The Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association has funded research to develop Australia’s first set of rehabilitation nursing competency standards. This work, led by Julie Pryor, Associate Director of the Rehabilitation Nursing Research and Development Unit, was a collaborative venture between the University of Western Sydney and the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney. The project refined a set of draft competency standards that were based upon the systemic investigation of the role of the registered nurses in rehabilitation in Australia undertaken by Pryor and Smith and further developed in collaboration with clinical nurses at the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney. National validation was achieved via distribution of a survey to all registered nurse members of ARNA and other interested nurses working in rehabilitation settings. 

It is envisaged that the competency standards will be used to guide the development of practice both at an individual and system level.

Submission NSQHS Standards Consultation