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 Sydney, about to be cut in half by a new light rail corridor. Fed up with vague consultations regarding the […]

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 (NSWNMA) Nolan House branch have highlighted concerns with Albury Wodonga Health and are now considering their industrial options after […]

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 to government on 23 March. Recognising the significance of dedicated mental health nursing ratios, Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the […]

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, delegates and members from across the state will gather at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion to discuss ongoing challenges and the […]

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 Holmes, said it was vital the review panel took a close look at staffing skill mixes and overall staffing levels […]

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 of the introduction of AiNs into the Mental Health Intensive Care Unit of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital until further proceedings […]

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 members described their disbelief at the apparent lack of announcements or future planning specific to acute inpatient mental health care. […]

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