ANMF welcomes 15% increase to Award wages for aged care workers

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) 15% interim pay increase in minimum wages for underpaid aged care nurses and care workers recognises the undervaluation of employees in aged care – but more needs to be done to retain and recruit staff to the under-resourced sector. In handing down […]

ANMF welcomes budget funding for Health and Aged Care

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed the Albanese Government’s funding for health and aged care and cost of living relief in the Budget. ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler said the significant investment is the first-step in fixing the troubled aged care sector, by providing support for staff ratios and other measures which […]

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. […]

Gloucester aged care nurses cautiously welcome deal

After months in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC), aged care nurses at Gloucester Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital have secured a five year deal, under a transfer arrangement between Hunter New England Local Health District and not-for-profit provider, Anglican Care. Ongoing concerns over staffing transfers prompted the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) to lodge a […]

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 […]

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