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Aust Fam Physician. 2012 Aug;41(8):618-21.

Potential roles for practice nurses in preventive care for young people - a qualitative study.

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  • 1General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.



Increasing numbers of practice nurses and their expanding roles in Australian general practice suggest they can contribute to quality primary healthcare for young people.


Seventeen health and community professionals and a purposefully selected group of 12 practice nurses were interviewed about the role of the practice nurse in young people's healthcare. A directed content approach to analysis was applied.


Participants recognised the psychosocial health burdens young people experience and the barriers they perceive in accessing healthcare. With good communication skills and appropriate training, practice nurses were perceived to be able to have an important role in the preventive care of young people.


Practice nurses can contribute to breaking down barriers to healthcare for young people. This study is being reported on at an opportune time, considering the implications for young people of the 'Practice Nurse Incentive Program'.

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