23 June 2021

Ms TRISH DOYLE (Blue Mountains) (18:28): Working in the healthcare sector is challenging at the best of times, but since the world was brought to a standstill by a global pandemic these challenges have increased exponentially. Today I pay tribute to Blue Mountains nurses and midwives. They are a remarkable bunch. They work under circumstances that are at times immeasurably demanding, unpredictable and downright tough. They work long hours, face people at their best and worst, are exposed to physical and emotional risks, and provide comfort, kindness and care to patients every day. They are extraordinarily dedicated, resilient and knowledgeable. They are the backbone of our healthcare system. They witness some of life's greatest joys and, in contrast, experience some of its greatest suffering. They are a rock in times of trauma and pain. They are a shining light in some of the darkest hours. I thank them for leading the way in taking care of us through these most difficult of times. I also thank the mighty Nurses and Midwives' Association. I thank our Blue Mountains nurses and midwives on behalf of a community that truly appreciates who they are and what they do.