Hospital battles to get and hold staff

Mildura Base Hospital nurse unit manager of maternity services Sandra Doyle, director of obstetrics and gynaecology Dr Nikhil Patravali and director of nursing Janet Hicks before the parliamentary inquiry into perinatal health services on Thursday. Picture: Louise Donges

Mildura Base Hospital nurse unit manager of maternity services Sandra Doyle, director of obstetrics and gynaecology Dr Nikhil Patravali and director of nursing Janet Hicks before the parliamentary inquiry into perinatal health services on Thursday. Picture: Louise Donges

ATTRACTING and retaining medical professionals to live and work in Mildura is one of the most serious challenges faced by Mil­dura Base Hospital, a public hearing and community forum into perinatal services heard this week.

At the inquiry, held by the Victorian Parliament’s Family and Community Development Committee in Mildura, health care professionals, local government represent­atives and community health services spoke to the committee about the issues faced in Sunraysia.

Mildura Base Hospital director of obstetrics and gynecology Dr Nikhil Patravali told the committee that despite being classed as a level four service under the Maternity 

Services Victoria framework, the hospital ­often accepted level five work, largely due to geographical location and necessity.

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