The SA nurses deployed to Victoria to help fight COVID-19

4 September 2020

Victoria was in the grip of escalating COVID-19 outbreaks and needed help from interstate volunteers to boost its health workforce in the fight against the pandemic.

South Australian registered nurse Kathie Spalding, who earlier this year stepped up to the role of Nursing Unit Manager at Lyell McEwin Hospital’s COVID-19 testing clinic as the state tackled its own challenges, once again answered the call.

“I have a humanitarian background and I really wanted an opportunity to use it here in Australia,” Kathie recalls.

“I put my hand up straight away and rustled up a bit of interest from my clinic staff. Of the 16 nurses that came over [to Victoria] from South Australia [in July], nine were from our clinic.’’

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