Primary healthcare reform: an opportunity for nurses to step up

WITH the establishment of the first tranche of Medicare Locals from 1 July, together with telehealth rebates and the imminent changes to practice nurse funding via the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP), the opportunity for practice nurses to contribute at several levels to the primary healthcare reform agenda has never been greater.

At 9000 strong, the practice nurse workforce represents a significant proportion of the primary healthcare workforce.  As such, it is important that practice nurses take the