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ACN's Pre-Budget Submission: Securing Australia's Nurse Workforce

ACN’s Submission for the 2021-22 Federal Budget calls on the Federal Government to fund a number of initiatives to assist both current and future nurses in the workforce.

The recommendations for the Government include the creation of a transition to practice program to assist graduate nurses, the delivery of scholarship funding covering a number of different specialties and the funding of a research program to ensure that home care can be appropriately staffed into the future.

ACN will be advocating these priorities to Government throughout early 2021.

Letter: Addressing Collaborative Arrangements for Nurse Practitioners

The Collaborative Arrangement Determination for Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Midwives has been reviewed and a new sunset date of 2022 has been approved. The Collaborative Arrangement Determination was due to sunset this year, which would have meant NPs were no longer required to form a Collaborative Arrangement with a medical practitioner.

Continuing with collaborative arrangements seems to ignore the evidence base available. The implications of continuing the Collaborative Arrangement Determination are critical to the nurse practitioner workforce and their capacity to increase access to care for patients, particularly in marginalised and vulnerable populations.

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Information sheet: Engaging your Member of Parliament

This Engaging your Member of Parliament Information Sheet details how to prepare to have a meeting with a politician and steps to build and maintain the relationship as you advocate for your issue.

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