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Digital Organising Officer

Digital Organising Officer12 month temporary full-time $112,740.00 per annum + Superannuation + 12 RDOs + 5 weeks annual leave + Christmas shut down  The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in association with the … Read More


Organiser/Bargaining Campaign Officer Level 1 Permanent full-time

Organiser/Bargaining Campaign Officer Level 1Permanent full-time $112,740.00 per annum + Superannuation + 12 RDOs + 5 weeks annual leave + Christmas shut down The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in association with the … Read More


Industrial Officer (x2) Permanent full-time and temporary full-time parental leave replacement

Industrial Officer (x2)Permanent full-time and temporary full-time parental leave replacement$124,242.00 – $158,774.00 per annum + Superannuation + 12 RDOs + 5 weeks annual leave + Christmas shut down The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association … Read More


Elective surgery backlog needs extra hands

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is urging the NSW Government to bring forward the delivery of extra nurses to help cope with the elective surgery waiting list backlog due to COVID-19.The latest Bureau … Read More


Rural health boost needed across NSW

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has backed calls for a public inquiry into the inequities of rural and regional health services and urged the Berejiklian Government to fast-track the allocation of extra nurses … Read More


Gloucester aged care nurses cautiously welcome deal

After months in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC), aged care nurses at Gloucester Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital have secured a five year deal, under a transfer arrangement between Hunter New England Local Health District and … Read More


Mask mayhem putting life-saving nurses at risk

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has joined a chorus of health organisations demanding improved protocols and better Work Health and Safety standards for all health workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic.NSWNMA General Secretary, … Read More


Family Domestic and Sexual Violence Inquiry Submission

Click Here to read or download the NSWNMA Submission to the Inquiry into Family Domestic and Sexual Violence


Masks directive highlights workplace risks for nurses

After five months of raising safety concerns held by members, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed today’s decision by NSW Health instructing all public health workers to wear surgical masks within 1.5 … Read More


Privatisation of mental health advice line kept under wraps

Concerns have been raised over the future of a publicly-run mental health telephone advice line, following revelations several Local Health Districts across NSW have handed over delivery of the service to private provider, Medibank.Earlier this … Read More


Battle over fair pay for nurses and midwives ramps up

Hundreds of nurses and midwives have angrily condemned the Berejiklian Government for ignoring their personal sacrifices, as lawyers representing public sector unions return to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to fight a planned wage freeze.Delegates … Read More


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

Click here to download the NSWNMA Submission to Right to Farm Bill


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

Click here to read or download the NSWNMA Submission on highly contentious bills


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)


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


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


‘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


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


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


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


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

THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS NOW CLOSED FOR 2020 – NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED.The scholarship will re-open on 1 May 2021.Applications for the Edith Cavell Trust Scholarship open annually on 1 May. Only Members of the … 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.


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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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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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


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


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

Lions Nurses Scholarships open for application on 1 August and close on 31 October each year*. These are available to any eligible registered nurse or enrolled nurse.The mission of the Lions NSW/ACT Nurses Scholarship Foundation … 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


Hours Worked – Timesheet for nurses and midwives

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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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


NSWNMA bids farewell to Minister Skinner

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has farewelled outgoing NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, Jillian Skinner, following the announcement of her retirement today. Acting General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Judith Kiejda, … Read More


Note to new Minister: Listen to nurses and midwives

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says new Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt must listen to nurses and midwives if the Government has any chance of addressing the many … Read More


Where do our health dollars go?


Private hospital nurses talk privatisation


NSWNMA 2016 in 2 minutes


Port Kembla keep it public rally December 2016


Alice Cashin memorial statue – launch November 2016


Workers compensation rally November 2016


Wyong Hospital petition debate November 2016


Opening hours over Christmas/New Year

The NSWNMA office will close at 5pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 3 January 2017. There will be staff on call from Tuesday 28th to Friday 30th to attend to urgent matters. … Read More


Save our weekend this Christmas


Nominations open for 2017 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards

If you know an outstanding nurse or midwife who deserves recognition, now is the time to nominate them for the 2017 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards. In its 11th year, this is the first … Read More


Aged Care Staffing Levels and Skills Mix Project

A new national report reveals how the current inadequate level of staffing in Australian nursing homes is failing to ensure the provision of safe, quality aged care – resulting in all-too frequent ‘missed care’ episodes … Read More


Nurses and midwives won’t wait for domestic violence leave

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and its members are calling on NSW Premier, Mike Baird to support 10 days of paid domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards at tomorrow’s COAG meeting. … Read More


Secrecy around Northern Beaches Hospital redevelopment sparks industrial dispute

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), Health Services Union (HSU) and Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation (ASMOF) will today seek definitive answers to a number of longstanding issues related to the redevelopment of the … Read More


We Won’t Wait for Domestic Violence Leave

The We Won’t Wait 16 Days of Action campaign is about placing pressure on Mike Baird to act before December 9. We need Mike Baird to stand up at the COAG meeting on Friday, December … Read More


Asbestos. Not here. Not anywhere

Asbestos kills, yet in some countries it is still mined, manufactured and used. Everyday thousands of people are still exposed to deadly asbestos. While some people profit, other people die. As long as Asbestos is being used … Read More


Baird’s privatisation frenzy hits city hospitals

St George Hospital nurses have been advised this afternoon that non-inpatient Renal Dialysis Services will be transferred to a private operator as part of a South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) ‘business plan’. Nurses … Read More


Bupa fails NSW on aged care staffing and nursing wages

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has slammed Bupa Care Services for failing to negotiate in good faith market competitive pay and conditions for its aged care nurses. For several months, the NSWNMA has … Read More


Shellharbour rally – keep our hospitals public


Nurses take aged care staffing issues to the Senate

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will present serious concerns around staffing and funding in aged care to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs in Canberra today. Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the … Read More


Nurses tell Senate that elderly deserve better

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) today will tell Federal Senators how the Turnbull Government’s $1.8 billion in funding cuts has created a crisis in aged care – with frail … Read More


Boycott Carlton United Breweries this Melbourne Cup

Join the CUB boycott on Melbourne Cup Day. Take a selfie with this poster and put it up on your social media with the hashtag #boycottCUB. 55 critical maintenance workers at the Carlton United Breweries (CUB) site … Read More


NSW hospitals to be privatised


Podcasts: Mental health, drug and alcohol forum

Podcasts from the mental health, drug and alcohol forum held at NSWNMA on 9 September 2016 Kurt Andersson-Noorgard, CNC (Sydney District Nursing – HIV Mental Health Cultural barriers to accessing mental health and drug and alcohol services … Read More


Media release from Health Minister

Here is a media release from Minister for Health Jillian Skinner with news on the Private Public Partnership EOIs for five public hospitals. Download or read online: Health Partnerships update


Senate must reject new moves to cut Paid Parental Leave

The country’s biggest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is re-issuing its warnings about the wide-range of detrimental impacts that cuts to paid parental leave (PPL) would have on mothers and their babies. … Read More


Reprieve for Bourke St as fight continues for Goulburn Base

Goulburn residents are breathing a sigh of relief after securing a commitment this week from Assistant Minister for Health, Pru Goward, to keep Bourke Street Health Service open. A local campaign, backed by the NSW … Read More


Wyong rally to keep our hospital public


Australia’s health leaders tackle climate change at Parliament

Representatives from Australia’s leading health and medical groups met in Canberra on Monday to call on politicians to take immediate steps to protect the health of Australians from the impacts of climate change. A nation-wide … Read More


Staffing cuts lead to security issue at Kyogle

Unqualified staff being used to replace Assistant in Nursing (AiN) hours is having a direct affect on safety at Kyogle Memorial Multi Purpose Service (MPS). The removal of four hours of nursing care per day … Read More


Podcasts: Enrolled nurses forum 2016

Podcasts from the Enrolled Nurses forum held at NSWNMA in mid 2016. Annie Butler (ANMF) What’s the relevance of the Enrolled Nurse? Dr Margaret Cooke (NMC NSW) What happens when a complaint is made about a … Read More


WWI nurse’s unmarked grave given official memorial

A registered nurse, who was the first Australian to be awarded a Royal Red Cross (RRC 1st class) plus the bar for bravery during World War I, will have an official memorial dedicated next to … Read More


Keep our hospitals public! Rallies coming up


Estia attack on Nurses weekend penalty rates withdrawn. Win for Nurses

NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) General Secretary, Brett Holmes has welcomed the decision by Estia aged care to withdraw its attack on Sunday Penalty rates for nurses and aged care workers in 19 Aged … Read More


Estia cuts Sunday penalty rates

Aged care provider, Estia, has announced it will reduce Sunday penalty rates for nurses caring for the frail and elderly in its homes by 15 per cent from 75 per cent to 60 per cent. … Read More


Ramsay: Branch education day

Stronger Ramsay branches – an education day on Tuesday 15 November at NSWNMA. Download the flyer: Ramsay education day 2016.


Shellharbour/Port Kembla: rally to keep our hospitals public

Sunday 6th November, 12 midday at Benson Basin. Download the rally flyer.


Maitland: keep our hospital public rally

Sunday 23rd October, 12 midday at Maitland Park. Download the flyer: Rally flyer Maitland


Wyong: keep our hospital public rally

Sunday 16th October, 11am, Morry Breen Oval, Kanwal. Download the flyer: Wyong rally flyer


Bowral: keep our hospital public rally

Sunday 30th October, assemble 2.45pm in front of Bowral Hospital. Download the Bowral rally flyer.


Goulburn: rally to keep our hospital public

Sunday 30th October, 11am, Goulburn. Download the flyer: Rally-flyer-Goulburn


Australians critically vulnerable to climate change: health experts warn

Leading health experts say Australia’s health system is unprepared for the impacts of climate change, leaving communities unnecessarily exposed. In a national first, the Climate and Health Alliance surveyed more than 130 peak health bodies, unions and … Read More


Survey into abuse in aged and disability services reveals systemic problems

To coincide with the International Day of the Older Persons, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has released a report today that contains widespread recommendations for both the staffing and regulation of aged care … Read More


Nurses exhausted

In view of ongoing concerns in respect of staffing and workload, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) ACT branch recently wrote to the major parties and asked if they would commit to legislation for … Read More


Stop the Sell-Off Rally


Petitions: keep our hospitals in public hands

We are calling on the NSW Coalition Government to ensure that our hospitals are publicly operated and kept in public hands. Please download the petition for your local hospital and get as many signatures as … Read More


Rally to stop the TPP

The National Parliamentary inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between Australia, the US and 10 other Pacific Rim countries will be in Sydney on Monday September 26. The Inquiry is holding public hearings and … Read More


Nurses to fight privatisation of NSW hospitals

NSW nurses have resolved to take all necessary actions to conduct a campaign against the privatisation of NSW public hospitals and services. At a NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) delegates meeting last night, branch … Read More


Calling on nurses to support voluntary euthanasia Bill

The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation officially supports a law for voluntary euthanasia and a Bill is coming up very soon in South Australia. The ANMF is a partner in this powerful Go Gentle Australia campaign … Read More


Unsafe overtime at Gilgandra threatens patient safety

Nurses at Gilgandra Multi Purpose Service (MPS) have been working an average 138 hours of overtime a month since May, resulting in unsafe conditions in the Emergency Department and acute ward. Despite numerous attempts by … Read More


Notice to members – ANMF Federal office Financial Report

The ANMF Federal Office Financial Report for the year ended 30 June 2016 is now available at www.anmf.org.au Members without internet access may obtain a hard copy of the report by applying in writing to: … Read More


Public hospital privatisation a sad day for NSW

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is appalled at today’s announcement by the NSW Coalition Government to privatise five major regional public hospitals: Maitland, Wyong, Goulburn, Shellharbour and Bowral. The public-private partnerships will directly … Read More


ANMF welcomes review of aged care funding cuts

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says it’s encouraged by today’s announcement that the Opposition is moving to force a Review of the $1.8 billion in funding cuts to the … Read More


People’s Inquiry into Privatisation visits Sydney

The public will have an opportunity to explain how the privatisation of essential public assets and services has affected them, their families and local communities when hearings into the People’s Inquiry into Privatisation visit Sydney on … Read More


Kyogle nurses take action against staffing cuts

Nurses believe the level of patient care delivered at Kyogle Memorial Multi Purpose Service (MPS) will be under threat from next week, when the Local Health District (LHD) cuts four hours of nursing care per … Read More


Workshop: Advocacy and campaigning on climate change and health

Do you want to build skills to lead action on climate change? Free workshop for health professionals – Sydney – 26 September 2016. The Climate and Health Alliance, the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association … Read More


Lismore ED staffing issues resolved in final hours

Nurses have resolved urgent understaffing issues with management at the eleventh hour of negotiations ahead of tomorrow’s opening of the new emergency department. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Lismore Base Hospital branch raised … Read More


Submission from NSWNMA to Australian Law Reform Inquiry into Elder Abuse

As part of our preparations for this submission we consulted our members and the community through a survey and a national aged care telephone dial-in. Their testimonials and responses are included in this document and … Read More


Fears of understaffing at Lismore Base Hospital

Nurses have raised concerns about overnight staffing at the redeveloped Lismore Base Hospital Emergency Department after being advised of the staffing structure just days out from the official opening. The new unit is almost twice … Read More


Bankstown Lidcombe nurses and midwives sympathise with families

The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) acknowledges the release of the final report into the medical gases incident that led to the tragic outcomes for two babies born at Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital … Read More


The People’s Inquiry into Privatisation


Bathurst Hospital reopens closed beds

Almost three years after shutting five beds at Bathurst Hospital, Management at Western NSW Local Health District (WLHD) has announced it will reopen the beds, citing estimated population growth figures as the motive for the … Read More


People’s Inquiry into Privatisation launches

The impact on ordinary Australians of privatising essential public assets and services will be examined in a People’s Inquiry launched today by Public Services International (PSI). The People’s Inquiry into Privatisation will examine in detail … Read More


Enrolled Nurse Professional Conference 2016

The Enrolled Nurse Professional Association conference ‘Ever-Changing Tides’ will be held in Wollongong on September 8-9, 2016. The conference will be held at the Novotel North Beach in Wollongong. Registrations close on August 30. Download the … Read More


Coalition clamp-down on right of entry laws

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is alarmed that the Federal Government intends to stop working people organising in their workplaces and accessing their unions. Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash has confirmed the Coalition … Read More


NSWNMA year in review 2015-16


March to Mike’s office – ADHC rally


Asbestos ban must be enforced to protect all

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is today releasing a report – five months after he received it – that shows the Federal Government is dangerously negligent when it comes to controlling asbestos importation in Australia. The … Read More


