Heart Health Checks: the critical role of the practice nurse

A Health Professional Webinar


HELD ON Thursday, February 6, 2020

What Time?

07:00 PM AEDT - 08:00 PM AEDT



About the Webinar

Approximately 76,500 cardiovascular disease related events—including heart attacks, strokes and deaths—could be prevented with the uptake of Heart Health Checks over the next five years.

Together with GPs, general practice nurses are on the frontline of caring for Aussie hearts. The new Heart Health Check MBS item provides general practitioners and primary health care nurses with an incentivised opportunity to initiate an early and continuing relationship with their at-risk patients not already known to have CVD.

General practice nurses are at the heart of care

The National Heart Foundation and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) have assembled a panel of experts so you can learn more about supporting the heart health of your patients. 

Join our webinar for practical advice on:

  • implementation of the new Heart Health Check MBS item
  • the role of the practice nurse in supporting absolute CVD risk assessment
  • new primary care data outlining gaps in practice around CVD risk factor assessment
  • system level nurse operated strategies to maximise quality improvement through the primary prevention of CVD

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Meet the Panel

Margaret Dempsey (facilitator)

Currently working within APNA’s Building Nurse Capacity - Nurse Clinic project, Margaret’s previous roles have included primary care consultancy with a focus on supporting quality improvement initiatives including accreditation, MBS incentives, data quality, digital health and chronic disease management services.
She relishes the opportunity to connect nurses through facilitation of education and networking events, and is keen to utilise her skills in collaboration with others, to enable improved health outcomes for people.

Ass. Prof. Ralph Audehm

GP for over 30 years, currently working in general practices in Fitzroy & North Carlton, Ralph’s expertise as an advocate for best practice in management of chronic health disease is extensive. An Honorary Research Fellow with University of Melbourne, he has published extensively and has been actively teaching practice nurses and general practitioners around the evidenced based clinical management of diabetes and heart disease.  Much of his work promoting primary health care has been in partnership with LHN’s, PHN’s, Diabetes Australia Vic, Cancer Vic and the National Heart Foundation.

Ms Lisa Taliana

An advanced practice registered nurse, Lisa has led teams and projects for over 20 years within the general practice setting. Her success in leading initiatives in the Nursing arm of the Primary Health Care Clinics has been acknowledged twice with nominations for the Practice Nurse of the Year award.
She will bring to our discussions her strong skills and knowledge in computer literacy and her proficiency in data management tools and electronic recording systems.

Ms Kathy Godwin

Kathy is a Primary Health Care consultant and Business Manager working in inner Melbourne Victoria. A senior clinician for 15 years in emergency and critical care. Her passion for developing primary care health services has seen her work in numerous roles ranging from clinical practice, education and strategic development to formally serving as a clinical representative on department of Health working parties and committees.

Kathy has recently been involved with engaging primary health care nurses in APNAs chronic disease and Healthy Ageing workshops.

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