On the day the nation stops to remember past and present servicemen who have fought and died in war this ANZAC day, spare a thought for Australian nurses who bravely looked after the sick and injured during the World Wars as well as those involved in all conflicts and peacekeeping missions since.
The brave men and women of Australia’s military put their lives on the line to defend the country at home and abroad. Behind the scenes, military nurses work alongside troops to provide support across the gamut of healthcare. At any given time, military nurses could be working in field hospitals, supporting training exercises across Australia, or deployed overseas in war zones. Filled with adventure and unique challenges, Robert Fedele explores the highs and lows of life as a military nurse.
Outgoing ANMF Vice President Maree Burgess does not count on having extra spare time leaving the federal executive team.
Nursing uniforms have transformed dramatically over the past century on the back of emerging trends, demand for practicality and comfort, and strict workplace policy.
Last month I mentioned that aged care would be a top priority for the ANMF in 2017.
Since it was first formed 35 years ago, the South Pacific Nurses Forum has been working to improve cross-cultural understanding and regional cooperation in nursing. Despite overwhelming health challenges in the Pacific, nurses and midwives are banding together to strive for universal access to quality healthcare, writes Karen Keast.
Victorian midwife Daisy Pearce has swapped her medical gloves for footy boots on the way to chasing her sporting dream.
Over the past five years the ANMF has been resisting a concerted campaign by aged care employers to remove important protections that give part time employees a level of predictability in their hours and days on which they are required to work.
Welcome to the first issue of the ANMJ for 2017.
Remote Area Nurses (RANs) work in far-flung pockets of Australia delivering healthcare to largely disadvantaged communities. Highly skilled, adaptable, and resilient, RANs collectively strive to improve health outcomes for people living remote. As the sector moves forward, ongoing challenges loom large, namely workforce shortage issues, boosting safety, and improving health service provision, writes Robert Fedele.
Without a doubt our professions and our communities are up for some significant challenges in health and aged care during 2017. Based on the issues important to you, the ANMF has set key priorities for the year ahead and will work hard to ensure health equity and fair conditions for all.
Renowned celebrity cook Maggie Beer is improving the food experience for everyone as they age.
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a year passes and 2016 has been no exception.
The prospect of voluntary euthanasia has created strong debate for decades and provoked passionate opinions from both sides of the fence. While not legal in Australia, a recent revived push for national voluntary euthanasia legislation has once again opened up the conversation and nurses have been encouraged to join the debate. Robert Fedele investigates the latest thinking and why more people are supporting voluntary euthanasia and the right to die with dignity.
A pledge to establish a South Pacific Alliance for First Nations nursing and midwifery organisations is considered the first step towards promoting greater collaboration among peak Indigenous bodies and boosting global identity.
Employees suffering at the hands of family and domestic violence across Australia could be eligible for 10 days paid leave if a landmark case is successful at the Fair Work Commission.
With the Australian healthcare system struggling to keep up with surging demand, nurse practitioners are ideally placed and suited to fulfil the role for which they were envisioned. Natalie Dragon looks at the challenges to realise the NP potential.
Legalising voluntary euthanasia is about fairness, dignity and choice.
The tragic murder of remote area nurse Gayle Woodford has triggered a wide-ranging study into the safety and security of Australia’s remote health workforce.
Promoting the value and importance of nurses working with people from refugee backgrounds will form one of the key objectives of a new special interest group established last month for nurses working in the growing field.