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The Shift Ep. 111: Flattening the Climate Change curve – Dr Kate Charlesworth

Dr Kate Charlesworth (Environmental Sustainability Lead at SESLHD) talks about flattening the climate change curve.Kate can be contacted via email – Kate.Charlesworth@health.nsw.gov.au NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association · Ep 111_Flattening the Climate Change curve_Dr Kate Charlesworth


Relaxing of lockout laws reckless for Newcastle

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has urged the Berejiklian Government to resist pressure from the alcohol industry to relax late night trading restrictions across Newcastle venues.Introduced in 2008, the Newcastle lockout laws for … Read More


Frontline workers to slash spending if wage freeze proceeds

As public sector unions prepare to fight the state government’s proposed wage freeze in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, new data shows nurses and midwives are grappling with a bleak outlook.According to a YouGov* survey … Read More


Hospital data reinforces exceptional value of nurses and midwives

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has again called on the NSW Government to abandon its public sector wage freeze, following the release of hospital data depicting the unwavering work value of nurses and … Read More


Gloucester aged care nurses face uncertain future

Frustrated members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will take to the streets in Gloucester tomorrow to highlight local aged care staffing cuts.It’s been revealed up to five full-time equivalent nursing positions will … Read More


Wage freeze fight continues for nurses and midwives

Nurses and midwives will continue to stare down the NSW Government’s cruel public sector wage freeze, with a showdown now set for the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (NSW IRC).Despite Labor, the Greens and almost all … Read More


Nurses and midwives rally at Parliament for wage freeze showdown

Small groups of nurses and midwives will gather (social distancing) today outside NSW Parliament to express their anger at the state government’s public sector wage freeze.Following weeks of gathering support online to halt the wage … Read More


Treasurer’s desperate wage freeze ‘sweetener’ leaves sour taste

Nurses and midwives say they are insulted at a last-ditch attempt by the NSW Government, as it tries to press ahead with a wage freeze on all public sector workers.The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association … Read More


Submission to Legislative Council Committee Inquiry into the current and future provision of health services in the South-West Sydney Growth Region

Click here to read or download the NSWNMA Submission Submission to Legislative Council Committee Inquiry into the current and future provision of health services in the South-West Sydney Growth Region


Nurses and midwives insulted by cruel wage freeze

Tens of thousands of nurses and midwives have been dealt a blow in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, after the NSW Government today confirmed it will freeze all public sector wages.In response, the NSW … Read More


Assertive Communication

Assertive communication is seen as an integral skill for nurses and midwives. This style of communication is based on mutual respect and targets problems rather than people. This session will provide you with a clear … Read More


Documentation

Strong documentation is crucial for the effective transfer of information between health professionals. Documentation plays a key role in patient safety, and is relied upon during investigations and the coronial process. This session discusses the … Read More


Ethics in Practice

Ethical codes are systematic guidelines for shaping ethical behaviour. This session discusses how nurses and midwives make ethical decisions in their practice. This session includes an overview of how to maintain professional boundaries, and some … Read More


Reflection in Practice

This session follows on from our ‘Your Annual CPD Obligations’ video. It outlines what refection in practice is and provides examples of how you can use reflection in relation to CPD. Reflection in Practice provides … Read More


Law in Practice

Nurses and midwives are bound by professional obligations, as outlined in various codes and frameworks from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). This session discusses some of the laws that are relevant to … Read More


Social Media

Social media is becoming increasingly popular – if you are using social media, it is important you are aware of the professional obligations relating to this. This session will provide you with an overview of … Read More


Wage freeze sours International Nurses’ Day

As thousands of nurses prepare for their shifts this International Nurses’ Day (12 May), public sector workers across the state face the prospect of a cruel wage freeze being legislated by the NSW Government. On a … Read More


Nurses fighting COVID-19 left out in cold by wage freeze

On the eve of International Nurses’ Day, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has attacked plans by the NSW Government to ram through legislation for a public sector wage freeze, as early as tomorrow … Read More


Midwives deliver unwavering support during COVID-19

Ask any midwife about their professional skills and guidance, in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and you will be reminded of the evolving role midwives play in delivering babies into our world.On this International … Read More


Coronial Inquests

Coroners ensure all sudden, unexpected or unexplained deaths, suspected deaths, fires and explosions are properly investigated. If necessary, an inquest into the death is held. This session provides an overview of the role of the … Read More


Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Code(s) of Conduct

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Code of Conduct for nurses and Code of Conduct for midwives sets out the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for all nurses and midwives. This … Read More


Professional Obligations

To hold registration as a nurse or midwife in Australia, you must adhere to the standards, codes, guidelines and frameworks set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). These standards include the Standards … Read More


Your Annual CPD obligations

Learning and Development is a continual process throughout nurses and midwives’ careers. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an important foundation of lifelong learning and helps you maintain competence to practice. This session will provide you … Read More


Co-regulatory Model in NSW

In New South Wales (NSW), nursing and midwifery use a co-regulatory model to investigate and manage notifications and complaints. This session provides an overview of how the co-regulatory model works in NSW, explaining the role … Read More


List of Coronial Findings

Coronial Inquest into the death of: Date of Findings Catchwords Issues relevant to nursing and midwifery: Mahmoud ALLAMLink to Finding 25 March 2020 “Death in custody, Parklea Correctional Centre, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, observations, antibiotic therapy, … Read More


Suspend trade talks to prioritise public health

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has written to Federal Trade Minister, Simon Birmingham, calling for an immediate suspension of trade negotiations to allow developing nations to focus on the most effective public health response … Read More


Aged Care needs more support to tackle COVID-19

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called on the Federal Government to urgently strengthen the level of support being provided to the aged care sector, in light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As one … Read More


Consultation on the Draft National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition) User guide for health service organisations providing care for patients from migrant and refugee backgrounds

Click Here to view or download the Consultation on the Draft National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition) User guide for health service organisations providing care for patients from migrant and refugee backgrounds


COVID-19 Updates and Guidelines

 The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is providing support and advice to any members seeking information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).Members are encouraged to login to Member Central via the main website online.nswnma.asn.au and access Frequently … Read More


Liverpool Hospital mental health nurse tragedy

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) expresses our sincere condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of a well-respected Mental Health nurse who tragically lost his life while working in Liverpool Hospital’s Mental Health … Read More


Cough or spit on frontline workers: you will cop it

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed tough new laws, including on-the-spot fines, for individuals who assault nurses, midwives, police, paramedics and other frontline staff who are working tirelessly to keep our communities … Read More


600 nurses stood down after elective surgery misfire, more to follow

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has heard more than 600 private hospital nurses have been stood down over the past 24 hours, and hundreds more could follow, all casualties of the Federal Government’s … Read More


Nurses and midwives plea to local communities

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) have issued a simple message to their local communities throughout the state: help us to help you.NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said as more cases of … Read More


Hospitals already buckling as presentations jump

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has urged the NSW Government to bring forward its planned 5,000 health ‘workforce boost’, as promised at the last election, in light of the evolving COVID-19 crisis and … Read More


Aged care staff in limbo as Gloucester privatises beds

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has raised serious staffing concerns over the transfer of publicly-funded aged care licences from Gloucester Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital to not-for-profit provider, Anglican Care.NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said … Read More


‘Health Matters’ for all in 2020

Around 80 jubilant nurses and midwives will don scrubs and rainbow sweatbands to promote physical and mental fitness, under the theme ‘HEALTH MATTERS’ during tonight’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.Travelling from across the state, … Read More


WIN: Aged care assessment privatisation stopped

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed news that plans to privatise Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT) have been scrapped, following a meeting of state and territory Health Ministers in Melbourne. A COAG … Read More


Maclean Hospital changes cut jobs, spark patient safety fears

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has expressed deep concern to Northern NSW Local Health District over a plan to merge two inpatient wards at Maclean District Hospital, effectively creating a ghost ward and … Read More


Cuts to Murwillumbah ED despite rising presentations

Emergency department staff at Murwillumbah District Hospital are stunned and in fear for patient safety, after revelations Northern NSW Local Health District will slash rostered nursing hours, despite patient presentations at the facility continuing to … Read More


Nurses oppose aged care assessment privatisation

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has condemned plans by the federal government to privatise the current aged care assessment process, arguing it would have widespread implications for the state’s health sector.The government wants … Read More


OPWC Aged Care Scholarship

THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS CURRENTLY NOT OPEN FOR APPLICATIONThe NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is pleased to announce a further round of the Old People’s Welfare Council (OPWC) Scholarships, which opened for application on 13 January … Read More


No reprieve in sight for Griffith Base Hospital staff

Less than a week out from Christmas and the New Year, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) are worried about safe staffing levels in multiple wards at Griffith Base Hospital, compounded by … Read More


Patient safety buckles inside Westmead’s busy ED

With Christmas and New Year festivities on the doorstep, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Westmead Hospital branch have raised grave fears for safe patient care inside their hospital’s overstretched emergency department.For … Read More


NSW emergency departments busier than ever

Presentations to emergency departments in the state’s public hospitals hit an all-time high during the recent winter period, vindicating calls by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) for urgent extra nursing staff to meet … Read More


The Shift Ep. 109: Assertive Communication – Joanne Purdue (Future Ready 2019)

Joanne Purdue (Professional Officer at the NSWNMA) spoke at the NSWNMA’s Future Ready Conference. Here she presents on Assertive Communication and the skills needed to be able to communicate better in the workplace.


Professional indemnity insurance

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requires that nurses and midwives declare that they hold professional indemnity insurance (PII) or are appropriately covered by their employer as a condition of registration. While employers are responsible … Read More


Statement: Balmain East tragedy

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is extending its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the Community Mental Health nurse who tragically lost his life while working in Sydney’s inner west … Read More


Disappointing announcement means no change, no relief for older Australians

ANMF Media Release. 25 November 2019The Government’s statement today from the Prime Minister and the Ministers for Health, Aged Care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme, in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission Interim … Read More


The Shift Ep. 108: Nutrition for Nurses – Kathryn Hawkins Future Ready 2019

Kathryn Hawkins (Dietitian, Nutritionist & Presenter) spoke at the NSWNMA’s Future Ready Conference 2019. Here she presents on ‘Nutrition for Nurses’ answering common diet questions from the audience and busting some of the myths.


Wyong ED nurses facing burnout and fatigue

A community campaign to highlight serious staffing concerns inside Wyong Hospital’s emergency department is continuing, with a second lunchtime rally to be held today, Monday 18 November.Despite months raising concerns with Central Coast Local Health … Read More


The Shift Ep. 107: Let’s Talk About Toddlers – Sharlene Vlahos Part 2

Sharlene Vlahos is the Director of Education & Development at Karitane and presented at the NSWNMA’s recent Child & Family Health Seminar. This is part 2 of her presentation “Let’s talk about toddlers”.Intro by Dean … Read More


NSWNMA Submission to Right to Farm Bill

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NSWNMA Submission to the NSW Gov Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters – State Election Inquiry 2019

Click here to download the NSWNMA Submission to the NSW Gov Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters – State Election Inquiry 2019


ANMF NSW Branch Submissions Fair Work Ensuring Integrity Bill 2019

Click here to download the ANMF NSW Branch Submission regarding the Fair Work Ensuring Integrity Bill 2019


NSWNMA Submission on highly contentious bills

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The Shift Ep. 106: Let’s Talk About Toddlers – Sharlene Vlahos Part 1

Sharlene Vlahos (Director of Education & Development, Karitane)spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent Child & Family Health Seminar. Here’s part one of here presentation “Let’s Talk About Toddlers”.Intro by Dean Murphy (NSWNMA)


Refusing overtime

I work in a public hospital and our department is so short staffed we are constantly being harassed to work overtime on top of the rostered shift already worked. Can we say no? Clause 25(i) … Read More


AiN Team Leader at BUPA

I work as an Assistant in Nursing in a Bupa nursing home. What is the criteria to become a Team Leader? Schedule B of the Bupa Aged Care Australia, NSWNMA, ANMF (NSW Branch) and HSU … Read More


Accessing maternity leave

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. I have been off on maternity leave and am now pregnant with my second child. Do I need to work for 40 weeks again to … Read More


Replacement of absences

I work at a private hospital run by Ramsay. When an RN is off sick or on leave, do they need to replace them with another RN?Clause 4.2.1 of the Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty … Read More


Increasing part time hours

I work part time at a hospital run by Healthscope and have been doing lots more hours. Can I increase my permanent contracted hours to reflect this? Clause 23(xi) of the Healthscope Group – NSWNMA/ANMF … Read More


Our community campaigns pay dividends

According to documents leaked to the opposition the state government has earmarked $150 million in funding cuts to LHD budgets this financial year. This will inevitably put more pressure on staffing.   Here is a delicious … Read More


Tram plan derailed by community campaign

Cumberland Hospital’s NSWNMA branch wants to know how a large acute psychiatric hospital will operate with a busy tram line running through it.   Alarmed for their patients’ safety, nurses at Western Sydney’s biggest acute psychiatric … Read More


Staffing breakthrough at Bankstown 

ED nurses win commitment to fill vacancies and continue to push for staffing review. Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital emergency department nurses are getting results in their campaign for adequate staffing.Management have agreed to fill all 9.46 FTE … Read More


Alone no longer   

A committed group of rural nurses have forced management to promise extra staff – ensuring they will no longer have to work alone. Nurses at Leeton District Hospital will no longer be put in unnecessary danger … Read More


Cooma wins extra staff

Sustained pressure leads to more staff and more consultation.After campaigning for almost a year, nurses and midwives at Cooma Hospital have won a battle with hospital management over workloads, with nurses, midwives, clerks and health … Read More


Win on mixed shifts

NSW Health nurses and midwives who work mixed shifts will be better off under a new method of calculating Additional Days Off (ADOs), negotiated by the NSWNMA.The NSWNMA and NSW Health have negotiated a better … Read More


An ‘unacceptable level of staffing’ in aged  care homes 

Australia ranks poorly for aged care staffing in international comparisons. More than half of all Australian aged care residents are in homes with staffing levels that would be rated one or two stars in the … Read More


Plenty of support for aged care ratios on Q&A 

NSWNMA puts aged care ratios front and centre on the ABC’s respected current affairs forum. During a special episode of the ABC panel show Q&A devoted to Australia’s aged care system, panellists and audience members … Read More


Aged care providers shift burden to public hospitals 

Avoidable hospitalisations and unnecessary delays in transferring patients back to residential homes are putting significant pressure on our public health system, a new survey confirms. Understaffing and a lack of qualified nursing staff in NSW … Read More


Cultural divisions prevalent in health and aged care

A new report by the NSWNMA finds high levels of discrimination in health and aged care settings and a reluctance to report incidents.  One in four nurses and midwives experience racial discrimination monthly, and one … Read More


Champ deplores ‘lack of expectation’ for people with disabilities

Kurt Fearnley, Australia’s most famous wheelchair racer, says it is unacceptable that people with disabilities should have to spend their time ‘looking at life go by’. Kurt was a guest speaker at the NSWNMA’s Future … Read More


“Keep Calm and Nurse On”

Emergency workers, including nurses and midwives, were invited to take part in the Police Games this year. A number of members took up the challenge to join the 43 sporting events that make up the … Read More


Australia leads global cancer survival rates

Impressive results attributed to early detection by primary care practitioners but room for improvement remains.A study, published in The Lancet Oncology journal by the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership, reviewed 3.9 million cancer cases from Australia, … Read More


Australia’s love affair with codeine curbed

Switching the painkiller codeine to a prescription-only medicine has led to a 50 per cent drop in overdoses and sales.A study published in the journal Addiction by researchers from the University of Sydney also debunks … Read More


Childhood obesity is rising exponentially

Only one in 10 countries has even a 50 per cent chance of meeting WHO targets on child obesity.The number of obese children globally is predicted to reach 250 million by 2030, up from 150 … Read More


Neglect… It must stop in Aged Care

ANMF Media Release 31 October, 2019The title of today’s Interim Report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – “Neglect” encapsulates aged care in Australia. Unfortunately, it’s that simple – the history … Read More


Pressure grows on staff across Clarence Valley

There are calls for urgent intervention at two Clarence Valley public hospitals, following widespread short staffing and Work, Health and Safety issues being raised by local nursing staff.Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association … Read More


Nurses and midwives bear brunt during Safe Work month

Excessive workloads, fatigue and bullying continues to plague a high proportion of nurses and midwives throughout New South Wales, despite efforts to escalate issues and support each other.A recent NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) … Read More


Nurses and midwives excel at first Police games

Nurses and midwives have scored gold, silver and bronze medals across a host of events at this year’s NSW Police and Emergency Services Games in Wollongong (17-27 Oct).Competing in individual and team events for the … Read More


$150 million in cuts Hazzard-ous for Health Districts

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called on the Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, to urgently explain the $150 million worth of cuts earmarked for the state’s Local Health Districts this financial year.Documents … Read More


Future Ready presentations 2019

Thanks for attending Future Ready.Please see available presentations below for download:KEYNOTE SPEAKERKurt Fearnley (presentation not available)SOCIAL WELLNESSBe assertive: communicate better, stress less+ handoutFINANCIAL WELLNESSAre you taking care of your financial wellbeing? (presentation not available – … Read More


Fairer, Stronger, Healthier. Nurses and Midwives Make it Happen – ANMF Biennial National Conference 2019

ANMF Media Release 17 October, 2019The crucial role nurses and midwives play in enabling the community to access quality healthcare will be the focus of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) Biennial National Conference … Read More


The Shift Ep. 105: Infant States and Cues – Fran Chavasse

Fran Chavasse, Senior Nurse Educator (Tresillian) presented at the NSWNMA’s recent Child & Family Health seminar on infant states and cues.


The Shift Ep. 104: Infant Mental Health – Fran Chavasse

Fran Chavasse, Senior Nurse Educator (Tresillian) presented at the NSWNMA’s recent Child & Family Health seminar on infant mental health.


Midwifery-led care model on Central Coast seeking more support, not less

Midwives involved in the Midwifery Group Practice service operating across the Central Coast Local Health District say they were shocked and saddened to hear two full-time positions will be cut from the midwifery-led service, without … Read More


Safer work, safer care

October has been nominated as Australian Safework Month. In this month’s Lamp, as in many previous ones, we highlight the tremendous work and the resolute action taken by many nurses and midwives throughout the state … Read More


Blacktown wins extra ICU staff

Workplace actions have led to a staff increase for Blacktown Hospital’s ICU despite ‘corporate negligence’. Management of Western Sydney Local Health District has agreed to give Blacktown Hospital’s 18-bed intensive care unit an extra 15.8 … Read More


Concord members win ‘Nurse Bank’

A big public rally over unsafe staffing has helped to persuade management to fill vacant nursing positions. Concord Hospital will get more nurses to help ease a severe staff shortage, thanks to a campaign by … Read More


Rural and Remote Branch block move to cut RN ambulance role

Wilcannia’s ambulance service will continue to carry a registered nurse after intervention by the NSWNMA. Management of Far West Local Health District has abandoned a proposal to remove registered nurses from the Wilcannia ambulance crew … Read More


Unfunded beds add to staffing woes

Gosford hospital staff say they “have been stretched so thin and for so long” they are at breaking point. “How many more nurses need to injure themselves, burn out or leave the profession completely before … Read More


Elderly dumped in aged care scandal

A Queensland nursing home left residents homeless and staff unpaid when it abruptly shut down. The incident highlighted the federal Coalition government’s shameful refusal to act to fix our continuing aged care disgrace. Almost 70 … Read More


Scandalous, but not illegal

The Earle Haven nursing home scandal is outrageous even by the low standards set by Australia’s aged care providers. However, it reflects the sad state of many aged care facilities. On the day the Earle … Read More


Health sector safety under examination

A new government safety plan aims to dramatically reduce the number of health care employees who suffer workplace-related illnesses and injuries. Putting patient needs above the wellbeing of health care workers has contributed to an … Read More


‘As the temperatures rise, so will we’

 The connection between climate change and health fires up student nurses and midwives. Two Sydney-based nursing students, Natalie Murray and Sarah Cheer, organised a contingent from the University of Notre Dame to 
attend School Strike … Read More


Time to detox from online

People are increasingly addicted to online distractions, so we need to reboot our human connections, says Kamal Sarma When the former monk and venture capitalist Kamal Sarma lost his prematurely born baby girl when she … Read More


Stress is driving women to drink

While men and young people are drinking less alcohol, women in their 40s and 50s have upped their consumption. Historically Australian men have drunk alcohol at up to double the rates of women, but while … Read More


Overtime and 12-hour shifts

I work in a public hospital and our department is about to start 12-hour shifts. I am worried that with so many vacant positions, we’ll just end up doing overtime on top of the shift. … Read More


First go at extra hours

I work at a nursing home run by Opal. As a part-timer, do I get first go at any extra shifts going?Clause 11.3(f) of the Opal Aged Care (NSW) Enterprise Agreement 2016 sets out that … Read More


Cashing out annual leave

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. If I need to, can I get some annual leave paid out? Clause 30(xi)(b) of the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ (State) Award sets … Read More


Overtime for casual AiNs at Ramsay

I am a casual assistant in nursing working at a private hospital run by Ramsay. What pay rate is used to calculate my overtime? Under the Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Limited and NSW Nurses … Read More


Posting rosters

I work in a public hospital. The roster in our ward seems perennially late. I thought it had to be out two weeks beforehand? In fact under Clause 8(ii) of the Public Health System Nurses’ … Read More


Higher grade duty at Healthe Care

I work in a hospital run by Healthe Care. How does the higher grade duty work?Clause 22 of the Healthe Care Pty Ltd (New South Wales Hospitals) and the NSWNMA/ANMF NSW Branch Enterprise Agreement 2017 … Read More


Minimum hours at Bupa

I am employed casually in a 
Bupa nursing home. What is 
the minimum shift I can be rostered for? Clause 10.4(f) of the Bupa Aged Care Australia, NSWNMA, ANMF (NSW Branch) and HSU NSW Branch, … Read More


Day or shift worker

I have applied for a full-time nursing position at a hospital 
run by Healthscope. Do they 
need to be upfront with me 
as to whether I will be rostered 
to work on weekends? Clause 6 … Read More


Extra public holiday

Just wondering if the extra public holiday has been decided for NSW Health yet? Yes, the extra public holiday to be observed in public hospitals, as set out in 30(iv) of the Public Health System … Read More


The Shift Ep. 103: NSW Cervical Screening Program – Pene Manolas and Teresa Fisher

Pene Manolas and Teresa Fisher from Cervical Screening NSW, Cancer Institute NSW presented at the NSWNMA’s recent Midwifery Seminar on the NSW Cervical Screening Program.Intro by Amy Hargreaves (NSWNMA)


Poor staffing increases aged care hospitalisations

Inadequate staffing and skill levels have been identified as major contributing factors in avoidable hospital visits by many aged care residents in New South Wales, coupled with lengthy delays in being discharged after a hospital … Read More


Bankstown-Lidcombe ED nurses under rising pressure

Fed up with widespread staffing issues, nurses and midwives will gather in their own time outside Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital’s emergency department tomorrow and highlight their concerns to local residents.Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association … Read More


Joint report on avoidable hospitalisations from residential aged care facilities in NSW and delayed discharge

Click here to read or download the Joint report on avoidable hospitalisations from residential aged care facilities in NSW and delayed discharge


Staff raise safety concerns at Leeton hospital

Ongoing patient safety and staffing issues at Leeton District Hospital have prompted renewed calls by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) for extra nursing staff.NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said despite raising the issues … Read More


Under-reporting of workplace discrimination rife in health

Widespread cultural discrimination between workers in the health sector has been exposed in a new report, with one in four nurses and midwives experiencing racial discrimination monthly.‘The Cultural Safety Gap’ report, released by the NSW … Read More


Patient safety fears inside Wyong Hospital ED

Nurses and midwives from Wyong Hospital will hold a lunchtime rally tomorrow to call for an urgent increase in emergency department nursing staff.Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Wyong Hospital branch fear … Read More


Cumberland nurses raise patient safety fears over light rail corridor

Genuine fears for mental health patients at risk of walking in front of a passing tram is among the concerns raised by nursing staff at Cumberland Hospital, the largest acute mental health campus in Western … Read More


Data confirms huge pressure on public hospital staff

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) says new data released by the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) is further evidence of the enormous strain being put on nurses and midwives working across the NSW … Read More


Community forum to discuss health in Tenterfield

Community members are being invited to attend a public forum tomorrow afternoon to discuss issues impacting Tenterfield Hospital, including ongoing unsafe staffing concerns.Tenterfield Shire Council confirmed the community forum would proceed after consulting with fire … Read More


ANMF opposes drug testing welfare recipients

ANMF Media Release: 10 September, 2019.The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), opposes legislation that seeks to drug test welfare recipients.Acting Federal Secretary, Lori-Anne Sharp said today: “Drug testing welfare recipients … Read More


The Shift Ep. 102: The First 2000 Days Framework – April Deering

April Deering, Manager Maternity, Child and Family, Health and Social Policy Branch, NSW Health spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent Midifery Seminar on the First 2000 Days Framework.Intro by Amy Hargreaves


Family violence leave at Healthscope

I work at a private hospital run by Healthscope. Can I get any special leave to attend court about family violence directed towards me? Clause 29(ii) of the Healthscope Group – NSWNMA/ANMF – NSW Nurses … Read More


