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Take me to your tearoom



ANMF commends passing of voluntary assisted dying laws pages 6 – 7

Keep up the pressure for private aged care ratios

Meet the Epworth’s recycling advocate Rebecca Pascoe

Regional Job Rep seminars scheduled for February and March

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Know your entitlements

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Know your entitlements

Educational and professional development entitlements

Secretary’s report

Alison O’Gorman, Information Line Officer

• Flu deaths audit may lead to all staff vaccination • Know your new codes of conduct • Kick off your year of learning • Keep up the pressure for private aged care ratios

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Voluntary assisted dying

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• Member profile: Rebecca Pascoe • New ANMF (Vic Branch) councillors • Special Interest Group calendar • Job Rep training • 2018 regional education and annual seminars • Thanks and farewell to Lee Thomas

• Awards, grants and prizes

• OHS courses


• Education calendar

What is my entitlement to professional development and study leave if I work in the public sector (general)? All public sector nurses and midwives working full-time are entitled to five days per year (pro-rata for part-time). A nurse practitioner is entitled to a further 10 hours per year. Applications for professional development have to be supplied to your employer at least six weeks prior. The use of professional development leave is for your professional development, rather than employermandated training. If such leave is to undertake home study, the application must detail the relevance of the study to your employment. Your employer is required to respond to professional development leave applications within seven days in writing. If denied, your employer has to tell you the reason for denial, in writing. Applications have to be approved unless there are exceptional circumstances to justify denial. Where a valid application is made but no leave is granted during the calendar year, one day’s leave will be added to your accrued annual leave, or taken in another manner as mutually agreed between you and your employer. This entitlement does not accrue year to year. Public sector (general) nurses and midwives are also entitled to exam leave and to paid study leave where a component of the course is relevant to your work. Check your EBA (through the Member Portal online or phone InfoLine to find out more about your entitlements.

What’s my entitlement if I work in mental health? All full-time and part-time registered or enrolled nurses who work a minimum of three shifts per week in mental health are entitled to five days paid professional development/ study leave per year. Those working less than three shifts per week are entitled to two days per year. Employees may access all or part of a subsequent year’s entitlement during one year. The entitlement for the subsequent year will reduce accordingly. Otherwise, this entitlement does not accrue year to year. A nurse practitioner is entitled to a further 10 hours per year. Check the previous answer for your professional development/ study leave application process. Public sector mental health nurses are also entitled to exam leave and paid study leave for study that relates to your work. Check your EBA (through the Member Portal on our website or phone InfoLine to find out more about your entitlements. I work in the private sector. Am I entitled to paid professional development/study/ exam leave? Private acute and aged care sector employees should check their enterprise agreements. Many agreements provide paid study leave for post-graduate study and three to five days examination leave. Most agreements also provide paid professional development leave for both full-time and part time nurses and midwives. All ANMF (Vic Branch) members who are financial and holding a working membership are entitled to $400 online CPD credits per financial year.

ANMF (Vic Branch) 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Vic 3000 Phone 9275 9333 Fax 9275 9344 Info Line 9275 9333 Membership 9275 9313 Library 9275 9391 ANMF Education Centre 9275 9363

Currently there are 25 online courses on offer with more in development. Members are also able to access significant discounts to ANMF (Vic Branch) seminars, courses, workshops and conferences. You can view the CPD we offer via our CPD Portal and Education Centre at Email:


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Secretary’s report

Your ANMF Lisa Fitzpatrick State Secretary

Paul Gilbert

Assistant Secretary

More than 80,000 nurses, midwives and carers Lisa Fitzpatrick, State Secretary We begin a new year in a new building that belongs to all ANMF (Vic Branch) members. We also start 2018 with a record membership of more than 80,000 nurses, midwives and personal care workers. Our growing membership has provided a formidable base to help ANMF members achieve legislated ratios in Victorian public hospitals and public aged care facilities, and secure the Andrews Government’s commitment to the ‘ANMF’s 10 point plan to end violence’ leading to contractual obligations on public hospital boards to report all violent incidents in their annual reports. ANMF will keep pushing for the achievements in the public sector to be used as blueprints for the private and not-for-profit sectors. Our growing membership also enables the ANMF to devote significant funds to successfully campaign for improved members’ wages and conditions.

Pip Carew

Assistant Secretary

Our membership base has underpinned our capacity to increase our education facilities and CPD program and provide up to $400 annual online CPD as part of members’ benefits, employ additional staff to service our growing membership, devote significant funds to campaigns to improve members’ wages and terms and conditions. While bigger means we are stronger, it also means we need to provide services and benefits to more members. The recent move to 535 Elizabeth Street, enabling a significant increase in Branch staff, is part of ANMF’s strategic response to this extraordinary member growth. We are developing a suite of initiatives to build on existing member services and benefits. This includes the recent purchase of an adjacent property at 240-246 Victoria Street, North Melbourne. ANMF plans to develop this property to create affordable accommodation for regional members so they can travel to Melbourne to attend conferences, seminars, training events and our clinical and professional development courses.

