Midwife services to be increased
WIDE Bay mums-to-be will benefit from a new program which will see 50 new midwives for rural and regional areas throughout the state.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced yesterday that 50 graduate nurses would be offered a two-year program which will involve working in private midwifery practices to get the necessary experience for a degree in midwifery.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett welcomed the news for his rural electorate.
"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."
"This is part of our ongoing commitment to nurses and to rural and regional Queensland and we intend to build on this into the future," Mr Bennett said.
Mr Bennett said the scheme was a dream position for successful graduate nurses, who would be paid to specialise in, study and grow maternity services.
"The end result will be graduates enjoying proper mentoring by rural health service practitioners, which will result in a midwifery workforce ready for community based rural and remote employment."