Nurses spurred to join general practice

MORE nurses will be encouraged to work in general practice under an initiative to ease the burden of caring for the elderly, chronic disease patients and rural communities.

The federal government has promised $6.4 million over three years for programs to support the recruitment and retention of nurses for front-line health services, including those considering a move from hospitals to primary care.

Karen Booth, president of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA), says even experienced nurses may be hesitant