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Jenny Macklin - Labor To Boost Nurses Training Friday, 12 October 2001

ALP News Statements

Labor To Boost Nurses Training Jenny Macklin - Shadow Minister for Health

Media Statement - 11 October 2001

Labor today announced a $52 million package of measures to boost nursing numbers around Australia.

Addressing a nursing conference in Adelaide, Shadow Health Minister, Jenny Macklin announced funding for a major campaign to train more post graduate nurses and attract trained nurses back into the workforce.

"Nurses know the strain public hospitals are under after five years of John Howard.

"Patients are waiting longer to get into public hospitals and emergency departments are stretched to the limit. Doctors and nurses are forced to care for patients on trolleys in corridors and ambulances drive from hospital to hospital unable to find a bed," Ms Macklin said.

"This pressure is compounded by the severe shortage of nurses throughout the health and aged care sectors. Nationally, the nurse shortage is at crisis point and it's being felt right across the country.

Labor will implement a National Nursing Policy with 4 key elements. Labor will:

Make nursing a national priority through the appointment of a Chief Nursing Officer and development of a national nursing workforce plan; ●

Commit $43 million to create more postgraduate HECS funded university places and pay the HECS contributions for those who work in areas of workforce shortage; ●

Conduct a $9 million national campaign to promote nursing careers; and ● Tackle the wages gap between aged care nurses and those working in public hospitals as part of its Aged Care policy to be released later in the campaign. ●


  01-02 02-03 03-04 04-05 Total

Chief Nursing Officer & national nursing workforce plan (a) 0 0 0 0 0

National nursing campaign 0 3.0 3.0 3.0 9.0

Postgraduate training places and HECS contributions 7.0 7.0 12.0 17.0 43.0

Total ($ millions) 7.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 52.0

(a) Funded by re-allocation within existing Health Department funds

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.