Title WNSW PHN to Launch Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist Pilot Program Degree of recognition Local Media name/outlet Orange Parkinson's Support Group Newsletter Country/Territory Australia Date 26/08/20 Description Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNW PHN) has announced that the Australian Government Department of Health will fund a Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist Pilot in our region, to improve access to specialised nursing care for people living with neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s Disease.
The Pilot will focus on building the skill and confidence levels of 12 Registered Nurses across the WNSW PHN region by providing scholarships to undertake post-graduate study and membership to relevant peak bodies.
WNSW PHN CEO, Andrew Harvey, says the Pilot will substantially improve health outcomes for patients in our region by providing more trained staff in more readily accessible locations for patients.
“This is a first for our region,’ said Mr Harvey.
“This Pilot will remove the barriers for 12 Registered Nurses to access theoretical knowledge, practical skills through supported industry placements, and ongoing mentoring and networking support, ultimately leading to a sustainable and customised model of care for patients.”
“I am certain that the 12 scholarships will generate a lot of interest when Expressions of Interest are opened in early October,” Mr Harvey added.
The Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist Pilot Program will be open to Registered Nurses currently working in the WNSW PHN region in Local Health District Community Health roles, General Practice or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.
The model of care for the pilot has been strongly supported by Parkinson’s NSW, Associate Professor Rachel Rossiter of Charles Sturt University and the Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association.
Producer/Author Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) Persons Rachel Rossiter
- Parkinson's disease
- Primary Health Network
- Pilot Program
- Parkinson's disease support