Pay along the way for healthcare workers

By Matthew Sims

A boost for healthcare workers, like those at Wyndham, is coming soon, as $3,000 payments are set to be sent to all staff working in public hospitals and ambulance services, including nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health professionals, paramedics, ward clerks and patient service assistants.

Thousands of healthcare workers, both clinical and non-clinical, will also receive the Healthcare Worker Winter Surge and Sustainment Payment, including those working in cleaning, food service and laundry services.

The package will also include free meals for workers who get their hands on the job overnight from July until the end of the year.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the initiatives represent a small but meaningful way to support and retain healthcare workers in the public system.

“Our employees are the greatest asset of our healthcare system and this is just one way for us to recognize and support their efforts and ensure that nurses, doctors, paramedics, paramedics and support are there when we need them the most,” he said.

To be eligible for the full package, workers will need to be employed by a public health department by Friday July 1 and still employed by Friday September 30.

Payments will be made in two rounds, one after Monday August 15th and one after Friday September 30th.

Those starting between Friday July 1 and Friday September 30 will be eligible for pro-rated payment, providing an added incentive to help attract more staff to our public hospitals.

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