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Nurse-led clinic for Auckland homeless.

A nurse practitioner (NP)-led clinic, funded primarily by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), is expected to open at the Auckland City Mission next month. The initiative follows last month's Global Healthcare conference in Auckland which looked at global health care solutions for vulnerable populations.

The clinic will be run by United States-trained family NP Mary-Jane Gilmer, who has spent the last three years in a joint appointment with Hawke's Bay's Eastern Institute of Technology and the primary practice clinic Tu Meke.

Gilmer has been an NP for 18 years and a family NP since 1990. In her new appointment, she will share her work between teaching in AUT's advanced nursing practice programme and offering a clinic to the homeless in collaboration with the City Mission and two part-time GPs.

Gilmer wants to encourage more nurses to "go down the NP path, especially into primary health care. There's a real need out there. Through my involvement in this clinic, I would like to mentor and support nurses in their advanced work. As NPs, we need to look for the gaps in services and try to fill them", she said. AUT intends using the clinic to provide clinical placement opportunities for undergraduate nursing students in primary care.

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* A programme to increase the number of NPs in the country will share its $160,000 budget on applicants who plan to promote, develop and employ NPs. The Nurse Practitioner Facilitation (NPF) programme, established by the Ministry of Health last year, is calling for applications, which close on March 15. Priority will be given to applications in mental health, older people and primary health but applications from other areas will also be considered.

For further information, visit the NPF programme website:www.d hbnz.org.nz/.
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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
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Date:Feb 1, 2008
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