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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Nurses celebrated as historic nurse-to-patient ratio laws debated

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Nurses celebrated as historic nurse-to-patient ratio laws debated

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick have paid tribute to Queensland’s hardworking nurses and midwives today in celebration of International Nurses Day.

    International Nurses Day is celebrated worldwide every year on May 12 – the birthday of modern nursing founder Florence Nightingale – with this year’s theme being “Nurses: A Force For Change: Improving health systems’ resilience”.

    To mark the occasion, the resilience of the Premier and Minister were tried and tested by nurses from the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital as they were guided through some clinical exercises at Parliament House.

    “Queensland’s dedicated and committed nurses are the backbone of our health system,” the Premier said.

    “They are at the forefront of developing innovative roles and services, acquiring new skills, conducting clinical research and discovering new ways to improve general health and wellbeing for Queenslanders.

    “That is why our government has prioritised a raft of initiatives to inject more nurses into the system and improve their workplaces.”

    These initiatives include investing more than $212 million over four years into employing up to 4000 nursing and midwifery graduates and introducing 400 nurse navigators.

    Mr Dick said that as Queensland’s largest group of frontline clinical workers, nurses were an integral part of the solution to improving patient safety and delivering effective and efficient healthcare.

    “We are committed to bolstering and building our highly-skilled nursing workforce, from our graduates to our experienced nurses, to ensure we are delivering the best possible health system,” Mr Dick said.

    Today also marks the day when the Palaszczuk Government’s historic nurse-to-patient ratio laws will be debated in Queensland Parliament.

    The amendments to the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 will mandate minimum ratios in public sector health facilities.

    “If our legislation is passed, sick Queenslanders will experience better care in our hospitals, while nurses can look forward to more manageable, safer workloads,” Mr Dick said.

    “Passing these laws would mean a win not just for patients and nurses, but for Queensland’s health system as a whole.”


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