In honour of a family friend, fellow nurse, daughter, wife, mother, aunty, and best friend, Gayle Woodford (nee Thompson), please, if you are a nurse, anywhere in the world wear a black arm bank in honour of Gayle today.
Please also consider signing the petition for the safety of all nurses as well:
“Remote Area Nurses (RAN) are instrumental in delivering and improving access to healthcare in isolated communities across our expansive outback. The role of the RAN encompasses the whole of life care, from antenate to end of life. We operate far outside the metro area, which means we are on call after hours and usually expected to attend after hours emergencies as single responders. Since Christmas 2015 there have been two sexual assaults of RAN’s and now the murder of our colleague in Fregon, South Australia. We are asking the Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Sussan Ley to abolish single nurse posts in Australia. And to assist in making it mandatory for two responders to attend all after hours call outs in Government, Indigenous Health Corporations and Not For Profit health centres across Australia.”
My heart goes out to Gayle’s immediate family and close friends, and especially her husband, children, sisters and her dear mum, my long time friend who I have known as Mrs Teacup for my whole life. No words will ever express the sadness, loss and tragedy of this truly senseless murder. R.I.P Gayle.