Cover image: Premier Daniel Andrews congratulates Health Minister Jill Hennessy on the passing of the Victorian Assisted Dying Bill. Photo by Justin McManus

We also start the new year with a new twoyear Branch Council term. Branch Councillors are elected representatives from the ANMF membership. These dedicated and passionate nurses, midwives and carers form the highest policy and decision-making body. Welcome to our new Branch Councillors who we profile on page 9.

conference to be held at the ANMF’s new Carson Conference Centre on Thursday 22 March. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Victorian Metro Public Health Nursing and Midwifery Executive Group and Safer Care Victoria. This was the first review of the standards since they were published in 2015. Reduced from ten to eight, the standards now address mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end-of-life care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. For conference details and registration visit Aged care We’ve finalised almost half of our private and not-for-profit aged care enterprise agreements securing wage rises and better conditions for aged care nurses and carers. While we have seen Bupa members conduct an extraordinary protected industrial action campaign it will require a change to the federal aged care legislation to improve staffing levels and resident care. More than 800 people have sent our ratios campaign email to Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt. If you haven’t sent one yet visit If you support the introduction of nurse/ carer ratios in private aged care we will be asking you to become involved in a new campaign in the next few months. Regional Job Reps and HSRs The ANMF is coming to regional Victoria in February and March. The Annual Regional Job Rep/ HSR Seminars provide an opportunity to meet one of your elected officials, your Organiser and other reps in your region. Job Reps and HSRs who attend these seminars will be better equipped to give other members in their workplace an update on the work of the Branch as well as encourage them to become more involved at the local level. Job Reps and HSRs are a valuable link between the union and the workplace and we look forward to seeing you at these seminars. Register via Other Branch news Finally I would like to farewell and acknowledge the dedicated work of former federal Secretary Lee Thomas who has resigned. We wish her well as she pursues a new legal career. See story page 11.

Quality and safety The eight new National Safety Quality Health Service Standards will be the subject of a

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

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Flu deaths audit may lead to all staff vaccination An investigation into 10 flu deaths at Wangaratta’s St John’s Village aged care facility, which found lapses in infection control and low staff flu vaccination rates, may have implications for all aged care facilities. The Australian Government’s Australian Aged Care Quality Agency found the facility failed to meet 13 of the 44 accreditation standards. The Australian reported that following the audit, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the home’s infection control and contingency plans had been overwhelmed by last year’s extreme flu season but the deaths were unacceptable. Mr Wyatt said staff vaccination rates in the Wangaratta home and in a Tasmanian nursing home where six residents died of flu last year were ‘low’, with only about a third vaccinated and dozens of staff ill with flu.

Know your new codes of conduct New codes of conduct will come into effect for nurses and midwives from 1 March. The codes, set down by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, establish the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for all nurses and midwives. The codes cover seven principles: legal compliance; person-centred practice; cultural practice and respectful relationships; professional behaviour; teaching, supervising and assessing; research in health; and health and wellbeing. The NMBA Chair, Associate Professor Lynette Cusack RN, encouraged all nurses and midwives to get to know the new codes now. They can be viewed at the NMBA website: ‘All nurses and midwives have their own personal values and beliefs – but the codes of conduct provide specific standards of conduct and behaviour that all nurses and midwives in Australia need to meet,’ Associate Professor Cusack said. ‘These codes provide a foundation for safe practice and give guidance on crucial issues such as bullying and harassment, professional boundaries, and cultural safety. Nurses and midwives need to meet the standards set in these codes, even if their employer also has a code of conduct.’ 4

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In November 2017 the Federal Government asked the Chief Medical Officer to develop a nationwide plan to make vaccinations compulsory for aged care workers. The 10 residents died in August and September last year. The Wangaratta Chronicle reported on 28 September 2017 that the then-CEO Glenn Phelps, ‘the fourth CEO, or acting CEO at the aged care centre in less than three years’, had resigned. The statement said St John’s Village remained accredited following the audit but was required to undergo a reaccreditation process in mid-December 2017. The result of the reaccreditation process was unknown at the time of going to print. The Australian reported that more than 120 elderly Victorians died from flu last year with The Age reporting that 94 flu-related deaths had occurred in Victorian aged care facilities. Infection prevention and control in residential and community aged care, developed by the

New content in the codes includes guidance on: • ending a professional relationship • issues relating more specifically to private practice • coordinating care with other practitioners, and • advertising and reporting obligations.

What else is new in the codes? Bullying and harassment The NMBA has responded to calls for specific information on bullying and harassment in the codes of conduct. Under the codes, bullying and harassment is defined as ‘people repeatedly and intentionally using words or actions against someone or a group of people’. Nurses and midwives must never engage in, ignore or excuse bullying and harassment. The NMBA said that in most circumstances, issues relating to bullying and harassment should be managed by the employer and only where patient safety is directly affected should a complaint be made to the NMBA. Culturally safe and respectful practice This requires nurses and midwives to understand how their own culture, values and attitudes influence their interactions with others. Nurses and midwives must provide care that is free of bias and racism, and is culturally safe and respectful to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Nurses and midwives must respect diverse cultures, beliefs, gender identities, sexualities and experiences of people, including among team members.

Free download Infection prevention and control in residential and community aged care

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Health, is available as a free download at ANMF strongly encourages nurses and midwives to have routine vaccination to the fullest extent unless medically contraindicated, while recognising that it is an individual’s choice.

Professional behaviour The principles of professional boundaries are now incorporated in the codes of conduct. Nurses and midwives must recognise the power imbalance between nurses and people in their care and establish and maintain professional boundaries. They also need to avoid potential conflicts and risks of providing care to people with whom they have a pre-existing relationship. Nurses and midwives must avoid sexual relationships with people for whom they have previously or are currently providing care. Nurses and midwives must only accept token gifts of minimal value that are freely offered and not accept money or gifts that will benefit them directly or indirectly. They must not become financially involved with patients through bequests and powers of attorney. As well as ‘over-involvement’ with patients, nurses and midwives must also be aware of ‘under-involvement’ with patient care through lack of care, disengagement or disrespect. Health and wellbeing Nurses and midwives have a responsibility to maintain their own physical and mental health and look out for the health of others. Teaching, supervising and assessing This principle sets the clear expectation that nurses and midwives have a responsibility to commit to teaching, supervising and assessing students and other nurses and midwives in order to support the professions and develop the workforce across all contexts of practice. It is a professional responsibility to continue to support and grow the professions.

