Nurse Practitioner and Team-Based Primary Care Pilot

The Nurse Practitioner and Team-Based Primary Care Pilot (Nurse Practitioner Pilot) will fund up to 20 nurse practitioners over 18 months, to work with other health practitioners at selected locations to diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions at no cost to patients, while collecting data to inform future primary care policy.

The Nurse Practitioner Pilot aims to enhance the availability and accessibility of comprehensive primary care to the WA community, including supporting the delivery of care to vulnerable and underserved populations.

The pilot model has been co-developed by the Australian and Western Australian governments and was announced by the Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care in February 2023.

Separate Expression of Interest (EOI) processes are being used to select nurse practitioners and WA primary care practices to participate in the Nurse Practitioner Pilot.

Expressions of interest: nurse practitioners

The EOI for nurse practitioners is coordinated by the Western Australian Department of Health and closed as of Monday 5 June at 4:00pm.

Expressions of interest: primary care practices

The EOI process to establish primary care practices is coordinated by the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), who invited general practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to apply to secure a nurse practitioner to work in the primary care setting as part of a multidisciplinary team. This closed on 2.00pm Monday 21 August 2023.

Matching of pilot participants

WAPHA and the Department of Health are in the final stages of assessing all submissions and once the preferred applicants have been determined, successful nurse practitioners will be provisionally matched with a primary care service based on the alignment of information provided through both EOI processes.

All parties will then discuss and agree to a start date to commence in the pilot.

General enquiries about the Nurse Practitioner Pilot can be sent to

Development of the Nurse Practitioner Pilot

The Nurse Practitioner Pilot has been developed in collaboration with WAPHA (external site) and the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care (external site), in alignment with key recommendations of the:

Last reviewed: 06-06-2023