Dr’s Parting shots couldn’t hit the side of a barn!

17 Nov 2008

CRANA, rep­re­sent­ing remote area nurs­es and oth­er health pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in remote and iso­lat­ed parts of Aus­tralia is Gob Smacked” by the com­ments expressed by Dr Pat Rebgetz in an arti­cle in today’s The Aus­tralian’ — Doctor’s part­ing shot at town and sys­tem that lets it rot.”

Much of the arti­cle appears sen­sa­tion­alised, these sort of unhelp­ful, non-rep­re­sen­ta­tion­al com­ments just fuel igno­rance. I thought we had learnt a les­son from the recent NT inter­ven­tion into Abo­rig­i­nal Com­mu­ni­ties. We need to stop and actu­al­ly lis­ten to help com­mu­ni­ties come up with accept­able, sus­tain­able solu­tions” said Car­ole Tay­lor, CRANAplus CEO on her way to meet with offi­cials in Dar­win today.

Christo­pher Cliffe the Pres­i­dent of CRANAplus was angry about the lack of under­stand­ing shown in the arti­cle about the role of Remote Area Nurs­es. Nurs­es and Mid­wives do not work for, or on behalf of any oth­er health pro­fes­sion­al! They are autonomous pro­fes­sion­als that make deci­sions about the care a client needs and refer them on as nec­es­sary. This works effi­cient­ly and safe­ly in remote health, a mod­el that the rest of the coun­try is just now grap­pling with.”

Remote Area Nurs­es and oth­er remote health staff in the NT have 24/7 tele­phone access to high­ly skilled remote Doc­tors for advice, refer­ral and evac­u­a­tion. Nurs­es under­take addi­tion­al study, often to the Mas­ters Degree lev­el to work in iso­lat­ed prac­tice To assume a nurse is pro­vid­ing unsafe or sub-opti­mal care because she didn’t call a res­i­dent Doc­tor, is insult­ing, old fash­ioned and wrong,” said Mr Cliffe.


Christo­pher Cliffe Pres­i­dent CRANAplus 0427 826 409
Car­ole Tay­lor CEO CRANAplus 0429 649 226