Posted December 15, 2019 11:08:48 The Mount Everest midwife and midwife clinic in Sydney’s northern suburbs has become the latest clinic to refuse to operate in the Northern Territory because of the state’s new climate change regulations.
Key points:Midwives from the Mount Everest Midwife and Midwife Clinic (MEAMC) are being asked to operate at low temperatures in an effort to protect their jobsThe NT government is asking midwives to stop operating in the NT for the first time since 2017The Mount Tamborine midwife midwife said she is not comfortable operating in a climate that is warmer than normal.
“The temperature is now about 30 degrees warmer than it was before the last cyclone, so the heat will make it difficult to operate, especially for people like myself, because of our working conditions,” Ms Spencer said.
Ms Spencer said the cold temperatures also make it “difficult to prepare for a patient”.
The NT Government said it was asking midwifes to stop operations in the north of the country.
“We have asked midwives in the Mount Tambourine area to work at low temperature for two weeks to allow the climate to adapt and provide for their wellbeing,” a spokeswoman for NT Minister for Health Peter Collier said.
“If they do not comply with this request they will be advised that they may be asked to continue their work in the northern NT until further notice.”
Midwives are the backbone of the Mount Isa midwife medical group.
Ms Emily Spencer said she felt “fear” for her future work at the clinic, which operates from its Mount Tamarabah facility in the south of the NT.
“I feel that if I continue to do this work, I’m not going to be able to support myself financially for the rest of my life,” she said.
The NT Department of Health said the government was aware of the plight of midwives operating in Northern Territory, but the decision was made on the basis of a number of factors.
“These measures are designed to address the impacts of climate change on health and wellbeing of workers, especially midwives, and to reduce the impact of climate on health,” the spokeswoman said.
Topics:health,environment,environmental-impact,health-policy,therapeutic-nursing,mount-torresdale-0870,mountisia-0880,nsw,australiaFirst posted December 14, 2019 08:08.53Contact Emily Spencer