15 special roles earmarked in nursing Central Queensland

CENTRAL Queenslanders can look forward to better care after the State Government allocated 15 new nurses to the region in special roles.

Starting next year the Palaszczuk Government are set to rollout 15 new Nurse Navigator positions within Central Queensland which will continue over the next four years.

The government will be investing at least $105 million into the initiative to rebuild and improve the nursing workforce so patients are processed through the system more quickly with lower readmission rates.

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said patients will receive better care throughout Central Queensland with the experienced nurses being hired in the next four years.

"We are delivering on a key election commitment with 15 Nurse Navigators to be located here in Central Queensland," Mr Byrne said.

"We are improving frontline services through boosting the nursing workforce. This will benefit our local community and strengthen local healthcare."

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the Palaszczuk Government was focused on rebuilding and growing the state's nursing workforce.

"This Government understands that a highly-skilled nursing workforce is crucial to patient safety and the best healthcare outcomes," Mr Dick said.

"Employing Nurse Navigators is in the best interests of patients and our health system."

A nurse navigator has a bachelor's degree in nursing and at least two to three years' experience.

They are responsible for teaching patients about the medical treatments they will receive and are in charge of making sure those patients are given the best care possible. 

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