Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) - Creating opportunities

The Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) came into effect in 2012 in an effort to consolidate previous practice nurse funding arrangements into a simplified, single funding stream to support an expanded and enhanced role for nurses working in general practices, allowing them to provide more enhanced and comprehensive patient care.

Though it is true that revenue from the PNIP can only be used toward covering the cost of employing or contracting a nurse, it is very rare that a practice will rely only on the PNIP to fund nursing positions. Rather they will draw on a variety of sources.

General practices accredited by the general practice standards of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Aboriginal Medical Services may be eligible to apply for the incentive.

PNIP Guidelines
Detailed information on the PNIP relating to eligibility for the incentive, how to apply, payments and resources can be found on the Medicare Australia website or by calling 1800 222 032.

All questions regarding eligibility, incentive payments, and program details should be addressed to Medicare by emailing

PNIP Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any additional questions relating to PNIP, your role as a nurse working in general practice, or the nursing services in your practice, please email

Creating opportunity
This booklet and short film highlight the stories of practice nurses around Australia working with their communities, general practice teams and patients to deliver quality healthcare and innovative primary health care services in a rapidly changing and dynamic sector.

APNA Online Learning
Two online learning programs have been developed by APNA to assist nurses and general practices in understanding some of the aspects of 

  1. Scope of Practice has been designed to assist nurses and members of the practice team understand and identify nursing scope of practice in the context of general practice.
  2. General Practice Financing provides an introduction and overview of general practice funding mechanisms in Australia, how these mechanisms have helped shape nursing roles, and assist in identifying opportunities and challenges in changes to funding mechanisms.
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