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 […]

Medicare Urgent Care Clinics seeing more than 10,000 patients each week

More than 250,000 Australians have visited the federal government’s network of 58 Medicare Urgent Care Clinics for care from a doctor or a nurse, easing the burden of busy hospital emergency departments. A key election commitment, the rollout began in June 2023, with the final clinics opening late last year. According to the government, almost […]

The Break Glass function in My Health Record: when and how to use it

There are certain urgent situations where health professionals can legally access restricted information in a My Health Record to lessen or prevent a serious threat to a person’s health. This is known as Emergency Access or the break glass function. While it is expected that it will be rarely required, it is important to understand […]

PLACEMENT POVERTY: Why nursing and midwifery students must be paid for clinical placements

A growing number of undergraduate nursing and midwifery students nationwide are voicing concerns about the significant challenges posed by hundreds of hours of mandatory unpaid clinical placements. Robert Fedele investigates. Erin Pereira, a former banker turned aspiring midwife, found inspiration in the remarkable work of midwives during the birth of her first child. Now in […]

Nurse practitioners, midwives empowered to provide quality care

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has commended the Albanese Government for introducing new laws which will give highly trained nurse practitioners and midwives greater capacity to provide people with safe, quality care. This morning, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney introduced the Health Legislation Amendment (Removal of Requirement for a […]