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Collaboration: Making a Difference in Your Local Community – A Nurse Practitioner’s Story
The nurse practitioner role and the unique opportunity of co-owning a general practice has enabled Kerrie the opportunity to initiate and establish a team-based, patient-centred, holistic health service. The service has a nursing focus with extensive collaboration and support from the local community.
The practice started in May 2014 with 90 patients and 5 team members. There are now over 2,100 patients and 14 team members. The practice's mission is "kind,holistic health care with a community spirit".
Collaboration with the patients, team members and the local community has been the key for the growth of the service and satisfaction of all involved.
A patient Advisory Group provides feedback to improve our services.
The nurse practitioner Health Check for new patients ensures a systematic and comprehensive approach to identify gaps in care, and identify and manage early, risk factors for chronic disease development.
Kerrie has plans for a practice supported community garden, shared medical/nursing appointments to support quit smoking, and a menopause clinic.
Kerrie is most proud of the number of people who are now able to access a unique, quality health care service within their local community and feel kindness when most vulnerable.