NSW midwives and patients deserve better

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed new laws passed in Queensland, which will see improved workloads for midwives and better outcomes for women and babies, as part of a new ratios model. The midwife-to-patient ratios of one to six, including babies, is set to begin in Queensland’s public postnatal maternity wards this […]

Opportunities for nurses and midwives welcome

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed plans by the federal government to modernise Medicare and overhaul the various models of care currently delivered by clinicians. Federal Health Minister Mark Butler confirmed the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce had been considering a range of options to enhance the roles of health professionals and help address […]

Demand for safe staffing ratios echoes across NSW

Around 5,000 nurses and midwives dressed in scrubs and face masks marched on NSW parliament today, as thousands more participated in a statewide strike to demand nurse-to-patient ratios on every shift across the public health system. Burnout from the COVID-19 pandemic and fed up with the NSW government’s refusal to prioritise safe staffing in public […]

Statewide nurses and midwives’ strike to go ahead

Nurses and midwives will walk off the job and rally outside Parliament House TOMORROW, Tuesday 15 February, demanding the NSW Premier resolve the staffing crisis in public hospitals. Thousands of NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members will take part in over 20 rallies tomorrow, as part of the statewide strike to highlight the government’s […]

Nurses and midwives to strike statewide over ratios

Thousands of nurses and midwives from more than 150 public hospitals and health services will strike statewide next Tuesday 15 February, over the NSW government’s failure to introduce nurse-to-patient ratios on every shift. Over the past week, 99 per cent of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) branches who voted were in favour of […]

Abuse of overwhelmed health staff misdirected this NYE

As the state prepares to welcome in the New Year, nurses and midwives have been copping increased levels of abuse inside hospitals as they struggle to deliver care with massive staffing shortages. A lack of available nurses at one major Sydney hospital has prompted calls for patients to be discharged as soon as possible, and […]

Heroic efforts of Lismore midwives’ honoured

The courage of two local midwives who bravely put mothers and babies’ lives before their own as a severe storm lashed Lismore Base Hospital almost six years ago, has been recognised in today’s Australian Bravery Decorations. When scaffolding collapsed onto a temporary maternity building in late November 2015, Leanne Chamberlain and Mary-Ann Hyde, leapt into […]

Midwives deliver unwavering support during COVID-19

Ask any midwife about their professional skills and guidance, in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and you will be reminded of the evolving role midwives play in delivering babies into our world. On this International Day of the Midwife (5 May), the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is highlighting the essential contribution of […]

Midwifery-led care model on Central Coast seeking more support, not less

Midwives involved in the Midwifery Group Practice service operating across the Central Coast Local Health District say they were shocked and saddened to hear two full-time positions will be cut from the midwifery-led service, without any consultation. Local members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) learned of the planned staffing reallocation when Central […]

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