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AUGUST 2013

PRISON NURSES

CPD PORTAL

UK INQUIRY

PROTECTED ACTION

SNEAK PEAK

BUDGET BEFORE CARE

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Name change launched at Annual Delegates Conference


Special Interest Groups

Your ANMF

Visit www.anmfvic.asn.au/interestgroups for all upcoming ANMF (Victorian Branch) Special Interest Group news, events and meetings. Go to the ‘calendar view’ to see what’s on each month. Advance Care Planning SIG

Orthopaedic Nurses’ Assoc

Inq:

Topic: Inq:

Date: Time: Venue:

Lisa Fitzpatrick, State Secretary

19 August 4.30 pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Kathryn Whiteside Kathryn. Whiteside@austin.org.au

Date: Time: Venue:

23 August 6.30 pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Twilight education session & AGM Meinir Griffiths 9342 8417 Rita Moreno 9345 5303

Community Health Nurses Inq:

Giancarlo Di Stefano 0448 754 945 or gds1303@gmail.com

Complementary Therapies nq:

Kathy Carmuciano 9497 4151 or kathykin@optusnet.com.au

Palliative Care SIG Date: Time: Venue: Topic: Inq:

19 August 6.30pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Member meeting Carole Arbuckle 0433 066 281

Day Surgery SIG Inq:

Paul Gilbert, Assistant Secretary

Diabetes Nurse Educators SIG Date: Time: Topic: Inq:

FRONT COVER: The 21st Annual Delegates Conference was attended by 550 Job Reps including 117 new delegates and 223 from regional Victoria. The union’s new name the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) and the ANMF logo were unveiled for the first time. At the time of print the new name was expected to become official in late July. Story pages 7-9. Photo: Mark Munro

ANMF (Vic Branch) 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Vic 3000 Phone 9275 9333 Fax 9275 9344 Info Line 9275 9300 (metro) 1800 133 353 (regional) Membership 9275 9313 Library 9275 9391 ANMF Education Centre 9275 9363 Website: www.anmfvic.asn.au Email: records@anmfvic.asn.au ON THE RECORD is the official publication of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch). OTR is published monthly.

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14 August 6pm Members meeting Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson positivehealth@bigpond.com 0411 557 631

Preadmission Nurses Group Date: Time: Venue: Inq:

19 August 4.30 pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Leonie Reidy 5485 5389 lreidy@erh.org.au

Safe Patient Handling

Enrolled Nurses SIG

Date: Time: Venue:

Immunisation Nurses SIG

Topic: Inq:

Injured Nurses’ Support Group

Victorian School Nurses

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Pip Carew, Assistant Secretary

Priscilla Guy 0404 875 934

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Date: Time: Venue: Topic: Inq:

Carole de Greenlaw 9275 9333

Kerryn Lajoie 0433763338 or 0401644888 20 August 11.15 am ANMF 3rd Floor Boardroom Nurses and Midwives Health Program, Glenn Taylor, CEO Annie Rutter 1300 760 602

Vic Ass Maternal & Child Health Nurses Date: Time: Topic: Inquiries:

28 August 6pm Member Meeting Helen Watson 0419 103 795 vamchn.group@gmail.com

Medical Imaging Nurses Assoc Inq:

Deborah Shears deborah.shears@i-med.com.au

Mental Health Nurses SIG Inq:

Carole de Greenlaw on 9275 9333

Nurses for Continence Date: Time: Venue: Topic: Inq:

8 August 6pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Committee meeting Christine Sumper nfcv.sec@gmail.com

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6 September 9.30am Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Forum Stephen Morley smorley@ bendigohealth.org.au Gina Harrex 0401 717 352

Vic Assoc of Research Nurses Date: TIme: Venue: Topic: Inq:

13 September 8.30am - 5.00pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Professional Development Day Ann-Marie Power, Ph. 8345 6734, email: apower@unimelb.edu.au

Vic Midwifery Homecare SIG Inq:

Ingrid Ridler 0425 860 624

Vic Perioperative Nurses’ Group Date: Venue: Topic: Inq:

8 & 9 August Pullman in Albert Park Golden 50th State Conference and celebratory dinner www.vpng.org.au or contact enquiries@vpng.org.au

Vic Urological Nurses Society Date: Time: Topic: Venue: Inq:

24 September 6.15pm Executive Meeting Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Ros Lawrence rostommy1@optusnet.com.au

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Secretary’s report NAME CHANGE

ANF becomes ANMF Lisa Fitzpatrick, State Secretary

You will have noticed the new look On The Record front cover including the new name and logo, and throughout this edition of OTR. The new name and logo will start appearing on all our publications over coming weeks and is associated with the federation’s application to change our name to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. At the time of print there were no objections to the change and we were expecting to become ANMF E\WKHHQGRI-XO\ ANMF is also in the process of applying to change the name of the ANF Education Centre, including the registered training organisation. The ANMF (Vic Branch) will continue to function as always – representing nurses, midwives and carers – however we will have a new legal name and logo on all documentation and online information. This is a massive undertaking but one which we know members agree is timely.

