Our Primary Health Care Nursing (PHCN) program aims to improve quality and access to primary health care by supporting nurses.

We support primary care nurses in a number of ways. Through training and education, networking opportunities, and keeping nurses informed about changes to the local health system.

Networking opportunities

Primary Health Care Nurses from across the region have told us that NWMPHN is ideally placed to support and facilitate more online networking opportunities. Through a closed online forum, called Basecamp, we provide nurses with the opportunity to connect with peers regardless of where they are. Contact us today to find out how to get involved.

Orientation resource for nurses new to general practice

The following resources and courses may assist nurses who are new to working in general practice:


Practice Nurse Incentive Program – PNIP

The PNIP provides incentive payments to practices to support an expanded role for nurses working in general practice. Under the PNIP, accredited practices will be eligible to receive the incentive. For more information on the scheme or to apply, visit the Medicare Australia website.


Primary Health Care Nurses Reference Group

The Primary Health Care Nurses Reference Group (PHCNRG) consists of up to eight nurse representatives, chosen from the various service environments across our catchment. The Reference Group meets four times a year and is chaired by the Clinical Practice Program Officer. Aims of the PHCNRG are to:

  • act as a collective representative of Primary Health Care Nurses from across our catchment area.
  • provide input on Primary Health Care Nurses training and education needs.
  • assist in driving a relevant continuing professional development agenda.
  • evaluate Primary Health Care Nursing resources.
  • provide feedback to us regarding significant and topical issues for Primary Health Care Nurses.
  • ensure the needs of all Primary Health Care Nurses within our region are considered.
  • ensure program activities and plans are appropriate and targeted to local needs in our region.