Nurse Practitioner Scholarships
The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) has reviewed how it administers all post graduate nursing and midwifery scholarships in an endeavour to simplify and better align these processes for all stakeholders.
The Victorian Nurse Practitioner Program (VNPP) scholarship program has now been combined with other post graduate nursing and midwifery scholarships. This change empowers public health services to allocate nursing and midwifery scholarships more flexibly, while also ensuring that governance arrangements have been considered for the full range of applications they may receive.
Further information about Postgraduate nursing and midwifery scholarships is available at: Postgraduate nursing and midwifery scholarships
VNPP Model Development Rounds
The department continues to review the Victorian Nurse Practitioner Program (VNPP) funding guidelines.
An update regarding future funding opportunities will be released early in the 2018/19 financial year.
The VNPP Evaluation
The VNPP Evaluation conducted by Campbell Research and Consulting has provided the Department with valuable insights into our program. Nursing and Midwifery Workforce (NMW) would like to thank the valuable contributions of all who hosted site visits or responded to the surveys. (For a copy of the report please see the downloads section at the bottom of this page)
As a response to the evaluation report recommendations, new NP model development guidelines now include the submission of a business case, in model development funding reporting and more flexible funding arrangements that allow initial funding to be used for both model development, activities, recruitment, and the support the supervision of candidates.
In addition, the Victorian NP Collaborative groups were seen as essential and highly valued and ways to enhance their capacity and encourage further NP research and evaluation will now be explored.
VNPP publication grants (currently under review)
A meeting of the Victorian NP collaborative group convenors was held at the Department on 18 April 2016 to discuss the VNPP evaluation recommendations pertinent to those groups.
Further meetings will clarify how collaborative groups can strengthen their mentorship functions, promote greater cross collaborative group activity and shared learning opportunities.
As per recommendation 5, rebadging the VNPP Publication Grants will be a priority in 2016/17. Over the next 12 months VNPP collaborative groups will coordinate a collective study of NP activity across Victoria. This work will also examine the type of research most needed to sustain existing NP models of care and promote new and innovative opportunities for Victorian registered nurses considering a career path that will lead to endorsement as a NP.
It is anticipated this will result in new guidelines to ensure future grants are more effectively targeted, more accessible at an earlier stage and more competitively sought.
National registration changes to NP categories
From 1 July 2010, NPs working in Victoria have a notation on their registration in one of eight notation categories:
- acute and supportive care
- care of the older person or aged care
- critical care
- maternity care
- mental health
- perioperative care
- primary care.
For more information, see the document Nurse practitioners and prescribing in Victoria – fact sheet, or visit the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) website.
Prescribing authorisations for NPs
All approved drugs and medicine lists are published in the Government Gazette.
NMBA endorsement standards for NPs
The NMBA has published the approved registration standard for endorsement as a NP. See the NMBA website for details.
Applications for NP endorsement
All queries need to 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), visit the Medicare website.
For information about the drugs NPs can access through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) rebate, visit the PBS website.