Bad work conditions no excuse: Bacchus Marsh nurse struck off

Dianne Macrae has been banned for reapplying for registration over her care related to three neonatal deaths

A nurse at the centre of the Bacchus Marsh neonatal scandal has been told that “poor working conditions do not excuse incompetence” after she was effectively struck off last month.


Dianne Macrae is believed to be the first nurse or doctor who worked at the regional hospital’s maternity unit to be publicly sanctioned following the potentially avoidable deaths of seven babies between 2013 and 2014.

Previous inquiries have found there was inadequate clinical governance, little support for midwife education and problems accessing out-of-hours