GP based Nurse Navigators

Fund Nurse Navigator Positions to work within GP clinics.

QH funded Nurse Navigators should work jointly with our GP clinics, allowing easy referral and quick service. Such Nurses could link the Primary care and Hospital sector. Reviewing patients quickly within the GP setting, identifying hospital and community services which can meet the patients clinical needs and avoid an ED presentation.

Why the contribution is important

QH and MSH have funded a large number of Nurse Navigators to streamline the patinet's journey, reduce duplication and preventable hospitalisation. The overwhelming majoirty of these positions are emploeed to work within the hospitals. As a result they inherently work within a hospital framework, serving the hospital's needs.

Many ED presentations are from local GPs. These patients don't necessarily require emergency care, but require a link to specialist medical/surgical care that is at a level of urgency such that the patient cannot wait for an OPD appointment.

Nurse Navigators working within the GP clinics can provide that link for patinets and the GPs. Quickly assessing and referring to the hospital or community services which are required. Thereby avoiding unecessary ED presentations.

by hackwoob on August 16, 2019 at 03:13PM

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  • Posted by Pjhill August 19, 2019 at 08:53

    A great idea, and maybe a Liason within MSH for inter agency communication?
  • Posted by mcrice August 23, 2019 at 15:06

    An interesting idea. My impression is that pay rates for nurses in primary care settings are much lower than in Qld Health. What funding model would you propose? No Medicare rebates would apply; is it likely that patients would pay for such a service?

    This proposal reveals that besides ED and Outpatients there are other referral paths in existence, providing a "link to specialist medical/surgical care that is at a level of urgency such that the patient cannot wait for an OPD appointment". If these pathways were made known to GPs, I'm sure they'd be capable of quickly assessing and referring to the hospital or community services which are required, if only they knew
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