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 2018 Debra Hankin 2 It’s up to us – our own health and wellbeing is our responsibility - this was message given to members by speaker Debra Hankin on January 24th 2018

Debra commenced her nurse training in April 1978 at the Mt Gambier Hospital and has worked in private practice with surgeons in both Mt Gambier and Ballarat and was instrumental in setting up the nursing systems for the first IVF clinic in Ballarat.

Debra has worked in the general practice field for the last 15 years and is currently nursing supervisor at the Sturt Street Ballarat Group Practrice.

General Practice Nursing

There is more to General Practice Nursing that meets the eye and this morning we heard from Debra Hankin about just what is involved.

To practice as a General Practice Nurse you must have a registered nurse qualification and be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. A General Practice Nurse’s role is multi-faceted and includes patient care; education; quality control; organising; problem solving and being an agent for connectivity.

Debra is passionate about encouraging preventative health, particularly as we age and reminded us to ensure we are aware of best practice in our diet – don’t forget your fresh fruit and vegetables; exercise – a stroll around Lake Wendouree or the Botanical Gardens; and mind activities – keep the grey matter working. She also emphasised the importance of immunisation and annual checks with your GP – prevention is better than cure.

No question is silly, if you are concerned about your health, see your GP.