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Looking over the year that was

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Meet nurse unit manager and climate-savvy ANMF member Kim Pentreath

Annual reports paint a violent picture

Health Complaints Act 2016 forum

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Know your entitlements Inside this edition

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Know your entitlements Secretary’s report

In focus

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• The year that was

• Member profile: Kim Pentreath

Understanding personal leave and compassionate leave Celene McMullan Information Officer

Personal leave applies if you need to take time off work due to a personal illness or injury (sick leave) or if you need to care for someone else who needs your care (carer’s leave). How much personal leave am I entitled to? Personal leave entitlements for the majority of members are as follows (pro rata for part time): • Public Health Sector Nurses and Midwives EBA 2016 - 2020 – first year of service - one day for each month (91.2 hours per year)

• Annual reports paint a violent picture • New law will improve patient protections

• SIGs calendar

– second, third and fourth years of service - 14 days per year (106.4 hours per year) – fifth year and thereafter - 20 days per year (152 hours per year). This is a slight change from the previous EBA which was 21 days. • National Employment Standards (NES) – provide 10 days personal leave.


• Job Rep training

• OHS workshops and seminars


• Education calendar

What evidence is required? The law requires you to provide evidence that would satisfy ‘a reasonable person’. Most enterprise agreements allow you to be absent due to illness for one day, without a medical certificate, on three separate occasions each year, after which a medical certificate or statutory declaration or other acceptable evidence must be provided. Many agreements restrict the use of statutory declarations to three occasions per year for a maximum of three consecutive days each time. My employer wants more details. Do I have to provide these? You are required to provide evidence that you were ill or injured but not a diagnosis or other private medical information.

ANMF (Vic Branch) 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Vic 3000 Phone 9275 9333 Fax 9275 9344 Info Line 9275 9300 (metro) 1800 133 353 (regional) Membership 9275 9313 Library 9275 9391 ANMF Education Centre 9275 9363

Am I obliged to give notice before taking personal leave? You should always give as much notice as practical, so that you can be replaced while you are on leave. Provided you notify your employer ‘as soon as practicable’ (which may be after the leave has started) your entitlement is protected. This allows for situations where prior notice may not be possible due to circumstances beyond your control.

I work in the public sector. Can I take personal leave to attend a dental appointment? You may use up to five days personal leave per year to attend an appointment with a registered health practitioner. What leave can I take if I need to stay at home with a sick family member? You are entitled to take carer’s leave to care for an immediate family or a member of your household. Immediate family includes a spouse (including a former spouse, a de facto spouse and a former de facto spouse), child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling, or your spouse‘s sibling. While the NES does not provide recognition of same sex relationships, many agreements do. Can I transfer my accrued personal leave entitlements when I move jobs? If you are transferring from one public health employer to another public health employer your personal leave is transferable, provided the period of absence between jobs is no more than five weeks in addition to any annual leave and long service leave paid out on termination. What is compassionate leave (also called bereavement leave)? You are entitled to two days compassionate leave for each occasion when a member of your family or household suffers a life threatening illness or injury, or dies. This leave can be taken as a single continuous day period, or two separate periods of one day each, or by agreement any separate periods. Compassionate leave does not come out of personal leave or annual leave. This advice is general in nature please consult your EBA or agreement. If you require more information please call the members-only ANMF Information Line on 03 9275 9300 or 1800 133 353 (regional toll free).

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Secretary’s report

Your ANMF Lisa Fitzpatrick State Secretary

Significant health system reform Lisa Fitzpatrick Significant health system reform The tragic cluster of preventable perinatal deaths at Djerriwarrh Health Service in 2013 and 2014 was the trigger for an important review of the Victorian health system. That comprehensive assessment, by Dr Stephen Duckett, was released in October and ANMF has welcomed its findings and recommendations. I urge all members to read the report Targeting Zero: supporting the Victorian Hospital System to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care.

Paul Gilbert

Assistant Secretary

Pip Carew

Assistant Secretary

ANMF is supportive of the concept of the Safer Care Victoria agency, led by the well-respected Professor Euan Wallace and its purpose to put patient care first and to share and implement best practice across the health system. In our discussions with Dr Duckett’s review team ANMF expressed the need for greater transparency in the health system. We are confident the report’s recommendations will create this much needed transparency and address the systemic flaws in oversight of quality and safety. This is key to avoiding preventable deaths. ANMF also advocated for strong clinical skills and experience at the hospital board level. We are pleased to see the Department of Health and Human Services will be actively involved in the creation of boards with the right mix of clinical skills, knowledge and experience. This will strengthen local governance and decision making. And perhaps most important of all, when nurses and midwives raise concerns, their voices should be heard and taken seriously by those in leadership positions. ANMF strongly conveyed to the review team that when nurses and midwives raise concerns, their concerns must be fully investigated. As part of that process, those who raise concerns should receive feedback about the subsequent investigation. This is essential to the creation of a culture of nurses and people speaking out.

Thank you to Angela Wylie and Les O’Rourke for their photography throughout the year. Thank you to James Grant for providing photographs of Stephanie Alexander.

Aged care nurses and carers Early next year ANMF will start negotiating wages, workloads and conditions for nurses and personal care workers at 580 private for-profit and not-for-profit aged care facilities in Victoria.

On the Record is the official publication of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch). OTR is published monthly.

