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ANMF (Vic Branch) to get a new HQ

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We congratulate student award winners

Family violence and sexual assault - know what to do

What is forensic nursing?

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540 Elizabeth Street Melbourne Vic 3000

Know your entitlements

Inside this edition

2 Know your entitlements 3 Secretary’s report

Classification and pay point progression for nurses and midwives Alison O’Gorman, Information Officer


4 ANMF (Vic Branch) to build new HQ

Grades and levels – what does it all mean?

5 Police officer thanks nurse Clare • IPHOA

As a nurse or midwife your classification not only reflects your role and level of responsibility but also, in many cases, your years of experience as a nurse or midwife, and hence your salary.

In focus

‘Grades/levels’ are reflective of the role and/ or responsibility and/or qualifications of the nurse or midwife who holds the position.

• ANMF (Vic Branch) Diary App now available •We congratulate student award winners closes Essendon Private

6 Nursing, family violence and sexual

assault – know what to do • New crop of NMHPV Champions

7 New VHIMS system being developed 8 A forensic approach to nursing 9 Vale Barbara Carson • Special Interest Groups

10 Job Rep Training courses • Special Interest Groups

11 Education calendar

‘Year levels’ or ‘increments’ are reflective of the years of experience you have as a nurse or midwife working within a specific grade/ level. ANMF members can access pay scales specific to their workplace by visiting the ANMF Member Portal on the ANMF (Vic Branch) website Remember that the information you see on the Member Portal is specific to the information you provide regarding your workplace, so it is important to keep us up to date with changes to your workplace or the member-specific information may not be accurate. Public sector, private and aged care Within the public sector, where grades or levels have ‘increments’, employers are required to review increments each year on the anniversary of starting work with that employer. Your increment progresses if you have completed a year of experience (as defined below).*

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According to clause 4 (m) Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2012–2016, a year of experience means experience gained from working an average of three shifts or more per week in a year. If you average less than three shifts per week or 48 hours per fortnight (whichever is the lesser), you will need to complete an additional year to advance. Clause 47 (b) of the Victorian Public Mental Health Services Enterprise Agreement 20122016 has a similar definition‘Where allowance and salary increments are provided for an Employee’s classification, the Employee shall be entitled to progress through the annual increments on the anniversary of their employment, subject

to the following:(i) an Employee who has worked an average of 24 hours per week, or less, in a year shall be required to work a further twelve months before being eligible for advancement to the next succeeding experience increment (if any),within the grade in which the Employee is employed.’ *It is important to note that the increments are capped – for example, a Grade 2 nurse cannot progress past Year 10, while a Grade 3 cannot progress past Year 2. Definitions regarding specific grades and what grades apply to you are contained within the Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2012 -2016 Clauses 39 and 40. If during the year you perform duties in a higher grade, this experience counts towards your substantive grade experience. Most private sector employers, including aged care facilities, apply the same principles as the public sector but for specific details please check your workplace enterprise agreement via the Member Portal at www. Nurses Award 2010 The Nurses Award 2010 applies similar principles but please note that the award’s definition of a year of experience differs, with the annual requirement at 1786 hours. For members employed under the Nurses Award 2010 the following applies: Progression through pay points Progression for all classifications for which there is more than one pay point will be by annual movement to the next pay point, or in the case of a part-time or casual employee 1786 hours of experience, having regard to the acquisition and use of skill (described in the definitions contained in clause Schedule B of the Nurses Award 2010—Classification Definitions) and knowledge gained through experience in the practice settings over such a period. *Please note that if you do not meet the hours requirement on your anniversary date, you should progress as soon as you reach that requirement, without needing to wait for the next anniversary date.

Secretary’s report

Your ANMF Lisa Fitzpatrick, State Secretary

Paul Gilbert,

Assistant Secretary

Pip Carew,

Assistant Secretary

2016 - the year of new enterprise agreements Lisa Fitzpatrick

Welcome to the start of another exciting year. On behalf of everyone at the ANMF (Vic Branch), I hope you had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. 2016 is going to be another vitally important year for our members as we commence negotiations for approximately 84 enterprise agreements, covering over 700 workplaces, with the outcome affecting over 51,000 of our nurse, midwife and carer members. Negotiating these agreements in the public, private, local government and nongovernment sectors will undoubtedly require ANMF members to once again band together and assist us achieve great outcomes on your behalf. The current public sector and mental health enterprise agreements have an expiry date of 31 March 2016 and negotiations have commenced, to improve wages and working conditions into the future. The new logs of claims seek to increase salaries across the public and mental health sectors. We are working to ensure that wages are increased to reflect our interstate counterparts. The ANMF (Vic Branch) is also seeking to remove the 50 per cent rule in the public sector agreement, which has been abused by many employers who have sought to limit the nurse/midwife: patient ratios on wards with the budget as their bottom line, rather than the safe and manageable workload of their staff. Within the mental health sector log of claims ANMF (Vic Branch) members are seeking to have mandated nurse: patient ratios in bedbased services. Mental health members want to protect staffing levels to the same extent as their general public sector colleagues and we believe we have an opportunity to make this happen in 2016. With this in mind, I want to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of nurses and midwives who voted ‘Yes’ to varying the current enterprise agreement so that the new ratio legislation could take over as the legal instrument mandating nurse: patient

