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Nurses’ own stories and their calls for more staff to help patients

THE state election is over, but Central West nurses say they are still waiting to hear from the re-elected NSW Government about its promise to hire more nurses in the region. In the lead-up to International Nurses Day on May 12, nurses say promises of more staff must be delivered to help cope with workload issues. NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association Dubbo Base Hospital president, Kelly Crosby, said they had still been given no indication of what the hospital would actually receive in terms of increased staffing. READ MORE: I don't have staff to help me, nurse calls out for help “We're still asking for ratios of one nurse to three patients in our emergency department here at Dubbo Base, a ratio of one to three in our paediatrics ward and postnatal maternity ward, and we definitely need improved ratios in mental health,” she said. “The government earmarked an extra 271 nurses and midwives over four years, but that still has to spread across 39 facilities in our local heal..

THE state election is over, but Central West nurses say they are still waiting to hear from the re-elected NSW Government about its promise to hire more nurses in the region. In the lead-up to International Nurses Day on May 12, nurses say promises of more staff must be delivered to help cope with workload issues. NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association Dubbo Base Hospital president, Kelly Crosby, said they had still been given no indication of what the hospital would actually receive in terms of increased staffing. READ MORE: I don't have staff to help me, nurse calls out for help "We're still asking for ratios of one nurse to three patients in our emergency department here at Dubbo Base, a ratio of one to three in our paediatrics ward and postnatal maternity ward, and we definitely need improved ratios in mental health," she said. "The government earmarked an extra 271 nurses and midwives over four years, but that still has to spread across 39 facilities in our local health district. "It's not much, particularly when we've already got workloads issues." Ms Crosby said they need an increased security presence across the shifts and better safety or de-escalation training for staff. "Car parking continues to be an ongoing issue for staff at the Base too," she said. A Western NSW Local Health District spokeswoman (WNSWLHD) said the NSW Government recently announced the largest workforce boost in the history of Australian healthcare with 8300 frontline staff, including 5000 nurses and midwives, to be deployed across the state. READ MORE: Nurses accuses hospital management of bullying and harassment "Based on current demand projections, the planned workforce boost could mean Western NSW will see 390 new staff, including 27 doctors, 271 nurses and midwives, 37 allied health staff and more than 50 hospital support staff," she said. "All hospital wards are staffed in accordance with the requirements contained within the Public Health System Nurses' and Midwives' (State) Award agreed upon with unions in 2010." The WNSWLHD spokeswoman said more than $2 million had been spent on a range of measures to increase security at hospitals, including: 24-hour security staff on site, fixed and mobile duress alarms so staff could summon assistance when necessary, staff training to ensure they have the necessary skills to prevent and manage aggressive incidents, and CCTV cameras. ORANGE nurse Joe Webster will never forget what he was told when he began his career 20 years ago. "[The] best advice I was given when I was starting out was to treat the patients how I'd like my grandmother to be treated," said Mr Webster, a clinical nurse consultant in Stomal Therapy and Wound Management at Orange Hospital. Now he is proudly passing on the same advice to new nurses. "Remember why you got into nursing in the first place and be compassionate to your patients," Mr Webster said. "Every patient is someone's grandmother, grandfather or relative." Mr Webster is a well-respected nurse for the care he provides to patients and his training and education with new nurses. READ MORE: Lithgow nurse marks 50 years in the hospital system He got into nursing at the age of 19 after he was motivated by his aunty, a mental health nurse, and has never considered doing anything else. "It's been good and hard at times," said Mr Webster, who starts his day with a coffee and by looking at new referrals in his specialty areas. "I have got a position that I really enjoy. I have got a good working relationship with nurses and doctors. READ MORE: Dubbo nurse Gail Snelgar recognised for her work in health "I feel my input is valued, so that's a nice feeling to come to work to. I feel lucky that I have got a role that is specialised." Like Mr Webster, Dubbo nurse Tammy O'Connor joined the profession after being influenced by her mother, who is a registered nurse. Ms O'Connor, who started as an assistant nurse in 2004 and is now a clinical midwifery consultant, says the stories she heard in her first year of studying convinced her she wanted to be a midwife as well. She now has her own stories to tell. And her most memorable moment? The first time she helped deliver a baby. "This then extended to the first time I birthed a baby who was coming out face first, not head first; the first time I assisted a woman birthing in the front seat of her car; and the first time I witnessed the birth of twins," Ms O'Connor said. "Unfortunately, it's not just the happy times that are so memorable "Being present and assisting a woman to birth and grieve a stillbirth baby is something that a midwife will always remember. Being able to comfort a woman and her family in this time of need is a privilege." Bathurst's Karen Beattie has been with NSW Health for 29 years Like Ms O'Connor, Ms Beattie decided to become a nurse very early in her life. "I really didn't have any idea what I wanted to do until I had knee surgery in year 12 and that was when I decided to do nursing," Ms Beattie said. Ms Beattie, a haemovigilance clinical nurse consultant and a recipient of the NSW Local Health District staff member of the year award in 2018, says there are so many job opportunities in nursing, including clinical, management and education. "You can be a nurse in many different locations – from hospitals, universities, medical and community centres to patients' homes," Ms Beattie said. "You can travel the country and the world with the qualification." This International Nurses Day, Central West nurses want members of the community to acknowledge their work and stand behind them in their demand for more nurses on the floor. Mr Webster said it's not about nurses getting more money, it's about getting more nurses so they can provide better care to each patient. Ms Beattie says experienced nursing staff can be hard to find. READ MORE: Dubbo hospital staff strike as bed cleaning conflict intensifies "We need to support and encourage our new nurses so they stay engaged with the profession. There are challenges around nursing ratios and patient acuity," she said. "Shift work can also be difficult at times. "There are times when we don't have the equipment to do the best job we can. We need supported time for mindfulness and mental wellbeing." READ MORE: Hospital History, the role Mudgee played in nursing Ms O'Connor says rural and remote nursing and midwifery pose a number of challenges as well. The challenges include workforce recruitment and retention, socioeconomic disadvantages and the growing gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health outcomes. "However, in the face of challenges, it also provides a number of opportunities to work with these challenges," Ms O'Connor said. By BRADLEY JURD Ratios, security and culture. Those are the three biggest issues facing nurses in Bathurst, with the Bathurst Nurses and Midwives' Association calling on the state government to fulfil its promises. And a spokesperson from the association has called on the government to provide extra staff to handle heavy workload at the Bathurst Hospital. READ ALSO: Where and when you can cast a pre-poll vote ahead of the federal election "We need the government to be serious about giving us our ratios (nurses to patient) so that we can provide safe patient care. We need the correct staffing numbers," the representative said. "We need more security [at Bathurst hospital] in light of what's been happening across the state. We need security 24-7 in the emergency department and more heightened security around the facility." The spokesperson also said there is a bullying culture in Bathurst, especially when it comes to overtime, with nurses feeling like they have to do extra work because of a lack of staff. READ ALSO: Dismantling, disrupting the supply of illicit drugs in the Central West "Staff are doing excessive overtime, they are coerced into doing the over time," they said. "They feel like they have to do it because they haven't got an aid to look after their patients and their is no other staff to come in and do that." According to the spokesperson, the state government hasn't fulfilled its promise to provide more staff. "The wards are staffed to the minimum amount that they require. Therefore you never get extra hours on top of your allocation," they said. "They [government] is only providing what they have to provide and nothing extra."