While negotiations are underway with Bupa Care and Hammondcare

Cover image: a collection of photos from 2016.

and concluded with many others, the majority of agreements will expire early next year. Aged care nurses and carers at these facilities have begun discussing their log of claims for wages, workloads and conditions for the next round of enterprise bargaining. A good outcome – fair wage increases and improving your ability to provide safe resident care – will largely depend on the level aged care nurses and carers are prepared to be involved in your campaign. The Turnbull Government’s almost $2 billion aged care budget cuts will make this a difficult campaign. But when members work together with the ANMF we can achieve an outcome that values, recognises and rewards aged care nurses and carers. Nurses and midwives approve EBA We are a step closer toward implementation of the 2016 public sector enterprise agreement following the ballot of Victorian nursing and midwifery employees approving the agreement. At the time of print we were waiting for the Fair Work Commission to approve the agreement which achieved all of our claims, in full or in part. This includes all classifications reaching net pay parity with NSW nurses in 2019. One of the priorities will be every hospital putting together a plan to prevent and reduce workplace violence. These plans must be consistent with the ANMF’s 10 point plan and must be implemented within six months of the EBA coming into force. I encourage all members to take up any opportunity to be involved in the implementation of your agreement. Meanwhile the intensive process of drafting clauses in the public sector mental health agreement continues with the Victorian Government lawyers. While this must be a thorough and precise process, we are working to ensure the process happens as quickly as possible. NMHPV correction Last month we told you the great news that the Victorian Government has confirmed it will help secure long-term funding for the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria. The NMHPV promotes early self-referral for nurses and midwives with a mental health, substance or alcohol issue. Unfortunately we gave you the wrong phone number. The correct phone number is 9415 7551 or visit

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In focus - the year that was

Private sector EBAs negotiated In 2016 ANMF (Vic Branch) negotiated a number of enterprise agreements for members working in the private acute sector and aged care. RDNS members took industrial action in pursuit of a fair enterprise agreement, holding stop-work meetings, a rally outside RDNS headquarters in St Kilda and implementing work bans. ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick, ACTU President Ged Kearney and ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver addressed members at the 24 August rally, encouraging them to stand firm for a fair agreement. On 15 September RDNS members voted to accept a two-year agreement which will involve two pay increases and no loss of conditions. Dedication doesn’t pay the rent

The year that was – new public sector agreements On 31 March 2016 the 2012 general public sector and mental health enterprise agreements ended and ANMF (Vic Branch) negotiated new EBAs on behalf of our thousands of public sector members. ANMF (Vic Branch) members donned their red shirts with the EBA slogan ‘Value Recognise Reward’ to promote the campaign for fair enterprise agreements. Public sector nurses and midwives voted in favour of the 2016–20 enterprise agreement which will see net wage parity with NSW nurses and midwives in 2019, together with a modernisation of our career structure. An improved relationship between the ANMF (Vic Branch) and the Victorian Government since the election of the Andrews Government in November 2014 served our members well in these negotiations. In contrast to the lengthy industrial action campaign that accompanied the 2011–12 public sector EBA talks, ANMF (Vic Branch) was able to secure almost all claims in full or part with only 18 meetings, without taking significant industrial action, for the first time in 20 years. The absence of nurse/midwife: patient ratios as a bargaining chip for the Victorian Government was a clear benefit for ANMF members. With ratios secured within the 4

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Safe Patient Care Act, we no longer had to fight to keep our hard-won ratios. ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick was proud to tell members on 5 May that the Branch had negotiated an agreement which would benefit all nurses and midwives regardless of classification. Our public sector mental health campaign was more protracted, involving 125 days of industrial action. On 2 September ANMF (Vic Branch) wrote to Mental Health Minister Martin Foley requesting his intervention to encourage all parties to nominate and commit to a list of claims. With the Minister’s assistance a further five negotiation meetings took place between 8 and 12 September and an agreement was reached. After 43 meetings with the Victorian Government representatives, the Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Association, and the Health and Community Services Union, ANMF (Vic Branch) reached an agreement that will see wage increases for members in line with the general public health sector and 125.8 new mental health nurse positions over five years. The new agreement will also introduce a community workload management system that provides an approximate 60/40 split between hours spent on direct clinical and caseload commitments and organisational tasks/practitioner development time.

Enterprise agreements negotiated with Healthscope, Healthe Care and St Vincent’s Private Hospital will match the public sector nurses’ and midwives’ wage outcome. Ramsay members agreed to a new enterprise agreement which will see Ramsay nurses and midwives reach wage parity with the public sector by 29 September 2020. Cabrini management has also offered wages parity with Victorian public sector nurses and midwives. Under the agreement, Cabrini nurses and midwives will reach pay parity with Victorian public sector nurses and midwives in November 2019 and will be at or over public sector rates in December 2020. Epworth staff voted to approve an enterprise agreement which will mean wages for nurses and midwives will be slightly higher than those of Victorian public sector nurses and midwives at 1 July 2020. St John of God members voted to approve an enterprise agreement which includes wage parity with the public sector until 2020, with wage increases of between 15.9 and 27.5 per cent depending on classification. At the time of going to print, negotiations were continuing with HammondCare aged care. HammondCare employees rejected an agreement offer which would have meant pay rates six to 20 per cent below other Victorian high care facilities such as Blue Cross. Bupa Care Services’ enterprise agreement expired on 31 October and at the time of print, discussions were continuing with members and Bupa management.

Action on violence and aggression Supporting policy and actions to stop violence and aggression in the workplace was a focus of the ANMF (Vic Branch) occupational health and safety team in 2016. ANMF (Vic Branch) was represented on the Victorian Government’s Violence in Healthcare Taskforce and is now on the reference group established to oversee the taskforce’s recommendations. Health Minister Jill Hennessy launched the Violence in Healthcare Taskforce’s final report in June (available for view at

Action on aged care Aged care was a focus for ANMF campaigning nationally in 2016. In the lead-up to the federal election, ANMF launched a national campaign, ‘If you don’t care, we can’t care’ focusing on the $57 billion in healthcare funding axed by the Coalition Government. Almost 2500 people took part in a national ANMF aged care phone-in leading up to the election, with more than 93 per cent of workers and 96 per cent of community members saying the current level of funding does not meet residents’ needs. When asked to list the issues of most concern, more than 90 per cent of workers and over 92 per cent of the community nominated adequate staffing levels for providing care to residents with high care needs. ANMF (Vic Branch) made a submission to the Senate inquiry into issues facing the aged care workforce, urging action on a safe skill mix, workloads, wages and conditions and career progression. We also urged members working in the aged care sector to tell the Senate in their own words about their experiences of working in the sector. That inquiry was referred to the Community Affairs References Committee on 13 September, with the committee due to report by 28 April 2017. ANMF (Vic Branch) told the Senate inquiry that while the number of nurses and midwives stabilised nationally, the number of nurses employed by aged care providers continues to decline dramatically. Meanwhile the number of personal care workers in aged care has increased from 67,000 in 2003 to 115,000.

