The changing face of community and district nursing

Aust Health Rev. 2002;25(3):131-3. doi: 10.1071/ah020131.


The Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) of South Australia provides home- and community-based nursing care to people residing in the Adelaide Metropolitan area. The service is funded predominantly by the Home and Community Care Program. It provides community nursing services in the areas of wound management, palliative care, HIV/AIDS care, continence management, disability care, mental health and dementia care, and diabetes management. In 2000-01, the service made 439,700 visits to people's homes or saw them in a nurse-led nursing centre. In addition, the nursing staff had 84,000 contacts other than face to face that were related to client care. These contacts include the co-ordination of care with other service providers for new and existing clients of RDNS.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Community Health Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Community Health Nursing / statistics & numerical data
  • Disabled Persons
  • Documentation
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / trends
  • Home Care Services / economics
  • Home Care Services / organization & administration*
  • Home Care Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Palliative Care
  • South Australia