Plan for midwife, nurse prescribing

The proposal would create a nationally consistent framework under which nurses could be endorsed to obtain, supply and administer scheduled medicines while setting out qualification parameters and other requirements.

In a statement, the board said it “expects that the nurse or midwife would be supplying medicines when the medical practitioner or nurse practitioner is not immediately available and only in practice settings where supporting policies and protocols are in place”.

Registered nurses in isolated rural areas have been able to supply medicines for

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