ratios. The proclamation of this law has now taken place, marking a new beginning in Victorian nursing and midwifery history. Now that nurse/midwife: patient ratios are law, we are able to pursue improvements to ratios outside of enterprise bargaining. We will be entering into discussions with the Victorian Government, seeking a comprehensive suite of ratio improvements, consistent with its election commitment to Victorian nurses and midwives. These improvements reflect numerous past ANMF Delegates Conference resolutions for the introduction of ratios, or improvements in current ratios. The log of claims also includes a provision for the introduction of domestic violence leave and a system to underpin it. Nurses and midwives not only care for women who have been abused and at risk, but many experience violence within their own relationships. It is imperative that the progress made in 2015, through campaigns like Rosie Batty’s Never Alone, continues and domestic violence is drastically reduced across Australia. On pages 6-7, read about how you as a nurse or midwife can identify and respond to patients who may have experienced family violence or sexual assault. As promised, the ANMF (Vic Branch) released the Diary App for members. The state of the art diary was designed specifically to help our members organise their busy lives and we have had a fantastic uptake in the short time it’s been available. We also begin the year with a full calendar of events planned. Members are reminded to book in early for the Health and Environmental Sustainability Conference on 29 April – please check the ANMF website for more information. Finally, I would like to welcome our new graduate members who are commencing their first year of work as registered nurses, midwives and enrolled nurses. We are here to support you and encourage you to use all the membership services available to you.

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News ANMF (Vic Branch) to build new headquarters Construction work has begun on new ANMF (Vic Branch) headquarters which will feature expanded education and auditorium facilities for members and students. ANMF (Vic Branch) has committed to a high level of environmental sustainability in the design, construction and use of the new building, which will be opposite our current location in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. The architecture firm contracted for the design, Crone Architecture, is using the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star rating tool to achieve a five star rating for environmentally sustainability, which will entail efficient use of energy and water, and

waste management initiatives. The ANMF (Vic Branch) building will be required to achieve a minimum 4.5 star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy efficiency rating. The building will include a rooftop solar power generation system capable of producing 177 kilowatts of power per day, as well as ground-level bike parking and showering facilities for cyclists. The new ANMF (Vic Branch) building will include a 400-seat auditorium at ground level capable of being separated into two discrete spaces, with a feature staircase leading to a mezzanine floor with break-out rooms and

gathering spaces for conferences and other education events. The auditorium will be located within the light-filled atrium entrance to the building. The first level of the building will be devoted to education, with teaching spaces, a library and student hub conveniently located on one floor. On the second level of the building there will be two eight-bed simulation labs where nursing students can learn practical skills in a realistic clinical setting. It is anticipated the new building will be completed by September 2017.

ANMF (Vic Branch) Diary App now available The ANMF diary has had a 21st century make-over. The new ANMF (Vic Branch) Diary App is available for download to your Apple or Android phones. The easy-to-use app includes a shift planner and drug dosage calculation tool, plus links to ANMF news, events, publications and occupational violence reporting. Bear in mind that the drug dosage calculator is meant as an educational tool to support you in your clinical practice, not for use in a clinical setting. The first version of the app, for Apple phones, was released in December, with the release of the Android version following recently. To be able to download the Apple version from Apple’s App Store, you will need an Apple ID and iTunes account and your ANMF membership number and password to log in to the app. As well as recording your upcoming shifts, you can integrate your own electronic diary into the shift planner, enabling you to see your personal events alongside your shifts. You can also set reminder alerts for your shifts. ANMF events will automatically appear in your diary when we update the app.

We congratulate student award winners ANMF (Vic Branch) congratulates all winners of the First State Super and ANMF Student Awards. Toward the end of the academic year the ANMF contacts the nursing and midwifery faculty of each University, TAFE and registered training organisation and invites them to nominate a student who not only has a strong academic record but has developed qualities which are intrinsic to excellence in nursing and midwifery.

See the full list of winners at our website: We also congratulate this year’s recipients of ANMF (Vic Branch) research grants – Vanessa Watkins, who is undertaking a PhD at Deakin University on ‘Labouring Together: Collaborative Alliances in Maternity Care’ and Fiona Rennie, who is doing a Master of Nursing at Monash University, investigating awareness and attitude of paediatric nurses as mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Are your membership details up to date?

The drug dosage calculator tool can support you in your dosage calculations for tablets, IV, intra-muscular and subcutaneous medications, infusion pump rates and gravity feed drops per minute. It will convert micrograms, milligrams and grams. Nurses and midwives should always check their dosage calculations and medication charts.

If we do not have your personal email address, you’re missing out on getting the latest updates from ANMF, including our fortnightly e-news and Diary App information. Information you receive when you log in to our Member Portal is tailored to your workplace. So if you have changed jobs, let us know your new position and workplace details.

with the outcome affecting over 51,000 of our nurse, midwife and carer members. We begin with the current Victorian public sector and mental health sector enterprise agreements which expire on 31 March. We send our email communications to personal (home) email addresses only, so please make sure we have your current personal email address.

Visit our website: for links to download the ANMF (Vic Branch) Diary App and to view videos on how to use it.

This year will be vitally important for members, as ANMF (Vic Branch) begins negotiating approximately 84 enterprise agreements, covering over 700 workplaces,

Don’t miss out on important updates. Log in to the Member Portal at and check we have your correct workplace and personal email address.


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Police officer thanks nurse Clare In 2013 Clare Stewart was just a few months out of her graduate year on the trauma and orthopedic ward at The Alfred Hospital when a police officer was admitted with stab wounds. Senior Sergeant David Reither had been driving on the Midland Highway near Geelong when he noticed a stationary car facing the wrong way on the highway. He stopped to render assistance but found an ice-affected, psychotic man was in the car having an argument with his girlfriend. The man stabbed the police officer as he was calling for emergency assistance. Sen-Sgt Reither was airlifted to hospital with injuries to his spleen and diaphragm and a fractured rib. ‘He came to us in a stable condition and all his numbers looked really good at the time and he looked quite good. However I thought, given the mechanism of his injury, to keep a close eye on him and through more assessment realized he could have a haemothorax (bleeding in the chest cavity),’ Ms Stewart said. The nurse set up for an ICC (intercostal catheter) insertion while waiting for doctors to review and held the patient’s hand during the painful procedure. Two litres of blood drained from Sen-Sgt Reither’s chest cavity following the ICC insertion. Two years later, Sen-Sgt Reither was awarded a Victoria Police Star medal for bravery and invited Ms Stewart to the ceremony. Despite returning to work six months after the incident, Sen-Sgt Reither reportedly said at the award ceremony that he was still working through emotional trauma. He had high praise and gratitude for the nurse who had cared for him with vigilance and initiative. Ms Stewart said the incident was an example of the need for nurses to heed their instincts as well as the numbers. It was gratifying to see how Sen-Sgt Reither was faring two years later. ‘Patients say thank you of course but that’s pretty full-on to use your award ceremony to thank someone else. I think the biggest thing is that we never get to see any follow-up of our patients.

