Introduction:This article aims to examine the role of a nurse practitioner (NP) within a public hospital Department of Neurosurgery outpatient setting in Melbourne Australia. Background:Neurosurgical activity in the outpatient clinic has been increasing. Public health networks around Australia have introduced various initiatives to address the growing concern of timely access for specialized care. One such initiative has been the introduction of NPs in both outpatient and acute care settings.
Contemporary practices of an NP working in an Australian neurosurgery department are described. How the role was first proposed initiated, and the training and capacity building is also explored and the national, state, and local structures and processes that have defined the role will be described.