In reply: Deacon has unfortunately missed the whole point of the Health Workforce Innovation Conference. It was about innovation — new ways of doing things. It was also about health, not medicine — a concept that some doctors might find difficult to accept, but is actually the reality. Deacon seems to suggest that we still need to debate whether there is an “inadequate number of doctors in Australia” — surely most of us have moved on from there. One of the consequences of the “rather illogical proposal to greatly expand the nurses’ scope of practice” might be to retain nurses in the workforce. This, as most of us know, is a major issue.
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