It’s so pleasing to see something positive being said about …

Comment on A powerhouse of endeavour with a very human face by Phil Selman.

It’s so pleasing to see something positive being said about Alice Springs Hospital. In 2008/09 I had the pleasure of working in the theatres as a Scrub / scout Nurse for 12 months. I’d had no previous theatre experience and they trained me. I worked with Dr Bandula Palapitege and his colleagues in all facets of surgery (I quite agree it was often like a theatre of war in the injuries we treated) and at all times everyone was nothing but professional. It set me in good stead for returning to the big smoke after 12 months. It was fantastic to work with the league of nations, it broadened your horizons and knowledge no end. My only critcism is that after 12 months the hospital evicted you from the subsidised staff quarters and threw you out into the big bad expensive world known as Alice Springs Rentals. That’s the trouble with nursing, you can live in a town, earn a $1000 and pay $300 a week rent or you can live in town like Alice (no pun intended) earn a $1000 and pay $600 of that in rent, you get no more pay wherever you work whilst other services like Police get subsidised heavily, I believe to the point where your mortgage is paid if you buy in Alice.
I trust you will recover quickly, keep up the physio and listen to your Doctors and Nurses.

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