Become a nurse practitioner

What’s new for nurse practitioners

  • ‘A diagnosis made by a Nurse Practitioner will now be considered as permissible evidence for the purposes of an ACFI appraisal, if the diagnosis is made within their scope of practice. Previously only a medical practitioner’s diagnosis was deemed valid for the purposes of an ACFI appraisal’. For further information visit the Department of Health (Federal) website (external site).
  • Did you know that the interim report from the sustainable health review identified that action was required to allow nurse practitioners to work to full scope of practice? For further information see WA Health Sustainable Health Review.
  • Did you know there is currently a Nurse Practitioner Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) review under way for further information visit the Department of Health (Federal) website (external site).

What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is an experienced registered nurse educated to a masters degree level and authorised to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and extended clinical role.

The nurse practitioner role includes assessment and management of clients using nursing knowledge and skills and may include, but is not limited to:

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  • the direct referral of patients to other health care professionals
  • prescribing medications
  • ordering diagnostic investigations.

The nurse practitioner role is grounded in the nursing profession’s values, knowledge, theories and practice and provides innovative and flexible health care delivery that complements other health care providers.

The scope of practice of the nurse practitioner is determined by the context in which the nurse practitioner is authorised to practise.

Become a nurse practitioner

To practise in Western Australia a nurse practitioner must hold endorsement with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (external site).


Find out more from the following resources:

Further education

Educational institutions in Western Australia offering Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) include:

More information

Visit the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) website (external site) to find out more about nurse practitioners.

Last reviewed: 13-02-2020
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Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office