PN research makes support a priority

Carried out by the AGPN in partnership with the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI), the research is in its first stage of identifying existing gaps in the support provided to the general practice nursing workforce.

APHCRI lead researcher Associate Professor Rhian Parker said, on completion in June, the research findings will be collated to provide MLs with a tool on how practice nurses can best be supported, and how their role can be expanded under the new MLs.

“Not only will nurses learn more about doing research, but their research will result in practice nurses being better supported, expanding their role and taking on roles like governance,” Professor Parker said.

The five areas of research currently being carried out are: leadership and management, governance, support at the ML level, support at a practice level and support on an individual level.

Each project group, partnered with an academic