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This site contains a range of nursing information relevant to nurses, midwives, students, medical practitioners, other health professionals and consumers.

Page last updated: 05 December 2012

Nurse practitioners' and midwives' access to the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

From 1 November 2010, eligible nurse practitioners and midwives have access to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This access is provided for under the Health Legislation Amendment (Midwives and Nurse Practitioners) Act 2010 and reflects the Australian Government’s broader health reform agenda, supporting improved access to primary health care services and promoting multidisciplinary team-based approaches to health care.

Information on how nurse practitioners and midwives can apply for access to the MBS and PBS is located on the Medicare Australia website .

Further information on nurse practitioners' and midwives' access to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Further information on nurse practitioners' and midwives' access to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) .


The following links provide information on nursing and midwifery as a profession:

What do I need to do to become a nurse or a midwife?
What training opportunities and support initiatives are available for nurses and midwives?
How do I find employment as a nurse or a midwife?
Overseas trained nurses and midwives
What does health reform mean for nurses?
What does the maternity services plan mean for midwives?
How do I know if a nurse or midwife is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia?

What do I need to do to become a nurse or a midwife?

To work as a nurse in Australia, you will need to have completed an approved course in nursing and registered yourself with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

To work as a midwife in Australia, you will need to have completed an approved course in midwifery and registered yourself with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

The type of course that you need to complete will vary according to whether you intend to work as an enrolled nurse, a registered nurse, a midwife or a nurse practitioner. A list of these approved courses is located on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's website.

Registration for nurses and midwives is the responsibility of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia replaced the previous state and territory nursing and midwifery boards on 1 July 2010 as part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia operates as an independent authority and their functions include:

  • overseeing the registration of practitioners;
  • development of professional standards, codes and guidelines; handling of notifications and complaints in relation to the profession; assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practice in Australia; and approving accreditation standards and courses of study.

What training opportunities and support initiatives are available for nurses and midwives?

The Department of Health funds many initiatives to support the training of nurses and midwives.

Find information on training opportunities and other Commonwealth funded nursing initiatives.

How do I find employment as a nurse or a midwife?

Nurses and midwives are generally employed by state and territory Government's or by private employers. Their conditions of employment and staffing levels are determined at a local level.

Employment opportunities for nurses and midwives are frequently advertised by employers, either in newspapers, on the Internet or through other forms of media.

Overseas trained nurses and midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia assesses internationally qualified nurses and midwives against criteria that will align them with the requirements for Australian qualified applicants for registration, as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s registration standards and the Board-approved course accreditation standards.

Though New Zealand nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand and the Midwifery Council of New Zealand may apply for registration under the National Law, they are also eligible to apply for registration under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement.

Further information on registration requirements for overseas trained nurses and midwives can be found at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

Nurses and midwives who are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident will need to obtain a relevant visa to enable them to work in Australia. Information on visa requirements can be found on the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website .

What does health reform mean for nurses?

The Australian Government is improving our health, hospitals and aged care systems to ensure Australians receive world-class health care now, and in the future. As part of health reform the Australian Government is recognising the important role of the nation's nurses, through providing new nursing training initiatives and more support for practice nurses, mental health nurses and nurses working in rural and remote areas.

You can register your interest to receive updates on health reform.

What does the maternity services plan mean for midwives?

The Australian Government is committed to reform maternity services – improving choice and access for pregnant women, new mothers and families.

For more information, visit the Maternity services reforms page.

How do I know if a nurse or midwife is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia?

The Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency maintains a publicly accessible national register of nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, including any conditions or restrictions on professional practice.

Learning about the eHealth record system

People seeking healthcare in Australia can now register for a personally controlled electronic health (eHealth) record. An online Learning Centre has been established to help nurses and other healthcare professionals learn about the eHealth record system. The information and training modules provided have been tailored to the specific needs of healthcare professionals.

Visit the public learning ehealth website to find out about the benefits of having an eHealth record, how to get involved, and how to use the eHealth record system.



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