Their Extraordinary Contribution Praised

Health facilities across the South West celebrated International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day with special morning teas and lunches across last week.

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Augathella: Augathella Multipurpose Health Service staff gathered to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives – from left – Karen Board (Recreation Officer), Sarah Cleary (Graduate Nurse), Noeleen McQueen (Enrolled Nurse), Carol Ann Lonergan (Operational Services Officer), Karen Russell (Operational Services Officer) and Heather Hancock (Acting Director of Nursing).

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Cunnamulla: Nursing staff at Cunnamulla Hospital got together to celebrate International Nurses Day – from left – Tracey-lee Maher (Director of Nursing), Sue Crick (Bluecare Nurse), Tina Jackson (Nurse Navigator), Jill Duff (Child Protection Liaison Officer), Jasmine Furnell (Registered Nurse), Debbie Terry (Clinical Nurse) and Sally Stubbs (Registered Nurse).

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Roma: Nursing and midwifery staff at Roma Hospital celebrated their special days with a morning tea – from left Nelly Hooper, Maddie Gunther, Brigitte Rathbone, Rhiannon Wilson and Michelle Reardon.

South West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Linda Patat says midwives and nurses in the South West were deeply committed to providing frontline services to the community 24- hours a day and says the recognition is without question.

“I would like to thank our compassionate, caring, committed and resilient midwives and nurses for their service, and for dedicating what is often their life’s work to the health and wellbeing of others.”

“Without their contribution, we could not offer such a comprehensive suite of health services to the local community. “Our midwifery and nursing cohort consists of an incredibly broad range of specialities, including acute care, aged care and community care.”

“They work around the clock, in sometimes challenging conditions, caring for people often at their most venerable and are absolutely vital to the sustainability of health care in the South West.”

The health service employs about 427 full, part-time and casual nurses and midwives across the region.

South West HHS Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Chris Small says midwives and nurses working in rural and remote communities needed to be true generalists.

“Our midwives and nurses in the bush often wear many hats in the course of a single day and working in such an environment makes them incredibly well-rounded clinicians.”