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Cover image for lecture: Closing the Gap - The Role of Nurse Practitioners

Lecture Overview

The Closing the Gap strategy in improving outcomes for First Australian's is now well underway. But are we making progress? What is the Nurse Practitioner's role in all of this? This insightful lecture provides information on Closing the Gap targets, who can write CTG prescriptions and who is eligible for one.


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Suzanne Wallis

Suzanne Wallis is a Nurse Practitioner: sexual health at Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton and The Women’s, Melbourne. She is an executive committee member of both the Australasian Sexual Health and HIV Nurses Association and the Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Australia. Suzanne’s background, since 1992, is in infectious diseases nursing, particularly HIV, and in broader sexual health for the last sixteen years, with almost ten years being at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. This has included the challenges of clinical outreach and service provision in the rural health sector in both Victoria and Tasmania. She has a particular interest in the provision of clinical services for those who are vulnerable, marginalized, or at a disadvantage, including street-based sex workers, men who have sex with men, and those in our rural communities, especially young people. She is involved in capacity building activities and the development of NP roles at Goulburn Valley Health and other organizations. Suzanne has published and presented on matters of sexual health and forensic health nursing and has been a recipient of two Victorian Nurse Practitioner project publication grants. See Educator Profile


7 Total Rating(s)
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Mark Barlow
02 Sep 2019

An excellent source of information for clinicians who are treating Aboriginal patients.

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Sharon Kermeci
24 Mar 2019


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Kelly Allen
15 Jul 2018

this was a well presented lecture that was easy to digest and apply.

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Kelly Allen
15 Jul 2018

I would like to see more on Ausmed about indigenous health care. I am studying indigenous health at the moment, and I was shocked to see how little information was available when I conducted a search.

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Lorraine Martin
22 Jun 2018

Interesting. Would have been better for presenter to be facing audience not turned away - a little distracting.

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Simren Kanwar
19 Jun 2018

In our Nursing degree we are taught about Aboriginal Health but it is always interesting to know how specifically we can address the issues they face. I enjoyed this conference.

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Janine Winchester
06 Jun 2018

Excellent presenter, concise, interesting and non-judgemental approach to the issues.

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carin newman
05 Jun 2018

Great refresher. Enjoyable topic. Difficult to implement i think

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Susan Anderson
05 Jun 2018

it would have been nice to see the screen and not the back of the ladies head

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Total Rating(s)  7
First Published31 May 2018
Updated31 May 2018
Expires 22 March 2021
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Rural and Remote Area Nursing
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