Aged care nurses elated on eve of momentous reform

As thousands of aged care nurses prepare for their shifts across NSW, a widespread sense of triumph and relief will envelop them this weekend when a significant milestone is reached. The legal requirement for residential aged care facilities to have at least one registered nurse on duty, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, […]

Morrison government must be held accountable for deaths in aged care

As Australia heads to the polls tomorrow, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is reminding voters how the Morrison Government’s disgraceful lack of action to fix aged care has led to hundreds and hundreds of preventable deaths in privately-run nursing homes across the country. The Department of Health’s ‘COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian residential aged […]

Three months on, aged care workers still waiting for COVID payments

More than 70% of aged care workers still haven’t received their $400 bonus, as promised by Prime Minister Scott Morrison back in February, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) revealed today. Results of a national poll of nurses and aged care workers conducted by the ANMF has found: 71% have not received any of […]

Aged care nurses contemplate futures ahead of election

As Fair Work Commissioners visit residential aged care facilities during the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and Health Services Union’s historic 25 per cent award wage case, many NSW-based aged care nurses are considering how long they can persevere at work. A survey of more than 2,000 NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) aged care […]

Hope on the horizon for aged care staffing ratios

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed the federal Opposition’s pre-election pledge to begin addressing the aged care crisis by introducing staffing ratios, ensuring a registered nurse is onsite 24/7 and supporting a long overdue pay rise for aged care workers. NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said the announcement had given aged care members across […]

Opposition’s Aged Care Reform Package Gives Hope for Older Australians

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s pledge to mandate staffing ratios by introducing, in law, minimum care hours requirements for nursing homes and to fund real wage increases for all aged care workers, could finally bring hope to exhausted nurses and care workers in the troubled aged care sector. […]

Aged care crisis: nurses and care workers feel ‘unseen, unvalued and cast aside’

Overwhelmed, overworked nurses and care workers identified chronic understaffing as the ‘fundamental contributor’ to the crisis in Australia’s nursing homes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with many feeling ‘unseen, unvalued and cast aside’, according to the final results of a national survey conducted by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). The ANMF National Aged Care […]

Mr Morrison hasn’t done his job to fix aged care

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Royal Commission’s final report into the troubled aged care system, members of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) are speaking out – expressing their heartbreak and disgust that Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘hasn’t done his job’ to stop the suffering of elderly Australians living in aged care. […]

Calls for Morrison Government to act on safe staffing laws

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) today calls on the Morrison Government to urgently respond to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report’s recognition that staffing levels in aged care are too low and that staff ratios should be introduced to ensure that there are sufficient nursing and other care […]

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 a comparison of residents’ current nursing care hours at Gloucester Hospital against new rosters proposed by Anglican Care show […]

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