Mel is an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner in Primary Health Care and Older Adults/Aged Care. For several years she has worked as a nurse at various local locations whilst pursuing her goal of becoming a NP. Mel’s primary focus is on older adults, complex wound management, chronic disease management and in general supporting the community in facilitating access to health care.
As little is understood about what a Nurse Practitioner can do here is a summary from the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners: “A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse with the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions. NPs have completed additional university study at Master’s degree level and are the most senior clinical nurses in our health care system. The title “Nurse Practitioner” can only be used by a person who has been endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.” Using the nursing model of care NPs can assess, diagnose, and prescribe independently under the national PBS and Medicare system within their specific self-defined scope of practice.
Qualifications – Bachelor of Nursing (RN), Post Graduate Certificate of Rural and Isolated Practice (RIPERN), Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice – Nurse Practitioner (NP), TAE and Diploma in Vocational Education.
All face to face appointments and telehealth consultations will be bulk billed at this stage.
Home visits have a $30 out of pocket charge.