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State Government delivering on commitment to employ more graduate nurses

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

On behalf of the Tasmanian Government I would like to welcome the 111 new nurses to the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) who are taking part in induction training at the Royal Hobart Hospital this week.

They are part of a group of 118 new nurses who will commence work in the south of the state between January and June 30 this year, and the first cohort in our second term of Government as we progress initiatives to provide Tasmanians with better health outcomes.

A total of 220 nurses will commence work across the state in this period, with 59 new nurses to commence in the North and 43 in the North West in the six month period.

The Hodgman Liberal Government made a commitment to employ up to 85 additional graduates over the past four years, and this will help us meet health targets we have set provide better health care to Tasmanians, including having 90 per cent of Tasmanians treated within clinically recommended timeframes.

The success of the graduate nurse program is due to election commitment funding creating additional positions, along with opportunities being created in less traditional settings such as THS remote and community health care settings.

An additional 30 positions each year will result in an additional 180 graduates employed over the next six years.

Health remains a priority of the Hodgman Liberal Government which is why we will invest an additional $459 million over the next six years, to help employ more than 1000 new staff in the South to provide Tasmanians with the health services they need and deserve.