ACNP Welcomes Royal Commission into Aged Care

31st October 2018

Media Release - 18 September 2018

ACNP Welcomes Royal Commission into Aged Care

The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) welcomes the announcement by Prime Minister, Scott Morrison for a Royal Commission into the quality of care in nursing homes and the broader aged care. The College also welcomes the announcement last week of a $106m funding boost to support better facilities, better care and better standards in aged care.

"The existing complex funding arrangements and lack of regulated staffing ratios in aged care are placing greater strain on providing quality care. Current funding models do not include funding for Nurse Practitioners in residential aged care facilities. Nurse practitioners working in aged care settings improve quality of care by ensuring timely clinical responses, reducing unnecessary transfers to hospital and educating and supporting other aged care staff", said ACNP President, Leanne Boase.

The National Evaluation of the Nurse Practitioner Aged Care Models of Practice Initiative reported “if all aged care facilities had nurse practitioners visiting, the savings from reductions in hospital bed days would have been $97 million in 2013-14.”

Nurse Practitioners are expert clinical nurses in the Australian health care system and have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions. Nurse Practitioners are working in aged care facilities across Australia and have an excellent track record in providing high quality, person-centred care and improving quality of life for older Australians. Nurse Practitioners have won awards nationally for their work in the aged care sector including:

  • Calvary Community Specialist Palliative Care, Clare Holland House – winners of the 2017 ACT Quality in Healthcare Award for their proactive model of end of life care in residential aged care facilities.
  • Resthaven Nurse Practitioner Model of Collaborative Palliation – winners of the 2017 Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) National Innovation and Excellence in Aged Care Better Practice Award.
  • Claire Abbott, Nurse Practitioner, Peninsula Villages – individual winner in Leading Age Services Australia’s 2018 Excellence in Care Awards.
  • Peter Jenkin Resthaven Inc. S.A. - winner Palliative Care Australian National Awards 2017 Excellence in Palliative Care in an Aged Care Setting.
  • Peter Jenkin Resthaven Inc. – winner Aged and Community Services (ACS) SA and NT Awards for Excellence, Employee of the Year. • Bushland Health Group Ltd NSW – 2017 Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Better Practice Award for their Palliative Approach Nurse Practitioner Model.
  • Sundale Ltd –Organisation Award in the 2018 Leading Age Services Australia’s (LASA) Excellence in Age Service Awards.

Nurse Practitioner roles provide a collaborative link between the nurses, support staff and General Practitioners and Specialists working in aged care. As clinical leaders they support aged care nurses and carers with day-to-day care and have demonstrated significant cost savings for government funders through advance care planning and providing timely and accurate access to treatment and management. The capacity and sustainability of Nurse Practitioners in this sector would be increased with better access to Medicare and PBS items.


For questions or interviews, please contact Sara Carter, ACNP Marketing & Communications Manager on 0418 580 241 or

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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The National Evaluation of the Nurse Practitioner — Aged Care Models of Practice Initiative, 2011–2014

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