Nurses and management at Wagga Hospital reach agreement

Management at Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) has closed eight of the 16 surge beds at Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital over the weekend as a result of ongoing concerns about unsafe staffing from excessive … Read More


New delegates at annual conference 2016


Annual conference 2016 highlights


Opal nurses NSWNMA


Nurse on the street


No voice, no choice – Stockton Centre


Podcasts: Sustainable Health Care forum April 2016

Podcasts from the forum Working Towards a Sustainable Health Care Future April 2016. The Green Team – Suzanne Moujalli & Mahmoud Chatila Southern Cross Care Michelle Skrivanic and Alison Brannelly Sustaining Recycling In Health Care Systems Matt … Read More


Beds at Wagga Hospital close

Over 70 members from the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s (NSWNMA) Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital branch met last night and resolved to close surge beds from Friday in an attempt to reduce ongoing staffing … Read More


Albury Wodonga cancer services privatised

The government is pushing ahead with its privatisation agenda in Albury, despite today’s comments from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman, Rod Sims that it is damaging our economy and leading to a lack … Read More


Podcasts from Professional Day 2016

Andrew Denton Dying with dignity presentation: Better Off Dead. Kate Swaffer Living beyond dementia: What the hell happened to my brain? Peter Martin, Sydney Morning Herald economics correspondent Inequality in our society: how it links … Read More


Nurses union backs marriage equality for every Australian

Australian Marriage Equality today welcomed the decision by the NSW Nurses & Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) to get behind the marriage equality campaign in the lead up to a possible national plebiscite. “We welcome the support … Read More


NSW Health Minister confirms more privatisations and deserts our elderly

NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, confirmed there would be more privatisations of hospitals, claimed there was no evidence nursing home residents were better off with a registered nurse and conceded more funding was needed … Read More


Staff safety must come before patient safety if we’re to end violence in healthcare facilities

Deputy Secretary at NSW Health, Karen Crawshaw highlighted the importance of putting staff safety first if we’re to curb increasing violent incidents in our healthcare facilities, during her address at the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ … Read More


NSWNMA conference explores changing health in a changing world

Future health concerns, such as affordable quality healthcare, managing violence in healthcare settings, assisted dying and inequality will be among the main issues discussed at the 71st Annual Conference of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ … Read More


Concerns for patient safety at new Byron hospital

At a combined NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) branch meeting, Mullumbimby War Memorial & District and Byron District Hospital branches unanimously agreed to inform the community of nursing staff’s grave concerns regarding patient safety … Read More


Wagga Hospital moves towards staffing resolutions

Staffing issues at Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital are progressing following ongoing discussions between NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) branch members and Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD). After a meeting yesterday, NSWNMA branch members … Read More


Concurrent registration as Registered Nurse and Enrolled Nurse

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) now recognises that nurses with relevant qualifications may hold registration as both a Registered Nurse (RN) and as an Enrolled Nurse (EN). Holding registration as both an … Read More


Climate and health campaign and survey

The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) has published a  Discussion paper on the proposal for a national strategy on climate, health and wellbeing and there is an accompanying survey. This survey is a one-off link, so if … Read More


EOI: Members for Climate Change Action Reference Group

The NSWNMA is seeking expressions of interest from enthusiastic members to join our Climate Change Action Reference Group (CCARG).  The Association needs the support and advice of members who are climate activists. We have committed to … Read More


National Press Club Aged Care Forum – Lee Thomas ANMF

On July 13th the National Press Club hosted an Aged Care Forum on the topic ‘The Aged Care Conundrum: Meeting The Care Needs of an Ageing Population Without Blowing the Budget’. ANMF Federal Secretary Lee … Read More


Survey on elder abuse

The Australian Law Reform Commission is conducting a Federal Inquiry into Elder Abuse. They are keen to hear the stories and experiences of nurses in regard to elder abuse to inform their inquiry. We would like … Read More


Beds at Wagga Hospital to close as nurses reach breaking point

Members from the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s (NSWNMA) Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital branch have resolved to close surge beds from Thursday next week until overtime and skill mix issues are addressed. There are … Read More


End of life research project for nurses

Invitation to participate in a study examining whether concerns about legal and ethical risk affect the provision of pain and symptom relief to end of life patients. Nurses from all areas – nurse practitioners, palliative … Read More


Coffs Harbour mental health nurses rally to protest staffing shortages

Unsafe staffing conditions at Coffs Harbour Mental Health Inpatient Unit have driven NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members to hold a lunchtime rally TODAY and close three low dependency beds until staffing shortages are … Read More


Impacts of cuts to penalty rates and aged care

These two research papers done for the ANMF in the lead-up to the 2016 federal election examine: Penalty Rate Impacts Budget MYEFO Cuts Aged Care Impacts


Politics in the Pub at Springwood


NSW budget recognises gross underestimation of Wagga hospital demand

The state budget has allocated $40 million to increase service capacity at newly built facilities across the state but the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) believes the funding has come 12 months too late. … Read More


NSW budget recognises gross underestimation of Dubbo Hospital demand

The state budget has allocated $40 million to increase service capacity at newly built facilities across the state but the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association believes the funding has come 12 months too late. Dubbo … Read More


Budget recognises gross underestimation of Tamworth demand

The state budget has allocated $40 million to increase service capacity at newly built facilities across the state but the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association believes the funding has come 12 months too late. Tamworth … Read More


Aged care funding will change votes this election

  More than half the nurses, assistants in nursing (AIN) and members of the community who participated in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) national survey on aged care would change their vote in … Read More


NSW budget in surplus, yet hospitals still understaffed

The state government boasted of budget surpluses worth more than $3.4 billion during today’s state budget announcement, yet there is still no future plan to repair widespread understaffing issues at hospitals across the state. Brett … Read More


Major parties fail to protect Australia from climate change health impacts

Most political parties in Australia do not have a clear commitment to tackling the risks of climate change on health and wellbeing, recent polling and policy analysis shows. The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) has … Read More


Save Our Weekend this Federal Election


Ged Kearney (ACTU) visits Nepean Hospital


Visit an aged care service to see why funding cuts will hurt

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) is calling on all Federal Election candidates to visit an aged care service on ACSA 2016 National Open Day on Friday, June 17 to see the excellent care provided … Read More


Other candidates who support nurses and midwives

   


Dobell

Candidates’ scorecard Emma McBride Karen McNamara MP Abigail Boyd Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties currently … Read More


Robertson

Candidates’ scorecard Anne Charlton Lucy Wicks  Hillary Morris Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties currently stand … Read More


Lindsay

Candidates’ scorecard Emma Husar Fiona Scott Kingsley Liu Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties currently stand … Read More


Macquarie

Candidates’ scorecard Susan Templeman Louise Markus Terry Morgan Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties currently stand … Read More


Gilmore

Candidates’ scorecard Fiona Phillips Ann Sudmalis MP Carmel McCallum Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties currently … Read More


Eden-Monaro

Candidates’ scorecard Dr Mike Kelly Dr Peter Hendy Tamara Ryan Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties … Read More


Macarthur

Candidates’ scorecard Dr Michael (Mike) Freelander Russell Matheson Ben Moroney Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties … Read More


Page

Candidates’ scorecard Janelle Saffin Kevin Hogan Kudra Falla-Ricketts Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties currently stand … Read More


Banks

Candidates’ scorecard Chris Gambian David Coleman MP Philippa Clark Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties currently … Read More


Reid

Candidates’ scorecard Angelo Tsirekas Hon Craig Laundy MP Alice Mantel Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties … Read More


Paterson

Candidates’ scorecard Meryl Swanson Karen Howard John Brown Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care   Find out where the parties currently stand … Read More


New England

Candidates’ scorecard Tony Windsor Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP Mercurius Goldstein Restore the health funding agenda Support our Medicare system Protect penalty rates Commit to RNs 24/7 in aged care Find out where the parties currently … Read More


Where do the parties stand on health?

  Where the parties stand on Liberal/National Greens Labor Public Health Funding $57 billion taken out of public hospital growth funding in its first budget under Tony Abbott. Promised to reverse the $57 billion health … Read More


ANMF welcomes Labor’s extra funding for public health

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed the Labor party’s promise to inject additional funding into frontline healthcare if it wins the July 2 election. ANMF Federal Secretary Lee … Read More


Listen to, support and fund our mental health nursing workforce

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) launched its election campaign today calling on all parties and candidates to commit to five key issues and to listen to, support and fund the nursing workforce. … Read More


Labor’s public health funding a welcome relief

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has commended the Labor party’s recommitment to fund 50 per cent of the efficient growth in hospital costs over the next four years if it wins the July … Read More


Funding cuts will see the end of RNs in aged care

A leading NSW provider has admitted the government’s $1.8 billon cuts could lead to the end of registered nurses (RNs) in aged care. Scalabrini Village CEO Chris Rigby told Australian Ageing Agenda that changes to … Read More


If you care about aged care … call us

People from across New South Wales are being urged to raise their concerns about aged care by taking part in a national phone-in on 18 June being conducted by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation … Read More


Aged care nurses to go because of funding cuts

The admission from a leading NSW provider that $1.8 billion ripped from aged care by the Turnbull Government will see it reduce the number of Registered Nurses (RN) it employs now confirms that ongoing funding … Read More


If you don’t care about $57billion in health cuts, we can’t care


Ramsay members win online access for all

Yesterday Ramsay agreed to provide you online MyTime access at work and remotely, in the first breakthrough response to members’ mounting pressure across Ramsay hospitals. It’s now time to print and get your ward/unit to … Read More


Tamworth nurses defend aged care

NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members, Independent candidate for New England, Tony Windsor and supporting organisations will gather in ANZAC Park tomorrow to raise awareness around the $1.2 billion aged care budget cuts and … Read More


How will politicians protect us from health impacts of climate change?

Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals are among the health professionals demanding all political parties explain how they plan to protect the health and well-being of all Australians under worsening climate change. Their responses will … Read More


Return to work after injury inquiry

Since the cuts to workers compensation in June 2012, were you given a fair chance to return to work? Much  of the  Government  rhetoric  to justify  the  workers  compensation  cuts was that  they  would  encourage … Read More


Injured Workers Support Network family day at Holroyd

On Sunday June 19 the Injured Workers Support Network will be holding a family day picnic at Holroyd workplace memorial park from 11am at the Holroyd Workplace Memorial Park Brickworks Drive, Holroyd am. We will have … Read More


Opal rejects guaranteed ratios

Below is what Opal have said about our claim – tell us what you think now at opal@nswnma.asn.au Download as a PDF or read below.


Podcasts from Professional Day 2015

Associate Professor Thomas Gottlieb The increase of antibiotic resistance Dr Julia Henderson Some home truths about missed patient care Associate Professor Adam Elshaug The concept of ‘low value care’ in today’s health care system Dr Alessandro … Read More


Diane Lang RN asks Malcolm Turnbull about aged care cuts


Cutting hospital waste 
from the bottom up

A nurses’ environmental group promotes a 
grassroots approach to hospital sustainability. Frustrated by an inability to order recycling bins for their emergency department, two nurses at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital decided to take action. “We linked … Read More


New regional hospitals struggling to cope

NSWNMA members stood with hands tied outside the NSW Nationals Annual Conference in Tweed Heads this morning to confront constituents about regional health and aged care funding issues that have not yet been addressed by … Read More


Campaign news for Ramsay members

Make MyTime Fair 2016 Members resolution calling for Fair online staff access to MyTime Download the timesheet for Ramsay Healthcare nurses and midwives Circulars from the 2014-15 enterprise agreement campaign Read the update from 22 May 2015: 2015-81- … Read More


Unregulated staff proposed for mental health ICU

UPDATE: This morning, the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) made a recommendation for the NSWNMA to cease the stop work action planned for 11am and for the Northern Sydney LHD to cease any form of implementation … Read More


Health Minister casts doubt on Coalition’s Medicare policy

Health Minister Sussan Ley today agreed that the Government’s seven-year freeze on Medicare rebate for doctors was a bad idea. Speaking to ABC presenter Fran Kelly this morning, Ms Ley said she wanted to lift … Read More


Dubbo hospital breaching minimum safe staffing

Unsafe staffing resulting in excessive overtime at the new Dubbo Base Hospital has driven NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members to hold a stop work meeting today to consider taking industrial action. There are … Read More


Rally for RNs 24/7 at Health Minister’s office


NSWNMA welcomes end of Medicare rebate freeze

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has welcomed the Opposition’s pledge to end the Medicare rebate freeze and restore the indexation of the payment. NSWNMA Assistant General Secretary, Judith Kiejda, said the policy was a … Read More


Reversing cuts to Medicare rebates a win for patients

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed the Opposition’s election pledge that it will reverse the Turnbull Government’s crippling freeze on Medicare rebates. The ANMF’s Acting Federal Secretary Annie … Read More


Proposed ban on soft drinks in hospitals

NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord today proposed a phased-in ban on “sugary” soft drinks in all more than 200 hospitals in NSW. The ban would extend to all vending machines, restaurants, kiosks and cafeterias within … Read More


Aged care nurses demand repeal

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and community supporters will gather outside the Minister for Health’s office TODAY, Tuesday, 17 May, to demand the state government repeal its decision to remove registered … Read More


If you don’t care, we can’t care – in aged care


Queensland makes ratios law

Queensland lives will be saved after a historic health initiative successfully passed Parliament tonight. Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU) said the Hospital and Health Boards (Safe Nurse-To-Patient and Midwife-To-Patient Ratios) Amendment Bill 2015 would now make … Read More


Nurses most trusted and honest, yet overlooked by government this IND

Nursing has been rated the most ethical and honest profession in Australia for the 22nd year in a row, just in time for International Nurses Day. According to the 2016 Roy Morgan Image of Professions … Read More


Willing to Work age discrimination inquiry

The NSWNMA submission to the National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability, based on mature members’ experiences and perception of age discrimination at work, is now online: Willing to Work submission … Read More


Sydney Legionnaires’ disease outbreak update

NSW Health has confirmed that two further people with Legionnaires’ disease are now linked to the Sydney CBD outbreak identified last week, bringing the total number of cases to five. Both are men who were … Read More


Palliative nurse responds to the RN 24/7 decision


Nurses lost in WW2 hospital ship sinking remembered

The roles of Australian nurses in conflict will be remembered this Sunday 15 May during a ceremony in Bathurst to mark the sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship (AHS) Centaur in 1943. The commemorative service … Read More


