Our new name reflects all members

History was made at the annual conference with a change in the name of the Association to the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association.

Proud to be a part of history   CNC and midwife Jan Dilworth believes that the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) branch was a part of history at this year’s annual conference. RPA delegates put forward a motion to change the name of the NSW Nurses’ Association to the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association. They also supported the council resolution that was finally adopted.   “We were very keen to have midwives included in the title. The Association has been around now for 80 odd years and this is a significant, historical change.”Jan urges other NSWNMA members to embrace midwives as a specialist, professional group that can help the Association to strengthen and grow.   “Midwives and nurses already work together and that’s important to remember,” Jan added.   “This can only serve to benefit the future of the Association.”

We need to be inclusive   CNS Yvonne Peisley from Griffith Community Health says she was won over to the new name as the debate unfolded.   “I think it has brought out a lot of discussion. In our branch the more we thought about the reasoning behind it, it seemed right, so we agreed to it. There was an evolution of understanding behind why we need it. I’m now accustomed to another name.   “I’m a nurse from the 1980s but now we have direct midwifes and we have to be progressive and look to the future. We are in a rural area and we now have direct midwives coming through and we have to be inclusive.

“I’m quite OK with it.”

Westmead Hospital RN and midwife, Joanne Robertson, feels the name change is about recognition for midwives as a specialist group.   “I think this recognises midwives in general and that we are separate to nurses,” Joanne told The Lamp. “Being a midwife myself, I still felt part of the Association, even though the name wasn’t in there, but I think including the midwives in the title is great.”   Strengthening the Association   For AiN and aged care nurse, Jarrod Pronk, the Association’s name change means that midwives now have more industrial protection.   “There’s quite a few of the new direct entry midwives who didn’t feel associated with the NSW Nurses’ Association, so it makes it clear for them,” Jarrod told The Lamp. “Those who didn’t know that they could become members of the Association now do, so they’ll be protected as all the members are.”   Jarrod believes the name change will bring more midwives into the fold and strengthen the Association by attracting more members with experience and knowledge from a specialist area.