Reforms help nurses bridge gaps
A new era in primary healthcare reform, through the establishment of Medicare Locals (MLs), will bring about long overdue benefits for practice nurses.
MLs will create an environment that encourages and supports all healthcare professionals to work together, reduce fragmentation and better communicate and learn from each other – all for the benefit of the patient.
By virtue of their numbers, nurses have the capacity to initiate, lead and support wide-reaching changes in healthcare, including through general practice.
With increasing numbers of practice nurses, access to more suitable education, expanding scopes of practice, better technology and more evidence to support nursing care, it is the opportune time to reflect on the contribution we can make to general practice.
This will be greatly assisted by the introduction of another piece to the health reform jigsaw: the Practice Nurse Incentive Program.