Chris Whiting MP, Member for Murrumba said it was an exciting time for the new starters and the region.
“These people have committed themselves to the health and welfare of our community,” Mr Whiting said.
“While roles in healthcare are not for the faint-hearted, they are incredibly rewarding as people have the opportunity to make a difference in other’s lives daily.
“While most nursing positions are in the medical and surgical ward environments, others will be in specialised areas such as emergency and mental health.
“Graduate midwives will practice in community antenatal and postnatal services, and hospital-based maternity services and birthing centres.
“The delivery of these jobs illustrates the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to community welfare, not to mention boosting the local economy.”
Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the number of nursing and midwifery graduates opting for placement in Queensland proved the state remained a popular choice for a nursing or midwifery career.
“The Palaszczuk Government has delivered 3000 additional nurses and 800 doctors to the front line,” Mr Dick said.
“Nurses and midwives are the backbone of our health system and they are vital in improving people’s general health and wellbeing.
“That is why the Palaszczuk Government has implemented a number of initiatives to not only provide more nurses and midwives for our hospitals, but also improve their workplaces, scope of practice and career development opportunities.
“A strong, educated workforce of nursing and midwifery professionals is vital in achieving our goal of ensuring Queenslanders become among the healthiest people in the world by 2026.
“I welcome them to the Queensland public health system and thank them for the roles they will play in helping reach this goal and improving the lives of Queenslanders.”