Collaborative Arrangements 2023 Project

This project aims to remove the legislative need for collaborative arrangements between participating midwives, nurse practitioners and medical practitioners to provide Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) services and prescribe Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medications.

Collaborative Arrangement 2023 Project update webinar

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About the project

The project will recognise the role nurse practitioners and participating midwives play in the delivery of health care services. It will contribute to the bigger goals of the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce and the Nurse Practitioner Workforce Plan.

Why it is important

Removing the legislative need for collaborative arrangements will:

  • remove barriers to care provided by nurse practitioners and participating midwives, particularly in rural and remote areas where there:
    – is a smaller healthcare workforce
    – are challenges attracting and retaining GPs.
  • provide nurse practitioners and participating midwives more autonomy in their scope of practice
  • increase use of participating midwives in First Nations settings
  • support our goal of health care professionals being able to work to their full scope of practice.

Goals

We aim to remove the legislative need for collaborative arrangements between participating midwives, nurse practitioners and medical practitioners to:

  • provide MBS services
  • prescribe PBS medications.

Meeting our goals

To meet our goals, we will:

  • change Commonwealth legislation (Health Insurance Act 1973 and National Health Act 1953) and regulations (Health Insurance Regulations 2018) to remove the legislative need for collaborative arrangements
  • tell state and territory governments about the changes so they may make their own legislation changes (if needed)
  • tell professional indemnity insurance providers about the changes so they can update their products
  • tell the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) about the changes
  • assess whether collaborative guidelines would support existing Professional Standards for Practice, and Safety and Quality Guidelines issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • update all public facing information on our website, the Services Australia website and MBS Online.

Who we work with

Status

May 2024

The Health Legislation Amendment (Removal of Requirement for a Collaborative Arrangement) Bill 2024 was passed by Parliament on 16 May 2024. Before the 1 November 2024 date of effect can be confirmed, Royal Assent is needed from the Governor-General.

Webinar

A text transcript of the webinar (including questions and answers) will be made available shortly.

March 2024

The Health Legislation Amendment (Removal of Requirement for a Collaborative Arrangement) Bill 2024 was introduced to Parliament on 20 March 2024.

We will hold a webinar on Thursday 11 April 2024. If you have any questions you’d like addressed during the webinar, please send an email to CNMO@health.gov.au before 5 pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 3 April 2024. This page will be updated with webinar details, please check this page shortly prior to the webinar date.
 

September 2023

Depending on Government priorities and passing them through Parliament, legislative changes will start from 1 November 2024. If this date must change, we will update the webpage.

On release of this webpage, email and social media communications have directed stakeholders to it as the single source of project information. Emails and social media posts will point to future webpage updates.

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Contact

General enquiries:

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM, is the Australian Government’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer.
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