Friday 3 February 2017
Nurses’ expanded role in cancer fight welcomed

The ANMF (SA Branch) has welcomed the State government’s new initiative to train nurses to perform colonoscopies under the supervision of a specialist doctor on South Australians at low risk of bowel cancer.

“We have been advocating for advanced clinical practice roles for nurses and midwives for years, so we are very pleased to see the nursing role expanded and used more effectively to provide this very important screening service.” ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary, Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM said.

“This is a good step in developing new roles for nurses and midwives. Advanced clinical practice nurses and midwives can provide safe, effective and accessible health care for patients in many other areas and we urge the government to show similar support for these roles."

International research shows advanced nursing/midwifery clinical practice roles associated with better access to health services - especially for people living in regional and remote areas - fewer hospital admissions, shorter length of stay and high patient satisfaction.

New opportunities to expand scope of practice, develop advanced skills and increase autonomy can also help attract and retain nurses and midwives.

 “In response to the ANMF (SA Branch)’s lobbying, the State Government introduced scholarships to support more nurses and midwives to become Nurse Practitioners. These scholarships should be also extended to nurses and midwives performing or seeking to be employed in advanced clinical practice roles.

“We welcome the government’s continuing efforts to expand nurses’ and midwives’ roles though this initiative and we look forward to more opportunities for advanced clinical practice nurses being explored.

“Given the challenges of our health system - rising demand for health services and budget pressures – fully realising the potential of nurses and midwives is not just sensible, it is essential.” Adj Assoc Professor Dabars said.

Media contact:
Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM, ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary - 0402 795 686



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