Building a Nurse Practitioner model at Victorian Adult Burns Service (VABS)

Ms Hana Menezes1

1Victorian Adult Burns Service, Bentleigh, Australia

Building a Nurse Practitioner model at Victorian Adult Burns Service (VABS).

The Victorian Adult Burns Service (VABS) at Alfred Health provides a state wide service of multidisciplinary burns care for approximately 300 inpatients and 2000 outpatients per year.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Burns Liaison Nursing Service at VABS and the evolution of nursing roles from liaison to nurse practitioner.

Embedded within VABS, the Burns Liaison Nursing Service provides a resource in expert burns care that is available for the patient, family and clinicians caring for the patient. This liaison support overarches the entire patient journey.

The Burns Liaison Nursing model has expanded in response to service demand over the last decade. This gives context to the development of a unique role of an endorsed Burns Nurse Practitioner which has commenced at VABS in 2017.

  • The Burns Liaison Nursing model at VABS
  • Identified service needs
  • The Nurse Practitioner journey
  • Where are we now?
  • Looking in to the future of nursing at VABS?

Hana has been a Burns Liaison Nurse at the Victorian Adult Burns Service (VABS) for over a decade. Her previous nursing experience in ICU, she has recently been endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner in Burns.


ANZBA is a not for profit organisation and the peak body for health professionals responsible for the care of the burn injured in Australia and New Zealand. ANZBA encourages higher standards of care through education, performance monitoring and research.

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