NSWNMA commends Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed the notice served by Shooters, Fishers and Farmers’ MLC Robert Brown to introduce a bill to define a ‘nursing home’ in the Public Health Act 2010. … Read More


Aged care under serious threat of destabilisation

The federal government’s decision to slash $1.2 billion in funding from the budget for nursing home residents with complex health care needs has put Australia’s aged care sector in serious danger. Less than a week … Read More


The race to save Medicare is on

A street theatre event, signaling the start of the race to stop $650 million of cuts to Medicare, will entertain and inform city workers on their lunch break at midday TODAY in Martin Place. The … Read More


Australian College of Nursing (ACN) concern on plan to remove RN 24/7

In light of NSW Health’s response to the 2015 Parliament of NSW Inquiry into Registered nurses in NSW nursing homes, handed down by the Hon. Jillian Skinner, NSW Health Minister, Australian College of Nursing (ACN) … Read More


Health and aged care neglected in Budget again

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is dismayed that for the third consecutive year, the Coalition Government has neglected to provide adequate funding for health and aged care in the Federal Budget. The ANMF’s … Read More


Turnbull fails working Australians – golden handshake to corporations

The Turnbull Government has delivered a golden handshake to $100 million corporations and the top 1 per cent of income earners, while working Australians are left even worse off. The top 1 per cent of income … Read More


Joan Hardy Scholarship for post-graduate nursing research

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has established a $5000 scholarship in memory of the late Joan Hardy, who died in 2003. Joan Hardy was active in higher education unionism for over 30 years, during … Read More


May Day 2016 Highlights


Australia facing corporate crime wave

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has released its extensive examination of corporate wrongdoing, providing an overview of corporate breaches pursued by ASIC, the ATO, ACCC, Fair Work Ombudsman and Fair Work Commission. Given there is … Read More


Government response to Inquiry into RNs in nursing homes

Here is the NSW Government’s response to Jan Barham MLC, chair of the Inquiry into registered nurses in NSW nursing homes: Government response – Registered nurses in New South Wales nursing homes


NSW Government drops RNs in aged care

NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, has responded to the Inquiry into registered nurses in NSW nursing homes with the intention to remove the legal requirement for a registered nurse to be on site at … Read More


Nurses and midwives to send powerful message this May Day

NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) members in Sydney will march with hands tied on Sunday under the banner ‘If you don’t care, we can’t care’, sending a powerful wake-up call to the federal government … Read More


Windsor health forum – aged care, Medicare and health funding


RPA car parking rally 12 April 2016


We must protect penalty rates – Fair Work Commission 11 April


War nurse to be immortalised in bronze

A registered nurse, who was the first Australian to be awarded a Royal Red Cross (RRC 1st class) plus the bar for bravery during World War I, will have a bronze statue erected in her … Read More


Paris Agreement a step forward, but Australia still behind

The Australian Council of Trade Unions today welcomed Australia signing the Paris Agreement, but warned the Federal Government lacks a comprehensive approach to climate change or a plan for industry adjustment and jobs. Unless decisive … Read More


The case for health to divest from fossil fuels

The Climate and Health Alliance and Doctors for the Environment Australia have launched a new joint report: Investing in Health, on the case for the health sector to divest from fossil fuels. The report is available … Read More


Staff car-parking costs almost double at RPAH

Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA), will gather with nurses and midwives at a lunchtime rally outside Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) TODAY, Tuesday 12 April, to call on … Read More


Aged care providers support compulsory registration

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has commended the Aged Care Guild for supporting the registration of unregulated care workers in its submission to the Senate inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged care … Read More


May Day 2016 is coming


Cuts to admin impact clinical services at new Byron Hospital

Byron Shire Community Health nurses who are relocating to the new Byron Central Hospital will be forced to take on administrative duties after management announced plans to amalgamate three full time Community Health Administrative Officer … Read More


Tax avoidance leaks question the real agenda of privatisation

The Mossack Fonseca tax avoidance leaks reported on 4 Corners last night not only reveal the inadequacy of tax avoidance laws in Australia but also raise serious concerns around privatisation. NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association … Read More


Liberal Government playing games with our health system

This morning, both the Prime Minister and Treasurer revealed last week’s COAG income tax debate was all a strategy to call the states’ bluff. I think what the Prime Minister did last Friday was call … Read More


Small financial transactions tax could solve enormous hospital funding crisis

Pressure is mounting on the federal government to provide a long-term strategy to manage the country’s hospital funding crisis after states rejected the government’s latest iteration of tax policy. The delay is forcing NSW public … Read More


Unanimous support for registered nurses in aged care during Seniors Week

Organisations around the state have joined the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) to support the need for registered nurses to be on site at all times in aged care facilities where there are people … Read More


Future of registered nurses in NSW aged care – open letter to the Health Minister

Sixteen health care and community groups have written an open letter to the NSW Health Minister stressing the need to keep the requirement for registered nurses in high needs aged care at all times. The Hon. … Read More


Environmental Health Forum 15 April

NSWNMA in conjunction with RPAH and Sydney LHD is holding a seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Practice on Friday 15 April, at RPA, Camperdown. Download the Environmental Health Seminar flyer – Register online.


Anti-protest laws snap action 15/3/16


Parliamentary speakers on RN24/7 in NSW nursing homes

Jan Barham MLC (Greens), Robert Borsak MLC and Robert Brown MLC (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party) spoke in the NSW Parliament on Wednesday 8 March about the need for registered nurses around the clock in … Read More


NSW government pushes for private insurance to cover GP visits

The NSW government will advocate to allow private health insurers to cover visits to general practitioners, in what would significantly extend the power and reach of the industry. From the Sydney Morning Herald, by Harriet … Read More


Forum: Turnbull’s hidden war on Medicare

Death by 1000 cuts – a forum on Monday 14th March, 6pm, Sydney Trades Hall. Download the flyer: Save Medicare forum


Job: Global Green and Health Hospitals Network

The Climate and Health Alliance is looking for a dynamic individual to help drive the low carbon transformation in the health sector as project officer coordinating the Pacific region of the Global Green and Healthy … Read More


Wagga Wagga hospital told to close unfunded beds

Unfunded hospital beds will be shut down and elective surgery may be put on hold at the new Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital, following an extraordinary branch meeting between NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) … Read More


The future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce

Here is the ANMF submission to the Senate inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce: ANMF submission March 2016


International Women’s Day rally

Happy International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. It is also a time to reflect on how far we still need to … Read More


IWD highlights financial issues for working women

Whilst International Women’s Day (IWD) 2016 recognises the valuable role women play in delivering quality care in nursing, midwifery and aged care, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says it also highlights how women … Read More


Women still losing out on pay at every stage of life

A new report released by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) today reveals that Australian women are financially disadvantaged at every key stage of their life: in childhood, at the workplace, through pregnancy, motherhood … Read More


Sydney Alliance community organising training

NSWNMA members are invited to attend a two-day Sydney Alliance community organising workshop, to be held in inner-Sydney’s Surry Hills on 7-8 April. Please contact Rita Martin on 8595 1234 or rmartin@nswnma.asn.au for more information about this. … Read More


New RN standards for practice released

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has unveiled revised registered nurse (RN) standards for practice that will replace the current national competency standards for the registered nurse. The NMBA, which regulates Australia’s 370,303 enrolled … Read More


Global Nurses United on asylum seekers

Nurses from the international community condemn Australia’s appalling treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Global Nurses United (GNU), representing nurses from 21 countries on every continent, says the Australian Government’s current policy of indefinite detention, … Read More


Submission to Senate Inquiry into future of aged care workforce

Here is the NSWNMA submission to the Senate Inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged care workforce, March 2016: Senate Inquiry Aged Care Workforce Submission


Save Medicare rally – ‘These Cuts Are Killing Us’


Staffing issues resolved at new Bega hospital

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has successfully negotiated minimum staffing requirements at the new South East Regional Hospital in Bega, just two weeks out from its opening on 8 March. Current Bega Hospital … Read More


Urgent re-think needed on families in detention policy

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has expressed its concerns about the future of baby Asha and her family and is calling on both the Turnbull Government and the Opposition to urgently reverse the … Read More


Nurses rally against Medicare cuts

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association will participate in a community led rally to save Medicare at Sydney Town Hall tomorrow, Saturday (20 February). The NSWNMA has been campaigning against the Liberal Government’s plan to … Read More


Pilliga Push against CSG


RPAH solidarity rally #LetThemStay


PM must show some compassion for baby Asha

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is standing in solidarity with nurses, doctors and medical staff at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane who are steadfastly refusing to allow baby Asha to be … Read More


AMA forum: The health care of asylum seekers and harms caused by detention

Nurse Alanna Maycock will speak at an AMA forum on Sunday 21 February on the harm caused by Immigration detention, especially to children. The AMA states: Being locked up indefinitely in isolated detention is a … Read More


Rally for workers compensation justice

Injured workers and their supporters will gather outside the 2016 Workers Compensation Summit at the Swissotel next Tuesday 23 February at 8.30am to let industry players aware of their presence.


Elder abuse in residential aged care

The NSWNMA report based on a members survey on elder abuse in residential aged care is now available as a report. Download: ‘Who will keep me safe?’


Calls for action to address elder abuse in aged care

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called on all levels of government to proactively reduce and prevent incidents of elder abuse occurring in residential aged care facilities. In its report ‘Who will keep … Read More


Increased staff for Bathurst maternity services

New mothers in Bathurst and the surrounding areas are set to benefit from improved maternity services at Bathurst Base Hospital as a result of lobbying by the local branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ … Read More


Senior nursing staff shake-up across Murrumbidgee

After five months of negotiations, changes to senior nursing positions throughout Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) are set to occur over the coming months, under a proposed restructure of operations. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ … Read More


Medicare under threat again

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says universal healthcare is again under threat after reports the Turnbull Government is investigating changes to the Medicare payment system. “The Government just can’t keep its hands off … Read More


Nurses demand answers to tackle violence and boost patient safety

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) welcomed today’s first roundtable to discuss serious violent incidents and aggression occurring in public hospitals throughout the state. The NSWNMA, together with the Health Services Union (HSU), Australian … Read More


Cuts to superannuation will leave us working longer

The Australian Council of Trade Unions today raised deep concern about reports the Government is planning to take an axe to superannuation, leaving millions of Australians working well into their 70s. ACTU President Ged Kearney … Read More


NSWNMA violence app


Aged care: time for 24/7 registered nurses

A Registered Nurse (RN) on-duty in all nursing homes – 24/7! That’s the message the Australia Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is sending to the upcoming Federal Senate Inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged … Read More


A rise in GST rejected by public

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) says the Government is out of step with public opinion with the vast majority rejecting a GST hike to fund lower corporate taxes says the ACTU. Despite widespread … Read More


Aged care nurses and the Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse

The NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse was established on 1 September 2015  to inquire into and report on elder abuse in New South Wales. Submissions close on Friday 12 February 2016.  We encourage aged care nurses … Read More


Australians fear GST hike will damage the economy, raise risk of recession: new national poll

A new poll shows the vast majority of Australians are concerned an increase in the GST will lower consumer spending, put the brakes on the economy and leave them exposed to an economic downturn. According … Read More


Trauma-informed practice – ASCA professional development

ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) runs a series of professional development trainings for those who work with people affected by childhood abuse and trauma. Read online or download the ASCA Training Booklet. Download the ASCA … Read More


Time to demand dignity for older Australians

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling on its members and supporters to have their say on aged care – declaring it’s time to demand dignity for older Australians. As the Federal Senate … Read More


‘These Cuts Are Killing Us’ – Medicare rally coming up


Hospital violence – Wagga Hospital WIN News report


ADHC update – Rydalmere Centre work bans


Understaffed? Wagga Hospital Report Prime News


Penalty Rates Press Conference 21/12/15


Nurses, midwives and their patients all suffer if penalty rates cut

Nurses and midwives working in Australia’s public hospitals would receive a pay cut of over $1900 a year, while all nurses, midwives and carers working in acute and aged care would be $359 million a … Read More


150,000 people have signed our petition because pathology cuts affect all of us

t was a nasty surprise to hear that, in the lead up to Christmas, the government announced yet another measure targeting the affordability of healthcare. This time, they’ve gone after essential pathology services and diagnostic … Read More


Cuts will force diabetes patients to ‘pay hundreds more for blood, urine tests’, say pathologists

Diabetics could be out of pocket hundreds of dollars each year for their treatment if cuts to pathology go ahead, raising the risk of complications including kidney disease, doctors warn. Health Minister Sussan Ley flagged … Read More


These cuts are killing us – Newcastle

The NUSA (Newcastle University Students Association) Women’s Collective is hosting a rally protesting against the Turnbull Liberal Governments cuts to preventative healthcare. The Turnbull Liberal Government are reducing funding for pathology tests – this could … Read More


These cuts are killing us – Sydney

The Turnbull Liberal Government is reducing funding for pathology tests – this could lead to us paying at least $30 for pap smears, urine and blood tests. These tests save lives and nobody should go without … Read More


Hospital violence horror stories dominate talks

More than 140 delegates of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) this week shared their growing fears about incidents of violence and aggression occurring in public hospitals and other health care settings across the … Read More


North Shore Private nurses and midwives stop Ramsay pay cuts


Government attempts to justify assault on penalty rates

The release of the Trade Union Royal Commission’s final report, just days after the Productivity Commission’s workplace relations review, is further evidence that the Royal Commission has been used by the Coalition Government to pursue … Read More


ADHC and Government pretend to consult

On 19 November, the Secretary of the Department, Michael Coutts-Trotter emailed ADHC staff to convey the Baird Government’s unilateral decisions regarding the terms of your possible transfer to the ‘not for profit’ or ‘for profit’ … Read More


Turnbull must reject Productivity Commission call to cut take-home pay

On the eve of Christmas, the Productivity Commission has recommended cutting the take-home pay of Australia’s lowest-paid workers. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must now reject these recommendations and give certainty to families who rely on … Read More


Government’s Productivity Commission attacks low paid workers

Hundreds of thousands of workers and their families will struggle to make ends meet if the Government adopts the Productivity Commission recommendation to cut penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers. The final version Federal … Read More


Save our Weekend: Nurse Christmas


Families put last in move to cut Paid Parental Leave

The Turnbull Government’s Paid Parental Leave will lower family incomes forcing many parents to choose between putting very young babies in childcare, or women – and some men – stepping out of the workforce. The … Read More


MYEFO Rips $472 million from Aged Care and Nurses Feel the Pinch

Aged care nurses are about to feel the pinch of the $472 million budget cuts released in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) yesterday. As well as being expected to continue providing quality care with reduced … Read More


