Editorial – Brett Holmes

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




We must evolve or be left behind

This year’s annual conference — our 70th — was dynamic and creative and these are the qualities we will need as an organisation to meet the formidable challenges in front of us. Annual conference was an important opportunity to discuss the chan...



Ratios forward march!

In this month’s Lamp we can report on two significant ratios wins: at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse where we have won ratios in a private hospital agreement for the first time and in Queensland where the new government has pledged to enshrine nurse...



Another battle looms over penalty rates

We’ve been here before over penalty rates but the Coalition and employers are, if nothing else, relentless. They should learn the lesson that we will always stand up for workers’ rights. In the last few weeks for profit aged care employers have m...



We appreciate and are honoured by your confidence

Brett Holmes and Judith Kiejda have just been reelected unopposed as the General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary of the NSWNMA. Brett has also just celebrated 25 years working for the union. BY BRETT HOLMES GENERAL SECRETARY It’s an honou...



Ramsay members show the way

The commitment, energy and organization shown by our members at Ramsay Health Care has led to some excellent outcomes in their proposed agreement. Their campaign gives some good pointers to their colleagues at Healthscope and in the Public Health Sys...



Ratios remain the key to patient safety

Both major political parties promised more nurses for our public health system in their state election campaigns — which we welcome — but we need a bipartisan position on ratios to ensure patient safety. Four years ago a chronic shortage of nurse...



The public are justifiably concerned about privatisation

Two successive Queensland governments of different political persuasions have been given the same emphatic message by voters: we don’t want a bar of your privatisation agenda. Voters in New South Wales can exercise their choice to send the same mes...



Medicare and public health are sustainable and cost efficient

Governments are quick to use economic arguments to justify cuts to healthcare spending – but there are compelling economic arguments for a well-resourced public health care system with sufficient nurses. It has been amazing to watch the Abbott gove...



We must insist on RNs in aged care 24/7

Recent legislative changes have threatened the role of RNs in aged care and there are implications for the wider nursing profession. We are becoming accustomed to policy changes in health being dictated by a drive for profit or cost cutting. When the...



Value the people caring for people

Ramsay Health Care has an opportunity in its current enterprise agreement negotiation to reward the nurses and midwives who have been central to its rise to become one of the most successful private health operators in the world. Ramsay Health Care...