SA nurses and midwives petition for rural and remote incentives

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) South Australian Branch has launched a public petition calling for urgent rural and remote incentives for nurses and midwives to address the staff shortage that is putting regional country hospital services under threat of closure. The SA government reached an agreement with the ANMF SA Branch in 2022 […]

Study: What would help retention of early career nurses in regional and rural areas?

What would help improve the job satisfaction and retention of early career nurses working across regional and rural Australia? It’s a question often contemplated by Heidi Rose, a clinical nurse based at Mount Gambier, and University of South Australia academics Dr Gemma Skaczkowski and Associate Professor Kate Gunn. So, they asked them. The study aimed […]

‘More than just a nurse’: Out of the hospital and into Remote Area Nursing

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Australia, registered nurse Wayne Burns joined the response, pivoting into carrying out swabbing and, not long after, vaccinations on the NSW Mid North Coast. As the threat settled, he contemplated his next move and stumbled upon remote area nursing. “I worked with a nurse at a little hospital in NSW […]

HELP debt to be wiped for nurse practitioners working rural and remote

Nurse practitioners and doctors are being enticed into working in rural and remote Australia by having their HECs/HELP debt entirely wiped, or slashed. The new legislation, Higher Education Support Amendment (2022 Measures No.1) Bill 2022, introduced into Parliament today by the Federal Government, is aiming to encourage initial employment and retention of health practitioners to […]

Meet the Remote Area Nurse of the Year

“It highlights to the rest of Australia that remote area nursing is very much a speciality,” says Terrie Ivanhoe, of taking out the Aurora Award, the highest accolade for the remote and isolated health profession, at last week’s 2021 CRANAplus Awards. “We are not nurses that go out there [to rural and remote Australia] unprepared […]