Mid-year budget must address tax imbalances not cut services

The Government must deliver a credible plan to bring balance to the tax system and avoid unnecessary cuts in the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) due today. The Government’s continued denial of a revenue … Read More


No Christmas joy for nurses worried about penalty rates

While families across Australia are busy making Christmas plans, members of the country’s largest health and aged care union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), are busy planning shift work away from their loved … Read More


Valuable recognition for Nurse Practitioners

No two days are ever the same for a nurse practitioner, also widely considered as a key highlight of the broader nursing profession. Today, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has paused to acknowledge … Read More


Nurses and midwives plead for proper health funding

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to thoroughly canvas all options to address the looming health funding crisis, ahead of his first Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Sydney … Read More


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People’s Climate March Sydney Highlights


RPA Hospital Car Parking Rally


New trade agreement could cause further climate damage

Public Services International (PSI) comments on the newly released TiSA text that limits state control over natural resources. As Heads of State prepare to negotiate an international accord in Paris against global warming, their trade … Read More


Hospitals worldwide join together in fight against climate change

This week during the United Nation’s Conference on Climate Change, health system representatives from around the world have gathered in Paris to announce a series of commitments to reduce carbon emissions and exert leadership to … Read More


ACTU welcomes common sense review of super rules

The ACTU welcomes the establishment of a review of not for profit superannuation governance. We are especially pleased that the review will be conducted by former RBA Governor, Bernie Fraser who is the public face … Read More


Real men wear pink

Recently the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Unions NSW and affiliated unions resolved to work with the union movement to raise funds for research into breast cancer. The Association is part of this campaign and has set up the NSWNMA … Read More


A commitment to paid domestic and family violence leave must be a Turnbull government priority

The ACTU very much appreciates the Labor Opposition’s recognition of paid leave for those affected by domestic violence. Domestic and family violence should not be a political issue. We call for a bipartisan approach and … Read More


Union Summer for students 2016

Applications are now open for the Unions NSW Union Summer 2016 Internship Program. Union Summer is a three-week program run by Unions NSW in conjunction with participating unions. The program will run from 1–19 February 2016. … Read More


Join the Health workers contingent at the Climate March Sunday 29 November


New grad nurses and midwives – survey

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is seeking accurate information about how many newly graduated nurses and midwives have secured jobs in the professions. The ANMF is asking new grads to sign up to their grads … Read More


New research backs push for paid domestic violence leave in more workplaces

A survey of employers’ experiences of paid domestic violence leave in the workplace has produced overwhelmingly positive results for companies and the one in four workers affected by domestic violence. The research has shown that … Read More


Your NSWNMA Campaign Committee recommends Yes

Your Campaign Committee met on 11 November and voted unanimously to recommend that members vote “yes”. The full copy of the proposed agreement can be found here along with voting slips. Voting will start from 30 November.


Pay and Rosters – how is it better?

The 12% pay proposal would put Healthscope nurses and midwives’ rates ahead of the public sector and Ramsay. Everyone would get 12% over the next 4 years and Educators and ENs would get extra. Other … Read More


Congratulations – wins on all 3!

You have now secured improvements on staffing, workloads, rosters and pay in the new Enterprise Agreement proposal finalised last Friday. Healthscope has improved their offer – after we took the views from your recent Association … Read More


Nurses shattered by loss of job security prior to Christmas

Stressed, upset and anxious about their future, Northern Rivers nursing and midwifery staff have called on Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) management to urgently overhaul a workforce plan proposed for the new Byron … Read More


Keep Super Safe

Australian Unions built the most successful financial story in Australia – industry superannuation. Now Malcolm Turnbull wants to dismantle it. Industry superannuation has low fees and high returns because they are run in the interests … Read More


Tell us your RPAH car park horror stories


Move towards more transparent tax laws welcome

Unions welcome moves by the Senate to overturn the Turnbull government’s secretive tax laws that would have shielded $100 million private companies from proper public scrutiny. The unwinding of the ‘Better Targeting the Income Tax … Read More


Inquiry into elder abuse in New South Wales

Read our submission regarding Elder Abuse in NSW


ACTU Executive tax resolution passed as GST debate ignores 11 million workers

Unions have committed to fighting tax policies that benefit corporations but ignore around 11 million low and middle income workers who face a significant increase to their cost of living under a GST increase. The … Read More


Report shows tax avoidance by US multinationals costing Australia

A group of Australian public sector trade unions have welcomed a new report, released in Europe overnight, which highlights the need for governments around the globe to urgently address international corporate tax system loopholes. The … Read More


Acute inpatient mental health services neglected in Western Sydney

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has spoken out about a growing level of neglect towards the provision of acute inpatient mental health services in Western Sydney. The NSWNMA highlighted its concerns publicly after … Read More


TTP text raises more health questions than answers for Australia

Preliminary analysis of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) text, released late last Thursday, leaves Federal Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, with serious questions to answer, according to the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA). The TPP … Read More


No GST rise. Make corporations pay their fair share.

The Turnbull Liberal government appears to be playing the old ‘carrot and stick’ game with tax reform. On one hand, the government wants to give big corporations and wealth Aussies massive tax, while on the … Read More


Ramsay Fact Sheets

Keep up to date with all the latest Ramsay information here: Public Holidays – Know your rights Annual Shut Down – Know your rights Roster – Know your rights Timesheet for Ramsay Healthcare Nurses and Midwives


Detention harms children protest highlights


RN 24/7 Aged Care Campaign Update


ANMF says GST can’t be extended to health

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says an increase in the GST must not be extended to include basic health services. ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas said today reports the … Read More


Nurses protest against kids in detention

A huge crowd of nurses, midwives, doctors, physiotherapists, social workers, operating theatre staff, medical students and more gathered outside Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick and Westmead to send a message to the Federal Government. The group … Read More


Real Men Wear Pink


Upper House inquiry backs need for RNs in aged care

A report into the role of registered nurses within residential aged care in NSW has found they are essential to high-quality care and recommends the retention of a legal minimum requirement to ensure registered nurses … Read More


Car park price hike to hit RPA nurses & midwives

Nurses and midwives at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney’s inner west have condemned plans by car park operators to increase staff parking fees at the campus. From next Monday (2 November), up to 2000 … Read More


Registered Nurses in New South Wales nursing homes (Inquiry)

Read our submission regarding Registered Nurses in New South Wales nursing homes (Inquiry)


Response to Australian Aged Care Quality Agency ‘Let’s talk about quality’ survey

Read our submission in response to Australian Aged Care Quality Agency ‘Let’s talk about quality’ survey


Want to grow a mo to save a bro?

During November 2015, Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, Associate Members and Staff are participating in Movember to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. It’s simple. Why not give it a go? … Read More


Bob Fenwick Memorial Mentoring Grants Program


Sydney Alliance Parking Permits Announcement


ANMF takes a stand against domestic violence

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is using its support of the Luke Batty Foundation’s Never Alone campaign against domestic violence, to call for nurses and midwives to be specifically … Read More


249,000 Reasons the ANMF is fighting on

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is pleased to announce a 12 per cent increase in its membership across the Australian health system – rising to a record 249,000 members. Releasing the new membership … Read More


People’s Climate March

As world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, we will gather in Australian cities and walk alongside millions of people in hundreds of major cities around the world. By coming together … Read More


“A” new addition for Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week (PNDA)

15-21 November 2015 As equally prevalent and just as debilitating as depression, anxiety has become the focus for this year’s Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness (PNDA) Week, with more than 50 per cent of callers … Read More


Tamworth Hospital staffing disputes conclude in IRC

Two long running staffing disputes impacting the maternity unit and emergency department at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital concluded in Industrial Relations Commission of NSW (IRC) today. Hunter New England Local Health District (HNE LHD) sought … Read More


Smoke and mirrors hamper important Tamworth meeting

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has signalled its profound disappointment, after a meeting to discuss critical staffing concerns at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital failed to achieve any long term solutions. Local nurses, midwives, … Read More


ANMF demands aged care workforce strategy

Australia’s largest health and aged care union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has joined with Labor, other unions and industry stakeholders in continuing to stress the urgent need for an aged care workforce … Read More


Sydney Alliance wins parking reprieve for Inner West nurses

Community nurses and in-home care workers are set to participate in an innovative pilot scheme to help alleviate longstanding parking woes plaguing Sydney’s Inner West. In early 2014, four members of the Sydney Alliance Inner … Read More


Tamworth nurses and midwives still seeking support

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed news that Tamworth MP, Kevin Anderson, has held talks with the NSW Minister for Health in relation to the ongoing staffing concerns impacting Tamworth Rural Referral … Read More


AFTINET: Cancer patient arrested at TPP negotiations in US

On September 30, in Atlanta, Georgia, cancer patient Zahara Heckscher was arrested after disrupting the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in a protest aimed at maintaining access to affordable cancer medicines in the 12 … Read More


ACTU Blue Print For Reform

The ACTU is ready to roll up its sleeves and get to work to help bring about urgently needed government  reforms on critical areas including changes to the tax system to make it fairer for … Read More


Open letter urges Trade Minister to act in good health over TPP

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has signed an open letter, urging the Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb to defend the healthcare interests of all Australians against the vested interests of multinationals pushing the … Read More


ACTU calls on Prime Minister to reject unfair PC recommendations

The Productivity Commission’s draft recommendations would increase inequality, drive down wages, strip workers of many rights and create a less prosperous Australia – they must be rejected by Government. The ACTU lodged its submission to … Read More


Podcasts and Powerpoints: Ice seminar, September 2015

NSWNMA mental health and drug and alcohol nurses: ‘Ice, where to from here?’ Friday 11 September 2015 Susan Gleeson, NSW Ambulance Service A NSW Ambulance perspective  Josie Byrne, Newcastle Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services … Read More


Healthscope members training day

  On Thursday, 8 October there will be a training day for NSWNMA members who work for Healthscope. It will be held at the NSWNMA office at Waterloo in south Sydney. Members taking unpaid leave … Read More


Healthscope: Resolve your workload issue

Download the 6 steps to resolve your workload issues at Healthscope.


Malcolm Turnbull’s agenda on women under question

Recent praise for Malcolm Turnbull’s efforts to address issues faced by women – such as domestic violence and lack of representation in parliament – will be tarred unless he stops the Minister for Social Services … Read More


‘Now Add Honey’ fundraiser for Never Alone

  The ANMF and NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association are proud to be partners of Rosie Batty’s Never Alone foundation. Join nurses and midwives across the country for one important movie night to raise funds for … Read More


ANMF says a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay

Following last month’s release of the Productivity Commission (PC) draft report in the Workplace Relations Framework, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) will take part in Consultation Hearings in Melbourne today (Wednesday 23 September) … Read More


Nurses and midwives want no GST on health!

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called on the Federal Government to rule out the possibility of extending the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to healthcare in Australia. This morning members of the … Read More


Opportunities aplenty for Turnbull’s Ministry

Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed Prime Minister Turnbull’s first Ministry and congratulated him on the elevation of many more women into Cabinet. “Whilst it’s clear there is … Read More


HNE Board turns its back on Tamworth nurses and midwives

Nurses and midwives forced to juggle increased workloads, regular overtime and chronic under-staffing at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital have been dealt another major blow. The Hunter New England Local Health District (HNE LHD) Board, made … Read More


New PM must stand up for our families, our health and our community

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has congratulated Malcolm Turnbull on his elevation to Prime Minister and is now calling on him to remain, unlike his predecessor, true to … Read More


Safety and Injured Workers Conference

Unions NSW will be holding its annual Safety and Injured Workers Conference on October 22-23, 2015. In an environment where workers’ rights to safety protection and decent support are being challenged by business and government, this … Read More


NSW Government shuts down debate on RNs in aged care

Around 100 people gathered outside NSW Parliament yesterday afternoon to support a campaign to keep registered nurses on duty at all times in NSW nursing homes. The rally was followed by a debate in the … Read More


Know your roster rights – Healthscope

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Healthscope status of claims 9 September 2015

Download: Healthscope status of claims 9 September


Nurses ask: Ice, where to from here?

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will tomorrow host an education forum for mental health and drug and alcohol nurses to discuss the prevalence of methamphetamine or ‘ice’ in NSW. The ‘Ice – where … Read More


Debate on registered nurses in aged care

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will today gather outside NSW Parliament with community groups, local government representatives, aged care workers and relatives, ahead of a debate on the future of registered … Read More


National Enrolled Nurse Association of Australia Conference program

The 12th Biennial National Enrolled Nurse Association of Australia (ANMF SIG) Conference will be held on Wednesday 21 October 2015 at the InterContinental in Adelaide. Download the full program: NENA full program The conference link is … Read More


Tweed rallies behind RNs in aged care

Ongoing community support is building across the Tweed region for registered nurses to remain on duty 24/7 in aged care facilities with high-care residents, on the back of a campaign by the NSW Nurses and … Read More


Support builds in Wagga for RNs in aged care

Community support for registered nurses to remain on duty 24/7 in aged care facilities with high-care residents has continued to grow in Wagga Wagga. On Monday, 7 September, members of Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Branch … Read More


Paid Parental Leave Hearing


Build a better future for Australian women

Equal Pay Day today acknowledges the 65 extra days the average Australian woman works each year to earn the same wages as a man. The ACTU calls upon the Government to act now to build … Read More


Nurses win allowances battle

After a month-long campaign, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association accepted a decision by Ramsay Health Care to continue their existing allowances in perpetuity – from the North Shore Times, 4 September 2015, … Read More


Dubbo backs need for registered nurses in aged care

Members of Dubbo Base Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) have stepped up their campaign calling for registered nurses to remain on duty 24/7 in aged care facilities with high-care residents. … Read More


Tamworth nurses and midwives launch petition to build community support

More than 100 nurses, midwives and residents of Tamworth attended a Community Forum at Tamworth Services Club last night to discuss concerns surrounding ongoing the staffing shortages at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital. Tamworth Hospital Branch … Read More


NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Fund

Information on all scholarships and grants provided under the NSW Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Fund is on their website, click on the link below. NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships  


Win for nurses and midwives in battle over pay

Nurses and midwives on Sydney’s North Shore have managed to fend off substantial cuts to their take-home pay following a recent back down by their employer, Ramsay Health Care. After several weeks of campaigning, members … Read More


Tamworth nurses and midwives take staffing concerns to the people

A community forum will be held in Tamworth this Thursday night to raise public awareness about critical staffing issues at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital. Despite months of negotiations and two conciliations before the Industrial Relations … Read More


