Update or Renew your Membership
Contests and promotions
Journey Accident and Professional Indemnity Insurance
Nurse and Midwife Students: Join the NSWNMA for free today!
NSWNMA branch pages on Facebook
Retired Member Activist Group
Association Member Training
Scrap the Wage Freeze
2020: Year of the Nurse and Midwife
Ratios For Aged Care Now
Ratios: It’s A Matter Of Life Or Death
Know Your Rights
Safer Work Safer Care
PPE: Your right to practice safely
Racism. It Stops With Me.
Stop gender-based violence at work
Climate change and the health system
Rural, Regional and Remote Health Inquiry – Share your story
For the workers
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Association Member Training
Policies and guidelines
Health and safety
Workplace violence and domestic violence – resources
Awards and conditions
Public health system
Aged care enterprise agreements
Private hospitals enterprise agreements
Wage Calculator and list of agreements
Miscellaneous enterprise agreements
Glossary of terms about working life
Who We Are
About the NSWNMA
Our vision and strategic plan
About the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation New South Wales Branch
Council of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association
Our internal structure
Careers at NSWNMA
Affiliations and sponsors
Nursing, midwifery and union links
About nursing and midwifery in NSW
Privatisation of mental health advice line kept under wraps
July 24, 2020
Concerns have been raised over the future of a publicly-run mental health telephone advice line, following revelations several Local Health Districts across NSW have handed over delivery of the service to private provider, Medibank.
Earlier this month, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) wrote to Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, and Mental Health Minister, Bronnie Taylor, to highlight concerns the service was being privatised without consulting staff, mental health clients or the community.
NSWNMA Assistant General Secretary, Judith Kiejda, said given the increasing demand on the state’s mental health system, it was profoundly disappointing the government would privatise such a crucial complementary service.
“During the current pandemic, the Berejiklian Government must continue investing resources to support vulnerable members of our community,” said Ms Kiejda.
“This telephone advisory line streamlines referrals for mental health consumers, giving them access to appropriately skilled nursing staff or psychologists, along with timely access to Mental Health Services in their local community.
“Instead of preserving this service, many Local Health Districts have already adopted a privatised model, including Murrumbidgee, Northern NSW and South Western Sydney.
“Meanwhile, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Nepean/Blue Mountains and Central Coast Local Health Districts were all in the process of privatising their services until we intervened.
“We’ve received no correspondence outlining how privatisation provides a better clinical service, or the standard by which any trial of an external provider would be measured.
“We are very concerned about potential negative impacts this will have on mental health consumers and the broader community and we call on the government to stop the privatisation from occurring.”
The NSWNMA has lodged a dispute against the Ministry of Health in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission over the lack of consultation and contradictory advice provided by various Local Health Districts.
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Help us fight for stronger, fairer conditions in NSW.
Find Your Branch on Facebook
Join over 70,000 nurses and midwives in NSW by becoming a valued member today.
You'll automatically become a member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
Join our mailing list