Statement on the Middle East conflict

The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) condemns the rising conflict and suffering that has been seen in the Middle East over recent weeks.

We express our hope and solidarity for all Palestinian and Israeli nurses and midwives who are carrying out their duties under extraordinary circumstances. We cannot show enough appreciation for the women and men delivering care to those who are wounded, injured and unwell.

Fundamental human rights must be acknowledged and respected on both sides.

We are aware that some of our members have signed a petition supporting particular positions on the conflict.

While it is the democratic right of all people to hold their own views on complex matters such as this conflict, the NSWNMA remains steadfast in opposing all war, and like many others, we call for a peaceful outcome.

At last week’s Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s Biennial National Conference, the NSWNMA formally endorsed a motion in support of all international nurses and midwives working in conflict zones. At the 31st Congress of Public Services International meeting in Geneva, the NSWNMA also supported a motion of condolence and solidarity with all civilians impacted throughout Israel and Palestine.

We reiterate our heartfelt condolences to those around the world who have suffered, and continue to suffer, as a result of the Hamas – Israeli conflict, and we extend our support for a lasting peaceful outcome to this war.

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