National Rural and Remote Nurse Generalist Framework Consultation

Closed 10 Mar 2022

Opened 17 Feb 2022


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