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C. Thompson, K. Williams, D. Morris, L. Lago, K. Quinsey, C. Kobel, P. Andersen, S. Eckermann, R. Gordon & M. Masso, HWA Expanded Scopes of Practice program evaluation: Advanced Practice in Endoscopy Nursing sub-project: final report (Australian Health Service Research Institute, Wollongong, Australia, 2014). http://ahsri.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@chsd/documents/doc/uow177107.pdf

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The Advanced Practice in Endoscopy Nursing (APEN) sub-project was undertaken in response to a national trend of increasing demand for endoscopy services, in part due to the implementation of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. The aim was to train nurses to perform endoscopic procedures previously only undertaken in Australia by doctors. Although new to Australia, nurse endoscopists are well established in the United Kingdom. Recently published evidence based on a systematic review of the literature indicates that nurses can achieve similar results for efficacy and safety to those achieved by doctors.