PNIP brings success to general practices

The Shoalhaven Family Medical Centres, a group of four bulk-billing practices in NSW, used the PNIP to increase its practice nurse staff.

Practice principal Annette Pham, also a practice nurse, said under the previous practice nurse chronic disease item numbers, the centre earned $86,845 a year, or $4342 per GP.

Just two of the nurses working full-time on chronic disease management under the PNIP will bring in $800,000 to the practice this year giving the GPs $40,000 each, she said.

“One of the greatest things the PNIP has done is free up

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