Media Releases

ANMF clarifies misinformation about aged care staff ratios

Tuesday 4th June, 2019

Aged care is chronically understaffed. Currently there are no laws which provide for safe minimum levels of care for older Australians. The current system of allowing providers to determine adequate care and staffing has simply failed. That is why we have a Royal Commission into Aged Care. Read more

ANMF welcomes new Federal Shadow Cabinet

Monday 3rd June, 2019

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) welcomes the ALP’s new Shadow Ministry, saying the appointments of Chris Bowen, Julie Collins and Ged Kearney in the key health and aged care portfolios, respectively, will provide new opportunities to deliver better care outcomes for all Australians. Read more

ANMF welcomes Opposition’s pledge for action in aged care

Sunday 12th May, 2019

On this International Nurses Day (IND) and Mother’s Day, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s pledge to start taking action to improve the under-resourced aged care system in Australia, including the requirement for a Registered Nurse (RN) to be rostered on-site at all nursing homes, 24/7. Read more

Returning to Fairness in Medicare and Public Health

Friday 5th April, 2019

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s pledge to restore $2.8 billion to our health system and inject $2.3 billion into Medicare to improve cancer services and reduce out of pocket costs for checks, treatments and medicines will provide much needed relief for our country’s under-resourced public hospitals and increase access to the health system for many, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

Budget a ‘missed opportunity’ to support aged care nurses and care staff

Wednesday 3rd April, 2019

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says last night’s self-professed ‘back in black’ Budget, is a missed opportunity by the Morrison Government to provide safe, quality care for older Australians and fails to support the work of the nurses and carers who could make an actual difference. Read more

Budget aged care funding must be tied to residents’ care

Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says the Morrison Government must guarantee that any new funding for aged care in tonight’s Budget, is transparent and accountable and tied to ensuring the provision of safe, best practice care for every elderly Australian. Read more

ANMF celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

Friday 8th March, 2019

Today, the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is marking International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019, celebrating the crucial role women play in Australia’s health and aged care systems. Read more

ANMF Federal Secretary gives evidence to Aged Care Royal Commission

Wednesday 13th February, 2019

The Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), Annie Butler, has given evidence to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Adelaide today, explaining how the systemic sub-standard and inadequate care provided to vulnerable nursing home residents can be addressed by the implementation of mandated staffing ratios and skills mix. This will fix the crisis in aged care. Read more

Asylum seekers must be allowed medical treatment in Australia

Monday 11th February, 2019

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling on Federal MPs to support an amendment to the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018, in relation to the transfer of asylum-seekers from offshore detention centres for urgent medical treatment. Read more

ANMF welcomes wider scope of practice for nurse practitioners

Friday 8th February, 2019

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has welcomed a Report by the Nurse Practitioner’s Reference Group (NPRG) in relation to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce, saying it acknowledges the crucial role that Australia’s 1,745 endorsed Nurse Practitioners (NPs) play in delivering integrated, efficient health care across the community. Read more

ANMF Federal leadership team re-elected

Wednesday 6th February, 2019

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is pleased to announce that Annie Butler has been re-elected unopposed as its Federal Secretary. Lori-Anne Sharp has also been re-elected Assistant Federal Secretary, with Sally-Anne Jones re-elected Federal President and James Lloyd re-elected Federal Vice President. All were elected unopposed. Read more

ANMF calls for implementation of pill-testing trials

Friday 25th January, 2019

After a series of deaths and overdoses this summer, and as we head into the final public holiday weekend of January and its traditional music festivals, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling for urgent national action on the introduction of pill-testing trials. Read more

Chronic Understaffing in Aged Care Is Causing Enormous Pain and Suffering for Residents and Families

Thursday 17th January, 2019

With another burst of stories detailing the pain and suffering being experienced by nursing home residents appearing in the media as the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety prepares to commence its official proceedings tomorrow, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says it’s time we finally, and genuinely, acknowledge that the system has failed Australia’s most frail and vulnerable. Radical change is desperately needed, both to the system’s rules and the system’s culture. Read more

SEATO nurses shouldn’t have to wait any longer for Gold Card

Tuesday 18th December, 2018

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) welcomes the news that Australia’s Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) nurses, who so bravely and tirelessly served during the Vietnam War, will be finally recognised and awarded a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Gold Card. Read more

Aged care funding won’t help vulnerable nursing home residents

Monday 17th December, 2018

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says funding of $552.9 million for aged care home care packages in the 2018-19 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), will have minimal impact on the quality and quantity of care provided to vulnerable nursing home residents still suffering as a result of chronic understaffing. Read more