What is Community Nursing & Who Is Eligible?

After a hospital stay, your medical care team may advise you to utilise community nursing services. But you may be wondering, what is community nursing and am I eligible to receive this service? 

What is Community Nursing? 

Community nursing, or also known as community health nursing, provides clinical and personal nursing services to members of the community in the comfort of their own home. Community nursing care aims to support your independence and your lifestyle in a safe and familiar environment, and is a great form of care to look into. 

Studies indicate that the availability of community nurses can help stimulate the healing and immunity capacity of a patient because of the empowerment and dignity they experience as a result of having access to these extra medical services.

As a community nursing care provider, Vital Home Health Services are able to provide you with a variety of services including community health nursing care after a hospital stay, which can include help with: 

  • Wound care 
  • Taking medication 
  • Catheter Care 
  • Hygiene 
  • General nursing care like showering and dressing 

Community Nursing Services and How to get a Community Nurse 

If you require help and care after a hospital visit, you may now be asking how to get a community nurse? 

Our community nursing services offer home-based care for eligible department of veterans affairs clients. In terms of community nursing eligibility, you will need a gold or white card from the department of veteran’s affairs. 

We are a registered provider of community home nursing services and support services to NDIS recipients. We provide complex clinical and support services to eligible icare, dust diseases and lifetime care recipients. We work with a range of insurance companies and private organisations providing community nursing services on many levels of care. 

We believe that having access to the right community nursing services will reduce the need for re-hospitalisation in many cases, as statistics show that being seen by a community health nurse reduces further hospital care or in some cases help identify further treatment that may be necessary or new conditions that may have developed.

Our registered, qualified and friendly nurses will happily assist with a community nurse home visit to ensure you receive the right care at home.  

Community Health Nursing by Vital Home Health Services 

If you think you or someone you know requires community home nursing services, we would be more than happy to discuss your needs.  

In some cases, you will need a referral from a GP, a treating specialist, a hospital discharge planner, a veteran’s home care assessment agency or your funding body. We can further assist you by contacting any eligible sources of funding on your behalf. 

On your first community nurse home visit or at the start of a new episode of care, one of our senior and experienced registered nurses will come to your home to assess and identify your needs and organise any care and support services you require. 

We’re committed to assisting you and your loved ones to navigate the system of care and support services available to you. 

If you have any further questions or would like to speak to one of our registered nurses please call us on 1800 717 384 or contact us here. 


(1) Muntean A, Tomita M, Ungureanu R, The Role of the Community Nurse in Promoting Health and Human Dignity-Narrative Review Article, Iran Journal of Public Health, Oct 2013. 

(2) Xu Y, Koh X, Chua Y, Tan C, Aloweni F et al, The impact of community nursing program on healthcare utilization: A program evaluation, Geriatric Nursing, Vol 46 Jul-Aug 2022.