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Northern Territory

Chair Message

Welcome to the NT branch of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.

Calls are now out for nominations to the Territory chapter especially the chair position. I have been privileged to be in this position for the last four years. It is now timely for another Nurse Practitioner to step up to this position and some of the other vacancies within the NT chapter structure. Please look at the role requirements and consider both supporting your college and enhancing your professional portfolio through representation and advocacy. 


The 12th annual ACNP conference is in Brisbane from the 4th to 7th September 2017. The program provides something for everyone with streams across emergency, chronic disease, primary health care, women’s health, paediatrics, mental health and more.  There is a mixture of practical, clinical and research presentations showcasing the work of Nurse Practitioners.  The annual conference is a great opportunity to network with Nurse Practitioners from across Australia and this time we are privileged to have strong representation from New Zealand as well.  Industry partners are also a strong presence and it is well worth checking out the booths to see what the latest productions and innovations are. Visit the conference website now at: http://www.acnpconference.com.au/ 


The 2017 NT Nursing and Midwifery Excellence awards were announced on the 13th of May in Darwin. NT Nurse Practitioners had the strongest presence ever, with Cherie Whitbread being awarded the Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery Education and/or Research award along with the overall NT 2017 Nurse/Midwife of the year award. Stuart Mosby received the Excellence in Remote Health Nursing/Midwifery award and Elle Crighton Nurse Practitioner Candidate the Excellence in Nursing/Midwifery Primary and Community Health award.  Having three Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Practitioner candidates receiving awards at such a prestigious event is great recognition of the role Nurse Practitioners play in improving patient care. Congratulations to all award recipients and especially Cherie, Stuart and Elle.


The Office of the Chief Nurse & Midwife facilitates a regular teleconference for all Nurse Practitioners across the NT to share experiences and maintain links. These teleconferences can be attended in person or by dialling in.  The combined teleconference/face to face meeting provides opportunity to hear from Nurse Practitioners across the NT as well as input at a strategic level from the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife.  Anyone interested in linking into these teleconferences should contact Professor Sandra Dunn in the Office of the Chief Nurse & Midwife via sandra.dunn@nt.gov.au


Although one of the most sparsely populated jurisdictions in Australia, we are privileged to have access to a tertiary educational institution offering a Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner degree. Entry to this course requires the completion of a Graduate Diploma in your area of practice. Potential Nurse Practitioner Candidates who wish to study in the NT should look at http://www.cdu.edu.au/ehs/health/nursing/postg-nur... There is a dedicated group of Nurse Practitioner candidates from across the country currently working through their masters degrees.


As the number of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioner candidates in the NT increases we are seeing more opportunities for networking and professional development. We will also start to see improvement in patient care as more highly skilled clinical nurses become embedded into NT health care structures. I welcome input and feedback regarding upcoming educational events, information sessions and networks and look forward to hearing from you.
Lyn Byers, NP
NT ACNP Chapter Chair

Committee

If you would like a contact in the NT, the following people would be happy to assist.  You can contact one of them via our contact us page.

CHAIR
Lyn Byers, NP

Stuart Mobsby NP 

stuart.mobsby@nt.gov.au

 

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