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Federal Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations

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NEWS RELEASE BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, DR NEAL BLENETT, THE KIN ISTEF FOP EDUCATION AND YOUTH AFFAIRS, SENATOR SUSAN RYAN, AND THE MINI STEF F OF EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, MR RALPH NILLIS.

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES DECISIONS ON BASIC NURSE EDUCATION

The Federal Government today announced its in-principle support for the full transfer of nurse education to Colleges of Advanced Education,

In a joint statement, the Minister for Health, Dr Neal Blewett, the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Senator Susan Ryan, and the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Mr Ralph Willis, said that, subject to negotiations with the

States and Territories of satisfactory transition and cost­ sharing arrangements, the last intake into hospital-based courses would occur in 1990. The full transfer will be completed by 1993.

The Government expects that significant benefits will result from the transfer, including a better trained and more flexible nursing workforce, increased employment opportunities for qualified nursing personnel, increased educational and vocational opportunities, particularly for women, and an enhanced status for nurses to bring

them into line with other health professionals.

Ministers emphasised that, in reaching the decision on timing of transfer, the Government's primary concern was to ensure that transfer of nurse education to tertiary institutions would be undertaken in an orderly, planned fashion phased in gradually over the transfer period.

Transfers at a faster rate than that approved in principle by the Government could create severe shortages of trained nurses because of the need to replace student nurses working in hospitals, and could overstretch resources in the educational institutions.

The Prime Minister has telexed State Premiers to inform them of the decision and to foreshadow the discussions in the near future on arrangements for appropriately phased transfers in response to State initiatives. Further details of arrangements will be announced following those discussions.

The Ministers said that this decision followed consideration by Cabinet of an Inter-departmental Committee report on Registered Nurse Education.

The Committee was established by the Government on 28 May 1984 to report on proposals for transferring nurse training from hospitals to CAEs, taking into consideration costs, health and education issues, and as well as status of women and employment and industrial relations issues which could arise from the transfer.

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The Committee consulted widely with all State and Territory Governments, and representatives of nursing organisations, as well as receiving many submissions on the issues involved.

In taking its in principle decision to support the transfer, the Government noted advice that such a transfer achieved health and educational objectives, and is consistent with policies on the status of women.

Strong views have been expressed to the Government that the transfer is essential because of the rapidly changing nature of hospital care, and the need for more highly qualified staff to provide an appropriate standard of care.

Increased demand for community nursing services combined with increased difficulties that the hospital based systems are encountering in balancing service requirements and the need for an appropriate level of formal training and relevant clinical experience also were highly

influential reasons for the decision.

CANBERRA Friday, August 24 , 1984.