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Evaluation of the Practice Nurse Incentive Program

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Call for general practices and Aboriginal health services to participate in an interview to inform the Evaluation

The Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) was introduced in January 2012 to support practice nurses and Aboriginal health workers working in general practices, Aboriginal medical services and Aboriginal community controlled health services to undertake an expanded and enhanced role in preventive health, chronic disease management and care coordination. It replaced a range of funding arrangements including Practice Incentive Program, Practice Nurse Incentive, and six of the Medicare Benefits Schedule practice nurse items.

The Department of Health and Ageing has contracted KBC Australia, in collaboration with Thinc Health, to undertake an evaluation of the PNIP.

As part of the evaluation, KBC will interview general practices and Aboriginal health services to identify the impact of the changed funding mechanism on the:

·        role and function of practice nurses and GPs;

·        the business model of practices; and

·        the workforce mix within practices and Aboriginal health services.

Practice personnel to be interviewed

Key personnel to be interviewed could include the GP practice principal or medical director, and/or practice manager, CEO of Aboriginal health service, practice nurse manager or senior practice nurse.

Telephone interviews can be undertaken individually or in a group, dependent on the preference of the practice.

It is estimated that interviews will taken about one hour.

For inquiries, or to register your interest, please contact:

Monika Rickli at KBC Australia:

(02) 6361 4000

mrickli@kbconsult.com.au

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