GPs, time you woke up to what nurses can offer

Primary healthcare systems in the United Kingdom and New Zealand have recognised the potential of nurses in general practice for years. So why have we struggled in Australia to convince some GPs and health practitioners of the benefits of employing a nurse to support their work?

Nurses play a major role in improving the health journey of a patient through preventive care, chronic disease management and curative care.

It is also about the broader support and care provided by the multidisciplinary team, of which nurses are a critical part.

Unfortunately, nurses are rarely asked to provide their expertise in