Media Releases

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

PM must rule out any cuts to penalty rates

Tuesday 22nd December, 2015

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has renewed calls for the Turnbull Government to rule out any cuts to penalty rates, following the release of the Productivity Commission’s (PC) final report into Australia’s workplace relations system. Read more

No Christmas Joy for Nurses Worried about Penalty Rates

Sunday 13th December, 2015

While families across Australia are busy making Christmas plans, members of the country’s largest health and aged care union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), are busy planning shift work away from their loved ones. Read more

ANMF calls for a better super system for women

Thursday 19th November, 2015

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is appearing before a Senate Standing Committee on Economics inquiring into economic security for women in retirement in Sydney today, arguing the need for a more equitable superannuation system for women workers. Read more

249,000 reasons the ANMF is fighting on

Thursday 22nd October, 2015

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is pleased to announce a 12 per cent increase in its membership across the Australian health system – rising to a record 249,000 members. Read more

Minister Ley, we need an aged care workforce strategy

Wednesday 7th October, 2015

Australia’s largest health and aged care union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has joined with Labor, other unions and industry stakeholders in continuing to stress the urgent need for an aged care workforce strategy. Read more