Nursing in General Practice

Practice nurses are supported by the practice development team through building the capacity and sustainability of the nursing workforce within general practice.

The team provides practice nurses with education and support, supports general practices to recruit and retain suitably qualified nurses and promotes the role of practice nurses to others in the community and within the health professions.

How can the practice development team help?

  • Through the promotion and provision of professional development opportunities to enhance practice nurse skills and knowledge. -Placement of advertisements for practice nurse vacancies on Capital Health Network website.
  • Through facilitating regular network meetings for practice nurses. -Through provision of practice visits and offering phone support to address queries.
  • Provides information and assistance to practice nurses to enhance their role within general practice
  • By providing updates via Capital Health Network publications such as 2/52 and newsletters.
  • Through supporting practices offering placements for student nurses.

Practice Nurse Incentive Program

Please note: From 31 December 2014 PNIP related payments, the grand parenting and Top up payments to practices will cease. General PNIP payments will remain unchanged.

The Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) started on 1 January 2012 and provides incentive payments to accredited practices to support an expanded and enhanced role for nurses working in general practice.

The PNIP aims to simplify financing arrangements by consolidating funding arrangements under the Practice Incentive Program (PIP) Practice Nurse Incentive and six of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) practice nurse items and redirecting them into a single payment to eligible general practices.

Practices are able to apply for the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) via the PNIP Online System, available from Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

For more information on the Practice Nurse Incentive Program, visit the Department of Human Services PNIP page.

For more information on Practice Nursing and funding: