Residents of rural and regional areas are being invited to nominate a local nurse or midwife in the fifth annual Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards, Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson has announced.
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“The health service needs of rural and regional areas are unique,” she said.
“From March 2011 to June 2016 we increased the rural and regional nursing and midwifery workforce by 13 per cent – the equivalent of 2,357 full-time positions.
“This year we recruited more than 2,200 nursing and midwifery graduates. 27 per cent of these (about 600 graduates) are located in rural and regional NSW.
“In 2016/17 we pledged $300 million to Stage 5 of the MultiPurpose Strategy, which will bring more integrated and flexible health care services to rural and regional communities.
“Three sites are now complete, with a further five under construction.
“Following on from International Nurses Day on 12 May, I encourage community members, patients and colleagues to nominate a nurse or midwife in your local area who makes a real difference to the lives of their patients.”
The NSW Government has committed the following resources:
To nominate a nurse or midwife, visit https://e-award.com.au/2017/einma/index.php?page=about
Nominations for the Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards close on Friday, June 9 2017.
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