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Training nurses for the NT.

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M e d i a R e l e a s e THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari 29th September 2008 TRAINING NURSES FOR THE NT The Member for Lingiari, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP, today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, of funding for 30 new Commonwealth supported higher education nursing places at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. The new places commence in 2009 and are part of the Australian Government’s 2008-09 Budget Health and Hospitals Reform - Health Workforce initiatives. “The importance of well-trained Indigenous nurses providing much-needed health care across the Territory can not be overstated,” said Mr Snowdon. “Not only can locally-taught Indigenous nurses provide culturally appropriate care, but they often have a relationship with their community that enables the critical continuity of care. “These extra nursing places combine with 20 announced for Charles Darwin University, and represent a significant boost to nurse training in the Territory,” Minister Snowdon said. The additional places will help enrolled nurses upgrade their qualifications and will provide clinical placement opportunities across the NT. “Territory hospitals from Alice Springs to Nhulunbuy will benefit enormously from having these additional nursing students, and ultimately by having an increase in registered nurses,” said Mr Snowdon. “Our NT nurses are very special people, both dedicated and highly skilled, and increasing their number will significantly improve the health system, the care of patients, and the wellbeing of their families and communities.”