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PRESS RELEASE BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH. DR. A.J. FORBES

A.C.T. NURSES TRAINING PERIOD REDUCED

The Commonwealth Minister for Health, Dr. A.J. Forbes,

announced today that the A.C.T. Nurses Registration Board had

decided to approve a reduction in the period of the general

nursing course from four to three years.

Dr. Forbes said the training course to be adopted

in the A.C.T. would ensure that nurses gained the same amount of

knowledge in three years as they had formerly gained in four years.

One of the important consequences of the change-over from a four

year to a three year course was that it would increase the number

of trained nurses available in the A.C.'T,

Both the Canberra Community Hospital Board, and

representatives of the nursing profession in the A.C.T. were in

favour of the three year course.

Dr. Forbes said he understood the Hospital Board

was in a position to implement a three year training course

immediately. Nurses who had already begun their student courses

would have a phased reduction in their course,

The New South Vales Nurses Registration Board,

which conducted examinations for nurses in the A.C.T., had

indicated it was willing to conduct final examinations for nurses

in the A.C.T, training under the three year programme.

Dr. Forbes said that Victoria, South Australia,

Western Australia and Tasmania had three year training courses

for general nurses,

CANBERRA

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