ADO dispute

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. Where is the ADO dispute up to about ADO accruals for those working mixed shifts? This remaining aspect of the ADO dispute, concerned with those … Read More


Cashing out annual leave

I work in a nursing home run by Estia. If I need to, can I get some annual leave paid out?Clause 50 of the Estia Health NSW Enterprise Agreement 2016 states that cashing out of … Read More


Pregnant, and seeking a more suitable position

I work in a public hospital. I am pregnant and getting concerned about being able to do my usual duties for much longer. Is it possible I can work somewhere else to keep me at … Read More


Pay rate in Bupa

I am employed as an RN in a Bupa nursing home. Can I check what the rate of pay should be for an RN on the thereafter rate? As per Table 1 in the Bupa … Read More


Quick shifts

I work in a hospital run by Ramsay. How many quick shifts can I be rostered to do? Under Clause 6.2.7 of the Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Ltd & NSW Nurses & Midwives’ Association … Read More


Time off in lieu

I work in a public hospital and have worked some overtime that I would like to save up so I can have some time off at a later time. How long do I have to … Read More


Our kids’ strike for climate deserves our support

When school kids are brave enough to “tell it like it is” and their claims on climate change are overwhelmingly backed by science, maybe its time for their elders to listen and to offer their … Read More


School climate strikers win union support

The World Health Organization and United Nations scientists warn that without stronger action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, climate change will have ‘dire consequences’ for the health of humans and the planet.Young people are calling … Read More


‘We adults have let the kids down over climate change’

The Lamp spoke to Deanna Hayes, an NSWNMA member and St George Private Hospital nurse, about her son Ambrose’s involvement in the School Strike for Climate.Kids shouldn’t have to go on strike and miss school … Read More


Staff act on Campbelltown’s maternity crisis

Campbelltown Hospital’s NSWNMA branch wants urgent action to alleviate pressure on its understaffed and overworked maternity unit.Midwives and nurses have rallied outside Campbelltown Hospital to call for urgent action to fill staff vacancies in the … Read More


Tired, and tired of talking  

Exhausted from soaring demand and unsafe staffing, Maitland nurses and midwives have moved to action.Nurses, midwives and community members gathered outside Maitland Hospital on August 14 to protest staff shortages that have seen surgical patients … Read More


200 rally in Tenterfield over staffing cuts

Two hundred community members gathered in Bruxner Park in Tenterfield on August 9 to support nurses who are protesting unsafe staffing levels at Tenterfield Hospital’s redeveloped emergency department.In far north NSW, Tenterfield services farming, forestry … Read More


Health’s battalions wage war on waste

The ABC’s “bin guy” Craig Reucassel fronted a stimulating brainstorm on cutting hospital waste at the NSWNMA’s professional day.Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital reduced its landfill waste by 600,000 kilograms a year after cutting out single-use … Read More


An “unlikely collaboration” defeats Goliath

Lock the Gate activists took on powerful global corporations, but they believed in the justice of their struggle and won. A five-year campaign to stop fracking in the Northern Rivers area of NSW was successful because … Read More


The power of corporate campaigning

Consumer pressure on financial institutions has put the future of the Adani coal mine in doubt.The campaign to stop the Adani coal mine has been led by the “people power” of hundreds of small groups … Read More


A core union belief becomes an entitlement that saves lives   

When the ‘We won’t wait’ campaign started, one Australian state had family violence leave. Now every state and territory has this life-saving entitlement.“What are the principles of the trade union movement? They are unity and … Read More


Banks ignored, unions punished

Employers get rich from wage theft, banks make millions from unlawful fees, nursing homes are mired in scandal and the Morrison government cracks down on … unions!The federal Liberal/National government wants greater power to interfere … Read More


Work hurts  

For an overwhelming number of Australian workers a career without workplace injuries is the exception not the norm.A major survey of 25,000 Australian workers examining their experiences of safety and injury at work shows a … Read More


Private health insurance faces “death spiral”

Private health insurance (PHI) makes Australia’s health system unfair and muddled says report.The study by Grattan Institute analysts Dr Stephen Duckett and Kristina Nemet warns that the PHI sector faces a death spiral if young, … Read More


Prisons outspend aged care on food

Cost-cutting, funding that doesn’t reward good food, and residents not having a voice contribute to poor quality nutrition in our aged care homes says a nutrition expert.Cherie Hugo, a Teaching Fellow in Nutrition and Dietetics, … Read More


MasterThieves’ strategy: steal wages

The Calombaris case is not an isolated incident, but shows underpayment is a business model, says unions.Unions say the punishment of celebrity chef George Calombaris for underpaying staff to the tune of $7.8 million is … Read More


Short staffing rife at Gosford Hospital

Fatigued nurses and midwives will gather in their own time tomorrow near Gosford Hospital to express their growing concerns for patient safety and serious understaffing issues throughout the facility.For several months, members of the NSW … Read More


The Shift Ep. 101: Supporting & Increasing The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Midwifery Workforce – Leona McGrath

Leona McGrath, Membership and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, CATSINaM spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent Midwifery Seminar on supporting and increasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Midwifery workforce.


Aged care nurse cuts prompt safety concerns in Parramatta

Aged care nurses at Thomas Street Lodge in Sydney’s West fear residents’ care and safety will be compromised again, following a restructure to cut overall nursing and care staff at the facility.Members of the NSW … Read More


Midwifery shortage impacts Macarthur mums and bubs

Significant staff shortages are hampering maternity services in the Macarthur region, prompting midwives to highlight their concerns directly with the Campbelltown and Camden communities.Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Macarthur Branch will … Read More


Health before high-income tax cuts say voters

Australian voters say it is more important to maintain funding for services such as health and education than giving workers on high incomes a tax cut, according to a Guardian Essential poll.A strong majority, 78 … Read More


Indigenous workers win historic stolen wages claim

The Queensland government will pay $190 million in “stolen wages” to settle a class action representing 10,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers.Legal experts say the settlement will put pressure on NSW, Western Australia and … Read More


More of the same union bashing

The dust has barely settled on the federal election and the Morrison government is already preparing laws aimed at the jugular of the union movement.It has introduced the Ensuring Integrity bill, which the ACTU describes … Read More


Review of the 2018 Review of the Model Work Health & Safety Laws

Click here to read or download the NSWNMA Submission Review of the 2018 Review of the Model WHS Laws


Concord nurses to walk over unsafe staffing

Nurses will gather in their own time outside Concord Repatriation General Hospital tomorrow to highlight serious patient safety and understaffing issues across the facility.For the past six months, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ … Read More


Staff shortages widespread at Maitland Hospital

Nurses and midwives will gather in their own time outside Maitland Hospital tomorrow to raise community awareness about ongoing understaffing and patient safety issues in multiple wards and departments.Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ … Read More


Tenterfield nurses take to streets over staff cuts

Nurses will gather in their own time this Friday to raise community awareness about unsafe staffing concerns at Tenterfield Hospital and call for the NSW Health Minister to intervene.Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ … Read More


Professional Day 2019: Podcasts and Presentations

Thank you to everyone that attended the NSWNMA Annual Conference Professional Day 2019! Missed out or looking to relive it? Here’s some of the best bits from the day.Presentations Violence in nursing and midwifery – Dr … Read More


The Shift Ep. 100: Building Sustainable Campaigns – Isaac Astill

Issac Astill is the co-founder of Tipping Point and a #StopAdani Campaigner and he recently spoke at the NSWNMA’s 74th Annual Conference about how to build sustainable campaigns.Intro by Sophie Scott (ABC)Click here to download Isaac Astill’s … Read More


Nurses and midwives agree: the violence must stop

Violence and aggression is not part of a nurse or midwife’s job yet they, and other healthcare workers, are frequently on the receiving end in their workplaces.The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) supports today’s … Read More


NSW must support women’s rights to safe care

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has joined a chorus of health organisations and legal groups calling on all NSW parliamentarians to support abortion law reform.NSWNMA Acting General Secretary, Judith Kiejda, said it was … Read More


Ageing well

Attitude, diet and exercise are key if we are to age successfully, says Professor Susan Kurrle.Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment took up fencing when she was 85 and she bicycled until she was 100, when the … Read More


Psychological welfare is a health and safety issue

Employers have a legal responsibility to manage psychosocial hazards, says Dr Carlo Caponecchia.When managers at one workplace offered staff the opportunity to have a massage at work, the stress levels of employees increased, according to Dr … Read More


Nurses rally over assaults

A spate of attacks highlights growing risk of dementia-related violence – and need for better staffing.A series of assaults on staff at a Blacktown Hospital aged care unit has highlighted the increasing risk of dementia-related … Read More


Rural nurses win better equipment

A union training course was the catalyst for a winning campaign to improve hospital services in two country towns.Bombala Multi Purpose Service (MPS) and Delegate MPS will get life-saving diagnostic equipment thanks to a community … Read More


Our pressure paid off

Minister of Health acknowledges NSWNMA role in improvements to public health system.The NSW health system is “huge” and always under pressure but the contribution of “our incredible staff” helped produce incredible outcomes, the NSW Health … Read More


Reflections on annual conference

The Lamp talked to two first-timers and a second-timer on their impressions of the 74th annual conference.Waste not says KateCooma Hospital nurse Kate Goodman came away from annual conference with a renewed determination to promote … Read More


Aged care campaign racks up gains

Better aged care staffing is firmly on the public policy agenda after a year of strong campaigning by nursing unions around the country.Nursing unions around Australia have made significant progress in their national campaign for … Read More


Privatisation battles ‘point the way’

Unions must learn how to win campaigns that encourage more young people to join their ranks.Successful campaigns to stop privatisation of regional hospitals in NSW have shown workers they can win industrial battles when the … Read More


Back to basics

Nurses and midwives have no choice but to engagepolitically on issues that impact our patients.The NSWNMA has had to reassess its traditional approach to industrial negotiations over the last eight years in light of the … Read More


In tough times we stick together and build our strength

In the past year we didn’t get all the outcomes we wanted, but our campaigns have still been effective.The political and industrial climate is bleak and the only way for the Association to weather these … Read More


Stronger together

Over the last year strong campaigning by nurses and midwives has kept our high priority issues in front of the public.We have just completed our 74th annual conference and, as always, it is an opportune … Read More


Tenterfield nurses challenge hospital understaffing

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) are joining forces with community members to raise concerns about safe patient care at Tenterfield Hospital, following a 33% reduction in local nursing staff.NSWNMA Acting General … Read More


The Shift Ep. 99: Why are Australian women drinking more and what can we do about it? – Dr Sally Hunt

Dr Sally Hunt (Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at University of Newcastle)presented at the recent NSWNMA 74th Annual Conference on ‘Why are Australian women drinking more and what can we do about it?’Intro by Sophie … Read More


Albury nurses raise concerns following removal of CCTV cameras

Patient and staff safety inside Albury Base Hospital’s mental health unit could be put at risk, following the removal of CCTV cameras within a locked high dependency unit.Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association … Read More


Roz Norman Scholarship Application Form


National Environmental Protection Measures Variation Inquiry

More than 3000 Australians die from exposure to air pollution each year. Thousands of others suffer health effects like strokes, heart disease and asthma.Australia’s current air pollution standards are not strong enough to protect human … Read More


The Shift Ep. 98: Ageing Successfully – Professor Susan Kurrle

Professor Susan Kurrle spoke at the NSWNMA’s 74th Annual Conference about Ageing Successfully and what we can do to stay healthy.Intro by Sophie Scott (ABC)Click here to download Professor Susan Kurrle’s presentation


Roz Norman Scholarship Rules

This scholarship recognises that Roz Norman was an outstanding activist, member leader, branch official and Councillor of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (NSW Branch) who demonstrated that members … Read More


ANMF calls on all politicians to support greater transparency in aged care

ANMF Media Release July 22 2019The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling on Federal MPs and Senators to support the Private Member’s Bill to be introduced into Federal Parliament today by South Australian … Read More


Bleak aged care nutrition requires food for thought

Aged care nurses have called for nutritional care standards to be bolstered and for safe staffing to be introduced to achieve better health outcomes throughout residential aged care facilities.A report ‘Food for Thought: Nutrition & … Read More


Statement on Health Services Union strike action

The rising level of violence and aggression being experienced by health workers is abhorrent.This is a systemic issue across the entire health sector – public, private, aged care, mental health and community health workers are … Read More


The Shift Ep. 97: Psychosocial Hazards at work: WHS Frameworks – Dr Carlo Caponecchia

Dr Carlo Caponecchia (Senior Lecturer at UNSW) spoke at the 74th Annual Conference about Psychosocial Hazards at work within work health and safety frameworks.Intro by Sophie Scott (ABC)Click here to download Dr Carlo Caponecchia’s presentation


The Shift Ep. 96: Digital Resilience: Thriving in a digitally transforming world – Kamal Sarma


The Shift Ep. 95: Violence in nursing and midwifery – Dr Jacqui Pich

Dr Jacqui Pich (Lecturer at UTS), spoke at the NSWNMA 74th Annual Conference Professional Day about violence in nursing and midwifery and the findings of her most recent survey.Intro by Sophie Scott (ABC)Click here to … Read More


Urgent need for ratios and action on violence

The shocking impacts of violence and aggression toward frontline nurses and midwives dominated discussion at the 74th Annual Conference of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in Sydney.Desperate for support, more than 400 nursing … Read More


Nurses and midwives unite in efforts to Live Well

Adverse impacts of violence towards nurses and midwives, the need for nurse-to-patient ratios in NSW and sustainability challenges confronting health will all be canvassed during the 74th Annual Conference of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ … Read More


Edith Cavell Trust Scholarship

Applications for the Edith Cavell Trust Scholarship open annually on 1 May. Only Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) are eligible to apply. Applications close annually at 5pm, 31 July. In this current … Read More


Termination payments at Estia

I work at a nursing home operated by Estia but am finishing up shortly. When should my termination payments be made?  If you have provided relevant notice of your departure, Clause 63(i) of the Estia … Read More


Counting nursing service for salary level

I am considering applying for a job in a public hospital as a registered nurse. I have been working as a RN for a few years in private hospitals. Will this service count to determine … Read More


Medical certificate when sick

I work in a Bupa nursing home. When do I have to produce evidence of being sick from work? Clause 35.5 of the Bupa Aged Care Australia, NSWNMA, ANMF (NSW Branch) and HSU NSW Branch, … Read More


Roster changes at Healthscope

I am employed as an RN in a hospital operated by Healthscope. The roster has just been posted but I may need to change a shift due to something that may be coming up. Can … Read More


Transferring back to public health

I was an RN working at Mona Vale Hospital but transferred over to the Northern Beaches Hospital. If I want to go back to the public health system and keep my sick leave, when would … Read More


Meal breaks at Whiddon

I work in a nursing home run by the Whiddon Group. What are my meal break rights?Under Clause 25 of The Whiddon Group Agreement 2017, you are entitled to an unpaid meal break of between … Read More


Bed closure move wins more staff   

John Hunter ED nurses get workload relief after voting to close ambulance bay beds.Emergency department nurses at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital have won a major staff increase above the award after warning management they would … Read More


Rural towns fight to save services 

Forbes, Parkes nurses lead community campaign to safeguard maternity, surgical services.   Residents of the central west towns of Forbes and Parkes have joined nurses and midwives at public rallies to protest against downgrading of local … Read More


Ballina bed closures bring management to table 

The Northern NSW Local Health District agreed to talks with nurses at Ballina Hospital after they closed beds over a staffing shortage in a busy ED where only one nurse is rostered overnight. Twelve years … Read More


Leave rights protected at St Vincent’s Health  

St Vincent’s Private and Mater nurses block an attempt to downgrade working conditions in new agreement.A strong stand by nurses and midwives has forced St Vincent’s Health to abandon proposed reductions in working conditions including … Read More


Time for action on violence

Multiple reviews, roundtables and inquiries have failed to stem the endemic violence that permeates our public health system. In the middle of May, three nurses and an elderly patient were attacked with a pair of … Read More


Three nurses stabbed in RPA mayhem

A vicious attack by a mental health patient while being specialled by an AiN highlights systemic deficiencies in managing violence in our hospitals.Three nurses and an elderly patient were stabbed with scissors and attacked with … Read More


Special Dangers

The specialling of mental health patients using staff without appropriate training is fraught with risk. The stabbing attack at RPA  highlights many of the safety risks to nurses and patients arising from the use of specials.The … Read More


Ice – no detox without jail

State’s most disadvantaged youth must be in custody before they can access a detox program, nurse tells inquiry.At least half of detainees at Orana Juvenile Justice Centre in Dubbo say they used ice and 65 … Read More


Dubbo hospital lacks resources for ice patients

Inquiry hears ice-related presentations have a “huge impact” on Dubbo’s emergency department.Dubbo Base Hospital emergency department has insufficient trained staff, treatment options and treatment spaces to handle ice users, its nurse unit manager told the … Read More


Train nurses to handle ice psychosis: NSWNMA

Training nurses to manage ice users should be a priority in dealing with the jump in methamphetamine-related patients.Nurses should be trained to identify and manage methamphetamine psychosis, the most challenging aspect of the frontline management … Read More


WHO urges investment in nursing and midwifery   

The work of nurses and midwives will be celebrated worldwide next year, with the World Health Organization declaring 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.Lori-Anne Sharp, the ANMF Assistant Federal Secretary, said … Read More


New initiative to boost nursing leadership

The Nursing Now campaign, launched in collaboration with the World Health Organization and International Council of Nurses, aims to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide. Nursing Now seeks to … Read More


Big Pharma even dirtier than car industry 

The global pharmaceutical industry is not only a significant contributor to global warming but is also dirtier than the global automotive production sector, according to a recent study.The study, conducted by researchers from McMaster University … Read More


Only one in 20 fathers takes primary parental leave

Only one in 20 Australian fathers takes primary parental leave, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. Mothers take 95 per cent of the primary carers leave in Australia, and a lack of legislated shared parental … Read More


Federal government’s war on industry super set to continue

Industry superannuation funds have consistently outperformed their retail competitors but the new Minister for Superannuation Jane Hume still has them in her sights.According to the ratings agency Superratings, industry super funds occupied the top ten … Read More


Fiji targets nurses in crackdown on unions  

Nurse leader detained, office raided ahead of protest over sackings and privatisation.The General Secretary of the Fiji Nursing Association, Salanieta Matiavi, was among dozens of people arrested in Fiji during a recent crackdown on union … Read More


Ratios remain our long-term goal

The NSWNMA welcomes the government’s commitment to fund more nurses in the 2019-20 budget but we still maintain ratios are the key to safe patient care.First the good news. In the 2019-20 budget, the state … Read More


The Shift Ep. 94: Experience of Privately Practising Midwifes in Australia – Jo Hunter

Jo Hunter (Privately Practising Midwife), spoke at the recent Midwifery Forum at the NSWNMA on the experience of Privately Practising Midwives in Australia.


Thanks for subscribing to The Lamp!

By subscribing to The Lamp, you will receive nursing and midwifery updates direct to your email every month. Click here to check out all past issues of The Lamp. Want to become a member of the … Read More


John Hunter Hospital ED nurses win extra staffing

Emergency department nurses at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital have negotiated five additional full-time equivalent positions for resuscitation and triage, after threatening to take industrial action over ongoing staffing issues at the major regional referral hospital.Members … Read More


5,000 nurses & midwives lacks nurse-to-patient ratios certainty

On the back of another budget surplus, and projected surpluses over four years, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has reiterated calls for the NSW Government to introduce a transparent, statewide nurse-to-patient ratios system.NSWNMA … Read More


John Hunter Hospital ED nurses win extra staffing

Emergency department nurses at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital have negotiated five additional full-time equivalent positions for resuscitation and triage, after threatening to take industrial action over ongoing staffing issues at the major regional referral hospital.Members … Read More


The Shift Ep. 93: Complementary & Alternative Medicine & Maternity Care: Evidence Based Practice? – Dr Lyndall Mollart

Dr Lyndall Mollart (Midwife, RN, Phd), spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent midwifery forum on complementary & alternative medicine and maternity care.


ANMF clarifies misinformation about aged care staff ratios

ANMF Media Release 4 June 2019Aged care is chronically understaffed. Currently there are no laws which provide for safe minimum levels of care for older Australians. The current system of allowing providers to determine adequate … Read More


Single days of annual leave

I work at a hospital run by Healthe Care.  Can I take annual leave in single days? Clause 27(xiv), Annual Leave and Public Holidays, of the Healthe Care Pty Ltd (New South Wales Hospitals) and … Read More


Qualifications for a CNC job

I am considering applying for a job in a public hospital advertised as a Clinical Nurse Consultant Grade 2.  Whilst I have post-graduate qualifications and meet the expected criteria, the job ad asks for a … Read More


Nurse Educator role

I am employed as a Clinical Nurse Educator in a hospital operated by Healthscope.  Should I routinely be involved in providing clinical care to patients in this role?  Clause 5, Definitions, of the Healthscope – … Read More


Like-for-like replacement

I currently work at a hospital operated by St John of God.  What is the like-for-like replacement policy when absences occur? Clause A8(c) of the St John of God Health Care Hawkesbury District Health Service … Read More


Roster pattern for 12-hour shifts

We work in a public hospital and have been approached to introduce a 12-hour shift system.  However, the hours don’t add up on the draft proposal for full-time employees.  What is the roster pattern to … Read More


Increasing contracted hours

I have worked part time at a nursing home operated by RSL LifeCare for about two years.  I am always doing extra shifts.  Can this be recognised in some way? Clause 11.3(d) of the RSL LifeCare, … Read More


Nurses impress at royal commission   

Evidence from nurses was well received at the inquiry into Australia’s aged care system.A Royal Commissioner has praised three NSWNMA members for their “very constructive” suggestions on how to improve aged care.Commissioner Richard Tracey spoke … Read More


“No one seems to gives a toss”

Aged care expert blasts ‘uncaring’ lawmakers and governments that leave residents ‘waiting to die’. Australia’s aged care system would be a “complete catastrophe” if not for the efforts of nurses, a leading geriatrician has said. Professor Joseph … Read More


Family trusts “designed to avoid tax” in aged care  

A new report commissioned by the ANMF highlights the lack of transparency and accountability for public funding for the aged care sector. More scrutiny is required of public funding in the aged care sector before there … Read More


National survey paints a bleak picture of aged care  

The ANMF’s 2019 National Aged Care Survey identifies a continued systemic failure to ensure safe and quality care to all aged care residents and an abrogation of duty by governments and providers.In 2016, National Survey … Read More


ANMF welcomes new federal shadow cabinet

ANMF Media Release June 3 2019The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) welcomes the ALP’s new Shadow Ministry, saying the appointments of Chris Bowen, Julie Collins and Ged Kearney in the key health and aged … Read More


Fewer RNs leads to more aggression and loneliness     

A decline in the number of RNs in aged care facilities is having a significant negative impact on people living with dementia, an NSWNMA report has found.Thirty per cent of respondents to an NSWNMA survey … Read More


Nursing home sanctioned after staff cut    

Complaints by NSWNMA members have led the aged care regulator to impose sanctions on an understaffed nursing home. The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has ordered a nursing home to make improvements after NSWNMA members … Read More


The right to health 

A National Strategy on Climate and Health would not only deal with the threats to health from global warming, it would also be an opportunity to improve our health system. Addressing both the causes and impacts … Read More


Be a climate change champion in your workplace

Two nurses who attended the recent NSWNMA seminar – “Sydney Climate Health Champions Workshop” – spoke to The Lamp about the importance of increasing awareness among healthcare workers of the consequences of climate change.Health professionals need … Read More


Climate change action starts in our workplaces

Two Sydney nurses are leading recycling initiatives in their hospitals, collecting waste materials such as surgical wraps, IV bags and oxygen masks so they can be repurposed into garden hoses, safety mats and plastic parts … Read More


Doing the right thing

The Lamp spoke to Melanie Robinson, the new CEO of CATSINaM (Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives), about the issues faced by her members and her priorities as the leader of the … Read More


Art as remembrance

The drawings of a dementia patient inspired an aged care RN to transform his work into something more lasting.When she worked nightshifts in a nursing home, registered nurse Rebecca Stapledon came across a man suffering … Read More


Measles up 300 per cent worldwide

Measles has resurfaced in some countries due to falls in vaccine coverage and weak health care systems.Measles cases are up 300 per cent globally in the first three months of this year compared with the … Read More


Free flu vaccines available for the most vulnerable

NSW Health’s 2019 Winter Flu campaign aims to combat complacency among the public about flu vaccinations and respiratory hygiene.The campaign began on 1 May and will continue till 31 August 2019.The campaign encourages flu immunisation … Read More


Antibiotic shortages put Aboriginal kids at risk 

The most effective antibiotic to treat school sores is in short supply, and this is putting Aboriginal kids at risk of life-threatening infections.The withdrawal of the antibiotic Bactrim syrup from the market and the exhausted … Read More


Tobacco use among teens continues to fall

New research finds anti-smoking trend continues despite the rise of vaping.A study led by Cardiff University researchers suggests the number of teenagers who said they had tried smoking or thought it was acceptable to smoke … Read More


We choose fairness not fear

The federal election result is a setback for the union movement but the issues and problems we have highlighted in aged care, public health and with workers’ rights are not going to just magically disappear.There … Read More


ANMF Calls On New Minister To Act Now to Fix The Crisis In Aged Care

ANMF Media Release Monday 27th May, 2019The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed Senator Richard Colbeck into the crucial role of Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and has urged him not to … Read More


New report shows the lack of transparency and accountability of millions of dollars in Aged Care Funding

ANMF Media Release. 16 May 2019The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says a new report examining the tax and financial practices of some of Australia’s richest family-owned nursing home operators, provides further evidence of the … Read More


The Shift Ep. 92: Waminda and Birthing on Country – Melanie Briggs

Melanie Briggs, a Midwife and Birthing on Country Officer, spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent Midwifery Forum about Waminda and Birthing on Country


Finally… action in aged care

There was a lot to celebrate yesterday – not only was it International Nurses Day and Mother’s Day –  aged care workers received a pledge from a major political party to start taking action on … Read More


Aged care sector attention well overdue

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has joined its national counterparts in welcoming today’s election commitment by Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, to begin the mammoth task of improving aged care in Australia.General Secretary of … Read More


Stoic mums celebrated this lnternational Nurses Day

As International Nurses Day (12 May) falls on Mother’s Day this year, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the incredible work of nurses, particularly those who also happen to be mothers.Tomorrow, members of the NSW Nurses … Read More


Dementia residents suffer under poor staffing numbers

Low ratios of nursing staff in residential aged care facilities is taking a toll on the care provided to residents living with dementia, according to a report released by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association … Read More


Submission to the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’

Click here to read or download the NSWNMA Submission to the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’


Remarkable midwives being pushed to the brink

On a day when thousands of midwives, clinical midwifery educators, midwifery consultants, managers and students should all be celebrating the joys of their profession, many are instead considering their futures away from the sector.General Secretary … Read More


Nurses still vulnerable in the workplace

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding a violent incident at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital overnight.General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said it … Read More


Nurses and carers abused, bullied and harrassed – the ‘scapegoats’ for the crisis in aged care

ANMF Media Release. 3 May, 2019Overworked nurses and carers are being spat at in the street, abused in shopping centres and physically and emotionally harassed and vilified, being made the ‘scapegoats’ for the crisis in … Read More


The Shift Ep. 91: Antenatal Classes for LGBTQIQ Parents – Janet Broady

Janet Broady, Midwife and Parent Educator presented at the recent Midwifery Forum at the NSWNMA. Here she talks about her involvement with Antenatal classes for LGBTIQIQ parents.


