The Western Australian Practice Nurses Association was established to provide a forum for Western Australian nurses, who are employed in General Practices, Doctors' Surgeries and Clinics, offering them opportunities to meet, update their medical knowledge and nursing skills, and interact socially.
WAPNA is a non-profit organisation, and is run completely by a group of dedicated volunteers. This is a very important and unique aspect of our organisation.
Presentations are given by Guest Speakers at the monthly educational meetings to which members are invited. In the past, these 30 to 45 minute presentations have covered topics such as immunisation and wound care updates, Naltrexone program, blood test result interpretation, Carelink/EPC, care plans and men's health.
To provide opportunities for professional development, the Association periodically runs more comprehensive seminars. A full day seminar, which includes an immunisation update in the morning is typically held in March and Saturday afternoon seminars are held in June/July and October. The cost for attendance at the two half-day seminars is currently a very modest $35 for members and $55 for non-members. Seminar topics in the past have included: legal issues, continence care, cardiac, respiratory and paediatric emergencies, mental health, diabetes, natal care and women's health, asthma, Parkinsons Disease, Asbestos Disease and Asbestos research.
CPD points are earned for each educational meeting and seminar that is attended.
A copy of the WAPNA Constitution, as amended at the 2012 AGM and updated to meet the DOCEP requirements on 11th December 2012, may be downloaded here.
The Annual General Meeting is held (at the Diabetes WA Belmont Office, 174 Campbell Street, Belmont WA 6104) at 8 p.m. on the third Monday of August (following the Educational Meeting).
The President's report and minutes of the 2015 AGM, which was held on 17th August, 2015, may be viewed here. Minutes of previous AGMs are held by the Secretary.
Committee (i.e. business) meetings are held in February, May, August, and November, and follow on from the preceding educational meeting or Annual General Meeting.
The minutes of the committee meeting that was held on 18th August, 2015, may be viewed here. Minutes of previous Committee Meetings are held by the Secretary.