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14    Health—Remote Area Nurses

Senator Xenophon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1168—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   the tragic death of South Australian woman, Ms Gayle Woodford, who worked as a remote area nurse in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands,

                 (ii)   the online petition calling for increased safety measures for remote area nurses, started by Ms Joanne Norton on Change.org following Ms Woodford’s death which has now been electronically signed by more than 130 000 people,

                (iii)   a survey of members of remote health worker organisation the Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia Plus (CRANAplus), which shows that one in three remote area nurses has experienced physical violence, and

                (iv)   the important and vital work of remote area nurses in outback Australia, and their right to be safe in the course of their employment; and

    (b)   calls on the Government to:

                  (i)   immediately review the adequacy of current safety measures for remote area nurses,

                 (ii)   abolish single-nurse posts in remote areas or mitigate the risks they pose,

                (iii)   implement a policy that remote area nurses attend out-of-hours emergencies in pairs (whether that is two nurses, a community member, security officer or other),

                (iv)   require that all emergency services vehicles be fitted with GPS technology which would allow the vehicle to be tracked and located easily, and

                 (v)   allocate the necessary funding to effect subparagraphs (b)(i) to (b)(iv) above.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.