International Nurses Day 2023: Why Nurses are the Future

12 May 2023

On this International Nurses Day (IND), the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is asking us all to recognise the extraordinary, 24/7 contribution nurses make in caring for people right across the community.

The theme of this year’s IND is Our Nurses. Our Future which the ANMF believes is timely recognition and provides, as the Health Minister advised in the Health Budget this week, a timely  opportunity for a ‘bigger role for nurses’ to lead urgent reforms of Australia’s health and aged care systems.

“The ANMF would like to wish all of our nursing colleagues around Australia a happy International Nurses Day,” ANMF Federal Secretary, Annie Butler, said today.

“It’s a special day for the ANMF and our members, a day where we can acknowledge and celebrate the amazing work of our nurses, who deliver quality care to people at all stages of life, whether in primary health care, an ED, a mental health unit or an aged care facility.

“This is a day which makes us realise that we, as a society, can never undervalue the amazing work of our nurses and the care they provide to people, around-the-clock. It’s a day where we should stop and ask, where would we be without nurses?

“And at a time of growing demand for health and aged care and ongoing workforce shortages across the country, the ANMF believes it’s a time for nurses to have their skills genuinely recognised and their roles extended to play a pivotal part in the development of multi-disciplinary models of care, which will ensure that all Australians will receive quality care, when and where they need it.

“Advanced practice nurse-led and nurse-practitioner-led clinics in the ACT and WA are just some examples of how nurses are successful in delivering ‘everyday’ care for the community – and show why nurses are the future for a healthy Australia.”

The ANMF, with over 321,000 members, is the industrial and professional voice for nurses, midwives and carers in Australia.

ANMF media release authorised by Annie Butler, ANMF Federal Secretary. 1/365 Queen St, Melbourne. 

ANMF media inquiries: Richard Lenarduzzi 0411 254 390

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