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Rural health program reaches significant milestone

The Government-funded Nursing and Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS) celebrated its 3000th placement at an event in Parliament House on 29th October 2014.

Since 2011, NAHRLS has been placing nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in remote rural areas across Australia. Over the past year alone, in excess of 200 rural clinics have benefitted from the NAHRLS scheme. Marking this milestone event recognised those who have helped their peers across the country to take time away from their roles for professional development and other reasons.

Senator The Hon. Fiona Nash, Assistant Minster for Health, presented the NAHRLS 3000th Locum Award to Ruth Osadebay, a registered nurse and midwife, who recently took up a 14 day placement in rural New South Wales.

Senator Nash said, “One thing that is absolutely vital is making sure that we get services out to regional areas where we have areas of need and NAHRLS does an absolutely tremendous job in putting wonderful, professional people out into those areas of need to provide those services where they are so important.”

The NAHRLS program was extended until 30 June 2015 to ensure continuity of health services in rural and remote Australia.

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