Pharmacy academic Prof Lisa Nissen leading scope of practice review’s $1.2 million research team

The University of Queensland research team and lead reviewer Professor Mark Cormack will receive a combined $1.7 million.
Professor Lisa Nissen
Professor Lisa Nissen.

Professor Lisa Nissen, whose controversial work opened the door for pharmacy UTI prescribing, is leading the expert research team behind the Federal Government’s Scope of Practice Review.

The review is already sounding alarm bells among medical groups, with its recent issues paper suggesting that nurses and pharmacists should receive GP-level Medicare rebates for performing similar work, as well as suggesting Medicare should fund allied health referrals direct to specialists, bypassing GPs.