CAPS Eligible conditions review

The Continence Foundation of Australia is seeking a review of the Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) eligible conditions (neurological and other conditions). 

The current conditions can be accessed via these links: 

          eligible neurological conditions     or     eligible other conditions

If you think any additional conditions should be considered for inclusion in the CAPS eligible condition lists, please contact Ms Janie Tompson, Clinical Services Manager:

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Nursing Trailblazer Award Finalists Announced

Julie Westaway has been nominated as one of four very worthy finalists for the 2021 Nursing Trailblazer Award.

Julie is a Nurse Continence Specialist and Nurse Practitioner Urogynaecology/Continence at Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, and a CoNSA committee member. 

Congratulations, Julie, on your nomination. CoNSA wishes you every success.

The 2021 Trailblazer Winner will be announced by Federal Health Minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP during the virtual National Nursing Forum at 9:20am AEDT on 26 October 2021. ACN will announce details about how to view the ceremony.

Read more: Nursing Trailblazer Award Finalists Announced

Research Study: Experience and perceptions of nurses operating nurse-led clinics

La Trobe University is conducting a research study into nurse-led clinics.

The researchers are looking to recruit nurses who run nurse-led clinics, to explore nurses' experiences and perceptions.

A single confidential 30 - 60 minute interview will be conducted.

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ACSQHC update Preventing & Controlling Infection standard

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) released the

update to the Preventing and Controlling Infection Standard of the

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards - Second Edition in May 2021.

Access the May 2021 Update

CoNSA NDIS statement released

CoNSA has released its statement:

CoNSA statement about the role of the Nurse Continence Specialist in providing continence care to National Disability Insurance Scheme Clients

to assist Nurse Continence Specialist justify their choice of billing code for NDIS services.

View the CoNSA NDIS Statement

National Nursing & Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework

The Australian Digital Health Agency has released the National Digital Health Capability Framework.

I think it’s important for us as leaders in the health industry to have a common strategy going forward in how we

deal with digital health, how we understand digital health, how the different professions input into digital health.

(Tania Dufty, Australian College of Nursing)

Read more about the Digital Health Capability Framwork for nurses and midwives.

ICN Guidelines on advanced practice nursing

The International Council of Nurses has released Guidelines on Advanced Practice Nursing 2020.

These will have relevance to Nurse Continence Specialists.

Access the ICN Guidelines on Advanced Practice Nursing

ACN COVID-19 Disclosure Portal

Today the ACN has launched the ACN COVID-19 Disclosure Portal where health care workers can anymously report concerns about COVID-19.

ACN will review this information, and if appropriate, raise concerns with relevant agencies or government.

Access the ACN COVID-19 Disclosure Portal