Backing our hardworking health professionals

Our nurses and doctors are at the heart of our hospitals.

Nurse holding files in a hospital

The Victorian Government is determined to make sure these dedicated health professionals have the support they need. That’s why the Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes:

Extra nurses and midwives

$64.4 million to further improve patient ratios and recruit an extra 542 nurses and midwives across our wards, taking the total number of nurses recruited under stronger ratios to 1,100.

Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Development Fund

$50 million to provide up to 400 postgraduate scholarships for current nurses and midwives, as well as establishing a graduate program for enrolled nurses for the very first time, and a refresher program for nurses wanting to re-enter the workforce.

Equipping health workers

$2.2 million to equip frontline health workers with the skills they need to recognise and respond to occupational violence.

100 scholarships

$1 million to make 100 scholarships available to hospital cooks, cleaners, orderlies, security guards, administrative workers and other frontline staff to grow their careers in the health sector.

Reviewed 24 May 2019

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