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, […]

Private nurses and midwives reject ‘paltry’ pay offer

Hundreds of nurses and midwives at two major Sydney private hospitals have voted down a new enterprise agreement with employer St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA), after labelling it ‘disrespectful’ and ‘beyond disappointing’. For more than six months, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Darlinghurst and North Sydney’s Mater […]

Report shows urgent need for ED staffing ratios

Improving staffing levels in emergency departments (EDs) and rebuilding the public health system must remain key priorities for the NSW government as hospital activity continues to surge. According to the Bureau of Health Information (BHI), staff experienced the busiest ever January to March quarter, with 770,089 patients attending ED for treatment. A record high number were critically […]

NSWNMA to work with NSW government on ratios implementation

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) welcomes today’s announcement by the NSW government to establish a Safe Staffing Working Group as an historic step towards implementing nurse-to-patient ratios in NSW public hospitals. The working group will see NSWNMA representatives working alongside NSW Health officials to plan the rollout of a shift by shift staffing […]

Rebuilding of broken health system starts now

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has signalled NSW Labor’s state election result as a victory for supporters of nurses and midwives. NSWNMA General Secretary, Shaye Candish, said the outcome would deliver renewed optimism amongst nurses and midwives, particularly those who had been reconsidering their professional careers. “Thanks to the efforts of our members, […]

Private sector nurses walk out in Wollongong

Nurses at Wollongong Day Surgery will stop work for four hours today (Wednesday 22 March), following a breakdown in talks over safe staffing ratios and fair pay with their employer. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) successfully applied to the Fair Work Commission last month for a protected action ballot after bargaining stalled on […]

Blue Mountains nurses speak up for RATIOS

NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members rallied in their own time outside Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital this afternoon to call for safe staffing across all specialty areas. Members of the NSWNMA Blue Mountains Mental Health Branch highlighted short staffing issues off the back of a historic case filed in the Supreme Court […]

Western NSW nurses and midwives rally for ratios support

Nurses and midwives from across Western NSW have gathered in their own time today, to rally over short staffing issues and the need for safe nurse-to-patient ratios. After repeatedly raising workloads concerns, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members at several Health Services and Multi-Purpose Services sought community support for minimum and enforceable staffing ratios […]

Prosecution case launched over broken health system

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) today confirmed it will file a major prosecution case in the Supreme Court against the state of NSW for widespread and repeated staffing breaches of the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ (State) Award. Data obtained from a Government Information Public Access (GIPA) application has uncovered systemic and […]

Government’s head in sand as key workers desert NSW

New figures show a collapse in nurse and midwifery numbers at key Sydney hospitals as the State Government refuses to confirm the depth of the state’s essential worker vacancy crisis. A snap audit by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) shows alarming vacancy rates leading to chronic short staffing, as the policy of capping […]

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