As International Nurses Day approaches on May 12, reporters Sahil Makkar and Bradley Jurd sat down with our region's nurses to talk about staffing levels, highs and lows of the job, and what they hope for in the future.[hhmc]

THE state election is over, but Central West nurses say they are still waiting to hear from the re-elected NSW Government about its promise to hire more nurses in the region.

In the lead-up to International Nurses Day on May 12, nurses say promises of more staff must be delivered to help cope with workload issues.

NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association Dubbo Base Hospital president, Kelly Crosby, said they had still been given no indication of what the hospital would actually receive in terms of increased staffing.

"We're still asking for ratios of one nurse to three patients in our emergency department here at Dubbo Base, a ratio of one to three in our paediatrics ward and postnatal maternity ward, and we definitely need improved ratios in mental health," she said.

"The government earmarked an extra 271 nurses and midwives over four years, but that still has to spread across 39 facilities in our local health district.

"It's not much, particularly when we've already got workloads issues."

HELP HEEDED: Luke Sanger, Fraser McLennan, Sam Little, Ani Paulose and Sasha Pauline during a rally that was calling on better nurse-to-patient ratios outside Orange Hospital in September 2018. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0918jknurses3

Ms Crosby said they need an increased security presence across the shifts and better safety or de-escalation training for staff.

"Car parking continues to be an ongoing issue for staff at the Base too," she said.

A Western NSW Local Health District spokeswoman (WNSWLHD) said the NSW Government recently announced the largest workforce boost in the history of Australian healthcare with 8300 frontline staff, including 5000 nurses and midwives, to be deployed across the state.

"Based on current demand projections, the planned workforce boost could mean Western NSW will see 390 new staff, including 27 doctors, 271 nurses and midwives, 37 allied health staff and more than 50 hospital support staff," she said.

"All hospital wards are staffed in accordance with the requirements contained within the Public Health System Nurses' and Midwives' (State) Award agreed upon with unions in 2010."

The WNSWLHD spokeswoman said more than $2 million had been spent on a range of measures to increase security at hospitals, including: 24-hour security staff on site, fixed and mobile duress alarms so staff could summon assistance when necessary, staff training to ensure they have the necessary skills to prevent and manage aggressive incidents, and CCTV cameras.

Caring for you with pride, but who will care for them?

Orange nurse Joe webster

Orange nurse Joe webster

ORANGE nurse Joe Webster will never forget what he was told when he began his career 20 years ago.

"[The] best advice I was given when I was starting out was to treat the patients how I'd like my grandmother to be treated," said Mr Webster, a clinical nurse consultant in Stomal Therapy and Wound Management at Orange Hospital.

Now he is proudly passing on the same advice to new nurses.

Remember why you got into nursing in the first place and be compassionate to your patients.

Orange nurse Joe Webster

"Remember why you got into nursing in the first place and be compassionate to your patients," Mr Webster said.

"Every patient is someone's grandmother, grandfather or relative."

Mr Webster is a well-respected nurse for the care he provides to patients and his training and education with new nurses.

He got into nursing at the age of 19 after he was motivated by his aunty, a mental health nurse, and has never considered doing anything else.

"It's been good and hard at times," said Mr Webster, who starts his day with a coffee and by looking at new referrals in his specialty areas.

"I have got a position that I really enjoy. I have got a good working relationship with nurses and doctors.

"I feel my input is valued, so that's a nice feeling to come to work to. I feel lucky that I have got a role that is specialised."

Like Mr Webster, Dubbo nurse Tammy O'Connor joined the profession after being influenced by her mother, who is a registered nurse.

Dubbo nurse Tammy O'Connor won the Anthea Kerr Award which is a NSW Premier's Award for Public Service.

Dubbo nurse Tammy O'Connor won the Anthea Kerr Award which is a NSW Premier's Award for Public Service.

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Prosecution proceedings commenced against Moolarben Coal

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for fai..

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for failing to comply with duties imposed under sections 19 and 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The alleged offences have a maximum penalty of $1,500,000 in the case of Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and $300,000 in the case of the worker. The matters are set down for first mention in the NSW District Court on 24 June 2019. As the matter is now before the Court, further details will not be released. Owners of Moolarben Coal, Yancoal, have made the following response. "Yancoal is considering its position in relation to this matter," a spokesman said. "Given that the matter is the subject of legal proceedings, it is inappropriate for Yancoal to comment further." Read more:

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal.

The release is in full below:

The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee.

The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules.

The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here.

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Jimmy Barnes including Central West on new tour schedule

AUSTRALIA'S most well known Working Class Man is coming to the Central West in November as part of his new tour. The 18-date tour will wind its way around Australia and New Zealand before arriving in Tullamore, near Dubbo, on November 2. Barnsey will be taking to the stage in Tullamore with special guest Troy Cassar-Daley who wrote Jimmy's latest hit Shutting Down Our Town. READ MORE: Jimmy wows crowds in Central West during his last visit The tour, called Shutting Down Your Town, will see Barnsey playing all his classic hits from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, that is due for release on May 31. His tour will commence in mid September, with tickets to all shows on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31. VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes' new song Shutting Down Our Town Members of Jimmy's mailing list will get pre-sale access from Wednesday, May 29. Barnes is the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll and during years his bestselling memoirs Working Class B..

