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Primary health care is any medical service that is provided outside the four walls of a hospital, including general practice, aged care, schools, community health and other primary health care settings. Primary health care nurses play a critical role in keeping people healthy, providing proactive care and health promotion to keep Australians well.
The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) welcomes Federal Health Minister Mark Butler’s thoughtful and considered approach to change in Australian health care.
Primary health care nurses can make a huge difference to patients seeking health care, with about 96,000 primary health care nurses working outside of a hospital setting in Australia. This is around one in eight of Australia’s 642,000 registered health professionals.
“We welcome the recognition that nurses working to their full skill set can help drive significant improvement in the health of Australia,” APNA President Karen Booth said.
“This is the second Government Taskforce in as many years that has delivered a report recommending how primary health care in Australia needs to change.”
“It is now time to deliver the change that is needed, and APNA looks forward to working closely with the Minister and all stakeholders to deliver a healthier Australia,” Ms Booth said.
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