Extra shifts at Bupa

I work part time at a nursing home run by Bupa. There are always vacant shifts going due to absences. Do part-timers get first go at filling them? Clause 25.6(i) of the Bupa Aged Care … Read More


Starting at Estia

Recently I was successful in getting a part-time job at a nursing home operated by Estia. How will my working hours be set out? Clause 11.2 of the Estia Health NSW Enterprise Agreement 2016 sets … Read More


Complaint about a clinician

I have been told about a complaint regarding my performance. My NUM said it would be dealt with via a Ministry of Health policy called managing complaints on clinicians. The complaint seems trivial and hardly … Read More


Change to roster and hours

I am currently working at a nursing home operated by Opal. If they want to change rosters and hours of work, what information or process can I expect? Clause 8.10 of the Opal Aged Care … Read More


Next pay increase at Bupa

When is the next pay increase due for nurses working in a nursing home run by Bupa? Under the Bupa Aged Care Australia, NSWNMA, ANMF (NSW Branch) and HSU NSW Branch, New South Wales Enterprise … Read More


Posting rosters at Healthe Care

How much notice should I receive of my roster? I work at a hospital run by Healthe Care. Clause 14(iii) of the Healthe Care Pty Ltd (New South Wales Hospitals) and the NSWNMA/ANMF NSW Branch … Read More


Aged Care’s cry for help

At the launch of the ACTU marginal seats campaign in Gilmore on the NSW South Coast, aged care AiN Susan Walton spoke about the urgency required to fix the crisis in the sector. In one way … Read More


Morrison government fails to support aged care    

The Coalition government’s last budget before the federal election was a missed opportunity to move towards safe, quality aged care. The recent federal Budget did nothing to support the work of nurses and carers in … Read More


Door-knocking for ratios gets warm response

Registered nurse Rebecca Stapledon is one of several Central Coast members who have been knocking on doors to seek public support for the union’s push for staffing ratios in aged care.Rebecca, who has worked in … Read More


Understaffing responsible for most falls  

An NSWNMA member survey highlights the link between understaffing and poor care outcomes.Three quarters of nursing home falls could be avoided if minimum staff-to-resident ratios were in place, a new survey of aged care workers … Read More


Bring back the fair go  

Nurses and midwives were prominent at the launch of the ACTU’s marginal seat campaign for the federal election to be held on 18 May.Union members in the NSW seats of Banks, Reid, Gilmore and Robertson … Read More


Shorten: No full-time worker should live in poverty    

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has vowed to replace the minimum wage with a “living wage” – a move the ACTU says would be a “significant step forward in the fight against low wage growth and … Read More


Minimum wage increases don’t cost jobs: US research

American studies show that minimum wage rises not only don’t harm employment, they may even increase it.The US has a federal minimum wage of US$7.25 per hour. But states and even cities can set their … Read More


Labor to reduce cancer treatment costs   

Federal Labor pledges $2.3 billion to expand Medicare coverage of scans and consultations – with more drugs to go on the PBS.Labor will greatly expand Medicare to cover out-of-pocket costs for existing and future cancer … Read More


Cancer care plan a ‘game changer’ 

Organisations representing cancer sufferers, public hospitals and medical specialists have applauded Labor’s $2.3 billion cancer treatment package. Here’s what these organisations had to say. Healthcare and Hospitals AssociationThe Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) hailed Labor’s … Read More


Cancer’s hip pocket toll   

The frightening disease brings enough physical and emotional pain without the accompanying shock of unexpected bills. Sydney teacher Megan Solis never counted the financial cost of the treatment her late husband Antony received during his … Read More


Budget ignores coming ‘illness tsunami’   

The Morrison government’s April budget did little to prevent major illnesses related to factors such as obesity and alcohol abuse, experts say.Public health advocacy groups and experts welcomed certain health care initiatives announced in the … Read More


Climate change on health agenda

Australia will get its first climate change and health strategy if Labor wins government.The World Health Organization calls climate change one of the greatest health risks of the 21st century.Not only do rising temperatures and … Read More


Mental health: Budget opens new doors to empty rooms 

Despite increased government spending, Australia lacks quality services to deal with the nation’s escalating suicide rate.The Morrison government’s April budget responded to the nation’s rising suicide rate with an investment of $737 million into the … Read More


NZ builds a consensus on wage fairness    

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jim Bolger introduced one of the world’s most extreme examples of anti-union legislation. Now he is a strong advocate for the rejuvenation of the union movement.The signature policy of Jim … Read More


Report recommends more scope for nurse practitioners

A new report has recommended expanding the range of procedures and referral services that nurse practitioners can offer to their patients under the Medicare Benefits Schedule.The report, prepared by the Nurse Practitioners Reference Group (NPRG) … Read More


Seven in 10 Australians want action on wages

More than 70 per cent of Australians want action on low wage growth according to a new poll conducted for the ACTU immediately prior to the federal budget.It found that 80 per cent of working … Read More


Senate inquiry supports ACTU call to tighten temporary work visas

The ACTU argues that the current rules deny locals jobs and training opportunities, depress wages and allow businesses to exploit temporary visa holders.  A new report by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee … Read More


Coalition delays to super increases costing retirees $100,000 

Labor has pledged to push super up to 12 per cent.Labor’s shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says there will be no further delays in increasing compulsory superannuation payments to 12 per cent if Labor comes to … Read More


Parental sleep deprivation may last six years after birth

New research has found unexpected long-term changes in sleep patterns after the birth of a child.It’s no surprise that having children disrupts parents’ sleep. More surprising is how long sleep deprivation lasts after the birth … Read More


An opportunity to change the rules

Australia needs policies and an economic direction that deliver a better life for working Australians.The federal election to be held on 18 May will have significant consequences for nurses and midwives. At stake for NSWNMA … Read More


The Shift Ep. 90: Work, Health & Safety in the Workplace – Veronica Black

Veronica Black (WHS Professional Officer at the NSWNMA) spoke at the recent Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Nurses’ Forum on Work, Health and Safety in the Workplace.


Submission to Productivity Commission inquiry into ‘The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health’

Click here to read or download the NSWNMA Submission to Productivity Commission inquiry into ‘The Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health’


Returning to fairness in medicare and public health

ANMF Media Release: Canberra, Australia. 5 April, 2019.Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s pledge to restore $2.8 billion to our health system and inject $2.3 billion into Medicare to improve cancer services and reduce out of pocket … Read More


Union Shopper for NSWNMA Members

Union Shopper is a service provided to you as part of your membership of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association. Union Shopper has helped thousands of Australian union members save money on everyday purchases. Below are just … Read More


Budget a ‘missed opportunity’ to support Aged Care nurses and care staff

ANMF Media Release. 3 April 2019The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says last night’s self-professed ‘back in black’ Budget, is a missed opportunity by the Morrision Government to provide safe, quality … Read More


Budget: Aged Care funding must be tied to residents’ care

ANMF Media Release. 25 January 2019The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says the Morrison Government must guarantee that any new funding for aged care in tonight’s Budget, is transparent and accountable … Read More


Changes to rosters

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. Recently the hospital notified us that rosters would be changed, that have been in place for some time. Can they just decide? In short, no, … Read More


Next pay increase at Estia

When is the next pay increase due for nurses working in a nursing home run by Estia?  Under the Estia Health NSW Enterprise Agreement 2016, the next pay increase (of 2.4 per cent) will commence … Read More


A change in bullying policy

I work in a public hospital and have been told that the policy regarding the prevention of bullying has changed. Is this true? Yes. PD2018_016 (Prevention and Management of Workplace Bullying in NSW Health) was … Read More


eLearning at Bupa

I recently started working at a nursing home operated by Bupa. I have been told that I need to complete online learning. Is this in my own time? No. Per Clause 31.4 of the Bupa … Read More


Time in lieu of overtime

I am currently working at the Northern Beaches Hospital under the Healthscope agreement. There is a fair bit of overtime around so I was wondering if I can take the time off instead? Under Clause … Read More


ANMF puts case for mandatory staffing levels   

Rising workloads and low pay are forcing nurses and carers to abandon careers in aged care. Compulsory minimum staffing levels with a mandated mix of skills are needed to overcome a workforce shortage in nursing … Read More


Higher acuity, fewer nurses   

The declining role of RNs is a critical issue for aged care, the royal commission heard.Improving the workforce skill mix is the most important issue for the aged care sector over the next 20 years, … Read More


No time to wait for aged care ratios   

The aged care sector can’t afford to wait for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to finish before understaffing and substandard care are addressed, two aged care nurses tell The Lamp.RN Maree … Read More


Inequality is a drag on our economy

International economic institutions and Australian experts say reducing inequality is essential to a stronger economy, yet Australian politics is hooked on the discredited philosophy of trickle-down economics.“Low pay won’t fix itself.”That was the message from … Read More


Stagnant wages a vital election issue 

With wage growth stuck at around two per cent a year, Labor has promised to deliver a fairer wages system.Companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange recorded their best profit results in a decade last … Read More


Labor backs our push to Change the Rules  

The coming federal election is an opportunity to winfairer work arrangements and more secure jobs. The rules that control our workplaces and job conditions operate well for big business. Profits are booming and executive bonuses … Read More


Coalition fails to damage industry super   

The Liberal–National Coalition government and big banks have waged a long campaign to weaken industry superannuation, the system which most nurses rely on to accumulate retirement income.Large numbers of members  of retail funds have switched … Read More


Health care needs a fairer tax system    

Wealthy Australians to get tax cuts as hospitals beg for funds. The Australian Medical Association has warned that public hospitals continue to face a “funding crisis” – one that is rapidly eroding their capacity to … Read More


Time’s up on climate stalling    

Health experts, scientists and economists have rung the alarm bells on climate change for years but powerful interests in parliament, the media and business have paralysed climate change policy. Climate change is undeniably a critical … Read More


Climate change a risk to Australia’s financial stability

The deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia warns of the growing risk of climate change to the Australian economy.In a speech to the Centre for Policy Development, Guy Debelle outlined how climate change … Read More


Breathing the black stuff

In a new report on the health effects of the coal industry in the Hunter Valley, the NSWNMA has recommended a widespread community education campaign as well as a plan to transition the Hunter economy … Read More


Unionists asked to support Indigenous recognition in the constitution 

Giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders a legitimate voice is “how we start to close the gap in health and education” says MUA leader Thomas Mayor.Thomas Mayor, a Torres Straits Islander man and the Northern … Read More


The minimum wage should be a living wage

The ALP is supporting the union movement, while the Liberal Party throws its weight behind employers in the battle over the minimum wage.The union movement is pushing for a 6 per cent increase to the … Read More


A four-day week lowers stress and increases productivity

A study of a New Zealand financial services company which introduced a four-day week found a 20 per cent increase in productivity, increased profits and improved staff wellbeing.Perpetual Guardian switched its 240 staff from a … Read More


The three big threats to life

Food systems are the drivers of obesity and under-nutrition and they also generate more than a quarter of global greenhouse emissions, says a new Lancet report.The Lancet Commission – a group of 43 world-leading experts in agriculture, … Read More


Our campaign will still deliver more nurses and midwives

Now that the Liberal National Coalition has been re-elected in NSW we will need to keep them honest about their commitment to fund more nurses and midwives in the public health system.As The Lamp goes … Read More


Aged care residents falls on the rise

The number of aged care residents hospitalised due to falls has continued to rise in NSW, putting extra pressure on already stretched public hospitals and renewing calls for minimum staff to resident ratios in the … Read More


Support Nurses. Vote for Ratios

Authorised by B.Holmes, General Secretary, New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association, 50 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo NSW 2017


Global Nurses Statement on New Zealand Massacre, ‘World’s Nations Must Unite Against Xenophobia’

Nurse leaders around the world joined together in expressing shock and horror at the deadly slaughter in Christchurch, New Zealand and said it is a reminder of the deadly consequences of hate speech, Islamophobia and … Read More


Mental Health receives long-awaited ratios attention

Tears of gratitude have filled the eyes of experienced mental health nurses today, following NSW Labor’s announcement it would introduce nursing ratios into 37 adult acute inpatient mental health units across the state, if elected … Read More


Overloaded emergency departments desperate for ratios

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has renewed calls for a 1:3 nurse-to-patient ratio to be introduced in all emergency departments (ED), as the number of presentations continues to rise across NSW public hospitals.According … Read More


Surrogacy leave

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. I am currently exploring becoming a parent via an altruistic surrogacy arrangement. If I become the primary carer of the child, what are my entitlements? … Read More


Pay for In-charge

I work in a hospital operated by Healthscope. What should I be paid if asked to be in-charge of shift?  Under Clause 11(b) and Table 2 of the Healthscope and NSWNMA/ANMF – NSW Nurses and … Read More


Querying sick leave

When can my manager query my sick leave record? I work in a public hospital.Under Section 3.2.5 of PD2018_046 (Leave Matters for the NSW Health Service), certain review points are identified for sick leave absences. … Read More


Changed role in a disability

Last year my employment was transferred from FACS to an NGO provider. I work in a disability residential facility. A suggestion has been floated that my role will be changed soon or deleted. Can they … Read More


Flexible working arrangements at Uniting

I work in a nursing home run by Uniting. What are my rights to access flexible working arrangements? Under Clause 12 of the Uniting Aged Care Enterprise Agreement (NSW) 2017, an employee can request flexible … Read More


Journey accident insurance

What is the waiting period under the Association’s journey accident insurance when travelling to and from work? The Association provides to members journey accident insurance in case you are injured in an accident while travelling … Read More


Shift-by-shift ratios are within our grasp

This state election is crucial if we want to win shift-by-shift, nurse-to-patient ratios across the entire public health system.As The Lamp goes to print the NSW Labor leader Michael Daley has announced that if he … Read More


A clear pathway to ratios   

Labor has unveiled a plan for the March 23 state election that gives nurses and midwives their best chance to win minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, guaranteed in law.Most medical and surgical wards, emergency departments, paediatric wards, … Read More


Only mandated ratios will guarantee safe staffing   

The Liberal National Coalition has promised 5000 extra nurses and midwives but without mandated ratios how will we know where they will end up?We need a ratio system that guarantees nurse numbers will grow along … Read More


Labor promises shift-by-shift ratios starting 1 July   

The Liberal-National Coalition government refuses to improve the safety and care of patients with guaranteed ratios.Last year, NSW Labor promised to introduce a new ratios system in NSW. At the heart of their plan was … Read More


Our wages system is broken   

Under the NSW Liberal–National government pay cap, nurses and midwives’ wages struggle to keep pace with living costs. Wage increases for NSW public sector nurses and midwives used to be set by the NSW Industrial … Read More


Australia’s meanest workers’ comp scheme   

People who get injured at work deserve a compensation scheme they can count on. But the Liberal–National Coalition has given NSW the meanest workers’ compensation scheme in the country. In 2012, the Liberal-National Coalition government abolished journey … Read More


NSW government: nursing homes don’t need RNs    

The NSW Liberal–National government attempted to turn its back on professional advice and public opinion. By abandoning the requirement for nursing homes to have a registered nurse on duty around the clock, the state government … Read More


Hospitals – put people before profit  

The Liberal–National Coalition and Labor approach the 23 March election with public hospital policies as different as night and day.The Liberal-National Coalition claims its “partnerships” with private operators will deliver a more “efficient” health system.It tried … Read More


Coalition turns its back on the severely disabled    

MPs from all parties want state agencies to keep providing specialist disability services – but the Berejiklian government isn’t interested.Severely disabled people who can’t get the care they need under the National Disability Support Scheme … Read More


Nurses driven out of disability care 

Privatisation of NSW disability services is eroding nursing models of care and pushing experienced disability nurses to quit the sector.In evidence to the parliamentary inquiry, NSWNMA officer Dennis Ravlich said the private sector had always … Read More


Funding squabble hits privatised disability care     

A funding dispute linked to privatisation has cast a shadow over the care of severely disabled people with complex medical needs in NSW. The NSW government and National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) are in dispute over … Read More


Massive insulin shortage predicted

Type 2 diabetes is soaring worldwide thanks to the obesity epidemic and access to insulin is increasingly inadequate.Research published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal (Nov 2018) shows that 79 million people with type … Read More


Older people would benefit from pumping iron

Weight training and protein are effective to avoid frailty in older age, study finds.A new study has found that “a combination of strength exercises and protein supplementation is the most effective and easiest to implement … Read More


Effective supervision a key component of care  

Quality of care is linked to resources and work pressures says medical lawyer.Medical complaints show a clear correlation between workforce pressures and under-resourcing – what lawyers refer to as systemic issues – and poor clinical … Read More


Working mothers’ mythical work/life balance

Neither flexitime nor working from home significantly lower working women’s stress levels according to a new study.Working mothers are 18 per cent more stressed than other people according to a major study conducted by the … Read More


Real wage growth stuck at record low

Real wage growth remains at around 0.5 per cent per year, according to the latest CPI figures released by the ABS.The ACTU says this continues the Morrison government’s “long-term pattern of historically low wage growth, … Read More


Night owls more prone to schizophrenia

People who are genetically programmed to be early risers have a lower risk of schizophrenia or depression, according to a large new genetics study.“Being a morning person is causally associated with better mental health,” an … Read More


Labor promises 300-bed hospital for Sydney’s North West

Labor says new hospital would take some pressure off Blacktown, Westmead and Mt Druitt hospitals.Labor Opposition Leader Michael Daley has promised a 300-bed hospital for Sydney’s North West.The hospital will cost $700 million, be based … Read More


Commonplace pollution can increase risk of miscarriage by 16 per cent

Pollution is as bad as smoking as a risk for pregnant women.A study conducted by the University of Utah’s department of emergency medicine is the first to assess the impact of short-term exposure to air … Read More


Labor supports nurses and midwives with major ratios offer

More than 51,000 nurses and midwives across New South Wales have today been buoyed by NSW Labor’s pre-election announcement to fund a major nurse-to-patient ratios system, guaranteed in law.Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSW … Read More


Pioneer House staff cuts leave residents vulnerable

A recent staffing restructure at the Mudgee based residential aged care facility, Pioneer House, has prompted renewed calls for the Federal Government to urgently introduce mandated ratios in aged care.Members of the NSW Nurses and … Read More


5,000 reasons why NSW desperately needs nurse-to-patient ratios

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has again called on the Liberal-Nationals Coalition to commit to minimum nurse-to-patient ratios and deliver safe patient care ahead of the March state election.General Secretary of the NSWNMA, … Read More


Abuse of nurses and midwives on the rise in NSW

Verbal abuse, physical violence, sexual harassment and even death threats are common occurrences in the daily lives of many nurses and midwives working throughout New South Wales.A recent survey of more than 3,500 members of … Read More


The Shift Ep. 89: Using the NMBA Decision Making Framework – Dean Murphy

NSWNMA Professional Officer, Dean Murphy spoke at the recent Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Nurses’ Forum. He talks through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s decision making framework.


NSWNMA welcomes High Court decision to maintain freedom of speech

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has applauded the decision of the High Court to overturn laws limiting freedom of communication during NSW state election campaigns.NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes said it was a … Read More


More options for long service leave in public health

It is a source of confusion and frustration for members working in public health, whose contracted working hours have changed during their employment, to find they are subjected to an averaging calculation to determine the … Read More


Higher grade duty in public hospitals

I am a Registered Nurse working in a public hospital. Recently I acted up as the NUM for a few days on either side of a weekend. Am I entitled to be paid higher grade … Read More


Complaint from the HCCC

I am a registered nurse working in a private hospital. The Health Care Complaints Commission has notified me of a complaint they have received about me. Can the Association be of assistance? The Association has … Read More


On call during break at Opal

I work in a facility operated by Opal. What should I be paid if 
I have to be on call during my meal break?Under Clause 30.1(b) and Schedule D of the Opal Aged Care (NSW) … Read More


On call on days off

What are the rules about being on call over days off? I work in a public hospital.Under sub clause 4(xvii) (Hours of Work) of the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ (State) Award, no employee … Read More


Changes to domestic and family violence leave

I am a Registered Nurse working in FACS. Has there been a change to family violence leave entitlements?  Yes. From 1 January 2019, via a Premier’s Memorandum, all full- time government sector workers will have … Read More


Healthe Care pay increase

I work in a private hospital run by Healthe Care. When is the next pay increase due? Under the Healthe Care Pty Ltd (New South Wales Hospitals) and the NSWNMA/ANMF NSW Branch Enterprise Agreement 2017, … Read More


Chronicle of a fiasco foretold

Normally it takes a bit of time before the flaws and inadequacies in service provision from a privatised public service become obvious but at the Northern Beaches Hospital it has been on show from the … Read More


Privatised Northern Beaches Hospital a dangerous shambles   

The state government promised a smooth transfer to the new Northern Beaches Hospital. But several weeks after opening the facility was in disarray.In 2015, the then NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, accused the NSW Nurses … Read More


‘Sorry, we can’t help you’   

An emergency involving their young daughter has given an Avalon couple a frightening insight into the loss of local public health services. Actor Chris Sadrinna and screenwriter Mahalia Rimmer are determined to fight for the … Read More


Healthscope in ‘daily breach’ of commitments

Northern Beaches nurses flood the Association with complaints about new hospital.Northern Beaches Hospital was opened before it was ready and Healthscope was breaking it’s commitment to uphold staff-to-patient ratios “on a daily basis”, NSWNMA General … Read More


Community battles to restore public services  

Residents angry about hospital privatisation are carrying on the fight to restore public health services on Sydney’s northern beaches.Replacing Mona Vale and Manly public hospitals with the privately-run Northern Beaches Hospital (NBH) at Frenchs Forest … Read More


Midwives warn Minister over maternity staffing

Public hospital maternity unit staffing levels are too low to provide safe care and overworked midwives don’t have enough time to educate new mums.Midwives at 10 public hospitals have warned the state government they can … Read More


Rallies put understaffing of midwives in the spotlight

The public are increasingly aware of the need for ratios to overcome a statewide shortage of midwives.Midwives have held lunchtime rallies outside many of the state’s public hospitals in support of ratios of at least … Read More


Town backs nurses’ ratios campaign

Aged care nursing at Manilla MPS sacrificed to plug gaps in emergency and acute staffing.The small northern NSW town of Manilla has come out strongly in support of nurses who are battling to get more … Read More


It’s not safe to work alone   

Country hospital flouts NSW Health policy despite safety risk.Leeton District Hospital is breaching NSW Health policy by rostering nurses to work alone, a NSWNMA inspection has found.The current staffing level makes it impossible to provide … Read More


Rights won to a leave that saves lives  

NSW unions achieve a significant win on domestic and family violence leave.Nurses, midwives and other public servants in NSW now have the right to 10 days of paid domestic and family violence leave each year. … Read More


Aged care gains traction in parliamentary reports   

A Liberal-led parliamentary committee has recommended the mandatory disclosure of staffing ratios in Australia’s nursing homes.The federal parliament’s standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport, chaired by the Liberal MP for North Sydney, Trent … Read More


Staffing aged care safely makes economic sense

Better staffing and higher wages in nursing homes won’t cost the health system cost any more – and may well save money.Increasing staff numbers, improving skill mix and raising wages in nursing homes would not … Read More


Nurses control of drugs in aged care weakened

The Berejiklian government has opened the doors to drugs of addiction being controlled by employees who are not registered health practitioners.New state government regulations give aged care facility managers – who do not need to be … Read More


