Historic nursing partnership to shape future of primary health care

23 October, 2013

The Australian Medicare Local Alliance (AML Alliance) and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) have created a new partnership to enhance the role of the nursing profession in the delivery of primary healthcare throughout Australia.

The AML Alliance and APNA have signed an unprecedented agreement to jointly deliver the Nursing in General Practice program into 2015.

The program is funded by the commonwealth government, through the Department of Health.

"Our joint work on this program will help achieve our vision for primary healthcare nurses to be integral members of multidisciplinary teams, working collaboratively with general practitioners, consumers, healthcare providers and the community to achieve quality primary healthcare," Dr Arn Sprogis, AML Alliance Chair, said.

Key activities to be undertaken through the program will include: leadership development for primary healthcare nurses; practical research and policy work to develop the role of the profession; projects to further develop nurse clinics in general practice settings; nurse education workshops and resources; and work to promote optimal value of the nursing workforce.

Julianne Badenoch, APNA president agrees through the partnership there is a genuine opportunity to support and build the capacity of the nursing workforce.

"This program aligns with and will help to achieve APNA's strategic vision of a healthy Australia through best practice primary healthcare nursing," she said.

"By expanding opportunities for nurses in primary healthcare, the outcome will be better healthcare for the Australian community."