Clare Stewart and patient, a recovered Senior Sergeant David Reither.

‘That was the best thing, to see how he was going two years down the track.’

IPHOA closes Essendon Private Independent Private Hospitals of Australia (IPHOA) has closed Essendon Private Hospital, leaving up to 110 nursing and non-nursing staff out of work just before Christmas. The company has said it will refurbish the hospital and reopen it as a mental health facility later in 2016. IPHOA advised ANMF that the decision to close the hospital was made because of operating losses. On news of the staff redundancies, ANMF immediately contacted IPHOA to negotiate but IPHOA has refused. ANMF applied to the Fair Work Commission in December for independent resolution of the matter. As a result of the Fair Work Commission hearing, IPHOA stated that nurses whose jobs were made redundant on 18 December 2015 would be given ‘preference’ for new roles if they have relevant skills for the hospital when it reopens as a mental health facility. However, as IPHOA would not offer

first preference to the nurses even if their skills matched the selection criteria for the roles, ANMF (Vic Branch) believes the offer of preference to be effectively meaningless. ANMF (Vic Branch) maintains that some redundancies could be avoided by employees choosing to take approved leave, including leave without pay, while the facility is undergoing refurbishment. We are continuing to negotiate with IPHOA in order to achieve first preference for qualified staff as well as working to ensure the company meets its industrial obligations.

ANMF (Vic Branch) staff changes ANMF (Vic Branch) welcomes new Education Centre Manager Heather Hickson, who has joined us from Open Universities Australia with extensive experience managing registered training organisations. Ms Hickson takes on the role from Libby Muir, who has commenced in the newly created position of CPD and environmental health officer. This position

involves overseeing the development and implementation of all Branch professional development and non-accredited education programs as well as promoting member engagement and advocacy in matters relating to environmental sustainability and health. ANMF (Vic Branch) farewells Warrnambool industrial relations organiser, Peter Birch, who is retiring after serving the Branch for 10 years. Matthew Watson, who has been acting in the role, joins us on a permanent basis. We thank Graham Neal for 25 years of service to the Branch as the Support Services Manager and welcome Will Betson to the position. We wish Beris Hammond well with her retirement and thank her for her service to members as a records officer. Graduate & Final Year Student Support Officer Abbey Kink has begun seven months leave to study midwifery. Our best wishes go to graphic designer Jo Boyle as she heads to London.

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In focus - family violence Nursing, family violence and sexual assault – know what to do Did you know that victims of family violence or sexual assault often choose to disclose first to health professionals? It can also be the case that victims of family violence and sexual assault presenting at health facilities do not disclose the true source of their injuries and conditions, out of fear or embarrassment. Either way, it’s important for nurses and midwives to know what to do and say. The following advice and information for health workers is from the 1800 Respect: National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service website: au/workers/workplace-sectors/health

cardiovascular disease and neurological conditions including migraine. Exposure to complex trauma (such as domestic and family violence) in childhood is linked with poor health outcomes and chronic ill health in adulthood. • Apparent unwillingness or disinclination to follow treatment plans or referrals. Comments such as, ‘I’ll have to check with my husband/partner’ in relation to treatment plans.

Prioritise the patient’s safety

Presentations that could signify the patient is a victim of sexual assault or family violence include:

talking with patients who are or may be victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. 1. Safety – Is what I am doing making it safer for them? 2. Holding the perpetrator responsible – is what I am doing sending a clear message that the perpetrator is responsible and accountable for their violence, not the person experiencing it? Ask about the patient’s immediate safety – ‘is it safe for you to go home now?’ Do not raise the issue of abuse with the perpetrator if they are your patient. This could increase danger to the person being abused, and interventions with perpetrators are a specialised field of work. Check in periodically about abuse, escalation

• Repeated injuries, delayed presentations of injuries, injuries to unexposed parts of the body or injuries that do not match explanations • Bleeding or injuries incurred during pregnancy • Chronic gynaecological issues or infections • Injuries to children, or child abuse and neglect • Substance misuse, including alcohol misuse • Sleep, emotional, behavioural and developmental issues in toddlers, children or young people • Brain or head injury presentations, facial injuries • Chronic stress and stress-linked conditions, including immune system depletion,

VicHealth infographic from National community attitudes towards violence against women survey, 2014 If you believe a patient has been sexually assaulted or is experiencing family violence, encourage disclosure by ensuring that inquiries about the nature of injuries and the patient’s home life are discreet and do not jeopardise the patient’s safety.

and safety. Remember, certain events such as separation and pregnancy increase the risk of domestic and family violence.

There are two important principles when

There can also be multiple ‘separations’ –

Champions help to reduce the stigma of seeking help.

next training program is scheduled for April.

New crop of NMHPV Champions The Nursing and Midwifery Health Program of Victoria has a new crop of Champions to tell other nurses and midwives about the availability of the program to provide support around mental health and substance abuse issues. The 46 new Champions attended a fourhour training session which covered NMHPV information, referral processes, how to have ‘courageous conversations’ with colleagues and common reasons why nurses and midwives seek support from the program. The program now has more than 300 Champions Victoria-wide. The session also included stress management and self-care strategies. NMHPV Champions showcase the program to their workplace and raise awareness of the experiences that nurses and midwives encounter within their professions.


