09 Dec 2015
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) is looking for a provider to deliver a National health support service for nurses and midwives with a health impairment or at risk of a health impairment in Australia.
The main aim of the NMBA is to put in place a nationally available health support service that is also equitable for all nurses and midwives across workplaces, jurisdictions and geographical locations. In addition, the service will aim to improve education and awareness about health impairment as defined by the National Law for nurses, midwives, students, educational providers and employers.
‘The NMBA remains committed to making it easy for nurses and midwives with a health impairment to access the services they need, when they need them,’ said the NMBA Chair, Dr Lynette Cusack RN.
‘By partnering with the successful independent provider we will achieve the best possible outcome for nurses and midwives across Australia, who wish to seek support for a health impairment from healthcare providers, at the right time,’ said Dr Cusack.
Dr Cusack concluded, ‘It is important that as the regulator, the NMBA, does not shy away from addressing these issues but we must also be mindful of the role we play in taking action through our notification, monitoring and compliance responsibilities.’
AHPRA will hold a vendor briefing for parties intending to tender in Melbourne on Tuesday 15 December 2015 between 14:30 to 15:30 AEDT.
Information on how to send an expression of interest in registering for the vendor briefing and on how to access the Request for Tender (RFT) documentation is available on the Requests for tender page.
The National Health Impairment Final Report (below) has informed the NMBA’s response as to the appropriate role of a regulatory authority in supporting the provision of an independent national program for nurses, midwives and students of nursing and midwifery with a health impairment. It has also informed the NMBA’s proposal on referral, treatment and rehabilitation services for nurses and midwives.
To accompany the publication of this report and the related RFT a summary of AHPRA and the NMBA’s view on the report and its content has been published below: