Anthony Warry

Nurse found dead in remote South Australia

THE alleged murder of an Outback South Australian nurse has sparked calls for remote health care workers to stay in pairs.

The body of South Australian nurse Gayle Woodford was found in a shallow roadside grave on Saturday - four days after she was last seen.

A 36-year-old man has been charged with Ms Woodford's murder and the theft of the ambulance Ms Woodford normally drove.

He is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

On Sunday Ms Woodford's children, Gary and Allison, thanked police, SES volunteers and community members who helped search for their mother.

"Anyone who knows Mum would appreciate the kind, generous and loving devoted and beautiful person she was," Gary Woodford said.

A petition on Change.org calling for nurses in remote areas to work in pairs had received more than 24,000 signatures on Monday.

Perth nurse Joanne Norton started the petition and dubbed the changes "Gayle's Law".

"We are asking the Federal Health Minister … Sussan Ley to abolish single-nurse posts. 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," the petition urged.

- ARM NEWSDESK


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