Call to come back

The Victorian Government is calling on health care professionals to return to work as part of its coronavirus response

The state Government said that this applies to retired doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics and allied health professionals.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos launched a new website where people with a wide range of skill sets can express their interest to work as part of Victoria’s health system, with the aim of boosting the health workforce and response during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Victorian Government will also seek expressions of interest from patient care assistants, assistants-in-nursing, and undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to provide essential support to doctors, nurses and midwives.

To support this recruitment, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF Victorian Branch) this week commenced updated workshops for nurses eager to return to the workforce as part of efforts to battle coronavirus, training an additional 32 nurses this week with many more expected to come.

Victoria’s health services are refreshing and skilling up nurses and midwives across the state with the support of the government’s $50 million Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Development Fund.

The Victorian Government says that health professionals who believe they could be part of Victoria’s frontline coronavirus response can register their interest via the Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus website here.

“Our healthcare workers are heroes on the frontline of this crisis and we need all hands on deck as we face this unprecedented challenge,” said Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos.

“We’re doing everything we can to slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives. But additional support may be needed, which is why we’re asking for skilled health professionals to come back to work and help care for Victorians.

“Everybody has a role to play in slowing the spread of coronavirus and to take the pressure off our health system.”

Earlier this month Pharmacy Guild Queensland branch president Trent Twomey told the APP Online conference that the profession needs pharmacists to take on more shifts or return to community or hospital pharmacy if they can.

“We need you back,” he said to pharmacists who may be registered but not practising, or working in industry, education or academia, or studying for other professions.

“The profession is getting tired, the profession is getting fatigued, and we need them back, and we need them back now.”

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  1. Kevin Hayward

    This is an unfortunate choice of poster as it features Kitchener, an officer and colonial administrator who established concentration camps during the Second Boer War in which between 18,000 and 28,000 men, women and children died, mainly from disease epidemics

  2. Anne Todd

    Also is it appropriate if we are asking those over 70 or with chronic health problems to STAY AT HOME to get them to come into what is a potentially higher risk workplace. Unless you can provide a safe-ish working environment, eg out the back DAA packing. Taking the phone queries. I would not be rushing to do this if it mean being a frontline pharmacist if I was older.

    I know it is an individual choice but we need to think of their safety in this matter very carefully too

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