Media Releases

ANMF welcomes Senior Counsel’s calls for minimum staffing in aged care

Friday 21st February, 2020

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), supports the recommendations of Senior Counsel Assisting, Peter Rozen, to the Aged Care Royal Commission today for mandated minimum staffing levels and skills mix in the system, which importantly includes having a registered nurse on duty at all times. Read more

ANMF questions ‘transparency’ in MYEFO aged care funding

Tuesday 17th December, 2019

With no laws in place to guarantee transparency in aged care funding, Australian taxpayers can’t be assured that $624 million (over four years) allocated for the sector in the 2019 MYEFO will actually be used by nursing home operators to provide quality care for residents, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

Government and One Nation fail to support transparency in aged care funding

Thursday 5th December, 2019

The Federal Government, with the support of One Nation, has blocked an Aged Care Legislation Amendment (New Commissioner Functions) Bill 2019 – which was seeking transparency and accountability for the billions of dollars in taxpayer-funding received by nursing home operators. Once again, the Government, this time with the support of One Nation, has failed to commit to genuine improvements in aged care and for older Australians, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) said today. Read more

Workers call on politicians to stand-up for super & women

Monday 2nd December, 2019

Members of Australia’s three largest trade unions, representing more than half a million workers, will converge on Parliament house in Canberra today to push for an acceleration of the planned increase in the superannuation guarantee to 12 per cent and urge politicians to address the barriers that result in woman retiring into poverty. Read more

Neglect ... it must stop in aged care

Thursday 31st October, 2019

The title of today’s Interim Report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – “Neglect” encapsulates aged care in Australia. Unfortunately, it’s that simple – the history of aged care in Australia is a story of woeful and increasing neglect, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

Nurses left out of preventative health planning

Tuesday 24th September, 2019

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has expressed its disappointment that nurses have been ‘left out’ of crucial planning for Australia’s 10-year Preventative Health Strategy. Read more

ANMF calls on all politicians to support greater transparency in aged care

Monday 22nd July, 2019

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling on Federal MPs and Senators to support the Private Member’s Bill to be introduced into Federal Parliament today by South Australian Independent Rebekha Sharkie – mandating a requirement for aged care providers to publicly disclose their staffing ratios. Read more

ANMF clarifies misinformation about aged care staff ratios

Tuesday 4th June, 2019

Aged care is chronically understaffed. Currently there are no laws which provide for safe minimum levels of care for older Australians. The current system of allowing providers to determine adequate care and staffing has simply failed. That is why we have a Royal Commission into Aged Care. Read more

ANMF welcomes new Federal Shadow Cabinet

Monday 3rd June, 2019

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) welcomes the ALP’s new Shadow Ministry, saying the appointments of Chris Bowen, Julie Collins and Ged Kearney in the key health and aged care portfolios, respectively, will provide new opportunities to deliver better care outcomes for all Australians. Read more

ANMF welcomes Opposition’s pledge for action in aged care

Sunday 12th May, 2019

On this International Nurses Day (IND) and Mother’s Day, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s pledge to start taking action to improve the under-resourced aged care system in Australia, including the requirement for a Registered Nurse (RN) to be rostered on-site at all nursing homes, 24/7. Read more

Returning to Fairness in Medicare and Public Health

Friday 5th April, 2019

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s pledge to restore $2.8 billion to our health system and inject $2.3 billion into Medicare to improve cancer services and reduce out of pocket costs for checks, treatments and medicines will provide much needed relief for our country’s under-resourced public hospitals and increase access to the health system for many, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

Budget a ‘missed opportunity’ to support aged care nurses and care staff

Wednesday 3rd April, 2019

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), says last night’s self-professed ‘back in black’ Budget, is a missed opportunity by the Morrison Government to provide safe, quality care for older Australians and fails to support the work of the nurses and carers who could make an actual difference. Read more