Nurse Practitioner Governance

The ACT Government commissioned the first independent review of governance arrangements for nurse practitioners in the ACT in 2017. Recommendations from the report are being implemented in 2018.

The ACT Government commissioned the first independent review of governance arrangements for nurse practitioners in the ACT in 2017.  <link to document>

Findings from the review highlight the value of nurse led models of healthcare. They also identify the need for reform of existing nurse practitioner governance in the ACT.

Recommendations from the report are being implemented in 2018.

Key Messages from the Review
  • The nurse practitioner role in the ACT will be ‘normalised’, in line with governance arrangements for other regulated health professionals that are the responsibility of employers.
  • Unnecessary regulation relating specifically to nurse practitioners will be repealed and the current Standard Operating Procedures dismantled.
  • ACT Health provides guidelines for all employers on employer obligations, including the establishment of appropriate clinical governance arrangements for their respective health service.
  • Transitional governance arrangements that relate to nurse practitioners will be instituted, while reform of the existing governance infrastructure is developed.
  • A senior policy officer or project manager will be appointed to manage the transition period, develop the clinical governance infrastructure for nurse practitioners and support ACT Health, all public and private sector employees and nurse practitioners in private practice.
Process of reform
  • Health Minister endorsement of report recommendations.
  • Communication strategy developed.
  • Advice to stakeholders regarding transitional governance arrangements.
  • ACT Regulation amended.
  • ACT Policy developed.
  • Stakeholder forums held to communicate new governance arrangements.
  • Monitoring of reform processes to be undertaken.
  • Project Implementation evaluated and reported.

The Clinical Governance Framework and Infrastructure will also be developed in accordance with:

  • ACSQHC Credentialing Health Practitioners and Defining their Scope of Clinical Practice – A Guide for Managers and Practitioners <link to document>
  • NPS Competencies Required to Prescribe Medicines <link to document>
Page last updated on: 24 Sep 2018