CRANAplus Congratulates Minister Roxon for Nurse Practitioners Scholarships

29 Oct 2008

Remote Area Nurs­es and Mid­wives already pro­vide the core health ser­vices in iso­lat­ed areas across Aus­tralia; places that include Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, oil­rigs, tourist resorts, islands, aero med­ical ser­vices and mine sites. It’s fan­tas­tic that the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment is invest­ing in Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers to sup­port and fur­ther advance this safe, nurs­ing led mod­el of care.

Mr Christo­pher Cliffe, the Pres­i­dent of CRANAplus said, Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers pro­vide a safe, effec­tive and acces­si­ble lev­el of health ser­vice to indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties. The growth of this pro­fes­sion­al group has the poten­tial to real­ly improve the lives of peo­ple who live and work in remote and rur­al areas across Aus­tralia. I am look­ing for­ward to the­day when I have the choice to see a Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er for my health needs”.

Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers are not mini Doc­tors nor are they try­ing to take over Doc­tors’ jobs. They are advanced nurs­es who like all health pro­fes­sion­als work with­in a broad team approach to health care. Nurs­es cur­rent­ly pro­vide a major­i­ty of the care in remote areas and Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers have the capac­i­ty to work with Remote Area Nurs­es, Health Work­ers and GP’s to improve the ser­vices avail­able in these resource poor envi­ron­ments.” said Mr Cliffe.

Car­ole Tay­lor, CEO of CRANAplus also strong­ly wel­comed the announce­ment and offers the assis­tance and resources of CRANAplus to roll out the ini­tia­tive. We are per­fect­ly placed as the pro­fes­sion­al body for remote health, with detailed knowl­edge about the issues and needs in remote Aus­tralia to dri­ve these schol­ar­ships for­ward, ensur­ing we get the biggest bang for the buck!”

CRANAplus is keen to speak with the Min­is­ter about the ongo­ing details of this ini­tia­tive along with oth­er strate­gies to ensure its suc­cess, such as schol­ar­ships for stu­dents to under­take place­ments to remote areas and broad­en­ing access to the Med­ical Ben­e­fit and the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Ben­e­fit Schemes.

Con­tact:

Christo­pher Cliffe Pres­i­dent CRANAplus 0427 826 409
Car­ole Tay­lor CEO CRANAplus 0429 649 226