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Midwives add their name to nursing federation

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is the new name of the former Australian Nursing Federation.

Lee Thomas, who remains as federal secretary, said the new name for one of Australia’s fastest-growing unions – which now has more than 230,000 members – better reflects the membership base of both nurses and midwives.

“We are pleased that we are representing the interests of nurses and midwives working across Australian health and aged care, in the public and private sectors,” Thomas said.

“The ANMF is the country’s largest health and aged care union and a force to be reckoned with. We represent the professional, political and industrial welfare of nurses and midwives in government and non-government forums at state, national and international levels.”

She said the ANMF would continue to campaign on issues impacting nursing and midwifery professionals. These issues include supply and demand of jobs, nurse-to-patient ratios, better wages for aged care nurses, and mandated skills and training for staff working in the aged care sector.

“We have continued to attract new membership from a full range of health settings across Australia, including private and public hospitals, aged care facilities, medical practices and community medical centres,” Thomas said.

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