Attack on paid parental leave must be rejected

Unions will today appear before the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs calling for the wholesale rejection of the Abbott Government’s push to force parents back to work shortly after the birth of their child. … Read More


More beds close at Goulburn due to staffing concerns

Ongoing nursing staff shortages have prompted the temporary closure of a further two beds inside the sub-acute unit in Chisholm Ross Mental Health Unit at Goulburn. Last Thursday (27 August), Goulburn mental health Branch of … Read More


Nurses and midwives stand with all workers in fight for penalty rates

Central Coast and Hunter members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) have joined with workers from the aged care, retail and hospitality sectors to defend their penalty rates against future attacks by the … Read More


Save our weekend TV commercial


Nurses and midwives on verge of breaking point in Tamworth

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), together with members of the Tamworth Hospital Branch, today strongly condemned Hunter New England Local Health District (HNE LHD) for failing to uphold safe patient care and workplace … Read More


Alarm over patient safety crisis at Tamworth

Tamworth Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will hold an extraordinary Branch meeting tomorrow, Thursday 27 August, over serious workload issues impacting the emergency department and maternity services at Tamworth Rural … Read More


Library research requests

The Library is pleased to offer research assistance to all NSWNMA members, including associate members. Complete the form below and your request will be answered by email as soon as possible. Next steps Library staff … Read More


Claims for Healthscope Hospitals Enterprise Agreement 2015

Download or read the claims: Healthscope Claims August 2015


Film-making workshops for nurses and midwives

Members and associate members are invited to apply to attend the next NSWNMA sponsored film-making workshops at NIDA this November, to help them prepare for the 2017 NSWNMA Short Film Festival. Two-day introductory film-making workshop … Read More


Hunter New England ignores patient safety concerns at Tamworth

Tamworth Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) maintains there are serious patient safety concerns at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital, following a full day in the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW (IRC) … Read More


Goulburn nurses forced to close beds over unsafe staffing

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has confirmed that a number of beds could begin to close within days in Chisholm Ross Mental Health Unit at Goulburn, as a result of critical nursing staff … Read More


NSWNMA supports sacked Hutchison port workers


Nurse and midwife registration up but more seeking work

The total number of all nurses and midwives registered in Australia rose by almost 7% between 2011 and 2014, but not all are finding work in their field, according to new data released today by … Read More


Healthscope – your current Agreement

Download or read online: Things to know about your current EA


Inquiry into TAFE – have your say

Calling all members who are or have been Enrolled nurses  –help stop TAFE cuts by writing a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Vocational Education and Training in NSW. Submissions to the inquiry closed on Friday … Read More


We deserve weekend penalty rates – sign the petition

The Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework has handed down its draft report. Commissioned by the Abbott government, this review attacks workers’ rights by recommending a reduction in weekend penalty rates, tampers with … Read More


NSWNMA Strategic Plan 2015-20


2015 Annual Conference highlights


Inquiry told RNs essential in aged care staffing mix

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) today appeared at the first public hearing of an Upper House inquiry into the role of registered nurses in aged care facilities across the state. General Secretary of … Read More


About Library services

About NSWNMA Library The NSWNMA Library provides a specialised information service which supports and reflects the information needs of member and the industrial, legal and professional interests of the staff.The Library has a special collection … Read More


Concerns remain for nurses and midwives’ penalty rates

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) fears the battle for penalty rates and attacks on the minimum wage are far from over, following today’s release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report into workplace relations. … Read More


ANMF says attack on penalty rates has begun

The country’s largest heath union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says it is extremely concerned the draft recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s report into workplace relations threaten Australia’s current IR system. Whilst the … Read More


Productivity Commission report attacks penalty rates, minimum wage, rights at work

Unions have always said the Productivity Commission Inquiry was called by the Abbott Government in order to cut penalty rates, the minimum wage and rights at work – the interim report released today confirms that. … Read More


Submission: Inquiry into Vocational Education and Training in NSW


Violence fact sheets

Work-related violence is any incident in which someone is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work. It includes: throwing objects pushing, shoving, tripping, grabbing striking, kicking, scratching, biting, spitting or any other physical … Read More


Support for employees experiencing domestic violence

In June 2010 the NSW Government released the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Action Plan: Stop the Violence, End the Silence, which includes support initiatives that enable employees who have experienced domestic violence to enter … Read More


Nurses and midwives vow to have their voices heard

Hundreds of nurses and midwives from across NSW have held robust discussions in Sydney this week on workloads issues, restricted wages negotiations, impacts of health funding cuts, eliminating family violence and speaking out against the … Read More


Family violence takes centre stage at conference

The prevalence of family violence in Australia and the importance of addressing violence in the workplace were major topics of discussion during day one of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s (NSWNMA) 70th Annual Conference … Read More


Abbott Government’s industry super ‘fix’ will hurt retirement savings

The Federal Government’s proposed changes to the governance of superannuation funds will undermine Australia’s high preforming Industry Super Funds and could see millions of Australians retire with less in their super. The ACTU submission on … Read More


Nurses and midwives: our 70th Conference

The impacts of health funding cuts, attacks on penalty rates, importance of nurse-to-patient ratios, violence in the workplace and family violence are just some of the issues to be highlighted during the 70th Annual Conference … Read More


Enrolled nurses and the Senate inquiry into VET

New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association is making a submission to the Senate about vocational education and training (VET) in NSW with a focus on Enrolled Nurses. Are you an Enrolled Nurse or have you … Read More


Nominations open for 2015 ACHS Medal

Nominations for one of the most prestigious awards in the Australian health sector – the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards 2015 ACHS Medal –  are now open. The honour, which has been awarded over the … Read More


Patient safety to improve in Tamworth Hospital

Emergency department nursing staff agreed to transfer into new facilities at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital today, following positive proceedings in the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW (IRC) late Tuesday. Tamworth Hospital Branch of the NSW … Read More


Aged care nurse Jocelyn on penalty rates


Tamworth nurses and midwives won’t relocate without improvements

Plans for the emergency department and maternity services to transfer into new facilities at the Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital site could be delayed next week. Tamworth Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) … Read More


Agreements currently being voted on

These Agreements are currently being voted on by members.


Staffing concerns ongoing inside Tamworth ED

Hunter New England Local Health District (HNE LHD) management has been put on notice for the second time in less than a wee over serious workload concerns held by Tamworth Base Hospital Branch of the … Read More


Forum on privatisation

Public Services International Oceania will be holding a forum for public sector unions and their allies on ‘Privatisation: Alternatives in the Public’s Interest’ at NSWNMA next Thursday 21 July from 9am-4pm, featuring national and international … Read More


Historic public health plan announced for Queensland

Sick and injured Queenslanders will be better protected under a historic nursing initiative announced today. Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU) Secretary Beth Mohle said the state government had today announced they would legislate nurse to patient … Read More


Serious patient safety concerns raised in Tamworth ED

Members of Tamworth Base Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) have put the local hospital management on notice over serious concerns regarding patient safety in the emergency department. Branch members fear … Read More


Last call to nominate Australia’s best nurses and midwives

Nominations will soon close for the 2015 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards — an initiative aimed at recognising forward-thinking and high-achieving nursing professionals. All nominations must be submitted at hestaawards.com.au by midnight on 31 July 2015, … Read More


Stop TAFE cuts – submit your experience

Many Enrolled Nurses and Assistants in Nursing (AiNs) get their training and education at TAFE. But TAFEs are under threat from the privatisation mentality. Help preserve TAFE in NSW by sending a submission to the … Read More


Inquiry into RNs in NSW nursing homes

The NSW Upper House is holding a Parliamentary Inquiry into Registered Nurses in NSW nursing homes. The inquiry is a result of the groundswell of community concern about the threat to registered nurses in nursing homes. Submissions … Read More


ANMF condemns new gag order on nurses and midwives

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has condemned new laws which silence nurses, midwives and other health professionals who speak about the poor conditions in detention centres. ANMF Federal … Read More


Australians hurt by Medicare rebate freeze

From today, hundreds of thousands of Australians will be forced to pay out of pocket fees for a basic doctor visit, as a result of the Abbott Government’s four-year freeze on doctor’s Medicare rebates. The … Read More


Nurses and midwives oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership

NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has joined with nurses, midwives and healthcare workers from across the Pacific, Latin America and North America, to condemn the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. The NSWNMA and … Read More


RN 24/7 Aged Care Forum State Parliament


Community urges NSW Govt to keep registered nurses in aged care

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has stepped up its campaign insisting registered nurses remain in all NSW aged care facilities with high-care residents, holding a forum in NSW Parliament today. Demonstrating widespread community … Read More


Ratios overlooked as NSW Budget focuses on bricks and mortar

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has described the 2015-16 NSW Budget as a mixed bag for the state’s hard working public sector nurses and midwives. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, welcomed … Read More


Support for RN 24/7

Many organisations have written to the Minister for Health supporting the RN24/7 campaign. Letter to Minister Skinner from the Cancer Council Letter from Australian Women’s Health Association Letter from the Older Women’s Network Letter from Alzheimers … Read More


Workers compensation survey

For the past three years, along with Unions NSW, the NSWNMA has been applying pressure to the NSW Liberal/National Government to reverse the sweeping cuts they made to workers compensation in 2012. Nurses are particularly … Read More


Proud to partner Rosie Batty and Never Alone campaign

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is proudly supporting the Luke Batty Foundation as a founding partner of the Never Alone campaign against domestic violence. ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas joins with Australian of the … Read More


Your ratios campaign continues

Download the update June 19, 2015: 2015-92 – PHS 2015 – Vote for pay rises to flow – and your ratios claim continues p1and2


Serious concern about secrecy provisions in Border Force Act 2015

Australia’s key professional nursing and midwifery bodies are expressing their serious concern about the secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act 2015. The Act threatens jail for up to two years for health care … Read More


Australian graduates and 457 workers exploited under current laws

Representatives from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) will appear before a Senate Inquiry into Temporary Work Visas today to raise concerns about the impact of temporary migrant labour on Australian nursing and midwifery … Read More


Judith Kiejda addresses ACTU Congress on paid parental leave


Podcasts: Environmental health seminar 2015

The Environmentally sustainable practice in hospitals and community settings’ seminar podcasts Organised by NSWNMA in partnership with Southwestern Sydney LHD Friday 15 May at Liverpool Hospital Debbie Wilson, Sustainability officer at the Counties Manukau district … Read More


Nurses and midwives excluded from expert health groups

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has joined the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, the Australian College of Midwives, and the Australian College of Nursing to ask the Federal Government to explain why nurses … Read More


Brett Holmes addresses ACTU Congress 2015


NSWNMA at ACTU Congress 2015


Wagga backs call for RNs in nursing homes 24/7

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is meeting with local nurses, academics and community groups in Wagga Wagga this week to discuss the important role of registered nurses in aged care. The NSWNNA is … Read More


Nurse graduates unemployed or underemployed

Thousands of nurse graduates continue to complete their degrees only to face unemployment, underemployment and job insecurity. Nurse and midwifery graduates are struggling to get work because of a ‘lack of experience’, with employers preferring … Read More


Consultation with registered nurses

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has commissioned a project to be undertaken by Southern Cross University to review the National competency standards for the registered Nurse (RN). The revised document, now titled … Read More


NSWNMA in Orange to insist on RNs 24/7 in aged care

This Tuesday and Wednesday, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will be in Orange to speak with nurses and local community groups about the essential role of registered nurses in aged care. The NSWNNA … Read More


Federal Government cuts essential funding for children with genetic disorders

The Federal Government has quietly cut essential funding for children and adults suffering from a rare genetic Inborn Error of Metabolism (IEM) disorder.  For these individuals a vital expensive medically-prescribed diet, supplemented by the funding, … Read More


Unions to work with business over cuts to paid parental leave

Unions will work together with business to combat attempts by the Abbott Government to strip away paid parental leave from 80,000 Australian families. Around 1000 union delegates from around the country have voted to work … Read More


Rosie Batty endorses push for domestic violence leave

The ACTU has welcomed the support of domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty for its claim to give millions of Australian workers access to domestic violence leave. Rosie Batty and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya … Read More


Abbott on nose as unions gear up for election

New polling in six key marginal seats around the country shows voters believe the Abbott Government has no plan to create jobs, will make more cuts to health and education and that the Federal Budget … Read More


2015 Productivity Commission Inquiry and the threat to penalty rates

The workplace relations agenda of the Federal Liberal government has become clear with the start of the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into “all aspects” of our working conditions.  Our rights at work are under attack. Penalty … Read More


ANMF: For best care, expand all roles

The country’s biggest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has raised concerns about reported changes to a new pharmacy agreement which could see pharmacists receive $19 billion in Government funding to provide … Read More


Protect our penalty rates – Edward


Interview with Nicole about penalty rates


Interview with Edward about penalty rates


Bed closures possible at Lismore Base Hospital

Lismore Base Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has warned the local community it could be forced to turn away patients, as a result of major concerns over nursing staff shortages … Read More


Wendy RN talks about penalty rates


RN Donna on the importance of penalty rates


Registered Nurse Martin talks about the importance of penalty rates


Disgruntled patients and ‘delicate’ situations steal nursing film limelight

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has acknowledged the unique creativity of many nursing and midwifery members this week, as part of a combined 2015 Short Story and Poetry Competition and a Short Film … Read More


Abbott diagnoses poor health outcomes for NSW

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has criticised the Abbott Government for failing to recognise the adverse impact further cuts to health funding in the 2015-16 Budget will have on public health outcomes and … Read More


Budget cuts hurt nurses, midwives and patients

Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has warned that more than $2 billion slashed from the health and aged care budgets will ultimately decrease access to health care and lead … Read More


Amongst Fifteen Wounded Men

Amongst Fifteen Wounded Men Under another cloudy sky my grandmother stands amongst fifteen wounded men.   I wanted them to be young, and strapping, and larrikin. But, as they look into the camera they whisper … Read More


Nurses and Midwives’ Short Film Festival 2015

The NSWNMA Nurses and Midwives’ Short Film Festival 2015 again marked International Nurses and Midwives’ Week, with winners announced on Tuesday 12 May at NSWNMA. The $5000 first prize, sponsored by First State Super, went  to ‘The … Read More


Paid parental leave: more questions than answers

Up to 100,000 nurses and midwives could lose access to publicly-funded paid parental leave (PPL) if drastic cuts to the scheme go ahead as a result of this year’s Budget, according to the Australian Nursing … Read More


Health groups left in dark on Budget cuts

Health groups have been left scrambling after the federal budget revealed plans to cut nearly $2 billion from the health system, but gave little detail about which programs would be cut, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. … Read More