AUSTRALIA'S most well known Working Class Man is coming to the Central West in November as part of his new tour. The 18-date tour will wind its way around Australia and New Zealand before arriving in Tullamore, near Dubbo, on November 2. Barnsey will be taking to the stage in Tullamore with special guest Troy Cassar-Daley who wrote Jimmy's latest hit Shutting Down Our Town. READ MORE: Jimmy wows crowds in Central West during his last visit The tour, called Shutting Down Your Town, will see Barnsey playing all his classic hits from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, that is due for release on May 31. His tour will commence in mid September, with tickets to all shows on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31. VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes' new song Shutting Down Our Town Members of Jimmy's mailing list will get pre-sale access from Wednesday, May 29. Barnes is the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll and during years his bestselling memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man, and their accompanying sold-out theatre tours, have struck a deep chord across his homeland. READ ALSO: Exclusive – parents fined for sending kids to school just eight days out of 48 Now it's time to finally return to what he loves most – electrifying audiences with one of the greatest catalogues in the history of Australian rock with the Shutting Down Your Town tour featuring Cold Chisel anthems, solo classics like Working Class Man and Ain't No Second Prize plus his current radio hit, Shutting Down Our Town. His new album, My Criminal Record, has distilled and expanded upon his two best-selling memoirs to create 13 pieces of burning, heartland rock and roll. It will resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves standing on the outside, looking in. VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes during his book-signing visit in Bathurst Shutting Down Our Town was written by Troy Cassar-Daley especially for Barnes, after Troy finished reading Working Class Boy. "It's been 10 years since I made an original rock record and I can't wait to get out there and play these songs, along with all the old favourites, to a live audience. It's going to be great," Jimmy said. READ ALSO: Sawn-off shotgun discovery leads to 18-month jail sentence Fans are reminded to only buy tickets by following the direct ticket links listed here. People who choose to ignore this clear advice and who instead use search engines like Google to find tickets typically get steered to unofficial reselling sites like Viagogo that often lead to rip offs.

AUSTRALIA'S most well known Working Class Man is coming to the Central West in November as part of his new tour.

The 18-date tour will wind its way around Australia and New Zealand before arriving in Tullamore, near Dubbo, on November 2.

Barnsey will be taking to the stage in Tullamore with special guest Troy Cassar-Daley who wrote Jimmy's latest hit Shutting Down Our Town.

The tour, called Shutting Down Your Town, will see Barnsey playing all his classic hits from his acclaimed new album, My Criminal Record, that is due for release on May 31.

His tour will commence in mid September, with tickets to all shows on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31.

VIDEO: Jimmy Barnes' new song Shutting Down Our Town

Members of Jimmy's mailing list will get pre-sale access from Wednesday, May 29.

Barnes is the heart and soul of Australian rock and roll and during years his bestselling memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man, and their accompanying sold-out theatre tours, have struck a deep chord across his homeland.

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Prosecution proceedings commenced against Moolarben Coal

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for fai..

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal. The release is in full below: The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee. The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules. The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here. The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for failing to comply with duties imposed under sections 19 and 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The alleged offences have a maximum penalty of $1,500,000 in the case of Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and $300,000 in the case of the worker. The matters are set down for first mention in the NSW District Court on 24 June 2019. As the matter is now before the Court, further details will not be released. Owners of Moolarben Coal, Yancoal, have made the following response. "Yancoal is considering its position in relation to this matter," a spokesman said. "Given that the matter is the subject of legal proceedings, it is inappropriate for Yancoal to comment further." Read more:

In an announcement from the NSW Government office of Planning and Environment it has been revealed that the NSW Resources Regulator will take court action against major mine employer in the Mudgee region, Moolarben Coal.

The release is in full below:

The NSW Resources Regulator has commenced prosecution proceedings against Moolarben Coal Operations Pty Ltd and one of its former contract workers for alleged contraventions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 in relation to a dangerous shot firing incident at the Moolarben Coal Mine near Mudgee.

The Regulator will allege that, on 17 May 2017, six workers were exposed to a risk of death or serious injury when flyrock from mine blasting activities landed near the workers, located within the mine's prescribed 500 metre personnel exclusion zone – a breach of the mine's blasting rules.

The Resources Regulator's investigation report into the incident can be found here.

The Regulator has commenced Category 2 proceedings for failing to comply with duties imposed under sectionRead More – Source

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