

APNA’s Transition to Practice Program returns this July   

APNA’s Transition to Practice Program is an evidence-based support program for nurses new to primary health care, who feel they would like a helping hand getting to know this exciting sector.

You will be paired with an experienced mentor, have access to exclusive education tools and resources, and meet other nurses just like you through small group learning activities – it’s completely free.

If you are an experienced primary care nurse, APNA are also looking for mentors. You will have the full support of the APNA team to help nurses reach their full potential, and you will be paid for your time. 

Applications for our next intake close on Monday, 8 July

For applications:  Visit

TPP is part of the Nursing in Primary Health Care Program, an Australian Government initiative.  

To find out more about the program go to APNA – Transition to Practice Programs.

APNA’s Clinical Placement Programs

Inspire students to choose a career in primary health care

APNA are looking for primary health care teams passionate about their field to host student nurses for their clinical placement hours.   

By hosting student nurses in your workplace as part of the National Nursing Clinical Placement Program you can show the next generation of nurses how rewarding a career in primary health care can be. In addition to being paid, you’ll have our expert placement team’s administrative and clinical support from start to finish. Best of all, you’ll help build a pipeline of new nursing talent.  

Find out more and register your interest.

View the latest Immunisation update.