General practice nurses worthy of more respect
The majority of general practices in Australia now employ at least one nurse. These nurses — and I am one of them — play an important role in delivering quality chronic disease management, immunisation services, and other preventive care, as well as curative care, care for the ageing, dealing with issues such as medicines safety, and implementing improvements in general practice systems.
But general practice is traditionally a small business model, with medical practitioners as not only the clinical leaders, but also the business owners. The financing system does include modest block payments for