The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmanian Branch (ANMF) are calling on the Government to ensure that all Tasmanians have access to enough nurses and midwives to provide safe and quality care whilst accessing the public health services in Tasmania. In 2016 the Government agreed to reassess the model of staffing for nurses in the state’s public system. This body of work has not been completed in the agreed timeframe and has left Tasmanian nurses and midwives concerned about the potential risks to the community.
Information provided by the Tasmanian Health Service show that there are currently more than 250 nursing jobs vacant in the public health system in Tasmania. Combine this with the fact that by April 2019 Tasmanian nurses will be the lowest paid in Australia* this paints a serious problem for the Tasmanian health system. With the shortage of nurses and the increased pressure due to lack of beds across the state, we are asking for your support. Whether you are a nurse, midwife, care worker, politician, family or concerned community member, help show the Government we need to stop disregarding the future of Tasmania nursing and take action to retain, recruit and recognise these valuable community members.