The community health system has struggled to contain the coronavirus outbreak and is struggling to cope with the shortage of coronaviruses, with nurses at three local hospitals being paid a total of just $1,000 a month.
The $2.2 million co-payment was a “good start” to the $7.5 million national coronaviral response package announced by Health Minister Jill Hennessy on Monday, but is only a start.
“We are still waiting for the final report, but we’re really happy with the way we’re doing,” said Ms Hennessie, who has been fighting to end the coronivirus crisis.
“So, we’re going to get it out in time for the Christmas holidays, and we will be really proud of the outcome of this work.”
The co-pay is part of a new federal government funding package for health, which includes $6 billion for the national health response.
“This is a very, very important step in terms of the way the national response is coming together,” Ms Henessie said.
“It’s very good news for those working in community health and really, I think, a good news story for the people of Coomera and other communities in the Kimberley and the rest of New South Wales.”
Co-payment plan is the first in a series of steps aimed at reducing the strain on community health services.
The health minister said it was not uncommon for health workers to be paid more than $10,000.
The coop, which was founded by the co-operative farmers of Coogee in the late 1980s, has now been operating for just over four years, with just two contracted hours a week.
“The coopers have been really fantastic, really supportive and very professional, very well-equipped, and they’ve been doing great work,” Ms Hartnessie said of the nurses.
“They’re very professional and they’re very efficient, and I think they’ve really been on top of the challenges that we’ve had.”
The Coopers have also trained a new nurse to work in the coop.
“That’s a really nice role for someone with a background like that, with a long career in the health service,” she said.
Ms Hartnessies co-op was one of the first to receive a coronavial vaccination in Coomedia, in the western Kimberley region, where the outbreak is centred.
The government said the cooper payment was not the end of the story.
“There’s still work to be done,” she added.
“Cooper pay is just a start.”
“The Cooper system has been the best system in the world for delivering the coronvirus vaccines, and it’s really important that we continue to support it.”
Cooper payment plan ‘good start’ for Coomeria, says coop leaderCooper, which has been operating in Coogees Coomery since 2009, has recently received a $1.9 million grant from the government.
“As a coop we have the best equipment, we have access to top-quality nurses and we have a very high level of quality staff,” Ms Gatt said.
The Coop has been able to hire more than 1,000 nurses since it was founded in the early 1990s.
“In some ways we’ve been lucky, but at the same time we’ve got to make sure that our systems are working properly, that we’re meeting the needs of the community,” she continued.
“At the moment, we don’t have the resources to do everything that we need to do to make Coomers system as efficient as it needs to be.”
Ms Gatt is hopeful the Cooper co-paid nurses can help improve conditions in the Coomeries Coomerie.
“I think it’s a good start, it’s very, really good news,” she told the ABC.
“And hopefully we can keep working together in the future to make it even better.”
Cooperative health system faces ‘challenges’Cooper coop has an “exceptional” nurse working in Coombara, but Ms Gatten said the hospital was not immune to the COVID pandemic.
“Our staff have had the most difficult time of any health system,” she explained.
“Many of our staff have been through the coronovirus response, and the COIDS [Cooper-Murray-Darling] program has really, really helped them.”
But, again, it is still a long way to go, it has been a challenging time.
“Coop co-operate to provide nurse with salaryThe Coomoria Coomerers’ co-ordinator for Cooper pay, Laura Gatt, said the nurses in Coombs Coomry were well trained.”
Their training is excellent and they have been trained to meet the requirements of the COV-19 vaccination,” Ms Fagan said. “