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If you are interested in training to become a Nursing and Midwifery Health Program of Victoria Champion, visit the ‘Champion’ page at the website and follow the links to express an interest in training. The

If you are interested in talking to an NMHPV Champion in your organisation, contact NMHPV on 9415 7551 or at admin@ to find out whether there is a Champion at your workplace and their contact details.

leaving, obtaining a divorce, financial separation (property settlements), finalisation of parenting time, re-partnering. Each of these events can increase the risk of harm. Assess whether a risk of serious harm or death is present. How does the patient assess the level of risk? If a patient says they are frightened, they should be believed and safety planning should be undertaken. Are any of these evidence-based ‘red flags’ present? • previous incidents of choking or strangulation • pregnancy • separation (including divorce, parenting determinations, property settlements, repartnering) • access to weapons • threats to kill • stalking • obsessive, controlling behaviour • escalation of violence • depression in a perpetrator • pet abuse, or threats of pet abuse • sexual violence.

New VHIMS system being developed The Department of Health & Human Services has finished the first stage of consultation with health facilities and the ANMF (Vic Branch) about how the Victorian Health Incident Management System (VHIMS) can be improved. A new prototype for the reporting system will be trialled by pilot sites in March and April with prototype testing by all VHIMS services in May and June. Between July and October the VHIMS 2 pilot will be trialled by Alfred Health, Austin Health, Melbourne Health, Peninsula Health, Royal Women’s Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital, Ballarat Health Services, Colac Area Health, Moyne Health Services and Merri Community Health between July and October. The State-wide rollout of the new version of VHIMS will take place following the pilot stage and refinement of the model.

If you have established that your patient is at risk of further harm, with the patient’s permission, contact a support service. If the patient is at immediate risk of harm, contact police.

need support, you can also contact the NMHPV on 9415 7551, for confidential support and conselling.

Training for health professionals

In certain circumstances it is mandatory for nurses and midwives to report to authorities if you believe a patient or their child has experienced sexual assault or family violence. In Victoria, under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic.), if a nurse or midwife holds a belief on reasonable grounds that a child has suffered or is likely to suffer significant harm as a result of physical injury or sexual abuse and the child’s parents have not protected, or are unlikely to protect, the child from this harm, you must report to authorities.

Health professionals can undertake Preliminary Risk Assessment training, a fourhour online session that will help you to identify and respond to a patient’s risk factors for domestic violence. Visit The Lookout website: craf/elearning The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria has a one-day training course, Recognise and respond to family violence, on 25 February. Visit for more information.

Where to go for help If you, your children or patient are in immediate danger, call emergency services on 000. If you or your patient are experiencing family violence, the Victorian organisation Safe Steps – Family Violence Response Centre – can help. Visit the website

Mandatory reporting

In Victoria, nurses and midwives can report to the Child Protection Crisis Line with urgent concerns: 13 12 78 or phone the relevant phone number for the area in which the child lives - visit the Department of Health & Human Services website and search for ‘Child protection contacts’.

Safe Steps runs a 24-hour, seven days per week call centre, Family Violence Response 1800 015 188. Services include risk assessment, safety planning, crisis accommodation, support, information, advocacy and referral. If you are a nurse or midwife experiencing family violence or sexual assault and you

The ANMF (Vic Branch) occupational health and safety (OHS) team represented members’ interests at consultation events for the project. Concerns about the current risk reporting system include: • time taken to report and ease of reporting • need for simplification and alignment of incident/feedback classifications • reduction in unnecessary information fields • duplication of work in reporting. The ANMF’s key OHS focus is ensuring that VHIMS 2 is easier to use and less time consuming for members. During the testing stage VHIMS developers will measure the amount of time it takes to submit a report and seek feedback from users about their experience in completing an incident report in order to create a more streamlined and effective reporting process. ANMF (Vic Branch) feedback to the department included the need to combine

OHS and clinical incidents into one report. If there is a clinical incident where a staff member sustains an injury – for example, an aggressive patient assaulting a nurse – only one report would be required. This would save time and hopefully encourage staff to report OHS incidents. The ANMF has received reports from Victorian hospitals suggesting health staff often report clinical incidents but may not submit an OHS incident report if they are injured. The ANMF will continue to be updated and involved in providing feedback on VHIMS during the prototype testing phase. Further consultation and refining will occur as a result of the trial. We are urging members employed at the ten VHIMS 2 prototype and pilot testing sites to get involved with the trials. It is important that frontline nurses and midwives test the system and offer advice on how the system may be improved.

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Member profile A forensic approach to nursing

Many regard summer as a carefree time of celebration and rest, of beach, cricket and Christmas. For forensic nurses, however, summer has a dark side. Beginning in spring with the football finals, the return of sunny days means more alcohol consumed at barbeques and parties and an accompanying increase in family violence and other assaults, both physical and sexual. Adele O’Hehir, Forensic Nurse Coordinator at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, manages a team of about 40 forensic nurses in metropolitan and regional Victoria, providing a 24-hour service. Much of their work involves collecting biological evidence from victims and offenders (such as blood and semen) for the prosecution of assaults, and documentation of injuries. Reports are then given to police and forensic nurses can be subpoenaed to give evidence in court. For Ms O’Hehir, providing court evidence as an expert witness and meeting the challenge of explaining complex clinical information to the laypeople of the jury are the best parts of the job. ‘The court experience can be exciting – a little bit nerve-wracking too – but really rewarding, to follow that process all the way through – and you’ve made a difference,’ she said. ‘I do get a lot of satisfaction out of what I do. It’s rewarding when you send them (clients) off and you’ve documented everything you can and provided the maximum clinical


