About The District Nurses

About the District Nurses

The District Nurses is one of Tasmanians oldest community organisations.

We are not affiliated with any residential aged care facility or religious organisation.

The District Nurses formerly known as Hobart District Nursing Service have been providing community nursing and in-home healthcare support for people of all ages since 1896. On 14th December 1896, the wife of the Governor of Tasmania convened a public meeting to consider the question of a district nurse for Hobart. The Hobart District Nurses Association was formed at this meeting. The Hobart District Nurses Association was founded at a time when there was increasing concern about the public health, when women were becoming more active publicly, and when nursing was beginning to be accepted as a profession.

The Tasmanian health system has undergone considerable change since that time, and this has had an impact on the structure and administration of The District Nurses. The concept of district nursing, too, has expanded and developed. The District Nurses purpose is Committed to Care. This is reflected in our values of, Commitment, Equity, Excellence, Trust, Versatility and Transparency. We support and care for people of all ages in the community.

Our staff work as professionals in collaboration with other healthcare workers.  We are committed to the principles of primary healthcare for all and to the improvement of service through evidence based practice.