About the NSWNMA
About the NSWNMA
The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is the registered union for all nurses and midwives in New South Wales. The Association represents the industrial interests of nurses and midwives employed in NSW in the public, private, aged care, and primary health sectors. Our role is to protect the interests of nurses, midwives and the nursing and midwifery professions.
The NSWNMA also represents and provides for the professional, educational and industrial welfare of nurses and midwives in government and non-government forums at state, national and international level.
The NSWNMA works in association with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). NSWNMA members are also members of the New South Wales Branch of the ANMF.
All of our affiliations and sponsors can be found here.
The most significant advantage of being a member of NSWNMA is the ability to leverage the collective "strength in numbers" of our membership during negotiations for workplace terms, conditions, and industrial entitlements.
Legal safety net
Membership offers the security of knowing that if you need assistance with a situation arising from work, eg. workers compensation, coroner’s inquest or professional disciplinary hearings, we will provide you with appropriate legal representation.
Journey Accident Insurance
Journey Accident Insurance provides cover for members who are injured in an accident while travelling between their home and work. A key benefit is that it provides income replacement while members are off work due to their injuries. A 14-day waiting period applies.
Workplace health and safety
Safety of members is a priority for the NSWNMA. Our workplace health and safety service provides advice that can protect you and your colleagues and if problems arise we can insist on WHS improvements on your behalf.
Every three months you’ll receive a copy of our magazine The Lamp, and you have access to Lamp Online which will keep you up to date with news of the profession and NSWNMA activities. Branch officials from your workplace can assist you with most queries relating to pay and conditions of employment. Or you can contact the Association for help with more complex or confidential issues.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
We provide Professional Indemnity Insurance as part of NSWNMA membership. This is for members who work in NSW; members who take short-term contract work interstate or in some overseas countries; members working for a bankrupt employer whose insurances have not been maintained or members doing private nursing work secondary to their main employment. Additionally, as a condition of registration, you can automatically attest that you comply with AHPRA requirements. Members undergoing supervised practice to re-register are also covered.
Confidential advice and assistance
A nursing career is stimulating, challenging and rewarding. There will be times in your career, though, when you need information, advice or assistance. In some instances this will be help that only the union is able to provide. See our Member Assistance Policy here. If you’re a member seeking advice, please contact the NSWNMA.
Meeting your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) obligations is now even easier with iLearn – our online education portal. Get FREE access to over 200 highly visual and interactive CPD modules online you can do at your own pace, with personalised ePortfolio and CPD tracker so you can provide evidence to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) of participation in CPD annually.
Member Benefits Program
As a member of the NSWNMA, you are eligible to access thousands of Member Advantage program benefits, from everyday savings on fuel and groceries, to wholesale pricing at The Good Guys, to discounts on dining out, gym memberships, movie tickets and much more.
Everything to help you save on what you need and spoil yourself with what you want.
Each year members and associate members are invited to apply for education, conference and research scholarships provided by the Edith Cavell Trust. Annually the Edith Cavell Trust provides approximately $100,000 to assist members with their professional development and further studies.
The union has ongoing involvement in the improvement of both public and industry superannuation funds. Union representatives work to ensure that your superannuation funds are focused on securing your financial future. You can also join the NSWNMA Retired Member Activist Group (RMAG).