Media Releases

Nurses and midwives excluded from expert health groups

Thursday 11th June, 2015

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has joined the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, the Australian College of Midwives, and the Australian College of Nursing to ask the Federal Government to explain why nurses and midwives have been blocked from its plans to deliver a healthier Medicare. Read more

ANMF tells Government: for best care, expand all roles

Tuesday 19th May, 2015

The country’s biggest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has raised concerns about reported changes to a new pharmacy agreement which could see pharmacists receive $19 billion in Government funding to provide wound care and other primary care activities. Read more

Budget cuts hurt nurses and midwives and their patients

Wednesday 13th May, 2015

Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has warned that more than $2 billion slashed from the health and aged care budgets will ultimately decrease access to health care and lead to poorer patient outcomes. Read more

Paid parental leave: more questions than answers

Tuesday 12th May, 2015

Up to 100,000 nurses and midwives could lose access to publically-funded paid parental leave (PPL) if drastic cuts to the scheme go ahead as a result of this year’s Budget, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

ANMF welcomes subsidised childcare for nurses

Tuesday 28th April, 2015

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement it will trial the use of subsidised nannies for shift-working nurses in an initiative contained in the upcoming Budget. Read more

Remembering the “Lemnos nurses” this ANZAC Day

Friday 24th April, 2015

As Australia marks the ANZAC Centenary, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is asking us all to pause and remember the “Lemnos Nurses” – the heroic nurses who cared for our troops in Gallipoli. Read more

Review must strengthen, not dismantle Medicare

Wednesday 22nd April, 2015

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed plans for a review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), announced by the Federal Minister for Health today. Read more

Abbott Government must restore health funding

Wednesday 15th April, 2015

In the lead-up to the 2015 Budget, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling on the Abbott Government to restore over $50 billion ripped from the public health system. Read more

ANMF leaders join “National Day of Action”

Wednesday 4th March, 2015

The leaders of the country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), will join nurses and midwives for today’s National Day of Action in capital cities and towns, in a show of force against the Abbott Government’s industrial relations agenda. Read more

Nurses and midwives defeat “flawed” GP tax

Tuesday 3rd March, 2015

The country’s biggest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed the Abbott Government’s backflip on its proposed GP tax after a tireless campaign by nurses and midwives who warned it would destroy Medicare. Read more

Nurses, midwives will act if penalty rates are cut

Tuesday 3rd March, 2015

More than 13,000 of Australia’s nurses and midwives have had their say on the importance of penalty rates with an overwhelming 93% warning they are prepared to take action to protect their penalty rates – over 60% said this would include stop work or strike action. Read more

Minister, listen to nurses and midwives

Thursday 19th February, 2015

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is demanding to know why it is being shut out of the Abbott Government’s so-called “consultation” with health groups over its proposed GP tax. Read more

Senator Lazarus joins the ANMF to protect elderly and vulnerable

Tuesday 10th February, 2015

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is heartened by a commitment by Senator Glenn Lazarus from the Palmer United Party (PUP) to support the ANMF’s fight for mandated staffing levels in aged care and our ongoing campaign to save Australia’s system of universal healthcare. Read more

ANMF says more funds needed for aged care

Thursday 5th February, 2015

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has described a new initiative to assist and support people in nursing homes living with Dementia as a “step in the right direction” but says the Abbott Government must do more to ensure elderly vulnerable Australians receive quality care. Read more

ANMF urges Government to dump GP fee

Wednesday 4th February, 2015

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says Liberal MP Mal Brough is right - there is no need for any GP co-payment or any further attacks on Medicare. Read more

Cutting penalty rates will harm healthcare

Friday 23rd January, 2015

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is warning the Abbott Government that stripping away nurses’ penalty rates and other allowances would compromise the healthcare provided to all Australians. Read more

ANMF welcomes backdown on Medicare cuts

Thursday 15th January, 2015

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed a decision by the Abbott Government to scrap changes to Medicare rebates which were due to begin next week. Read more