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Hunter welcomes nursing boost throughout region

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The Upper and Lower Hunter welcomed almost 40 new nurses and midwives to the workforce this week.

The latest batch of graduates are among a record number of 3,600, who’ll work across 130 NSW public hospitals and health services in 2023.

Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell said it was a major boost for patients and local communities.

“This intake of nurses and midwives is an 18% increase on last year,” he explained.

“It’s also the largest of any state or territory in Australia ever.

“More than a third of them will begin their careers at regional hospitals.

“Three are heading to Singleton District, with another two at Muswellbrook District and Scone’s Scott Memorial.

“Gloucester and Merriwa’s Multi-Purpose Service will receive one each.”

Nationals’ candidate for Cessnock Ash Barnham.

Nationals’ candidate for Cessnock Ash Barnham stated residents would benefit from 27 nurses and midwives throughout Cessnock and Kurri Kurri.

“This will deliver the care that local families deserve,” he explained.

“So, I’m incredibly pleased to welcome the new recruits to our region.

“The work they do in the Hunter Valley is absolutely amazing.

“They provide the very best care for people in our hospitals, at home and in our community.

“The commitment, compassion and skills they bring to the role make a huge difference and contribute greatly to the health and wellbeing of those in our region.”

Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said it was wonderful to see so many nurses and midwives either choosing to move to the bush or returning “home”.

“As someone who spent the best part of their nursing career at a regional hospital, I know the skills and experience these newcomers will gain will set them up for success into their future nursing career,” she stated.

“On behalf of our regional communities, I wish all of them the very best of luck.”

NSW Health boasts the largest health system in the country and employs in excess of 53,000 nurses and midwives, more than ever before.

Overall, between mid-2012 and mid-2022, it increased its workforce by an additional 25,700 full-time equivalent staff – a rise of 25.2%, including 9,340 further nurses and midwives, 4,140 extra doctors, and 2,490 allied health employees.

As well, the NSW Government recently announced the largest workforce boost in the nation’s history in the 2022-23 Budget with a $4.5 billion investment over four years for 10,148 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff to hospitals and health services across the state.

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