Expansion of heath assistants in nursing trials It is well established, through international research, that skill mix is an important determinant of quality patient care and adverse outcomes. Representing the professional and industrial needs of members, the ANMF is concerned about your ability to continue to provide safe and quality care when skill mix is threatened. We are concerned the Napthine Government’s announcement to run health assistant in nursing (HAN) pilot programs at Eastern, Monash and Barwon Health is a further step in its bid to cut the health budget by abolishing nurse/midwife to patient ratios through the substitution of registered and enrolled nurses with health assistants. At the recent Annual Delegates Conference Health Minister David Davis was asked whether he could promise that a re-elected Coalition Government would not try to substitute nurses with www.anmfvic.asn.au

health assistants in the negotiations for the next public sector nurses and midwives enterprise agreement in 2016. Disappointingly Mr Davis’ reply was not a categorical ‘no’ instead saying: “Well, that is not the intention. The intention is that these are additional nurse assistants, they’re supernumerary.� (story page 8) ANMF has written to Directors of Nursing at the networks involved in the pilot seeking representation on the workplace committees implementing the health assistant trials and foreshadowing that we will be conducting members meetings at affected campuses and wards. At the time of print no responses had been received. In light of recent international research and the findings and recommendations from the Francis Report into the terrible care standards at the Mid Staffordshire hospitals (story pages 10 and 11) it is critical we recognise when attempts to reduce health care costs threaten patient care. It is also vital to maintain the skill mix in Victoria’s public hospitals to ensure there is enough qualified staff to meet the increasingly complex patient care needs.

New laws improving pay and conditions The Federal Government’s $3.7 billion aged care reforms and changes to the ZRUNSODFHODZVZHUHSDVVHGLQODWH-XQH The aged care laws will mean $1.2 billion additional funding to increase aged care nurses’ and carers’ wages. The Fair Work Act changes will mean greater employer consideration of employee family and carer responsibilities, protection of penalty rates and more support to people bullied at work. Rostering, bullying and parental leave are all important and ANMF supports the changes which reflect the Federal Labor Government’s focus on the rights of all working Australians.

Prevention of Workplace Bullying A one day seminar providing practical information and support for nurses, midwives and carers on workplace bullying and harassment. Date: Hours: Venue:

Thursday 17 October 2013 9am – 4pm Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 7th Floor, 540 Elizabeth Street, Melb Cost: HSR (and is also an ANMF  PHPEHU -RE5HS ANMF member: $110 Non-member: $150 CPD: 6 hours Enquiries: Emma Monk 9275 9333 or register at www.tiny.cc/seminar17oct

Inside this edition

Prison nurses take protected industrial action

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News KNOW YOUR ENTITLEMENTS

Understanding your entitlements when working through meal breaks and after your shift ends Joanna Micheli, Information Officer

It is again becoming more common for nurses and midwives to work beyond their rostered shift length, or through their meal breaks, in order to complete nursing care and/or documentation. In many cases this occurs without any payment or time off in lieu. It is not a new phenomenon, having been widespread during the late 1990s before the successful ANMF “Work It, Claim It” campaign, where we pursued overtime for all work performed.

Can I be required to work for nothing?

You cannot be required to work for nothing, and in many cases the pressure to do so is indirect, with decreasing resources and increasing acuity resulting in more to do with no increase in staff. It is often members themselves who believe they are ‘professionally’ obligated to stay back after finishing time, or work through meal breaks. It is the employer’s responsibility to provide sufficient resources to ensure safe competent care. Some employers may rely on your ‘dedication’ to avoid their obligations to provide more staff or pay overtime.

often hear that the employer’s response is ‘work smarter’ or a similar comment. Your response can be ‘what is it that you suggest I stop doing to make time for (e.g.) documentation?’. If you are coming to the conclusion of your shift, and you have not had time to document, your employer really has only three options: ‡ absolve you of the need to document, an unlikely response; or ‡ request that you work for nothing, an unlikely and potentially unlawful response; or ‡ approve overtime. In almost all cases, the ANMF would be able to take your case to the Fair Work Commission, should that be necessary. The public sector agreement specifically states that if difficulties arise from the requirement that overtime will only be paid if the employee is requested or directed by the employer to perform overtime work, the ANMF and/or the employer affected may have the matter dealt with in accordance with the dispute resolution procedure in the agreement.

