An evaluation which further highlights the importance of Nurse Practitioners in health care delivery has been launched.
The research evaluated the role of a Nurse Practitioner who has spent two years working at the Hobart Women's Health Centre.
The Centre is run by women for women and focuses on promoting healthy choices and encouraging women to be active decision makers in their own health and wellbeing.
The evaluation found the role had been a success with an improvement in health literacy and high levels of client satisfaction with the service provided.
The evaluation was undertaken by the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Tasmania by Dr Shandell Elmer and Dr Christine Stirling.
A nurse practitioner is highly qualified having completed Masters level and additional post graduate study in pharmacology, differential diagnosis, order and interpretation of diagnostics and advanced health assessment.
There are 22 nurse practitioners endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board in Tasmania.
The Women's Health Centre example highlights that the future looks bright for the role with new opportunities emerging in Tasmania in new areas like rural and remote health and wound care.