ANMF appointed to Medicare taskforce

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is pleased to announce its Federal Secretary Annie Butler has been appointed to the federal government’s new Strengthening Medicare Taskforce. Health Minister Mark Butler said members of the taskforce would work together to identify key recommendations for the government to deliver on its pre-election […]

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, said it appeared the Coalition was too busy clawing back so-called ‘zombie’ policy measures of the past four years to […]

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 good start to prevent further weakening of the Medicare system. “It’s a relief to finally see a major policy come […]

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 action is a joint initiative between the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), Save Medicare, the Community and Public Sector […]

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 Alexander. A submission to the federal government’s review of the private insurance industry advocates a greater role for private health […]

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 cut $650 million from funding for pathology tests and diagnostic imaging services, which will result in the removal of 23 […]

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 Medicare,” ANMF Assistant Federal Secretary, Annie Butler, said today. “First it was the failed attempt at a $7 GP tax, […]

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