What about working through meal breaks? So what should I do? Firstly, notify your employer. You can do that directly to your Nurse Unit Manager or manager, or you can do it collectively with ANMF assistance. At ANMF we

Each of our enterprise agreements provides for requirements around meal breaks. Most commonly, the rosters clause in the EBA requires the meal break times to be included on the roster, in advance.

The meal break clause then usually states that employees are entitled to meal breaks in accordance with the roster. If you miss out on your rostered meal break, you are required to be paid for the meal break as time worked at the ordinary rate plus 50 per cent. Where employees are regularly unable to take their meal breaks then a “crib time” arrangement should operate so that the employees are granted a paid meal interval of not less than twenty minutes to be commenced after completing three hours and not more than five hours of duty.

What if I have to stay on the ward during my break? Employees are entitled to leave the ward/unit area for unpaid meal breaks. However it must be your employer’s decision that you are required to stay on the ward, not simply your belief that this is required. If your employer requires you to stay on the ward, then usually the meal break must be paid time. Again it is a matter of clarifying with your employer, individually or collectively with ANMF, as to whether this requirement exists.

For more information call the members-only Information Line on 9275 9300 or 1800 133 353 (regional toll free).

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News RESPECT OUR WORK EBA CAMPAIGN

Prison nurses take protected industrial action Barry Megennis, Industrial Officer Members employed at 11 prisons across Victoria, managed by GEO Care Australia, started protected industrial action as part of their campaign to improve wages, and in particular working conditions which are well below health industry standards. At the time of print, members were still taking part in the administrative bans, wearing campaign materials and speaking with the media. The industrial action is taking place at Melbourne Assessment Prison in West Melbourne, Beechworth Correctional Centre, Dhurringile Prison in Murchison, Langi Kal Kal Prison in Trawalla, Marngoneet Correctional Centre in Lara and Tarrengower Prison in Maldon. In addition to the bans, members employed at Barwon Prison in Lara, Dame Phyllis Frost Centre in Ravenhall (this rally included Melbourne Remand Centre nurses), Hopkins Correctional Centre in Ararat and Loddon Prison in Castlemaine held two-hour stop work rallies outside their IDFLOLWLHVRQ-XQH After 18 months of negotiations, ANMF and GEO Care Australia, who manages the prison’s health services, reached a stalemate over the date the 2.5 per cent wage increase was to be applied from and the introduction of entitlements that are industry standards for all other Victorian nurses. 7KHFXUUHQWDJUHHPHQWH[SLUHGLQ-XO\DQGSULVRQQXUVHV·ODVWZDJH LQFUHDVHZDVWZRDQGDKDOI\HDUVDJRLQ-DQXDU\$1)LVVHHNLQJ DJUHHPHQWIURP*(2&DUH$XVWUDOLDWRSD\QXUVHVWKHLQFUHDVHIURP-XO\ 2012. GEO Care Australia does not pay health industry standard penalty rates to nurses working on public holidays. In addition the non-payment of annual leave loading and long service leave of only eight weeks at 10 years means their entitlements are significantly lower than nurses in the public or private health system. At the time of print GEO Care Australia had notified ANMF it was not prepared to amend its offer. Meetings have been scheduled at GEO sites with members to consider seeking the assistance of the Fair Work Commission to resolve the issues in dispute.

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Photos: GEO Care Australia stop work rallies pictured from top: Dame Phyllis Frost Centre in Ravenhall this (rally included Melbourne Remand Centre nurses); Barwon Prison in Lara; and Loddon Prison in Castlemaine.

MCH SERVICE REVIEW

$2000 CAP ON SELF-EDUCATION EXPENSES

MEMBER NEWS

Qualifications must stay

ANMF joins campaign to scrap the cap

Union fees tax receipt and PI certificate

Retaining the high education standards and multiple qualifications of Victoria’s maternal and child health nurses is the focus of ANMF’s preliminary submission to a new Victorian government review of the service. The Department of Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) are reviewing the Victorian Maternal and Child Health Service, including the Universal and Enhanced MCH Services and the MCH Line. Read ANMF’s submission at www.tiny.cc/mchsub1306

ANMF is part of a national campaign calling on the Federal Government to remove the new $2000 annual cap on tax deductions for self-education expenses. All health professionals, including nurses and midwives, are required by law to update their education and these changes will have a particularly devastating impact on rural and junior health professionals. To show your support for the campaign, please sign the petition, share your story and find out other ways you can help at www.scrapthecap.com

ANMF has sent members, excluding those who pay by payroll deduction, a receipt to assist with claiming membership fees in their 2012/13 tax return. Members can also print this receipt from their Member Homepage at www.anmfvic.asn.au Eligible financial members have also been sent a certificate confirming professional indemnity insurance that meets, or exceeds, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (section 129) requirements to practise.