Keep up the pressure for private aged care ratios Hundreds of ANMF members have added their voices to the call for staffing ratios in private aged care – but now it’s time to step up the pressure. ANMF members have heeded the stories of private aged care residents suffering and staff distressed because rostered staff numbers do not enable them to provide high quality care and dignity to our vulnerable and aged Victorians. We’re telling the Federal Government it’s time to change the rules on staffing. Our parents, grandparents and loved ones who can no longer live at home deserve safe, quality care and respect. Last year, we began a campaign for staffing ratios in private aged care, with hundreds of you sending an email to Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt. If you have not yet sent an email asking the Federal Government to mandate staff to resident ratios in private aged care, please join us in pressuring the government to act. Visit this site to write an email based on our draft, or send one in your own words:

Kick off your year of learning ANMF has introduced new professional development seminars for 2018 including ‘Advanced ECG’, ‘Advanced respiratory assessment and non-invasive ventilation’, ‘Asthma management’ and ‘Management of common skin conditions in babies’. ‘Asthma management – paediatric and adult’ is suitable for registered and enrolled nurses and will be delivered on 26 April at ANMF (Vic Branch), 535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. In 2018 the Education Centre will continue to deliver seminars on patient assessment, clinical deterioration, and cardiac and respiratory assessment, as well as Andrews Government-funded threehour methamphetamine (ice) seminars in Melbourne, and regional and rural Victoria. The first ice addiction seminars for 2018 are taking place at 535 Elizabeth Street with regional seminars in Mansfield (6 and 7 February), Echuca (2 March), Bairnsdale (15 March), and Geelong (19 March).

Our draft addresses the current unacceptable scenario. ‘Nursing home residents are at risk because unacceptably low staffing in private-forprofit and not-for-profit nursing homes has been normalised.

and ‘Caring for older people’s families: meeting the challenges’ (21 March). Seminars on leadership, relationship management and self-care include ‘Leading and managing others’ (1 March) and ‘How to stay calm and confident at work’ (16 April). To view the calendar of seminars and workshops offered face-to-face at our Education Centre, visit Our online CPD Portal also has new modules available for members, including a case study on caring for a child with autism spectrum disorder in the emergency department.

On 7 March and 27 March further ice addiction seminars are scheduled to be held at our headquarters in Melbourne.

Don’t forget, full members receive $400 annual credit for our online CPD as a member benefit.

Aged care workers have plenty of CPD options, with seminars in ‘ACFI for registered and enrolled nurses’ (23 February), ‘Advanced skills for dementia care’ (28 February), ‘A palliative approach for aged care’ (7 March)

Please contact ANMF (VIC Branch) Education Centre if you have feedback or suggested seminars via email: or call 9275 9333.

‘The absence of staffing rules means nursing home providers do not roster enough nurses and carers to provide residents with safe, quality and respectful care. Providers blame funding, yet they recorded a more than $1 billion profit in 2015-16.’ This year the ANMF will spread the message further through a national advertising campaign. The campaign for staffing ratios in aged care builds on the momentum of last year’s successful 37-day Bupa enterprise agreement campaign in which ANMF members took unprecedented industrial action, including full shift strikes. Bupa nurses and carers voted in December 2017 to accept an ANMF-negotiated enterprise agreement which secured a wage increase of 11.25 per cent over three years, plus improvements to entitlements and workload management processes. The result was a major step up from the initial Bupa offer of a 2.1 per cent wage rise and a one-year agreement. February 2018


In focus: Voluntary assisted dying

Eligibility criteria Health Minister Jill Hennessy, Go Gentle Australia’s Andrew Denton and Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings after a long parliamentary debate on the assisted dying Bill

ANMF commends voluntary assisted dying laws The ANMF has commended the Victorian Government for introducing voluntary assisted dying legislation, passed by the Victorian Parliament on 29 November last year. Victoria has become the only state in Australia to enable assisted dying for the terminally ill. The ANMF (Vic Branch) has supported voluntary assisted dying since 1995 and believes the law is a safe and compassionate response to the voices of dying Victorians. Voluntary assisted dying is scheduled to be available from June 2019 to terminally ill Victorians who satisfy the eligibility criteria. ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said: ‘It takes courage for parliamentarians to change their minds, to listen to those who are not well enough to organise campaigns or protest in the streets and to respond with such empathy. ‘We have enormous respect for Health Minister Jill Hennessy and Premier Daniel Andrews for the intelligent and comprehensive consultation process that laid the foundations for passing this important law.’ We also commend the Victorian Government for providing an additional $62 million for


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palliative care in Victoria over five years. The funding is on top of a $5 million equipment and infrastructure grant for community palliative care agencies to provide home care. The ANMF will continue to lobby for more resources. The ANMF (Vic Branch) consulted extensively with members about the voluntary assisted dying legislative framework, seeking feedback on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill discussion paper and hosting an ANMF members’ forum with members of the Ministerial Advisory Panel on the legislative framework surrounding voluntary assisted dying. The ANMF (Vic Branch) understands that members have a range of views about voluntary assisted dying and commends members for their respectful debate on issues relating to the legislation. The Age reported on 26 November 2017 that Catholic healthcare facilities have ruled out participating in voluntary assisted dying, but most major Victorian hospitals were not yet saying whether they would allow their medical practitioners to prescribe voluntary assisted dying medication. However the Department of Health and Human Services said those who chose to access voluntary assisted dying were more likely to die in their own homes rather than hospital.

Under Victoria’s new legislation, people wanting to access voluntary assisted dying: • must be 18 or over. • must be an Australian citizen living in Victoria, and must have lived in Victoria for at least 12 months. • must have an incurable, advanced, progressive, terminal illness or condition that is expected to cause their death within six months. Eligibility is extended to 12 months for those with neurodegenerative conditions, such as motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. • must be experiencing suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner they consider tolerable • must make the request personally to two different doctors– a coordinating medical practitioner and consulting medical practitioner – one of whom has to have expertise in the illness or condition expected to cause the death of the person. The person has to make the request three times, including once in writing. The medical practitioners assess the application independently of each other. • must have decision-making capacity. • A person is not eligible for access to voluntary assisted dying only because they have a mental illness or a disability but having a mental illness or disability does not preclude them from access if they satisfy all of the above criteria. • M ust take the lethal medication themselves. Doctors can only administer the medication if the person cannot physically administer or digest the medication themselves.

