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Nurses Could Be Jobless

Nurses Could Be Jobless

Nurses Could Be Jobless

There are six mental health nurses that operate the Wangaratta Triage Service who may be out of a job if the North East Border Mental Health Service proceed with plans to privatise the service.

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The Service has traditionally helped those struggling with mental health, yet the current employer is seeking to privatise the service which will see the end of the local service and find nurses from outside the region taking calls.

Assistant Secretary of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Pip Carew, said a service outside Wangaratta cannot replicate the understanding locals have.

“The nurses have intimate knowledge and are already connected with the community, they know the players, they know the services that are available, so they can provide what the appropriate referral is. Rather than a telephone triage service with clinicians who aren’t directly connected to the community," she said.

She further argues privatising part of a public mental health service will cause more fragmentation, which is why there is a royal commission in the first place.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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