Next generation of Queensland’s health heroes join the team

Published Friday, 03 February, 2023 at 10:30 AM

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

1036 graduate nurses and midwives are starting their careers in Queensland this month.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath welcomed the new graduates.

“It’s an exciting time for the graduates because they get the opportunity to put years of hard work and study into practice and begin what I hope will be long and rewarding careers,” Minister D’Ath said.

“We know there is a national shortage of health care professionals so it’s important we grow and retain our own health workforce here in Queensland.

“These nurses are a vital part of the strategy to deal with a growing and ageing population.

“When it comes this, only the Palaszczuk Government can be trusted to plan for the future, unlike the LNP, whose record is to cut, sack and sell.

“I want to wish the new nurses and midwives all the best for their careers and thank them for dedicating their lives to such a noble profession.

The Minister said that they joined thousands of hardworking health staff across Queensland.

“Since 2015 we’ve delivered more than 17,000 additional frontline health workers in across Queensland,” she said.

“That’s 3,106 more doctors, 10,638 more nurses and midwives, 1,103 more ambulance officers and 2,418 more allied health professionals caring for our community.

“Queensland Health is built on the skills and professionalism of its workforce, which is why the Palaszczuk Government has invested a record $23.6 billion into health this financial year and committed to hiring an additional 9,475 health professionals in this term of government.

“This commitment adds up to nearly 10,000 more staff on hand to deliver world class health care to Queenslanders and their families.”