Nurse Practitioner model of health care

Mrs Allison Love1, Mrs Sarah  Hesse1

1University Of Southern Queensland , Toowoomba , Australia

To improve accessibility to health services and implement a proactive approach to health promotion the University Of Southern Queensland (USQ) has gone outside the standard thinking and implemented the nurse practitioner model of health care.

The nurse practitioner is a registered nurse educated and authorised to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and extended clinical role. The nurse practitioner has the ability to prescribe medications, order and interpret test results and refer on to other health professionals.

The model has allowed USQ to provide new services, improve health outcomes for clients and provide a very visible, reactive health promotion approach. Through the implementation of this model the service has increased the accessibility to affordable onsite healthcare for students and improved the sustainability of the practice.

The model has a strong student focus in providing a collaborative holistic approach to health care.  The nurse practitioner role brings its own unique skill set and has improved coordination of health care for all clients and removed unnecessary duplication of work.

The nurse practitioner model implemented is a very new innovative approach to health care within the primary care setting and an exciting avenue to move into within the university health sector. This session will discuss the benefits of implementing a nurse practitioner model into the university health care setting and approaches to improving the sustainability of your practice.


Sarah is currently the Nurse Practitioner at the University of Southern Queensland. Sarah is based in Student Services and has 15 years nursing experience including Intensive Care and Primary Health Care. Sarah’s past study includes Master of Nurse Practitioner Studies, Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing and a Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health.  Sarah is passionate about patient health care and has a special interest in sexual health, skin cancer, chronic disease management and cardiovascular disease.  Allison Love is currently the practice manager of the Health Service within Student Services at the University Of Southern Queensland. Allison is a qualified registered nurse and diabetes educator and has been  involved in primary care for over 25 years in both clinical and management roles within general practice.


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