Photo: © Ash Moore, ABC Western Queensland

The Central West Hospital and Health Service will welcome 17 new nurse graduates and one
new midwifery graduate to the region during the course of the year.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick welcomed the new nurse graduates.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to increasing our highly skilled nursing and
midwifery workforce to ensure we have the best possible health system,” Mr Dick said.

“The new cohort of graduates will be well placed to develop their skills under the strong
guidance of experienced nurses in the Central West.”

Central West Health Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Lorraine Mathison said the 18
new nurses and midwife – two more than last year’s intake – would work in a variety of different
clinical areas throughout the region.

“They include a local resident who has been working for us as an enrolled nurse at Longreach
Hospital while completing her full nursing degree,’’ Ms Mathison said.

“We are very proud of her achievement.’’

Ms Mathison said the graduate nurses would be allocated to the hospitals at Alpha, Winton,
Barcaldine, Blackall and Longreach.

“They will work in the clinical areas of acute medical, surgical, maternity, emergency, community
and primary health and also the hospital-based ambulance,’’ she said.

Ms Mathison said the first six graduates would start work on 1 February and the remainder
would come on board progressively throughout the year.

“We are very excited to welcome these new nurses as they begin their careers with Central
West Health,’’ she said.

“As a health service, we are committed to providing training opportunities for graduate nurses.

“They are an important part of our team, and we value the contribution they will make.’’

Ms Mathison said the new nurses would undertake a 12-month graduate transition program that
involved theoretical and practical assessments.

“Graduate nurses are provided support and mentorship by experienced staff to help make the
transition from studying at university to life in the workforce,’’ she said.

“They have chosen a rewarding and fulfilling vocation that provides many pathways for career
development, and is a fabulous way of serving the community in which we live.

“We hope their first year of practice in the Central West will open their eyes to the opportunities
and diverse range of professional experiences available in our region and opt to continue their
career with us in the future.’’

ENDS

Download the full media statement: cwhhs_nurse_graduates_160106 (PDF, 212KB)