No nurses go to jobs alone, according to SWHHS
NO NURSES in any remote community clinic in south-west Queensland or the Darling Downs are unaccompanied when they go out to a job.
That is the word from South-West and Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, who has responded to calls for the Federal Government to make it mandatory for remote area nurses to work in pairs.
The petition addressed to Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley, which has garnered 112,000 signatures, follows the murder of South Australian nurse Gayle Woodford.
SWHHS Acting CEO Glynis Schultz said there were seven full-time equivalent positions for remote area nurses across four community clinics in the south-west, with all accompanied while out on a job.
"The HHS guidelines clearly state that if going out in the ambulance, a voluntary driver attends with them," she said.
"In the SWHHS, we take security seriously.
"There are duress processes in place, safe rooms in each facility and a low threshold for escalation for police assistance.
"Staff are able to speak with clients presenting for assistance before opening the doors to the centre."
A spokesperson for the DDHHS said they had only one community clinic, based in Wandoan, which had a sole nurse working at it during work hours.
The nurse at the centre is not required to leave the building, since Wandoan has its own ambulance service.
Community clinics in SWHHS area: