The Nurse Practitioner Profession and its multifaceted dimensions

29th October 2018

Media Release 12 September 2018

The Nurse Practitioner Profession and its multifaceted dimensions.

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) around Australia have gathered in Canberra this week for their National Conference, Dimensions in Care. Hosted at the Hellenic Club, the conference program will feature an expert panel that will discuss the future of the Nurse Practitioner in 2030.

The expert panel will include the highly respected Professor Emeritus Glenn Gardner, Gardner & Gardner Academic Consulting, Kate Reed from Palliative Care Australia, Nurse Practitioner Kaye Coates and Dr Grainne Lowe from Deakin University who will discuss the landscape of the Nurse Practitioner in 2030.

With numbers now exceeding over 1500 NPs in Australia, the demand for nurse practitioners is constantly growing. Australian nurse practitioners are experienced in diagnosing and treating people of all ages with a variety of acute and chronic health conditions. NPs can work in the areas of emergency, aged care, drug and alcohol, medical, surgical, private practice, rural and remote medicine, women’s health, mental health, paediatrics and often fill vital roles across the community in healthcare.

On Tuesday 11th September, the Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms shared an update with delegates on the Australian Government’s Workforce Incentive Program with $550 million to support health care delivery in rural and remote areas to come in on 1st July 2019 and will include nurse practitioners – intended to address gaps and enable collaboration within the community.

The conference program also includes Claire Madden who is best known for her work on social research and author of the top selling book “Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials.” Guest speaker Lesley Salem will discuss health care in Aboriginal communities and Dr Judith Lacey, Head of Supportive Care and Integrative Oncology from the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse will address ‘Prescribing medical cannabis in advanced cancer.”

Over 3 days, the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) national conference delegates will explore ‘Dimensions in Care’ that takes an in-depth look at the Nurse Practitioner Profession and its multifaceted dimensions.


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Notes to Editors:

The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) is the peak body for NPs nationally with more than 1,200 NPs and Advanced Practice Nurses across the country, including rural and remote areas of Australia. The strategic leadership is provided by a group of NPs practicing in both public and private settings who understand Nurse Practitioners are intent on maintaining the patient at the centre of quality health care.

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