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.
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.