Thousands more nurses on way

THE number of nurses and midwives at Auburn Hospital will get a significant boost with more than 360 graduating last week to take up roles across Western Sydney.

It’s part of a NSW Government promise to provide safe staffing levels, which will see thousands more starting work in NSW public hospitals between now and July 2027.
Minister for Health, Ryan Park, said hospital safe staffing levels reforms formed part of a broader range of measures designed to build an engaged, capable and supported workforce.
“This Government continues to deliver on its commitment to ensuring our hospitals have the frontline healthcare workers they need to continue to deliver safe, high-quality care to patients. This reform will mean more nurses providing frontline care to the people of NSW,” he said.
“We listened to the nurses, midwives, patients and other stakeholders who have told us of the need for these changes and have acted to ensure we have a health system that delivers the best care possible for all of NSW, now and into the future.
“When we boost and support our health workforce, we will see improved health outcomes. It’s as simple as that.”
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery, Maria Lingam, welcomed the graduates and said they would play a vital role in supporting the district’s essential health services and providing patients with high quality and compassionate care.
“Kindness and compassion are key components of how we work here at Western Sydney,” she said.
“Kindness to each other, and being compassionate to our patients who come to us when they are at their most vulnerable, are values which we demonstrate and hope to instil in every new nursing and midwifery graduate who has begun their clinical career at our district.”
NSWNMA General Secretary, Shaye Candish, said the graduates would help ease shortages being felt right across the State.