Mental shift with greater practice role for nurses

EARLIER this week, general practice networks across the country submitted their invitations to apply to become Medicare Locals. 

Intrinsic to these applications is evidence for partnerships and the provision of broader community healthcare services. 

Those that are successful will be the first to pursue the Federal Government’s primary healthcare reforms which have been designed to shift the balance of health service delivery from the hospital sector more towards the primary healthcare sector.

However, the health reform shift is not just operational. It requires a ‘mental shift’ as well, particularly for the general practice sector which will be opening up to greater opportunities and challenges for colleagues in the nursing sector.

Medicare Locals will be charged with improving access to primary healthcare services and in many instances this will include the development of new models of care in which nurses may