Editorial – Brett Holmes

Every month The Lamp carries an editorial by Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSWNMA.


Our public health system needs constant nurturing not neglect

Nurse and midwife numbers are failing to keep up with increased demand and we can see the public health system creaking throughout NSW as a consequence.  In this month’s Lamp we have a multitude of … Read More

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Let’s take this union to another level

Unity within our own ranks and with other unions and the community is the key to meeting the challenges we face. This year our annual conference had the theme of Challenge, Inspire, Change: effectively a … Read More

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A win for the ages

Years of effort and campaigning by many people who care deeply about our public health system has paid dividends with the state government backing off on its plans to privatise Wyong, Bowral and Goulburn hospitals. … Read More

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Advancing reconciliation

The NSWNMA will do its utmost to help improve the health and lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders just as we are committed to improving the health and lives of all Australians. In this … Read More

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Respect nurses and midwives

The state government has responded to our public health system log of claims and on the big staffing issues they have nothing to say. We are often told we are living in a dynamic world … Read More

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Be alert, be aware and join the fight to defend penalty rates

When it comes to workers’ rights and living standards the Turnbull government loves to play the politics of the empty gesture. What is needed is meaningful action to protect our standards of living. Prime Minister … Read More

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NSW can afford improved ratios

Strong economic growth means the NSW government can afford to improve safe patient care through improved ratios and the federal government has no excuse for not protecting the penalty rates of the lowest paid. Figures … Read More

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A cautionary tale for metro members

By Judith Kiejda, Acting General Secretary Late last year the state government unveiled plans to privatise five regional NSW hospitals. Now, with the announced privatisation of the St George Hospital renal dialysis services, we know … Read More

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A way forward for aged care

Judith Kiejda, Acting General Secretary If we want to have an aged care sector that has the capacity to care for older Australians to the standards the community expects then a good place to start … Read More

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