Guidance needed in aged care to improve help for grieving families

Government, researchers and aged care staff need to urgently come together to establish a formal approach to the grief and loss experienced by families in aged care, a Flinders University-led review has argued. The study reviewed 35 papers examining the grief, loss, and bereavement experience of family caregivers of those entering, living and dying in residential aged […]

‘We were all stuffed’: Spike in drinking during COVID-19 among working mums

New studies by La Trobe University have lifted the lid on the impact of additional responsibilities women assumed by ‘default’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a worrying spike in drinking among working mothers. Participants noted the lack of control they felt over their everyday lives and drinking as they juggled working from home, parenting, household, […]

Winners announced for 2024 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards

A nurse and midwife from Victoria and a New South Wales-based organisation improving access to primary healthcare in remote and Aboriginal communities have been crowned winners at last night’s 2024 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards in Melbourne. Victorian nurse Cathy Halmarick, from Peninsula Health, took out Nurse of the Year in recognition of her […]

Federal Budget 2024: ANMF welcomes funding for health and aged care

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed the Albanese Government’s $8.5 billion in last night’s 2024-25 Budget for health, including $2.8 billion to strengthen Medicare and $2.2 billion for aged care to continue implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations. Key Budget wins include new Medicare rebates for midwives to provide longer consultations before […]

Australian-first research centre for cancer survivors aims to revolutionise care

A new research centre focused on improving the care and wellbeing of cancer survivors through evidence-based interventions will be established as part of a 10-year partnership between UNSW Sydney and Cancer Council NSW (CCNSW). The Australian Research Centre for Cancer Survivorship will inform practice, services and policy in the survivorship space across NSW and act […]

New scholarship to deliver 100 endometriosis nurses to regional, rural and remote areas

A new scholarship program is aiming to deliver 100 trained Endometriosis Specialty Nurses to regional, rural and remote communities across Australia that often experience limited access to health services. Launched by Endometriosis Australia, in partnership with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), each scholarship is valued at $2,900. During the 10-week unit of study, nurses […]

McGrath Foundation launches ‘power of care’ nursing series

The McGrath Foundation has launched a new content series celebrating the profound ‘power of care’ its dedicated network of breast cancer nurses provide to women and families impacted by the disease across Australia. The series features four real-life stories that shine a spotlight on the far-reaching impact of care, from receiving treatment close to home […]

Celebrating International Nurses Day 2024

On this International Nurses Day (IND), the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling for greater recognition, investment and support of the nursing workforce so nurses are better utilised to work to their full scope of practice and deliver improved healthcare and economic outcomes for all Australians. This year’s IND theme – ‘Our Nurses. […]