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A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse with the experience, expertise, and authority to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of health conditions. 

NPs have completed additional university study at master’s degree level and are the most senior and independent clinical nurses in our health care system. 

NPs have practised in Australia for over 21+ years. There are now over 2250+ NPs endorsed in Australia. An increase in the number of NPs will consequently improve the accessibility and efficiency of health care services to patients across variety of geographic areas.

 

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NPs have professional autonomy and are responsible and accountable for the care they provide. Nurse Practitioners are required to hold professional indemnity insurance.

NPs consult with their nursing peers, medical specialists, general practitioners and allied health professionals, to provide quality, holistic care to their patients/clients. 

Nurse Practitioner is a legally protected title with the role supported by legislation at both state and national level. The Nurse Practitioner title can only be used by a person who has been endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

"In primary care, an expansion of 10 NP roles in rural and regional Australia, at a cost of $1.5 million per year, could conservatively improve access to care for 10,000 Australians; another 10 primary care NP roles in specifically targeted locations could provide services to over 6,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population with limited access." 

 

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