Practice Nurse Incentive Program

The Practice Nurse Incentive Programme provides incentive payments to practices to support an expanded role for nurses working in general practice.

The Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) simplifies funding arrangements under the previous Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Practice Nurse Incentive and 6 of the Medicare Benefits Schedule practice nurse items. We manage the PNIP on behalf of the Department of Health and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The PNIP also includes:

  • support for accredited practices to employ an Aboriginal Health Worker instead of, or in addition to, a practice nurse (Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse)
  • support for practices in urban areas of workforce shortage, Aboriginal Medical Services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to employ an allied health professional, such as a physiotherapist, dietician or occupational therapist, instead of, or in addition to, a practice nurse or Aboriginal Health Worker
  • a rural loading of up to 50% based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification - Remoteness Areas
  • a loading for Aboriginal Medical Services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
  • a once-only $5,000 incentive to support eligible non-accredited practices to become accredited

There are 3 payment types under the PNIP, Incentive payment, Accreditation assistance payment and Department of Veterans' Affairs loading.

Page last updated: 16 September 2016