Consultation to inform an independent review into the education and preparation of nurses in Australia is now open.

The Educating the Nurse of the Future review is examining how the current education and preparation of registered and enrolled nurses and nurse practitioners in Australia will continue to ensure they can meet the future needs of our communities and our health system.

It is exploring various issues including attracting people to a career in nursing, ensuring our education system is internationally competitive, career pathways are relevant and the needs of regional Australia are met.

Former chairman of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Report Authority, Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM, is leading the review. This is the first independent review of Australian nursing preparation and education since 2002.

All stakeholders, including nurses, students, educators, consumers, managers, employers and academics are encouraged to participate online until 21 June or by attending one of the face-to-face forums across Australia during April, May and June.

Feedback from the consultation will inform the final report to be presented to the Australian Government in mid-2019.

Visit the Department of Health website to read about the review and to find out how you can provide online feedback or register to attend a face-to-face consultation workshop around Australia.