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Nurse Practitioners: the solution to accessible health care


Media Release
12 December 2016

The 12th of December marks an important milestone for the nursing profession and represents the day the first nurse practitioners were endorsed in Australia back in 2000.

Today we celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Day, and raise awareness about the important contributions nurse practitioners make to the health and wellbeing of Australians.

There are now over 1400 nurse practitioners providing health care in all states and territories across Australia.

Dr Grainne Lowe, President of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) acknowledges the high level of education and skills necessary for nurse practitioners to meet the changing health care needs of the Australian community.

"The nurse practitioners' extensive knowledge of health care systems, as well as their high level of ability to work as part of health care teams, ensures patients are the central focus of care which improves the quality of life for patients, families and carers," Dr Lowe said.

Nurse practitioners provide quality health care in a range of locations including community health centres, GP clinics, residential aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons, schools and universities, in pharmacies and in private homes. Within these contexts, they provide quality care for a broad range of clients in primary health care (including health promotion and disease prevention), together with services in mental health, chronic disease management, palliative care, family and child health, emergency care and aged care.

The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners is the national peak body for nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses in Australia. The ACNP is active in advancing nursing practice and improving access to health care.

A number of local events are being held by state chapters of the College.

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Contact: Amanda Davies, Chief Executive Officer M: 0457 008 258 E:

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