Ar­eas to gain nurses

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

RE­GIONAL and re­mote out­posts in Queens­land will share in 50 new mid­wives as part of a new grad­u­ate pro­gram.

Nurse grad­u­ates will be of­fered the two-year ru­ral and re­mote place­ments in­volv­ing work at pri­vate mid­wifery prac­tices.

Queens­land Health Min­is­ter Lawrence Spring­borg an­nounced last Thurs­day the grad­u­ate nurse ini­tia­tive would in­clude ru­ral med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als men­tor­ing mid­wives in train­ing and re­sult in a work­force ready for ru­ral and re­mote em­ploy­ment.

“It leads the way in de­vel­op­ing a mid­wifery work­force for ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas and will in­crease the choices of Queens­land women and the avail­abil­ity of pri­vate mid­wives,” he said.

Mr Spring­borg said the govern­ment would roll three con­tracts it has with the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice into a sin­gle me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing.

Each con­tract deals with how dif­fer­ent air­craft at var­i­ous bases around Queens­land are used.

Merg­ing the con­tracts meant greater flex­i­bil­ity rather than con­fin­ing the air­craft to one lo­ca­tion, RFDS Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Nino Di Marco said.

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