3.  How can I fund a nursing position in my practice?

Nursing roles can be supported financially through the Workforce Incentive Program (WIP), the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), the Practice Incentives Program Quality Improvement (PIP QI) and patient payments.

Accredited general practices are eligible to seek funding via WIP, which provides incentive payments up to $125,000 per year for the employment of Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses.

Nurses can attract considerable MBS revenue working alongside GPs, performing clinical activity that contributes to services that can be claimed through the MBS on behalf of a GP.

Refer to Healthy Practices resources:

This booklet shows you how general practice nurses, in collaboration with doctors and other health workers, can boost healthcare services in the community by recognising, meeting and improving access to comprehensive and effective health services – Creating opportunity.

Guidelines on eligibility and application for the WIP can be found at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/organisations/health-professionals/services/medicare/workforce-incentive-program-wip-practice-stream.