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Practice nurses in Australia: current issues and future directions

Helen Keleher, Catherine M Joyce, Rhian Parker and Leon Piterman
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (2): 108-110.
  • Helen Keleher1
  • Catherine M Joyce2
  • Rhian Parker3
  • Leon Piterman4

  • School of Primary Health Care, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

None identified.

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