ACNP MEDIA RELEASE Australian College of Nurse Practitioners welcomes announcement of expansion of the nurse-led walk-in centres in the ACT
18th October 2023
The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners welcomes the announcement of the expansion of the nurse-led walk-in centres in the ACT. Integration of the walk-in centres with the federally funded Urgent Care Centre Clinic network will result in a greater number of health services being available to people living in the ACT.
This additional funding, and the integration of services, will lead to implementation in early 2024.
‘Nurse practitioners assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of health care conditions, and also support other advanced practice health care professionals including registered nurses to meet a wider range of health care needs, in a timely and cost effective manner’ says Leanne Boase, CEO of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners. ‘What’s more, this is fully funded, so is at no out of pocket cost to the patient, and we know people are struggling to find affordable care’.
‘Optimising the multidisciplinary health care team and expanding the existing walk-in centres will relieve pressure on other health services, increasing access for people of Canberra. We would welcome further expansion of this model across Australia, integrating and expanding the urgent care model into nurse-led centres’ says Leanne Boase. ‘We hope for more announcements at budget in May 2024, and the ACNP will continue working with the Albanese government on solutions to improve access to care across Australia’.
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