Educating the Nurse of the Future - Independent Review of Nursing Education

Closes 30 Jun 2019

Opened 21 Feb 2019


An independent review of nursing preparation in Australia – Educating the Nurse of the Future was announced as a measure within the 2018/19 Federal Budget.

Led by Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, the Review will be future focussed and will consider how the education and preparation of nurses in Australia will ensure the nursing workforce is well placed to meet the future needs of Australian communities and our health system.

The Review will give consideration to the attraction into nursing as a career, international competitiveness of Australian based education programs and articulation and career paths of the preparation programs for enrolled and registered nurses and nurse practitioners.

Consultation to inform the Review will occur in a number of ways. There will be face to face consultations across Australia in metropolitan, regional and rural areas, webinars and the opportunity to submit written submissions.

Public consultation workshops will be held from April until June. Details of how to register for workshops can be found below.

The Terms of Reference for the Review are to examine:

  • the effectiveness of current educational preparation of and articulation between  enrolled and registered nurses and nurse practitioners in meeting the needs of health service delivery 
  • factors that affect the choice of nursing as an occupation, including for men 
  • the role and appropriateness of transition to practice programs however named and
  • the competiveness and attractiveness of  Australian nursing qualifications across international contexts.

The Review will also have regard to regional needs and circumstances and national and international trends, research, policies, inquiries and previous reviews related to nursing education.

A copy of the full Terms of Reference can be found below.

Submissions based on the Terms of Reference can be made by emailing them to prior to the closing date. Your submission will be uploaded onto the Consultation Hub website. If you wish for your submission to remain anonymous, please include this decision in your submission.

Why We Are Consulting

There are a wide range of interested stakeholders and views on nursing education in Australia. In order to inform the Review, we want to hear from health professionals, consumers, academics and the health system more broadly regarding all aspects of the Terms of Reference.


BROOME WA Consultation - Thursday 23 May, 2019

COFFS HARBOUR NSW Consultation - Tuesday 28 May

WAGGA WAGGA NSW Consultation - Thursday 30 May, 2019

ADELAIDE SA Consultation - Friday 14 June, 2019

PORT LINCOLN SA Consultation - Monday 17 June, 2019

MT. GAMBIER SA Consultation - Tuesday 18 June, 2019

BRISBANE QLD Consultation - Monday 24 June, 2019

TOWNSVILLE QLD Consultation - Tuesday 25 June, 2019

CAIRNS QLD Consultation - Wednesday 26 June, 2019

MT. ISA QLD Consultation - Thursday 27 June, 2019




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  • Academics
  • Non-government organisations
  • State government agencies
  • Health professionals
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