Collaboration: Making a Difference in Your Local Community – A Nurse Practitioner’s Story

Collaboration: Making a Difference in Your Local Community – A Nurse Practitioner’s Story
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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.

The Australian Primary Health Care Association acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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