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News RESPECT OUR WORK: AGED CARE NURSES AND PERSONAL CARE WORKERS

New Aged Care Workforce Supplement guidelines provide certainty for aged care employers Leigh Hubbard, Senior Industrial OfďŹ cer example accrued leave, superannuation ANMF is urging private and not-forcosts and workers compensation profit aged care employers to finalise premiums. This overcomes the complaints 120 replacement enterprise agreements many employers had expressed directly following the release of the Federal to their staff when earlier Federal Department of Health and Ageing’s Government announcements said that final Aged Care Workforce Supplement the employer must bear all on-costs (formerly known as the Aged Care associated with Compact) Guidelines. supplement The guidelines, The Supplement will deliver an extra 3.5 increases. UHOHDVHGRQ-XO\VHW To provide out how $1.2 billion per cent in wages by 2016 for 10,000 further certainty in Commonwealth ANF private aged care members‌But ANMF has also funding will be delivered to boost the only if aged care employers apply for it given a guarantee in a proposed wages of nurses, carers and it is in the enterprise agreement. wages clause that and other aged care an employer will employees. not be liable for unfunded supplement increases should Extra wage increases under the supplement a future coalition government cancel the When employers agree to finalise funding. agreements that contain the additional federal funding the supplement will Negotiations continue deliver an extra 3.5 per cent in wages by 2016 for 10,000 private aged care ANMF is attempting to complete nurses and carers. This will equate to an negotiations with employers that additional one per cent in each year from commenced in March, however we are yet 2013-2015 and 0.5 per cent in 2016. Extra to finalise those initial agreements. ANMF wages funding is only available if aged has also written to employers we have care employers apply for it and the wage already held negotiations with, requesting increases are in the enterprise agreement. they make a firm employer-funded wage By 2016 the supplement equates to an increase offer and that they confirm extra $55 per week for registered nurses, the inclusion of the supplement in their $35 for enrolled nurses and $30 per week enterprise agreement. for carers. Under the supplement the employer 31 December deadline must provide a minimum employerIt is vital we act quickly. An enterprise funded increase of 2.75 per cent in each year to access the funded wage increases. agreement must be in place for an aged care facility by 31 December 2013, in order that the Government back pay the Assistance for on-costs first one per cent supplement increase to The supplement guidelines also now an earlier date. outline how an employer will be able Should an offer not be made at to use the funding to meet on-costs forthcoming meetings ANMF has put associated with a wage increase, for employers on notice that we will exercise

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our rights under the Fair Work Act to seek a protected industrial ballot order. This is part of the enterprise bargaining process and does not prevent further discussions from occurring. Protected action means nurses and carers can take industrial action without any reprisal or disciplinary action from their employer. Aged care nurses and carers will have to consider the kind of protected action they wish to take – from wearing a badge to having a short stop work meeting. We will keep you updated and, if necessary, organise workplace meetings to seek members’ views. Please ask nonmembers in your aged care facility to join the ANMF and we urge you to attend any meetings scheduled at your workplace. For further information call your Organiser or ANMF Information Line on 9275 9333.

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2013 Annual Delegates Conference AUSTRALIAN NURSING AND MIDWIFERY FEDERATION (VICTORIAN BRANCH) LAUNCHES NEW NAME AND LOGO

Record 550 Job Reps attend 21st Annual Delegates Conference The 21st Annual Delegates Conference attracted a new record attendance with -RE5HSVLQFOXGLQJILUVWWLPH delegates and 223 representing members from regional Victoria. The conference, held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre on 27 DQG-XQHLQFOXGHGVRFLDOMXVWLFH DQGPRWLYDWLRQDOVSHDNHUVDSUDFWLFDO-RE Rep workshop and an opportunity to hear the latest news from the union. The new look Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Vic Branch) name and logo was also launched at the 21st Annual Delegates Conference. -RE5HSVGHEDWHGPRWLRQVFRYHULQJ industrial, professional, workplace health and safety and social justice issues which will guide ANMF policy. First speaker social media expert Dr Christine Satchell said even the most

savvy social media user could make mistakes which could permanently damage their digital identity and advised delegates to demonstrate the same communication skills online as they do in the real world. “We naturally as human beings censor ourselves and the nuances of interaction dictate what I share with my boss which is very different to the sorts of things I will share with my friend,� Dr Satchell said. Australian Commission on Safety and Quality Health Care Chief Executive Officer Professor Debora Picone outlined the 10 new National Safety and Quality

Professor Debora Picone, CEO of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality Health Care ,with Lisa Fitzpatrick, Secretary, ANMF (Vic Branch) Continued page 8.