Annette Alldrick on our midwifery ratios claim 2015


Budget fail – no jobs, no growth, no opportunity

If the Abbott Government’s plan to create jobs is a $5 billion dollar company tax cut – then it has no plans for jobs, says the ACTU. The government has made the $5.5 billion Jobs … Read More


Time to celebrate hardworking nurses, past and present

Tens of thousands of dedicated registered nurses, enrolled nurses, assistants in nursing and student nurses will pause to celebrate what it means to be a nurse today and pay homage to the centenary of Gallipoli, … Read More


Cuts to family support compromise childcare package

Australian Unions have long called for an increase in childcare assistance and funding but it should not come at the expense of overall support to families. The Abbott Government is forcing an impossible choice upon … Read More


Strike action highlights government’s budget failure

Thousands of public servants will start rolling strike action around the country on Federal Budget day. After a year of record job cuts, public servants are taking industrial action to protect their jobs, rights and … Read More


Global Nurses United mark International Nurses Week

Leading nurse and healthcare union organisations in 11 countries across the globe are holding coordinated actions during International Nurses Week to highlight the global efforts to improve patient care protections, oppose cuts in health care … Read More


CWA recognises need for nurse-to-patient ratios

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSNWMA) has welcomed a move by the Country Women’s Association of NSW (CWA) to throw its support behind the push for mandated nurse-to-patient ratios in all public hospitals across … Read More


NSWNMA at May Day 2015


Government put on notice over safe patient care

Councillors from the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) converged on State Parliament today to deliver a patient safety message loud and clear on the first parliamentary sitting day since the March election and on … Read More


Health groups call for emissions cuts, no new coalmines, coal power closure

Australia’s post 2020 CO2 emissions reduction targets should cut emissions ‘as quickly as possible’, the Climate and Health Alliance has said in its submission to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet UNFCCC taskforce. The … Read More


Nurses and midwives honour May Day tradition

Hundreds of nurses and midwives will take to the streets in Sydney’s CBD and throughout regional centres this weekend as part of the annual May Day celebrations. Recognising the international day of worker solidarity, members … Read More


Morning tea fundraisers for Nepal

In the wake of the devastation and loss caused by the recent major earthquake in Nepal, many members contacted us, wanting to do something to help. We’re encouraging members to hold morning tea fundraisers in … Read More


Nepal earthquake appeal – Union Aid Abroad

Nepali unions are organising immediate assistance in the wake of Saturday’s devastating earthquake and are calling for global union support. Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is supporting the initiatives of General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) … Read More


Join us for May Day 2015

Join us for the 2015 May Day rally, in Sydney on Sunday 3 May, 11am, Town Hall Square. We will later parade to Belmont Park near Central. RSVP here! Let’s stand up for penalty rates, Medicare, … Read More


Podcasts: Health care and the economy April 2015

Listen to podcasts from the Health care and the economy seminar held on 23 April 2015 at NSWNMA. Political economist Dr Ben Spies-Butcher of Macquarie University talks on health care and the economy, public services and … Read More


Nurses continue to lead health professionalism

Testament to their hard work, compassion and professional care, nurses have once again been recognised by the broader community as the most ethical and honest profession in Australia. According to the latest Roy Morgan Image … Read More


ANMF welcomes subsidised childcare for nurses

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement it will trial the use of subsidised nannies for shift-working nurses in an initiative contained in the upcoming Budget. Federal Secretary, Lee … Read More


Bring the Robin Hood tax to Australia

  The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation of South Australia has launched a Robin Hood tax campaign with Professor Barry Burgan, who authored the paper ‘Funding a viable and effective health sector in Australia’ in … Read More


Health sector steps up on climate: 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge

The Climate and Health Alliance is excited to announce the launch of the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge, an initiative of CAHA’s international partner Health Care Without Harm. Seven leading health systems from around the … Read More


Millions goes into political inquiry while health stays in firing line

With health, education, childcare and pensions still in the Budget firing line, the Abbott Government’s multimillion dollar tax payer funded political inquiry returned today with further proof that it’s nothing more than a witch hunt. … Read More


Get ready for May Day 2015!


NSWNMA Enterprise Bargaining Campaign – Ramsay Health Care


Review must strengthen, not dismantle, Medicare

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed plans for a review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), announced by the Federal Minister for Health today. The ANMF also … Read More


ALP super policy a step in the right direction

Australian Unions welcome the Labor Party’s superannuation policy as a step in the right direction and urge both major parties to do more to increase the retirement saving of lower income earners. There is a … Read More


What the 2015 PHS claim means for each speciality

Our 2015 claim has details that apply specifically to several different nursing and midwifery specialities. Download the factsheet that applies to you. Download: What the claim means for High volume short stay and Day only … Read More


Time to roll alcohol measures out state-wide, Premier

Crime statistics released today confirming a huge decline in non-domestic violence in the greater Sydney CBD area prove the alcohol restrictions are working and should now be rolled out in alcohol-violence hotspots around the state. … Read More


Dr Becky Freeman on Philip Morris International and ISDS


Four Union Summer interns 2015


Abbott Government must restore health funding

In the lead-up to the 2015 Budget, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling on the Abbott Government to restore over $50 billion ripped from the public health system. ANMF Federal Secretary, Lee … Read More


Government must withdraw from TPP trade talks

Australian Unions are calling for the federal government to stop negotiations on the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. A public forum at NSW Parliament House today will discuss details from leaked documents confirming proposals … Read More


Peak health groups call for children to be released from immigration detention

Australia’s peak health professional bodies have joined together to call on the Government to immediately release all children and their families from immigration detention in Australia and Nauru. Our organisations represent a wide range of … Read More


Environmental health seminar May 15

In partnership with South Western Sydney LHD, NSWNMA presents a seminar on environmental health called ‘Environmentally sustainable practice in hospitals and community settings’. Friday 15 May at Liverpool Hospital. Register online. Download the flyer: Environmental Health … Read More


PHS 2015 Award Claim – time to vote

It’s time to confirm your commitment for the ratio and pay claims for 2015. Download or read online the claim in detail: A claim to put patient safety first 2015 PHS branches are voting on this … Read More


Welcome refugees rally 19 April

The Welcome Refugees rally will be on Sunday 19 April, at 1pm in Belmore Park, Sydney (near Central). This rally will not be on Palm Sunday as usual, as that date fell the day after … Read More


Delay in contract release shows disdain for nurses and midwives

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has expressed disappointment at the ongoing secrecy surrounding the delayed release of a multimillion dollar contract between Northern Sydney Local Health District and private operator, Healthscope, regarding the … Read More


Ramsay: public holidays

Download: Ramsay Public Holidays – Agreement extract


Ramsay update: nurses celebrate better pay and on-call allowances

Download this update here: 2015-47 Ramsay Health Care 5100047


Springwood forum on RNs 24/7 in aged care March 2015


Unions urge inquiry to protect penalty rates

The ACTU calls for workplace rights to be strengthened for women and millions of Australians in casual and insecure work in its submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into workplace relations. Australian Unions also call … Read More


Health care and the economy seminar

The NSWNMA will present a free seminar on health care and the economy in Waterloo on Thursday 23 April. The day will look at economic threats to public health care and examine what is meant … Read More


Tax debate must be about fairness not profits

Unions welcome further discussion on tax reform but the focus must be on creating a more equitable system, not a bonanza for the wealthy. Change is urgently needed as the current system is unfair and … Read More


Nurses and midwives seek ‘fair go’ for public health from Baird government

The Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has congratulated the Liberal-National Coalition on its return to office following Saturday’s general election and reiterated its call for the state’s world-class public health system to be maintained and … Read More


Future of RNs in aged care in spotlight

A large group of aged care nurses, specialised carers, advocates and local residents gathered at Springwood yesterday for a community forum to discuss the future of registered nurse staffing in aged care. Members of the … Read More


Senate inquiry to examine rorting of 457 visas

Unions welcome the Senate Inquiry into the growing use and reported abuse of temporary work visas, including 457, working holiday and student visas. The inquiry comes after lobbying by the ACTU, resource, health and service … Read More


Nurses and midwives highlight staffing issues at Armidale

Up to 40 members of Armidale Community Health and Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and their supporters gathered outside the local hospital yesterday to raise awareness of ongoing nurse staffing … Read More


Evidence on negative health impacts from coal overwhelming

The suggestion by the NSW Minerals Council today that there is no evidence of harm from coal pollution is ludicrous, the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) said today. “In fact there is a huge body of evidence … Read More


Alcohol-fuelled violence and ice – what are your candidate’s plans?

The NSW election is just days away. Are your local candidates willing to take action to address the drug and alcohol problems in your area? Ask them now. Use this form to send an email … Read More


Expanded Comcare would disadvantage injured workers

Injured workers will be worse off under the Abbott Government’s plans to expand Comcare – the national OHS and worker’s compensation scheme. The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill will allow employers who operate in multiple … Read More


Nurses seek improved ratios for Muswellbrook

Members of Muswellbrook District Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will today step up their campaign for better staffing arrangements at Muswellbrook District Hospital. Branch members will be out on the … Read More


Tamworth nurses and midwives put community on notice over staffing

Members of Tamworth Base Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) have held a lunchtime rally outside the local hospital to raise community awareness over chronic staffing issues at the site. The … Read More


Donate for Vanuatu cyclone aid

On 14 March, the largest cyclone to hit the South Pacific tore through Vanuatu. It caused widespread destruction displacing 70 percent of the population and destroying 90 percent of all buildings. Dangerous levels of global … Read More


Nurses call on Liberal-Nationals to consult before hitting ‘go’ at Metford

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has expressed disappointment at the Liberal-Nationals Coalition, after it failed to outline the full details of its proposal for the new Maitland Hospital at Metford during a visit … Read More


Seniors Week snap action for aged care


Nurses and midwives save lives, we don’t tell lies!

Hundreds of nurses and midwives have sent a message to political naysayers and media commentators who have publicly criticised the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s (NSWNMA) election campaigning efforts. During a Committee of Delegates meeting … Read More


Ramsay status of claims 18 March 2015

Download: Ramsay status of claims 18 March 2015


Wrap-up of 2015 NAAPA Alcohol Policy election forum

The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) held an NSW Alcohol Policy Election Forum last week to hear from political parties on what they are doing to prevent alcohol harms, writes Amy Ferguson, Senior Policy … Read More


Rally against secret TPP negotiations


ANMF re-elects President and Federal Secretary

Members of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) have re-elected Lee Thomas as the union’s Federal Secretary and Sally-Anne Jones as Federal President. Ms Thomas said the result of the national ballot was a … Read More


Nurses rally for ratios in Grafton

Members of Grafton Base Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will participate in a ratios rally at Gordon Wingfield Park near the hospital on Thursday afternoon (19 March). As part of … Read More


More nurses and midwives pledge fails to deliver improved ratios

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has cautiously welcomed the latest election promise by the Liberal-Nationals Coalition regarding frontline health workers. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said Premier Mike Baird’s election pledge … Read More


Rally against WorkCover

There will be a rally outside WorkCover head office in Gosford on Monday 23 March at 10.30am. From the Injured Workers Support Network: Why are we rallying against WorkCover? WorkCover is the head insurer who … Read More


Nurses highlight threat to RNs in aged care

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is raising awareness during Seniors Week (14-22 March) of the potential risk to a requirement which ensures registered nurses are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days … Read More


What the NSW parties say…

In the lead-up to the state election on 28 March, here is what the NSW political parties say about ratios, aged care and privatisation. Download this as a pdf: What the parties say What we say… … Read More


Inner West supports RNs in aged care 24/7

A passionate crowd of aged care advocates gathered at West Ashfield on Wednesday night (11 March) to discuss the future of registered nurse staffing in the aged care sector with the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ … Read More


Ramsay: breakthrough on pay and on call

Read the update from 12 March 2015: 2015-35 – Ramsay Health Care – 5100047


Sydney International Women’s Day Saturday 14 March

The IWD march this year is dedicated to Save our Women-Only Services (SOS). Mike Baird and the NSW Liberal Nationals: • Closed over 200 locally-based community organisations, including specialist women’s refuges; • Are planning to … Read More


Hunter locals seek better way for disability care

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), residents, carers, community members, disability advocates and local union groups will gather at Newcastle Panthers tonight to discuss the future of local disability services. Residents of … Read More


Labor to mandate nurse-to-patient ratios in hospital emergency departments

Every nurse in the state’s emergency wards will be responsible for no more than three patients at a time under a Labor election policy released on Tuesday, writes Amy Corderoy in the Sydney Morning Herald. … Read More


More nurses and ratios to be legislated under NSW Labor promise


Ratios to be legislated under a Labor government

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) welcomed today’s election commitment by NSW Labor to employ 840 additional nurses in emergency departments and paediatric wards, mandate nurse-to-patient ratios under new legislation and challenged the Liberal-Nationals … Read More


Tens of thousands rally as economy takes another hit under Abbott

As tens of thousands of workers around the nation took to the streets to stand up for their rights at work, new national accounts figures proved that the Government must urgently change its direction. ACTU … Read More


Nurses and midwives stand up for penalty rates on March 4


ANMF leaders join National Day of Action

The leaders of the country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), will join nurses and midwives for today’s National Day of Action in capital cities and towns, in a show of … Read More


People power defeats co-payment but Medicare battle far from over

Health Minister Sussan Ley’s announcement that the hated GP co-payment has been dropped is welcome news. But Save Medicare Sydney warns that Medicare is not safe while the rebate remains frozen and the government looks … Read More


Nurses and midwives will act if penalty rates cut

More than 13,000 of Australia’s nurses and midwives have had their say on the importance of penalty rates, with an overwhelming 93% warning they are prepared to take action to protect their penalty rates – … Read More


New report shows the TPP is bad for our health

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed the release today of a report, Negotiating Healthy Trade in Australia, which examines potential impacts of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on our health sector. Assistant … Read More


Make a submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry

Australian Unions have produced an online tool to make it easier for you to make a submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry that is examining all aspects of workplace relations. After answering the questions, these … Read More


Attack on penalty rates prompts strike action

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will participate in coordinated industrial action on Wednesday (4 March), as part of a union-led national day of action. Hundreds of nurses and midwives will take … Read More


Save Medicare roundtable February 2015


Forum: keep Medicare universal, public and fair

NSWNMA councillor and midwife Annette Alldrick will be among speakers at a forum on Medicare next Wednesday March 4 at 5.30pm in Trades Hall, Sydney.


