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Nurses working in General Practice are an integral part to the general practice team, enhancing the provision of primary care services, and valuable support to the team. The benefits of general practice nurses have also been recognised by the Australian Government through the introduction of several financial incentives: Business Case package. Business Case interactive calculator.
The number of nurses working in Gold Coast General Practices has increased significantly in recent years as has their scope of practice. In particular the role of the nurse has expanded in areas of immunisation, wound care, chronic disease management, primary care and nurse led clinics. General practitioners and nurses who establish efficient working relationships can enhance the quality of patient care which can lead to improved health outcomes.
From 1 July 2010, AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) is the national agency responsible for the registration and accreditation of health professions in Australia in the following areas: Medical; Nursing and Midwifery; Chiropractic; Dental; Optometry; Osteopathy; Pharmacy; Physiotherapy; Podiatry; Psychology.
NiGP Goal and Objectives:
The goal of GPGC's NiGP Program is to support the effective employment of Nurses working in General Practice to:
relieve workforce pressure in general practice
improve the prevention and management of chronic disease
improve access to, and the quality and integration of patient care.
This goal will be met through the following objectives:
building the capacity of divisions to deliver support services for nursing in general practice, in particular to recruit and retain nurses
brokering, coordinating and funding education and professional development opportunities for nurses in general practice in collaboration with divisions.
Nurses are invited to become Associate Members of GPGC. Membership Benefits include priority access to CPD Events and Nurse Network Meetings.