Glossary

are coordinator: A person who specialises in organising and coordinating patient care activities to enable appropriate access to and delivery of healthcare services.

Community/ primary health care nurse: A nurse working in the community (acute or non-acute) or primary health care setting. This often incorporates a wide variety of roles, such as chronic disease management, child and family health and refugee health.

Diabetes educator: A health professional trained in providing education and support in managing diabetes for individuals.

General practitioner (GP): a medical practitioner who provides comprehensive and continuing care to patients and their families within the community.

Medicare: a national, government-funded scheme that subsidises the cost of personal medical services for all Australians and aims to help them afford medical care. The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) is the listing of the Medicare services subsidised by the Australian Government. The schedule is part of the wider Medicare Benefits Scheme (Medicare). 

Midwife: A person who is trained to assist people in childbirth.

Nurse educator: Nurse educators are registered nurses who have obtained advanced nursing degrees, they serve as staff members at both nursing schools and teaching hospitals.

Nurse immuniser: Nurse immunisers are Registered Nurses who are approved to administer specified vaccines and can manage adverse reactions where there may not be a medical practitioner present.

Nurse manager: A nurse manager guides and leads nurses in their department. They also help to adopt new ideas and practices for the betterment of the department or organisation

Nurse practitioner: A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse educated and authorised to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and extended clinical role.

Practice nurse:  a highly skilled and knowledgeable health professional who works collaboratively with GPs and other members of the practice team to provide safe and quality care.

Primary health care: These are services delivered in many community settings, such as general practices, community health centres, Aboriginal health services and allied health practices (for example, physiotherapy, dietetic and chiropractic practices) and come under numerous funding arrangements.