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(service) that you can and they’re going off to support services. We have some excellent support services in Victoria.’ One of the most challenging aspects of working at the intersection of medicine and the law is that the need for objectivity can over-ride the nurse’s role of patient advocate. ‘We have the Centre Against Sexual Assault there as advocates for victims. I’m there for the Department of Justice to provide an evidence brief,’ Ms O’Hehir said. The forensic nurses at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine test for alcohol and other drugs in blood as part of drink-driving and drug-driving tests. Forensic nurses also work as custodial nurses in remand centres and prisons, some of which are psychiatric facilities. Ms O’Hehir said that nurses working in general health areas, particularly emergency departments, should look out for signs that family violence may be occurring, such as patients returning with similar injuries or a misalignment between injuries and the story being told about them. ‘Someone telling you they fell over and they’ve got a black eye (for example)…As an experienced nurse you tend to get a feel for injuries that are not consistent with the story,’ she said. Ms O’Hehir began her career in forensic nursing seven years ago and has completed post graduate certificates in emergency and intensive care (coronary care). She has a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing

from Monash University and is currently completing a Bachelor of Nursing with Professional Honours (Forensics) with plans to complete a Masters of Forensic Nursing in 2017. Despite the alarming statistic that one woman is killed nearly every week in Australia due to family violence and that Victorian police received 64,000 reports of family violence in 2014, career prospects for forensic nursing are not promising, she said. Many victims of family violence do not want to pursue legal proceedings and are not aware that the service can document injuries for future legal proceedings and refer the client for further medical treatment if necessary. Unfortunately when it comes to family violence, there are the so-called ‘frequent flyers’ who forensic nurses see repeatedly, often because they cannot hide from a violent ex-partner. Being empathic during the process of examining a victim of violence and making sure they have control over what is happening is important, Ms O’Hehir said. ‘I will often ask in the exam for consent 15 or 20 times,’ Ms O’Hehir said. ‘”Are you OK? Is it OK if I do this? Do you want to have a break?” It’s just giving them back control, to dictate what’s going on with them.’ For more information about forensic nursing, visit the Australian Forensic Nurses Association website at The association’s president is Flinders University Associate Professor Linda Starr:

Vale Barbara Carson In 2015 ANMF (Vic Branch) was sad to farewell former Secretary Barbara Carson, who passed away in November after a long illness. Ms Carson was Branch Secretary from 1980 to 1986 and is widely credited with increasing the industrial strength and focus of the union. She lobbied successfully, in 1984, for the removal of the ‘no strike clause’ from the ANMF’s federal rules, which gave nurses and midwives much-needed bargaining power over wages and conditions. In 1985, Ms Carson led the first strike of Victorian nurses, in protest against nurses’ obligation to perform non-nursing duties. The strike was part of a broader ‘Keep Nurses Nursing’ campaign about nurses’ workloads, wages and career structures. The five-day strike and the debates within the profession leading up to it paved the way for the dramatic 50-day stoppage that would occur the following year. Ms Carson graduated in 1952 from Maryborough Base Hospital in Queensland and became chief nursing officer in 1971. She was director of nursing at the Austin Hospital before being elected as Branch Secretary. Ms Carson laid the foundations for the ANMF (Vic Branch)’s current efficacy as a professional and industrial organisation, overseeing the implementation of a professional indemnity insurance scheme for members and the introduction of student members. The unprecedented industrial action during Ms Carson’s time as Branch Secretary began in 1984, when nurses instituted a ban on non-nursing work as part of a broader campaign about respect for nursing as a profession. Other campaign issues included the absence of effective admission and discharge policies, inadequate supervision of student nurses, nursing education and the absence of a career structure. Ms Carson oversaw a growth in union membership from 13,000 to more than 21,000, many of whom became members as a result of the 1985 strike. ANMF (Vic Branch) extends our condolences to Ms Carson’s family and friends.

Special Interest Groups Visit for all upcoming ANMF (Vic Branch) Special Interest Group news, events and meetings. ANMF House is located at 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Advance Care Planning SIG Topic: When: Venue: Inq:

Executive committee meeting Thursday 25 February, 2-4pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House Anne Marie Fabri, Secretary email: Phone: 9495 3235


Milena Pinamonti or 0466 280 445

ANZANAC (HIV Nursing SIG) CoNSA Vic/Tas SIG Topic: When: Venue: Inq:

General committee meeting Thursday 11 February, 6-9pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House Christine Sumper

Day Surgery SIG Topic: When: Venue: Inq:

Members meeting, education session Saturday 27 February, 8.30am-1pm Monash Imaging Dandenong Hospital Chris Guidotti

Diabetes Nurse Educators SIG

Inq: Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson       0411 557 631

Injured Nurses’ Support Group Topic: When: Where: Inq:

Members’ meeting Tuesday 16 February 11am-12.30pm Level 3 boardroom, ANMF House Annie Rutter 1300 760 602

Immunisation Nurses SIG Topic: When: Where: Inq:

IEMR update Saturday 27 February, 9am-12.30pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House INSIG administration, membership@

Medical Imaging Nurses Assoc Inq:

Deborah Shears

Mental Health Nurses SIG Inq:

Carole de Greenlaw

Orthopaedic Nurses Assoc Inq:

Cheryl Dingey 9345 7027 Meinir Griffiths 9342 8417

Palliative Care SIG Inq:

Preadmission Nurses Group Inq:

Kate Hussey

Safe Patient Handling Topic: When: Venue: Inq:

Members forum Friday 26 February, 9.30am-2pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House Stephen Morley

Victorian School Nurses Topic: When: Venue: Inq:

Member meeting Tuesday 16 February, 6-9pm Carson Cenference Centre Gina Harrex 0401 717 352

Vic Assoc of Research Nurses Inq:

Lesley Poulton

Vic Midwifery Homecare SIG Inq:

Ingrid Ridler

Vic Perioperative Nurses’ Group Inq: or 1300 721 169

Vic Urological Nurses Society Inq:

Siobhan Clark

February 2016


2016 Job Rep training We have another full year of training programs to assist Job Reps fulfil their role. Workplace organising programs These two-day programs are offered to groups of workplace-specific Job Reps, according to your ANMF organiser, and continue on from the successful 2015 series. You will have the opportunity to work with your organiser, your Job Rep colleagues and ANMF trainers to develop practical skills and knowledge to assist you to begin organising, by planning realistic and achievable strategies and activities to bring members together for a common purpose at your workplace. The program will cover how to: • motivate and engage members around workplace issues • build and maintain workplace organising structures and communication networks • use conversation and strategies to promote your professional/industrial goals • create your own organising plan. Please register for your workplace-specific program in accordance with your ANMF organiser(s). 3-4 February – Melbourne (Organisers Simon Olden and Jo Petrini). 10-11 February – Latrobe region (Organisers Liz McCormack and Lynne West) 2-3 March – Melbourne (OrganisersKylie Martin and Kay Brazulaitis) 9-10 March – Warrnambool region (Organiser Matthew Watson) 4-5 May – Melbourne based mental health (Organiser Richard Joske).

Register now for your program as you will need to give your employer sufficient notice for you to access paid union training leave. Regional Job Rep seminars – these regional seminars in February and March will be presented by either Lisa Fitzpatrick, Paul Gilbert or Pip Carew, together with your area organiser. It is a great opportunity for all Job Reps in regional areas to get updates and discussion on all things ANMF including: • ratios legislation and regulations, EBA variation for public sector • EBA updates for public sector (includes mental health), private sector and aged care sectors. • other ANMF news for 2016 • your questions. These seminars will be held from 3.305pm, followed by happy hour for informal networking. Regional seminar dates: 10 February - Latrobe 15 February - Ballarat 18 February - Mildura 23 February - Bendigo 24 February - Echuca 25 February - Wangaratta 9 March - Warrnambool 10 March - Geelong Please note, the Latrobe and Warrnambool seminars are being held in conjunction with the organising training programs, and you will need to register for each separately.

These seminars are not eligible for paid union training leave (you can request other types of leave to attend) and accommodation is not provided by ANMF. We encourage you to register now for these seminars, preferably via the website, or email jrt@ for further information or assistance. Confirmation of your registration will include the seminar venue. An introduction to your union and your rolea single day program for new Reps and post three-year refresher. • This program provides information and guidance to get you started in your role as an ANMF Job Rep, and covers ANMF structure, objectives and organisation, key responsibilities for your role, industrial relations legislation (how agreements are made and your rights at work), and resources to assist you in your role. • 11 May and 1 June – for Melbourne based Job Reps • 24 May - Mildura region Job Reps The schedule for June to November is now available at our website including regional dates for this program. For registrations or further information, go to our website, phone 92759333 (Job Rep training team), or email

OHS courses 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. The 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.


February 2016

Five-day initial HSR OHS Course (WSV approved)

One-day HSR OHS Refresher Course (WSV approved)

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

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

2016 course dates 9-11, 21-22 March 1-3, 16-17 June 10-12, 25-26 August 9-11, 24-25 November Time: 9am – 5pm each day Venue: Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melb Cost: $750 (payable by employer). Register online:

Metropolitan courses 2016: 25 February, 28 April, 7 July, 13 October Time: 9am – 5pm Venue: Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth Street, Melb Cost: $250 (payable by employer). Register online Regional courses 2016: Latrobe - 14 April, Bendigo - 12 May, Warrnambool - 28 July, Ballarat - 27 October.

Education calendar New training in clinical supervision The ANMF (Vic Branch) is offering new training in providing clinical supervision, with courses beginning 16 February. ‘Supervision’ in this context does not refer to supervision of students or less experienced staff at ‘point of care’ but a regular opportunity to review and reflect in line with the needs of the supervisee. Often provided as a supportive strategy to mental health nurses, social workers and psychologists, there is a growing recognition that clinical supervision is important for all health professionals who provide care in environments that are often challenging and stressful. In Australia, clinical supervision is increasingly being included in health policy, guidelines and position descriptions, and there is a need to train supervisors. Issues explored in clinical supervision sessions can include interactions with patients and staff members, traumatic experiences in the delivery of care, and professional boundaries. Health professionals engaged in regular clinical supervision sessions can benefit from: • an increased feeling of support, job satisfaction and morale • the promotion of work-based learning and the development of new skills • an increase in professional discipline, growth and identity

February 2016 EN Assessment skills in the RN acute setting CPD: 6 hours, course code: 2029 11 February 2016, 9.30am- 4.30pm Presenter Kate Potter This one day seminar updates knowledge and skills in patient assessment with an emphasis on the accurate, effective and timely assessment of patients in the acute setting. Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

RN EN ACFI for registered and enrolled nurses

Course key ALL RN EN M

Course available to all nurses, midwives, PCAs and AINs Course available to registered nurses Course available to enrolled nurses Course available to midwives

Facilitators: Paul Spurr and Bernadette Towner The total cost of this course is $2,800 including a deposit made with this application and three instalments aligned with each workshop. Endorsement by: Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (64 CPD hours), Australian College of Midwives, ‘Midplus’ (64 CPD hours) and Australian College of Nursing (47 CPD hours). Please see far left for details

