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Editorial Lee Thomas, ANMF Federal Secretary

Thursday 23rd February, 2017

Last month I mentioned that aged care would be a top priority for the ANMF in 2017. 

ANMF representatives from across the country met in Melbourne last month to discuss how the union could be most effective in improving outcomes in
aged care.

While it’s too early to say how this campaign will be shaped, it’s evident that each state and territory is committed to working for change in this sector particularly around skill mix and safe staffing levels. 

With the backing of solid research we have never felt as prepared as we do now to launch this campaign. Though for us to succeed we need everybody to get on board and participate. Enforcing change in aged care will be tough but together
I know we will be unquestionably up for the challenge.

In the coming months we will give you more information about the campaign and how you can participate to help create better aged care for all.

Along the theme of aged care in the journal this month the Industrial report looks at a five year aged care employer campaign to remove protection over employees’ part time hours. To date
the ANMF has hindered their efforts, but if successful in the future the employer will have rights to change an employee’s number of hours or starting and finishing times.

The clinical update looks at research into the RN’s ability to work autonomously in a changing aged care industry. The study seeks to understand the relationship between perceived autonomy and aged care organisations, and makes recommendations to ensure positive workplace environments in which staff feel valued and are able to contribute to policies and innovation in work practices.

On a different matter, the feature delves into the overwhelming health challenges in the Pacific. On the back of the South Pacific Nurses Forum ( SPNF),  held late last year, and attended by more than 300 nurses and midwives from around the regions, the feature explains  how nurses and midwives are banding together to strive for universal access to quality healthcare. 

As close neighbours the ANMF, which is also the secretariat of the SPNF, has been integral to this process as well as helping to advance the development of nurses and midwives within the region.

Geographical hurdles, limited resources, nursing and midwifery shortages and the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases are just some of the issues the region has to contend with.

This month’s Focus section looks at infection prevention and control practices as well as wound care. With antibiotic resistance becoming dangerously prevalent, this section is a ‘must read’ for every nurse and midwife. 

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