Safeguards for terminally ill people The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act includes all 68 safeguards recommended by the Ministerial Advisory Panel chaired by former AMA president and neurosurgeon Dr Brian Owler. Safeguards include the requirement for people requesting access to voluntary assisted dying to make the request themselves, three times, to two independent doctors. If there is any doubt about a person’s decision-making capacity they will need to be referred to a psychiatrist.

request for assisted dying and ensure that doctors are complying with the process prescribed under legislation. The coordinating medical practitioner must provide copies of all forms and assessments to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board and apply to the Department of Health and Human Services for a permit to prescribe the lethal medication, which the person can obtain from a pharmacist and must store in a locked box. If a person is physically unable to administer the medication, the doctor applies for a practitioner administration permit. The Act creates offences for:

The coordinating medical practitioner must inform the person about their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options, and inform them about palliative care and its likely results. Health practitioners must not initiate a discussion about voluntary assisted dying, nor suggest it to a patient.

• a coordinating medical practitioner to administer the lethal medication (if the dying person is physically able to take the medication)

Both doctors must inform the person that they can rescind their request at any time.

• a ‘contact person’ to fail to return unused or remaining prescribed medication within one month after a voluntary assisted dying death.

An Assisted Dying Review Board will be established to review each approved

• inducing another person to request voluntary assisted dying or to take lethal medication

In the US state of Oregon, which has a voluntary assisted dying model similar to the Victorian model, 88.6 per cent of the 133 people who died in 2016 after ingesting prescribed lethal medications, died at home. In approximately 10 per cent of the 133 deaths, a healthcare provider was present at the time the person took the lethal medication and died. The processes surrounding voluntary assisted dying in Victoria will be established over the next 18 months. Nurses and other health practitioners are under no obligation to be involved with voluntary assisted dying and have the

A Victorian nurse who is dying from brain cancer was one of the campaigners applauding the passing of voluntary assisted dying legislation. Jen Barnes, from Inverloch in South Gippsland, has been a nurse for 40 years and was an ANMF member until she resigned from work.

Conscientious objection The Victorian legislation allows for health practitioners to conscientiously object to involvement in voluntary assisted dying.

Advocate Jen Barnes

right to refuse to provide information about voluntary assisted dying; supply prescribe or administer a voluntary assisted dying substance; and be present at the time of administration of a voluntary assisted dying substance. However, under the nurses’ code of conduct, nurses are obliged to respectfully inform the person and their employer of their conscientious objection and ensure the person has access to alternative care. The code also stipulates that in providing end-of-life care, nurses must understand the limits of healthcare in prolonging life, recognise when efforts to prolong life may not be in a person’s best interest and accept a person’s right to refuse treatment.

While campaigning in support of the legislation she said that she did not want to die but ‘I know that at some point in time they’re not going to be able to help me and they’ll say, ‘No, we can’t operate, we can’t give you treatments anymore, and this is the beginning of the end.

It’s very important to me to have control of my destiny. Anybody that knows me knows that I wouldn’t want it any other way. ANMF also acknowledges the work of other members who participated in lobbying Victorian parliamentarians.

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Member profile – Rebecca Pascoe

Anaesthetics and theatre nurse Rebecca Pascoe

Rebecca’s small steps to major change When Epworth Richmond management asked staff what the hospital could do better, registered nurse Rebecca Pascoe’s instant thought was the landfill her department’s 28 theatres create every day.

organization staffed and owned by people with disabilities.

‘We need recycling bins,’ she said. Up to about 18 months ago, all waste generated by theatres was going to landfill.

‘But now the majority are recycling and the ones who aren’t, the others will say “Hey, you put that in the wrong bin”…We’ve seen a real culture change and I’m so proud of everybody.’

‘I could just see how much rubbish we were making every day and it just made me feel guilty,’ Ms Pascoe said. ‘I thought “I have to do something about it. I can’t keep working as a nurse and keep watching this.”’ Ms Pascoe didn’t stop with the idea – she managed the project, with the support of the orthopaedic nurse unit manager, who was also undertaking a recycling project. Ms Pascoe contacted the hospital’s waste contractor to ask for red mixed recycling bins and visited a recycling depot with a bag of material the Epworth regularly discards, to see what could be recycled. The perioperative department now has a number of recycling bins for recycling hard plastic, kidney dishes, paper, PVC, aluminium gas canisters, Kimguard and little blue towels. The Epworth is one of 24 hospitals that are part of the Little Blue Towels project. They send their used towels to be laundered by Laundry Mates, a social enterprise 8

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While Ms Pascoe was the driver of the recycling program, her colleagues’ support has ensured the program’s success. ‘At the start I think they thought I was a little bit crazy,’ Ms Pascoe said. ‘They made fun of me, (in a nice way), about checking the (recycling) bins to see what was in them.

The theatre staff have also made Melbourne Cup fascinators and Christmas decorations out of recycled theatre materials like Kimguard. The perioperative department of the Epworth Richmond was selected as a finalist in the health category of the 2017 Premier’s Sustainability Awards. ‘That was exciting; to be recognised for our hard work and to start conversations with other departments in the hospital,’ Ms Pascoe said. She will be sharing her insights into generating sustainability change in the workplace at the ANMF’s Health & Environmental Sustainability Conference on 27 April. Find out the conference details: Ms Pascoe has been working in anaesthetics and theatre recovery at Epworth Richmond for the past four years of her 12 year career, having previously worked as an agency nurse,

in radiology, and in aged care as a nurse unit manager and an ACFI consultant, after completing her graduate year at the Angliss Hospital. She loved her theatre rotation during her graduate year but also wanted to experience other areas of nursing. ‘After travelling for a year, I came back and did agency nursing which gave me a look at a number of different things. I went to all kinds of different wards and emergency and did some community nursing, school nursing… When a nurse unit manager position came up at an aged care facility, Ms Pascoe decided to apply but as she was only five or six years into her nursing career, was not confident she would land the job. ‘I did get the job and it was a huge learning curve and a lot of responsibility. Sometimes I was the only RN in a facility for 100 residents. So it was all quite stressful in aged care… I just felt it wasn’t very satisfying after a while because you want to do a really good job but you just don’t have enough hours in the day to do a good job…’ Ms Pascoe is one of hundreds of ANMF members who have sent an email to Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt and other politicians, as part of ANMF’s campaign to push for staff to resident ratios in private and not for profit aged care facilities. If you haven’t sent an email (a template version is provided if you are unsure of what to write), visit

