Nurses tell Lismore NSW community why they back the Scrap the Cap campaign

Friday 12th July, 2013

The Scrap the Cap on Self-Education campaign is now reaching all corners of Australia - - the campaign, in which the ANF is playing a founding role, has now more than 12000 Australians signed up to a petition to politicians in Canberra.

In Lismore NSW local nurses told the Northern Star why they supported their union taking part in the Scrap the Cap on Self-Education alliance.

"Regional nurses already have inequitable nurse-to-patient ratios and we want to have equity with our metropolitan colleagues in all areas, including training," Charmaine Crispin told the Northern Star.

Specialist training not available in regions

"Much of the specialist training isn't available in the local area so the tax cap potentially has quite a big impact on nurses and midwives working in the Northern Rivers," she said, noting most conferences for resuscitation were held in larger cities such as Adelaide.

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Secretary of the Lismore Base Hospital branch of the Nurses and Midwives Association Gil Wilson said nurses had to undertake 20 hours of education each year to stay registered.

Maintain standards for regional and rural patients

He warned patient care would suffer if nurses were unable to claim expenses.

"Any cap or restriction on education for health care professionals who work on the front line can only be detrimental for patient care as nurses need to prove currency each year," Mr Wilson said.

"I would hope the Federal Government would think long and hard about how the health care profession is supposed to maintain standards if they are going to reduce the ability for education."