Advanced nursing practice and advanced practice nursing in mental health: things get interesting
Cashin, AJ 2009, 'Advanced nursing practice and advanced practice nursing in mental health: things get interesting', in CA Harrison & P Martyr (eds), Proceedings of Today's challenges - tomorrow's solutions: 1st Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Winter Sunshine Symposium, Perth, WA, 13-14 July, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, WA.
Paper available online at http://web4c.neon.studiocoast.com.au/news-a-events/publications/college-publcations.html
As the human endeavour of healthcare delivery faces varied crisis across the planet, in Australia along with many other western developed countries, we face a situation of a past relative embarrassment of riches related to that experienced in underdeveloped countries. This is past tense, as despite the unbridled enthusiasm of the long standing conservative government that preceded the current Labor government, the current standard cannot be maintained within the current paradigm. Real questions of equity and access in distribution of available health care resources have arisen. The medico-centred dominant paradigm no longer has the utility required, and the government is looking for solutions.