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June 2019

Hi <<First Name>>

Feedback is always great to receive. What you think helps our support team and gives us insights for improvements we can make, research we can gather and education we can carry out.

Last week I showed a class of grade 1 students around the emergency department, x-ray room and simulation rooms in the hospital, for their excursion. I had a chat with a Registered Nurse working in education.

The RN was cheery and excited to have joined NPAQ. While describing to everyone the savings in joining NPAQ, it was great to hear the discussion move on to the great service provided.The RN was recounting a workplace situation that needed clarification and commented that the support and knowledge provided by NPAQ was excellent and it gave comfort to know someone out there cares and actually supports nurses.

Communication with NPAQ members is a core value in providing a first class service for nurses and health workers. We aim to continually strengthen our commitment and support to members. We have been leading up to the launch of our new membership system (read more below). This investment will improve communication and provide members with enhanced tools and resources.

Receiving messages and feedback from you is the best way for NPAQ to support you.

How do you think we are doing? Let us know Submit Testimonial.

Take Care,

Phill Tsingos
NPAQ President


Nursing Highlights

NPAQ System Upgrade Launch

Exciting News!

We've officially commenced rolling existing members into the new improved, upgraded, state of the art system.

When the time comes for your membership we will be in contact - sending emails, SMS and a phone call if necessary. We will help you through every step of the way.

New members already join through the site Join Now.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call 1300 CODE PH or email our hotline.

Foundation Member

We have had great feedback regarding the Membership Card that was issued by post this month. Did you receive yours?

Or maybe you received the card, only it had someone else's name on it… we do apologise for this error.

If you need us to reissue, please email and let us know.

If you did not receive one at all, please login, check your address, update if necessary and then let us know by email

Welcome Kara

Great news for our members at the Mater Adult Hospital, South Brisbane. Kara Thomas has been appointed in the voluntary role of Branch Secretary.

Kara is a perioperative nurse at the Mater Public Adult Hospital. She began her nursing career as part of the Mater graduate nursing program in 2002. She is passionate about perioperative nursing and has pursued postgraduate certification in the area. Kara has also taken the opportunity during her career to learn multiple specialties across different clinical settings.

Kara is a mother, foster carer and volunteer researcher. Beyond nursing, she has a master’s degree in international and community development and is a child safety advocate, contributing multiple government submissions and articles in the field.  

Contact Kara to point you in the right direction on what to do regarding a workplace matter or if you know someone who wants to know more about us before joining.

USC Graduate Info Session

NPAQ attended the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Graduate information sessions earlier this month.

It was a fantastic event and it is pleasing to see so many graduates excited to be embarking on their career.

Still studying?
Our student fees have been reduced to $5 per annum
Why not Join now!

For existing Student Members the update will be applied when your membership is migrated to the new system.

Bullying and harassment against the minority

Sadly bullying and harassment often occurs in the workplace when you are part of a minority group such as NPAQ. We’ve received reports of intimidation and pressure on nurses not to join NPAQ.  This is wrong - nurses have the right to choose who represents them.

Bullying and harassment in the workplace is not acceptable. To assist in determining whether your situation can be defined as bullying and harassment or perhaps reasonable management, refer to NPAQ's fact sheet What is Workplace Bullying

NMS Support have also published Managing bullying and harassment in the workplace that contains helpful advice. 

App of the month


Some days It’s easy to forget to drink water when you’re busy with work and life.

Keep hydrated and stay healthy by tracking your water intake on the Water Logged App that allows you to set reminders for yourself at scheduled or random intervals to get something to drink and keeps track of how well you are meeting your daily water drinking goals. You can even customize the app based on the type and size of drinking glasses or water bottles you have. 

Learn More

What does EOFY mean to Nurses?

EOFY brings to mind sales and a time to grab some great bargains, but there’s more you can do. Tax specialists say it’s worth taking the time now to get up to speed with the expenses you can claim, especially if you’re planning to make any last minute purchases before the EOFY.

Also remember to renew your AHPRA registration and of course maintain your NPAQ membership before 30 June so you can claim these expenses in your tax return. If you don’t have receipts, you can only claim to a maximum of $300 for work-related expenses. 

Note: Your NPAQ Tax Invoice / Statement will be emailed early July.

Learn More


June 2019

26 June Aromatherapy Part B: Clinical Considerations - 1 hour webinar - Nursing CPD Institute
29 June Red Nose Day

July 2019

All July - Dry July & JulEYE
1 July Nursing Refresher Course - Mater Education
10-11 July National safety and quality primary health care standards consultation workshops - PHN Brisbane North
14-20 July National Diabetes Week Diabetes Australia
15-16 July Wound Management Brisbane
18 July POW 'Protecting Our Wellbeing' Seminar - Toowoomba
21 July "Therapy Bytes" Workshop - Banyo 
22-28 July National Pain Week 
24 - 25 July Mental Health First Aid Course Bundaberg 
24 July Stress Down Day - Lifeline
25 - 26 July Mental Health: Understanding Personality Disorders Seminar - Brisbane
25 -26 July Palliative Care - CPD for All Nurses Seminar - Toowoomba 
26 July White Ribbon Night  
28 July-4 August Donate Life Week

2019 Online Courses 
Nursing CPD Institute Nurses for Nurses E-Seminars 
Masterclass for Nurse Managers - Nurse Manager HQ - Self paced 8 weeks

Read more


Be willing to learn

Continuing education is one of the most important elements of a successful nursing career.

Whether that means learning about another culture to understand a patient's perspective or learning about the latest medical techniques and technologies, continuing education requires a commitment to lifelong learning.

Stay up to date with CPD education happening near you on our Events Page


NEW Opportunities


Nurse Unit Manager - Rockhampton

Registered Nurse - Theodore Multipurpose Health Service

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TOP 12 Career Tips

UBIS Health helps candidates find their ideal job and provides lots of great career advice to anyone looking to develop their executive health career.  Get your Top 12 Health Career Tips here.



"I recently had some issues at work, so I got in touch with NPAQ. I was promptly contacted by a Case Manager. She drafted my initial written response to the incident and acted as my support person during a meeting. I received great advice about how to deal with the problem. I never knew the membership could come in so handy!"   
TS - RN, Gold Coast Private Hospital, Pindara

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Elizabeth Gilbert

The Eat, Pray, Love author’s tale of sexual awakening in 40s New York is sassy, warm and rich in period detail.  A story about Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris recounting the events of her youth from the vantage point of her 90th year.

Gilbert’s attention to period detail and idiom is just as sharp here as in her previous novel, and the dialogue reads like the script of a sassy screwball comedy. But for all its verve and sparkle, what appears to be a novel about sexual awakening turns out to be a warm and wise meditation on friendship, on the choices women make, and on the way that multifaceted relationships and sexuality are far from being modern phenomena.

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Mystify: Michael Hutchence

At the height of his internationally renowned career, a sudden blow to the head robs the famously sensual rock star of his most cherished senses. A series of personal battles follows, ending tragically with his death at the age of 37, the night before embarking on a world tour.  Coming Soon. 


Let us know a great movie you would like to recommend. Email a couple of sentences as to why you liked it to and a double movie pass could be coming your way.

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NPAQ Brochures

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This is the Insurance Broker who looks after NPAQ members Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy. Do you know someone who has business insurance needs?  Send them to Your Insurance Broker 

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