Investing in the next generation of nurses and midwives


Andrews Labor Government provides nursing and midwifery students in Victoria with the hands-on, hands-on experience they need to support our healthcare workforce now and in the future.

As a member of Victorian Budget 2022/23the Labor government invested $59 million to create 1,125 undergraduate registered student nursing positions per year for two years and $9.8 million to create 75 registered undergraduate student midwifery positions.

Today Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister of Health Mary-Anne Thomas visited Sunshine Hospital to announce the hospitals and services that will benefit from the first 1,000 of these registered nursing and midwifery student positions. -women of second and third grades.

In Metropolitan Melbourne and Greater Victoria, these include:

  • Grampians Health Ballarat
  • Bairnsdale Regional Health
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Center
  • Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Kyabram and District Health
  • Latrobe Regional Hospital
  • Tallangatta Health Department
  • Mildura Base Public Hospital

Working under the supervision of a registered nurse or midwife, students help shower, feed, and transfer patients. Over time, they take on more complex tasks, such as monitoring vital signs, testing blood sugar and dressing minor wounds.

The program has already seen 3,000 students work in hospitals across Victoria, providing additional support for more experienced nurses and midwives during this time of unprecedented demand and providing students with essential practical experience to support their studies.

The program has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from health departments, students and universities. Participants are more likely to graduate, gain greater self-confidence, and need less support as they transition to graduate.

Student midwives have additional opportunities to assist in maternity wards and under the supervision of experienced midwives, to provide care and support to new mothers and their babies.

The training provided to students equips them with the latest skills and expertise in patient care and builds their confidence within the hospital.

Programs like this provide immediate support to our existing nursing staff as they face record demand due to a difficult flu season, the emergence of new variants resulting in increased hospitalizations and growing numbers sick healthcare workers – while investing in the healthcare system for years to come.

In addition to giving more students this kind of hands-on experience, a targeted $162 million package was announced last week to help paramedics and hospitals work together to improve patient flow and provide patients the care they need sooner – as the country faces record levels of demand for emergency care.

Every Victorian can play their part in supporting our healthcare system this winter by keeping up to date with vaccinations, wearing a quality face mask, maintaining good ventilation indoors, getting tested if they feel unwell and discussing antiviral treatment options with his GP if he knows. are in danger.

As Premier Daniel Andrews said

“Our nurses, our hospitals and our universities all agree that this student employment model makes a real difference – giving our experienced nurses extra support and giving our students the experience to provide the best possible care. »

As Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said

“Health systems across Australia are under pressure providing more opportunities for student nurses to enter the workforce and while undergoing on-the-job training is just one way to ease the strain on the system.

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