National Rural and Remote Nurse Generalist Framework Consultation

Closed 10 Mar 2022

Opened 17 Feb 2022

Feedback updated 13 Jun 2022

We asked

For your views and input on the draft domains and capabilities in the draft National Rural and Remote Nurse Generalist Framework (the Framework), that describe the unique context of practice and core capabilities for remote area nursing practice, and rural nursing practice.

You said

In 157 submissions, from peak health bodies, organisations, businesses and clinicians, that this Framework is significant for rural and remote area nursing, health services and the health of communities.  There were a number of expert recommendations across various submissions, together with various commendations on the draft presented. 

We did

Review and analyse the feedback, which has strengthened the Framework.  A report on the public consultation feedback is available on the consultation page.  We appreciate the great insight and expertise shared with the Framework Steering Committee during this public consultation phase and anticipate the final Framework will be released in late 2022.

Results updated 16 Jun 2022

This report was prepared from an analysis of submissions made to the 2022 public consultation process for the draft National Rural and Remote Nursing Generalist Framework. The Framework will set out the unique context of practice and core capabilities for rural and remote area nursing practice.




Public consultation on the National Rural and Remote Nurse Generalist Framework (the Framework) is now open.


The intent of the the Framework is to describe the unique context of practice and core capabilities for remote area nursing practice, and rural nursing practice.  The Framework is designed as a tool and guide and will benefit Registered Nurses in rural and remote practice settings, their employers, education providers, health administrators and nursing and midwifery colleagues working in health care in general.


The development of this Framework has been led by the Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner and the Deputy National Rural Health Commissioner, Adj. Prof. Shelley Nowlan, together with an expert Steering Committee comprising:

Commonwealth Department of Health

Australian Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Advisory Council (represented by South Australia's Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer)

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Australian College of Nursing

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives

Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery


James Cook University

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia



We invite your feedback to the development of the Framework.  Consultation is open from Thursday 17 February 2022 and closes at 23:59 (AEDT) on Thursday 10 March 2022.


The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Why your views matter

Providing feedback on the Framework is important for the Steering Committee to consider how the Framework defines rural and remote nursing generalist work and its scope.  Your feedback is a valuable contribution in this process.


  • Non-government organisations
  • State government agencies
  • Commonwealth agencies
  • Local governments
  • Health professionals
  • Health workforce
  • Health staff


  • Rural health services