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Editorial Annie Butler ANMF A/Federal Secretary

Friday 23rd March, 2018

On 12 May, International Nurses Day, the ANMF will officially launch its Ratios for Aged Care make them Law. Now! campaign.

A broad advertising campaign of public awareness, already in progress, has been sending a message to all federal politicians and the wider community promoting legislation for staff ratios in aged care.   

This includes a series of TV commercials, which began airing late last month to coincide with federal senators returning to Canberra and with mobile billboards circling Parliament House and throughout the city on that day.

The voices in the advertising campaign are of aged care nurses, carers and family members telling their stories and calling on politicians to fix the crisis at hand.

The official campaign launch, on International Nurses’ Day, could not be more appropriate, given this year’s International Nurses’ Day theme - Nurses a Voice to Lead - Health is a Human Right.

We will be calling on all nurses, midwives and carers across the country to participate in activities on this day. Already some states have organised events. For more information on what’s happening in your state or territory go to and sign up to receive campaign updates.

I am pleased to announce that former ANMF Federal Secretary Ged Kearney will be heading to Federal Parliament after claiming victory in the by-election for the Victorian seat of Batman.

The ANMF is delighted that nurses, midwives and carers now have an advocate and voice at this level.

Ged has already pledged to oppose the government’s attack on Medicare and to fight for penalty rates. She is also acutely aware of the crisis in aged care and what needs to be done to fix it.

As we prepare to launch our new national aged care campaign we look forward to working with her on this issue. Congratulations Ged!

Before I sign off I want to make mention of another worthy global crusade the ANMF is proud to be part of. The Nursing Now campaign, backed by the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, aims to raise the status and profile of nursing so that the profession can work to its full scope to achieve universal health coverage. Launched last month, it will run until 2020. From an Australian perspective, this campaign will focus on access to healthcare. For more information see the news section of the ANMJ.

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