Media Releases

It’s time to show aged care workers genuine respect

Friday 7th August, 2020

Today as the nation is being asked to honour aged care workers and say ‘thanks for caring’, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says our aged care workers deserve much more, it’s time for genuine respect. This means action, not words. Read more

ANMF calls for paid pandemic leave for all aged care workers

Tuesday 4th August, 2020

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is calling for paid pandemic leave to be extended to all those working in aged care who need to get tested and self-isolate if they have symptoms of COVID-19, are a close contact of someone infected with COVID-19, or are required to self-isolate or quarantine. Read more

Government breaks another promise to aged care workers

Tuesday 9th June, 2020

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says the Federal Government has broken another promise to aged care workers at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 - by taxing their ‘retention bonus’. Read more

ANMF celebrates International Nurses Day 2020

Tuesday 12th May, 2020

On International Nurses Day (IND) this year, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), the proud union of more than 285,000 nurses, midwives and aged care workers, is celebrating the work ANMF members do every day for every Australian. Read more

Aged care workers' inspiring efforts to keep older Australians safe despite the challenges of COVID-19

Friday 8th May, 2020

In presenting the findings of its national Aged Care COVID-19 Survey, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is today acknowledging the inspiring efforts of aged care workers across the country to keep older Australians, especially those living in nursing homes, safe, despite experiencing significant challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia. Read more

Aged care funding injection must guarantee the safety of all nursing home residents

Friday 1st May, 2020

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says the Federal Government must guarantee that the additional $205 million COVID-19 funding for aged care providers is fully and directly used to employ more nurses and suitably-qualified care staff and ensure the availability of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

ANMF Welcomes Government’s Guarantee for Private Hospitals

Tuesday 31st March, 2020

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed the Australian Government’s Private Hospital Viability and Capacity Guarantee (‘Guarantee’) which will ensure the viability of private hospitals and save the jobs of nurses, midwives and other health workers, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Nursing students are only one solution in responding to COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday 18th March, 2020

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says the Federal Government must commit to employing nursing graduates who have not yet secured permanent graduate positions and nurses who are underemployed. Engaging international nursing students is only one part of the solution. In health workforce preparedness to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the public need and deserve the protection of fully-qualified and trained staff. Read more

Federal Government needs to be clear on strategies to prevent spread of COVID-19

Monday 16th March, 2020

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), representing over 280,000 members, says the Federal Government must send clear and consistent messages to the community in order to contain the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and ease growing anxiety, confusion and concern about this public health emergency. Read more

ANMF calls for equal rights this International Women’s Day

Sunday 8th March, 2020

On this International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020, the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) acknowledge the United Nations global theme I am Generation Equality Realizing Womans Rights and recognise the history of this day stems from International Workers Womans Day. Read more

ANMF calls on Government to protect nursing home residents and staff

Wednesday 4th March, 2020

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is working closely with the Federal Government, health departments and industry stakeholders on contingency plans to stop the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the aged care workforce and elderly, vulnerable nursing home residents. Read more

ANMF welcomes Senior Counsel’s calls for minimum staffing in aged care

Friday 21st February, 2020

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), supports the recommendations of Senior Counsel Assisting, Peter Rozen, to the Aged Care Royal Commission today for mandated minimum staffing levels and skills mix in the system, which importantly includes having a registered nurse on duty at all times. Read more

ANMF questions ‘transparency’ in MYEFO aged care funding

Tuesday 17th December, 2019

With no laws in place to guarantee transparency in aged care funding, Australian taxpayers can’t be assured that $624 million (over four years) allocated for the sector in the 2019 MYEFO will actually be used by nursing home operators to provide quality care for residents, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

Government and One Nation fail to support transparency in aged care funding

Thursday 5th December, 2019

The Federal Government, with the support of One Nation, has blocked an Aged Care Legislation Amendment (New Commissioner Functions) Bill 2019 – which was seeking transparency and accountability for the billions of dollars in taxpayer-funding received by nursing home operators. Once again, the Government, this time with the support of One Nation, has failed to commit to genuine improvements in aged care and for older Australians, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) said today. Read more

Workers call on politicians to stand-up for super & women

Monday 2nd December, 2019

Members of Australia’s three largest trade unions, representing more than half a million workers, will converge on Parliament house in Canberra today to push for an acceleration of the planned increase in the superannuation guarantee to 12 per cent and urge politicians to address the barriers that result in woman retiring into poverty. Read more

Neglect ... it must stop in aged care

Thursday 31st October, 2019

The title of today’s Interim Report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – “Neglect” encapsulates aged care in Australia. Unfortunately, it’s that simple – the history of aged care in Australia is a story of woeful and increasing neglect, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more