Nurse practitioner funding awarded to IRT

18 December 2011

The Illawarra Retirement trust (IRT) has been awarded $690,000 over three years for a nurse practitioner to help deliver quality health care to older Australians in the Illawarra, Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, announced today.

The IRT funding is one of 32 projects across Australia to expand the role of the nurse practitioner in residential and community based care.

“Nurse practitioners play an important role in the delivery of health care to older Australians.

“They can assess and manage clients, prescribe medication, order diagnostic investigations and refer clients to other health care professionals.

“Wollongong’s population is ageing and this demographic trend increases the number of people requiring complex support and care.

“This funding will enable the IRT nurse practitioner to assist clients across the Illawarra region, including in Shellharbour and Kiama.

“I am delighted that the IRT has been recognised to participate in this national pilot program”, Ms Bird said.

The funding has been made available under Commonwealth Government’s Nurse Practitioner – Aged Care Models of Practice Program.