An independent analysis by Ansell Strategic found the Federal Government’s changes to the aged care funding instrument would slash $2 billion in funding to aged care providers over the next four years. The analysis found that from January 2017 an average 80-bed facility would lose $439,000 per year, with changes to the funding classifications meaning only 13 per cent of residents would be classified as having high complex health needs compared with 44 per cent. Some aged care providers have already signalled to ANMF that the cuts will impact on residents and staff wages. As one example, Doutta Galla wrote to ANMF (Vic Branch) saying the funding cuts would affect funding of 73-92 per cent of residents across its eight aged care facilities, with an overall budget reduction of $1.55 million in the current financial year. There was good news in the Andrews Government’s 2016–17 Budget, with the announcement of a major investment in public aged care. The government announced plans to build a $57.6 million 90-bed nursing home as part of the St George’s Hospital precinct in Kew. The new facility will also include mental health beds for the aged.

The Department of Health and Human Services has established a plan to address the systemic issues underlying occupational violence and aggression and ANMF expects the department will complete all actions within the plan by December 2018. The plan includes the roll-out of a uniform and user-friendly reporting system, a standard approach to categorising Code Grey alerts and consistent training in de-escalating aggression, security and post-incident response. Implementing the ANMF (Vic Branch) 10-point plan to end violence and aggression has been earmarked for January 2017–December 2018. ANMF (Vic Branch) encouraged staff at the 10 Victorian health services testing the new version of VHIMS incident reporting system to use the new system and provide feedback to the Department of Health and Human Services. According to the project timeline for the new VHIMS system, it will be rolled out state-wide in early 2017. The ANMF (Vic Branch) also welcomed the Auditor-General’s report Bullying and Harassment in the Health Sector which followed an audit of a number of Victorian healthcare agencies. The ANMF was disturbed but unsurprised that of the audited services, none could demonstrate a systematic or effective response to formal bullying and harassment complaints. The Auditor-General found significant under-reporting of bullying and harassment due to fear of repercussions and lack of faith the allegations would be addressed. We supported the Auditor-General’s comments that health agencies need to consider bullying and harassment within a risk management framework rather than on a case-by-case basis, and elevate to Board level the causes, prevalence and impact of bullying on employees. The ANMF (Vic Branch) held two Prevention of Workplace Bullying conferences in 2016.

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New HQ At the beginning of 2016 ANMF (Vic Branch) announced plans to build new headquarters which will feature expanded education and auditorium facilities for members and students. The new building will include a 400-seat auditorium capable of being separated into two discrete spaces, with a staircase leading to a mezzanine floor with break-out rooms and gathering spaces for conference-goers. The first levels of the building will be dedicated to education, with teaching spaces, a library and student hub. The building, which has been designed with a high level of environmental sustainability, will be opposite our current headquarters in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. It is on track to be completed by September 2017.

Diary App In 2016 the ANMF (Vic Branch) launched its new Diary App for Apple and Android phones. The app included a shift planner, a drug dosage calculation tool to support clinical practice, and links to ANMF events, publications and news. Visit for links to download from iTunes or Google Play and an instructional video about the shift planner. Watch out for exciting new versions of the app in 2017.

Documenting our history The ANMF (Vic Branch) completed two projects in 2016 documenting important campaigns by Victorian nurses and midwives. Battle: the road to ratios is a short documentary about the campaign to secure nurse/midwife: patient ratios, from the nurse shortage crisis in 2000 to the passing of the Safe Patient Care Act, which enshrined nurse/ midwife:patient ratios into law, in 2015. The story is told through interviews with current and former ANMF leaders and Job Reps, and also by the experts who have worked with us over the last 15 years and the independent journalists who have covered the issue. Battle: the road to ratios is available to view on YouTube: In 2016 we commemorated the 30th anniversary of the 1986 50-day Victorian nurses’ and midwives’ strike by producing a digital exhibition and a nine-page feature in the November edition of On the Record. The exhibition includes text, photos, news articles and a series of mini-documentaries featuring interviews with the key players in the strike and the nurses and midwives who took part, including ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick, who was then a Job Rep at Prince Henry’s Hospital. The exhibition is at


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Guest speakers at 2016 ANMF events Speakers from left to right: Dr Andrew Watkins (ANMC), Professor Anne Rafferty (ANMC), Sarah Foster, (EN Student Study Day), Stephanie Alexander (Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference)

The events of the year Thousands of ANMF (Vic Branch) members heard inspiring and informative speakers at our conferences in 2016. The Branch continued its work advocating for greater environmental sustainability in healthcare with the Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference which attracted a record number of attendees.

Jill Hennessy, former coach of the Australian women’s soccer team, Melissa Barbieri and ABC radio broadcaster Craig Hamilton who shared his story of recovery from mental illness.

Speakers shared information about environmental initiatives in Victorian hospitals such as chemical-free cleaning. Chef and founder of the Kitchen Garden Foundation Stephanie Alexander inspired attendees by saying there was no distinction between eating for health and pleasure.

The Australian Nurses and Midwives Conference (ANMC), presented by ANMF (Vic Branch) in September, offered nurses and midwives the opportunity to hear from Australian and international clinicians, academics and experts on topics including the impact of digital on the workplace, perinatal end of life decision-making, support for early career nurses and the implications of safe staffing for patient care.

Climate campaign manager for the Australian Conservation Foundation, Victoria McKenzieMcHarg spoke about building momentum towards a clean energy transformation in Australia and how Melburnians were galvanised to take to the streets in the lead-up to the Paris climate talks. At the Annual Delegates Conference, Job Reps and HSRs heard a compelling presentation from broadcaster Andrew Denton about his research into assisted dying policy, practice and legislation around the world. ANMF has since teamed up with the organisation Go Gentle Australia, founded by Mr Denton, in the ‘Be the Bill’ campaign which lobbied for the passing of assisted dying legislation in South Australia. Speakers at the Annual Delegates Conference also included Victorian Health Minister

The occupational health and safety team presented the latest evidence and best practice around managing fatigue in the healthcare sector in the Working hours, shifts and fatigue conferences held in 2016. In our two Prevention of Workplace Bullying conferences, experts gave nurses and midwives and HSRs up-to-date information about preventing and managing bullying. Students about to graduate from bachelor of nursing degrees and enrolled nursing diplomas gained valuable information about their future careers at our Student Study Day and Enrolled Nurse Student Study Day.

