The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (the Association) is a trade union representing nurses and midwives registered under NSW industrial laws.
In order to carry out its activities, the Association may collect personal information from, or on behalf of, members and in some circumstances, former members, in order to provide professional and industrial services related to the professions of nursing and midwifery and the employment of nurses and midwives.
Personal information is also collected from subscribers to the Association’s publications.
Personal information includes all information or opinion about an individual whose identity is apparent or can reasonably be determined from the information or opinion and may include sensitive information, which is defined as information or opinion about an individual’s membership of a trade union; sexual preferences or practices; criminal record; or personal health.
The Association is covered by the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) in relation to personal information and its collection and use, its disclosure and security and access to it.
The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is the legal owner of this website with a home page address of www.nswnma.asn.au and of the Nurse Uncut website with a home page address of www.nurseuncut.com.au. These websites and our social media channels are known as NSWNMA Online. NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is the sole owner of the information collected on NSWNMA Online.
This policy is to let you know what information is collected about you when you visit NSWNMA Online and when you contact the Association, how this information is used, to whom it is disclosed and your ability to have any incorrect personal information amended.
This policy applies to personal information the Association collects from you:
The NSWNMA is strongly committed to protecting your privacy while you interact with our websites. We want to provide a safe and secure environment for both adults and children.
Information is collected from you primarily to make it easier and more rewarding for you to use our sites. Depending on the web pages you are accessing, you could be asked to provide information such as your name, email address or information about what you like and do not like. It is entirely your choice whether to provide this information or not.
We will only use any personal information you have chosen to provide us for the purpose for which you provided it. We will not use it for any other purpose without your consent.
NSWNMA Online is managed by the NSWNMA Communications team.
The web server for www.nswnma.asn.au is hosted by Anchor Hosting [www.anchor.net.au] and the web server for www.nurseuncut.com.au is hosted by OzISP Internet Services Pty Ltd [www.ozisp.com.au].
NSWNMA Online collects two types of information.
The first type is anonymous information.
These servers make a record of your visit and log the following information for statistical purposes:
No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except in the unlikely event of an investigation, when a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the internet service provider’s logs.
The second type of information that NSWNMA Online collects is personal information. Personal information is sometimes requested in order to provide personalised and enhanced services that are not available to anonymous users.
Personal information requested on NSWNMA Online can include:
From time to time you may voluntarily supply your personal information to the Association. The Association will record your e-mail address if you send us a message, subscribe to an email newsletter or complete a form if this information is requested.
When you provide your personal information, it allows us, for example, to assist you with industrial relations and employment queries, inform you about industrial, social and political campaigns, and accept your application for membership. You may supply personal information to the Association by, for example, responding to a survey, filling in a meeting attendance sheet, taking part in a competition, completing a membership form, discussing your issues with a delegate, or signing up to a campaign. The Association only collects personal information that is reasonably necessary for the Association to perform its functions and/or activities.
Depending upon the circumstances, you may provide to the Association and the Association may collect information such as, but not limited to:
Some personal information is considered sensitive information and includes:
Read the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s policy on use of social media and online networking.
Here are some simple guidelines that members of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association and members of the public should follow when using the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association Facebook page, Ratios Put Patient Safety First Facebook page, Aged Care Nurses Facebook page, NSWNMA branch Facebook pages and when posting commentary on SupportNurses on YouTube, the Nurse Uncut blog site and Nurse Uncut Facebook page or when replying to tweets from @nswnma or @nurseuncut.
While all the social media channels are provided as a communication service to members and the public to comment on issues and campaigns that the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is involved in, inappropriate or offensive comments will be removed.
Negative or derogatory comments about your employers, managers, clients, patients or work colleagues will also be removed.
To support campaigns that NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is currently engaged in, comments should be made in general terms about wages and workloads or other industrial issues.
Nurses and midwives have professional obligations under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the National Law) and as defined and described in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Professional Practice Framework. They should understand their obligations and responsibilities when using social media. These obligations and responsibilities are described in the Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses in Australia and Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia which are part of the NMBA Professional Practice Framework.
Nurses and midwives are also subject to many other Commonwealth and state or territory laws.
The Privacy Act 1988 is particularly relevant in relation to social media.
Nurses and midwives should comply with any guidelines and with the polices of their workplace relating to privacy and social media.
Don’t discuss individual clients or patients or any legal issues you personally are/were involved in. Don’t identify a client or patient in any way, including by photograph or video, without their express written permission.
Don’t post photographs or videos of yourself engaging in illegal, offensive, compromising or inappropriate behaviour or activity.
Be aware that anything you say or do on our site when absent on sick leave may be used to cast doubt on your right to be on sick leave.
Don’t use a work computer to access our site if it puts you in conflict with your employer’s computer access for personal use policy.
Ensure your own social media account privacy settings do not allow open public access, but be aware of the limitations of so-called private settings on electronic devices and within the social media sites you use.
Don’t update your status about anything work-related.
Please don’t use swear words or obscenities in your social media monikers or in your comments, regardless of whether you are supporting the NSWNMA position on an issue.
The Facebook pages and other social media channels were created to keep members of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association and the public abreast of news, issues and campaigns that the Association is currently involved in.
Comments will be reviewed and may be removed if they are deemed inappropriate or offensive.
The comments posted on the sites are not necessarily the opinions or views of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association.
Read the guidelines for using Nurse Uncut blog.
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