NEW ANNUAL MEMBER BENEFIT

ANMF members receive $400 online CPD Portal credit -RE5HSVZHUHJLYHQDVQHDNSUHYLHZRIWKHQHZRQOLQH$10) 9LF%UDQFK &3'3RUWDOZKLFK will enable members to complete their annual ongoing education registration renewal requirements at no cost. Speaking at the Annual Delegates Conference ANMF (Vic Branch) eLearning and online CPD Project Manager Vanessa Brotto (pictured right) provided an overview of the new AMNF (Vic Branch) CPD Portal which will provide members with quality education presented in an interesting and dynamic way using the latest evidence-based knowledge. Full financial members will receive up to $400 credit each financial year to access 20-hours of online learning at no cost. Student members not working in the industry will receive $80 credit. Members interested in further education to improve their knowledge base and advance their career will be able to complete additional modules at an affordable price. Non-members will also be able to pay to access the modules. Ms Brotto said the planning and development of the CPD Portal was based on the feedback of more than 1000 members who completed an ANMF online survey late last year. To avoid replicating modules already available on the market ANMF has commissioned and partnered with clinical experts, industry leaders and key organisations, including legal firm Ryan Carlisle Thomas, Alzheimer’s Australia and Diabetes Australia, to create peer-reviewed modules filling the education gaps identified by members. Modules using text, images and video will range from practical clinical and industrial scenarios, medical conditions, practical nursing procedures and legal cases – all will include real and interesting case studies. Illustrating the different focus of the CPD Portal, Ms Brotto revealed a sample of modules to come, including infant brain development for midwives, maternal and child health nurses and paediatric nurses, different central venous devices, advance care directives that will provide practical information for nurses and midwives to respond to difficult scenarios and understanding WorkCover from a manager’s perspective. -RE5HSVZHUHDOVRJLYHQDSUHYLHZRIWKHHDV\WRXVHFRXUVHGDVKERDUG&3'KRXUVSURJUHVVWUDFNHUDQGDQRQOLQHSURIHVVLRQDO portfolio to record and organise professional information including an online resumÊ builder and CPD summary. ANMF members will be able to plan, learn and record their continuing professional development on their phone, tablet or computer at www.anmfvic.asn.au/cpdportal ANMF members will receive an email to advise when the CPD Portal is live. www.anmfvic.asn.au

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2013 Annual Delegates Conference From page 7. Health Service Standards (NSQHS). The clinically-focused standards, designed to protect patients from harm and improve the quality of the health services, must be implemented by all public and private hospitals across Australia. Nurses and midwives can read the standards at www.safetyandquality.gov.au and can contact the NSQHS Advice Centre on 1800 304 056 for further advice. Delegates watched the powerful documentary Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea that explores the circumstances that lead to people coming to Australia by boat to seek asylum. Pamela Curr from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) said the film showed the experiences of vulnerable patients that Victorian nurses and midwives would meet in emergency GHSDUWPHQWVDQGPLGZLIHU\ZDUGV-RE Reps generously donated food and more than $3800 to help the ASRC to assist refugees living in Melbourne. Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews (pictured left) spoke about budget cuts and the pressure on the health system under the Napthine Government. “I don’t claim to have been a perfect health minister and I don’t claim to have been part of a perfect government, but I

do think it is important to acknowledge that across our system performance and outcomes have got worse in almost every category in the last two and a half years�. On the second day of the conference Federal ANMF Secretary Lee Thomas gave a ‘round up’ report on the state, territory and national activities of the ANMF. With humility and humour CFMEU 6WDWH6HFUHWDU\-RKQ6HWND(pictured top left) dispelled myths about his union and explained why 18 was his lucky number. He attributed his passionate drive to stop preventable deaths on building sites to his father’s lucky escape in the 1970 Westgate Bridge collapse that killed 35 construction workers. Mr Setka’s father was one of the 18 men injured. “When I went to Footscray High a lot of the kids I went to school with lost dads on the Westgate Bridge, so when it comes to health and safety it does hit a nerve with me,� Mr Setka said. Aerial ski jumper Alisa Camplin concluded the day by sharing her planning and goal setting techniques that transformed her from a non-skier to Australia’s first Olympic skiing gold medalist in 2002 at Salt Lake City. She also shared her personal story of losing her newborn son Finnan and the establishment of Finnan’s Gift which supports the Royal Children’s Hospital.

