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An aged care practice? Think 'nurse practitioners'

McDonald, T. A. & McLaughlin, K, 2015

ACSA /IAHSA Conference, Perth, Australia.


Background: Funded by the Australian government, this ‘proof of concept’ project ran from 2011 to June 2014 and focused on establishing a sustainable model of nurse practitioner private practice delivering aged care services.

Objective: To identify crucial elements affecting the establishment private nurse practitioner services that are effective, economically viable and sustainable; and strategies necessary to support the setting up of such a practice.

Methods and results: Services provided by the Nurse Practitioner practice included direct care, client assessment, education, and mentoring. Strategies to develop a service model to integrate a range of collaborations, services and payment methods to work towards achieving sustainability are described along with business development, clinical excellence and marketing strategies. The project incorporated a range of models of collaboration, service delivery and fee structures across the various settings of general practice and other services in the region.

Conclusions: Developing an effective, economically viable and sustainable model of practice persist in Australia requires overcoming persistent hurdles. In this project approaches to business development were identified that can support private nurse practitioner services that could flourish in current and trending health care environments.

CITATION McDonald, T. & McLaughlin, K. (2015) An aged care practice? Think 'nurse practitioners' Aged and community Services Australia (ACSA) & International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) International Conference “Global communities coming together” 2015 Perth Convention Centre. 31 Aug - 4 Sept


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