Nurses, midwives in rapid coronavirus response 

8 September 2020

Up to 150 nurses and midwives will be recruited to lead a new dedicated rapid frontline response team to deal with potential COVID-19 outbreaks in South Australia.

The Rapid Response Nursing & Midwifery Service has been established to deal with COVID-19 in settings such as aged care homes, quarantine medi-hotels and the Anangu-Pitjanjatjara Yankyuntjathara (APY) Lands.

The Rapid Response Nursing & Midwifery Service will include a Director of Nursing to oversee the strategy of the team’s response to COVID-19 Medihotel quarantine and any outbreaks, and a new Nursing/Midwifery Director to manage Medihotel and infection control nursing teams across SA Health’s hotel quarantine program.

The new response team will ensure the state is better equipped to respond to outbreaks and is recruiting for additional infection control nurses.

The ANMF (SA Branch) is seeking information regarding the staffing of the new response team – and seeking assurance that they are genuinely new positions.