Introducing our new councillors

A number of members joined the NSWNMA  and ANMF NSW Branch Councils after elections late last year. The councils are an important part of our democratic structure. It acts as the Committee of Management responsible … Read More


ACTU seeks Fair Work Commission control over workplace harassment

An ACTU survey finds 60 per cent of Australian women have experienced sexual harassment at work.In the survey, a total of 3,612 respondents (60 per cent) reported experiencing sexual harassment at work.The most common forms … Read More


SEATO nurses still waiting for their gold card

Australian nurses who served in the war in Vietnam have won the right to the Department of  Veterans Gold Card but will have to wait until 1 July 2020 to access it. From 1964 to 1972, … Read More


ANMF calls for a ban on nuclear weapons

Nurses and other health professionals take a stand to prevent nuclear catastrophe.The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, the Public Health Association of Australia, the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Royal … Read More


Non-communicable diseases account for three-quarters of deaths worldwide

Poor diet is a factor in 20 per cent of global deaths.The Global Burden of Disease study found that non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes now account for nearly three-quarters of the 55.9 million … Read More


The Lamp 2018

The Lamp December 2018 Editorial by Brett Holmes: Labor sticks to its pledge on Ratios Featured articles | DownloadThe Lamp November 2018 Editorial by Brett Holmes: Our first shift-by-shift ratios victory Featured articles | DownloadThe Lamp October 2018 Editorial by Brett Holmes: … Read More


ANMF calls for implementation of pill-testing trials

ANMF Media Release. 25 January 2019After a series of deaths and overdoses this summer, and as we head into the final public holiday weekend of January and its traditional music festivals, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery … Read More


Our Climate Our Health campaign for a National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia

Our Climate Our Health campaign for a National Strategy for Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia has been developed because at a national level we have no policy!This Campaign has secured a commitment from Dr … Read More


Safe & Secure: Review of NSW Hospitals

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – Safe & Secure: Review of NSW Hospitals


Chronic Understaffing in Aged Care Is Causing Enormous Pain and Suffering for Residents and Families

ANMF Media Release. 17 January, 2019 With another burst of stories detailing the pain and suffering being experienced by nursing home residents appearing in the media as the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety … Read More


Organiser, Member Organising Team

Temporary full-time (parental leave replacement) $109,990.00 per annum + Super + 12 RDOs + 5 weeks annual leave + Christmas shutdown The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in association with the Australian … Read More


Organiser (x2), Member Organising Team

12 month temporary full-time $109,990.00 per annum + Super + 12 RDOs + 5 weeks annual leave + Christmas shutdown The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in association with the Australian Nursing … Read More


Coal-fired Power Station Licence Renewals Submission to the NSW EPA

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – Coal-fired Power Station Licence Renewals Submission


Aged Care funding won’t help vulnerable nursing home residents

ANMF Media Release. 17 December, 2018The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says funding of $552.9 million for aged care home care packages in the 2018-19 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook … Read More


Australia should be a world leader in aged care delivery

ANMF Media Release. 15 December, 2018Today, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) and key national medical groups have been joined by Professor John Pollaers, Chair of the 2018 Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce, in … Read More


Open letter to NSW Minister for Health – Ratios for maternity services

The Hon. Brad HazzardMinister for HealthNSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) midwives at the following hospitals: Royal Prince Alfred (RPAH), Royal North Shore (RNSH), Wollongong, Liverpool, Blacktown, Nepean, John Hunter, Tweed, Lismore and Tamworth are … Read More


ANMF says parliament must act to pass staffing ratios disclosure bill

The Federal Parliament must act on recommendations from a Liberal-led Parliamentary Committee which calls for the mandatory disclosure of staffing ratios in the Australia’s nursing homes, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF).In … Read More


Knife attack reveals safety failures 

Association inspects Blacktown Hospital as staff demand better security and ratios.A 35-year-old Blacktown Hospital nurse suffered knife wounds to her wrists and arms when attacked by a patient.The assault happened in an unlocked staff tearoom … Read More


The everyday violence of health

The power of NSWNMA members will be crucial to force the systemic change needed to deal with violence in our hospitals, says expert.Nurses are more likely to suffer violence at work than police and prison … Read More


Aggression is widespread – and on the increase

Survey exposes alarming levels of violence against nurses.Eighty per cent of nurses and midwives experienced at least one episode of verbal and/or physical violence in the six months before answering a survey of NSWNMA members. … Read More


Understaffed rural EDs face security risks

Narrandera nurses seek better staffing and improved security.The NSWNMA has warned of security risks facing small country hospitals that have emergency departments gazetted as mental health assessment centres.These hospitals do not have mental health beds … Read More


Grave concerns’ over forensic hospital assaults

NSWNMA urges Safework to act on “imminent danger” to mental health nurses. Nurses at Sydney’s Long Bay forensic hospital are at “imminent risk” of serious injury or death as a result of management’s failure to reduce … Read More


Mandated ratios will bring midwives back

Public sector midwives working part-time or casual would work more hours if there were mandated minimum staffing requirements in maternity, new research finds. Over the last year The Lamp has reported on the chronic shortage … Read More


Staffing improvements in new Ramsay agreement

No ratios this time, but there are still significant staffing improvements and a five per cent pay rise over two years.  As The Lamp goes to print and after a year of widespread consultation with … Read More


Tough talks build a base for the future

A nurse and a midwife who were on the Ramsay bargaining committee speak to The Lamp about the year-long negotiations with the company. Staffing is a big issueHelen Vincent is a midwife and works for … Read More


At a glance: the gains in the new Ramsay enterprise agreement

Ramsay has not agreed to ratios this time but the following improvements provide the tools for safer staffing at Ramsay facilities:Stronger recognition of professional standards and obligations.On-call for emergencies not routine theatre lists.Protection for existing … Read More


Surgery fall off leads to redundancies at Berkeley Vale

Approximately 50 nurses at Berkeley Vale Private Hospital will be laid off just prior to Christmas after Ramsay decided to shut down the hospital’s surgical unit.“They stopped all surgical services in November, and it has affected … Read More


Complaints are an opportunity for insight

Regulators are looking for more than reflection from nurses and midwives following a complaint. They want to see insight, says Mary Chiarella. Speaking at the NSWNMA Professional Day, Mary Chiarella, a professor of nursing at … Read More


Wage theft rampant among overseas workers

A comprehensive survey of international workers and temporary migrants in Australia has found a third earned $12 an hour or less, or half the legal minimum wage.The survey, published as a report called Wage Theft … Read More


13.5 million lives a year could be saved if mental illness is addressed

Every country in the world is facing a mental health crisis, according to a commission of  28 global mental health experts assembled  by the Lancet medical journal.The Commission says there is a “collective failure to … Read More


Green the food sector or eat up the planet

Livestock provide just 18 per cent of calories but take up  83 per cent of farmland and are responsible for 60 per  cent of agriculture’s greenhouse emissions.Massive changes to food production and people’s diets are … Read More


TV and online advertising feeds children’s junk food habits

The results of a study of 2500 children commissioned by Cancer Research UK suggests using internet  sites with advertising may be linked to children’s  desire for high-sugar, high-fat and high-salt foods  they see advertised.The study … Read More


Labor promises $400 million to reduce super gender gap

Women, on average, retire with $113,000 less in superannuation than men. Labor has announced measures to bridge the gap if they win office.The two main measures announced by Labor are:to pay someone super when they … Read More


170,000 rally for a pay rise

Massive rallies of union members – “aimed directly  at the Morrison government” – send home the message  that workers want a fair go in the workplace.The ACTU estimated that over 150,000 rallied in Melbourne in … Read More


Resistant infections could kill 2.4 million people by 2050

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says antibiotic-resistant superbugs are “one of the biggest threats to modern medicine”.The OECD says if nothing is done about drug resistance, superbugs could kill some 2.4 million … Read More


Labor sticks to its pledge on ratios

The NSW Opposition has changed its leader but its policy on ratios remains the same.The new NSW Opposition leader Michael Daley has quickly moved to re-commit his party to deliver new nurse to patient ratios … Read More


Journey Accident Insurance

Journey Accident Insurance provides cover for members who are injured as a result of an accident whilst travelling between their home and their normal place of employment.  Cover extends to certain activities undertaken during lunchtimes … Read More


Journey Accident Insurance Claims Process

If you are injured travelling to or from work, you should contact the Association immediately for advice.If your accident involves travel by car, you should also straight away lodge a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) claim. … Read More


Recommendations for Greater Transparency in Aged Care a Positive First-Step, But More Action is Needed

ANMF Media Release, 28 October 2018The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed many of a Senate Committee’s recommendations aimed at greater transparency for the country’s taxpayer-funded, for-profit aged care providers.However, ANMF Federal Secretary, … Read More


Unsafe conditions and lack of accountability in for-profit aged care

An audit of select for-profit nursing homes in the NSW federal electorate of Dobell on Monday night uncovered shocking understaffing and associated neglect, less than 24 hours before the Senate Economics Reference Committee released a … Read More


For profit aged care providers must account for billions in taxpayer subsidies

ANMF Media Release. Canberra, 22 November, 2018.The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is calling on the Senate Economics Reference Committee investigating the financial and tax practices of Australia’s for-profit aged care providers, to support … Read More


Blacktown Hospital votes on further action

Nurses and midwives from the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Blacktown Hospital branch will meet today to discuss next steps in an ongoing battle with management around understaffing.A resolution to undertake a two hour … Read More


Is toxic air pollution happening near you?

Right now, the NSW Government is reviewing the pollution licences for coal-fired power stations. The Eraring, Vales Point and Mt Piper power stations are some of the state’s biggest sources of air pollution. By installing … Read More


Podcast: Garling Report Podcast Series – Antony Sara

Antony Sara (President of ASMOF in NSW) looks back at the Garling Report 10 years on.


Nurses and midwives confront systemic staffing issues

Fed up nurses and midwives will take action to address systemic staffing issues at both BlacktownHospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.The failed attempt to address staffing shortages, unfilled vacancies and skills mix issues has prompted … Read More


Nepean Hospital at crisis point

Fed up nurses and midwives will protest continued vacancies, in their own time, of around 42 permanent full time positions and 58 temporary positions at Nepean Hospital today, WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER.Members from the NSW Nurses … Read More


The Shift Ep. 88: Mindfulness – Lucinda Jones van Buuren at the NSWNMA Self Care Seminar

Lucinda Jones van Buuren, Registered Nursed blogger (The Mindful Nurse) discusses self care and how mindfulness can assist in the stressful lives of nurses and midwives.


The Shift Ep. 87: Medicinal Cannabis: Debunking the Myths – Na’ama Saban

Na’ama Saban, RN Bcs, Head Paediatric Nurse, Tikum Olam Ltd, Israel spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent forum on Debunking the Myths about Medicinal Cannabis.Download the presentation here.


The Shift Ep. 86: Medical Cannabis: The Long & Winding Road – Alice O’Leary Randall

Alice O’Leary Randall, Senior Spokesperson for the U.S Medical Marijuana Movement spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent Medicinal Cannabis forum. Here she speaks about her and her late husband Robert’s experiences in the United States starting … Read More


The Shift Ep. 85: The Epilepsy Journey – Carol Ireland

Carol Ireland, CEO and Managing Director, Epilepsy Action Australia spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent Medicinal Cannabis: Debunking the Myths Forum. Here she speaks about the Epilepsy Journey and the positive effects Medicinal Cannabis has had … Read More


The Shift Ep. 84: What is Medicinal Cannabis? The Facts and the fiction – Justin Sinclair

Justin Sinclair, Research Fellow, NICM (Western Sydney University) spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent Medicinal Cannabis Forum about the facts and fiction of Medicinal Cannabis.Download the presentation here.


The Shift Ep. 83: Dan’s Story – Lucy Haslam

Former nurse, Lucy Haslam (Director of United in Compassion)spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent Medicinal Cannabis: Debunking the Myths forum. Here she tells the story of her son Dan and his battle with bowel cancer.Download the … Read More


Rectifying underpayments

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. My pay was recently short changed. Now I have been told I won’t get the missed amount till the next pay run. Is this right? … Read More


Break between shifts at Ramsay

I work in a hospital operated by Ramsay Health. What is the minimum break between rostered shifts?  Under Clause 4 of the Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Limited, and NSW Nurses & Midwives’ Association /ANMF … Read More


Meal breaks at RSL Lifecare

I work in a facility operated by RSL LifeCare. When do I get an unpaid meal break?  Clause 16 of the RSL LifeCare, NSWNMA and HSU NSW Enterprise Agreement 2017–2020 sets out that employees shall … Read More


Northern Beaches Hospital transfer payments

I am a former Mona Vale AiN now working at the new Northern Beaches Hospital. When will I receive my transfer payment? It is still anticipated that this will occur in (mid) November, and in … Read More


Opting out of 12-hour shifts

I work in a public hospital ICU and we do 12-hour shifts. I am starting to feel that this is not the best way for me to work. Can I opt out?  Under Clause 5(v)(l) … Read More


Leave for Aboriginal ceremonies

I am a registered nurse who works in a rural area and covered by the Nurses Award 2010. Occasionally I attend traditional Aboriginal ceremonies. What are my rights to be released from work under the … Read More


Waiver form for breaks between shifts

I am a registered nurse at a public hospital. We have recently received a waiver form about the 10-hour break between rostered shifts. Do I have to sign this?  In short, no. There is no … Read More


Extra public holiday

Just wondering if the extra public holiday has been decided for NSW Health yet?   Yes, the nominated date for the extra public holiday in the NSW Health Service over Christmas/New Year in public hospitals is … Read More


Private hospital nurses win ratios

Macquarie University Hospital (MUH) in Sydney’s north, becomes the first private hospital in NSW to agree to shift-by-shift ratios for nurses.   The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has negotiated minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in Macquarie University … Read More


Ratios should help recruit staff

Theatre nurse Verita Roach, a member of the NSWNMA negotiating committee at MUH, said winning guaranteed ratios was a “fantastic achievement”.“Before now, we could never be certain we would have adequate staffing on a shift. … Read More


Macquarie University Hospital agreement: main outcomes

As Macquarie University Hospital becomes the first hospital in NSW to introduce union-won Ratios, here are the rest of the outcomes that nurses and midwives won at their hospital.  > Shift-by-shift ratios Minimum ratios to be … Read More


Japara wields the axe

STOP PRESSAs The Lamp goes to print Japara announced the proposed changes were no longer to go ahead. The staffing at all Japara facilities is an ongoing concern to the ANMF. The residents’ families say … Read More


Public hospital members step up in support

STOP PRESSAs The Lamp goes to print Japara announced the proposed changes were no longer to go ahead. The staffing at all Japara facilities is an ongoing concern to the ANMF. The residents’ families say … Read More


‘A disgraceful breach of trust’

STOP PRESSAs The Lamp goes to print Japara announced the proposed changes were no longer to go ahead. The staffing at all Japara facilities is an ongoing concern to the ANMF. The residents’ families say … Read More


Rally for ratios leads to staff improvements

Bupa initially tried to dissuade staff from attending a rally in support of ratios but later responded with small measures to alleviate workload pressure. Aged care owner Bupa indicated that any employee who attended a … Read More


Bupa’s multiple safety issues

Association urges company to act on security, manual handling and training concerns. Bupa  breached the WHS Act by failing to protect nurses at its Pottsville facility from risks arising from exposure to violence and aggression, … Read More


Bupa nurses’ ‘cry for help’

Nurses and relatives tell local paper why facility needs more staff. Bupa Pottsville nurses are “crying out for help, calling for more staff to be urgently appointed to help them take care of residents” the … Read More


Parliament starts the vital conversation on aged care

Our federal politicians have been debating a series of bills that will establish the Royal Commission into Aged Care, recently announced by the Prime Minister. The Lamp looks at what some of them had to … Read More


The power of speaking out 

Discrimination and harassment are a plague on the workplace, says Tracey Spicer.When Tracey Spicer was at the height of her television newsreading career, she attended a workshop led by a Channel 10 executive on workplace … Read More


Prescribing is the future for nursing

With the right training and competencies, nurses could take on a much bigger role in medicine prescribing says Professor Lisa Nissen.  Speaking at the NSWNMA’s Professional Day, Professor Nissen, Head of the School of Clinical … Read More


Stolen, now suffering

A new federal government report finds that members of the Stolen Generations suffer chronically poor levels of physical and mental health.When Australian authorities removed generations of Indigenous children from their families between 1910 and 1970, they … Read More


Ten minutes of exercise a day improves memory

Exercise not only benefits your body but also improves your memory, according to a new study.The research by scientists at the University of California found that short bursts of activity – such as 10 minutes … Read More


India launches massive healthcare initiative

A new health reform called ‘Ayushman Bharat’ (Healthy India) aims to deliver free health care for the poorest 40 per cent of the population or 1.25 billion people.According to Indian government estimates, more than 60 … Read More


HIV down overall, but on rise in straight Australian men

HIV diagnoses have hit a seven-year low in Australia, but the trends among heterosexual men are less encouraging.A report by the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW found that among gay and bisexual men, … Read More


Amazon screens aggressive assault on unions

“We are not anti-union but we are not neutral either”, an Amazon training video begins. What follows is a 45-minute-long, aggressive assault on the rights of its workers to organise. The video was produced by … Read More


Coalition called “dishonest” over $8 million aged care TV campaign

The federal government spent $8 million on an advertising campaign promoting home-care packages it knew many elder Australians would not be able to access for years.The comprehensive online, print, radio and TV advertising campaign told … Read More


WHO recognises Traditional Chinese Medicine for first time

The World Health Organization will include information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in its influential global medical compendium.According to Nature magazine, the global reach of the compendium is “unparalleled”.“The document categorizes thousands of diseases and … Read More


ICN calls for nursing leadership on climate change

Climate change has the potential to undermine the past 50 years of public health gains, says the International Council of Nurses (ICN).The ICN – representing 130 nursing associations worldwide – has called on governments, health … Read More


Our first shift-by-shift ratios victory

A well-organised, hard-working branch along with an enlightened employer has delivered an agreement with NSW’s first shift-by-shift ratios.Hats off to our Macquarie University Hospital branch. After months and months of negotiations and perseverance as part … Read More


Community Should Support Greater Transparency In Nursing Home Staffing

ANMF Media Release. 26 October, 2018.Community support for a Bill which would see aged care providers forced to publicly disclose the number of staff they roster on to care for elderly nursing home residents, is … Read More


It’s Time To Change The Rules In Aged Care

ANMF Media Release 23 October, 2018Members of the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), will take to the streets in a show of support for ‘Australia Needs a Pay Rise’  starting … Read More


ANMF Joins Calls For Evacuation Of Children From Nauru

ANMF Media Release 19 October, 2018The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has joined the College of Mental Health Nurses and other healthcare professionals in calling on the Prime Minister to … Read More


Inquiry into the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018 and related Bill

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – Inquiry into the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018 and related Bill


Inquiry into the Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – Inquiry into the Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018


Overpayments

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. My pay was recently reduced by a deduction for an overpayment they say I received from previous pay periods. Is this right? Unfortunately, this issue … Read More


LSL with Estia

I work in a facility operated by Estia. It was previously a Kennedy Health site. I am a bit confused about my LSL under the Estia agreement. The Estia Health NSW Enterprise Agreement 2016 had … Read More


Posting rosters in Healthscope

I work in a hospital operated by Healthscope. What is the minimum notice of my roster under the agreement? Clause 8(ii) of the Healthscope Group – NSWNMA/ANMF – NSW Nurses and Midwives’ – Enterprise Agreement … Read More


Employment guarantee

I am a former FACS nurse who was forced over to an NGO provider. I thought I was protected for two years but they say for a casual it is six months. Is that right? … Read More


12-hour shifts

I work in a rural facility operated by RSL LifeCare. There has been a recent discussion about 12 hour shifts. Is that permitted? Schedule F of the RSL LifeCare, NSWNMA and HSU NSW Enterprise Agreement … Read More


Recognition of service

I am about to return to permanent part-time work in a public hospital after a bit of a break. Will my previous public health service be recognised for LSL?  Clause 33(ii)(a)(1) of the Public Health … Read More


Anger grows over aged care neglect

Substandard aged care is in the media spotlight and the public is getting our message about the need for safe staffing laws. Now, a Royal Commission into the sector looms.   Australians have reacted with horror … Read More


Aged care giants under fire

A Senate inquiry has shone a light on the murky financial and tax practices of Australia’s biggest for-profit aged care providers. It raises questions about what they have to hide,” said the inquiry’s acting chair, … Read More


Push to reveal staff ratios

Community has the right to know staffing levels of publicly-funded aged care facilities, Senators told. Forcing aged care providers to publicly disclose their staffing levels would be “a wonderful first step” towards safe staffing, ANMF … Read More


Estia endorses more openness

Estia Health has backed the ANMF’s call for greater transparency and accountability for companies that receive large amounts of government funding.Estia is one of Australia’s biggest for-profit nursing home companies with 68 homes and 7000 … Read More


Veteran aged care campaigner bows out

For the past 16 years, the NSWNMA state council has benefited from Lucille McKenna’s strong advocacy for the aged care sector. Lucille McKenna steps down from state council – the union’s highest administrative body – … Read More


Ratios debated in NSW parliament

The Berejiklian Liberal government and the NSW Labor opposition have drastically different positions on nurse-to-patient ratios. Several hundred nurses, midwives and supporters gathered outside Parliament House in Macquarie St on 18 September to push their … Read More


It’s the turn of country hospitals

Speaking at the rally Labor leader Luke Foley restated his support for better ratios.Sylvia Moon, NSWNMA branch president at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital welcomed the commitment by Luke Foley to better ratios for country hospitals.“I … Read More


Rallies for ratios

Nurses and midwives in a number of our large Sydney hospitals have been taking our campaign for better nurse-to-patient ratios to their local communities.Foley gets applause – and a reminder Labor leader Luke Foley’s promise … Read More


Staffing for fairness 

Campaigns for safe staffing of hospitals and nursing homes are part of the union movement’s overall campaign for a fairer society, says Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sally McManus.The ACTU’s “Change the Rules” campaign … Read More


Don’t stay silent over unsafe staffing

Violating a professional standard could expose nurse and midwives to sanctions.NSWNMA General Secretary Brett Holmes has urged nurses and midwives faced with unsafe staffing not to put their patients and careers at risk by staying … Read More


Professional standards apply to nurse managers

Nurse managers should resist pressure from above to force nurses and midwives to comply with unsafe practices, Brett Holmes told the NSWNMA conference.He said nurses in management roles were also required to meet standards outlined … Read More


How 3D printing is changing health

3D printing has come a long way in recent years and offers the health sector exciting opportunities that are innovative and cost effective says Neil Sharwood. A surgeon practising removing a tumour on a 3D model … Read More


#TheWorkplaceToo

Unions, labour lawyers, barristers and women’s rights activists are using the momentum of the #MeToo movement to fight against workplace sexual harassment.The NSWNMA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda met with 50 other women at a roundtable … Read More


Physical inactivity “a global pandemic”

More than a quarter of the world’s adult population – 1.4 billion people – are at risk of disease from not doing enough physical activity, a World Health Organization study has found.The research, published in … Read More


New Zealand considers miscarriage leave

A bill legislating three days’ paid bereavement leave for women and their partners after a miscarriage will be considered by New Zealand’s parliament reports The Guardian.At present, New Zealanders are entitled to bereavement leave after … Read More


Sleep’s sweet spot

Too much or too little sleep may be bad for the heart. Six to eight hours of sleep a night is most beneficial for the heart, while more or less than that could increase the … Read More


New rules for cosmetic surgery

It is now an offence to perform cosmetic surgical procedures in an unlicensed private health facility.The Private Health Facilities Act 2007 has been amended to make it an offence to perform cosmetic services or treatments … Read More


Low wage growth now a top election issue

A ReachTEL poll commissioned by the ACTU reveals low wage growth is an increasingly important issue for Australians.The poll of 2,453 people was conducted in August. Almost half the respondents (47.6 per cent) said they … Read More


A seriously strong nurse

An Australian nurse, Leigh Holland-Keen, has become only the second woman to lift Scotland’s legendary Dinnie Stones.The Dinnie Stones are two granite boulders weighing nearly 332.5kg and named after Donald Dinnie, who carried them across … Read More


Persistence pays

The state of the aged care sector is a national disgrace and our arguments for change are beginning to gain traction.Aged care nurses have been campaigning for years to change the abysmal state of our … Read More


Podcast: Garling Report Podcast Series – Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown talks about the Garling Report 10 years on.


Podcast: Garling Report Podcast Series – Stephen Duckett

Stephen Duckett (Director of the health program at the Grattan Institute) talks about the Garling Report 10 year on.Recorded at the Radio Skid Row studios.


Podcast: Garling Report Podcast Series – Judith Kiejda

Assistant General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Judith Kiejda talks about the Garling Report 10 years on.


Podcast: Garling Report Podcast Series – Jeffrey Braithwaite

Jeffrey Braithwaite, Professor of Health System Research (Macquarie University) looks back at the Garling Report after 10 years.


Podcast: Garling Report Podcast Series – John Walsh AM

John Walsh AM looks back at the Garling Report after 10 years.


