ANF is now the largest health and aged care union

Tuesday 14th August, 2012

The Australian Nursing Federation is now the nation’s largest health and aged care union and is also one of the country’s fastest growing unions.

The milestone comes as the union prepares to launch a new national campaign, titled Nurses and Midwives – You Couldn’t Be in Better Hands.

The campaign will include television, radio and cinema advertisements featuring real nurses and midwives in a bid to show the dedicated and outstanding professional care that nurses deliver daily to their patients.

ANF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas said the campaign, which included a new website, would enable the community to get behind the nursing profession.

“The campaign showcases the incredible and invaluable work that nurses and midwives do day in and day out across Australia,” she said.

“Nurses, midwives and the general public will also have the opportunity to share the ads on social media and go to the ANF web page to show their support for nurses and midwives.”

Established in 1924, the ANF represents nurses in urban, rural and remote locations in both the public and private sectors, including hospitals, health and community services, schools, universities, the armed forces, statutory authorities, local government, offshore territories and industry.

Ms Thomas said the union’s new membership base, including registered and enrolled nurses, midwives, assistants in nursing and nursing students, comes on the back of its successful Because We Care aged care nursing campaign.

“The ANF is now the country’s largest health and aged care union and a force to be reckoned with in the health, aged care, industrial, professional and political areas and we will continue to work hard for all of our existing and new members,” she said.

Source: Nursing Careers Allied Health