HEALTH ASSISTANT IN NURSING TRIALS AT EASTERN, BARWON AND MONASH HEALTH

Health Minister refuses to commit that AINs will not be in ratios Health assistant in nursing trials are being established at Eastern, Barwon and Monash Health networks, Victorian Health Minister David Davis (pictured right) told the recent Annual Delegates Conference. The first health assistant trials occurred at the Austin and Bendigo Hospitals in 2009. An evaluation of those trials by PricewaterhouseCoopers found there was no improvement to patient outcomes. 'HOHJDWHVDSSODXGHGDIWHURQH-RE5HS asked Mr Davis: “Like everybody else in this room I spent many hours and we fought long and hard to oppose the introduction of assistants in health. But now without consultation my hospital, my health service is being told we’re going to be a pilot for the program of the introduction of assistants in nursing. Our concerns are that personal care is the time we use for many aspects for assessing our patients, for example cognition, skin integrity and independence and many, many other things and

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it is the time you use to develop bonds and trust. We are already supervising grads and students and this third tier will increase our workload. There are 800,more than 800 grads without work currently. Wouldn’t the health system be better served if the already trained staff were employed instead of employing others with lesser training? Isn’t this just a plan to introduce assistants in nursing into our ratios by stealth?� Mr Davis replied: “The answer to that is no. The answer is very clearly that this is the result of careful research since 2009 through two services and the evidence of Austin and Bendigo and the results of that show that the nurses in those workforce favoured the assistants and the patients also favoured the assistants as an extra addition to the workforce.� Delegates again applauded when DQRWKHU-RE5HSKRSLQJIRUDFDWHJRULFDO ‘no’ reply, questioned the Minister: “If all these pilots with health assistants go ahead and your government is re-elected in 2014, will

you promise not to substitute RNs with health assistants in the negotiations in the next EBA in 2016?� In a disappointing response for delegates, Mr Davis replied: “Well, that is not the intention. The intention is that these are additional nurse assistants.�

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2013 Annual Delegates Conference CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

Inspiring active Job Reps across Victoria Meeting Notices and other information, The 2013 Annual Delegates Conference included a workshop designed to clarify ordering ANMF brochures, materials and merchandise, promoting ANMF members’ DQGSURYLGHJXLGDQFHRQWKH-RE5HS meetings, organising ANMF recruitment UROHDQGHQFRXUDJHPRUH-RE5HSVWR roadshows and become actively assisting with involved at their ANMF Job Rep online feedback : workplace. the dispute Overall an excellent conference thoroughly loved the workshop. resolution The workshop process. LQYROYHG-RE What a fantastic way to inspire Job Reps... Reps sitting with ANMF Hope everyone follows through on their ideas. officials and their peers from staff facilitated their facility discussion or network or within each group which concluded similar clinical workgroups to discuss how ZLWK-RE5HSVFRPPLWWLQJWRWKHWDVNV DVHULHVRIFRUH-RE5HSWDVNVPLJKWEH that were relevant to their particular more effectively undertaken. workplace. &RUH-RE5HSWDVNVDUHFRRUGLQDWLQJ The vast amount of information -RE5HSPHHWLQJVDWWHQGLQJFRQVXOWDWLYH collected during the workshop is currently (or similar) committee meetings with being collated and Organisers will be the Organiser, updating, linking and following these up over the next weeks. PDLQWDLQLQJ-RE5HSDQG+HDOWKDQG 7KHIHHGEDFNIURP-RE5HSVDERXW Safety Reps email trees, attending the workshop has been predominantly workplace orientations, recruiting positive and enthusiastic with many PHPEHUVDQG-RE5HSVXSGDWLQJ commenting on how pleased they were membership details, maintaining ANMF to have the opportunity to participate noticeboards and brochure holders, actively in the discussion. There has also distributing ANMF Newsflashes,

been a lot of positive comment about the seating arrangements with a number of -RE5HSVLQGLFDWLQJKRZPXFKWKH\YDOXHG PHHWLQJRWKHU-RE5HSVIURPWKHLURZQ facility or like workgroup. :LWK-RE5HSVDQGPRUHWKDQ Victorian health facilities represented, this was a significant undertaking and it ZDVWHUULILFWRVHHVRPDQ\-RE5HSVHDJHU to make a contribution to the work of the ANMF.

ANMF JOB REP OF THE YEAR

Outstanding Reps share award -XOLH-RQHVIURP%DOODUDW+HDOWK6HUYLFHV and Mary Rowan from the Angliss Hospital have shared the 2013 ANMF +DQQDK6HOOHUV-RE5HSRIWKH<HDU$ZDUG In announcing the $1000 award at the ANMF Annual Delegates Conference ACTU President Ged Kearney said Ms -RQHVD-RE5HSIRUPRUHWKDQ\HDUV was highly regarded by Ballarat Health Services staff, management and ANMF members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her colleagues regard her as a champion - compassionate and courageous, humorous, a mentor and wonderful advocate for the nursing profession,â&#x20AC;? Ms Kearney said. 0V-RQHVKDGVHUYHGRQZRUNSODFH committees, raising challenging issues with management, represented and staunchly supported individual members, participated in a number of enterprise agreement campaigns and actively www.anmfvic.asn.au

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communicate with her industrial organiser and her reliability is unwavering.â&#x20AC;? Ms Rowan makes herself available to provide assistance when required to her colleagues and to ANMF staff. She also provided advocacy support to ANF members. This award is presented to an ANMF Job Rep/s who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the union and its members. 2014 nominations will open early next year.