Environmental health seminar

The NSWNMA, in partnership with South Western Sydney LHD,  will be hosting an environmental health seminar on Friday 15 May 2015 at Liverpool Hospital. Full details here: Environmental Health Forum


Library services – Library rules

Opening hours: 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. Who may use the Library: Employees, members and associate members of the NSWNMA and other libraries. Who may borrow from the Library: Employees, members … Read More


Save Medicare campaign highlights 2014-5


WorkCover guidelines February 2015

Changes to WorkCover guidelines for claiming workers compensation – download here: 2015 – FEB 11- WORKCOVER GUIDELINES FOR CLAIMING COMPENSATION BENEFITS


Blue Mountains forum on RN staffing in nursing homes

Wednesday 25 March at Springwood in the Blue Mountains. Download this flyer: Community forum flyer-Blue Mountain


Ashfield forum: the future of RN staffing in NSW nursing homes

Wednesday 11 March at Summer Hill in the inner West of Sydney, 6-7.30pm.


Patients before profits TV ad


RNs 24/7 in aged care – Debbie


RNs 24/7 in Aged Care – Melissa


ANMF asks Minister to listen to nurses and midwives

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is demanding to know why it is being shut out of the Abbott Government’s so-called “consultation” with health groups over its proposed GP … Read More


Ramsay makes first pay offer

Senior Ramsay management attended a meeting with the NSWNMA negotiating team on Monday 16 February and made an offer in response to your claim for improved wages, increased paid parental leave and updated and relevant … Read More


Privatisation Senate Inquiry press conference 18 Feb 2015


Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference Melbourne

The Victorian branch of the ANMF is holding a Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference in Melbourne Town Hall on 20 March. Keynote speaker, passionate activist, Kirsty Albion, Co-Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and … Read More


NSW ALP to keep RNs in aged care 24/7

The NSW ALP has announced that if elected they would legislate to extend the legal requirement that NSW aged care facilities have a registered nurse on duty at all times. Currently, the requirement is only … Read More


Patients before profits – doorknocking


NSW Not For Sale launch

The NSW union movement is today officially launching its election campaign in Newcastle targeting the Baird Government’s privatisation agenda. Entitled ‘NSW Not For Sale’ the campaign includes strategic door knocking, phone and digital campaigning, as … Read More


Employers need to support women returning to work after pregnancy

The response from employers to a new claim for award agreements that will help women return to work part time or on reduced hours after parental leave is out of touch with modern Australia. ACTU … Read More


Aged care nurses forum 2015 Waterloo

For RNs, ENs and AiNs in residential, community and hospital aged care settings, across private and public sectors. Friday 16 October, 9am to 4.30pm An opportunity to network with colleagues in your area from residential, … Read More


National Day of Action FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Productivity Commission inquiry, its relevance to nurses and midwives and the National Day of Action on Wednesday 4 March. Download this FAQ in PDF format: National Day of Action FAQ


Saving Medicare: universal health care is vital in a fair society

Joint media statement from the Saving Medicare roundtable held at NSWNMA on Wednesday 11 February 2015. Australia’s universal health insurance scheme, Medicare, has ensured world-leading public health care is accessible for all, for over 30 … Read More


Ramsay negotiations slowly make progress

The Ramsay negotiating team met with management on Tuesday 3 February to try and make progress on key claims. There is “in principle” agreement on a number of claims; however, we await a full response … Read More


Ramsay – status of claims 9 February 2015

Download the Ramsay Health Care Status of Claims as at 9 February 2015.  


Nurses warn against Americanisation of health system in TV ad

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is due to launch a new television advertising campaign, to air across metropolitan and regional NSW, ahead of next month’s state election. The Patients before Profits campaign highlights … Read More


More funds needed for aged care – ANMF

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has described a new initiative to assist and support people in nursing homes living with Dementia as a “step in the right direction” but says the Abbott Government … Read More


Latest TISA leak signals new threat to health services

Fresh concerns have been raised by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) over threats to the provision of health services in Australia as part of a trade deal being negotiated in secret by the … Read More


Government should dump GP fee – ANMF

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says Liberal MP Mal Brough is right – there is no need for any GP co-payment or any further attacks on Medicare. ANMF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas said: … Read More


Muswellbrook nurses make heartfelt plea for ratios

Members of Muswellbrook District Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will hold a rally in support for improved ratios outside the post office in Bridge Street, Muswellbrook on Thursday afternoon (5 … Read More


Work, health and safety essentials for nurses and midwives – officers Pt 3


Work health and safety essentials for nurses and midwives – supervisors Pt 2


Work Health and Safety Essentials for Nurses and Midwives Pt1


Online databases and electronic resources

The NSWNMA Library offers access to a range of specialised online databases that members are encouraged to use as part of their continuing professional development. Online databases CINAHL Plus with Full Text The NSWNMA Library … Read More


Petition – insist on registered nurses 24/7 in aged care

Download and sign our petition about the threat to registered nurses in NSW nursing homes – and ask your family, friends and colleagues to sign it too. Please return original pages of the petitions to … Read More


Enrol to vote in NSW election

There’s two months to go until the NSW state election on Saturday 28 March, 2015. Make sure you have enrolled and updated your enrolment details if you moved house within the past four years. Go … Read More


Blue Mountains Union Council activities

The Blue Mountains Unions Council is hosting and supporting many activities in the lead-up to the NSW state election as we join with others in our community to stop the privatisation of NSW. We encourage … Read More


No need for Abbott’s Productivity Commission inquiry – ACTU

A new report by the Fair Work Commission shows there is no evidence to support the need for a Productivity Commission inquiry into workplace relations. The Australian Workplace Relations Study (AWRS) is one of the … Read More


Cutting penalty rates will harm healthcare – ANMF

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is warning the Abbott Government that stripping away nurses’ penalty rates and other allowances would compromise the healthcare provided to all Australians. The Acting Federal Secretary of the … Read More


Workplace laws inquiry another attack on rights at work – ACTU

Australian Unions will use the Productivity Commission inquiry into workplace laws to make the case for significant improvements in Australian’s rights at work. The Productivity Commission released five issues papers for the inquiry on its … Read More


Abbott government gives greenlight for big bank super grab – ACTU

The Abbott government has sent a clear message it intends to put the interests of the big banks ahead of working Australians by attacking industry super funds – the best performing area of the superannuation … Read More


ANMF welcomes backdown on Medicare cuts – ANMF

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed a decision by the Abbott Government to scrap changes to Medicare rebates which were due to begin next week. The ANMF’s … Read More


Call for Senate to stop backdoor changes to Medicare – ACTU

Australian Unions call on the Senate to overturn the Abbott Government’s backdoor changes to Medicare rebates that will wipe out bulk billing and signal an end to universal healthcare in Australia. ACTU President Ged Kearney … Read More


Opposition to block Medicare rebate cuts – ANMF

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed news that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will block the Abbott Government’s dramatic cuts to Medicare rebates. The ANMF’s Acting Federal Secretary, … Read More


Labor urged to protect Medicare bulk-billing and oppose any rebate cuts

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), Save Medicare Sydney and the Doctors Reform Society have called on the Australian Labor Party to immediately commit to overturning the Abbott Government’s ‘Plan B’ Medicare co-payment plans. … Read More


GST on fresh food hard to swallow – ANMF

Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is warning that applying the GST on fresh food and vegetables will lead to higher levels of chronic disease and obesity across the population. … Read More


Patients put at risk over cost-saving measures at Blacktown

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has reiterated calls for the NSW Government to introduce mandated nurse-to-patient ratios of one nurse to three patients (1:3) into emergency departments and stop putting patients’ lives at … Read More


Employer push to cut penalty rates before Christmas

An attempt by employers to cut penalty rates for millions of Australian workers has kicked off just before Christmas, said the ACTU. ACTU President Ged Kearney said employer groups have outlined the industries they will … Read More


ANMF welcomes new Health Minister

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed Sussan Ley to the Federal Cabinet in the key position of Minister for Health. ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas said today: … Read More


Westmead ED nurses discuss ratios with their local candidates


Survey on missed care

All nurses and midwives in public hospitals, private hospitals and aged care facilities are invited to participate in a survey on missed or rationed care. Researchers from Flinders University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health … Read More


Improved support for mental health services cautiously welcomed

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has commended several long-overdue improvements proposed by the Mental Health Commission of NSW, but noted some recommendations required detailed exploration for best practice and implementation. General Secretary of … Read More


Government’s stealth attack on workers before Christmas

The Abbott Government has shown its true colours – at a time when they hope no one is looking – by announcing a wholesale review of Australia’s workplace laws that will see wages, conditions and … Read More


Leaked TISA text highlights risks to health privacy

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has joined the chorus of civil society groups in raising concern over threats to health care rights in Australia, as a result of current Government policies linked to … Read More


Nurses seek improved ratios for Bankstown

The push for improved nurse-to-patient ratios throughout the state’s public hospitals, particularly for emergency departments, is ramping up across Sydney. As part of efforts to achieve increased nurse-to-patient ratios of one nurse to three patients … Read More


Nurses seek support for improved ratios in Western Sydney EDs

The push for improved nurse-to-patient ratios throughout the state’s public hospitals, particularly for emergency departments, is ramping up in Western Sydney. As part of efforts to achieve increased nurse-to-patient ratios of one nurse to three … Read More


Gilgandra backs nurses over patient safety concerns

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) have been buoyed by the support they have received from local residents opposing cuts to nursing staff hours at Gilgandra Multi Purpose Service (MPS). On Saturday … Read More


Snap action against Medicare ‘Plan B’


Northern Beaches contract signed, but nurses still in the dark

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called on NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner to be upfront with the nurses and midwives who live and work on Sydney’s Northern Beaches about their future prospects. … Read More


Securing jobs for graduate nurses and midwives

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) will bring together nursing leaders and key industry stakeholders in Sydney today for unprecedented roundtable discussions on ways of securing employment opportunities for more than 3,000 highly-educated Australian … Read More


No one is buying your bad medicine, Mr Abbott

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and Save Medicare Sydney have condemned the Abbott Government’s decision to press ahead with its plan to introduce a ‘price signal’ on health care and force Australians seeking … Read More


Mr Abbott, a GP fee is still a broken promise

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says the Abbott Government’s duplicitous move to “dump” its hated $7 GP co-payment while turning GPs into tax collectors remains designed to kill Australia’s system of universal healthcare. … Read More


Abbott kills co-payment – at what cost?

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is concerned that the Abbott Government’s announcement today that they will scrap the $7 co-payment proposal will turn out to be just another broken promise. “Mr Abbott knew … Read More


Health leaders call for action at Lima Climate and Health Summit

After the first week of the current UN climate talks in Lima, health professionals, public health experts and policy makers convened yesterday for the 2014 Climate and Health Summit. The packed program featured inspiring speakers … Read More


RNs 24/7 in aged care – Alison, nurse practitioner in rural NSW


RNs 24/7 in aged care – Jenny, nurse practitioner


RNs 24/7 – Joanne, nurse practitioner in aged care


RNs 24/7 – Nilda, aged care nurse


Our new Maitland hospital is not for sale!


Nurses highlight patient safety concerns at Gilgandra MPS

A decision to cut nursing staff hours at Gilgandra Multi Purpose Service (MPS) has prompted local members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) to take to the streets to raise awareness of the … Read More


Professor Linda Aiken: Nurse-patient ratios save lives


Nurses welcome win for Taree dialysis centre

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in Taree are celebrating an important victory, following moves by Hunter New England Local Health District (HNE Health) to reverse its decision to relocate a local … Read More


Kempsey nurses rally for better ratios in the bush

Members from Kempsey District Hospital Branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will rally outside the local hospital tomorrow (Thursday, 4 December) as part of a campaign calling for improved nurse-to-patient ratios in … Read More


St George nurses seek ratios of 1:3 in ED

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has stepped up its campaign for improved nurse-to-patient ratios, particularly in emergency departments. Members of St George Hospital Branch of the NSWNMA are calling on the NSW Government … Read More


Nimbin nurses fear extra pressures as holidays approach

Local nurses have raised concerns over impacts on patient safety following attempts by Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) to reduce nursing staff hours at Nimbin Multi Purpose Service (MPS) from next Monday, 8 December … Read More


Aged Care Education and Training Incentive Program

The Aged Care Education and Training Incentive (ACETI) Program provides incentive payments to eligible aged care workers who undertake specified education and training programs to upgrade qualifications and build their career in aged care. The … Read More


Rally against privatisation of disability and home care 13 November 2014


GP fee: don’t relax yet

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has cautiously welcomed reports the Abbott Government is moving to shelve its unpopular $7 GP fee – for the time being. But with speculation the Government may try … Read More


Nurses and midwives take Goulburn’s temperature on public health

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will put health at the top of the agenda for the local Member of Parliament and candidates in the March 2015 state election at a forum in Goulburn … Read More


Register your support – insist on registered nurses 24/7 in aged care!


Local community opposes privatisation of new Maitland Hospital

Nurses and midwives from Maitland and the surrounding areas will gather for a community forum in East Maitland this evening to discuss government plans to privatise vital public services. Members of the Maitland Hospital branch … Read More


Robin Hood tax tour to the G20 – November 2014


Public Seminar – Protecting health from climate change: what’s needed?

