The 16th South Pacific Nurses Forum has ended with more than 300 nurses from across the region unanimously voting for a resolution supporting the Australian Nursing Federation’s (ANF) new national campaign – Stop Passing the buck, Australia’s nursing grads need jobs.
The campaign is calling on the Federal Government to work with State and Territory Governments to find solutions to the growing shortage of nurses and midwives by funding a range of strategies to ensure employment of graduate nurses and midwives and the ongoing promotion of safe patient care.
The resolution put to the forum stated: The delegates of the 16th South Pacific Nurses Forum acknowledges “Stop Passing the buck, Australia’s graduates need jobs” and resolves to support the ANF in lobbying Federal and State politicians to work together to resolve the issue.
ANF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said ANF members were encouraged by the overwhelming support for the campaign from more than 300 clinical nurses, nurse managers, nurse educators, nurse leaders and midwives, who supported the resolution.
“We greatly appreciate the overwhelming support the campaign received from the hundreds of nurses and midwives who attended the forum,” Ms Thomas said today.
“The forum provided us all with the valuable opportunity to discuss and share the ongoing challenges facing nurses and midwives across the South Pacific region.
“One of those significant challenges is Australia’s growing shortage of nurses and midwives and why we must continue to call on the Federal Government to work with State and Territory jurisdictions to fund strategies that ensure the employment of graduate nurses and midwives and the ongoing promotion of safe patient care.”
The four-day forum, held in Melbourne this week, also discussed issues such as leadership, innovative education across the South Pacific, regulation and accreditation, nurse education and the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
The next South Pacific Nurses Forum will be held in Tonga in 2014.
For more information about the ANF’s Stop passing the buck, Australia’s nursing graduates need jobs campaign, go to the campaign page.
The ANF, with over 220,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.
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