In response, the Department of Health and Ageing funded scholarships through the Nursing in General Practice Training and Support Initiative: 2005-09.
This study was a component of a larger evaluation examining the effectiveness of wound management and immunisation education for PNs and was part of the Nursing in General Practice Training and Support Initiative: 2005-09.
'The program stems from an initiative of the Federal Department of Health and Aging, aiming to boost opportunities for rural and remote nurses, by training them as general practice nurses,' said Liz Meadley the Program Manager of Nursing in General Practice
, at the Alliance of NSW Divisions.
A key catalyst for this is the Australian Government's Nursing in General Practice Initiative, which commenced in 2001.
Guidelines for the Divisions Network Nursing in General Practice program.
Nursing in general practice
training and support workshop, 23rd August, Summary Report.
The top three issues of importance are listed as having a speaker relevant to nursing in general practice (59.1%), followed by convenient time (40.9%) and having a qualified nurse leading the support group also (40.9%).
ADGP Demonstration Divisions Nursing in General Practice National Resource Kit.
This paper argues that the significance of this very small action research study, which is limited by its lack of generalisability and small sample size, is that if the reader has a sense of 'fit' between their own experience and the findings; if the findings 'work' to explain the problems faced; if the findings are openly 'modifiable'; and if they are 'relevant' to nursing in general practice
in Australia; then the findings are trustworthy enough for the implications to be considered (Glaser 1978).
Tessa Pascoe, MRCNA, RN, RM, BN, B.Community Ed, Former Policy Advisor, Nursing in General Practice
Project, Royal College of Nursing Australia, Canberra, Australia.
General practice nursing is supported by the Australian Government through the Nursing in General Practice 2001 Budget Initiative, which includes a financial incentive to GPs in areas of workforce pressure to employ a practice nurse, and through the recent MedicarePlus package.
The RACGP/RCNA Nursing in General Practice Final Report, submitted to the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, called for a nationally consistent approach to education for general practice nurses in Australia.