ANMF welcomes new Labor Government ministers

The ANMF has congratulated the Albanese Government’s new ministerial appointments as it reaffirms its intent to push for much-needed health and aged care reform. ANMF Acting Federal Secretary Lori-Anne Sharp said that the union and its 310,000-plus members looked forward to working with Mark Butler (Minister for Health), Annika Wells (Minister for Aged Care) and […]

Meet Sye Hodgman, the QNMU’s First Nations Strategy, Policy and Research Officer

For Sye Hodgman, a Trawlwoolway Palawa-Pakana nurse, his direct engagement with the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union’s (QNMU ANMF QLD Branch) First Nations Branch means advocating for workplaces that allow Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives to thrive. “My main role is to identify areas, based on conversations I’m having with our […]

A union trailblazer: Remembering former ANF NT Branch Secretary Joan Wilkinson

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has paid tribute to former Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) Northern Territory (NT) Branch Secretary Joan Wilkinson who passed away at the end of last month. Joan, who served as Branch Secretary between 1977-1996, worked assiduously to raise the profile of the ANF, to the extent that the Branch […]

Hands off Medevac laws

Supporters of the Medevac legislation held an overnight vigil at Parliament House on Sunday urging Senators to reject a repeal Bill. The Coalition is calling to overturn the Medevac legislation with the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 [Provisions] in a Senate-only sitting this week. The Medevac legislation passed in February 2019, allows the […]

ANMF call to action: aged care can no longer wait

The ANMF has issued a call to action to nurses and midwives following the Aged Care Royal Commission’s scathing interim report released late last week. The explosive report which described Australia’s aged care system as “shameful” and “woefully inadequate” came as no surprise to the union which is ramping up its campaign for safer staffing […]

Registration of aged care workforce protects public

The ANMF has reiterated its call for registration of the personal care workforce at the Aged Care Royal Commission this week. The week-long Melbourne hearings focus on the aged care workforce, including capacity and training. Director Operations & Strategy of the ANMF (SA Branch) who is also Deputy Chair of the Aged Care Industry Reference […]

‘Beaten, broken and exhausted’: former aged care manager speaks out

Beaten, broken and exhausted are the words Gay Taylor used to describe how she felt after 12 months working as an aged care facility manager. The pressure to provide quality care to aged care residents without adequate staffing was relentless, Ms Taylor revealed to about 600 delegates in a passionate and emotive presentation at the […]

Why I gave evidence to the Royal Commission

Registered nurse Emma Murphy had just clocked off after a stressful shift at one of the handful of Brisbane aged care homes she works across each week. A resident had fallen and required a hospital transfer, followed quickly by another incident that left little time for her to properly complete all tasks. It was a […]

Earle Haven raised “serious red flags”, Commission told

A distraught 92-year old woman and a disoriented elderly man were among residents caught up in the middle of chaotic scenes during a recent emergency evacuation of a Gold Coast nursing home, the Brisbane Hearing of the Aged Care Royal Commission heard this week. The sudden closure of the Earle Haven Retirement Village in Nerang […]