Nurses Missing Out On Rural Incentives

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Nurses missing out on rural incentives 

13 October 2010

The Australian Nursing Federation is calling on the federal government to provide

incentives for nurses who move to regional, remote and very remote locations. 

New data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare(AIHW) reveals that

nurses are providing the bulk of healthcare in regional and remote areas. Yet a gulf

exists in the level of support they are given compared to doctors who take up

employment in remote locations.

Some incentives are paid to nurses and midwives on a state by state basis but these

are grossly inadequate compared to doctors. 

ANF federal secretary, Lee Thomas, said nurses supported incentives paid to

doctors because it improved access to regional and remote communities. “However

the inequality here is stark. While doctors receive up to $120,000 to move and as

much as $47,000 each year to remain, nurses and midwives are yet to be provided

with federal incentive packages in recognition of their willingness to work in regional

and remote communities.”

Rural Australians deserve the same healthcare options as everyone else and an

incentives program would boost numbers of nurses in those communities, she said. 

“Why should someone in a regional or remote setting be forced to drive long

distances or wait for weeks to see a GP when they could potentially have access to a

highly experienced nurse or midwife?”

“We are calling on the federal government to support the nursing and midwifery

workforce that provides healthcare to such a wide range of remote communities and

to help boost access to healthcare by attracting more nurses.”

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