NMC Topics of Interest: October - December 2018

Podcast: Your mental health matters
Looking after your mental health is a major component of self care. To learn about important elements for maintaining mental health, listen to the podcast “Your Mental Health Matters” by Nurse & Midwife Support, featuring interviews with a nurse/midwife and mental health nurse.  

New standards for aged care services
Aged care services will be assessed against the new Aged Care Quality Standards from 1 July 2019. View the new standards in the Quality of Care Amendment (Single Quality Framework) Principles 2018. Meanwhile, assessment and monitoring against the current standards will continue until 30 June 2019. To learn more, visit https://agedcare.health.gov.au/quality/aged-care-quality-standards

Maternal vaccines: Can we do more?
Learn about vaccination during pregnancy with a free online module by COORDINARE (the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network). It is accredited for nurses and midwives and offers 2 hours of CPD.
Midwives’ toolkit for helping with perinatal depression and anxiety
To help your patients deal with perinatal anxiety and depression, consider this information and digital toolkit from PANDA. This year’s PANDA Week campaign was “I Wish I Knew,” aimed at supporting new parents who may not be coping well with the challenges of parenthood.

Midwives’ module for gestational diabetes, which is on the rise
November 14 was World Diabetes Day.  Diabetes is the leading cause of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. Despite its prevalence, 1 in 5 health professionals do not receive any postgraduate training in diabetes. (Source: https://worlddiabetesday.org/)   
Gestational diabetes is the fastest growing type of diabetes in Australia, affecting thousands of pregnant women. (Source: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/gestational-diabetes). The Australian College of Midwives offers a relevant webinar for their members, “Upskilling midwives on diabetes in pregnancy”. 

Changes to Register of Practitioners
Changes to the national Register of Practitioners will make it easier to access public information about health practitioners across Australia. For more information, visit: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/News/2018-10-29-media-release-National-register.aspx