Podcast: Garling Report Podcast Series – Clare Skinner

Clare Skinner, member of the NSW Health Reform Group, looks back at the Garling Report 10 years on.Recorded at the Radio Skid Row studios


Audit reveals unsafe conditions at nursing homes in Sydney’s east

As Four Corners aired the second part of its investigation into failings in aged care, an audit of select nursing homes in Sydney’s eastern suburbs uncovered shocking understaffing and associated neglect.All eight aged care facilities … Read More


Governments and regulators have failed our elderly

ANMF Media Release 25 September, 2018The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says disturbing evidence of vulnerable nursing home residents being abused proves that consecutive governments and regulators have failed to act on warnings from … Read More


Australia’s elderly deserve so much better. And they deserve it now

ANMF media release September 18, 2018The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says tonight’s harrowing Four Corners investigation into aged care homes reveals a sector in crisis and an entire section of the Australian community … Read More


Better staffing can stop the suffering in nursing homes

ANMF media release Sunday 16 September, 2018A Royal Commission will do nothing to fix the crisis in aged care unless the Government introduces mandated staffing ratios in residential nursing homes as a matter of urgency, … Read More


Ratios are a matter of life or death

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will highlight the urgent need for nurse-to-patient ratios in public hospitals when the next stage of its campaign launches tonight.The campaign begins with patients in pain calling out … Read More


Figures show public hospitals overloaded

Emergency Department presentations and patient acuity is on the rise across NSW public hospitals, according to the latest Bureau of Health Information (BHI) quarterly report.Results released today indicate an increase in emergency presentations across 11 … Read More


Senators standing up for our elderly residents

ANMF media release September 11, 2018The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has thanked those Federal Senators who stood up for elderly Australians by supporting a Bill aimed at ensuring safe, quality care is provided … Read More


Salesforce Senior Developer

Business Services and Compliance TeamTemporary full-time (2 year fixed term) contract$132k – $148k commensurate with experience + Super + 12 RDOs + Christmas shutdownThe New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in association with … Read More


Time to put aged care before ‘corporate welfare’

ANMF Media Release 4 September, 2018
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says it’s time for the top for-profit aged care providers, which accept over $2Billion in taxpayer subsidies, to use the funding to guarantee … Read More


Taxpayers footing the bill for provider profits in aged care

A Senate Inquiry will hear evidence today of government aged care funding contributing to overt profiteering by for-profit providers, putting residents and their care second to excessive corporate revenue within the sector.Tax avoidance and profit … Read More


Nurses at Blacktown Hospital fed up

Nurses and midwives from the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) Blacktown Hospital branch are calling an extraordinary meeting at 12pm TODAY to discuss concerns around a violent attack against one of their colleagues on Monday night. Members … Read More


Bid to gag nurses and midwives’ voice

New electoral funding laws are aimed at silencing the collective voice of workers such as nurses and midwives in the run-up to the March 2019 state election.General Secretary Brett Holmes told annual conference that the … Read More


Grassroots organising the key to success

The state government’s treatment of public sector employees encourages management to flout industrial awards argues Judith Kiejda.The state government’s surrender on regional hospital privatisation shows the effectiveness of “grassroots, on the ground organising”, Assistant General … Read More


Hazzard grilled on staffing ratios 

Questions to minister reveal nurses’ deep concerns over staff shortfalls.Health Minister Brad Hazzard says he has told his ministry to “take a more active role” in ensuring that NSW public health facilities are staffed in … Read More


A hard act to follow

Association president Coral Levett is stepping down after almost 16 years in the chair. The NSWNMA had around 50,000 members when Coral Levett was elected president in 2003. As she prepares to step down from the … Read More


Health’s technological revolution 

Robots and artificial intelligence are often seen as a threat to workers but Jordan Nguyen told Annual Conference that new technologies also provide positive possibilities in healthcare.A wheelchair controlled by someone’s thoughts and virtual reality … Read More


Simulated midwifery

Thanks to a new virtual reality tool created at the University of Newcastle, midwifery students’ first experience of neonatal resuscitation no longer needs to be a confronting real-life situation on a maternity ward.Speaking at the … Read More


Celebrating a special birthday

Born 70 years ago, the National Health Service was a major advance for the British people and especially for the nation’s health workers.Before 1948, the cost of specialist and hospital care was beyond the means … Read More


Belmont ED nurses demand more staff

The Health Minister thinks emergency departments have enough staff. Nurses at Belmont Hospital beg to differ.In August, Health Minister Brad Hazzard criticised the Labor Opposition’s promise to introduce 1:3 nurse to patient ratios in emergency … Read More


Weak safeguards on My Health Records

Research by the Parliamentary Library’s Research Branch contradicts the federal health minister’s claims on the privacy of My Health Record.The federal health minister Greg Hunt’s repeated claims that a patient’s My Health Record could only … Read More


Aged care faces shortfall of 80,000 workers

Research conducted by the industry super fund HESTA reveals a sector facing significant challenges to attract and retain workers.The research found more than 23 per cent of aged care workers surveyed intend to leave the … Read More


Healthier snacks lead to healthier hospital staff

Hospital staff and patients consume less sugar and calories when healthy options are provided in vending machines.A study conducted in one of the largest hospitals in Britain’s NHS found that reducing the number of sugar-filled … Read More


Inequality continues to rise

A report by the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) and the University of NSW found that Australia’s richest 20 per cent own almost two thirds of the country’s wealth. The report – Inequality in … Read More


Melanoma blood test a world first

Australian scientists say they have developed a blood test to detect melanoma in its early stages.Currently, clinicians rely on skin examinations and biopsies to detect melanoma. BBC News report that researchers suggest the blood test … Read More


Rise of the robot ramps up slavery threat

According to the UN International Labour Organization 56 per cent of workers in south Asia’s key manufacturing hubs could lose their jobs in the next two decades due to automation.This drastic loss of jobs due … Read More


The Shift Ep. 79: Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard

Brad Hazzard MP (Minister for Health) addresses delegates at the 73rd NSWNMA Annual Conference.


The Shift Ep. 78: Judith Kiejda Annual Report 2018

Judith Kiejda (Assistant General Secretary of the NSWNMA) delivers her report at the 73rd NSWNMA Annual Conference.


The Shift Ep. 77: Brett Holmes Annual Report 2018

Brett Holmes (General Secretary of the NSWNMA) delivers his report at the 73rd NSWNMA Annual Conference.


Calls For Aged Care Providers To ‘Come Clean’ On Staffing Ratios

ANMF Media Release 20 August 2018The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed a Private Member’s Bill being introduced into Federal Parliament today by Independent MP Rebekha Sharkie which will force aged care providers … Read More


The Shift Ep. 76: Jacqui Cross – Chief Nurse & Midwifery Officer

Jacqui Cross (Chief Nurse & Midwifery Officer) gives her annual address at the 73rd NSWNMA Annual Conference.


The Shift Ep. 75: Hannah Dahlen – Midwives reclaiming their heritage

Hannah Dahlen (Professor of Midwifery and Higher Degree Research Director at Western Sydney University) spoke at the 73rd NSWNMA Annual Conference on midwives reclaiming their heritage.Download Hannah Dahlen’s PowerPoint presentation here.


The Shift Ep. 74: Mary Chiarella – Insights into insight

Mary Chiarella (Professor of Nursing at University of Western Sydney) spoke at the 73rd NSWNMA Annual Conference on insights into insight – understanding what is required to be satisfied a practitioner is likely to be … Read More


The Shift Ep. 73: Dr Lisa Nissen – Quality use of medicines

Dr Lisa Nissen (Professor & Head of the school of Clinical Sciences at QUT)spoke at the 73rd NSWNMA Annual Conference on the quality use of medicines and the future for nursing and midwifery in medicines.


The Shift Ep. 72: Neil Sharwood – Distributed Manufacturing; applications and impact for the health sector

Neil Sharwood (Founder & COO of 3D Manufacturing Association)spoke at the 73rd NSWNMAAnnual Conference on Distributed manufacturing and the applications and impact for the Health Sector.


The Shift Ep. 71: Donovan Jones & Shanna Fealy – Applying Innovative Technology to Midwifery Education & Practice

Donovan Jones and Shanna Fealy spoke at the 73rd NSWNMA Annual Conference on applying innovative technology to midwifery education and practice. They look at the role of virtual and augmented reality in midwifery.


Aged care nurses rally against Allity

Over the last week, aged care nurses have been meeting in their own time outside Allity facilities, demanding the aged care provider end its 18 month delay on a new enterprise agreement.Allity nurses want the company … Read More


Allity aged care nurses stand together for fair pay and to end understaffing

Over the last week, aged care nurses have been meeting in their own time outside Allity facilites, demanding the aged care provider end its 18 month delay on a new enterprise agreement.Allity nurses want the company … Read More


Replacement of absences

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. When someone calls in sick, how is that absence managed if staffing levels need to be maintained?Under Clause 53 of the Public Health System Nurses’ … Read More


12-hour shifts

I work in a hospital operated by Healthe Care. My ward has been approached to introduce 12-hour shifts. How do we respond?Clause 12(xix) of the Healthe Care Pty Ltd (New South Wales Hospitals) and the … Read More


Overtime for part-timer

I work part-time at an aged care facility run by RSL LifeCare. How is overtime calculated?Clause 17.2 of the RSL LifeCare, NSWNMA and HSU NSW Enterprise Agreement 2017–2020 sets out that overtime is paid as … Read More


Multiple assignments

I have multiple assignments across two LHDs. I am planning to leave one of these. What happens to my accrued leave in that assignment?In this situation, Clause 4A of the Public Health System Nurses’ and … Read More


In charge allowance at Anglicare

I work as a registered nurse in a facility operated by Anglicare. When is the in-charge allowance payable? Clause 18.1 in the Anglican Community Services Enterprise Agreement 2017 sets out that a registered nurse who is … Read More


Days in a row at Catholic Healthcare

I work part-time at an aged care facility run by Catholic Healthcare. How many days in a row can I be rostered to work? Under Clause F2(b) of the Catholic Healthcare Residential Aged Care Enterprise Agreement … Read More


Healthscope time in lieu

I work as a registered nurse in a hospital run by Healthscope. Is there a time limit to taking time off instead of being paid overtime? Under Clause 19(xiii) of the Healthscope Group – NSWNMA/ANMF – … Read More


Public back midwives in staffing campaign

Maternity staff at Wollongong Hospital have made gains in their campaign to raise staffing levels and service standards but say there is still a long way to go.On a recent count, Wollongong Hospital’s maternity unit … Read More


Consumer power pushes for better births

An active group of Wollongong mums is showing how health care consumers can influence hospitals in ways that align with the campaign goals of midwives and nurses. Giselle Coromandel gave birth to her two children … Read More


Recruitment woes for regional maternity unit 

Difficulty in recruiting experienced midwives and a dwindling casual pool are serious challenges for Shoalhaven Hospital on the NSW South Coast. RN/RM and NSWNMA delegate at Shoalhaven Hospital, Jennifer Greed, says it is especially hard … Read More


Midwife shortage: risks for mums and babies 

Understaffed maternity services are pressured to discharge mothers and newborns before they are ready.Mothers and babies are at risk because maternity units are under increasing pressure to discharge patients early, the NSWNMA has warned.NSWNMA General … Read More


Why some branches voted ‘No’

172 NSWNMA public health system branches voted ‘Yes’ to accept a 2.5 per cent pay increase in a new award. 19 branches voted not to accept the pay increase. The Lamp spoke to members from … Read More


Winning hearts and minds for aged care 

Nursing home staff in northern NSW use shopping centres, community halls and the media to urge the public to support staff ratios in aged care.NSWNMA members in the Northern Rivers region are working to get … Read More


Midwives reclaim their heritage

Midwives have protected women and their rights throughout history, says Professor Hannah Dahlen.A couple of years ago Hannah Dahlen, a Professor of Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney, visited the red brick building in … Read More


A decade of neglect leads to NZ nurses’ strike

National stopwork is the culmination of a wage freeze and broken promises of improved staffing. Over 30,000 nurses and midwives conducted a 24-hour national strike in New Zealand public hospitals on 12 July after rejecting a … Read More


Green light for workplace freeloaders 

US Supreme Court loads the scales in favour of employers.The United States Supreme Court has dealt a huge blow to public sector unions by abolishing their legal right to collect bargaining fees from non-members.In a … Read More


Wage growth still ‘missing in action’

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says wage increases remain rare among its 35 member ‘countries’ including Australia.The OECD says unemployment rates are now even lower than what they were before the Global … Read More


New report demolishes Liberals’ argument for corporate tax cuts

Multinationals move $16 billion from Australia to tax havens each year.A groundbreaking report has found that corporate tax rates have been driven lower by multinational corporations shifting profits to tax havens rather than by competition … Read More


WTO rejects challenge to tobacco plain packaging

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade claim ‘resounding victory’ in global test case.The World Trade Organisation has rejected a complaint brought by Indonesia, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Cuba against Australia’s historic tobacco plain … Read More


Night shift plays havoc with gut

New research finds that night shift knocks the digestive system out of sync with the body’s central biological clock.The study revealed that just three days of being on a night shift schedule will disrupt the … Read More


Working with the community for positive change

Nurses, midwives and the community all have a common interest in improving the public health system. For some time now pressure has been building in maternity services throughout NSW due to a significant shortage of midwives … Read More


New guaranteed ratios system will be delivered under NSW Labor

NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley made this promise to nurses and midwives from across the state during the final day of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s (NSWNMA) 73rd Annual Conference today.“I commit a future … Read More


NSW Health Minister acknowledges need for more nurses and midwives

NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, spoke frankly with nurses and midwives at the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) annual conference today, recognising the role and responsibility of the Ministry to make sure local health … Read More


Technology transforming nursing practice

Solving nursing challenges and improving lives through the use of groundbreaking technology was explored by industry leaders at the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s (NSWNMA) 73rd Annual Conference in Sydney today.Biomedical engineer and inventor, Jordan … Read More


Nurses and midwives unite for safer staffing

The Global Nurses United (GNU) annual conference was held in Australia for the first time this year, with nurses and midwives from across the world gathering to discuss significant issues facing the health industry.Safe nurse-to-patient … Read More


Blacktown nurses demand safer patient care before winter increase

Fed up with staffing issues plaguing Blacktown Hospital, nurses and midwives will gather in their own time TODAY (Thursday 19 July) to highlight the pressures they are under as a result of understaffing and poor … Read More


Senate inquiry will ‘shine a light’ on questionable financial practices of for-profit aged care providers

ANMF Media Release: 17 July, 2018The author of a report commissioned by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) showing that Australia’s top for-profit aged care providers have posted large profits whilst taking advantage of … Read More


The role of the Reasonable Workload Committee

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. When talking to my colleagues and the Branch, it is often said that the Reasonable Workload Committee at the hospital is dysfunctional. What is the … Read More


Disciplinary process at Ramsay Hospital

I work in a hospital operated by Ramsay. I have been invited to a meeting to discuss a complaint. What can I expect?  Clause 2.5 of the Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Limited, and NSW … Read More


Increased contracted hours at Whiddon

I work at an aged care facility run by The Whiddon Group. I am part- time but have been working over my hours for some time. Can I have my contracted hours varied to reflect … Read More


Meal breaks in patient transport services

I am thinking about applying for an RN position with HealthShare – patient transport services. I believe they have a different approach to meal breaks. Clause 4(x)(d) of the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ … Read More


Education Allowance at Opal

I recently obtained a job as a registered nurse in a nursing home operated by Opal Aged Care. I hold an additional qualification that is related to my duties at the facility. Are these recognised … Read More


Caught between violent and management pressure

Staff concerns were disregarded when they tried to warn of mounting aggression in an understaffed mental health unit.In Hornsby Hospital’s understaffed mental health intensive care unit (MHICU), nurses are caught between the risk of violence … Read More


Ratios a boost for NUMs

The NSWNMA’s award claims aim to give NUMs in the public health system more control over unit staffing.The NSWNMA claim for improved ratios would help nurse unit managers to staff their units with the nursing … Read More


Hours-based staffing needs reform

Our public hospitals need a simpler, more accountable ratios system.Public hospital staffing based on nursing hours per patient day (NHPPD), must be improved to account for skill mix and daily fluctuations in patient numbers, says … Read More


Nurses tell Allity ‘NO’ once again

Aged care business Allity has failed in a second attempt to push staff into a substandard agreement.For the second time in eight months, Allity nurses have voted against a company attempt to lock them into … Read More


Allity hard line boosts union strength

Company unable to quash member action.“We stand a better chance of winning our claims when more people join the union,” says Lucy Murphy, NSWNMA branch secretary at Allity’s Beechwood nursing home.“We are attracting new members … Read More


Branch officials vital to Allity campaign

Nurse delegates keep co-workers involved and 
up to date in campaign for a better deal.As the Allity dispute has gone on, employees have become even more determined to win a better deal, says Anne Breadon, … Read More


Time to end nursing home rorts

The federal government must stop for-profit aged care providers from spending taxpayer subsidies however they wish.Successive federal governments have enabled a system that allows for-profit aged care companies to benefit from cuts to staff levels … Read More


Cutting penalty rates is economic madness

Further cuts to penalty rates make no sense when leading economists say Australia needs a pay rise. A second tranche of penalty rate cuts for low paid workers came into effect on 1 July despite … Read More


Industry Super performs best

The federal government’s efforts to give the banks a greater share of workers’ superannuation has suffered a setback.The Productivity Commission has confirmed what unions have long maintained:  industry superannuation funds are the best performing vehicles … Read More


Ruined by the banks

The banking royal commission that Malcolm Turnbull did his best to prevent has unearthed scandal after scandal.After 30 years of nursing, Jacqueline McDowall set out to realise her dream of retiring in order to run … Read More


Hospitals before tax cuts: poll

Voters want the Turnbull government to increase funding for hospitals and schools rather than cut personal income tax.A majority of voters chose increased spending on healthcare (67 per cent), aged pensions (56 per cent), education … Read More


Reducing a hospital’s environmental footprint

An enterprising nurse shows how a strategy for reducing waste can save hospitals money, reduce emissions, and improve staff morale. Libby Barnes, an RN at Lismore Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, initiated a recycling program that … Read More


The long history of Indigenous nursing

The complex relationship between nursing and Indigenous Australians includes a long tradition of Indigenous nurses, a panel of Indigenous nursing experts told an audience on International Women’s Day this year.Aunty Dulcie Flower, a trained midwife … Read More


Private hospital patient numbers drop

A recent report by investment bank Credit Suisse found that private patients were increasingly opting to join public waiting lists. The report says one of the main reasons patients are fleeing private health is the … Read More


More Medicare funding goes to ‘wealthy kids’

A new study has found that Medicare is equitable for government spending on GP consultations for children, but it’s not equitable for spending on specialists and testing. Researchers from the University of Melbourne assessed the … Read More


Australia is a world leader in insecure work

Only 60 per cent of the Australian workforce is in standard, secure work according to a new report from the ACTU.The report, Australia’s insecure work crisis: Fixing it for the future, finds that Australia has … Read More


Our resolve for better ratios is undiminished

Nurses and midwives deserve the pay rise they are about to receive but our patients deserve safe ratios as well and we will continue to fight for them on their behalf. As The Lamp goes … Read More


Nurses welcome NSW Labor’s commitment to ratios

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) welcome NSW Labor’s support for staff to patient ratios for all public health workers and their commitment to address staffing levels for aged care workers.The NSW Labor State … Read More


Nurse-to-patient ratios key in vote to condemn NSW Government failure

Nurses and midwives across NSW yesterday voted to condemn the State Government’s 7-year failure to deliver better, more transparent nurse-to-patient ratios, which is the only way to guarantee safer patient care.An overwhelming majority of NSW … Read More


Nurses and midwives pleas ignored in NSW State Budget

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is disappointed by the NSW Government’s failure to address the need for nurse-to-patient ratios in the 2018-19 Budget.General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said the government’s welcome investments … Read More


Nurses urge caution on 24 hour visiting trial

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is interested in the outcomes of a trial where visiting hours have been expanded at Balmain Hospital but believe it could be too soon to roll out across … Read More


Response to NSW government announcing 950 new nurses and midwives

Quotes attributable to Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association:The 950 new nurses to be announced in the NSW State Budget this week is a step in the right direction, but … Read More


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day highlights mistreatment of elderly Australians

ANMF Media Release 15 June 2018Today’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day marks a day when people come together to voice their opposition to the abuse and suffering that is inflicted on older people around the … Read More


Inquiry into the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – NSWNMA submission Industrial deaths


The Shift Ep. 70: Angie Gittus & Sarah Elyard – Professionals on the frontline

Angie Gittus and Sarah Elyard spoke at the 2018 NSWNMA Environmental Health Forum about their experiences on the frontline protesting at the Adani site in QLD.


Payout of additional annual leave

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. One of my colleagues said I might be able to cash out some of my annual leave. Is that correct?Under Clause 30(xi)(b) (Annual Leave) of … Read More


Mandatory training in a Healthscope Hospital

I recently started working in a hospital operated by Healthscope. I note that attendance at mandatory training will be required. I have no issue with this but how is it dealt with pay wise?Clause 12 … Read More


Workloads at Columbia

I work in an aged care facility run by Columbia Aged Care. How do we discuss concerns regarding workloads?Under Clause 11 (Workload Management) of the Columbia Aged Care Group, NSWNMA, ANMF NSW Branch and HSU … Read More


Displaying a roster

I am an enrolled nurse in a public hospital. Our roster seems to be provided to us increasingly late. What is the minimum notice period for it be provided to us?Clause 8 (Rosters) of the … Read More


Day worker at Estia

I recently applied for a job as a registered nurse in a nursing home operated by Estia Health. The ad said that it would be a day worker position. What does that mean?Schedule 1 (Dictionary) … Read More


Learning and development leave in a public hospital

I am a registered midwife working in a public hospital. I am thinking of doing some additional studies. What support can I expect from the District?Clause 55 of the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ … Read More


Make aged care ratios law now!

For-profit aged care providers receive $2.17 billion in government subsidies annually yet the sector has been shedding significant numbers of full-time registered nursing staff for many years.Australia’s aged care sector has a profound staffing crisis.Billions … Read More


Profits up, staff down

Speakers call for change at launch of aged care ratios campaign.Owners of for-profit aged care facilities raked in more than $1 billion in profits last year while failing to address chronic understaffing, NSWNMA General Secretary … Read More


‘Fraudulent and abusive’

Providers blasted over treatment of elderly.Margaret Zanghi visited her husband Ramiro in a nursing home every day for more than three years, until he died.Ramiro entered the home suffering from Lewy Body Dementia with a … Read More


MPs to turn spotlight on aged care

ANMF welcomes Senate inquiry into for-profit providers.A Senate committee will examine the financial and tax practices of Australia’s for-profit aged care providers.This follows revelations that the top six for-profit providers received $2.17 billion in government … Read More


Budget’s big aged care fail

The federal Coalition government’s latest Budget ignores the urgent need for safe staffing in nursing homes.The May Budget included an inadequate increase in the long-overdue funding for additional home care packages but contained nothing to … Read More


Rallies for ratios

NSWNMA members have been connecting with their local communities about the importance of ratios.Blacktown Hospital, Maureen Buckley, Aged Services Emergency Team, clinical nurse consultant“When we started to discuss the ratios campaign, our branch members came … Read More


Changing the rules includes hospital staffing

Nurses and midwives were prominent at rallies around Australia on May Day advocating for “Change the Rules” on hospital staffing to improve safe patient care.Sydney May Day march Prince of Wales, Patrick Gould, mental health … Read More


Ratios. It’s a matter of life or death.

The Association has launched a TV advertising campaign to show the NSW public the importance of ratios to patient safety. ‘Ratios are something I am really passionate about’Alayne Dwyer is the nurse who features prominently … Read More


Heading for the exit

Staff shortages and workloads threaten to force many public system nurses and midwives out of nursing altogether, a union survey reveals.Almost seven in every ten NSW nurses and midwives say they have thought seriously about … Read More


Study predicts big demand for nurses

Health services will suffer if staff numbers and skills are reduced, report warns.The NSW government will have to create an additional 40,000 positions in the state’s public health sector by 2030 in order to meet … Read More


Reserve Bank boosts claim for low-paid

Reserve Bank research shows minimum wage rises don’t cause job losses.  There is “no evidence” that small increases in minimum wages cause a loss of jobs or reduction in workers’ hours, a Reserve Bank of … Read More


Raising a sweat may reduce Alzheimer’s

Vigorous physical activity could reduce the number of Alzheimer’s cases by up to 30 percent reports ABC Radio.Professor Nicola Lautenschlager told Radio National’s Health Report that people who do a lot of physical activity have … Read More


Flu vaccinations now a must in aged care

The federal government has ordered compulsory access to flu vaccines for aged care workers.The introduction of flu vaccines for aged care workers comes after a “horrific” flu season in 2017, which saw 90 per cent of … Read More


Inequality reaches tipping point

The world’s richest one per cent are on track to control as much as two-thirds of all wealth by 2030.An analysis produced by the British House of Commons library suggests that if trends seen since … Read More


Lonely millennials twice as vulnerable to depression

Lonely young adults have twice the chance of experiencing depression or anxiety than the general population, according to new research.The analysis of 2000 millennials in England and Wales published in the journal Psychological Medicine showed … Read More


The Shift Ep. 69: Jane Currie – Mass Casualty Education

Jane Currie, spoke at the NSWNMA’s 2018 Environmental Health seminar on ‘Mass Casualty Education’.


