Policy and practice

In order to provide safe, quality health care nurses and midwives must be cognisant of the legislation, regulations and policies which guide their practice.

The relationship between nursing policy and practice is entwined with legislation and regulation such as Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010 (external site) (National Law) the Medicines and Poisons Act 2014 (external site) and the associated regulations (external site)

Under National Law the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (external site) determines professional standards and provides guidance on the practice of both professions through a range of policies, codes and guidelines (external site).

The Department of Health Policy framework (external site) references system wide mandatory requirements and Health Service Providers (intranet site) have localised policies both which serve to ensure:

  • patients receive care that is safe, effective, appropriate to their needs, timely and efficient 
  • minimum standards and consistency are maintained with continuous improvement across the WA health system 
  • clinical governance structures and processes are maintained across the WA