New ANMF (Vic Branch) councillors ANMF (Vic Branch) has welcomed five new councillors who were elected last year to the Branch Council, our highest policy and decision-making body. Branch councillors are ANMF members who serve a two-year term in an honorary capacity. ANMF thanks former councillors Heather Selkrig, Madeleine Harradence, Tara Nipe, Andy Robinson, Erin Sterritt, Jessica Mengel and Stefanie Zugna for their service to the Branch. The new councillors are: Ruth Bloom, enrolled nurse, Royal Melbourne Hospital’s emergency department Ms Bloom has been a Job Rep since 2005 and is committed to standing up for Medicare, safe staffing levels and fair pay, and supports the Branch’s policy on providing choice regarding end of life decisions.

Mel Carron, enrolled nurse, Austin Health Neurology Unit Ms Carron has been a Job Rep since 2005 and was active in EBA campaigns including the 2011–12 Respect Our Work campaign. Ms Carron endorses the need for ongoing education and a strong professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and carers. Therese Smyth, registered nurse and registered midwife, After Hours Hospital Coordinator, Central Gippsland Health, Sale Ms Smyth has been a Job Rep since 2006 and was an industrial organiser from 2010–11. On Branch Council, she has committed to working towards safeguarding nursing and midwifery workloads, and ensuring regional Victoria’s ratios are improved and continue to be protected in legislation.

Anita Stirling, registered nurse, emergency/HDU, Echuca Regional Health Ms Stirling has been a Job Rep since 2011 and was active in campaigning to protect paid parental leave. As well as representing all ANMF members, both new and experienced, Ms Stirling is keen to support the campaign for mandated staffing levels in aged care and to improve patients’ choices and nurses’ education on patients’ end of life options. Kitsa Soulounias, registered nurse, Bupa aged care Ms Soulounias has been nursing since 1999 and has been a Job Rep since 2007. Prior to working in aged care, Ms Soulounias worked as an assistant nurse unit manager in acute inpatient mental health at Box Hill Hospital and works in mental health at Eastern Health.

Special Interest Groups Advance Care Planning

Executive Committee Meeting Thursday 15 February , 2 – 4pm M2, 535 Elizabeth Street Inq: Anne Marie Fabri (ACP SIG Secretary) 9495 3235 Members’ Meeting Thursday 15 February, 4 – 6pm M2, 535 Elizabeth Street Inq: Anne Marie Fabri (ACP SIG Secretary) 9495 3235

ANZANAC HIV Nursing Inq: Milena Pinamonti 0466 280 445

CoNSA Vic/Tas

General Committee Meeting Thursday 1 February , 6 – 8.30pm M2, 535 Elizabeth Street Inq:

Day Surgery Inq: Chris Guidotti

Diabetes Nurse Educators Inq: Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson 0411 557 631

Immunisation Nurses Inq: INSIG administration

Injured Nurses Support Group Inq: Annie Rutter Phone: 1300 760 602

Medical Imaging Nurses Association Inq: Deborah Shears

Orthopaedic Nurses Association

Twilight Evening Wednesday14 March , 5.30 – 7.30pm Classroom 1.3, 535 Elizabeth Street Inq: Cheryl Dingey 9345 7027 Meinir Griffiths 9342 8417

Palliative Care Nurses

Members’ Meeting Monday 19 February , 6 – 9pm M2, 535 Elizabeth Street Inq: Catherine Hutchings

Pre-Admission Nurses Association Inq: Kate Hussey

Safe Patient Handling

Members’ Forum Friday 23 February , 10am – 2.30pm Classroom 2.2, 535 Elizabeth Street Inq: Stephen Morley

Victorian Association of Maternal and Child Health Nurses

Executive Meeting Wednesday 14 February , 6 – 9pm M2, 535 Elizabeth Street Inq: VAMCHN executive Executive Meeting Wednesday 21 February , 6 – 9.30pm M2, 535 Elizabeth Street Inq: VAMCHN executive

Victorian Association Of Research Nurses Inq: Sean Hosking

Victorian Midwifery Homecare

Members’ Meeting Wednesday 28 February , 10.30am – 12.30pm M2, 535 Elizabeth Street Inq: Ingrid Ridler

Victorian Rehabilitation and Subacute Service Nurses Victorian School Nurses Inq: Gina Harrex 0401 717 352

Victorian Urological Nurses Society Inq:

Visit for Special Interest Group information. February 2018


Training Job Rep training

Keeping it Organised Program

Job Rep Foundations program

A two-day program providing active Job Reps with time to discuss their EBA, develop their problem solving skills to address workplace issues and explore ways to better build ANMF’s profile and activity in the workplace. Most importantly this program also gives participants dedicated planning time with other workplace Reps and their Organiser to ensure follow-up in the workplace.

