Media Releases

Aged care nurses to go because of funding cuts

Thursday 9th June, 2016

The admission from a leading NSW provider that $1.8 billion ripped from aged care by the Turnbull Government will see it reduce the number of Registered Nurses (RN) it employs now confirms that ongoing funding cuts are compromising the level of care for elderly, vulnerable nursing home residents, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

TV Ads Highlight the Impact of $57 Billion in Health Cuts

Sunday 5th June, 2016

From tonight, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) will commence airing a series of powerful TV and radio ads highlighting how $57 billion ripped from health budgets is compromising the care nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing can deliver to the community Read more

Reversing cuts to Medicare rebates a win for patients

Thursday 19th May, 2016

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed the Opposition’s election pledge that it will reverse the Turnbull Government’s crippling freeze on Medicare rebates. Read more

Which politician cares about Australia’s health this election?

Friday 13th May, 2016

In the lead-up to the July 2 federal election, the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) today launched a new national campaign focusing on crucial issues affecting nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing (AINs) and their ability to keep delivering quality care across the health and aged care systems. Read more

We’re celebrating International Nurses Day 2016

Thursday 12th May, 2016

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says International Nurses Day (IND) 2016 gives Australians the chance to commend nurses on the valuable contribution they make to the health of our society. Read more

Budget must restore billions cut from public health

Monday 2nd May, 2016

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling on the Turnbull Government to use tomorrow night’s 2016-17 Budget to begin restoring the $57 billion ripped from national health funding under previous Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Read more

Safe staffing, closing wages gap, better education: ways to improve aged care

Wednesday 9th March, 2016

Mandated staffing ratios including a Registered Nurse on duty 24/7 at all facilities with high care residents, closing the wages gap for nurses and care workers and minimum education and licensing for personal care workers: these are among the key recommendations put forward by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) in its formal Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Aged Care Sector Workforce. Read more

IWD highlights financial issues for working women

Tuesday 8th March, 2016

Whilst International Women’s Day (IWD) 2016 recognises the valuable role women play in delivering quality care in nursing, midwifery and aged care, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says it also highlights how women are financially disadvantaged throughout their working life. Read more

Time running out to have a say on aged care

Tuesday 1st March, 2016

With only three days to go until the close of Submissions to a Senate Inquiry into Australia’s aged care workforce, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is urging its members and supporters to have their say on how to fix the system. Read more

Urgent re-think needed on families in detention policy

Monday 22nd February, 2016

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has expressed its concerns about the future of baby Asha and her family and is calling on both the Turnbull Government and the Opposition to urgently reverse the inhumane policy of keeping children and their families in indefinite detention. Read more

PM must show some compassion for baby Asha

Wednesday 17th February, 2016

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is standing in solidarity with nurses, doctors and medical staff at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane who are steadfastly refusing to allow baby Asha to be discharged and returned to Nauru. Read more

ANMF supports Lady Cilento nurses, midwives and staff

Tuesday 16th February, 2016

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is standing in solidarity with nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane who are refusing to allow baby Asha to be discharged and returned to the Nauru detention centre. Read more

ANMF says Medicare under threat again

Tuesday 9th February, 2016

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says universal healthcare is again under threat after reports the Turnbull Government is investigating changes to the Medicare payment system. Read more

Aged Care: Time for 24/7 Registered Nurses

Friday 5th February, 2016

A Registered Nurse (RN) on-duty in all nursing homes - 24/7! That’s the message the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is sending to the upcoming Federal Senate Inquiry in to the future of Australia’s aged care workforce, to ensure we have dignity for older Australians living in aged care facilities. Read more

Time to Demand Dignity for Older Australians

Friday 29th January, 2016

As the Federal Senate prepares to hold a public Inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged care workforce, the ANMF’s Acting Federal Secretary Annie Butler is urging people who have “an experience, a concern or an issue about aged care, to come forward and tell their story”. Read more

Nurses, Midwives and their Patients all suffer if Penalty Rates Cut

Monday 25th January, 2016

Nurses and midwives working in Australia’s public hospitals would receive a pay cut of over $1900 a year, while all nurses, midwives and carers working in acute and aged care would be $359 million a year worse off if their Sunday penalty rates were reduced to Saturday rates, according to a new report by the McKell Institute, titled “The Importance of Penalty Rates for Our Health Workforce”. Read more

ANMF will fight to save Medicare in 2016

Wednesday 13th January, 2016

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) starts 2016 with a renewed campaign to save Australia’s successful system of universal healthcare after the MYEFO showed the Turnbull Government will slash $650 million from bulk-billing incentives for diagnostic imaging and pathology services. Read more