Rural Qld gets 50 new midwives thanks to graduate program
REGIONAL and remote outposts in Queensland will share in 50 new midwives as part of a new graduate program.
Nurse graduates will be offered the two-year rural and remote placements involving work at private midwifery practices.
Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced on Thursday the graduate nurse initiative would include rural medical professionals mentoring midwives in training and result in a workforce ready for rural and remote employment.
"It leads the way in developing a midwifery workforce for rural and remote areas and will increase the choices of Queensland women and the availability of private midwives," he said.
Mr Springborg also announced the government would roll three contracts it has with the Royal Flying Doctor Service into a single memorandum of understanding.
Each contract deals with how different aircraft at various bases around Queensland are used and when.
Merging the contracts meant greater flexibility rather than having the aircraft confined to one location, RFDS Queensland chief executive Nino Di Marco said.
"This commonsense, practical approach means Queenslanders in rural, regional and remote areas will benefit from the delivery of an even more efficient, responsive flying doctor service," he said.