Palliative Nurse Practitioner, Peter Jenkin, Minister Mark Butler, and Resthaven CEO Richard HearnResthaven has first Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner employed directly in aged care in Australia
Palliative Nurse Practitioner, Peter Jenkin, Minister Mark Butler, and Resthaven CEO Richard Hearn
was endorsed as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner in Aged Care by the Australian Health Professions Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) on 17 May.
Peter Jenkin began at Resthaven in 2012 as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Candidate, funded through the Australian Government's national Nurse Practitioner - Aged Care Models of Practice Program.
role aims to support people who are in the end phase of the ageing process, including people with dementia and other chronic health conditions.
'The Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner role includes managing complex physical and psychosocial problems, participating in or facilitating advance care planning and palliative care case conferences, and managing the terminal, end of life care of residents and clients,' says Peter
'Where necessary, this may involve prescribing medications, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests or referring to other health care professionals.'
'The Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner works collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals.'
Peter has worked in various clinical roles in Palliative Care for more than 15 years, particularly in specialist community services.
In 1999, he
jointly developed the palliative care 'link nurse' role in residential aged care.
In 2000, he
was awarded the SA Premiers Nursing Scholarship allowing him to travel to the UK to investigate the interface between residential aged care and palliative care, as well as the developing roles of Nurse Practitioners.