ANMF Condemns Comments Regarding Elderly

Friday 21st August, 2015


The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has passed a Resolution condemning

comments made by the Northern Territory (NT) Health John Elferink about cutting funding for the

elderly in their final stages of life.

At a meeting of the ANMF’s Federal Council in Darwin, the following Motion was put forward:

“That the ANMF Federal Council totally reject the comments made by the NT Health Minister, John

Elferink yesterday in support of withdrawal of funding to treat the elderly in favour of other age groups.

It is the view of the ANMF Federal Council that all citizens in our community deserve fair and equitable

access that improves health outcomes and maximises quality of life. The elderly in the NT deserve to be

treated with as much value and respect in terms of their health as all other Australians.”

ANMF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said the Motion was passed unanimously by Members of

the Council.

“We condemn the Minister’s deplorable comments about cutting funding for some of the most

vulnerable people in society,” Ms Thomas said today.

“How could he possibly say that?

“At a time of Seniors Month in the NT, it is such a callous and insensitive way to be talking about

the elderly.

“As a Health Minister, he of all people should know that all Australians deserve access to quality

care, whether in the first stage of life, or the final stage of life.

ANMF NT Branch Secretary, Yvonne Falckh, said: “The ANMF is concerned that the Minister may

look at exploring policy on this issue – diverting funding for treating the elderly to other age groups

in the community.

“Our Resolution today demonstrates our resolve in fighting any such move by the NT Government.

“Elderly, sick people in the NT deserve the same level of compassion and respect as people living

anywhere else in Australia.”

The ANMF, with over 240,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in

nursing in Australia.

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