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 […]

Historic action by private sector nurses and midwives

Hundreds of nurses and midwives at two major Sydney private hospitals walked off the job for one-hour today in their fight for fair pay and conditions, their first protected industrial action in decades. Encouraged by supporters, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members at Mater Private Hospital in North Sydney and St Vincent’s Private Hospital […]

Nurses and midwives walk out at two private hospitals

Nurses and midwives at two major Sydney private hospitals will walk off the job today for the first time in decades, following repeated statewide strikes by public sector colleagues this year. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) applied to the Fair Work Commission late last month for a protected action ballot, after bargaining stalled […]

Nurses close Coffs Harbour beds over patient safety

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) Coffs Harbour Hospital branch have taken the unprecedented step of closing beds on a medical ward inside the local hospital due to severe understaffing. Citing serious patient safety and workload issues on Medical B ward, NSWNMA members escalated short staffing concerns to Mid North Coast Local […]

Nurses and midwives are angry and hurting without ratios

Thousands of nurses and midwives walked off the job for 24-hours today, the fourth statewide strike this year, desperate to have their voices heard by the NSW government and for widespread staffing concerns to be urgently addressed. NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members from metropolitan and regional public hospitals chanted as they marched up […]

Midwives demand safe staffing ratios in maternity

Midwives from three NSW public hospitals took action this afternoon to highlight widespread staff shortages, unreasonable workloads, and the desperate need for safe staffing ratios of midwives to women and their babies. NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members echoed calls for the NSW government to overhaul its maternity staffing system and address the risks […]

Grim outlook for nurses and midwives extends into retirement

Experienced nurses and midwives are out of pocket around $80,000 each due to the NSW government’s harsh public sector wage caps suppressing their income over the past decade. A new report into the impact of wage caps, since their introduction in 2012, shows public sector nurses and midwives will suffer a cumulative loss of $120,000 […]

Paediatric nurses plead for safe ratios

A small group of paediatric nurses from Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick gathered in their own time and called on the NSW government to introduce safe nurse-to-patient ratios into paediatric wards across the state. With emergency department attendances and admissions to Sydney Children’s Hospital on the rise, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members fear […]

Blacktown nurses and midwives stage staffing walk out

Nurses and midwives at Blacktown Hospital walked out in their own time at the conclusion of morning shift, over ongoing concerns for patient safety and a lack of safe staffing levels across the Western Sydney facility. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members highlighted widespread staffing and skill mix issues impacting patient care, along […]

NSW edges closer to public hospital staffing overhaul

Improvements to patient safety and better working conditions for NSW nurses and midwives are a step closer, following today’s announcement by NSW Labor to overhaul minimum staffing across the public health system. NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns confirmed a Labor government would scrap the current outdated rostering system and replace it with an enforceable, minimum […]

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