Nurse Practitioner Workforce Plan

The Nurse Practitioner Workforce Plan supports nurse practitioners to deliver health and aged care services. The plan addresses barriers that have prevented them from working to their full potential.

About the plan

Nurse practitioners (NPs) have a significant role in the delivery of health and aged care to people in Australia.

The Nurse Practitioner Workforce Plan supports the growth of a capable and resilient NP workforce that delivers person-centred, evidence-based, safe and compassionate care.

Nurse Practitioner Workforce Plan

The Nurse Practitioner Workforce Plan supports nurse practitioners to deliver health and aged care services. The plan addresses barriers that have prevented them from working to their full potential.

Goals

The plan provides a vision to:

  • better utilise NPs to deliver person-centred care
  • improve the accessibility and delivery of NP care
  • support a well-distributed and culturally safe NP workforce.

The plan includes goals across 3 timeframes:

  • one to 3 years – remove barriers affecting the NP workforce.
  • 3 to 5 years – grow, expand and build the NP workforce.
  • 5 to 10 years – increase access to NP care.

We will measure the success of the plan against 4 key outcomes. These are:  

  • increasing NP services across the country
  • improving community awareness and knowledge of NP services
  • supporting NPs to work to their full scope of practice
  • growing the NP workforce to reflect the diversity of the community and improve cultural safety.

Implementation

The plan states we will form a Nurse Practitioner Workforce Plan Implementation Advisory Group (IAG). The group will advise on implementing the plan, including through monitoring and evaluation of the outcomes.

Governance

We set up the IAG to give us advice, with the support of 3 other advisory bodies:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Reference Group, chaired by the Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer – this group will advise on relevant NP policy and strategy issues through broad nursing stakeholder representation. 
  • National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network, chaired by the Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer – this group will advise on planning and coordinating education, employment and immigration for NPs. 
  • Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers – this group looks at issues of national interest for providing NP services. 

Implementation Advisory Group

During the 10-year time frame of the plan, the IAG will:

  • support government and non-government stakeholders to collaborate on the implementation progress; and
  • advise of changes and links to other health reforms.

The IAG membership is made up of 13 external stakeholders and 5 departmental stakeholders. They work together with relevant skills to effectively implement the plan. The Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer chairs the IAG.

Membership

Membership is on a representative basis as follows:

Member

Organisation 

Alex Nikro

Department of Health and Aged Care – Medical Benefits and Digital Health Division 

Sophia Zografos

Department of Health and Aged Care – Primary Care Division  

Natalie Bekis

Department of Health and Aged Care – Health Workforce Division 

Rebecca Pittman

Department of Health and Aged Care – Technology Assessment and Access Division 

Stephanie Kaiser

Department of Health and Aged Care – Ageing and Aged Care Group – Market & Workforce Division 

Jacqui Cross

Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers 

Leanne Boase

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners 

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward

Australian College of Nursing 

Lori-Anne Sharp

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation 

Karen Booth

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association 

Stacie Murphy

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives  

John Wright

CRANAPlus 

Petrina Halloran

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 

Professor Karen Strickland

The Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia & New Zealand)  

Jo Root

Consumers Health Forum 

Julianne Fox

Rural Workforce Agencies Network  

Michelle McKay

Primary Health Networks 

TBC

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation 

Meetings

The IAG will hold meetings a minimum of 3 times a year. We will publish the communiques here after each meeting.

Communiques

Related work

The plan is a key component used to develop the National Nursing Workforce Strategy.

 

Nursing Taskforce contact

Contact us with any questions about the National Nursing Workforce Strategy.
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