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The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) 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. 

Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), Nurse Practitioners are focused on improving access to treatment, providing efficient, cost-effective care, and dedicated to improving health outcomes of all Australians, particularly those designated as at-risk populations, such as aged care, indigenous populations and general primary health care in remote and rural and regional areas.

The Nurse Practitioner scope of practice enables legal request and review of the most appropriate diagnostic tests, initiation of referrals to and from relevant healthcare providers, prescription of necessary medications and collaboration with nurse and other healthcare professionals to ensure the provision of holistic care.

Please feel free to explore, learn more about the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), Nurse Practitioners and how to become a ACNP member.

Visit the History of the Nurse Practitioner movement in Australia for insight into the origins and development of the Australian Nurse Practitioner role.

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  • Chris O'Donnell shares views on how Nurse Practitioners can contribute to ongoing improvements to the care of patients.
ED staff blame a number of factors, including increasing number of people in mental health crisis exacerbations of chronic conditions and older adults being admitted from aged car... Courageous change urged as emergency departments struggle to meet demand 29th April 2021 Chris O'Donnell shares views on how Nurse Practitioners can contribute to ongoing improvements to the care of patients. ED staff blame a number of factors, including increasing number of people in mental health crisis exacerbations of chronic conditions and older adults being admitted from aged car... ... more
  • In Australia, nurse practitioners are becoming increasingly critical in providing health care to at-risk populations – especially those in rural and remote regions. But some challenges must be overcome to realise this important role's full potential.
Realise your full potential as a Nurse Practitioner 16th April 2021 In Australia, nurse practitioners are becoming increasingly critical in providing health care to at-risk populations – especially those in rural and remote regions. But some challenges must be overcome to realise this important role's full potential. ... more
  • A general practitioner will be required to supervise nurse practitioners as they administer the COVID-19 vaccine, a decision that was made without concerns of health and safety. This means under-resourced and at-risk communities will be slower to gain access to the vaccine, Vaccine rollout hindered by lack of recognition for nurse practitioners 26th March 2021 A general practitioner will be required to supervise nurse practitioners as they administer the COVID-19 vaccine, a decision that was made without concerns of health and safety. This means under-resourced and at-risk communities will be slower to gain access to the vaccine, ... more
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