Support for greater home birth safety ANMF (Vic Branch) renewed its calls for greater regulation of homebirth midwifery following the Victorian Coroner’s inquest findings into the death of Caroline Lovell, who died in 2012 during a home birth. The Coroner Peter White released his report in March into the death of Ms Lovell, whose home birth was attended by midwives Gaye Demanuele and Melody Bourne. The Coroner found the management of the birth by Ms Demanuele, who was the primary midwife, ‘inadequate’ and marked by multiple failings. The ANMF (Victorian Branch) concurred with the Coroner that midwifery services for homebirths should be undertaken by highly trained, experienced and accredited practitioners. At the time of providing midwifery services to Ms Lovell, Ms Demanuele was registered

but removed herself from the register after Ms Lovell’s death. The Victorian Government has since introduced the Health Complaints Act 2016 and a Health Complaints Commissioner (see page 9) with powers that include the ability to prohibit from practising unethical, impaired or incompetent health services practitioners who are unregulated under the National Law. The ANMF (Vic Branch) also worked with Northern Health to develop a pilot program, now underway, that enables pregnant women to be cared for during labour and birth by a private midwife in hospital.

Under the pilot program guidelines, if a patient’s condition becomes complex and beyond the midwifery scope of practice, the midwife will consult with a doctor or refer the patient to a doctor.

The ANMF (Vic Branch) contributed to the Department of Health and Human Services’ new service and infrastructure plan for Victoria’s maternity and newborn system.

system-wide reforms. We also recommended that an audit of 2015’s incident reporting data be undertaken.

Support for quality midwifery services in 2016 The ANMF (Vic Branch) urged midwives to report clinical risks ‘early and often’ following a series of tragic events and near-misses within Victorian maternity wards in recent years. The Department of Health and Human Services commissioned an independent review after being notified of a cluster of perinatal deaths at Djerriwarrh Health Services during 2013 and 2014. At Bacchus Marsh Hospital, a change of its management team together with an overhaul of policies and procedures has since taken place. In 2016 serious clinical risk issues in a number of maternity wards came to light and ANMF (Vic Branch) worked with midwives to raise management awareness of the risks and demand they be addressed. ANMF members passed resolutions at West Gippsland Hospital, Mercy Heidelberg and Mercy Werribee relating to inadequate staffing and concern about midwives’ ability to manage clinical risk. Meetings at Barwon Health and Mildura were also conducted and highlighted members’ concerns.

The Branch nominated improved midwifery staffing and funding models for antenatal clinics, postnatal and neonatal care in the home, and neonates being cared for in the postnatal ward as priorities for the department to address in its

ANMF (Vic Branch) advised Victorian nurses and midwives that while the department moves to implement system-wide reforms, we encourage midwives and neonatal nurses to report clinical risk incidents to management.

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Member profile – Kim Pentreath

Kim Pentreath began working for Bendigo Hospital 16 years ago. In that time, our planet has experienced the 10 warmest years in a 134-year record, with 1998 being the one exception.* Like many of her colleagues, Ms Pentreath is climate-savvy and well aware of the health profession’s role in contributing to global warming. ‘As nurses working on the wards we’re very much aware of our responsibilities of being healthcare providers. Certainly there’s a lot more literature, a lot more conferences that we attend,’ she said. ‘We talk about waste and waste management because healthcare is a huge contributor of waste.’

• r ainwater to be collected from the roof for flushing toilets, cooling towers and irrigating grounds and gardens • An organic recycling unit in the kitchen which will process food waste to produce a soil conditioning product which can be used as fertilizer on the hospital gardens • d esign with targets for energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Ms Pentreath has been involved in the rebuild as a member of the Bendigo Hospital team in equipment procurement, advising on clinical needs in consultation with LendLease and the Department of Health and Human Services. ‘As the clinical experts in the procurement of new equipment we would have regular meetings with our teams about what our requirements were for the new Bendigo Hospital,’ Ms Pentreath said.

It’s one reason why Ms Pentreath, a nurse unit manager in anaesthetics and recovery at Bendigo Health, is excited that Bendigo Hospital has been rebuilt from the ground up with energy efficiency in mind.

‘In building a new hospital you don’t realise so many things have to be taken into consideration but it looks fantastic. We’re really excited about moving into a brand new facility.’

The environmentally sustainable features of the new Bendigo Hospital include:

With Bendigo Health servicing a wide geographic area of nearly 57,000 square kilometres – 26 per cent of Victoria – the hospital was due for an overhaul.

• 770 solar panels on the rooftop expected to generate 259,700 kilowatts of electricity per year • e xtensive landscaping and gardens across the hospital precinct • m aximisation of natural light and use of high efficiency LED lighting set to timers and movement sensors where possible • a n environmental display screen to inform staff and the public how the building is performing in terms of water and energy efficiency, energy generation and waste segregation


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‘We just outgrew our hospital,’ Ms Pentreath said. The new hospital will be a highly digital environment, progressing to electronic medical records by 2018, a move Ms Pentreath also welcomes from an environmentally sustainable perspective. ‘As a nurse, how many pages and pages of notes have I written over the years? If it can be securely held on a digital platform, it’s got to be better for the

environment as well,’ she said. ‘I think it’s the way of the future.’ The move to the new hospital will take place on 24 January, with all patients shifting to the new building on that date. Hospital staff have undertaken simulations of the move to prepare. ‘We’re currently training our ‘super users’ in how to use the new equipment and in theatre we’ve procured a lot of new equipment… something like 80 per cent of our equipment is going to be brand new,’ Ms Pentreath said. The new-world environment of the hospital will include hand-held devices that staff will use to request services of ancillary staff, or to trigger emergency notifications such as a Code Blue or Code Grey. As a nurse unit manager for 16 months Ms Pentreath is looking forward to settling into her role within the new building. A Job Rep and member of the ANMF (Vic Branch) Council, Ms Pentreath is a diehard ANMF member who grew up in a union family. She also recognises that her career has benefitted from the campaigns of ANMF members before her, particularly for recognition of accumulated skills and experience. Ms Pentreath has a Masters in Perioperative Nursing. ‘Postgraduate study is expensive and it’s good to be recognised both professionally and from a remuneration perspective for a Masters or PhD. It does encourage junior nurses when there is some recognition,’ she said. * Source:

Annual reports paint a violent picture Health services’ annual reports showed there were 8627 reports of occupational violence in hospitals in the year to July 2016, according to The Age newspaper. Of those incidents, 1166 cases resulted in staff injury or illness. The hospital with the largest number of reports in the year was Ballarat Hospital where there was the equivalent of two reported attacks on staff each day or 851. In metropolitan Melbourne, Peninsula Health had the highest rate of violent incidents, with 719 in total, or one for every five staff. Both organisations claimed that management’s encouragement of incident reporting accounted for the high number of incidents, The Age reported. ANMF (Vic Branch) commented that serious violence at work changed nurses’ and midwives’ lives forever. ANMF said that the Victorian health system was in an important

transition phase moving beyond encouraging reporting incidents of violence to actually stopping violence against nurses and midwives. In an earlier media release about the release of the Victorian Government’s Violence in Healthcare Taskforce Report, ANMF (Vic Branch) welcomed recommendations which would address changes needed for a systemic and cultural transformation of health services. One of the actions recommended by the Violence in Healthcare Taskforce was requiring all health services to report occupational violence incidents within their annual reports.

New law will improve patient protections New laws will come into effect early next year designed to protect patients and clients from unregulated health service providers including those who have been deregistered. ANMF held a seminar last month to assist midwives, graduates and midwifery students understand the implications of the new Health Complaints Act when it comes into effect on 1 February 2017. Opening the seminar ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said the union was a strong supporter of the new laws and the new protections provided to often vulnerable people. Jill Hennessy, Victorian Health Minister

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the modernisation of the health complaints system would remove the tight restrictions on who was able to make a complaint or initiate an investigation. Ms Hennessy said the current laws only allowed the person who received the health service to make a complaint and if the health service provider was unregulated they had to use consumer law to seek recourse which was difficult. The new laws would particularly cover the ‘charlatan end’ that offered ‘cures for cancer and autism’ and ‘sexuality conversion’ to vulnerable people, she said. Anyone, including those who work in a health service, will now be able to make a complaint about a health service under the new law. Health Services Commissioner Dr Grant Davies told the seminar the new laws would give his office new powers to protect the public.

Dr Grant Davies, Health Services Commissioner

For the first time under the new laws Dr Davies said his office will be able to

initiate its own investigations particularly where a pattern of complaints indicated something was not quite right. Importantly the new Health Complaints Commissioner will be able to investigate without receiving a complaint and will have the power to conduct hearings, compel people to attend and compel documents. La Trobe University’s Professor of Midwifery Sue McDonald discussed the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s decisionmaking framework and scope of practice for midwives. She emphasised the beginning midwife’s scope of practice was very different to the experienced midwife. Victorian Coroner Audrey Jamieson, who revealed she and her siblings were all born at home, said she had affection for the choice if appropriate. Ms Jamieson reminded midwives, working in any setting, that they could contact the Victorian Coroner’s office if they were concerned about whether a death at work was ‘reportable’ and required investigation. With her ‘lawyer’s hat’ on, Ann Catchlove, a solicitor and consumer advocate, said some midwives had a misguided belief that they had a duty of care to support a woman who chose a risky birth. There is no legal basis to this so called ‘duty’,’ Ms Catchlove said, ‘So don’t be confused about what your duty of care is. It’s a duty to provide safe and reasonable care.’

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Were you one of the thousands of ANMF members who attended our conferences and forums in 2016? We’re looking forward to inspiring and informing you in 2017 with these events: Sustainability and Wellness Conference Thursday 27 and Friday 28 April

Annual Delegates Conference 22 and 23 June

Psychosocial hazards in the workplace conference 12 May

EN Student Study Day 14 July

Student Study Day 19 May

Australian Nurses and Midwives Conference 21 and 22 September

Download the ANMF (Vic Branch) Diary App on iTunes or Google Play Our events will automatically appear in the app calendar. You can also use the handy shift planner to keep track of your shifts. From all of us at ANMF (Vic Branch), we wish you a happy and healthy 2017 Special interest groups Visit for all upcoming ANMF (Vic Branch) special interest group news, events and meetings. Advance Care Planning Nurses (ACPN)

Immunisation Nurses Topic:

End of Year Cocktail Party and Members meeting When: Thursday 1 December, 6.30pm – 10pm Registration from 6.30pm Speakers begin at 7.15pm Venue: Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House Inq: INSIG administration,

Topic: Executive committee meeting When: Thursday 1 December, 2pm – 4pm Venue: Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House Topic: Members Meeting When: Thursday 1 December, 4pm – 6pm Venue: Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House Inq: Anne Marie Fabri, Secretary 9495 3235

Injured Nurses Support Group



Inq: Milena Pinamonti 0466 280 445

CoNSA Vic/Tas


Day Surgery

Inq: Chris Guidotti

Diabetes Nurse Educators

Inq: Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson 0411 557 631

Topic: When: Venue: Inq:

Members meeting Tuesday, 20 December 11.00am – 12.30pm (Committee Meeting 10.15am) Carson Conference Centre Annie Rutter 1300 760 602

Medical Imaging Nurses Association

Deborah Shears

Mental Health Nurses SIG

Inq: Carole de Greenlaw

Orthopaedic Nurses Association

Topic: Christmas Quiz Night When: TBC Venue: Carson Conference Centre Inq: Cheryl Dingey 9345 7027 Meinir Griffiths 9342 8417