The ANMF offers an introductory course for new Job Reps which includes an online module and a one day face to face program designed to help you understand the role of Job Rep. You will develop a better understanding of the Branch, the industrial relations system and the history of unions as well as finish the program with tools, strategies and resources for building a stronger ANMF presence in your workplace. We deliver this program once a month in Melbourne and in a number of regional locations approximately every weeks. Metro and regional Job Rep Foundations dates until mid-2018 are: 6 March – Ballarat 20 March – Metro 1 May – Shepparton 11 April – Metro 9 May – Metro

29 May – Bendigo 13 June – Metro 17 July – Wangaratta 18 July – Metro

Metro and regional Keeping it Organised dates until mid-2018 are: 7 – 8 March

Allan Townsend/ Christine Steiner (Ballarat)

14 – 15 March Nicole Brown Te Arahi Samakowidic 27 – 28 March Kay Brazulaitis (Mildura/Swan Hill) 17 – 18 April Rachel Halse Narelle Hayes 2 – 3 May

Julie Wearing-Smith (Shepparton)

Job Rep, now ANMF Organiser Lyndal Alston, Job Rep trainer Jo Denton and Job Rep Teneille York (Ballarat Health ED)

15 – 16 May

Toni Coughlin Jody Kerrins

30 – 31 May

Loretta Marchesi (Bendigo)

18 – 19 July

Alison Kairns (Wangaratta)

Job Reps should register for the Keeping it Organised program that applies to their Organiser and geographical area. For inquiries email

2018 regional education sessions and annual seminars Don’t miss out on the public sector education program ‘Implementing your agreement – what you need to know’, which will be held in a location near you in February or March 2018. The public sector education program will be held on the same day as your annual regional seminar, immediately prior to the seminar. Implementing your agreement – what you need to know This education session is designed to give Job Reps and HSRs in the public sector: • a greater understanding of the latest public sector enterprise bargaining agreement and its implementation, including state-wide status and update • an opportunity to identify and discuss global issues around implementation • an opportunity to clarify specific aspects of their new agreement. Please note: while Job Reps and HSRs from other sectors are most welcome to attend the ‘Implementing your agreement – what you need to know’ education program, as it is specifically about the public sector it will not be covered by paid leave provisions. Regional seminar 3.30–5pm All regional Job Reps and HSRs are encouraged to attend the annual regional seminar to hear the latest ANMF news from one of your Branch officials, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Paul Gilbert or Pip Carew. This is also an opportunity to meet your Organiser and other Branch staff, as well as offering a great a chance to catch up with other Reps in your area. 10

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Happy hour 5-6pm ANMF also welcomes all Job Reps and HSRs who wish to stay after the seminar, to enjoy refreshments and a social catch up at our complimentary happy hour. Registration We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible so you can organise your roster and importantly, so we can ensure adequate seating and catering. Places are limited and fill fast, so get in quickly to secure your spot. Registrations will close a week prior to the seminar. Register at Leave to attend Paid union training leave applies where eligible under the terms of the relevant EBA. ANMF offers a loss of pay subsidy for private sector Reps who have no paid leave entitlement and suffer loss of pay to attend. ANMF does not provide accommodation to attend these seminars.

Location /Venue




Allan Townsend and Christine Steiner

Wednesday 7 February


Quinn McGuinness and Kylie Martin

Thursday 8 February


Claire Whitwam and Christian Sanderson

Wednesday 14 February


Matt Watson and Christine Steiner

Thursday 15 February


Loretta Marchesi and Julie WearingSmith

Monday 19 February


Alison Kairns

Wednesday 28 February


Julie WearingSmith

Thursday 1 March


Kay Brazulaitis

Tuesday 6 March

Program for the afternoon Public sector specific 12.15 – 1pm Public sector EBA implementation session registration 1 – 3pm Implementing your agreement (public sector) – what you need to know All sectors 3 – 3.30pm Annual regional seminar registration 3.30 – 5pm

Annual regional eminar

5 – 6pm

Happy hour

For inquiries regarding the seminars, please contact ANMF Job Rep Training Administration on 9275 9333 or

Thanks and farewell to Lee Thomas The ANMF (Vic Branch) has thanked former Federal Secretary Lee Thomas for her leadership over eight years and welcomes former Assistant Federal Secretary Annie Butler into the role. Ms Thomas stepped down as Federal Secretary on 8 December to take up a role in the law. Under her leadership the ANMF’s membership grew over 12 per cent to become Australia’s largest union, with a membership of 270,000. ‘With our record 270,000 membership, I am thrilled that the ANMF is ranked Australia’s largest union, we are a force to be reckoned with in health, aged care and the industrial and professional arenas,’ Ms Thomas said on retirement as Federal Secretary.

Former ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas and current ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler

Prior to becoming ANMF Federal Secretary, Ms Thomas was Assistant Federal Secretary and ANMF (SA Branch) Secretary.

During her stewardship, ANMF has campaigned to stop cuts to paid parental leave, preserve penalty rates and defend Medicare against the Coalition Government’s proposed GP co-payment. The federal office, in conjunction with Branches, has also recently raised pressure on the Federal Government to mandate staffing levels in aged care, including having a registered nurse 24/7 in all aged care facilities. Annie Butler is a registered nurse with years of experience in the clinical, professional and industrial areas of nursing, having cared for patients in public hospitals and the community health sector, and worked on health education projects. Tasmanian Branch Secretary Neroli Ellis has resigned to take up a position as Tasmanian Industrial Commission Deputy President and ANMF (ACT Branch) Secretary Jenny Miragaya has retired. The Victorian Branch welcomes the new ACT Branch Secretary Michael Daniel and Tasmanian Branch Secretary Emily Shepherd.

OHS courses

Awards, grants and prizes

ANMF’s annual awards, grants and prizes are open for applications. These range from financial assistance to attend a conference, to higher education research grants and recognition of outstanding professional practice. Criteria and applications

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. Health and Safety Reps (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. 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 HSRs from attending an approved course. The ANMF conducts WorkSafe Victoria approved courses. These course are subject to number of attendees. For further details about OHS training and conferences visit

HSR Initial OHS Training Course (WorkSafe Victoria approved) 7, 8, 9, 26 and 27 March 2018 in Melbourne 9am – 5pm, ANMF (Vic Branch) Register: 8, 9, 10, 22 and 23 May 2018 in Mildura Register: Cost: $750 (payable by employer) This five-day 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.

