Historic nursing partnership to shape the future of primary health care

Historic nursing partnership to shape the future of primary health care

22 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 health care 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 health care nurses to be integral members of multidisciplinary teams, working collaboratively with general practitioners, consumers, healthcare providers and the community to achieve quality primary health care, said AML Alliance Chair, Dr Arn Sprogis.

Key activities to be undertaken through the program will include:
  • leadership development for primary health care 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.

APNA President Ms Julianne Badenoch 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 health care nursing," said Ms Badenoch.

"By expanding opportunities for nurses in primary health care, the outcome will be better health care for the Australian community, Ms Badenoch said.