At this terrible time for Australia, the ANMF acknowledges and expresses our sincere gratitude to all the emergency workers, volunteers, and community members who are working tirelessly, under extraordinary conditions, in and for fire-affected areas. It is in times of adversity that we often see the very best of people. Among the heartbreak are incredible stories of strength, generosity, and unity.
Our thoughts are with you all, including our members and staff who are affected by this catastrophe. There is a long road ahead, and the physical and psychological health impact of these bushfires will linger. You are not alone – we stand with you.
We have compiled some links that may be useful for those who have been affected and those who would like to contribute. If and when you need assistance, please reach out for help.
A message from Queensland's nurses and midwives
On behalf of our members, the QNMU would like to pass on our thoughts to our dear colleagues and members of the NSWNMA and ANMF Vic Branch affected by the current bush fire disasters. Our thoughts are also with our colleagues in South Australia and Tasmania who are now also facing dangerous fire conditions.
We send our love and support to you all from Queensland. We are watching closely for what is happening in your states and hope the immediate danger will soon pass and the focus can then be on rebuilding. We will be there to assist in any way we can.
A message to the nurses and midwives in Australia from the leadership of the Nursing Now campaign
We continue to be deeply saddened to hear about the wildfires and their devastating impact on the lives of communities across Australia.
We send our deepest condolences to families who have lost loved ones and sympathy to the many families who have lost their homes and livelihoods.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to nurses and midwives, as well as many other first responders, who remain steadfast in providing health care and emotional support for families in need. Your resilience in the face of such adversity and destruction has our deepest respect and admiration.
- Professor Sheila Tlou, Co chair; Lord Nigel Crisp, Co chair; Baroness Mary Watkins, Alternate chair, Dr Barbara Stilwell, Executive Director - Nursing Now
A message on behalf of the Board and staff of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and their member national nursing associations worldwide