Unsafe ratios force bed closures in Hornsby mental health unit

Consistent understaffing and poor skill mix issues at the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital Mental Health Intensive Care Unit (MHICU) is putting staff and patient safety at risk, leaving nursing staff no option but to start closing … Read More


The Shift Ep. 68: Megan Shaw – Sustainability Journey of the Children’s Hospital, Randwick

Megan Shaw, spoke at our 2018 Environmental Health Seminar talking about the sustainability journey of the Children’s Hospital, Randwick.


Lack of ratios putting patient’s lives at risk

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will tonight launch a public awareness campaign, stressing the urgent need for ratios in NSW public hospitals.General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said the NSW Government could … Read More


Nurses rally for ratios in aged care this International Nurses Day

Thousands of nurses across the country will rally together and call on the Federal government to make aged care ratios law this International Nurses Day (Saturday, 12 May).The actions are part of a nation-wide push … Read More


ANMF welcomes Opposition’s pledge to restore funding for public hospitals

ANMF Media Release May 10 2018The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) welcomes the Opposition’s pledge to restore $2.8Billion to public hospitals, unfairly slashed from health budgets by a succession of Coalition governments, saying it … Read More


ANMF welcomes inquiry into for-profit aged care providers

ANMF Media Release May 10 2018The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is commending the Senate Economics Reference Committee which today announced an Inquiry into the financial and tax practices of Australia’s for-profit aged care … Read More


Budget fails to deliver improved staffing in aged care

ANMF Media Release May 8, 2018The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed aged care funding in the 2018/19 Federal Budget for additional home care packages, but says this will … Read More


I Support Ratios for Aged Care

 Nurses in aged care are hard-pressed to do the best they can in impossible circumstances. Our residents’ needs are higher, yet there is chronic understaffing.Australia has strict staff ratios for childcare but there are no … Read More


The Shift Ep. 67: Victoria Cran – Concord Theatre Nurses Perspective

Victoria Cran, registered nurse from Concord Hospital, Sydney spoke at the NSWNMA’s 2018 Environmental Health seminar about the future of recycling in the operating setting.


The Shift Ep. 66: Duane Miller – Intensive Care for the Environment

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Duane Miller spoke at the NSWNMA’s 2018 Environmental Health Seminar and talks about forming a ‘green team’ at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and the great results they’ve achieved.


Petition calls on for-profit aged care providers to use billions in taxpayer funding on care for elderly Australians

ANMF Media Release May 4 2018The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has launched a new national petition calling for greater transparency and accountability in the Government funding of the for-profit aged care sector after … Read More


Are all nurses in the ward included in nursing hours per patient day?

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. The ward I work in has a staffing arrangement of 6 nursing hours per patient day (NHPPD). Are all nurses working in the ward included … Read More


Workload management in a Healthscope hospital

I recently started working in a hospital operated by Healthscope after starting my career in the public health system. What is in place to assist with managing workloads in this hospital?Clause 40 of the Healthscope … Read More


Discussing workload issues at RSL Lifecare

I recently commenced work as a registered nurse in a nursing home operated by RSL LifeCare. At a recent staff meeting, mention was made of workload issues being a standing agenda item. I have not … Read More


Backfilling absences

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. The ward I work in has a staffing arrangement of 6 nursing hours per patient day (NHPPD). Often, however, absences are filled by casuals working … Read More


Workloads at Uniting

I work in an aged care facility run by Uniting. How do we discuss concerns regarding workloads?Under Clause 47 of the UnitingCare Aged Care Residential & Community Services Agreement (NSW) 2014–2017, the accepted starting point … Read More


Let’s change the rules on staffing

The current rules on staffing in our public health system are clearly not working. Our 2018 ratios campaign aims to change that.For many, many years NSW nurses and midwives have tried to work positively and … Read More


Branches get behind ratios claim

NSWNMA members, voting through their branches, have unanimously supported our Public Health System award claim. The 2018 claim was put together after months of research and consultation with Public Health System (PHS) members. The vote … Read More


Our 2018 ratios campaign begins!

Nurses and midwives throughout NSW have been coming together to kick off our campaign for improved and extended ratios and a fair pay rise in our Public Health System.Prince of Wales Hospital started their the … Read More


Fair pay campaign picks up steam

Thousands of people have hit the streets in support of job security and fair pay. The union movement’s campaign to change the rules is gathering pace with rallies and marches at 25 locations across Australia.The … Read More


Big profits, low tax and poor care

Owners of for-profit aged care companies are doing nicely and can afford to increase the number of nursing staff to deliver the care their residents deserve.Recent media coverage has exposed widespread sub-standard care in nursing … Read More


Northern Beaches bungle staff transfer

The process of transferring public health staff to the privatised Northern Beaches Hospital has left many nurses angry, confused and uncertain about their future employment.Northern Beaches Hospital is due to open in November with construction … Read More


No need to apologise

False media reports spread myths about the new codes of conduct for nurses and midwives. The Codes of Conduct for nurses and midwives are worthy documents that rarely make headlines.However, new the new Codes published … Read More


Bathurst remembers its wartime nurses

Twenty-four nurses from Bathurst and surrounding districts who served in World War I have been honoured by their home town with commemorative plaques and an art exhibition. The plaques were organised by the Bathurst District … Read More


NHS staff win 6.5 per cent pay rise

The British government has yielded to years of pressure by nurses and other health staff and offered a pay rise beyond 1 per cent for the first time in 8 years.More than one million NHS … Read More


Turnbull’s Family and Domestic Violence Leave is inadequate

Five days-unpaid leave is not nearly enough for women to make themselves and their families safe from violence.The five days of unpaid Family and Domestic Leave (FDV Leave) announced by the Turnbull government last month … Read More


Private health insurance “unaffordable”

More than three-quarters of Australians with private health insurance struggle to meet the cost of their policies, according to a report by the consumer advocacy group Choice.In the survey, private health insurance was named as … Read More


Tax concessions for rich cost us $135 billion a year

A report commissioned by Anglicare has found that eight of the largest tax concessions and exemptions cost the public purse just over $135 billion a year in lost revenue.These tax concessions and exemptions all disproportionately … Read More


Climate change will cause mass internal migration

The worsening impacts of climate change could see over 140 million people move within their countries’ borders by 2050, a new World Bank report has found.The report, Groundswell – Preparing for Internal Climate Migration, is … Read More


Strike postponed but nurses still aggrieved on northern beaches

Nurses and midwives from Manly and Mona Vale Branches of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) have decided to delay strike action planned for today but will push ahead with a rally in their … Read More


Aged care providers putting profits before their responsibility to care

Australia’s top six aged care providers, some with foreign ownership, posted enormous profits whilst taking advantage of AUD $2.17 billion in Australian taxpayer funded subsidies, using various loopholes, corporate structures and discretionary trusts to avoid … Read More


The Shift Ep. 65: Teresa Lewis – Dispelling the enigma surrounding environmentally sustainable activities in nursing

Teresa Lewis, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong spoke at the April 2018 Environmental Health Seminar on “Dispelling the enigma surrounding environmentally sustainable activities in nursing /midwifery practice”.


Lack of transparency sparks industrial action on northern beaches

Frustrated nurses and midwives from Manly and Mona Vale Branches of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) have today voted to take strike action next week.The decision comes after a drawn-out, unreasonable job matching … Read More


NSWNMA slams relocation of IRC to Parramatta

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has labelled the NSW Government’s decision to relocate the state’s industrial umpire to Western Sydney as completely nonsensical and another example of the government’s poor judgement.Today, the NSW … Read More


Comment on the 2018 Review of the Model WHS Laws

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – 2018 Review of the model WHS laws


Better staffing will fix the crisis in aged care

ANMF Media Release: April 17, 2018The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) does not dispute Minister Ken Wyatt’s recent comments that the government was working hard to ensure older Australians had the best care possible, … Read More


Still doing nothing for patient safety, Mr Maguire

Nurses and midwives have delivered a scathing rebuke to state Member for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire, over comments he made following a tour of Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.Last week, members of the local NSW Nurses … Read More


ANMF supports calls for nationally consistent mandatory reporting laws

ANMF Media Release: 13 April, 2018The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is supporting calls for the introduction of nationally-consistent mandatory reporting laws for nurses, midwives and other health professionals, which will be raised at the … Read More


Wagga Wagga nurses and midwives fed up with broken public system

Nurses and midwives gathered in their own time outside Wagga Wagga Base Hospital this afternoon (Wednesday 11 April) to highlight the pressures they are under, as a result of understaffing, increased workloads and poor skill … Read More


CRISIS IN AGED CARE CONTINUES: MINISTER MUST ACT

ANMF Media Release: 5 April, 2018The declining quality of care in residential aged care facilities, as highlighted once again by last night’s ABC 7.30 report, must be addressed without any further delay, according to the … Read More


Influenza vaccinations

I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. I was recently told that I now must have an influenza vaccination. Is that right?The revamped Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases … Read More


Changing rosters at Ramsay

I work at a hospital operated by Ramsay. There is some talk of changes to rosters and hours of work. How should this be managed?Under Clause 2.3 of the Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Limited, … Read More


Multiple assignments and voluntary redundancy

I work in two different classifications in public health. One of these positions looks set for deletion. A redundancy has been mentioned but I have been told that I would have to resign from my … Read More


Workloads in Uniting

I work in an aged care facility run by Uniting. How do we discuss concerns regarding workloads?Under Clause 47 of the UnitingCare Aged Care Residential & Community Services Agreement (NSW) 2014–2017, the accepted starting point … Read More


Nurses and domestic work

I work in a public hospital and shortages of non-nursing staff is leading to an expectation that nurses will fill in and help out with cleaning duties. Can I be required to do such work?This … Read More


An aged care crisis that shames us

The NSWNMA will throw all its weight behind the national campaign to improve staffing ratios in aged care. Over the last 13 years, chronic understaffing has seen a 400 per cent increase in preventable deaths of … Read More


National push for aged care ratios

Aged care nurses around Australia will soon have an opportunity to help put an end to chronic understaffing of nursing homes.Nurses’ unions in all states and territories are gearing up for a national More Staff … Read More


Ratios for aged care. Make them law. Now.

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), and its state branches including the NSWNMA, are sending a message to all federal politicians with a new public awareness campaign calling for staff ratios in aged care … Read More


Victorian Bupa strike makes history

Bupa nurses in Victoria have won a better deal and highlighted staffing problems at nursing homes by going on strike for the first time ever.Unprecedented strike action by Bupa Aged Care nurses and carers in … Read More


Safety first, nurses and midwives tell Ramsay

Nurses and midwives continue to press for safe staffing standards at NSW hospitals owned by Ramsay Health Care. Ramsay, one of the world’s biggest private hospital operators, owns 30 hospitals across NSW.Its NSW nurses and … Read More


St Vincent’s budget woes lead to redundancies

St Vincent’s Hospital is resorting to voluntary redundancies to try to overcome a budget shortfall.St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst has initiated a surprise voluntary redundancy program and closed a bed on every ward. This follows the … Read More


Concern mounts for St Vincent’s care capacity

Nurses are worried about the community impact of financial problems afflicting St Vincent’s Hospital.The NSWNMA branch at the publicly-funded, privately-operated St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst plans to raise concerns about the impact on patient care … Read More


Nursing soldiers

General Secretary Brett Holmes joined an army training camp to find out what it takes to be a nurse in Australia’s Army Reserve. At the end of January Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSWNMA, flew … Read More


Nurses blockade Adani

Emergency nurse Angie Gittus and four colleagues were arrested for drawing attention to the public health threat posed by the controversial Adani mine.In the middle of December last year, emergency nurse Angie Gittus together with … Read More


Stagnant wages drag down the economy

It’s not only union officials who are worried about persistent low wage growth.Australia has a new economic problem: profits are surging but wages are stagnant or barely keeping pace with living costs.Last year, company profits … Read More


Wages system is broken

Thirty years of “reform” and “modernisation” have entrenched income inequalityThree decades of changes to Australia’s wage-fixing systems, laws and rules have blocked workers from getting decent wage increases, according to Professor John Buchanan, the chair … Read More


Unions push to fix broken work laws

The ACTU is campaigning to re-write the rules governing wage fixing and employment in Australia.It is now widely accepted that Australia’s industrial laws are broken and have given too much power to employers, ACTU Secretary … Read More


Early last drinks reducing Sydney ED violence

A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) indicates that alcohol restrictions in inner Sydney have effectively reduced the number of violent alcohol-related injuries.The emergency room at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital has seen … Read More


Chinese prefecture mandates aged care ratios

Taiyuan, with a population of 4.2 million, has introduced a ratio of one carer for every five residents in aged care facilities. As the ANMF sets out on a campaign to introduce ratios into Australian aged … Read More


What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker

Children who grow up in poverty may be at risk of poor health in later life, even if they escape poverty when they are older according to research from the University of Geneva.In the new … Read More


Let’s keep fighting for a better public health system

Our successful campaign to stop the privatisation of five regional hospitals provides us with the inspiration to push on and improve our public health system.  Maitland Hospital is to stay in public hands. Just like … Read More


Debunking medicinal cannabis myths in Coffs Harbour

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) held an education forum for mental health and drug and alcohol nurses on the therapeutic benefits of medicinal cannabis at the C.ex Coffs in Coffs Harbour today.Forum speakers … Read More


Legislative Assembly Inquiry into Management of Health Care Delivery in NSW

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – Legislative Assembly Inquiry into Management of Health Care Delivery in NSW. Appendix 1: Assistants in Nursing (AINs) working in PICU- The evidence to oppose -2016 Appendix 2: Ratios – A claim … Read More


Review of Seclusion and Restraint and Observation of Patients with Mental Illness in NSW

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – Review of Seclusion and Restraint and Observation of Patients with Mental Illness in NSW.


Inquiry into the Provision of drug rehabilitation services in regional rural and remote NSW

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – Inquiry into the Provision of drug rehabilitation services in regional rural and remote NSW.


Inquiry into Parklea Correctional Centre

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – Inquiry into Parklea Correctional Centre


Let’s keep fighting for a better public health system

Our successful campaign to stop the privatisation of five regional hospitals provides us with the inspiration to push on and improve our public health system. Maitland Hospital is to stay in public hands. Just like … Read More


Maitland Hospital to stay public

Nurses win five out of five in battle to defend regional public hospitals Almost 18 months after it vowed to privatise five regional public hospitals, the NSW government quietly conceded the last facility – Maitland … Read More


Nurses drive united hospital campaign

The battle to save Maitland Hospital brought unions and the community closer together. Jane Burton and Liz Featherstone were on afternoon shift in Maitland Hospital’s surgical ward when a NSWNMA text message told them they … Read More


Staffing gains at John Hunter

Nurses and midwives at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle win a breakthrough in a long-running staffing dispute.  The NSWNMA and Hunter New England Local Health District management have reached consensus on several staffing and policy … Read More


Mums matter, babies count

Midwives at Royal North Shore Hospital have run an innovative campaign to educate the public about the need for appropriate staffing levels in birthing wards. Corrine Cakebread has worked as a midwife for more than … Read More


Solutions sought on nurses’ housing 

The NSWNMA is pushing for an affordable housing development levy, charged to developers in the City of Sydney, to be extended to five other local government areas.   The NSWNMA is working on a number of … Read More


NSWNMA backs affordable housing for essential workers

Nurses need affordable housing close to where they work in order to deliver healthcare where it is needed. In January this year the NSWNMA made a submission to the NSW state government supporting the extension … Read More


Turnbull pressures ABC on tax coverage

Under pressure, broadcaster censors reports on proposed company tax cuts. ABC management censored a news report and analysis criticising the Coalition government’s proposed company tax cuts after complaints from Malcolm Turnbull and three government ministers. … Read More


Tax cuts won’t flow to workers

Shareholders and CEOs will pocket the benefits from lower corporate taxes. The Turnbull government claims that giving the country’s biggest companies a tax cut will lead to higher wages for employees. However, there is “no … Read More


Zombie TPP hurts Australian job seekers

Malcolm Turnbull’s new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement gives six countries unlimited access to Australian jobs. The Turnbull government has agreed to a revived Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that will allow employers to import “temporary” … Read More


Seclusion and restraint forecast to decline

NSW government vows to implement findings of mental health care review. The state government expects the use of seclusion and restraint in acute mental health units and emergency departments (EDs) to decline after it implements … Read More


Review dodges vital issues

Seclusion and restraint report is vague on workforce improvements. The review of seclusion and restraint in acute mental health units and emergency departments makes no mention of vital workforce issues raised by the NSWNMA. These … Read More


Nursing crisis predicted in NSW

NSW Ministry of Health figures uncovered by an ABC Freedom of Information investigation predict a shortage of up to 8,000 registered nurses and midwives across NSW in the next decade. The analysis predicts that by … Read More


Carillion’s collapse exposes PPP folly

The implosion of the outsourcing giant Carillion is a “watershed” moment for the “rip-off” privatisation of British public services. Carillion was one of the British government’s “go-to” outsourcing and building companies, which managed hundreds of … Read More


Small staffing reprieve for John Hunter nurses and midwives

Nurses and midwives at John Hunter Hospital have celebrated a victory after Hunter New England Local Health District capitulated on several staffing and policy issues thrashed out during an industrial dispute. Following four months of … Read More


St Vincent’s redundancy plan could threaten patient safety

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has sought clarification from management at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst, following confirmation a voluntary redundancy program is being rolled out across St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. Acting … Read More


ANMF calls on politicians to make aged care staffing ratios law

ANMF Media Release: 20 February, 2018. The Federal Executive of the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is calling on federal politicians to make staffing ratios in aged care law – to protect … Read More


Amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy No. 70 Affordable Housing

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – Amendment to State Environmental Planning Policy No. 70 Affordable Housing.


What a disgrace: some providers spending just $6 a day for nursing home residents’ food

ANMF Media Release: 12 February, 2018. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has expressed its disgust at the findings of a new study showing some nursing home providers are spending a measly $6.08 a … Read More


The Shift Ep. 56: Environmental Health Forum – The Green Line

ICU Nurse Libby Barnes spoke at the NSWNMA’s recent Environmental forum and talks about the recycling and sustainability that she started at her hospital.  


The Shift Ep. 62: Midwifery Forum – Diversity in midwifery “Aussie Midwives”

International best-selling author and Clinical Midwifery Educator Fiona McArthur spoke at the NSWNMAs recent midwifery forum on Diversity in midwifery: Aussie Midwives.


NSWNMA statement on abrupt relocation of NSW IRC

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has written to the NSW Government seeking an urgent explanation on the proposed relocation of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW and its Sydney Registry to Parramatta. Currently … Read More


The Shift Ep. 63: Midwifery Forum – Annette Aldrick on her experience as a midwife

Midwife and Registered Nurse Annette Alldrick spoke at the NSWNMAs recent midwifery forum about her experiences as a midwife.


Not-for-profits are not the answer

The Berejiklian government wants to give over the operation of the new Maitland hospital to a not-for-profit organisation. Recent experiences at St Vincent’s, among others, should make us wonder why. Just before Christmas, with next … Read More


Beds thrown overboard

Mass closure prompts concern and confusion at St Vincent’s Hospital. Nurses were left stunned and confused when cash-strapped St Vincent’s Hospital announced a sudden widespread closure of beds and services in December. The closures across … Read More


Treatment delay saddens nurses

Closures hit drug and alcohol patients at St Vincent’s. Bed closures at St Vincent’s Hospital have forced nurses to delay treatment of drug and alcohol patients seeking urgent care. Gorman House, the hospital’s acute drug … Read More


Mental health ‘scary’ for new nurses 

Understaffed mental health units are deterring junior nurses from choosing a career in mental health nursing. NSWNMA General Secretary Brett Holmes has warned a parliamentary inquiry of a “looming staffing crisis” in mental health units. … Read More


Staff exposed to high risk

Surveys reveal extent of understaffing in mental health facilities. Asurvey of NSWNMA members employed in mental health shows the safety of patients and staff is at “critical levels”, said NSWNMA General Secretary Brett Holmes. Reasons … Read More


Nolan House battles to keep CCTV

Cameras are essential in a high-risk mental health unit, nurses say. Nurses are resisting an attempt to remove security cameras from a high dependency mental health unit (HDU) on the Albury Wodonga Health campus. Nurses … Read More


Work Visas ‘fuel exploitation’

Australian government policy is creating a workforce divided by immigration status, says the union movement’s overseas aid arm. Temporary migration schemes are fostering a highly exploitative “second tier” labour system in Australia, Union Aid Abroad … Read More


PM’s Christmas gift to the banks

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Australia’s four big banks changed their minds about the need for a royal commission into the banks at the end of 2017. After two years of ruling it out, Turnbull … Read More


Obey the award, Commissioner tells LHD

Industrial Relations Commission says Hornsby Ku-ring-Gai Hospital must be staffed according to the nurses’ award. The NSW Industrial Relations Commission has recommended measures to ensure that Hornsby Ku-ring-Gai Hospital complies with the staffing provisions of … Read More


No vote brings Allity to the bargaining table

After refusing to negotiate for nine months, and trying to force a low-pay offer onto nurses, aged care provider Allity finally entered into talks about a new enterprise agreement. Allity operates in four states with … Read More


A tale of two healthcare systems

Corporate fraudsters regularly pillage the US healthcare system. Now Britain’s NHS is in their sights. Fraud accounts for up to 10 per cent of total US healthcare expenditure, or about US$350 billion, of the annual … Read More


Deaths of despair

Life expectancy in the United States has dropped for the second year in a row with the opioid crisis ‘the key driver’. In 2017 life expectancy in the US dropped for the second consecutive year … Read More


Penalty rate cuts fail to create jobs

Cutting penalty rates has contributed to a reduction in consumer spending while failing to create any extra jobs or give workers more hours, according to recent research. These outcomes are the opposite of what the … Read More


The Lamp 2017

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Nurses blanked from aged care workforce taskforce

The Turnbull government has set up an “expert taskforce to develop a wide-ranging workforce strategy” for aged care – and excluded frontline nurses and carers. ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler labelled the decision to exclude … Read More


Newcastle CBD Liquor Licence Conditions Review 2018

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission – Newcastle CBD Liquor Licence Conditions Review 2018


Supplementary Submission into the Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment

Read or download the NSWNMA Supplementary Submission into the Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment.


Inquiry into the Quality of Care in RACFs in Australia

Read or download the NSWNMA’s submission Inquiry into the Quality of Care in RACFs in Australia.


Sweet PUBLIC victory for Maitland nurses and midwives

As tens of thousands of Maitland and surrounding Hunter families participate in Australia Day celebrations across the region, hardworking nurses and midwives are also jubilant today following confirmation the new Maitland Hospital at Metford will … Read More


NSWNMA on codeine upscheduling

For many years, codeine has been readily used to treat pain or suppress coughing, and low doses are found in some painkillers, cough syrups and cold and flu tablets. From 1 February 2018, medicines containing … Read More


Wee Waa nurses speak up for patient safety

Fed up with delays as a result of medical staff shortages at the local hospital, members of Wee Waa Community Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) have raised their concerns directly … Read More


Projected nursing shortages must be taken seriously

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has today urged the Berejiklian Government to heed the warnings of a nursing and midwifery shortage predicted to impact the state by 2030 and seriously address current nurse-to-patient … Read More


Safer Staffing at Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital

Over recent months, Hornsby & Ku-Ring-Gai Branch has been working with the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association to investigate workloads and staffing levels at Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital. Following concerns from members, the NSWNMA obtained data … Read More


Nurses express shock over bed cuts at St Vincent’s

Around one hundred nursing staff gathered outside Sydney’s iconic St Vincent’s Hospital this afternoon and expressed their dismay over the widespread closure of beds and services at the Darlinghurst facility. From today, more than 160 … Read More


St Vincent’s cuts beds, leaves nurses in the dark

Nursing staff have been left devastated a week out from the Christmas holiday period, following confirmation overall bed numbers will be slashed by almost half at Sydney’s iconic St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst. Prompted by … Read More


Busiest winter season reinforces call for better ratios

Figures released today by the Bureau of Health Information indicating the highest ever recorded presentations to emergency departments during one quarter, have prompted renewed calls by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) for improved … Read More


2018 NSWNMA Branch Election Notice

2018 NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association Election of Branch Delegates and Alternate Delegates Pursuant to the Industrial Relations Act, 1996, Mr Neale Dawson will be the Returning Officer for the election of branch delegates and … Read More


Union Summer for students 2018

Applications are now open for the Unions NSW Union Summer 2018 Internship Program. Union Summer is a three-week program run by Unions NSW in conjunction with participating unions. The program will run from Monday, 29 January … Read More


A wonderful win

Retaining Shellharbour and Port Kembla Hospitals in public hands is a significant victory.  When the then health minister Jillian Skinner announced in September 2016 that she intended privatising five regional hospitals – at Maitland, Wyong, … Read More


Shellharbour to stay public

Community opposition prevails over another government attempt to sell off a valued hospital. Health workers reacted with shrieks of excitement and tears of joy to the news that Shellharbour Hospital would remain in public ownership. … Read More


Community onside in anti-privatisation battle

Shellharbour decision a win for Port Kembla hospital too. The decision not to privatise Shellharbour hospital was vital for the future of neighbouring Port Kembla hospital, said NSWNMA delegate Nilda Miranda. Port Kembla hospital specialises … Read More


A race to the bottom 

Australians are increasingly concerned by the impact of privatisation on our most vulnerable citizens. People with a profound disability, and those requiring hospitalisation, aged care, child care, and child protection, have suffered “significant harm” as … Read More


Privatisation means dirtier hospitals

Governments have to clean up the mess left by private contractors. The People’s Inquiry into Privatisation received details of “numerous” public hospitals that had been wholly or partly privatised, only to be returned to public … Read More


Maitland petition tops 20,000 

The people of Maitland have made it clear they want their hospital to stay in public ownership. Another 10,000 people have put their names to a petition calling on the state government not to privatise … Read More


Doubts cling to palliative care privatisation

Questions in Western Sydney over Silver Chain funding and care arrangements. Aleading palliative care specialist and advocate has questioned the funding and model of care involved in the privatisation of community-based palliative care services in … Read More


Stand together for safer staffing

Ramsay nurses and midwives call for safer staffing so they can deliver quality patient care. Ramsay nurses and midwives have embarked on an enterprise agreement campaign that seeks to improve staffing and skill mix in … Read More


Silver Chain breaks continuity of care

Silver Chain ‘partnership’ is really a takeover, nurses say. Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Danny O’Connor claims the Silver Chain arrangement is a “partnership” with WSLHD aimed at “increasing options for patients and … Read More


Ramsay members’ survey: staffing is the number one issue

Over 1000 Ramsay nurses and midwives feel that the staffing in their ward, unit or theatre does not allow them to provide the quality care their patients need, according to NSWNMA survey results. 73 per … Read More


Westmead ward closed despite bed shortage

A major western Sydney hospital loses a ward and more than 40 nurses. Westmead Hospital nurses have called on the state government to provide adequate funding to allow Westmead Hospital to reopen a 29-bed surgical … Read More


142 eight-hour shifts not filled at Hornsby

Hornsby hospital stretched to breaking point by understaffing. Hornsby Hospital nurses have held a rally outside the emergency department to warn the public about unsafe staffing practices throughout the hospital. Data from just four wards … Read More


The case for a modern living wage

Boosting the wages of the lowest paid makes sound economic sense says the ACTU. Amuch higher national minimum wage is critical if the unacceptable levels of inequality now found in Australia are to be reversed, … Read More


ALP: employers have too much power

Australia cannot tackle inequality or build a future of inclusive prosperity without a workplace relations system that is both productive and fair, says Brendan O’Connor. “The tilt of bargaining power away from workers and to … Read More


Raid on union offices “a shocking attack on democracy”

Labour movement leaders express anger at police raid on Australian Workers’ Union offices. The raid of the AWU’s Sydney and Melbourne offices was part of an investigation by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) into whether … Read More


Scrap the cap!

