“WE want to make it work and work it in the best way.”
This comment by AMA vice-president Dr Steve Hambleton sums up the general feeling among those tasked with designing the new model of collaborative care between GPs and nurse practitioners (NPs).
Last November, the primary care landscape changed when the Federal Government extended the PBS and MBS to NPs who have collaborative arrangements with GPs.
Since then, there has been a commitment to pave the way forwards, despite there being fewer than 10 of the 400 NPs registered in Australia working in traditional primary care settings.
Many of the stakeholders – including the AMA, RACGP, Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), Federal Health Department and medical defence organisations – have met over the last few months to nut out the finer details.
A collaborative arrangement template and best practice guidelines for GPs