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Why nurses will be thanked this week

1 week ago 5

Nurses are set to be recognised for their immense contributions in keeping Australians safe as a part of Nursing in the Community Week.

Starting on Monday, the week is about recognising the important role nurses have played during the pandemic and ensuring the most vulnerable are kept safe and healthy.

The federal government is planning to highlight the important role nurses have played for remote and regional communities, particularly in Indigenous and Defence Force health services.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said nurses had been at the frontline of the battle against the virus.

“There are more than 124,500 nurses working in community health care including more than 40,000 working outside our cities,” he said.

“These highly trained and skilled nurses are working in GP practices, outpatient services, correctional facilities, Aboriginal health services, the Australian Defence Forces, schools and hospices.”

The Morrison government has committed $13 million of additional funding for community nursing, which will provide remote health professional access to training, professional services and mental health support.

A further $8 million will be provided to assist employment opportunities for nurses in primary health care.

Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton said nurses in regional and remote communities were the lifeblood in ensuring people in the bush had a trained medical professional to cater to many complex health needs.

“We are seeing highly skilled nurse practitioners work autonomously across health services, where they are often the only provider of health care in the region,” he said.

“Thank you to all nurses who continuously put their heart and soul into caring for regional and rural communities, especially this year as we face the challenges of COVID-19.”

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