Forum on 25 November 2014 at  University of NSW, Sydney. The health of local and global communities is increasingly threatened by climate change, as made clear in the recent Fifth Assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on … Read More


Nurses take to water for G20 protest

Queensland, New South Wales and international nurses, midwives and nursing union officials will take to the water to raise the importance of universal health care today. Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) Secretary Beth Mohle said the nursing contingent … Read More


Update on Northern Beaches Keep it Public campaign

Thank you for your continued interest in campaigning to keep the new Northern Beaches Hospital public.  Despite the fact that the government has announced that Healthscope is the successful tenderer to build and run the … Read More


Blacktown nurses rally for ratios of 1:3 in ED

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has stepped up its campaign for improved nurse-to-patient ratios, particularly in emergency departments. Members of the NSWNMA Blacktown Hospital Branch have called on the NSW Government to extend … Read More


Reliance on coal dangerous for health

Prominent health organisations from across Australia today condemned Australia’s reliance on coal citing a growing and significant body of research documenting severe health effects. “It is clear, in this day and age, that we should … Read More


Nurses champion Robin Hood tax to shield public health from Americanisation

As the G20 prepares to meet in Brisbane this weekend, nurses and midwives from across New South Wales and Queensland have challenged world leaders to implement a Robin Hood tax (a financial transactions tax) to … Read More


G20: Public health systems more efficient than private – PSI study

The research Financing healthcare: False Profits and the Public Good by Jane Lethbridge of Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), University of Greenwich, was released on Thursday 13 November at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) forum When profits … Read More


Australian nurses join Liberian Ebola workers on frontline

Australian and international nurses, midwives and union officials today joined Ebola health workers on the frontline in Liberia. The Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU) this morning hosted an International G20 Nursing Conference at their Brisbane headquarters … Read More


Gosford nurses rally for ratios of 1:3 in ED

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is stepping up its campaign for improved nurse-to-patient ratios, particularly in emergency departments. Members of the NSWNMA Gosford Hospital Branch are calling on the NSW Government to extend … Read More


Private health insurance in primary care – a letter to Peter Dutton

Brett Holmes, General Secretary, has written to Peter Dutton, federal Minister for Health, putting on record the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s opposition to letting the private health insurance industry into primary health care. 31 … Read More


Ebola crisis: Mr Abbott, we can do more

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed the Abbott Government decision to commit a further $20 million to staffing and supporting a new 100-bed Ebola treatment facility in … Read More


NSWNMA Robin Hood Tax tour to the G20 begins in Wollongong

Local residents, community organisations and union groups gathered at Wollongong’s City Diggers this evening to discuss tax reforms that could be implemented by government to stop the privatisation of public health care services and the … Read More


Ramsay Log of claims 2014

Fair staffing levels • Implementation of key ACORN standards in the perioperative environment • Regular discussions about workloads at ward/unit/team meetings • Nurse/midwife in charge not to have a clinical workload i.e. no patients • … Read More


Northern Beaches nurses react to the Healthscope announcement


Save Medicare rally Sydney 23 October 2014


Union Summer interns 2015

Applications are now open for the Union Summer Internship, 2015, run by Unions NSW. Union Summer runs for three weeks from Monday 2 February – Friday 20 February 2015. Successful interns are placed with a … Read More


Stockton Centre disability nurses discuss the threat of privatisation


Australian nurses ready to fight Ebola

More than 350 Australian nurses and midwives are willing to travel to West Africa to volunteer in the fight against the Ebola crisis, according to the results of a new national survey. The poll, conducted … Read More


Nurses fear Northern Beaches privatisation will undermine our public hospitals

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has publicly criticised the NSW Coalition Government over today’s decision to appoint private sector operator, Healthscope Limited, to build and run Sydney’s new Northern Beaches Hospital. For more … Read More


Leonara on the privatisation of disability services in NSW


Royal North Shore nurses campaign for ED ratio of 1:3

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) targeted St Leonards railway station during peak hour this morning (Tuesday, 28 October), to discuss their campaign with local commuters for improved nurse-to-patient ratios within emergency … Read More


Support a tiny levy to secure public health – bring the Robin Hood tax to Australia

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has travelled to the nation’s capital to launch a public awareness campaign and garner support from Federal MPs and Senators for the introduction of a Robin Hood tax … Read More


Nurses say Government must join Ebola fight

The Federal Government must respond to requests for help from the international community and send medical teams to West Africa to combat the Ebola crisis, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) said today. The … Read More


Stella Topaz RN addresses Sydney Save Medicare rally 23 October 2014


Sydney rally protests Hockey’s destructive GP co-payment

Save Medicare Sydney and the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will join in a public rally at Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD today, calling on all federal Senators to reject the government’s proposed GP … Read More


Vale Gough Whitlam – founder of Medibank/Medicare

Gough Whitlam, who has died in Sydney aged 98, can rightly be called the founder of Medicare. In the early 1970s a large proportion of Australians lacked coverage for health. The scheme for universal coverage was … Read More


Disability services pledge for 2015 candidates

Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) staff are asking their local candidates in the March 2015 state election to take a pledge to support them in their campaign against privatisation. The pledge for candidates reads: … Read More


Disability services – anti-privatisation petition rally

Staff from ADHC (Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care), including disability nurses, will gather outside Parliament House on Thursday 13 November to present a petition against privatisation to the NSW Government. Download this poster … Read More


Ebola virus – important information for clinicians

Ebolavirus disease (EVD) outbreaks in West Africa – important information for clinicians in secondary or tertiary care as of 10 October 2014. Key point Clinicians should be alert to the possibility of Ebola in unwell … Read More


Nurses and midwives threaten legal action over unjust laws

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is preparing for a possible High Court challenge against the NSW Government over amendments to the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981 that impede the effectiveness of … Read More


Doctors and nurses agree: Australia must help tackle Ebola

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and the Doctors Reform Society (DRS) have united in their call for the Abbott Government to step up and offer increased assistance to fight the Ebola outbreak in … Read More


The Robin Hood tax and the G20

The G20 is coming to Brisbane in November and the NSWNMA is going to the G20 with our proposal for a Robin Hood tax in Australia to fund vital public services, like health. Download our … Read More


Bury the Budget rally

Help send a message to Joe Hockey to bury his sick Budget for good, on Thursday 23 October, 12.30pm in Martin Place in the city. Speakers will include Jude Page of the Public Health Association … Read More


ANMF joins the fight against poverty

It is World Poverty Week and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) as a member of the Social Determinants of Health Alliance (SDOHA) is helping to reduce the level of Australia’s health inequalities. According to … Read More


Bring the Robin Hood Tax to Australia – on the road to the G20


Forum on privatisation at Dee Why, 1 October 2014


ANMF urges donations to Ebola appeal

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is urging the Australian community to donate to help combat the deadly Ebola virus ravaging countries across West Africa. The ANMF plea to the public comes as initial … Read More


State governments warn Abbott about GP fee

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has expressed its concerns about recent analysis from State Governments showing the impact that will be felt in their  public hospital emergency departments (EDs) if co-payments for basic … Read More


Sydney Alliance District Assemblies

NSWNMA members are invited to attend their local Sydney Alliance District Assembly in the coming weeks. Please register on the Sydney Alliance website and say you are from NSWNMA. There will be groups of nurses … Read More


Royal Commission extension a political fix, says ACTU

The nakedly political decision by the Abbott Government to extend the Trade Union Royal Commission by 12 months is based on their election timetable, ACTU Assistant Secretary Tim Lyons said today. “The Royal Commissioner has … Read More


Social networks for green healthcare: collaborating globally for better health and safer climate

An innovative online collaboration between healthcare services on six continents is aiming to drive the low carbon transformation in healthcare. Online social networks are key to overcoming global challenges, like climate change, the Climate Adaptation 2014 … Read More


New Northern Beaches Hospital actions


Save Medicare: Springwood and Manly rallies


Nurses and midwives say save Medicare – co-pay no way!


Concerned nurses host ‘Patients Before Profits’ public forum

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will host a community forum on Sydney’s Northern Beaches this Wednesday night to discuss the adverse impacts of encroaching privatisation on public health services. A panel of guest … Read More


Campaign to stop backdoor privatisation of Medicare

The main public sector union is spearheading a community-wide campaign to stop the privatisation of Medicare by the back door. New TV ads launch today highlighting how the sell-off of the $29 billion Medicare payments … Read More


An Americanised health system? Dee Why forum Wednesday 1 October

Is the privatisation of the new Northern Beaches hospital the first step in the Americanisation of our health care system? Come to our forum, hosted by Jane Caro, at Dee Why on 1 October.  


Abbott refusal to attend UN Climate Summit risk to national interest: health leaders

Australian health and medical leaders attending the UN Climate Summit in New York have criticised the Prime Minister Tony Abbott for refusing to attend the meeting, at which UN Secretary General is calling on political … Read More


Mr Abbott there’s no need for health cuts

New figures revealing the lowest growth in Australia’s health spending in 30 years show why the Abbott Government must stop its savage cuts to the national health budget and abandon plans to introduce co-payments for … Read More


Health groups call for leadership in healthcare funding

As a new AIHW report showing declining health spending is released, a wide range of health advocacy organisations have joined together today to call on the Government and Parliament to show leadership in relation to … Read More


Government must do more on Ebola crisis

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has called on the Federal Government to give more support to the international fight against the growing Ebola crisis in West Africa. More than 2600 people have already … Read More


Hands off Medicare, Mr Abbott

Save Medicare Sydney has teamed up with the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and other union groups to call on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to immediately abandon his GP co-payment plan and support the … Read More


Keeping patients safe symposium

One of America’s most influential healthcare professionals, renowned researcher Professor Linda Aiken, will visit Brisbane in December. The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing professor will be guest speakers at a QNU symposium titled Keeping Patients … Read More


People’s Climate Mobilisation Sunday September 21

On September 21, as global leaders arrive for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s historic Climate Summit, hundreds of thousands of people will flood the streets of cities and towns around the world. Together, we will gather … Read More


Monster climate petition

A monster petition has been started, directed to the House of Representatives requesting bipartisan action for a safe climate future. You are invited to support it, by signing it yourself and encouraging others to do … Read More


March in August – Coral Levett on Medicare


Keep it public, Premier Baird

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has commissioned a giant billboard to send a clear message to Manly MP and Premier, Mike Baird, to stop the privatisation of the new hospital planned for Sydney’s … Read More


Unions to claw back super increases for workers

Unions will push workplace claims to claw back the superannuation increases Tony Abbott and Clive Palmer traded away leaving huge holes in the retirement savings of millions of Australians. “Australian workers cannot afford any delay … Read More


Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA) 30-year anniversary


Super freeze hits nurses and midwives hard

Nurses and midwives will be among the Australian workers hardest hit by Tony Abbott’s attack on superannuation as a result of his deal to axe the mining tax, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) … Read More


Northern Beaches community takes ‘keep it public’ postcards to Premier

Local nurses and midwives have taken their concerns surrounding the future of the new Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest directly to the Member for Manly and Premier, Mike Baird. Members from Manly and Mona … Read More


Graduate nurses chained to HECS fees for life

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has called on MPs and Senators to reject the Abbott Government’s proposed deregulation of university fees amid concerns the cost of a nursing degree will skyrocket up to … Read More


The Australian College of Nursing Scholarship information

The ACN offers a number of scholarships and grants, all of them provided to assist registered nurses to undertake both tertiary and/or postgraduate education, training and reseach activities. Please see the ACN website for further … Read More


Say no to an Americanised health system


Lynn and Britta discuss privatisation


Care workers win Inner West parking permits

Marrickville and Leichhardt councils will  provide special parking permits for community nurses and home care workers, following a local campaign by the Sydney Alliance. The two Inner West councils will join the City of Sydney, … Read More


ANMF rejects pay cuts for foreign workers

More and more Australian nurses and midwives will be left without jobs if the Abbott Government loosens restrictions for overseas workers, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has warned. The Australian newspaper reported today … Read More


Address unfair super concessions in the Budget: ACTU

The Abbott Government should get serious about the budget bottom line and address unfair tax expenditure that sees billions of dollars in superannuation tax concessions flow into the pockets of high income earners every year. … Read More


Australians can’t swallow Mr Abbott’s bitter pill

Australians pay too much for their medicines and, depending on the drug, up to an astonishing 40 times more than New Zealanders. And yet this week the Abbott Government will be asking the Senate to … Read More


Electronic health record consultations

The Federal Department of Health has been undertaking a consultation process to assist its consideration of the recommendations of the Government’s Review of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (www.health.gov.au). The Department has engaged Deloitte … Read More


Report shows Govt can improve bottom line without unfair measures

New economic analysis shows the Government can improve the budget bottom line without introducing unfair budget measures that target vulnerable Australians and increase inequality. As the Parliament resumes this week to debate the Federal Budget, … Read More


AMA and Hockey play ‘wedge politics’ with co-payment plans

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) together with the Doctors Reform Society (DRS) have called on the Abbott Government to abandon its $7 GP co-payment plan and reject the Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) alternative … Read More


ANMF federal council rejects AMA’s GP fee

The Federal Council of Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) this afternoon expressed its “strong disappointment at the announcement by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to support a GP co-payment”. … Read More


ANMF rejects AMA’s alternative copayments plan

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) today expressed its dismay and disappointment at the Australian Medical Association’s proposal for an alternate GP co-payment model and continues to oppose all proposals for GP and other … Read More


Talks continue over Shoalhaven workloads

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) are engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District (LHD) to implement a long-term solution and resolve nursing staff shortages at Shoalhaven District … Read More


Abbott must ‘come clean’ on GP fee plan

As the Abbott Government attempts to broker a secret deal with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) on the proposed GP co-payment, all other health organisations are watching in disbelief, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation … Read More


First State Super to sponsor 2015 Short Story & Poetry Competition

First State Super has announced it will sponsor the 2015 Nurses & Midwives Short Story & Poetry Competition, following the success of the inaugural competition this year. At NSWNMA’s recent Annual Conference,  the winners of … Read More


Western Sydney rally calls on Senate to block $7 GP co-payment

Working families from across Western Sydney will rally in Blacktown on Sunday to demand the Federal Government dump plans to charge a $7 co-payment for doctors’ visits. Speakers at the rally will include locals whose … Read More


New online CPD training room

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is pleased to announce a new addition to its suite of online CPD education programs – Body Systems Training Room. Federal Education Officer Jodie Davis said the new … Read More


Podcasts: Mental health and drug & alcohol nurses forum 18 July 2014

This mental health and drug and alcohol nurses’ forum was extremely well attended. Lisa Ferguson, Drug and Alcohol CNC at St Vincent’s Hospital in inner-city Sydney, was the first speaker of the day, on the … Read More


Workloads issue forces bed closures at Shoalhaven

A number of beds will begin shutting down from Monday afternoon at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital on the state’s south coast, following action by members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) over ongoing … Read More


March on 31 August

At the March in August event in Hyde Park Sydney on Sunday 31 August at 1pm, NSWNMA President Coral Levett will speak about the threat to Medicare from plans for GP, pathology and screening co-payments … Read More


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Pay gap will worsen under attack on penalty rates

The record high 18.2 per cent gender pay gap will widen even further if business groups win their campaign to strip away penalty rates and attack the minimum wage. “It is incredibly disappointing yet unsurprising … Read More


Enrolled Nurses Forum 22 August

NSWNMA will be holding a forum for Enrolled Nurses on Friday 22 August, from 9am-4pm. Hear from a range of speakers, network with colleagues and share experiences across the enrolled nurse profession. The program includes:  The … Read More


Public consultation on Enrolled Nurse standards for practice

Monash University is conducting a research project funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (National Board) to develop Enrolled Nurse standards for practice. They are now consulting publicly on the draft standards for … Read More


Nursing and Midwifery Council of NSW – call for nominations

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of New South Wales is a statutory body established under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW) to manage notifications and complaints about nurses and midwives practising and students studying … Read More