Key messages

  • The Department of Health and Human Services support Nurse Practitioner model development activities through the Victorian Nurse Practitioner Program (VNPP).
  • The VNPP also provides funding to support the supervision of NP candidates, a scholarship program, publication grants and collaborative groups in targeted areas of practice.
  • In 2014, eligibility criteria were broadened to include community health services, primary care providers, forensic mental health services and state-funded drug and alcohol treatment services.
  • Phase 5 of the VNPP commenced in February 2016. A suite of new guidelines incorporated the findings and recommendations of the VNPP evaluation, completed by Campbell Research and Consulting

VNPP Model Development Round 5.5 Rural and Regional NP Models of Care

In 2019 the Department of Health and Human Services (the department) will continue to seek applications from health organisations to implement nurse practitioner models of care that reflect the full diversity of nursing practice and the many service gaps this role can address. In Round 5.5, models based in rural and regional Victoria will be considered most favourably.

Consortia and collaborative models, utilising cross sectoral workforce models with health services experienced in model development, are to be encouraged as are regionally based models that can be emulated by other regions. Round 5.5 will open Monday 18 February 2019 and close Thursday 7 March 2019 at 5pm.

Please note that late or unsigned applications will not be considered.

Recommended reading:

Western Australian Nurse Practitioner Business Case and Clinical Protocol Templates: http://www.nursing.health.wa.gov.au/

For further information about this round contact Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine Workforce on Phone: 9096 8227 or email dan.schiftan@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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  

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
  • paediatrics
  • 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.


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