British nurses and midwives are pressing for a 3.9 per cent pay rise and £800 ($A1376) in back pay after 7 years of enforced austerity.  Fourteen unions representing one million health workers in the NHS … Read More


Low-skilled job market “dire”

The young and the low-skilled are falling behind in Australia’s job market according to a new report by Anglicare. While Australia’s overall unemployment rate had fallen to a four year low of 5.5 per cent … Read More


The Lamp 2014

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The Shift Ep. 53: Environmental Health Forum

Joanna Immig Podcast on Seizing Sustainable Health Opportunities  


Nurses shut out of ministerial aged care taskforce

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has questioned why frontline nurses and care staff have been excluded from a taskforce established to fix the crisis in aged care. ANMF Assistant Federal Secretary … Read More


Funding woes prompt sudden ward closure at Westmead Hospital

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has slammed a decision by Western Sydney Local Health District to shutdown an entire 29-bed ward at Westmead Hospital due to budget constraints, following minimal consultation with staff … Read More


Patients robbed of ‘guaranteed’ care

CEO promises “fast track” recruitment after Union exposes massive nursing hours deficits. An NSWNMA campaign to ensure safe staffing of hospitals in the Hunter New England Local Health District has resulted in senior management publicly … Read More


Comply with Award ratios, LHD told

Industrial Relations Commission says managers must not breach minimum staffing standards. An NSWNMA campaign to ensure safe staffing of hospitals in the Hunter New England Local Health District has resulted in senior management publicly pledging … Read More


Rally demands staffing fix for John Hunter 

Nurses’ anger is fuelled by news that management broke industrial law.  More than 200 nurses and midwives voiced their anger over widespread and persistent short-staffing of John Hunter Hospital during a noisy demonstration outside the … Read More


John Hunter votes for work bans

More than 200 nurses and midwives at John Hunter Hospital voted almost unanimously in favour of applying industrial bans across the facility unless Hunter New England Health immediately implements safe nursing staff numbers. Members of … Read More


Nurses reject dangerous work practice 

Mental health nurses in Albury force authorities to shut down and remodel an unsafe facility.    NSWNMA members have refused on safety grounds to work as directed in the high dependency unit (HDU) of Nolan … Read More


Australia needs a pay rise. Even the International Monetary Fund agrees

The Federal Court decision to uphold cuts to penalty rates for 700,000 low-paid workers is more evidence that the rules aren’t working for working people, but are working very well for business. The Federal Court … Read More


IMF: tax the rich to reduce inequality

In its half-yearly financial report, the International Monetary Fund said taxing the super-rich would help reduce inequality without having an adverse impact on growth. What is good for the super-rich is not so good for … Read More


Banks seek to swallow Super 

New Turnbull government legislation pushes the commercial interests of the big banks. Superannuation bills introduced by the Coalition government into federal parliament will, if passed, help banks get their hands on working people’s superannuation. The … Read More


Bernie’s bill promises Medicare for all

The veteran United States senator has started a national conversation on the need for a universal health care system and he has already garnered promising support. When Bernie Sanders introduced a bill into the US … Read More


Enough is enough

Nurses and midwives have staged big rallies at Blacktown and John Hunter hospitals against chronic staffing shortages. These are powerful messages that the Berejiklian government must listen to. Nurses and midwives have always been very … Read More


ACTU blasts secret Chinese deals

Chinese workers are being brought to Australia under secret deals with pay rates far below our minimum wage. The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (Chafta) allows for secret deals between Australia’s Department of Immigration and … Read More


US nurses pitch in to help Puerto Rico

The United States government didn’t do much to help Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria but a large delegation of American nurses did. Fifty nurses from the Registered Nurse Response Network were among a delegation of … Read More


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Shellharbour celebrates keeping its PUBLIC hospital!

NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members in Shellharbour and Port Kembla are celebrating this afternoon, following confirmation the new Shellharbour Hospital will remain a publicly operated health service. During an urgent staff meeting called … Read More


Carnell Report: All talk, no action on safe staffing levels

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is disappointed that the Carnell Report acknowledges that inadequate staffing levels are compromising the care being provided to elderly nursing home residents, yet fails to deliver any real workforce solutions … Read More


Critical midwifery shortage at Wollongong Hospital prompts community campaign

Wollongong Hospital branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has today called for urgent intervention by the NSW Minister for Health to help resolve serious understaffing issues hampering maternity services at Wollongong Hospital. … Read More


Health privatisation is damaging the nursing profession

The widespread practice of privatising public hospitals and health services across Australia is putting nurses’ professional obligations at risk; has had a detrimental impact on the quality of our healthcare system and has blown out … Read More


Health privatisation is damaging the nursing profession

A new report launched today, Taking Back Control: A Community Response to Privatisation, has found the widespread practice of privatising public hospitals and health services across Australia is putting nurses’ professional obligations at risk, has had a detrimental … Read More


Staffing issues at Blacktown Hospital escalate

The nurse staffing shortfall at Blacktown Hospital has reached dangerous levels, with staff working almost 1500 hours of overtime in the past three weeks across 16 wards, including surgical, maternity, respiratory and cardiac. Nurses and … Read More


Government must commit to clean energy or risk the health of all Australians

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has expressed concerns that the Turnbull Government’s scrapping of the Clean Energy Target (CET) will lead to an increase in carbon emissions and risk the health and well-being … Read More


Industrial ban rolled out at John Hunter Hospital

Nurses and midwives are pushing ahead with an industrial ban on follow-up phone calls to patients discharged from John Hunter Hospital, following an extraordinary meeting to discuss ongoing safe staffing concerns. This afternoon, almost 100 … Read More


John Hunter Hospital nurses and midwives put patient safety first

In an effort to highlight ongoing concerns for patient safety at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital, over 250 nurses and midwives have voted in favour of introducing industrial bans across the facility. Members of the NSW … Read More


We cannot afford not to join

A member writes: When I was first asked to contribute to this website, I agreed without hesitation. But now, as I reflect on my experience of being a member, I find it difficult to articulate … Read More


More than just me

Meeting so many other people of like mind, being able to work with them, bounce ideas off them and work together to achieve great results has been inspiring. It has allowed me to see that … Read More


Invaluable support over a complaint

The NSWNMA has given me invaluable support over the years, but never more so than when a complaint to the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) was lodged against me some years ago when I was … Read More


NSWNMA to the rescue

The accident that ripped a muscle in my shoulder would have also torn a hole in my finances had I not been a member of the NSWNMA. In November 2014, I was travelling from my … Read More


Griffith Base Hospital desperate for a staffing boost

Six days out from the Murray by-election, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called on Murrumbidgee Local Health District to address serious nursing staff issues at Griffith Base Hospital. Members of the NSWNMA’s … Read More


The Shift Eps. 46 – 52: Medicinal Cannabis Forum

Lucy Haslam, retired nurse Debunking the myths around medicinal cannabis and her son Dan’s story Slides Justin Sinclair Facts and fiction around cannabis SlidesCoffs Harbour Forum Slides – March 2018 Dr Mark Montebello Mental health … Read More


Our public health system needs constant nurturing not neglect

Nurse and midwife numbers are failing to keep up with increased demand and we can see the public health system creaking throughout NSW as a consequence.  In this month’s Lamp we have a multitude of … Read More


Chronic understaffing at Wollongong maternity services

Midwives take action, including a ban on bed washing and claiming overtime for missed breaks. For several years, midwifery representatives on Wollongong Hospital’s Reasonable Workloads Committee tried to tell manage-ment the maternity service was seriously … Read More


Wollongong midwives warn of ‘negative outcomes’

Worried staff say women and their babies are getting “suboptimal care” at Wollongong Hospital’s maternity department. A shortage of midwives, poor staff mix and other issues have led to an increase in readmissions and clinical … Read More


Minister warned on unlicensed midwives

Many of the state’s badly understaffed midwifery units are using unlicensed workers to fill gaps in rosters. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has warned of “poor to tragic outcomes” if hospitals continue to fill … Read More


Midwifery hours fall well short at RNSH

Extra maternity beds at Royal North Shore Hospital not staffed properly. RNSH midwife and NSWNMA branch member Sue Bullmore says midwives are committed to providing a safe birth environment and the best possible care for … Read More


Blacktown Hospital staffing goes from bad to worse

Nurses demand an end to staff shortages that have left Blacktown Hospital in a critical condition this winter. Exhausted and demoralised Blacktown Hospital nurses held a public rally for more staff and called on Western … Read More


Joining forces for a stronger health service

‘Keep NSW in a Healthy State’ is the motto of a health unions’ campaign aimed at harnessing community support for a better public health service. The NSW government needs to expand and improve public health … Read More


Petition helps save 10-hour break

Strong member involvement aids Lifehouse enterprise agreement negotiations. Apetition organised by nurses at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse showed management that staff were determined to keep their right to a 10-hour break between shifts. The Sydney cancer … Read More


Inequality is ‘the challenge of our time’

Australia risks becoming an “Americanised society of high inequality and dead-end jobs” warns a new report by the ACTU. Income inequality is at its greatest level in 70 years with most Australians experiencing a decline … Read More


‘The most anti-union law we have ever seen’

The Turnbull government is trying to pass a law that would allow an employer or business group or the Employment Minister to act to sack a union leader or deregister a union. Changes to the … Read More


Multiple attacks on rights at work

Inequality is at an all-time high, profit growth is the strongest it has been in 15 years and wage growth is the lowest on record. A parliamentary inquiry into corporate avoidance of the Fair Work … Read More


Nurse-led mental health initiative wins award

A camp that brings together health students and people with a lived experience of mental illness is providing students with much-needed clinical placements as well as invaluable insights and clinical confidence. Recovery Camp was founded … Read More


Medication errors common in aged care

Survey finds better staff ratios and clearer guidelines for administering medications are needed in aged care. Reports of ear drops being put in a resident’s eyes, a cleaner dispensing medicines and a resident ending up … Read More


Marriage equality has health benefits

The mental wellbeing of gay people is closer to that of heterosexuals in places where same-sex marriage is legal, research has found.  In a recent article in The Conversation three leading mental health experts, including … Read More


Short-staffing woes hurting at South East Regional Hospital

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) are calling on Southern NSW Local Health District to urgently address nursing staff shortages at Bega’s South East Regional Hospital, ahead of the busy summer holiday … Read More


Almost 7,000 nursing care hours missing at John Hunter Hospital

Upset by gross understaffing, hundreds of nurses and midwives have today expressed their anger over patients being short-changed thousands of nursing care hours at John Hunter Hospital during a seven month period. The NSW Nurses … Read More


More nursing staff desperately needed at Belmont Hospital

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is urging management at Belmont Hospital to employ more nursing staff to alleviate workload issues and reduce the excessive overtime being forced upon current staff. Fed up by … Read More


Payroll Administrator

Payroll Administrator Permanent Part Time (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – Non Negotiable) $68,766.00 per annum pro-rata + super + Christmas shut down The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is a trade … Read More


Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

At the 72nd Annual Conference of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) hundreds of nurses and midwives endorsed an updated position on assisted dying, which expressed the need for legislative change to occur in New South … Read More


Report highlights alarming scope for medication errors in aged care

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has identified a need for legislative reform to urgently improve guidelines for medication management within the aged care sector. In the NSWNMA’s latest professional issues report, ‘The state … Read More


Debunking myths around medicinal cannabis

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is today hosting an education forum for mental health and drug and alcohol nurses to discuss the therapeutic benefits of medicinal cannabis. Presenting speakers include Lucy Haslam, director … Read More


ANMF urges Senators to vote for mandated aged care staffing levels in nursing homes

For the sake of older Australians and their families, Senators must vote for mandated levels of highly-trained nurses and appropriately-skilled carers to care for vulnerable nursing home residents, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) … Read More


Let’s take this union to another level

Unity within our own ranks and with other unions and the community is the key to meeting the challenges we face. This year our annual conference had the theme of Challenge, Inspire, Change: effectively a … Read More


Casual conversion to permanent employment

Question: I work in a public hospital as a casual RN. I and other casuals are being told that we cannot become permanent despite working full-time hours for over 12 months, and despite vacant positions … Read More


Redeployment of an injured worker

Question: I am an enrolled nurse at a public hospital but injured myself last year at work. It looks like I will not be able to return to my previous position but I am still … Read More


Pay increase at Lifehouse

Question: Following negotiation of our new agreement, when does the next pay increase kick in at Lifehouse Australia? Answer: A 2.5 per cent wage increase came into effect from the first full pay period on … Read More


Grandparents Leave

Question: I have worked as a registered nurse for some time at a nursing home operated by Hardi Aged Care. Recently one of my colleagues mentioned that our agreement includes Grandparents Leave. How does that … Read More


Part Time Hours at RSL Lifecare

Question: I have been successful in getting a part-time job at a nursing home run by RSL LifeCare. What should I ask for before starting? Answer: You should receive, before commencing employment, an agreement in … Read More


Union cooperation vital to improve health

Health unions are working closely together to improve aged care staffing and defend public hospitals, Brett Holmes told annual conference. Stronger cooperation among health unions has aided the battle to protect regional public hospitals and … Read More


Time to challenge climate of fear

The state government’s treatment of public sector employees encourages health sector managers to flout industrial awards argues Judith Kiejda. Public sector nurses need to stand together  and “hold management to account” when managers disregard industrial … Read More


Aged care campaign backed by solid evidence

There is mounting evidence of the need for safer staffing of nursing homes says ANMF federal secretary Lee Thomas. A national campaign for safer nursing homes will rest on disturbing evidence that a lack of … Read More


More beds without ratios in mental health

NSW Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies used her annual conference address to restate the government’s rejection of ratios and its focus on community-based mental health. The NSW government continues to reject ratios as a … Read More


Solidarity: the antidote to inequality

Globalisation, militarism and fundamentalism are driving global inequality argues Kate Lappin. “Capital is not held in the hands of women,” Kate Lappin, a leading women’s rights activist, told this year’s NSWNMA annual conference. She noted … Read More


Making Leaders

Unions are organisations that transform people’s lives and help build a better world says Hahrie Han, a US expert on organising. Political science professor Hahrie Han, the daughter of Korean immigrants who migrated to the … Read More


Underpayments rife

Underpayment of wages has become routine in parts of the workforce with recent migrants and temporary visa holders among the most exploited. Unions NSW has launched a campaign to reduce the deliberate underpayment of wages, … Read More


Ready to rumble

She isn’t afraid of the biff and she has a keen eye for beauty. New ACTU Secretary Sally McManus talks to The Lamp about the challenges facing working people. You’ve been ACTU Secretary for 6 … Read More


12,000 say ‘Don’t sell Shellharbour hospital’

The Illawarra community has shown it is determined to keep Shellharbour Hospital in public ownership. A petition signed by more than 12,000 Illawarra residents opposing the privatisation of Shellharbour Hospital prompted vigorous debate in the … Read More


Nurses say aged care staffing levels ‘inadequate’

More than 92% of nurses and aged workers responding to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) national workforce survey say they are being asked to care for the same number of nursing home residents … Read More


Concerns for safe patient care at Blacktown Hospital

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called for urgent intervention by Western Sydney Local Health District to address serious workload issues and nurse staffing shortages that have hampered Blacktown Hospital throughout winter. Members … Read More


National Photo Competition now open

Applications are now open for the Your Health Link National Photographic Competition and Exhibition with $45,000 in prizes up for grabs. The Competition’s focus is to increase health literacy through the exciting medium of photography, where community members are … Read More


Lismore mental health nurses take action over staffing cuts

Lismore Mental Health Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has confirmed it will be forced to close beds from next week, due to major concerns over patient and staff safety following planned … Read More


ALP supports more nurses in aged care

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), welcomes Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s public acknowledgement of the urgent need for improved levels of nursing staff in the under-resourced aged care sector. Interviewed … Read More


Lions Nurses’ Scholarship information

  THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS CURRENTLY CLOSED, RE-OPENING 1 AUGUST 2020 FOR STUDIES BEING UNDERTAKEN IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2021. Lions Nurses Scholarships open for application on 1 August and close on 31 October each year*. These … Read More


People power stops privatisation

Three saved, two to go in our campaign to prevent five regional public hospitals from being gifted to the private sector. The NSW government has backed off from privatising Wyong and Bowral hospitals after immense … Read More


Creating the perfect storm

Strong leadership from nurses, midwives and other health unions and overwhelming support from the community, effective backing from local ALP MPs and a lot of effort from committed activists saved Wyong’s public hospital from the … Read More


Public health first!

A local community group was a key driver behind the campaign to keep Bowral Hospital in public hands. Sue Moule, branch secretary of our Bowral branch, has no doubt that the energy and commitment of … Read More


Mental health starved of funds

The NSW mental health system can reduce the use of seclusion and restraint only if it gets adequate support and resources. Underfunding of mental health services over many years has hindered the adoption of measures … Read More


Loss of experience must be reversed

A shortage of experienced nurses has led to the overuse of seclusion in some mental health units, says nurse practitioner Joanne Seymour Joanne has been a mental health nurse for 23 years and a nurse … Read More


Identify barriers to best practice

The statewide review of seclusion, observation and restraint is a response to serious public and professional concerns about standards and practices in NSW mental health facilities, says nursing academic Bethne Hart. Bethne Hart, Associate Professor … Read More


When seclusion is the only option

Policies and procedures governing seclusion are “very stringent” and staff already do their best to avoid the practice, says delegate, Luke Muller. Luke Muller works in Cumberland Hospital’s acute mental health ward and on the … Read More


United push for national action on climate and health

Federal, state and territory governments have been urged to establish a Ministerial Health and Climate Change Forum to oversee coordinated national action to tackle the urgent health threats arising from climate change. A landmark new … Read More


Third world diseases persist in remote communities

Sydney nurse Alanna Maycock shared a New York stage with world leaders who were horrified by her account of the abuse she witnessed on Nauru. Indigenous Australians are 122 times more likely to live with … Read More


A win for the ages

Years of effort and campaigning by many people who care deeply about our public health system has paid dividends with the state government backing off on its plans to privatise Wyong, Bowral and Goulburn hospitals. … Read More


Submission to Inquiry into Effectiveness of Aged Care Quality Assessment and Accreditation Framework

Read or download the NSWNMA Submission to the Inquiry into the effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and Accreditation framework.


Podcasts and Powerpoints: Professional Day 2017

Janine Mohamed & Melissa Sweet The impact of colonisation on the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Slides Kate Lappin Inequality and Women’s Human Rights in the Asia Pacific Region Slides Yin … Read More


Nurses and midwives vow to challenge rules

Fed up with ongoing workload issues, staff shortages and a lack of support from management, hundreds of nurses and midwives have committed to challenge future management decisions they believe inhibit their ability to deliver high … Read More


Nurses and midwives support majority on dying with dignity

Hundreds of nurses and midwives have considered the moral and ethical challenges of assisted dying and voted in support of the need for legislative change to occur in New South Wales. More than 500 delegates … Read More


Mental health staffing needs attention now

Nurses and midwives have pleaded with NSW Minister for Mental Health, Tanya Davies, to urgently address systemic staffing and skill mix issues within the state’s mental health system and called for new safety and monitoring … Read More


More work required to tackle unconscious bias in health

The challenge of addressing racism and inequality across our health system took centre stage at the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s (NSWNMA) 72nd Annual Conference in Sydney today. Janine Mohamed, CEO of the Congress of … Read More


Nurses and midwives aim to challenge and inspire

The need to better promote diversity throughout our health system will be highlighted during the 72nd Annual Conference of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in Sydney this week. From today 750 nurses, midwives, … Read More


Minister must act to stop slashing of care hours

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling on the Aged Care Minister to stop a national aged care provider from carrying out wide-ranging nursing cuts and underpaying other workers … Read More


New Maitland Hospital model not what it seems

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has concerns the new model for Maitland Hospital, announced by the NSW Minister for Health today, will not meet the needs of the community or the staff. This is … Read More


Nurses and midwives ask Dubbo MP for support

Dubbo nurses and midwives are continuing their campaign for improved nurse-to-patient ratios throughout Dubbo Base Hospital, meeting yesterday with local MP, Troy Grant, to hand over more than 10,000 petition signatures from rural and regional … Read More


Keeping Bowral and District Hospital PUBLIC!

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has today welcomed reports the Berejiklian Government has capitulated on the privatisation of Bowral and District Hospital. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said the decision was … Read More


Commonsense prevails for Wyong PUBLIC Hospital

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) says ten months of campaigning alongside community members, public health advocates and local health workers has successfully ensured a redeveloped Wyong Hospital will remain in public hands. General … Read More


Unfair economy gathering speed

A new poll today shows that seven out of 10 Australians believe that the combination of penalty rate cuts, tax cuts for high income earners, and Ministers’ pay rises will create an unfair economy that … Read More


Advancing reconciliation

The NSWNMA will do its utmost to help improve the health and lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders just as we are committed to improving the health and lives of all Australians. In this … Read More


Progress on safer hospitals

It took a shooting incident to spark action, but serious work to reduce hospital violence is finally underway. Sixteen months after a dramatic Code Black incident at Nepean Hospital put the issue high on the … Read More


ED violence sparks community campaign

Nurses push an anti-violence message in the remote town of Nyngan. There was a time when nurses in country towns weren’t too worried about violence in the workplace. Nurses at small rural facilities often knew … Read More


Anti-violence training underway

A statewide program to reduce hospital violence includes more training for emergency department nurses. NSW Health is training emergency department staff to manage “disturbed and aggressive behaviour” in the wake of serious assaults in the … Read More


Aged care blighted by premature death

More people in nursing homes are dying prematurely – and the true numbers could be much higher, researchers say. The number of premature deaths in nursing homes from preventable causes increased by 400 per cent … Read More


Mental health care under scrutiny

Nurses must drive changes to reduce seclusion while ensuring safety. The NSWNMA wants nurses to contribute to a state government review of the use of seclusion, restraint and observations in mental health facilities. The review … Read More


Regions reject hospital privatisations

Packed public meetings show health care privatisation is a hot topic in regional communities. People were angry – they just disagree 100 per cent with the idea of privatisation.” That’s how nurse Laura Valenzuela summed … Read More


Farce upon farce

A privatised hospital still being built is already delivering top outcomes in the surreal world of the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Scot MacDonald. A classic clip from the television political sitcom “Yes, Minister” turns … Read More


Careers Australia another privatisation disaster

One of Australia’s largest vocational education providers, Careers Australia, has gone belly up with nearly a 1000 job losses and classes cancelled for 15,000 students across the country in another spectacular failure of privatisation. Although … Read More


Creating positive change

Janine Mohamed, CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) talks to The Lamp about meeting the challenges facing Indigenous nurses, midwives and patients within our health system. Q: … Read More


Prejudice impacts Aboriginal health

Teaching clinicians about ‘unconscious bias’ can lead to improved health outcomes for Indigenous patients, say experts. In April last year, the blind Aboriginal singer Gurrumul Yunupingu languished at the Royal Darwin hospital’s emergency rooms waiting … Read More


More indigenous nurses builds trust in health

Aboriginal nursing and midwifery cadetships have transformed the lives of indigenous nurses and patients alike. Midwife Leona McGrath first had an inkling she might like to become a nurse when she was a young girl and … Read More


The hidden history of medical incarceration

Medical incarceration can be seen as an example of the role of health care professionals and systems in colonisation writes Melissa Sweet. In the first decade of the 20th Century, a new medical scheme to … Read More


Equal pay strike pioneered land rights

Half a century ago, Aboriginal stockmen and their families in the Northern Territory took a historic stand in support of equal pay and land rights. Support from the Australian union movement was vital to their … Read More


Pioneering strategy to protect health of Australians from climate change

Today’s launch of the innovative new Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being by a coalition of leading health organisations presents a unique opportunity for Australian policymakers to take meaningful action to … Read More


Inquiry recommends min nursing requirement in aged care

The wide-ranging recommendations of a Senate Inquiry into Australia’s under-resourced aged care workforce should finally be enough for the Federal Government to take urgent action to introduce minimum nurse and staffing requirements in nursing homes, … Read More


Hospital upgrades promised while calls for better staffing ignored

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has expressed disappointment in the NSW Government for failing to expand nurse-to-patient ratios in today’s state budget. Acting General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Judith Kiejda, said with a … Read More


Submission: Increasing choice in home care Dept of Health consultation

Download the NSWNMA submission to the Department of Health consultation on Increasing Choice in Home Care.