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Special feature MID STAFFORDSHIRE FOUNDATION NHS TRUST

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A culture of budget before care equals the suffering of thousands In February 2013 Robert Francis QC addressed and in this terrible culture released his final report into the public appalling patient care became tolerated inquiry on the substandard treatment of and normalised and patient mortality patients between 2005 -2009 at Stafford rates increased. Some of the incidences and Cannock Chase Hospitals – part of Mid of poor care reported included evidence Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. that patients were left unwashed for up In his findings Francis found that poor to a month or returned to beds that were hospital leadership, management and soiled, dignity was disregarded as patients governance resulted in severe budget and – particularly elderly patients - were left staff cuts (£10 million in 06/07) exposed and even covered and that chronic understaffing faeces, patients were not Nurses wrote to management in demoralised the workforce and assisted with toileting or saying: “We’re all exhausted, lead to a toxic culture within meals and were left without which staff began to tolerate fluids, basic infection control mentally and physically … substandard care. Francis measures were not taken The environment is neither said that principally the lack resulting in multiple outbreaks safe for patients or staff… of qualified staff – particularly of Clostridium Difficile, nursing staff - and the focus medication errors, patient falls as registered nurses we are on finances and targets before and pressure ulcer numbers professionally obliged to quality patient care was escalated, and in some raise our concerns. We feel responsible. instances there were reports From 2004 – 2006, as part of patients who died as a compromised, bullied and of a management push to result of multiple unreported disempowered.” improve financial outcomes, falls. staff cuts and poorly planned Nurses wrote to ward reconfigurations placed management saying: nursing staff working at the hospitals “We’re all exhausted, mentally and under impossible workloads. Emergency physically … The environment is neither department ratios were reduced to 15 to safe for patients or staff… as registered 1, triage was staffed by a receptionist, on nurses we are professionally obliged to raise wards skill mix reduced to 60:40 healthcare our concerns. We feel compromised, bullied support workers (HCSW or health assistants and disempowered.” One nurse at the first inquiry said: in nursing in Australia) to registered nurses “… I feel ashamed…there was not and night shifts at times were staffed with only one registered nurse and one enough staff to deal with the type of patient …you were just skimming the surface and healthcare support worker. In addition the that isn’t how I was trained.” ward reconstruction/mergers resulted in Despite numerous audits, reviews and huge medical wards with high numbers of warnings about the Stafford and Cannock frail, elderly patients, or inappropriate mix Chase hospitals, including official NHS of patient types, i.e. gastrointestinal and inquiries into infection outbreaks, poor vascular patients. governance, patient deaths and whistleWhen staff and patients raised concerns blower reports and a Ministerial briefing, it they were ignored by hospital management, was not until 2009, motivated by growing whistleblowers were left unprotected, public outrage, that the government acted. morale became low, bullying was not

The 2013 Francis report has 290 recommendations essentially calling for a change in the NHS (National Health Service) culture, to refocus services to put patients first through the establishment of enforceable standards in patient safety, quality of treatment and basic care and increased transparency, governance and accountability, particularly for hospital leadership. The report also calls for more openness and greater public access to information about the performance of hospitals, including patient outcome indicators such as infection and mortality rates, saying their hospitals should be legally obliged to disclose incidents to patients that may cause harm or impact care. Francis recognised nurses are critical to providing quality health services. He recommended giving nurses a stronger voice in leadership. In addition, recognising the impact of nursing workload on quality of care he called for the introduction of evidence-based minimum registered nurse staff levels and skill mix and for the regulated education and the mandatory registration of all direct care staff including HCSWs. The Francis report and associated recommendations underscore what nurses and midwives in Victoria have been fighting to protect over the past decade, that is, nurse/midwife to patient ratios, workloads, skill mix and quality of patient care. The Stafford and Cannock Chase hospital trauma is not isolated. Recent reports show the problems could be occurring for similar reasons at other hospitals in the UK which tolerates 60:40 skill mix of registered nurses to HCSWs. In Victoria, the Napthine Government is planning to trial health assistants in nursing at Barwon, Monash and Eastern Health. At this point Health Minister David

“This is a story of appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people. They were failed by a system which ignored the warning signs and put corporate self-interest and cost control ahead of patients and their safety.”

“...I think that the difficulty was that we didn’t really know how many staff we had got. We didn’t really know what they were doing, we didn’t really know where they were and we didn’t know what numbers were reasonable.”

