Media Releases

FWC ruling not enough to close wages gap for nurses, midwives, carers

Tuesday 6th June, 2017

Today’s Fair Work Commission ruling to grant a 3.3 per cent increase in the minimum wage for Australia’s low-paid workers will do “precious little” to help nursing, midwifery and care staff on the national Nurses Award 2010 keep up with the rising cost of living, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

Let’s all celebrate International Nurses Day 2017

Friday 12th May, 2017

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says today’s International Nurses Day (IND) is a chance for the whole community to acknowledge and applaud the crucial contribution nurses make to the Australian health system each and every day. Read more

Budget losers: Nursing students and aged care nurses

Wednesday 10th May, 2017

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says nursing and midwifery students, and nurses and assistants in nursing (AIN) working in the under-resourced aged care sector are the big losers in last night’s Federal Budget. Read more

New report exposes exploitation in medical supply chains

Thursday 20th April, 2017

A new report conducted by the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), in conjunction with The Australia Institute has revealed high-levels of exploitation and human rights abuses suffered by low-wage workers involved in the overseas production of every-day medical goods used by Australians. Read more

Minister agrees that nurses need ratios in aged care

Monday 10th April, 2017

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is pleased the Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has acknowledged the need for the long-overdue aged care workforce strategy that provides a broad approach for workers in the sector. Read more

Nurses tell how changes to their penalty rates cut deep

Tuesday 28th March, 2017

A delegation of aged care nurses and assistants in nursing (AIN) from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) have travelled to Canberra today to meet with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and raise their concerns about the potential impacts of penalty rates cuts under proposals put forward by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). Read more

ANMF commemorates Gayle Woodford’s life and tragic death

Thursday 23rd March, 2017

On the first anniversary of outback nurse Gayle Woodford’s murder, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says systemic changes need to be implemented to better protect its members working in isolated, remote communities. Read more

Welcoming Sally McManus as first female ACTU Secretary

Wednesday 15th March, 2017

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) today welcomed the election of Sally McManus as Secretary of the ACTU – the first time a woman has held the position in the peak union body. Read more

FWC decision risks nurses and midwives’ penalty rates

Friday 10th March, 2017

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says new legal advice regarding the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) recent decision on penalty rates confirms its fears that nurses and midwives working in some parts of the health and aged care sectors are also at risk of losing their penalty rates and entitlements. Read more

IWD highlights the challenges for working women

Wednesday 8th March, 2017

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017 recognises the crucial role nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing (AIN) play in delivering quality care to the community and also highlights how many women are still suffering pay disparity. Read more

Low paid workers ‘robbed’ of penalty rates

Thursday 23rd February, 2017

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has condemned a decision by the Fair Work Commission to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates across three industries, labeling it as a “cruel attack on the some of the country’s lowest-paid, and very often, female workers.” Read more

ANMF urges Senators to reject Government’s sneaky cuts to PPL

Thursday 9th February, 2017

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is urging the Nick Xenophon Team and other cross-benchers to reject the Turnbull Government’s latest underhand attempt at cutting paid parental leave (PPL) for working families. Read more

ANMF keeps up the fight against Government’s backflip on PPL

Wednesday 1st February, 2017

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) continues its campaign against the Turnbull Government’s backflip on paid parental leave (PPL), with ANMF officials and a frontline nurse giving evidence to a Senate Inquiry in Melbourne today. Read more

Note to new Minister: Listen to nurses and midwives

Wednesday 18th January, 2017

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says new Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt must listen to nurses and midwives if the Government has any chance of addressing the many issues impacting the health and aged care sectors and the delivery of quality care. Read more