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 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 our health system.
With the shortage of nurses and the increasing pressure due to lack of beds across the state, we are calling on your support, whether you are a nurse, midwife, care worker, politician, family member or concerned community member to help show the government that we need to stop disregarding the future of nursing in Tasmania and take action to retain, recruit and recognise these valuable community members.