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Refers to a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or nurse practitioner. The term is reserved in Australia, under law, for a person who has completed the prescribed training, demonstrates competence to practise, and is registered as a nurse under the National Law.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2018) Code of conduct for nurses

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Nurse Practitioner

Advanced practice nurse endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practise within their scope under the legislatively protected title ‘nurse practitioner’.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2014) Nurse practitioner standards for practice                

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Nurse Practitioner Standards for Practice

Core standards for practice by which performance and professional conduct is assessed to obtain and retain endorsement as a nurse practitioner.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2014) Nurse practitioner standards for practice                

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Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)

The national body responsible for the regulation of nurses and midwives in Australia.


Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR)

Administers the Australian Government’s regulatory impact analysis requirements. It has a number of roles, including: assisting agencies in preparing regulation impact statements through training and guidance; monitoring and reporting on the Government’s regulatory impact analysis requirements; and administering COAG guidelines for regulation making by national bodies.

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Regulation

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Personal Complaint

In which the complainant seeks to have a matter investigated and addressed so as to bring about a change to their personal situation. This would include, for example, matters such as governance related to accreditation, staffing and equipment and opportunities to meet the learning objectives.

ANMAC, (2018) Complaints Policy

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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

Run by the Australian Government to subsidise prescription medicines for Australians who have a Medicare card. If a medicine is subsidised under the scheme, the patient pays a lower price for the medicine, and the Australian Government pays the rest.


Study of the biochemical and physiological effects of drugs and the mechanisms of their action in the body.


Study of the bodily absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs.


Study of the therapeutic uses and effects of drugs.


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