In Health

Tasmania Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff

What About Our Nurses?

Victor P Taffa

Today’s re-announcement of funding for trainee doctors is long overdue but fails to address the critical issue of training places for nurses, Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Rockliff said.

“Labor-Green Government budget cuts to health have slashed the number of training places for graduate nurses. Since 2010, places have been reduced by over 40 % from 174.27 FTE to 98.57 FTE in 2013.”

“Now, just one in three nurses graduating in Tasmania will get a critical Transition to Practice placement in the public health system in their own State. This is despite the Federal Government’s own Health Workforce agency revealing a fast-approaching nurse shortage in Tasmania.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“This report shows there will be a severe shortage of nurses in our State if we don’t start retaining our graduates. But if our nurses cannot get a training placement in their own State, and are forced to go interstate or overseas, we risk losing a whole generation of our nurses.”

“Our Tasmanian-trained nurses are world class. Retaining them in Tasmania provides our best chance for stability in our health workforce into the future.” Mr. Rockliff said.

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