Key messages

  • The Department of Health and Human Services supports nurse practitioner (NP) model development activities through the Victorian Nurse Practitioner Program (VNPP). 
  • The ‘Victorian Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Arrangements’ public consultation was completed in December 2019.
  • The consultation determined there was strong support to remove reference to formularies (list of medicines) in the existing Ministerial approvals, governing NP prescribing
  • A new Ministerial approval published in the Victoria Government Gazette revokes all previous approvals governing NP prescribing in this state, replacing them with a single Ministerial approval that approves Victorian NPs to obtain, use, sell or supply (prescribe) any Schedule 2, 3, 4 or 8 poisons in the lawful practice of his or her profession (within scope of practice or area of expertise)

    NP Models of Care

    Victorian Public Health Services have implemented NP models of care in most areas of specialty practice and settings. Health services are encouraged to emulate existing models, governance arrangements and established business cases. NP prescribing formularies can now be negotiated, to encompass the full scope of practice of the NP, to maximise the benefits of the role to the organisation and the communities the model will serve.  

    For further information about NP models of care, contact Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine Workforce via email

    Nurse Practitioner Scholarships 

    The Victorian Nurse Practitioner Program (VNPP) scholarship program has been combined with other post graduate nursing and midwifery scholarships. 

    Further information, see Postgraduate nursing and midwifery scholarships  

    Victorian NP Prescribing

    The ‘Victorian Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Arrangements’ consultation undertaken between October and December 2019.asked Victorian’s to respond to a survey regarding the safety and risks associated with a new Ministerial approval governing Victoria’s NP prescribing rights. A Summary Report including all quantitative data and key themes was released July 23 2020.

    After further consultation with stakeholders, it was agreed that a new Ministerial approval be published in the Victoria Government Gazette, authorising Victorian NP to obtain, use, sell or supply any Schedule 2,3,4 or 8 poison within their scope of practice. This approval removes predetermined formularies and the need for an associated notation on a Victorian NPs registration.

    The new Ministerial approval was published in General Gazette Number G29, dated 23 July 2020, revoking all previous approvals. For more information, download the FAQ page below which will guide Victorian NP, employers and other stakeholders. 

    For a National perspective, visit the Professional Codes & Guidelines and Factsheets pages developed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    For further guidance regarding the regulatory and legislative impacts of the new approval governing health practitioner prescribing in Victoria, see Drugs and Poisons

    NMBA endorsement standards for NPs

    The NMBA has published the approved Registration Standard for endorsement as a NP. All queries regarding the application process should be directed to the NMBA.
    Access to Medicare Benefits Scheme and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

    For information about how to register with Medicare to access the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS), see the Medicare website.

    For information about the drugs NPs can access through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) rebate, see the PBS website.

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