With winter truly upon us, most of us, living in the southern part of Australia at least, dare not leave the house without thick coats, woolly hats and scarfs.
Despite being a wealthy country, homelessness in Australia is on the increase. According to the latest Census older women and young people are the most vulnerable, while growing overcrowding in group accommodation is becoming commonplace. As winter hits, Cathy Beadnell examines the reasons for homelessness and the significant work nurses are doing to address the issue.
Members from ANMF branches in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia have been seeking pledges of support for aged care ratios from political candidates contesting five by-elections due to be held later this month on 28 July.
Every two years ICN hosts a meeting of its member organisations in Geneva in advance of the World Health Assembly. These meetings bring together national nursing and midwifery organisations, chief government nursing and midwifery officers, regulatory bodies and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The ANMF has had a busy month campaigning to fix the crisis in aged care. On International Nurses Day, thousands of nurses, midwives, carers and members from the community gathered at events around the nation, calling on federal politicians to legislate staffing ratios in aged care.
What can health and aged care expect as a result of federal Budget 2018-19? While some investment into health was welcomed, the ANMF was deeply disappointed safe staffing in residential aged care was ignored. Read ANMJ’s Budget summary below.
Despite being a wealthy, developed country, Australia’s levels of chronic disease, amongst its population, is soaring, devastating millions of lives, and potentially crippling the health system. Yet a great deal of this disease burden is preventable. Jessica Gadd investigates what lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the chance of developing chronic diseases, and what nurses are doing to assist in disease prevention.
Aged care workers and community advocates turned out in force at rallies across the country last month as the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) officially launched its national campaign pushing for mandated staff ratios in the sector.
This month we celebrate International Day of the Midwife, 5 May and International Nurses Day on 12 May. Both days are extremely important to the professions as they highlight the invaluable contributions midwives and nurses make in healthcare and the broader community.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is launching a national campaign pushing for legislated staff ratios in aged care on 12 May, International Nurses’ Day. The ‘More Staff For Aged Care’ campaign is calling on federal politicians to make aged care providers accountable for their use of taxpayers’ money by mandating safe staffing ratios and ensuring elderly nursing home residents get the care they need and deserve. Robert Fedele examines the aged care crisis.
Protecting yourself and your patients against workplace hazards is an essential part of the job for any nurse, midwife or carer. This month the ANMJ looks at aspects of physical hazards and emotional hazards to nurses, midwives and carers as well as hazards to the patient.
The critical role nurses and midwives play in delivering healthcare will take the spotlight this month during global celebrations marking International Day of the Midwife on 5 May and International Nurses Day (IND) on 12 May.
On 12 May, International Nurses Day, the ANMF will officially launch its Ratios for Aged Care make them Law. Now! campaign.
The impact of climate change on the health of Australians and people around the globe are fast becoming evident. Lives are being lost at an increasing rate while adding significant economic burden to already financially crippled healthcare systems. Yet despite politicians stagnating to address the issue, healthcare professionals, including nurses and midwives, are tackling climate change head on, writes Jessica Gadd.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) will officially launch its unprecedented public awareness campaign calling on federal politicians to legislate staff ratios in aged care as a matter of urgency on 12 May, International Nurses Day.
Former Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Federal Secretary Ged Kearney is on her way to Federal Parliament after securing an underdog victory for Labor in the Batman by-election last month.
With every passing moment cracks in the aged care system widen leaving vulnerable older Australians in an increasingly deplorable position.
I will never forget traveling with my niece over a decade ago from Melbourne to Sydney after she had received a B-Cell infusion to treat a chronic illness.
By Catherine Beadnell
After clocking off from her routine night shift at one of Australia’s typical nursing homes carer Yvonne (not her real name) heads back to her house and invariably collapses from exhaustion.
Australia has established a new cervical screening process based on recommendations by Australia’s independent Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).