Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan Survey

Closed 20 Dec 2021

Opened 19 Nov 2021

Feedback updated 7 Apr 2022

We asked

The Minister for Health has committed to development of a Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan (Plan). The purpose of the Plan is to describe a set of actions that can be taken to address nurse practitioner workforce issues, and enhance the delivery of nursing care to the Australian community.

As part of the development of the Plan the Department of Health sought the views of stakeholders from 19 November to 20 December 2021. The purpose of the consultation was to collect ideas from a wide range of stakeholders on their perspectives, experiences and knowledge of nurse practitioners (NP) and to identify benefits, barriers and workforce solutions to inform development of the Plan.

You said

The total submissions received was 496 with 458 online survey responses and 38 written submissions via email. Of the online survey responses, 64% (295) of respondents completed the long-form and 36% (163) the short-form survey. Of the total submissions, 430 (87%) responded as an individual and 63 (13%) responded on behalf of an organisation or institution.

The high response rate received to this open consultation was welcomed and has highlighted the interest in this work. The mix of responses from consumers, nurse practitioners, health professionals and organisations provided a comprehensive picture of current NP workforce issues.

We did

The Department reviewed and analysed all the responses received and prepared a consultation analysis report which will be used to inform development of the Plan.

Results updated 7 Apr 2022

The Department reviewed and analysed all the responses received and prepared a consultation analysis report which will be used to inform development of the Plan.

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Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.

Overview

The Department of Health is developing a 10 year plan for nurse practitioners. The purpose of the Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan is to describe a set of actions that can be taken to address nurse practitioner workforce issues of national significance and enhance the delivery of nursing care to the Australian community. The Plan will include 1 to 3 year, 5 year and 10 year goals. Development of the Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan will occur concurrently with development of the National Nursing Strategy, due to the role nurse practitioners play in broader nursing career pathways and health care outcomes for patients.

Context  

The consultation paper and one page summary attached below have been developed with background information about nurse practitioners in Australia and to highlight some of the issues that have been raised by stakeholders to date.

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with the experience, expertise and authority to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions. Nurse practitioners have completed additional university study at Master’s degree level. For more information visit https://www.acnp.org.au/aboutnursepractitioners.

Why your views matter

The Government wants to hear from people and organisations with an interest in nurse practitioners and the role they play in our health and aged care systems. We are seeking views on the issues which may have an impact on the delivery of care by nurse practitioners and want to hear suggestions on innovations to enhance the delivery of care.  The diverse perspectives, experience and knowledge of all stakeholders and interested members of the community are valued.

We have developed two surveys:

  • A long-form survey. This is a detailed survey, which takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. It is most relevant for those who have specific ideas and strategies for inclusion in the Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan.
  • A shorter survey for those who may or may not have experience in receiving care from a nurse practitioner and have ideas to share. This survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

You will be prompted to choose your preferred survey at the next stage. If you have any questions about how to complete the survey, please email nursepolicy@health.gov.au

If you wish to provide a written response, please email to nursepolicy@health.gov.au by 23:59 AEDT 20 December 2021. Alternatively you can send to:

Department of Health
Attention: Director Nursing Taskforce
MDP 610
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Australia

We ask that you indicate whether you consent to your name and submission being published on the Department’s Consultation Hub We Asked, You Said, We Did.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing your views.

Privacy and your personal information

Please see the links below for further detail on the consultation hub privacy information and Departmental privacy information.

What happens next

Consultation is now closed. The Nurse Practitioner 10 Year Plan will be published in the second half of 2022.

Audiences

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Seniors
  • Men
  • Women
  • Carers and guardians
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Young people
  • Academics
  • Non-government organisations
  • State government agencies
  • Commonwealth agencies
  • Local governments
  • Health professionals
  • Health workforce
  • General public
  • Community groups
  • Businesses
  • Contracted Service Providers
  • Aged care service providers
  • Aged care workforce
  • Aged care professionals

Interests

  • Strategic Policy
  • Policy Development