Palliative Care Nurses Inq:

Carole de Greenlaw

Pre-Admission Nurses Association

Inq: Kate Hussey

Safe Patient Handling Inq:

Stephen Morley

Victorian Association Of Maternal and Child Health Nurses Inq: VAMCHN executive

Victorian Association Of Research Nurses Inq: Lesley Poulton

Victorian Midwifery Homecare Group Topic: When:

Venue: Inq:

Members meeting Wednesday 7 December, 10.30am – 12.30pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House Ingrid Ridler

Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group Inq: 1300 721 169

Victorian School Nurses Inq:

Gina Harrex 0401 717 352

Vic Urological Nurses Society


ANMF House is located at 540 Elizabeth St Melbourne


December 2016

Job Representatives 2017 program overview Regional seminars As in previous years, ANMF (Vic Branch) senior officials (either Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick Assistant Secretary Paul Gilbert or Assistant Secretary Pip Carew) will be delivering a series of seminars throughout regional Victoria, aimed at providing Job Reps with an update on ANMF plans for 2017 and beyond, EBA updates and any specific activities within your region and involving the ANMF. Your organiser will also be in attendance.

8 February, 3-5pm, Echuca 8 February, 3-5pm, Geelong 9 February, 3-5pm, Wangaratta 9 February, 3-5pm, Warrnambool 10 February, 3-5pm, Bendigo 13 February, 3-5pm, Mildura 17 February, 3-5pm, Ballarat 20 February, 3-5pm, Latrobe Job Reps are invited to stay after the completion of each seminar for a complimentary happy hour to be held between 5 – 6pm.

Your Union, Your Role – an Introduction for Job Representatives

Keeping It Organised – organiser and network specific training

This program provides new Job Reps with the basic information they need to know about the Branch, the role of unions and the role of the ANMF Job Representative and is designed to send new Job Reps back to their workplaces with sufficient knowledge, information and resources to begin being active.

This two-day Job Rep program builds on the skills and knowledge gained from our previous Workplace Organising/ Keeping It Organised programs.

Next year this program will include both an online module as well as one day of face-toface training and Job Reps will be required to complete the online module before they can register for the classroom training. More details, dates and registration links will be available on the ANMF website early in 2017.

Register online For registrations or information about any of this Job Rep training you can:

Nurses, midwives and personal care workers are exposed to many hazards including manual handling, violence and aggression, bullying and harassment, stress, shiftwork, hazardous substances and infectious diseases. HSRs are the highly dedicated representatives who work to maintain a safe and professional workplace. Become an HSR or upgrade your HSR skills at one of our courses listed below. Under Section 67 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, HSRs and Deputy HSRs, after being elected, are entitled to attend a five-day course. The course must be WorkSafe approved and chosen by the HSR in consultation with their employer. The HSR is entitled to time off work with pay and the costs associated with attendance at the course paid by the employer. Under OHS legislation and guidelines, employers must not obstruct or prevent Health and Safety Representatives from attending an approved course.

It will involve learning practical skills in problem solving to address specific workplace issues, strategies for effectively monitoring the implementation of enterprise agreement entitlements at the local level, as well as the development of specific workplace organising plans. Job Reps need to register for the specific program based on their industrial organiser grouping. Please check the ANMF (Vic Branch) website for more details and dates:

• Go to the website at • Phone 03 9275 9333 or 1800 133 353 (for regional reps) and ask for Job Rep training • Email

Please note attendance at regional seminars does not qualify for paid union training leave or ANMF supplied accommodation.

OHS courses

The aim of this program is to provide skill development, dedicated time and ongoing support for Job Reps working to build the profile, presence and activity of the ANMF within your workplace.

The day was excellent, very informative and not as daunting as I thought it would be. I now know what my obligations are and where I can go for further information. – Joy Rutter (Castlemaine Health)

HSR Refresher OHS Training Course (WorkSafe Victoria Approved) Date: 2 March 2017 Time: 9am – 5pm Venue: Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melb Cost: $250 (payable by employer) Register:

HSR Initial OHS Training Course (WorkSafe Victoria Approved) Date: 15, 16, 17, 30 and 31 March 2017 Time: 9am – 5pm each day Venue: Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melb Cost: $750 (payable by employer) Register:

This one-day refresher course relates specifically to health and aged care workplaces, with a strong focus on issues and hazards relevant to nursing and midwifery, and is designed to refresh HSRs’ knowledge and understanding of the OHS regulatory framework.

This course relates specifically to health and aged care workplaces, with a strong focus on issues and hazards relevant to nursing and midwifery, and is designed to equip elected HSRs and Deputy HSRs with an understanding of the OHS regulatory framework.

For further details about the 2017 OHS training and conferences please visit the ANMF website:

It is also designed to provide participants with the skills required to implement effective hazard control strategies in the workplace.

December 2016


Education calendar RN M     

2-day paediatric ALS courses commence in 2017 ANMF (Vic Branch) professional development program is introducing a number of new seminars and workshops in 2017 including nursing leadership and relationship/conflict resolution, environmental sustainability in health and more varied training in continence management. As we develop the program and engage industry leaders in the delivery we continue to be committed to providing opportunities for members to access to affordable, quality professional development ANMF (Vic Branch) is pleased to be introducing, in partnership with the ACCCN, paediatric advanced life support courses in 2017. Further information about the course structure will appear in the calendar, however courses will be run in June: Monday 19 and Monday 26, September: Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 November: Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 For more information, contact the ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre: .

January 2017 RN   Adult ALS certification:

2-day program CPD: 12 hours, course code: 3905 18 and 25 January 2017 9am-5pm Presenter ACCCN accredited trainers

February 2017 RN EN     

IV cannulation for registered nurses and midwives CPD: 6 hours, course code: 4057 2 February 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Kate Potter This seminar will focus on the process and procedure for inserting peripheral IV in the adult patient. It includes an overview of relevant anatomy, selection of insertion sites and cannula, insertion techniques, infection control, common problems and corrective action. Identification of appropriate equipment, specific cannulation techniques and participant practice will be conducted utilising manikin simulation. Please note: this is not an accredited course.