Submission to Parramatta Affordable Housing Discussion June 2017

Download the NSWNMA submission on affordable housing: City of Parramatta Affordable Housing Discussion Paper Submission


Feedback to Mental Health Commission NSW Consultation: Living Well in Later Life

Download the NSWNMA May 2017 submission: Feedback to Mental Health Commission NSW Consultation Living Well in Later Life _ Case for Change and Consensus Statements.


Poor staffing results in abuse of elderly

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says it’s time for the Government to fix the crisis in aged care, in the wake of a new damning report which contains disturbing evidence showing how the … Read More


Disability nurses introduce work bans at Stockton

Nurses have begun paperwork bans at the Stockton Centre, frustrated by a lack of information coming from the Department of Family and Community Services about specific group homes and related transfer arrangements for a number … Read More


Thanks for your support!

Thanks for supporting weekend and public holiday penalty rates! Your support makes a difference in defending the take-home pay rates of workers. While you’re here, please check out our penalty rates video on Facebook. Share … Read More


Nurses again top ‘most trusted’ survey

Nurses have topped the annual Roy Morgan Image of Professions survey for the 23rd year running since being included for the first time in 1994. Health professionals have continued their domination of Australia’s most highly … Read More


Special meeting to mark 5 years of cuts to workers compensation

The NSW Government’s savage changes to workers compensation, made in 2012, have had a profound impact on NSW workers and their families. Under these changes: Tens of thousands of injured workers have lost medical cover; … Read More


ANMF saddenned by death of Australian nurse in London attack

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has expressed its sympathy over the tragic death of South Australian nurse Kirsty Boden – one of seven victims of the London terrorist attack on the weekend. Acting … Read More


Doctors and nurses urge Commonwealth Bank not to fund Adani mine

Doctors and nurses in stethoscopes and surgical masks carrying placards highlighting health risks such as black lung from the Adani mine will deliver a letter to the Commonwealth Bank’s Board of Directors at its Sussex … Read More


FWC ruling not enough to close wages gap

Today’s Fair Work Commission ruling to grant a 3.3 per cent increase in the minimum wage for Australia’s low-paid workers will do “precious little” to help nursing, midwifery and care staff on the national Nurses … Read More


Day of Action to ban nuclear weapons

On June 15, more than 130 nations will continue negotiating a treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the United Nations. The treaty may be finalised by July 7. This negotiating conference has brought an end … Read More


Penalty rates arrangements blow to 700,000 workers

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has confirmed the penalty rate wage cuts for 700,000 workers will begin in less than four weeks. The transitional arrangements for the penalty rate cuts will ensure the pain that … Read More


Injured Workers Support Network picnic

The Injured Workers Support Network invites nurses and midwives to a family picnic on Sunday June 18.


Available entitlements when caring for a family member

Question: I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. My mother will require extensive support because of illness. Beyond FACS leave, what other leave entitlements do I have? Answer: Clause 32B of the … Read More


Pathways for a CNS at a Healthscope hospital

Question: I am a registered nurse working in a hospital operated by Healthscope. I am interested in progressing to a Clinical Nurse Specialist position. Is there an approved pathway? Answer: Clause 5 of the Healthscope … Read More


What is a “home base”?

Question: I have commenced work at a nursing home operated by Estia Health. When starting I was told that the home I work from will be my ‘home base’. What does that mean? Answer: Under … Read More


The correct process after a patient complaint

Question: I work in a public hospital as an enrolled nurse. Recently my supervisor spoke me to about a complaint received from a patient’s relative. Not thinking much of it, I participated in the discussion … Read More


Understaffing in nursing homes linked to preventable deaths

New research showing that the number of deaths in nursing homes from preventable causes has increased by 400 per cent over the last 13 years again highlights the urgent need for mandated nurse and carer … Read More


Are you affected by Careers Australia going into administration?

As of 25 May 2017, Careers Australia Group Limited are under the control of the Administrators, PPB Advisory. Staff employed by Careers Australia have been stood down. The ANMF NSW Branch is seeking to meet … Read More


Respect nurses and midwives

The state government has responded to our public health system log of claims and on the big staffing issues they have nothing to say. We are often told we are living in a dynamic world … Read More


The big silence

Critical issues for our public health system like improved ratios, increasing the number of clinical nurse educators and solving the problems around specialling and rosters don’t seem to be a priority for the NSW government. … Read More


Short-notice rosters a bugbear for many

A survey reveals widespread nurse dissatisfaction with NSW public health rosters. It’s horrible to not know what’s happening only two weeks away. I can’t plan anything.” That comment is typical of responses to a sample … Read More


‘Specials’ require extra staff

Failure to provide extra staff for specials is an additional burden on the public health workforce. Almost half of NSW public sector nurses say they are not provided with additional staff to look after patients … Read More


Housing is a job changer

Nurses are enduring inflated house prices, exorbitant rents, and increasingly long commutes. Thirty six per cent of NSWNMA members moved home or changed jobs in the previous 12 months because of housing affordability issues, a … Read More


Housing trends undermine retirement system

Australia’s declining rate of home ownership threatens to sink our superannuation and pension systems. Home-owning retirees will increasingly be forced to use some or all of their superannuation to pay off their mortgages. An increasing … Read More


The case for more nurse prescribing

Extending the scope of nurses and midwives to prescribe medicines would lead to more efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering patient care, say experts. The only nurses who can currently prescribe medicines in Australia are … Read More


Nursing in the industrial age 

Three decades in the making, Nurses at Work is a fascinating history of occupational health nursing. In 1961, after Nancy Bundle completed her general nurse training at the Royal North Shore and midwifery training at … Read More


An international shame

Sydney nurse Alanna Maycock shared a New York stage with world leaders who were horrified by her account of the abuse she witnessed on Nauru. Two-and-a-half years after she worked as a nurse consultant at … Read More


Billions to be lost if penalty rate cut spreads

As the second biggest category of weekend workers, health care workers would be hit hard by cuts to penalty rates. Australia’s hospitals, residential care facilities and medical and other health care services employ more than … Read More


Ransomware throws hospitals into chaos

A ‘cyber weapon’ built by American spies was used in a global ransomware attack that disrupted British hospitals. Thousands of patients across England and Scotland had operations cancelled and hospitals were forced to divert ambulances … Read More


Global commitment to public health care

International conference agrees on central role of public system and need to invest in health care workforce. Governments should not offload their responsibility for delivering health care to private operators. And public spending on the … Read More


Health experts call for national strategy on climate change

A new report released today following an extensive national consultation with health and medical groups stakeholders has revealed deep concerns about federal government inaction on climate change. There is overwhelming support for national action to promote … Read More


Unconventional emergency department claims short film gong

A hectic emergency department shift, creatively depicted using medical instruments and equipment, has taken out this year’s NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) 2017 Short Film Festival. Registered nurse, Samantha Clutsom, from Illawong in Sydney’s … Read More


Short Film Festival 2017

The NSWNMA Nurses and Midwives’ Short Film Festival 2017 marked International Nurses and Midwives’ Week, with winners announced on Tuesday 24 May at NSWNMA. The $5000 first prize, sponsored by First State Super, went  to Stock … Read More


Mental health review must address skill mix concerns

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed reports the NSW Government has commissioned an independent review into seclusion, restraint and observations in the state’s mental health system. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett … Read More


History of occupational health nurses

The NSWNMA has published a book about the history of industrial and occupational health nursing in NSW. ‘Nurses at Work’ was written by Nancy Bundle AM and Jim Kitay. The book is available for purchase … Read More


Celebrating the incredible work of all nurses

On this day each year, nursing staff around the world are recognised for the important contribution they make to the health and wellbeing of our communities. Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) … Read More


NSW Nationals turn backs on RNs in aged care

The ongoing delivery of qualified, highly skilled nursing care in NSW residential aged care facilities has been dealt a significant blow, after the Berejiklian Government today refused to keep one registered nurse on duty at … Read More


Band-aid approach to health budget frustrating

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has conveyed disappointment at the Turnbull Government’s lack of substantial forward planning for the health sector in the 2017-18 Federal Budget. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, … Read More


Member benefit: free and reduced online CPD

Members of the NSWNMA, who are automatically members of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, can access courses on the ANMF CPD website for a much reduced rate of $7.70 per topic, compared to $30 … Read More


NSWNMA opposes coal seam gas mining in NSW

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association opposes coal seam gas mining across NSW and is opposed to the Santos Narrabri Coal Seam Gas Project going ahead. This report focuses on the health and environmental issues … Read More


Paying tribute to our remarkable midwives

Today is the internationally recognised day to champion the tireless work of midwives. International Midwives’ Day celebrations are taking place across New South Wales, from morning and afternoon tea parties, ‘walk with midwives’ marches, midwifery … Read More


Aged care registered nurses bill one step closer

A bill to keep at least one registered nurse on duty at all times in high care nursing homes has today unanimously passed the NSW upper house. Liberal MLC Matthew Mason-Cox joined with crossbenchers and … Read More


Parliament to vote on aged care staffing bill

The debate on whether to protect the requirement in the Public Health Act 2010 to keep at least one registered nurse (RN) in a nursing home at all times will conclude tomorrow in the NSW … Read More


Community support builds in Gunnedah for ratios

A passionate group of local nurses and residents will take to the streets tomorrow (Thursday), as part of a campaign for improved patient safety at Gunnedah District Hospital. In recent weeks, members of Gunnedah District … Read More


4th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference – call for abstracts

The Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 4th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference to be held in London 10-11 March 2018. The conference  is a wonderful … Read More


Floods prevent attendance at work

Question: I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. Recently I was affected by flooding that would have prevented me from getting to work if I had been rostered. I believe the hospital … Read More


Next pay increase at Ramsay hospital

Question: I work in a hospital operated by Ramsay. When is the next pay increase due? Answer: The next pay increase (on this occasion 2.5%) in the Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Limited, and NSW … Read More


Notice of roster and breaks at Uniting

Question: I work at an aged care facility operated by Uniting. I am permanent part-time. How much notice should I be provided of my roster? Also, what are my rights to a meal break? Answer: … Read More


Pay for on call during a meal break

Question: I work at a nursing home operated by Opal. As part of the working arrangements, I am required to remain available for duty during my meal break. What should I be paid for this? … Read More


ANMF welcomes review of aged care regulations

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed a Review into the aged care sector’s regulatory systems recently announced by Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt. “We obviously welcome the Review into the sector’s … Read More


Be alert, be aware and join the fight to defend penalty rates

When it comes to workers’ rights and living standards the Turnbull government loves to play the politics of the empty gesture. What is needed is meaningful action to protect our standards of living. Prime Minister … Read More


Linda’s Canberra crusade to save penalty rates

Aged care nurses from around the country made the trek to Canberra to speak truth to power about the importance of penalty rates in keeping skilled staff in their sector. When the NSWNMA asked Wollongong … Read More


Move to slash nurses’ Sunday rates

A major health care company has revealed the hollowness of the claim that penalty rate cuts would never be inflicted on nurses. Sonic Health Plus, which employs hundreds of nurses across Australia, has proposed to … Read More


Penalty rates not safe in aged care

Who says nurses are immune from penalty rate cuts? Estia Health tried to reduce Sunday rates early on during talks for a new enterprise agreement (EA). Finalised last month, the EA replaces separate agreements covering … Read More


Hours regained

After it took over Kennedy Health Care in 2016, Estia was hit by higher vacancy rates at the former Kennedy homes. It sought to cut costs by presenting former Kennedy nurses with proposed new contracts. … Read More


Dubbo nurses stand together despite fears

The NSWNMA branch at Dubbo Base Hospital is stepping up its campaign to stop nurse-to-patient ratios being undermined by unfilled vacancies and an over-reliance on junior nurses. At a ‘lunch on the lawn’ event opposite … Read More


Gunnedah fights for better ratios

Shoppers at Gunnedah’s produce markets got an insight into conditions at the local hospital when they stopped at a colourful stall set up by NSWNMA members last month. Wearing union T-shirts and displaying banners that … Read More


ACTU: A higher minimum wage benefits all

Australia’s minimum wage has fallen to a dangerously low level at the expense of all workers, not just the low paid, says the ACTU. The ACTU is to push for a $45-a-week increase in the … Read More


The therapeutic benefits of marijuana

There is now ample scientific evidence supporting the medical effectiveness of cannabis, but outdated community attitudes and the law remain obstacles to its use. The federal parliament passed laws last year legalising medicinal cannabis use in Australia … Read More


Medicinal cannabis ‘helpful’ in managing epilepsy

Without more investment in medical marijuana research, cannabis and cannabinoid products are likely to remain hugely expensive.  Lisa Todd, a Clinical Nurse Consultant with Epilepsy Action Australia, works with families who have found cannabis has … Read More


After the deluge, solidarity

The floods in Northern NSW brought out a strong community spirit. Nurses at Lismore Base Hospital were left stranded by flooding that devastated the northern NSW city in late March. Some were unable to get … Read More


Health Concerns over Westconnex

Sydney’s WestConnex road and tunnel project is riddled with health issues, argue activists. The $18.6 billion, 33 kilometre road and tunnel project will lead to greater traffic volume and increase harmful pollution in areas where schools, … Read More


Transfer details start to trickle down

After years of waiting, nurses are finally getting some facts on the privatised Northern Beaches Hospital. Well-attended union meetings and a staff petition appear to have prompted health authorities to finally start disclosing vital information … Read More


Push to end tax ‘rort’

Multinational gas producers are paying minimal tax while our hospitals are starved of funds. Last year Australia’s national nursing union ran a series of TV and radio ads across the country highlighting how $57 billion … Read More


Professional Day 2017

Professional Day 2017: Diversity in Healthcare – 1 Day Wednesday 19 July, Rosehill Register Online


Nurses and midwives join global solidarity march

Attacks on penalty rates, encroaching hospital privatisations and more health funding cuts will prompt members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) to join in May Day marches and activities this week. General Secretary … Read More


International Day of Mourning

Nurses and midwives are invited to the International Day of Mourning, with families and friends who have lost loved ones as a result of workplace accidents or illness, on Friday 28 April 2017, at 11.45am … Read More


$10 million a day: That’s how much workers stand to lose if Turnbull has his way on penalty rates cuts

If the Turnbull Government’s cuts to public holiday pay had been implemented already Australians would lose more than $10 million every public holiday and $30 million in wages over the Easter long weekend. New estimates … Read More


Bill to keep registered nurses in aged care tabled in NSW parliament today

Upper house cross benchers will today attempt to protect the requirement in the Public Health Act 2010 to keep at least one registered nurse (RN) in a nursing home at all times. The Shooters, Fishers … Read More


Podcasts: Global, Green and Healthy Hospitals

Carol Behne, the Climate and Health Alliance Webinar at the NSWNMA’s March 2017 Committee of Delegates on Global Green and Healthy Hospitals


Consultation about significant changes

Question: I am a registered nurse and work in a very busy ED of a NSW public hospital. The ED director has indicated that they are going to change our start and finishing times and … Read More


Notice of roster at a Healthscope hospital

Question: I work in a hospital operated by Healthscope. What are the requirements regarding the posting of a roster? Answer: Clause 8 of the Healthscope – NSWNMA/ANMF – NSW Nurses and Midwives’ – Enterprise Agreement … Read More


Time in lieu instead of overtime

Question: Recently I completed an overtime shift and my NUM indicated that if I liked, I could have time off in lieu instead of being paid overtime. Is this correct? Answer: Clause 25(iv) of the … Read More


Break between rostered shifts

Question: I have just started working at a nursing home operated by Bupa Care Services. Can you let me know what the break between rostered shifts is supposed to be? Answer: Under Clause 22 of … Read More


Multiple assignments

Question: I work in a public hospital as an enrolled nurse. I work in two different locations that are quite independent of each other. This has been described to me as having multiple assignments. My … Read More


NSW can afford improved ratios

Strong economic growth means the NSW government can afford to improve safe patient care through improved ratios and the federal government has no excuse for not protecting the penalty rates of the lowest paid. Figures … Read More


It’s time to improve ratios

Government-employed nurses across NSW have voted to campaign for greater quality and equality in public health services. One hundred and seventy seven NSWNMA branches overwhelmingly voted ‘yes’ to endorse the union’s 2017 ratios and pay … Read More


‘Every patient deserves the right to excellent, timely and safe nursing care.’

‘Specials put a huge load on what is already a very busy, high-stress department.’ “Every patient deserves the right to excellent, timely and safe nursing care. As a senior nurse I sometimes feel we are … Read More


Penalty rate cuts hit women, young people

Low-paid women and young people are tipped to be the biggest losers from cuts to penalty rates in four industries. Who’s next? Years of campaigning by employer lobby groups and Coalition politicians paid off when … Read More


‘I couldn’t pay the bills without penalty rates’

Aged care assistant nurse Joane Reyes studies part-time for a nursing degree. She works a permanent Saturday to Wednesday roster so she can attend university on weekdays. Joane has been doing weekend work for about … Read More


Privatisation victims tell their stories

Inquiry hears ‘raw, confronting’ testimony on disability care. David Hetherington was not expecting to hear “emotionally harrowing” testimony from victims of the outsourcing of public services when he chaired Australia’s first national People’s Inquiry into … Read More


Aged care questions answered

The NSWNMA has produced a series of leaflets to help consumers navigate their way through the complex process involved when transitioning a loved one into residential aged care. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has … Read More


Big back pay win at Royal North Shore

Fifteen nurses at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital will get back payment of the in charge of shift allowance they were denied for more than four years. Hospital management finally agreed to the back payment … Read More


Happy April Fools Day!

Sorry, you’ve been pranked. Hand sanitiser is still most certainly in use in all hospitals, and the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association endorses proper hygiene practices at work. Have a great day!


Dubbo Hospital nursing staff meet to address patient safety concerns

NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) General Secretary, Brett Holmes, will meet with nurses and midwives in Dubbo today to address growing concerns around patient safety at Dubbo Base Hospital. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ … Read More


Commemorating Gayle Woodford’s life and tragic death

On the first anniversary of outback nurse Gayle Woodford’s murder, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says systemic changes need to be implemented to better protect its members working in isolated, remote communities. ANMF … Read More


Nurses see penalty cut proposal from emboldened employer

Nurses working for Sonic Health Plus could see their award-aligned Sunday penalty rates cut from 75% to 50%, in what is expected to be worrying trend for Australian workers. Sonic Health Plus nurses are currently … Read More


Penalty rates for nurses on the ‘slippery slope’ with Sonic Health proposal

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is fighting an attempt by health provider Sonic Health Plus to cut the Sunday penalty rates of its nurses by a staggering 25%. ANMF … Read More


Expansion of nurse to patient ratios overdue in NSW

Nurses and midwives have urged the NSW Government to improve the delivery of safe patient care across all public hospital settings and bring our state into line with Queensland and Victoria. Last night, hundreds of … Read More


Staffing must be addressed in South East Regional Hospital review

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is cautiously optimistic a review into South East Regional Hospital will resolve ongoing workload issues and staffing shortages plaguing the Bega facility. Since the new hospital opened last … Read More


Welcoming Sally McManus as first woman ACTU Secretary

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) today welcomed the election of Sally McManus as Secretary of the ACTU – the first time a woman has held the position in the … Read More


Nurses and midwives also at risk of losing penalty rates

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says new legal advice regarding the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) recent decision on penalty rates confirms its fears that nurses and midwives working in … Read More


Initial review of complaint

Question: I work in a public hospital as an Enrolled Nurse. Recently I was put through a fact-finding process that involved an issue that seemed pretty trivial. Shouldn’t these be weeded out first and dealt … Read More


S8 drug disposal in aged care

Question: I work in residential aged care and the policy on S8 drug disposal has changed and Registered Nurses are being asked to do this with a community pharmacist rather than the Director of Nursing.  … Read More


When sick leave runs out

Question: I am a Registered Nurse working in a public hospital. I recently had a stint of sick leave that exhausted my paid entitlement. The hospital then put me onto sick leave without pay. What … Read More


Medication records in aged care

Question: I am an Assistant in Nursing working in a residential aged care facility. Is it OK for me to countersign medication with the Registered Nurse? Answer: Yes, there is no law in NSW that … Read More


Scope of practice

Question: I am an Enrolled Nurse and I am constantly being told I must work within my scope of practice. Can you explain how this is determined and who is responsible for doing this? Answer: … Read More


Asking the right questions in aged care

On the back of growing community concern regarding the complexities of aged care, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), doctors and experts have developed a new resource tool for those navigating the industry. Launching … Read More


A cautionary tale for metro members

By Judith Kiejda, Acting General Secretary Late last year the state government unveiled plans to privatise five regional NSW hospitals. Now, with the announced privatisation of the St George Hospital renal dialysis services, we know … Read More


Bleak outlook for severely disabled residents

Fears are growing for the welfare of severely disabled people in  NSW as the privatisation of disability services gathers pace. The state government has  begun the process of closing residential facilities that care for people … Read More


Disability nurses coerced into new roles

NSW legislation allows the Minister to dictate where disability nurses will work. The National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS) was a federal Labor government initiative aimed at giving disabled people and their families more … Read More


Nurses stick together at Christadelphian Aged Care

Nurses at Christadelphian Aged Care – a religious not-for-profit organisation – were shocked when management set out to abolish a range of long-standing benefits and rights after the company’s enterprise agreement expired. Assisted by an … Read More


Marriage equality  is a health issue

Australian marriage law should be amended to allow  two people of the same sex to marry, according to  a NSWNMA submission to a senate committee. The NSWNMA submission to the senate committee, which is considering … Read More


If we can nurse you, surely we can marry too?

Sally Whitney, an Association member, is starring in a new television commercial promoting marriage equality. She told The Lamp that the inability of LGBTI people to marry means “we are unequal”. “There is no social … Read More


TPP dead but  threats live on

With a stroke of a pen, Donald Trump buried the discredited Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.  Now Malcolm Turnbull wants to resurrect the deal  despite its threats to our health system and jobs. When Donald Trump … Read More


Cost of health: the big issue of the poor

The growing cost of health care is the number one reason people  on or near the poverty line are unable to improve their health,  according to the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS). A new … Read More


NSWNMA Mardi Gras float a first

For the first time in the history of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, members and officials of the NSWNMA are taking part in an official Association float emblazoned with the words ‘‘Nurses … Read More


Majority of Australians support higher Sunday penalties: poll

A new poll released today shows the majority of Australians think there is a difference between Saturday and Sunday, and people who work on a Sunday should get higher pay rates than those who work … Read More


Low paid workers robbed of penalty rates

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has condemned a decision by the Fair Work Commission to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates across three industries, labeling it as a … Read More


Cuts to penalty rates a worry for nurses and midwives

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) fears the Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday, late night and public holiday penalty rates will damage Australia’s collective values and open the flood gates for other … Read More


Mother’s Day Classic NSWNMA team

The Mother’s Day Classic, on 12 May, is a national fun run raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The NSWNMA will be showing its support by once again sponsoring the water stations at … Read More


Have a heart, Premier

This Valentine’s Day we’re calling on the new Premier to have a heart and keep disability services public in NSW, alongside the NDIS.


Senators should reject sneaky cuts to Paid Parental Leave

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is urging the Nick Xenophon Team and other cross-benchers to reject the Turnbull Government’s latest underhand attempt at cutting paid parental leave (PPL) for … Read More


Doubts over privatisation model

A privatised Perth hospital held up as a model “public-private  partnership” has a poor record for patient waiting times. In announcing the new Northern Beaches Hospital “public-private partnership” (PPP) in 2013, NSW Health Minister Jillian … Read More


Podcasts: Aged Care Forum 2016

Sally Ross, the Aged Care Complaints Commission (NSW/ACT) What the Aged Care Complaints Commission does in its capacity to resolve, protect and improve Dot Yam and Vivienne Black (from Leaders on Leading) Practical, positive tools … Read More


Day worker and public holiday

Question: I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. I am a day worker and normally have a public holiday off on pay when it falls on one of my ordinary working days. … Read More


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