Building Rural and Remote Capacity – Childhood chronic condition management and the Nurse Practitioner Model of care

Mrs Gaylene Bassett1

1North West Regional Hospital, Burnie , Australia

Access to timely, quality healthcare services is a key principal of the Tasmanian Health Service (DHHS, 2019).  The NP model of care evolved to improve access to healthcare especially for remote and vulnerable populations (KPMG, 2019). The Wellness Framework scholarship to build rural and remote capacity was offered in 2018. This scholarship has been used to fund a NP Masters course. This presentation will describe the NP role and how it has improved access to timely quality healthcare for the vulnerable rural and remote children with chronic conditions. The presentation will focus on the impact of the NP role. Results of an audit will be presented that show improvements in evidence-based guideline management of children with asthma in a regional area. Discussion showing collaboration and leadership of the paediatric medical nursing and allied health team, so that the whole team are providing timely quality healthcare to the greater North West region. The NP role should be considered where access to services is a concern.


Department of Health KPMG,  Australia (2019), Cost benefit analysis of Nurse Practitioner models of care report viewed 26.10.2019

Tasmanian Government, Department of Health (2019), viewed on 26.10.2019


Gaylene is a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner working in the outpatient department of the NWRH, MCH and provides outreach services in the North West. Her scope of practice includes paediatric respiratory and allergic conditions. Gaylene was awarded a scholarship for building rural and remote capacity in 2018. The purpose of this scholarship was to enable the clinician to acquire skills and knowledge to plan and deliver care that meets the client’s own goals of well-being, and which builds clients’ resilience and ability to self-manage.

As a Paediatric NP caring for children with chronic conditions her daily philosophy is to teach families and children self management skills.

Gaylene was recognised for her excellence in nursing practice by the Tasmanian Health service in 2019. She feels privileged to have received this award and would like to share some of her work with this presentation.