AMA Submission in response to the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group Report
The AMA Submission in response to the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group Report highlights the significant concerns of the Association with the group's recommendations. The AMA's response makes it clear that:
- The AMA does not support the removal of the requirement for collaborative care in the provision of services by Nurse Practitioners (NPs).
- The AMA does not support independent access to the Medicare Benefits Schedule for NPs.
- The AMA supports the role of the General Practitioner as the key provider of primary care to patients and encourages the collaborative role of NPs both in primary care and other specialist medical practice to extend value in the health care system.
- The AMA would support practices being funded through an incentive or funding stream outside of the MBS to integrate NPs into their health care team and support NPs functions within the team.