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

Aged care ratios make economic sense

Sunday 16th December, 2018

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has released compelling evidence which outlines how mandated minimum staffing ratios in aged care can be implemented to bring improvements in care outcomes for elderly nursing home residents while also providing economic benefits. Read more

Australia should be a world leader in aged care delivery

Saturday 15th December, 2018

Today, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) and key national medical groups have been joined by Professor John Pollaers, Chair of the 2018 Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce, in calling on Prime Minister Morrison, the Government and all sides of the Australian Parliament, to legislate and fund minimum staffing ratios that deliver the holistic care plans required to ensure safe and best practice care for all elderly Australians. Read more

For-profit aged care providers must account for billions in taxpayer subsidies

Thursday 22nd November, 2018

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is calling on the Senate Economics Reference Committee investigating the financial and tax practices of Australia’s for-profit aged care providers, to support its recommendations which will ensure greater transparency and accountability of taxpayer-funded subsidies for the sector. Read more

Community should support greater transparency in nursing home staffing

Friday 26th October, 2018

Community support for a Bill which would see aged care providers forced to publicly disclose the number of staff they roster on to care for elderly nursing home residents, is being strongly encouraged by the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

It’s time to change the rules in aged care

Tuesday 23rd October, 2018

Members of the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), will take to the streets in a show of support for ‘Australia Needs a Pay Rise’ starting across the country today (Tuesday 23 October). Read more

ANMF calls for evacuation of children from Nauru

Friday 19th October, 2018

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has joined the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and other healthcare professionals in calling on the Prime Minister to urgently evacuate over 85 children and their families from the Nauru and Manus island detention camps. Read more

Anti-Poverty Week | 14-20 October

Sunday 14th October, 2018

Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas. It was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17. In 2018, Anti-Poverty Week will be held from the 14th to the 20th of October. Read more

Nurses warn staff cuts ‘will reduce care’ for elderly residents at Albury home

Wednesday 26th September, 2018

Residents at the Albury and District aged care home on Logan Road will not receive the care they deserve due to staffing cuts, nurses have warned. NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association organiser Viola Morris met with employees of the Japara Healthcare facility today after learning staff numbers would be reduced by two on day and night shifts. Read more

Politicians asked to reveal positions on aged care conditions

Tuesday 25th September, 2018

Queensland nurses have again called on state federal politicians to reveal their stance on aged care. On September 14, the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) officially asked all federal Queensland politicians to publicly state whether they support improved conditions for elderly constituents. Read more

Governments and regulators have failed our elderly

Tuesday 25th September, 2018

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says disturbing evidence of vulnerable nursing home residents being abused proves that consecutive governments and regulators have failed to act on warnings from nurses and consumers that dangerously low staffing levels are resulting in elderly abuse and neglect. Read more

Better staffing can stop the suffering in nursing homes

Sunday 16th September, 2018

A Royal Commission will do nothing to fix the crisis in aged care unless the Government introduces mandated staffing ratios in residential nursing homes as a matter of urgency, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more