HSR Refresher OHS Training Course (WorkSafe Victoria approved) 20 February 2018 in Mildura Register: Cost: $250 (payable by employer) 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.

February 2018


Education calendar February 2018 RN EN      

ACFI for registered and enrolled nurses CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6957 23 February 2018, 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.

ANMF member $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180

  Leading and managing others ALL CPD: 24 hours, course code: 7080 1 March 2018, 9am – 4.30pm Presenter Bonnie Miller Have you ever found yourself in a leadership role and felt ill-equipped? This seminar is designed to assist nurses and midwives to develop a nursing leadership framework. Fundamentals to leadership success, including leadership capabilities, leadership behaviours, leadership skills, and creating a leadership climate will be explored.

Member $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 RN   Two-day paediatric advanced life

RN EN      

Advanced skills for dementia care CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6896 28 February 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm Presenter Dr Rosalie Hudson This workshop assists nurses to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence to offer 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 member $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180

March 2018

support program

Are you a enrolled nurse delivering medications, would you like to further develop your skills and knowledge? This seminar will cover learning related to a variety of health care settings with reference to the professional practice framework and builds on skills and knowledge attained through completion of the nationally accredited units associated with NMBA approved enrolled nurse medication administration requirements and work practice.

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

This practical and theoretical program provides healthcare professionals training in paediatric basic and advanced life support in a clinical setting.

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6827 7 March 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm Presenter Dr Rosalie Hudson

The program content runs over two days with certification for both BLS and ALS on the second day. Based on the latest 2010 Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines, the program incorporates theoretical lectures, clinical skill stations and scenarios. Registration includes a program manual and e-learning material. Program includes: priorities of care

and medication administration for registered nurses

paediatric basic life support algorithm and principles

advanced airway management including laryngeal mask airway insertion

CPD: 24 hours, course code: 6978 1, 8, 15 and 22 March 2018, 9am – 4.30pm Presenter Christine Baker

ECG interpretation of life treating rhythms and defibrillation

pharmacology including intraosseous cannulation

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.

post resuscitation care

team roles

legal and ethical issues.

Member $700, non-member $900, Job Rep or SIG member $650

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6976 6 March 2018, 9am – 4.30pm Presenter Christine Baker

RN RM     

This seminar series will give attendees access to the IntelliLearn medication safety package.


CPD: 12 hours, course code: 6857 5 – 6 March 2018, 9am – 5pm Presenter ACCCN accredited trainers

RN    Foundations of pharmacology

  Strengthening EN medication EN

The program is most suitable for those with little or no experience or knowledge of paediatric ALS or those wanting a comprehensive update. It is also suitable for experienced Adult ALS trained healthcare professionals requiring paediatric ALS Certification. A total of 16 CPD hours are assigned to this program (based on 12 hours program contact and four hours self-directed learning). Register online:

A palliative approach for aged care

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. A holistic approach will include ethical issues and psycho-social, emotional and spiritual components of care, as well as physical.

ANMF member $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 RN EN     

Law and ethics for registered and enrolled nurses CPD: 12 hours, course code: 6880 8 and 15 March 2018, 9am – 4.30pm Presenter Lorraine Walker 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.

ANMF member $380, non-member $500, Job Rep or SIG member $360

ANMF/ACCCN member $390 non-member $500


February 2018

Education calendar RN EN      

Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6834 9 March 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm Presenter Simon Plapp This new workshop explores the important aspects of early recognition and management of deterioration in patients in acute care. Important to NSQHS Standard 8: Recognising and responding to acute deterioration, 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, and how to manage care in a timely and effective manner.

ANMF member $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 RN RM      

IV cannulation for registered nurses and midwives CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6789 9 March 2018, 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.

ANMF member $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 This is not an accredited course RN    Adult ALS Certification:

two-day program CPD: 12 hours, course code: 6845 14 and 21 March 2018, 9am – 5pm Presenter ACCCN accredited trainers ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre in partnership with the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses delivers the ACCCN accredited advanced life support course. 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. This two-day program is for healthcare professionals who are required to provide adult basic and advanced life support in a clinical setting.

ALL Course available to all nurses, midwives, PCAs and AINs RN

Course available to registered nurses

The program incorporates theoretical lectures, clinical skill stations and scenarios. A total of 16 CPD hours are assigned to this program (based on 12 hours program contact and four hours self-directed learning). Register online:

ANMF/ACCCN member $390 non-member $500 ALL   Doing dying better

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6897 20 March 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm Presenter Julie Hassard This program is designed to inspire nurses to explore Australia’s approach to dying and death, and what it means to ‘die well.’ You’ll discover current research and contemporary thinking and reflect on work-related concerns and challenges associated with the end of life. Activities will guide your plans to create more confidence and courage to support your patients, their families, your peers, and importantly, yourself. This workshop is for all nurses and midwives, no matter where you work and will help you navigate complexities relating to the end of life, dying and death.

What do we do when the families won’t allow us to… (give pain medication, refer to palliative care, or withdraw treatment)?

How do we resolve family uncertainties about… (sending their relative to hospital, end-of-life care planning, medications)?

How do you tell a family member about an unexpected death, particularly over the phone at night?

How do you run a family meeting, particularly when there’s family conflict?

How should we involve families in care planning?

How do you conduct a family assessment, e.g. to establish various roles and relationships?

What do you do when there is no family?

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 $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180

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

RN   Managing fluid and electrolyte

RN   Medication administration –

principles and practice revisited CPD: 12 hours, course code: 6890 28 March and 4 April 2018, 9am – 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 $380, non-member $500, Job Rep or SIG member $360

administration and blood transfusion in the acute care setting CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6783 23 March 2018, 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.

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

ALL   Caring for older people’s families:

meeting the challenges CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6828 21 March 2018, 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.


