Primary health care nurses are often the first port of call for people seeking healthcare in Australia and are extremely important to ASHM as they play a critical role in the care of people with HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections and patients with sexual and reproductive health concerns.


APNA – The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association, have been part of the ASHM Organisational Sustaining Membership Program for over 10 years, representing an ever-expanding workforce of nurses providing skilled and compassionate care to patients around the clock.


As a peak professional body of nurses working within the primary health care setting, they offer their network a vibrant community where their members can belong, connect, learn, and be inspired.


Founded in 2001 by Samantha Moses, the original plan was to create an association specifically for nurses working in general practice and over the past 20 years they have successfully represented, advocated, promoted, and celebrated the achievements of nurses in primary health.


APNA's vision for the future is to create a healthy Australia through best practice primary health care nursing and their goals are focused on:

  • Primary health care nursing in Australia is based on sound education and career development frameworks.
  • Nurses are recognised as integral to primary health care.
  • The voice of primary health care nurses is influential in national healthcare policy.
  • APNA is a robust and independent organisation that delivers great member value.


Thanks to associations and organisations such as APNA, our largest healthcare profession continues to be recognised as the centre of our healthcare system. From general practice to community health, refugee health to correctional and custodial care, nurses will continue to play an integral part in planning for the future of our healthcare in Australia.


APNA welcomes all nurses and likeminded professionals, from recently graduated nurses to experienced nurses, managers to academics, and everyone in between. If you are interested in becoming a member of APNA please visit for more information, or subscribe to APNA for free