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World-first framework launched for rural and remote nursing

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The National Rural and Remote Nursing Generalist Framework has been launched to improve healthcare in rural and remote areas of Australia by providing a standardised approach to training and development for nurses.

Australian Minister for Health Hon. Emma McBride MP has announced the launch of a world-first framework for rural and remote nursing, the National Rural and Remote Nursing Generalist Framework 2023-2027, a comprehensive guide that aims to improve the quality of care for people living in rural and remote areas of Australia.

The framework provides a clear pathway for nurses to develop their skills and knowledge and outlines the core competencies required to work as a rural and remote nursing generalist.

Rural and remote areas in Australia face unique healthcare challenges, including geographical isolation, limited access to resources and a lack of specialist services. The framework addresses these challenges by providing a standardised approach to training and development for nurses, as well as employers, mentors and educators.

The framework provides a clear pathway for nurses to develop their skills and knowledge and outlines the core competencies required to work as a rural and remote nursing generalist. It was developed by the Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner, Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart, and Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan, with guidance and contributions from members of the national steering committee.

The launch of the National Rural and Remote Nursing Generalist Framework is seen as an essential step towards improving the quality of care for all Australians regardless of where they live. According to Minister McBride, “The Framework will assist in matching rural and remote communities with nurses who understand the challenges of their unique healthcare context and want to make a difference.”

The National Rural and Remote Nursing Generalist Framework is a key part of the Australian government’s commitment to improving health outcomes for people living in rural and remote areas. It has been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including nurses, healthcare providers, and community members.

Rural and remote nurses are dedicated, highly trained health professionals who are key to the health outcomes of their communities. The National Rural and Remote Nursing Generalist Framework aims to empower these nurses to make a difference in the lives of Australians living in rural and remote areas.

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