This page contains useful policy documents and policy information on current issues.
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.
- Australian Government Department of Health — news and announcements for the aged care sector
- Australian Government — Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports and data
- Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care — National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards User Guide for the Review of Clinical Variation in Health Care
- SPHERE (NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care) — Women’s SRH COVID-19 coalition
- NPS MedicineWise — Active ingredient prescribing: all you need to know
- Australian Government Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration — medicinal cannabis in Australia