Course available to enrolled nurses Course available to midwives

Can’t find the course you’re looking for? Phone the Education Centre on 03 9275 9363 or email

There are many questions that arise:

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April 2018 RN EN      

Cardiac rhythm recognition and 12 lead ECG workshop CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6832 10 April 2018, 9am – 4.30pm Presenter Simon Plapp This workshop will simplify cardia rhythm and 12 lead ECG interpretation, making it easier for you to identify, understand and manage cardiac rhythm changes. It is suitable to be attended in combination with ‘Managing the deteriorating patient’.

ANMF member $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 RN EN      Advance respiratory

assessment and non-invasive ventilation course CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6838 11 April 2018, 9am – 4.30pm Presenter Simon Plapp This seminar has been designed to enhance the professional development of critical care nurses requiring knowledge and skills to manage ventilated patients. It takes the learner on a journey from understanding respiratory physiology, to utilising assessment skills such as ABG and CXR interpretation, through to current day, evidence based practice of advanced ventilation strategies formulated on landmark research papers. Subject matter includes: •

respiratory physiology and pathophysiology

using ABGs to guide therapy

basic interpretation of CXRs

oxygen therapy – from Nasal Prongs to high flow devices

non-invasive ventilation (CPAP / BiPAP)

rapid sequence induction / intubation and capnography

principles of mechanical ventilation

advanced ventilation strategies (including ventilator waveforms, evidence based management for ARDS including nitric oxide and prone ventilation)

ANMF member $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180

RN EN     

Respiratory management – review of concepts

  2018 ice/methamphetamine ALL addiction seminars

CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6793 13 April 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm Presenter Kate Potter This one day program is suitable for RNs and ENs working in all areas of health care. The topics covered provide a broad overview of assessing and caring for patients with respiratory dysfunction, and may be undertaken as an introduction to ‘Respiratory Management – advanced care’.

ANMF member $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180 RN EN     

ACFI for registered and enrolled nurses CPD: 6 hours, course code: 6958 13 April 2018, 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.

ANMF member $190, non-member $240, Job Rep or SIG member $180

Nurse/midwife program dates Mansfield, 6 and 7 February 2018 Session 1: 6 February, 1.30pm – 4.30pm Session 2: 7 February, 9.30am – 12.30pm Delatite Hotel, 95 High Street Melbourne, 13 February 2018 Session 1: 9.30am – 12.30pm ANMF, 535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne Echuca, 2 March 2018 Session 1: 9.30am – 12.30pm Session 2: 1.30pm – 4.30pm Echuca Regional Health, Leichardt Street Bairnsdale, 15 March 2018 Session 1: 9.30am to 12.30pm Session 2: 1.30pm to 4.30pm Bairnsdale Regional Health Service 122 Day Street, Bairnsdale Melbourne, 27 March 2018 Session 1: 1.30pm – 4.30pm ANMF, 535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne Mental health program dates

Neutropenic sepsis Prevention, identification and treatment Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia is one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy and may result in significant physical, social and emotional consequences for patients. Patients who are neutropenic have a reduced ability to fight infection and are at increased risk of developing neutropenic sepsis. Our one hour CPD module on neutropenia gives you a journal article on the prevention, identification and treatment of neutropenic sepsis from the Nursing Standard and a series of questions to test your comprehension on receiving anticancer therapy.

ANMF (Vic Branch) is pleased to partner with Turning Point to deliver this program focusing on ice/methamphetamine use in Australia, the science of addiction and effects of methamphetamine on brain and behaviour, and ice/methamphetamine use and mental health. These face to face seminars are designed to complement the standard Frontline Worker Ice Training Package released in early 2017

Geelong, 19 March 2018 Session 1: 9.30am – 12.30pm Session 2: 1.30pm – 4.30pm Barwon Health, Auditorium in Kitchener House, 299 Ryrie Street, Geelong Melbourne, 17 April 2018 Session 1: 9.30am – 12.30pm ANMF, 535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne You can register for the above seminars online at or by filling in the ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre registration form adjacent.

These seminars are fully funded by the Andrews Government as an outcome of the Premier’s Ice Action Taskforce.

Full members receive $400 annual CPD Portal credit. viewitem/69

ALL Course available to all nurses, midwives, PCAs and AINs RN

Course available to registered nurses


Course available to enrolled nurses Course available to midwives

Can’t find the course you’re looking for? Phone the Education Centre on 03 9275 9363 or email


February 2018

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Continuing professional development (CPD) All nurses and midwives are required to undertake 20 hours of continuing professional development each year as part of the requirements to re-register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. For information visit

Costs Significant discounts on many Education Centre courses (excluding government-funded courses) are available to ANMF members, Job Reps and ANMF Special Interest Group members. Courses may be tax deductible. Ask your tax consultant for advice.

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Disclaimer ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre (ABN No 1716 9548 707) will endeavour to ensure that the speakers and content for this seminar proceed as advertised. However, unexpected circumstances may necessitate the utilisation of a replacement speaker(s). ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre disclaims any liability for any errors/omissions in terms of information provided at this educational event.

Refunds and cancellations The decision to proceed with or reschedule a seminar is based on the number of participants registered, however if ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre cancels a session you will receive a full refund. If you cancel your registration the following will apply: a) Over seven days notification, full refund (less 10 per cent administrative fee) b) Less than seven days notification no refund will apply.

Rethinking health care

Change your practice and change the way you see waste At the 2018 ANMF (Vic Branch) Health Environment and Sustainability Conference, join in conversations and hear from speakers who will inspire, inform and challenge.

Keynote speaker

Craig Reucassel ABC TV’s The Chaser and The War on Waste

Friday 27 April

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8am to 4pm – 7 CPD hours

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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

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February 2018 On The Record  
February 2018 On The Record  

ANMF (Vic Branch) monthly publication for nurses, midwives and personal care workers