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 1953 16 February 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Margaret Lang Any nurse working in aged care will encounter RN M IV cannulation for registered ACFI. This seminar explores all ACFI business nurses and midwives rules, a comprehensive breakdown of the CPD: 6 hours, course code: 2033 12 ACFI questions and a practical review of 25 February 2016 compiling and completing an ACFI appraisal pack. 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Kate Potter Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep This seminar will focus on the process and or SIG member $170 procedure for inserting peripheral IV in the adult patient. It includes an overview of RN EN M ‘Clinical Supervision relevant anatomy, selection of insertion sites for Role Development Training’ – for and cannula, insertion techniques, infection supervisors of clinical supervision control, common problems and corrective Course 1 (Code 1901) - 16, 17 & 18 February; action. Identification of appropriate 17, 18 & 19 May; 16 & 17 August 2016

• a better understanding of quality assurance and best practice • a reduction in professional isolation, levels of stress, emotional exhaustion and burnout. ‘Clinical Supervision for Role Development Training’ involves eight days of training and will be delivered by Clinical Supervision Consultancy, which has been operating for 14 years and has trained over 900 health professionals. A limited number of places are available for the course commencing 16 February For further information visit the Education Centre page on our website anmfvic.asn. au/education-and-training/education, call the Education Centre on 9275 9363 or email

Gestational diabetes While general management strategies such as blood glucose monitoring, healthy eating and exercise are common to other types of diabetes, there are specific guidelines relevant to diabetes and pregnancy.

All full members of ANMF (Vic Branch) receive $400 credit annually for use at the CPD Portal. Student and associate members receive $80 credit. The Gestational diabetes module costs $80 and is four hours CPD. Visit the CPD Portal at

Written by the team at Diabetes Victoria, this module provides an overview of gestational diabetes for nurses and midwives to have an understanding of how it is managed. The module explores the principles of managing this condition both during pregnancy and after the baby is born.

February 2016


Education calendar equipment, specific cannulation techniques and participant practice will be conducted utilising manikin simulation. Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170 (Please note: this is not an accredited course)

EN Law and ethics for registered RN

and enrolled nurses CPD: 12 hours, course code: 2049 25 February and 3 March 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Jenny Poulter Law and ethics directly impact 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 $360, non-member $420, Job Rep/ SIG member $320

March 2016 Adult ALS Certification: 2-day program


CPD: 12 Hours, course code: 2023 2 and 9 March 2016 9am-5pm Presenter ACCCN accredited trainers Refer to page 12 for the full course description ANMF/ACCCN member $360, Non-member $460


EN A palliative approach for aged care CPD: 6 hours, course code: 1979 9 March 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Dr Rosalie Hudson 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. The final phase of life will also be addressed, with information on pain and symptom management drawn from the latest research. Ethical issues will also be covered and a holistic approach will include psycho-social, emotional and spiritual components of care, as well as physical.

EN Venipuncture, conducting RN

a 12 lead ECG and contemporary pathology collection CPD: 6 hours, course code: 2039 10 March 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Kate Potter This workshop delivers a comprehensive oneday 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 $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

The importance of documenting nursing care within the aged care environment


CPD: 6 hours, course code: 1975 15 March 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Margaret Lang This seminar highlights the importance of an understanding of the significance of accurate documentation in aged care. Identifying the when, why and what of documentation with regard to client care, funding and legal issues. The seminar will include a discussion on the ACFI and Aged Care Accreditation Standards and the principles of an effective handover. Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

EN Management of chronic/ RN

persistent pain in older people CPD: 6 hours, course code: 1984 16 March 2016 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 $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

Early recognition of clinical deterioration in pregnant and postpartum women


CPD: 3 hours, course code: 2064 17 March 2016 9am-noon Presenter Dr Wendy Pollock Early recognition of clinical deterioration is increasingly recognised as a vital element of any health care – so much so that it is ‘required’ as outlined in Standard nine (9) in the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. This session will discuss what clinical deterioration means for maternity patients and outline what makes recognition of clinical deterioration more challenging in the care of pregnant women. Member $110, Non-member $180, Job Rep or ANF SIG member $100

EN Principles and practice RN

Female incontinence through the ages

of aseptic technique and infection control

CPD: 4 hours, course code: 2070 16 March 2016 9am-1pm Presenter Lisa Wragg Continence Foundation of Australia, Victorian Branch Female incontinence through the ages is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the incontinence issues that most women will experience at different stages in their lives. This workshop will focus on the importance of early intervention to treat, manage and cure incontinence utilising a multidisciplinary team approach.

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 2053 18 March 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Jennifer Poulter This workshop will review health care 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 $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

Member $110, Non-member $180, Job Rep or ANF SIG member $100

Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170


February 2016

EN Managing difficult people RN CPD: 6 hours, course code: 2006 24 March 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Brendan Scully Developing techniques to help address challenging behavior can help health practitioners to diffuse some of the challenges associated with working with people under stressful circumstances. This seminar introduces a variety of techniques that nurses and other healthcare professionals may utilise to better manage difficult people and tense situations.

Wellness Coach. Having worked part time in many facets of nursing for the past 30 years Jane has an understanding of the pressures and challenges nurses and carers face. It’s time to make your working life as a nurse or midwife more comfortable, less pressured and enjoyable again! This dynamic and highly relevant workshop provides simple tools to take control of discomfort in order to develop a sense of confidence, self-trust and clarity in your daily work. Minimise anxiety and worry by learning quick and practical techniques that are easy, enjoyable and highly effective.

Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

Please note there is supporting materials associated with this course that will be emailed to attendees after course completion, this is included in the registration cost.

