Media Releases

Morrison Government Must be Held Accountable for Deaths in Aged Care

Friday 20th May, 2022

As Australia heads to the polls tomorrow, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is reminding voters how the Morrison Government’s disgraceful lack of action to fix aged care has led to hundreds and hundreds of preventable deaths in privately-run nursing homes across the country. Read more

Celebrating International Nurses Day

Thursday 12th May, 2022

On this International Nurses Day (IND), the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is asking us all to reflect and acknowledge the extraordinary commitment and dedication of our nurses working in health and aged care across the country – both their tireless work on the frontline throughout the ongoing COVID pandemic and their contribution to our health and well-being at every stage of life. Read more

ANMF Corrects Mr Morrison’s Aged Care Claim

Monday 9th May, 2022

In response to Mr Morrison’s claim during last night’s Leaders’ debate that he ‘blew the whistle’ on aged care, ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler said: “The Prime Minister’s claim is not only astonishing, it’s offensive. Read more

Support for care and community workers

Sunday 1st May, 2022

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), welcomes an election pledge by Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese to establish an expert panel in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) specifically for low-paid care workers, saying it will give them equal access to improved wages and conditions. Read more

Securing Nurses and Care Workers in Aged Care

Tuesday 26th April, 2022

Today, the Hearing for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) and Health Services Union’s (HSU) landmark applications for a 25% increase to award wages for aged care workers commences in the Fair Work Commission. The ANMF makes this application on the basis that the work of aged care workers has never been properly valued and that it is undervalued. Guaranteeing wages that genuinely reflect the value of the work, alongside mandated safe staffing and 24 hour registered nurse presence will ensure staff are attracted to work in the aged care sector, the ANMF said today. Read more

Supporting Australia’s Nurses and Midwives

Wednesday 13th April, 2022

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has today welcomed the Opposition’s election pledge to fund a new national health service to provide health and well-being support for nurses and midwives across the country. The national service will recognise the strain endured by nurses and midwives over the last three years and will assist them to stay in their jobs by preventing unnecessary burnout. Read more

ANMF Announces Election Priorities for Health and Aged Care

Monday 11th April, 2022

In the lead-up to the federal election, the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has written to all major political parties and Independent MPs and Senators, seeking their commitment to the ANMF’s five-core priorities to reform Australia’s health and aged care systems. Read more

Opposition’s Aged Care Reform Package Gives Hope for Older Australians

Thursday 31st March, 2022

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) says Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s pledge to mandate staffing ratios by introducing, in law, minimum care hours requirements for nursing homes and to fund real wage increases for all aged care workers, could finally bring hope to exhausted nurses and care workers in the troubled aged care sector. Read more

Budget 2022: Scott Morrison fails to do his job

Tuesday 29th March, 2022

The lack of sustainable funding and real reform for health and aged care shows that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has failed to ‘do his job’ to restore and rebuild Australia’s public health system and the private aged care sector, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

New Report: Morrison Government Must Ensure Billions in Public Funding is Tied to Care of Australian Aged Care Residents

Tuesday 29th March, 2022

A NEW report examining the financial and tax practices of some of Australia’s largest nursing home operators, again highlights the urgent need for the Morrison Government to ensure greater transparency and accountability for the billions in additional public funding poured into the troubled aged care sector, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) said today. Read more

ANMF celebrates International Women’s Day 2022

Tuesday 8th March, 2022

On this International Women’s Day (IWD), 8 March 2022, the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political contributions of women to successful and peaceful communities around the world, while calling for urgent implementation of safeguards and reform measures needed to remove the barriers that continue to prevent women’s full participation in society. Read more

Aged care crisis: nurses and care workers feel ‘unseen, unvalued and cast aside’

Thursday 3rd March, 2022

Overwhelmed, overworked nurses and care-workers identified chronic understaffing as the ‘fundamental contributor’ to the crisis in Australia’s nursing homes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with many feeling ‘unseen, unvalued and cast aside’, according to the final results of a national survey conducted by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Read more

It’s disgusting Mr Morrison hasn’t done his job to fix aged care

Tuesday 1st March, 2022

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Royal Commission’s Final Report into the troubled aged care system, members of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) are speaking out – expressing their heartbreak and disgust that Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘hasn’t done his job’ to stop the suffering of elderly Australians living in aged care. Read more

Nurses to vote on industrial action against Serco

Friday 18th February, 2022

Nurses working for Serco Australia Pty Ltd (‘Serco’) under their Australian Defence Force (ADF) Health Services contract will vote on taking industrial action against their employer, in pursuit of reaching a ‘substantially improved’ Enterprise Agreement which truly recognises and values the nursing workforce, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) announced today. Read more

ANMF rejects draft Religious Discrimination Bill

Wednesday 9th February, 2022

The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has warned that ironically, the Morrison Government’s draft Religious Discrimination Bill (RDB) will fail to protect some nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing (AIN) and the people they care for, potentially allowing for further discrimination in health and aged care. Read more

Crisis in aged care: Mr Morrison, you let it happen

Tuesday 8th February, 2022

Aged care nurses and workers will hold a COVID-safe protest in Canberra today (Tuesday 8 February) to voice our frustration and anger over the Morrison Government’s continuing failure to protect aged care workers and residents and to demand immediate action to fix the crisis and prevent any more unnecessary deaths in Australia’s nursing homes. Read more

Nursing organisations condemn Morrison Government for failures in aged care

Wednesday 2nd February, 2022

The country’s peak nursing organisations today stand together to condemn the Morrison Government for its failure to protect Australia’s nursing home residents, and the nurses and care workers doing their utmost in a sector that has been overwhelmed by COVID. And, at a time when the latest COVID outbreaks continue to claim lives in Australia’s nursing homes. Read more

Staff shortage emergency requires more than a two-payment bonus

Tuesday 1st February, 2022

We acknowledge the announcement of a retention bonus to be paid to aged care workers in two stages. However, the announcement still does not address our call last month for additional payments to workers under enormous strain working to protect older vulnerable people during the COVID Omicron surge. Read more

Aged care nurses and carers forced to pay for RATs

Tuesday 1st February, 2022

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is extremely concerned that many nurses and carers are still being forced to pay for their own rapid antigen tests (RATs) to go to work during the COVID-19 pandemic devastating Australia’s nursing homes. Read more