Historic win as senate passes NP and midwife legislation

Tuesday 16th March, 2010

The Australian Nursing Federation has welcomed the decision to pass legislation giving nurse practitioners and eligible midwives access to MBS and PBS.

ANF Federal Secretary Ged Kearney congratulated the senate on their decision to pass the Health Legislation Amendment (Midwives and Nurse Practitioners) Bill 2009 saying it was significant news and a major win for consumers.

“The senate has passed long-awaited legislation that gives those who seek the services of nurse practitioners and eligible midwives access to benefits,” she said.

“We have been waiting over ten years for this decision.”

“We worked closely with the federal government to achieve this great outcome.”

“This means nurses can get on with the job of providing care that is immensely beneficial to the community.”

“The winners here are the people who want to access these services, including rural and remote consumers. In many cases they will now be able to claim benefits.”

“The next step is to work on the details in this legislation so that these highly educated and experienced healthcare professionals can be allowed to practise to their full scope without unnecessary red tape,” Ms Kearney said.

“Nurse practitioners work closely within a community to improve health outcomes. They are expert in a myriad of healthcare services not least of all chronic disease management and illness prevention.”

“Australian women have also made it clear that they want to be able to have the services of a midwife should they choose to do so.”