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.
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.”