ACT Greens announce more nurses for Canberra

To mark the start of the Australian College of Nurses Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week, ACT Greens health spokesperson Indra Esguerra has announced a plan for more nurses in the ACT.

“We all know that nurses are the frontline and backbone of our health system and are under growing pressure everyday. That’s why the ACT Greens are committed to giving nurses the best support to ensure patients are getting the best possible care,” said Ms Esguerra.

“The ACT Greens believe in investing in preventative healthcare, and we want to help Canberrans stay well and out of hospital - and to get better faster when they leave. We will do that with more nurses, more nurse practitioners, and more home and community nurses.

“Our plan includes more than $20 million for more Nurse Educators, Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses to take the burden off doctors and other specialists, and provide the best possible care to Canberrans.

“We will increase funding to community-based services, including Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care, the underfunded and understaffed Maternal and Child Health team, and Hospital in the Home to keep Canberrans out of hospital, and support more home and community care nurses to look after Canberrans in their homes.

“This builds on our commitment to build two new walk-in centres, which will both be nurse-led, with expanded treatment options and extended opening times.

“We can't have a world-class health system without supporting and investing in our nurses. Our plan is about putting the community first, and making sure our health system is the best it can be,” said Ms Esguerra.

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