The Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) has released TV and social advertisements urging Queenslanders to remain vigilant during Covid-19.
QNMU Secretary Beth Mohle said the advertisements featured a Brisbane nurse and called on Queenslanders to continue stay home in order to stop the spread.
Ms Mohle said she feared Queensland’s well planned and rapid response to Covid-19, and associated low infection rates, could generate a false sense of security. She said people needed to resist the urge to return to “normal life.’’
“We need to remind all Queenslanders that we must remain vigilant in order to beat Coronavirus,’’ Ms Mohle said.
“Our nurses, midwives, aged care and all healthcare staff are working incredibly hard in extremely difficult circumstances to stop the spread of this pandemic.
“We ask Queenslanders to continue to join us in this fight by staying home where possible.’’
The QMNU advertisements also draw attention to Queensland and Australia’s world class, public health system.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on Australia’s world class, universal healthcare system,’’ Ms Mohle said.
“We are so lucky to live in a country where everyone has access to free, quality medical treatment – unlike countries like the US.
“All Australians should take a moment and be grateful Queensland and Australian leaders planned ahead. They were informed, prepared and they put people’s lives and the greater good first. Some countries have not been so fortunate.’’
Ms Mohle warned the Covid-19 crisis was not yet over. She said the easing of some restrictions, such as the possible restart of elective surgery, would need to be done in an extremely careful, considered and evidence-based way.
The QNMU ads also ask Queenslanders to continue to demonstrate respect to frontline staff.
A nurse who appears in one of the advertisement states: “You might have heard that a number of us have been coping abuse from some members of the public. Most of you have been great and very supportive. But to the minority I say this, please don’t abuse heath care workers. We understand you’re scared but we will never put public safety at risk. We are doing our very best under incredibly difficult circumstances and ask for your respect.’’
The ads can be viewed at:
The QNMU is run by nurses and midwives only for nurses and midwives.