Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today welcomed 15 new nurses and a new midwife who commenced work at the Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital this week.

Mr Anderson said Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital is world class making it one of the best facilities for graduates in NSW.

“I’m thrilled to welcome the new graduates to our region, who will join local hospitals and deliver quality care to the community.

“We now have state-of-the-art facilities here in Tamworth which means our new graduates can begin their careers in the best of environments.

“As a community our role is to ensure that the new graduates are made to feel welcome in their new roles and to our region so that they want to remain here for years to come.”

Mr Anderson said just over a quarter of the new nurses and midwives who graduated in NSW this year will spend their graduate year in rural and regional hospitals.

“There is no question that the newly developed Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital is one of the best hospitals in the state which makes it a very attractive option for new medical graduates.

“As well as developing their general nursing skills, these graduates have a unique opportunity to be trained in a specialty area as well which is not offered at all hospitals.”

The nurses will be rotated between Tamworth, Barraba, Manilla, Gunnedah and Quirindi hospitals to vary their environments and broaden their patient contact.

“I wish the new nurses and midwives beginning work this year all the very best. They are learning from the best and are in very capable hands,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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