Two new nurse education initiatives will build nursing capacity in general practice and improve patient outcomes in primary health care.
The new initiatives are part of the Nursing in Primary Health Care (NiPHC) program delivered by the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA).
The Transition to Practice Program (TPP) provides an evidence-based framework of support over 12 months to registered or enrolled nurses who are new to primary health care.
Building Nurse Capacity (BNC) focuses on the development of nurse-led (team-based) models of care which improve patient outcomes.
Nurses working in a range of primary health care settings in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas, including general practice, community health, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health services, and correctional health, are encouraged to be involved. Grant funding will be available for successful applicants.
Applications for both programs are now open through APNA and will close on 3 December 2018.
The NiPHC program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Continued support for the program was announced in the 2018-19 Budget under the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.