The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF SA Branch) has provided feedback to the State Government in relation to the implementation of regulations that will strengthen protection measures for nurses and midwives working in rural and remote settings.
View our feedback on the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) (Remote Area Attendance) Variation Regulations 2010. The regulations have been developed to support ‘Gayle’s Law’—the ‘South Australian, Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) (Remote Area Attendance) Amendment Act 2017’—legislation colloquialised in honour of South Australian nurse Gayle Woodford who was brutally murdered in 2016 while on-call in a remote area of the State.
The ANMF (SA Branch) continues to seek the South Australian Government’s commitment to ensuring that in addition to adopting a SA Health Policy Directive, the Government will enforce this law in in a manner that will ensure that it is actively enforced and embedded for not only State operated, but independent/private and federally funded health care providers.
We note the regulations now prescribe that “any person or body funded, wholly or partly, Commonwealth or South Australian Governments (either wholly or partly) to provide health services” are covered under the Act. Unfortunately, this amendment still falls short for our members and health practitioners who are employed in the independent and private sector and are still at risk in their workplace.
The ANMF will continue to actively campaign for this law to be implemented across Australia, and for further action on nursing and midwifery safety in all settings. All nurses, midwives and care workers (however titled), wherever they work, have the right to be safe.