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 M   An update on pre-eclampsia

CPD: 3 hours, course code: 4058 13 February 2017 9.00am-noon Presenter Dr Wendy Pollock Pre-eclampsia is a complex, multi-system disorder that affects between five to eight per cent of all pregnant women. This session will provide an update on our understanding of pre-eclampsia and discuss priorities of management related to prevention of the condition, recognition of the condition, acute treatment and long-term implications of the condition for women.

Member $115, Non-member $200, Job Rep or SIG member $105

ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre is working in partnership with the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses to deliver the ACCCN accredited ALS course.

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This course is most suitable for those with little or no experience/knowledge of ALS or those wanting a comprehensive update. Prior reading is expected.

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 3981 16 February 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Jenny Poulter

This two-day Adult Advanced Life Support program is for healthcare professionals who are required to provide Adult Basic and Advanced Life Support in a clinical setting. The program incorporates theoretical lectures, clinical skill stations and scenarios.

Designed to assist nurses to revisit the principles of documenting care and other activities in an objective and concise manner within the context of a diverse range of readers, this course covers the importance of transparency, clarity and positive patient/ client/family and health care outcomes in an increasingly litigious health care environment.

A total of 16 CPD hours are assigned to this program (based on 12 hours program contact and 4 hours self-directed learning).

ANMF/ACCCN member $360, Non-member $470


December 2016

The principles of documentation in the current nursing environment

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180

Course key ALL Course available to all nurses, midwives, PCAs and AINs RN Course available to registered nurses EN Course available to enrolled nurses M Course available to midwives RN EN     

Venipuncture, conducting a 12 lead ECG and contemporary pathology collection CPD: 6 hours, course code: 4006 17 February 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Kate Potter This workshop delivers a comprehensive one-day program relating to venipuncture and conducting a 12-lead electrocardiogram. A wide range of practical training aids for blood collection is provided, and the program allows participants to undertake practice of the relevant techniques under guided supervision in a simulated clinical environment. It is a must for nurses who are required to perform phlebotomy and undertake 12-lead ECG recording as part of their role.

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 RN EN     

ACFI for registered and enrolled nurses CPD: 6 hours, course code: 3986 17 February 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Margaret Lang Any nurse working in aged care will encounter ACFI, this seminar explores all ACFI business rules, a comprehensive breakdown of the 12 ACFI questions and a practical review of compiling and completing an ACFI appraisal pack.

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 RN   Adult advanced life support:

1 day recertification CPD: 10 hours (6 hours training and 4 hours self-directed learning), course code: 4059 22 February 2017 9am-5pm Presented by Australian College of Critical Care Nurses certified ALS trainers This one day recertification is suitable for those working in a critical care environment and/or who have previously attended an ALS course and require an annual update.

ACCCN recommends annual recertification in ALS and offers this one-day theoretical and practical adult ALS recertification program for healthcare professionals. The content covered is the same as the 2-day course above but at a faster pace, so prior knowledge of ALS is required. The morning is a review of ALS content with the opportunity to apply those concepts in practice scenarios. The theoretical and scenario training for recertification will follow in the afternoon.

Member $210, Non-member $310 RN EN     

Law and ethics for registered and enrolled nurses CPD: 12 hours, course code: 3975 23 February and 2 March 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Jenny Poulter Law and ethics directly impacts nursing and midwifery practice in a myriad of ways. This seminar is designed to refresh nurses’ understanding of the fundamentals of the law and the legislation that impacts on nursing practice. Included is an outline of legal precepts, documents, scope of practice of registered and enrolled nurses and the legal and ethical principles of nursing practice. This course is also applicable to midwives.

Member $380, Non-member $500, Job Rep or SIG member $360 RN EN     

Principles and practice of aseptic technique and infection control CPD: 6 hours, course code: 3978 28 February 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Jenny Poulter This workshop will review healthcare related infections and the infection control practices that help minimise the spread of infection. Risk management procedures including standard precautions, transmission based precautions and asepsis are also covered with an emphasis on the practical application of knowledge and skills.

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180

March 2017

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A palliative approach for aged care

Journey down under – the causes and treatments of urinary incontinence

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 3995 8 March 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Dr Rosalie Hudson

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 4060 1 March 2017 9am–4pm Presenter Lisa Wragg, Continence Foundation of Australia, Victorian Branch

This seminar focuses on skill development for nurses providing end-of-life care for older people. The emphasis of a palliative approach will be on the slow decline experienced by many older people with chronic illnesses.

Developing urinary incontinence is socially and emotionally confronting at any age. This proactive and interactive workshop is will cover the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor and lower urinary tract and the common causes of incontinence in both males and females. Focusing on early intervention to treat, manage and cure incontinence this is an important seminar for all health professionals. All participants will leave this workshop with skills to identify and recruit their pelvic floor muscles; have an understanding of the psychosocial issues associated with incontinence, commonly used gadgets and gizmos and how to access financial assistance.

The final phase of life will also be addressed, with information on pain and symptom management drawn from the latest research. A holistic approach will include ethical issues and psycho-social, emotional and spiritual components of care, as well as physical.


Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 ALL   

ICE/methamphetamine addiction seminar – nurse/midwife program CPD: 3 hours 7 March 2017 Session 1, course code: 3910 9.30am-12.30pm Session 2, course code: 3911 1.30pm-4.30pm Presenter Sharon Patterson Location: ANMF House, Melbourne ANMF (Vic Branch) is excited to partner with Turning Point to deliver this fully funded program focusing on ICE/methamphetamine use in Australia, the science of addiction and effects of methamphetamine on brain and behaviour, and ICE use and mental health. These face-to-face seminars are designed to complement the standard Frontline Worker Ice Training Package released earlier this year. Nurses and midwives can register for these sessions through the ANMF (Vic Branch) website or by filling in the OTR registration form on the inside back cover. This seminar is fully funded by the Andrews Government as an outcome of the Premier’s Ice Action Taskforce and is limited to 20 people, so places will fill fast.

