More than 166 graduate nurses and midwives to start work across the Central Coast

David Harris

Minister for the Central Coast, Member for Wyong


Yasmin Catley 

Minister for the Hunter, Member for Swansea


David Mehan 

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Member for The Entrance


Liesl Tesch  

Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Communities, Parliamentary Secretary for Disability Inclusion

Member for Gosford 


More than 166 graduate nurses and midwives to start work across the Central Coast     


More than 166 graduate nurses and midwives will start work in Central Coast hospitals this year, providing a significant boost to local health services.

Across the state, there will be more than 3,400 graduate nurses and midwives doing the same in their local health district.

The graduates will gain invaluable experience across a broad range of clinical settings, as well as in community healthcare.

The announcement comes as the NSW Government is undertaking an ambitious plan to strengthen the state's health workforce, including through:

  1. implementing safe staffing levels of nurses and midwives beginning in our emergency departments
  2. making permanent 1,112 nursing roles temporarily funded by the former government
  3. abolishing the wages cap and delivering record pay increases for nurses, paramedics and other health workers as well as salary packaging
  4. beginning to roll out 500 additional paramedics in regional, rural and remote communities
  5. increasing the rural health workforce incentive scheme package from $10,000 to up to $20,000 for recruitment to our hardest to fill roles
  6. introducing a total of 12,000 tertiary health study subsidies of $4,000 a year over three years for newly commencing students, or one off $8,000 for existing students paid upon commencement in a role in NSW Health, to assist with the cost of study and to attract health graduates to work with the NSW public health system.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Ryan Park:

“I welcome these graduates who are about to begin their professional journey with NSW Health and thank them for their commitment to providing high quality, compassionate healthcare to the people of NSW.

“NSW has one of the best health systems in the world, and throughout their career I am determined to give these new nurses and midwives the support they need to make it even better.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for the Central Coast and Member for Wyong, David Harris:

“Great to see so many young graduates wanting to serve the health needs of our community on the Coast.

“There is a desperate need to increase the workforce in Health across the Coast to fill staff shortages - this is the NSW Labor government getting on with the job."

Quotes attributable to Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley:

“Central Coast locals deserve the best healthcare, and we welcome these graduate nurses and midwives with open arms.

“Getting them into our hospitals is a win for all of us. The NSW Government is building our health workforce and supporting nurses and midwives in their careers.

“They deserve our thanks for choosing nursing and midwifery and for choosing the Central Coast.”

Quotes attributable to Member for the Entrance, David Mehan:

“This enhancement to our local healthcare services is welcomed.

“The Central Coast is a great place to work and live and I thank the graduate nurses and midwives for choosing our region to call home.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch :

“I would like to welcome the 166 graduate nurses and midwives who have chosen to call the Central Coast home as they begin this rewarding career looking after our most vulnerable community members.

“The NSW Government is committed to investing in our healthcare system, strengthening our health workforce, by ensuring that hospitals have adequate staff to do what they do best, provide world class healthcare to our community.

“To our new nurses and midwives, thank you for choosing such an important career, and thank you for choosing our fantastic Central Coast!”