New Report Shows Nurses Are The Answer

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The industrial and professional organisation for nurses and midwives in Australia

Canberra Office (Professional Services)

Unit 3, 28 Eyre Street  Kingston  ACT  2604 


PO Box 4239  Kingston  ACT  2604  Australia

+ 61 2 6232 6533 (T)   + 61 2 6232 6610 (F)

Melbourne Office (Industrial Services)

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Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing

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New report shows nurses are the answer 

The Australian Nursing Federation has welcomed a new report that highlights

the need for nurses to play a bigger role in primary health care.

The report published today by the Australia Institute of Health and Welfare

reveals 68 per cent of General Practitioners (GP) employed a nurse but they

are were only used in 6 per cent of encounters.

Ged Kearney, Federal Secretary of the ANF, said the report showed nurses

were an under utilized community resource.

“Highly skilled and capable nurses are working in the majority of general

practices but these figures show that they could be playing a much greater

role,” Ms Kearney said.

“Current funding arrangements are a barrier for practice nurses to offer their

communities the full benefit of their skills.”

“They could play a much greater role for example in the management of

chronic diseases which would result in better outcomes for patients.”

Nurses play a vital role in the delivery of Primary Health Care, that is care in

the community. Practice nurses and nurse practitioners in particular would

have a more positive effect on health care if there was an overhaul of the

current federal government funding systems.

“The report also demonstrates how vital it is that Parliament pass the current

legislation before it which would grant MBS access to rebates and PBS

subsidies for patients of nurse practitioners.”

Media inquiries

Eleni Hale, Media and Communications 

(03) 9602 8522 / 0402337388

Ged Kearney, Federal Secretary

0417 053 322

Lee Thomas, Assistant Federal Secretary 

0419 576 590

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