Department of Health

Advance practice nurse endoscopists

Key messages

  • An Advanced Practice Nurse Endoscopist (APNE) is a registered nurse trained under the direct supervision of gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons to perform endoscopic examinations.
  • There is growing demand for colonoscopy screening services in Victoria and several influencing factors are anticipated to steadily increase that demand over coming years.
  • As of September 2021, Victoria has nurse endoscopy programs operating in ten health services, utilising the expertise of 15 nurse endoscopists.
  • Developing and implementing an APNE model of care and service

    Part of the solution to respond to the growing demand for endoscopy services will be interdisciplinary teams of health professionals (medical, nursing and allied health staff) working collaboratively to utilise their skills to full capacity to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centred care.

    While developing its own program and a template for other Victorian health services, Austin Health developed several guidance documents including an Organisational Readiness Checklist and an APNE Trainee Position Description. The Department of Health has adapted these documents for use by other organisations interesting in emulating the training and implementation pathways adopted by Austin Health and its partnering organisations. A Frequently Asked Questions document is also available in the downloads section below.

    For further information, please contact Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine Workforce at email

    Reviewed 11 October 2021


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