April 2016

Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

Foundations of pharmacology and medication administration for registered nurses


CPD: 24 hours, course code: 2151 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Jennifer Irwin This four day course revises the underpinning knowledge of pharmacology and medication administration for RNs. Topics include pharmacology and adverse drug reactions. Common medications will be revised using a systems approach. Member $650, Non-member $750, Job Rep or ANF SIG member $600

Medication administration – principles and practice revisited


CPD: 12 hours, course code: 2157 11 & 18 April 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter: Sue Pleunik This two-day workshop is designed to update the register nurse skills in medication administration. Topics covered include administration via all five routes, drug calculations and managing IV pumps, syringe drivers and PCA systems. Member $360, non-member $420, Job Rep/ SIG member $320

How to Stay Calm and Confident at Work


CPD: 6 hours, course code: 2168 13 April 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Jane Robotham This new workshop introduces Jane Robotham of Soul Clarity. An experienced nurse, Jane is also a Nursing Wellness Educator, Personal Growth Facilitator and

ECG – Recording and Interpretation


CPD: 6 hours, course code: 2031 14 April 2016 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 $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170


The art of communicating successfully in the contemporary nursing environment EN

CPD: 6 hours, course cose: 2051 15 April 2016 9.30am- 4.30pm Presenter Jenny Poulter This workshop is designed to support nurses to communicate in a clear, assertive and sensitive way in a multidisciplinary, multicultural and often tense environment where clients, patients and colleagues alike have diverse and varying needs. Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

Promoting emotional Wellbeing in older client/patients and the people looking after them


CPD: 3 hours, course code: 2057 19 April 2016 10.00am-1.00pm Presenter Marie –Anne Schull, beyondblue

Australia’s population is ageing, and many older people living in the community are isolated and dealing with significant chronic health problems. ANMF (Vic Branch) is pleased to be partnering with beyondblue to deliver this half day seminar which will explore the impact of ageing on wellbeing and the evidence base for promoting older people’s mental health. Member $110, Non-member $180, Job Rep or ANF SIG member $100


ACFI for registered and enrolled nurses EN

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 1954 19 April 2016 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 $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

Pre admission and post discharge best practice continence care


CPD: 4 hours, course code: 2071 20 April 2016 9.00am-1.00pm Presenter Lisa Wragg Continence Foundation of Australia, Victorian Branch Pre-admission and post-discharge best practice continence care is a vital part of the patients care plan and is often very poorly assessed, diagnosed and managed in the hospital setting. This workshop will discuss appropriate continence assessments, data collection, diagnostic investigations, and treatment and management options for the patient as they journey through the health system. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the importance of an integrated continence care plan to ensure the patient is discharged to their place of choice in the community. Member $90, Non-member $110, Job Rep or ANF SIG member $80



Advanced skills for dementia

care CPD: 6 hours, course code: 1980 20 April 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Dr. Rosalie Hudson This workshop assists nurses to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence to offer

February 2016


people with dementia (in any setting) the best practice, evidence based person- centered care emphasising end-of-life care for people with advanced dementia and appropriate symptom management.

ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre accredited courses

Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

(RTOID 22609)



Managing difficult people

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 2008 21 April 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Brendan Scully This seminar addresses a variety of techniques that nurses and other healthcare professionals may utilize to manage difficult people and tense situations. Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

Managing fluid and electrolyte administration and blood transfusion in the acute care setting (Code: 2220)


HLTAID001 Provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (Code: 2160)


CPD: 3 hours 13 April 2016 9.00am-12 pm Presenter Sue Pleunik Renewing CPR qualifications is an essential part of professional development for many nurses and midwives. ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre offers members nationally recognized training delivered by experienced nurse trainers. These courses fill fast so enroll as early as possible Member $110, Non-member $180, Job Rep or ANF SIG member $100

CPD: 6 hours 22 April 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Kate Potter This in-depth seminar discusses the theories and assessments behind various fluid therapies. The focus is on advanced understanding and skill development for nurses managing fluids in the acute patient. The why, what and when of fluid, blood and blood products orders and their clinical effects.

ALL HLTAID003 Provide First Aid CPD: 12 hours, course code: 2055 14 & 21 April 2016 9.00am-4.30pm Presenter Jenny Poulter Renewing first aid qualifications is an essential part of professional development for many nurses and midwives. ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre offers members nationally recognised training delivered by experienced nurse trainers. These courses fill fast so enroll as early as possible

Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170

Member $360, Non-member $420, Job Rep/ ANMF SIG member $320 This is a nationally recognised qualification delivered by the ANMF (Vic Branch) Education

Caring for older people’s families: meeting the challenges (Code: 2019)


Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)


The TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course focuses on the skills required to deliver training and assess competence in the participants’ own industry areas. It is the benchmark qualification (along with subject matter expertise) for trainers and assessors in the VET sector. The course is designed for people who are currently working in a training or assessment role, or where part of their job requires training and assessment. Comprising 10 units delivered over 15 days, this course focuses on the skills required to deliver training and assess competence in the participants’ own industry areas. This course includes the Language, Literacy and Numeracy unit recently added to this qualification. Course 1 (Code: 2086) 11, 15, 25 February; 3, 10, 17, 23, 24 March; 7, 8, 14, 21, 28 April; 5, 9 May 2016 Cost $2100 which covers tuition fees, assessments and learning resources and which is paid in three instalments throughout the course. Please enrol online at Payment plan: Deposit $900 – on enrolment Instalment 1 $600 – week 6 Instalment 2 $600 – week 12 This is a nationally recognised qualification delivered by the ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre

CPD: 6 hrs 27 April 2016 9.30am-4.30pm Presenter Dr Rosalie Hudson Dealing with a patient’s family/carers in challenging situations is a regular occurrence for health care workers. There are many questions that arise relating to family interaction and care planning. Nurses, caring for older Australians need skills, education and encouragement to facilitate family support. This seminar offers a structured session covering many of the skills required to communicate effectively with families/carers while advocating for their patients. Member $180, Non-member $215, Job Rep or SIG member $170 The ANMF will be offering a range of courses focusing on aged care in early 2016.


February 2016


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