Nurses are critical to delivery of health care reforms

Nurses are essential to making Australia’s $71 billion health system more efficient and effective in meeting the health needs of Australians.

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26 October 2016

Nurses are essential to making Australia’s $71 billion health system more efficient and effective in meeting the health needs of Australians.

The Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, in an address to the National Nursing Forum 2016 in Melbourne today, said that the ageing of the population and the fact that people are living longer is placing ever increasing pressure on health and aged care.

“Health reform is important for the nation’s nursing profession and the nursing profession is important to health reform,” she said.

“Real on-the-ground reform cannot happen without a strong and stable workforce and this includes nurses and midwives.

“Nurses play an increasingly important role in health service delivery. Nurses are there at every stage of a patient’s journey.”

Nurses represent more than 50 per cent of the health workforce.

Ms Ley said nurses would play an enhanced role in the Turnbull Government’s Health Care Homes initiative.

Health Care Homes is a revolutionary new model of delivering Medicare to Australians with chronic illnesses.

It will allow doctors and nurses to deliver quality health care improvements for patients without restrictions of Medicare’s fee-for-service model.

The Government is investing $120 million to roll out the first stage of Health Care Homes.

Ms Ley said nurses would be part of the team working with GPs to design tailored-care plans for patients with chronic or complex conditions.

One in two Australians is living with a chronic condition and one in five is managing two or more.

The Government recognises the vital role of nurses in health care delivery and reform.

Ms Ley said: “I want nurses to be part of a robust health care agenda because nurses are the boots on the ground.

“I am aware that the nursing profession sometimes feels somewhat forgotten in terms of engagement in policy design, development and implementation. I assure you that you have not been forgotten – far from it.

“That is why I want to continue to tap into your knowledge and understanding of quality patient care and our health care systems.

“Big changes are underway that will build a world-class health system and the nurses of Australia will be front and centre of this incredible journey.”

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