Launch of Nursing White Paper on Health Reform

The Australian Government has acknowledged an important White Paper, prepared by the Australian College of Nursing, which details the role of nurses in future health and aged care reform.

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11 October 2016

The Australian Government has acknowledged an important White Paper, prepared by the Australian College of Nursing, which details the role of nurses in future health and aged care reform.

Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, said the White Paper provides a useful perspective on the program of health reform from professionals on the frontline of health care in Australia.

“The Coalition Government’s priority is to ensure the ongoing high performance and sustainability of our health system into the future. Working closely with stakeholders, such as Australian College of Nursing, is essential to progress these reforms and improve health outcomes,” Dr Gillespie said.

“This White Paper details how nurses could contribute to a strong health system, and how best we can work together going forward to achieve the best healthcare options for all Australians. I thank the Australian College of Nursing for their learned perspective on this issue.”

Minister Gillespie said nurses have an integral role to play in the implementation of the Coalition Government’s reform agenda.

“Our Health Care Homes initiative is a new model of care for patients with chronic and complex conditions, where eligible patients will voluntarily enrol with a participating medical practice. Nurses will provide support to GPs and other health professionals to design tailored care plans and co-ordinate services so patients remain healthier and out of hospital,” Dr Gillespie said.

“Nurses play a vital role in health service delivery at every stage of a patient’s journey, and they will be important to the success of Health Care Homes.

Dr Gillespie said the nursing profession was a critical component in the delivery of Australia’s world class health system, particularly in regional and rural areas.

“My father was a doctor and my mother a nurse. As a medical specialist, I have worked alongside many wonderful nurses. From firsthand experience, I know the important role they play in our health care system and that is why nurses will have an equally important role in how we further improve and reform our health system.”

“We have recognised that Australians need a health workforce that is well distributed and has an appropriate mix of health professionals who can work in a range of settings.

“This is essential for meeting the future health needs of the population, both in the cities and in rural areas,” Dr Gillespie said.

For more information, contact the Minister's Office on (02) 6277 4960

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