Nurse practitioners, midwives empowered to provide quality care

This morning, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney introduced the Health Legislation Amendment (Removal of Requirement for a Collaborative Arrangement) Bill which will remove barriers that have prevented NPs and endorsed midwives from prescribing medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and providing services under Medicare. 

“For too long, NPs and midwives have been prevented from working to their full scope of practice because of the requirement for a ‘collaborative arrangement’ with a medical practitioner,” said ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler.  

“This out-dated requirement has needlessly constrained services and prevented people from accessing quality healthcare when they need it and where they need it. This has been particularly acute in rural and regional, and other underserved communities, where it’s become harder and harder to see a doctor.

“Removing these unnecessary restrictions, which are completely out of step with international best practice, will allow highly trained NPs and endorsed midwives to utilise their full set of skills and experience and provide best quality care in the community for people when and where they need it.

“With increased demands for healthcare and with chronic workforce shortages across the country, the ANMF and our members believe this is a common-sense solution and we commend the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care for introducing this important Bill into the Parliament today to deliver the best health outcomes for the community.”

Ms Butler pointed to the success of nurse-led clinics in Tasmania and the ACT in providing people with treatment and preventative healthcare and the Queensland Government’s recent announcement of four new nurse-led healthcare clinics across Queensland.

One Response

  1. This is an excellent outcome. The need for a medical practitioner to collaborate with has put a barrier up for nurses who were considering becoming an NP. Also the ability to access medicare funding will be a drawcard for more nurses to become NPs. Well done QNMU!!!

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