Primary Healthcare Nursing

Primary health care is the first level of contact that individuals, families and communities have with the healthcare system. In Australia, this:

  • Incorporates personal care with health promotion, the prevention of illness and community development
  • Includes the interconnecting principles of equity, access, empowerment, community self-determination and inter-sectoral collaboration
  • Encompasses an understanding of the social, economic, cultural and political determinants of health

Grounded in their scope of practice, nurses provide socially appropriate, universally accessible, scientifically sound, first level care. They work independently and interdependently in teams to:

  • Give priority to those most in need and address health inequalities
  • Maximize community and individual self-reliance, participation and control
  • Ensure collaboration and partnership with other sectors to promote public health