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, […]

Budget 2022: Scott Morrison fails to do his job

The lack of sustainable funding and real reform for health and aged care shows that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has failed to ‘do his job’ to restore and rebuild Australia’s public health system and the private aged care sector, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a […]

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. […]

Aged care nurses call out Morrison on empty promises

Burnt out and dejected, a group of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and assistants in nursing from residential aged care sites across NSW are travelling to Canberra, desperate to have their voices heard when federal parliament resumes tomorrow. Armed with first-hand accounts of chronic workforce shortages, poor access to booster vaccines, and ongoing battles over supplies […]

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 be lost, when aged care bed licences transfer from Gloucester Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital over to Anglican Care later this […]

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 Health Council communiqué confirms: “The Commonwealth has agreed to work with the States and Territories to have a consistent, uniform, […]

Neglect… It must stop in Aged Care

ANMF Media Release 31 October, 2019 The 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 of aged care in Australia is a story of woeful and increasing neglect, according to the Australian Nursing and […]

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 Haven nursing home on Queensland’s Gold Coast suddenly shut down, one registered nurse was rostered on to care for 68 […]

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 Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) were advised last month of Anglicare’s plan to reduce registered nurse hours by 34 […]

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

ANMF Media Release July 22 2019 The 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 Independent Rebekha Sharkie – mandating a requirement for aged care providers to publicly disclose their staffing ratios. The Parliamentary […]

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