The Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Lee Thomas, has announced that she will be leaving her position to take up a role in the law.
Ms Thomas has been Federal Secretary for almost eight years. Under her leadership, the ANMF has grown to become Australia’s largest union, with a membership of 270,000.
Making the announcement to members at the ANMF’s Biennial Conference in Hobart today, Ms Thomas said: “It’s been an honour and a privilege to lead the ANMF, working on behalf of members.
“During my time as Federal Secretary, our membership has grown over 12% and we continue to attract new members from a range of settings from across Australia, including private and public hospitals, aged care facilities, medical practices and community medical centres, with a growing number of nursing and midwifery students also joining our ANMF family.
“I’ve been really proud of the campaigns I’ve lead nationally and in conjunction with our state and territory branches – fighting the good fight on behalf nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing (AIN).
“With our record 270,000 membership, I am thrilled that the ANMF is ranked Australia’s largest union, we are a force to be reckoned with in health, aged care and the industrial and professional arenas.
“Our members working in aged care continue to be at risk by employers putting profits before people – and under a new Federal and Assistant Federal Secretary, and our branches, we will be working hard to protect them.”
Ms Thomas will step-down from her position on December 8.
The Federal Executive meeting in November will make decisions regarding the new leadership of the ANMF.
The ANMF, with 270,000 members, is the industrial and professional voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.
ANMF media inquiries: 0411 254 390.