Voice for regional nurses

NSWNA visits nurses in South West NSW

NSWNA officials took to the road to visit nurses at work in Bathurst, Orange, Albury and Wagga Wagga, before finishing the regional roadshow with visits to workplaces in the South, North West, North Coast and the South West of NSW.

Judith Kiejda, NSWNA Assistant General Secretary, said, ‘The Association is committed to visiting regional areas to listen to the views of rank-and-file nurses on the current issues facing nursing, health care and aged care.’

While the federal government’s industrial relations changes dominated discussions, other issues such as excessive workloads and non filling of funded positions were also raised by nurses as a concern.

The Association visited 16 facilities over the week including five public hospitals, two private hospitals and nine aged care facilities, seeing 270 nurses and signing up 42 new members to the union.

The big orange ‘Your Rights at Work’ bus travelled around the area holding street stalls and speaking to members of the community about the negative impact the federal government’s new industrial relations laws are having on regional Australia.

Community ‘Your Rights at Work’ groups are meeting across NSW. See our website www.nswnurses.asn.au and download the pamphlet ‘What you can do to protect your rights at work’ for details in your area.