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Fond farewells and new ANMF federal team forges ahead

Friday 24th March, 2017

Outgoing ANMF Vice President Maree Burgess does not count on having extra spare time leaving the federal executive team. 

“I am not retiring, just retiring from the federal sphere,” the maternal and child health nurse, ANMF Victorian Branch President and new grandmother to a four-month old said. 

Ms Burgess said she felt incredibly proud to have contributed at the federal executive level to the issues that affected nurses and midwives and carers right across the country.  “It is such a broad view and it has been great to be part of those discussions - on the many industrial, professional, social justice and policy issues and to hear the perspective from all the secretaries across the country – it is such a dynamic organisation.” 

Ms Burgess said key issues for nurses and midwives and carers had included aged care and staffing, regulation of the third level worker, assisted dying, paid parental leave (PPL) and penalty rates. 

“As a Maternal and Child Health Nurse, I have had a lot of exposure to families affected by PPL. But it’s about the bigger picture and everything that goes with being on the federal executive with a focus on nurses, midwives and carers and how we stand up and voice that.”

Writing articles for the ANMJ had been a particular highlight, she said. “I have really enjoyed this over time. How often do you have the opportunity to write for thousands of nurses? It’s been a great way to communicate messages including social justice issues and health and wellbeing for nurses.”

Another highlight had been residing as Federal Vice President at the ANMF National Biennial Conference in 2015. Ms Burgess thanked her federal executive colleagues. “It has been fantastic to work with Sally-Anne, Lee and Annie. I wish them the very best into the future.”

ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas said she had greatly appreciated Ms Burgess’ assistance, support and counsel. “On behalf of all of our members, I would like to personally thank Maree for the dedication and commitment she has demonstrated over the past two years.” 

Ms Thomas congratulated Sally-Anne Jones who was re-elected unopposed as ANMF Federal President. “This is a vote of confidence in Sally-Anne and what she has helped the ANMF achieve on behalf of our growing membership. She has made a valuable contribution in helping set the ANMF’s priorities and the direction of our campaigns over the past two years and will continue to be a great support to the ANMF into the future.”

Ms Thomas congratulated ANMF Victorian Branch Executive Committee Member Lori-anne Sharp on her election as new Federal Vice President.  

Ms Sharp has been nursing for over 20 years and has worked in district nursing for the last 13 years. She is currently working with the Homeless Persons Program and has been a job rep since 2001 and a Branch Councillor from
2004-2013. 

“We look forward to working closely with her in her new role, particularly at a time when the ANMF tackles a number of crucial issues impacting on our members and the wider community and comes under attack as a result of changes to the country’s IR system,” Ms Thomas said.

To read more articles from ANMJ, view the full journal online at https://issuu.com/australiannursingfederation/docs/anmj_april_2017_issuu_254b95647bcb50