Aged care nurse practitioners in Australia: Evidence for the development of their role

Shannon CLARK, Rhian PARKER, Brenton PROSSER, Rachel DAVEY

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Aim To consider evidence surrounding the emerging role of nurse practitioners in Australia with a particular focus on the provision of healthcare to older people.

Methods Methods used included keyword, electronic database and bibliographic searches of international literature, as well as review of prominent policy reports in relation to aged care and advanced nursing roles.

Results This paper reports on evidence from systematic reviews and international studies that show that nurse practitioners improve healthcare outcomes, particularly for hard to service populations. It also maps out the limited Australian evidence on the impact of nurse practitioners’ care in aged care settings.

Conclusions If Australia is to meet the health needs of its ageing population, more evidence on the effectiveness, economic viability and sustainability of models of care, including those utilising nurse practitioners, is required
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-601
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Health Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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