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 RN   Foundations of pharmacology

and medication administration for registered nurses CPD: 24 hours, course code: 3973 9, 16, 23, 30 March 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Jennifer Irwin Maintaining your knowledge regarding the underpinning information associated with medication administration can be challenging, this four day course revises your knowledge of pharmacology and medication administration. Topics include pharmacology and adverse drug reactions as well as an overview of common medications using a systems approach.

Member $700, Non-member $900, Job Rep or SIG member $650 RN EN     

Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration CPD: 6 hours, course code: 4002 14 March 2017 9am-4.30pm Presenter Simon Plapp, President ACCCN (Vic Branch) This new workshop explores the important aspects of early recognition and management of deterioration in patients in acute care. Important to NSQHS Standard 9: Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration in acute health care, this workshop provides an important perspective on patient assessment. Through case studies the course focuses on: • Who is at risk? • The signs and symptoms that should “worry” you? • How to manage care in a timely and effective manner?

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180

December 2016


RN EN     

Management of chronic/ persistent pain in older people CPD: 6 hours, course code: 4000 15 March 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Dr Rosalie Hudson Many older people needing nursing care suffer from one or more serious, chronic illnesses that are characterised by pain. How is this pain assessed and how are appropriate interventions identified, particularly for those with cognitive impairment? This seminar focuses on advanced skills development for nurses caring for older people who suffer from chronic/persistent pain.

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 ALL   

The importance of documenting nursing care within the aged care environment CPD: 6 hours, course code: 3991 17 March 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Margaret Lang This seminar highlights the importance of an understanding of the significance of accurate documentation in aged care, and identifies the when, why and what of documentation with regard to client care, funding and legal issues. This seminar will include a discussion on the ACFI and Aged Care Accreditation Standards and the principles of an effective handover.

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 RN   Medication administration –

principles and practice revisited CPD: 12 hours, course code: 3992 21 and 28 March 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Sue Pleunik This two-day workshop is designed to update the registered nurse’s skills in

medication administration. Topics covered include administration via all five routes, drug calculations and managing IV pumps, syringe drivers and PCA systems.

Member $380, Non-member $500, Job Rep or SIG member $360 RN   ECG – recording and interpretation

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 4061 23 March 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Kate Potter This workshop will include a thorough examination of recording and interpreting ECGs and is suitable for registered nurses. The day includes an overview of cardiac anatomy and physiology, ECG recording and trace interpretation and defining common arrhythmias – cause, presentation and management.

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 ALL   

ICE/methamphetamine addiction seminar – nurse/midwife program CPD: 3 hours 27 March 2017 Session 1, course code: 3912 9.30am-12.30pm Session 2, course code: 3913 1.30pm-4.30pm Presenter Sharon Patterson Location: ANMF House, Melbourne

website or by filling in the OTR registration form on the inside back cover. This seminar is fully funded by the Andrews Government as an outcome of the Premier’s Ice Action Taskforce and is limited to 20 people, so places will fill fast ALL   

Relationship management in the healthcare sector CPD: 6 hours, course code: 3969 30 March 2017 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Bonnie Miller, Director, The Value Creation Group This new seminar examines opportunities for nurses to develop collaborative relationships by discussing and understanding relationship and conflict management in the healthcare environment. Whether you would like to understand the underlying causes of conflict, be informed on how to negotiate good outcomes, or learn how to best manage common responses to conflict, this seminar will equip you to engage in constructive relationship management.

Member $190, Non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180

ANMF (Vic Branch) is excited to partner with Turning Point to deliver this fully funded program focusing on ICE/methamphetamine use in Australia, the science of addiction and effects of methamphetamine on brain and behaviour, and ICE use and mental health. These face-to-face seminars are designed to complement the standard Frontline Worker Ice Training Package released earlier this year. Nurses and midwives can register for these sessions through the ANMF (Vic Branch)

Gestational Diabetes Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as “carbohydrate intolerance of variable severity with onset or first recognition occurring in pregnancy”. In this module you will learn about the incidence of GDM and its risk factors, the pathophysiology of GDM, the diagnostic criteria, and other key principles.


December 2016

Type 1 Diabetes This module is to provide nurses with information about the pathophysiology of type 1 diabetes and its management. Type 2 Diabetes Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes accounting for 85-90% of cases. This module will discuss the management of type 2 diabetes.

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Don’t miss out out on these two ANMF 2017 conferences Nurses and Midwives Wellness Conference Thursday 27 April 2017 8 hours CPD GUEST SPEAKER: Clare Bowditch Clare Bowditch is one of Australia’s most successful ARIA award winning songwriters, a Logie-nominated actor (Channel 10’s Offspring), and the founder of Big Hearted Business. She has had Top Ten albums and has been named Rolling Stone Woman of the Year, among a list of many other achievements. Clare will share her honest, powerful solutions for those seeking work, life and family balance and her personal story of finding life’s path.

Build motivation, develop mindfulness techniques and learn about activities that help build resilience to deal with life’s inevitable challenges The fourth Wellness Conference, presented by the ANMF and Nursing and Midwifery Health Program, is an opportunity for health professionals to learn useful tools for staying well in mind and body.

Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference Friday 28 April 2017 7 hours CPD GUEST SPEAKER: Jamie Durie Jamie Durie is a qualified horticulturalist and multi-award winning international landscape designer. Furthermore, Jamie is an advocate for conserving our natural surroundings and environmental future. He trained with former US Vice President Al Gore as a Climate Project Presenter, and is an Ambassador for PLAN International, Planet Ark, National Tree Day, the Forest Stewardship Council and Earth Hour. Jamie will speak about living a healthy life in a healthy environment.

Join the growing movement of health professionals who are shining a light on the impact of climate change and fighting for the health and wellbeing of future generations At the 2017 Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference you’ll hear from Environmentalist and TV personality, Jamie Durie and esteemed Nobel Laureate and former Australian of the Year Professor Peter Doherty. You will also hear from nurses, midwives, sustainability officers and educators on the importance of doing everything we can to slow climate change and deliver green health services. Learn about how easy, clean and cost effective the solutions can be.

Save $95 and register for both conferences $295 + 15 hours CPD One day registration (for either Conference) $195 Register at

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