Local nurse practitioners to be studied

Last Thursday Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler announced that a team from La Trobe University and Castlemaine Health was one of 30 groups across the country that would receive funding to monitor and evaluate the $18.7 million federal government’s Nurse Practitioner – Aged Care Models of Practice Program.

nurse-pratitionerThis program was established by the Federal Government to recruit and train specialist nurses to provide primary care for older people in the community.

Australians are living much longer lives and there is growing pressure on our health system to provide care in a timely manner.

‘Our evaluation will be geared towards ensuring this new service can provide not only timely access to primary care for older residents living in the Shire but also how it supports our general practitioners and other health care professionals providing care to older people,’ said Dr Les Fitzgerald, Head of Nursing & Midwifery at La Trobe University’s Rural Health School.

‘We want to monitor outcomes for patients in the Mount Alexander Shire – whether that be at home, in a residential aged care facility or in hospital.’

The researchers will contribute their findings to a Federal Government report into different nurse practitioner models across Australia.

Speaking at a press conference in Adelaide, Mr Butler, said nurse practitioners play a vital role in delivering quality health care to older Australians and this boost in funding will increase their role in the aged care workforce.

‘Most older people want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, and preferably for the rest of their lives. The new nurse practitioner will improve end of life care and allow more people to die at their preferred place,’ Mr Butler said.


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