Wednesday 17th August 2011
The NSWNA is proud to be a member of the Sydney Alliance -a non-party political organisation that brings together diverse community organisations, unions and religious organisations to advance the common good and achieve a fair, just and sustainable city.
The Sydney Alliance, a non-party political organisation that brings together diverse community organisations, unions and religious organisations to advance the common good and achieve a fair, just and sustainable city, is an excellent idea and the NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) is proud to be a foundation member of such an innovative organisation.
The Sydney Alliance will be formally launched at its Founding Assembly at Sydney Town Hall, on September 15, where more than 2000 members from Alliance partner organisations, including the NSWNA, will speak in one voice for civil society. In attendance will also be a range of leaders from politics, business and the media who influence and shape the lives of those who live in Sydney.
NSWNA general secretary, Brett Holmes, said much of the public debate nowadays tends to focus, almost exclusively, on the economy and often overlooks the fact that the economy’s purpose is to allow people to live in a civil and progressive society.
“The NSWNA is enthusiastic about being part of an organisation aimed at rebalancing the debate. Nurses and midwives work in health and aged care sectors where the budget bottom line is increasingly dominating the debate. This is incredibly frustrating for professionals whose focus is on safe and high quality care. As we now say – safe patient care is the bottom line.
“Through the Sydney Alliance we want to support people and organisations that have similar values and we look forward to their support for our work. In fact, one of the key areas identified by the Sydney Alliance, during its listening campaigns in 2010 and 2011, is Community Care Health & Support (including mental health, aged care and child care).
“NSWNA officials and members bring significant expertise to this issue and will enjoy working with other members of the Alliance as we try to improve these services across Sydney.
“The NSWNA calls on other unions and community-based, not-for-profit organisations, in Sydney, which share our enthusiasm for building a more civil society, to also consider applying for membership of the Alliance,” Mr Holmes said.