“The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) introduced two major new initiatives to support nurses and midwives to provide safe care to the public during the past year. The first was the commission of the development of a nationwide health support service for nurses and midwives, including a confidential hotline and website of up-to-date resources. The second project commissioned aims to develop standards for practice for registered nurses, which included a review of existing national competency standards and consultation with close to 10,000 stakeholders.

Other highlights for nurses include:
– Nearly 3% increase in enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives in 2015-16, which made up more than 57% of registered health practitioners across Australia.
– An16.2% increase in new applications to register for an enrolled or registered nurse in 2014/15,
– Increase in midwives holding an endorsement for scheduled medicines
– A joint investigation by AHPRA, other health agencies and the police saw an imposter nurse jailed.

The full media release can be read on the Nurses and Midwifery Board of Australia website here.