Title

An uncomfortable interface. Medicines legislation and its impact on the delivery of healthcare by registered nurses in very remote Australia: A mixed-methods study

Author Identifiers

Katie Pennington

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6544-5818

Date of Award

2023

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

First Advisor

Jacques Oosthuizen

Second Advisor

Kimberley Clark

Third Advisor

Sabina Knight

Fourth Advisor

Fatima Yaqoot

Abstract

Registered Nurses (RNs) play a critical role in very remote Australia (VRA), where they enable timely access to medicines. This mixed-methods study examined legislation, knowledge, attitudes, and practices of RNs regarding the use of medicines and the law in VRA. Current legislation is inconsistent and confusing regarding authorised roles for RNs, and most have likely practised outside the law in the provision of medicines. There is a lack of evidence regarding the safety, quality, and consumer perspectives on RNs working throughout the complete medicines management cycle in VRA. Significant legislative and workforce reform is required to enable lawful practice.

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