An artist's impression of what the entrance of the new Roma Hospital will look like.
An artist's impression of what the entrance of the new Roma Hospital will look like. Contributed

State government spends big to keep nurses in regions

ALMOST six million dollars is set to incentivise nursing students to kickstart their careers at the new Roma Hospital.

The Palaszczuk Government has invested $5.95 million to build the first permanent student nurse accommodation for the new facility, with funding allocated through the state's $40 million Growth Area and Regional Infrastructure Investment Fund.

Works will begin on the 25 new accommodation units with a communal open space by the end of the year.

Health Minister Steven Miles, said the accommodation would help inspire nurses to stay in the region.

"Historically, student nurses have stayed in de- mountable units in the Roma Hospital grounds, or in motels and other short stay accommodation,” he said.

"It's always felt temporary for them. This proposed high quality shared precinct will provide that sense of permanency, that sense of belonging to the region, and serving it with pride.”

State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick, said the project is expected to support about 17 jobs during construction, with sustained employment outcomes for years to come.

"Our investment will maximise the benefits of the $70 million new Roma Hospital, and will help South West Hospital and Health Services secure the best possible staff,” Mr Dick

said.

"This all equates to better health services for the region, stronger community and social connections, and improved learning opportunities for Queensland nurses.

"Economic Development Queensland will manage the delivery of the precinct, and will engage with stakeholders, including student nurses, on it's design and features.”


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