14 July, 2019 –
Queensland’s Nurse Navigators were created to help patients who have complex health issues navigate the health system and get the best care possible.
Imagine you’re a patient with a complex health condition – you require multiple visits to different specialists and sometimes even at different hospitals. It can be confusing during a very stressful time.
Highly experienced Nurse Navigators play an integral role in a patient’s health care journey, making sure they are seen by the right person, at the right time, and in the right place. Not only do they help patients navigate the system, but they also educate them about self-managing their conditions and improving their way of life.
This program is the first of its kind in Australia, and its success means that these positions can be made a permanent part of our health care delivery.
The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to employing 400 Nurse Navigators across the state is the largest single investment in nursing made by a State Government in Australia – $398 million from July 2015 to June 2023.
I’m proud to be part of a government that is committed to funding this program on an ongoing and recurrent basis, with an additional $116.8 million in this year’s State Budget.
There are 70 Nurse Navigators working within Metro North Hospital and Health Service.