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“…I have never met a nurse who comes to work to do a bad job. The nurses were so under resourced …they were desperately moving from place to place to try to give adequate care to patients… you cannot continue to do the best you possibly can when the system says no to you…”

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Bibliography Francis QC, R. 2010 Independent Inquiry into care provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS )RXQGDWLRQ7UXVW-DQXDU\²0DUFK The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry, Crown Copyright 2010 p190-195 Francis QC, R. 2013 Press Statement, The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry Francis QC, R. 2013 Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, Crown Copyright 2013 The Telegraph 2013 3,000 more patients have died needlessly in hospital Ford, S. 2013 Failure to rescue linked to higher HCA ratio Nursing Times Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2012 State-mandated nurse staffing levels alleviate workloads, leading to lower patient mortality and higher nurse satisfaction.

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2013 Health and Safety Reps Conference 2013 ANMF HEALTH AND SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES CONFERENCE

Practical skills to help Health and Safety Reps Providing Health and Safety Reps with the knowledge and skills to be able to resolve OHS issues at work was the aim of the recent ANMF Annual Health and Safety Reps Conference. The conference, held at the Carson Conference Centre at ANMF House on -XQHZDVGHVLJQHGWRHGXFDWHDQG empower Health and Safety Reps, and also to thank them and acknowledge their work. Introducing the conference, ANMF (Vic Branch) Assistant Secretary Paul Gilbert said nurses and midwives had a right to work in a safe and healthy environment. Mr Gilbert said ANMF was focused on reducing manual handling injuries through involvement in WorkSafe Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review of the regulations and code of practice and working with members and management particularly in the design of new or redeveloped facilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made important and significant inroads into addressing the causal factors relating to patient handling. However, we also recognise that 15 years on this is still injuring nurses and midwives in their work and therefore of continuing concern to us,â&#x20AC;? he said. Workplace bullying also remained a constant hazard for members and ANMF would continue to pressure WorkSafe Victoria to initiate inspectorate activity in

health and aged care facilities. Mr Gilbert also highlighted the ANMFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nurses and Midwives say NO to Violenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; campaign which is aimed at calling on the Napthine Government to implement its election promises and the 39 recommendations of its own Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee Inquiry into Violence and Security Arrangements in Victorian Hospitals in December 2011. A critical focus of the campaign is to encourage nurses and midwives to report all incidents of violence and aggression through their workplace processes as well as to complete an online form to report the details to ANMF so that the information is kept in a centralised database to provide evidence of the true extent of the problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Currently, this information is not collected and collated by anyone. Whilst there is provision for the Department of Health to collect some statistics via the VHIMS reports that you complete, this is not being undertaken by anyone and is of critical importance to advancing this issue,â&#x20AC;? Mr Gilbert said. CFMEU Occupational Health and Safety Advisor Dr Gerry Ayers presented a thought-provoking perspective on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;industrial citizenâ&#x20AC;? and how by becoming an employee people automatically lose the basic democratic rights of a

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2013 Health and Safety Reps Conference

social citizen, for example questioning an employerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. Dr Ayers said becoming an elected HSR reinstated the balance of power between employer and employee. WorkSafe Inspector Clayton Larkin unveiled the new WorkSafe HSR Portal website and provided a tour through its features and how to access information designed to assist and support HSRs. The portal www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/ hsr/home is user-friendly and includes checklists and quick reference fact sheets. HSRs were encouraged to submit feedback/and or requests for information via hsr_support@worksafe.vic.gov.au Anne Wyatt, a former nurse who now specialises in work health safety management with a particular emphasis on workplace bullying, highlighted the inappropriateness of mediation, in many if not all cases of alleged bullying through real case studies. Ms Wyatt outlined the varying conflicts of interest that exist in WKHZRUNSODFHXUJLQJ+65VDQG-RE5HSV to review their policies and procedures and become more aware of their capacity to address the structural obstacles that hinder resolution of workplace bullying. In a practical step-by-step SUHVHQWDWLRQ-HDQHWWH.DPDUIURP Northern Healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quality, Safety and Risk Unit demonstrated how to construct a clear and concise business case. HSRs put their new skills to use immediately with an opportunity to take part in addressing specific problems in their workplace. +65DQG-RE5HSIURP+HSEXUQ+HDOWK Suzanne Smith presented her experiences and workable examples that may be implemented in any other health facility. Another interactive workshop, run by the ACTUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anna Pupillo and Tanya Mammone, provided participants an opportunity to consolidate the new skills learnt on the day and discuss ways to communicate effectively and maximise winnable outcomes in the workplace. Pictured on page 12 from top: Paul Gilbert; Anne Wyatt; Health and Safety Representatives participating in a workshop; and Jeanette Kamar.

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Federal ANMF Assistant Secretary Yvonne Chaperon with Christian Sanderson the recipient of the 2013 HSR of the Year Award.

HEALTH AND SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE (HSR) OF THE YEAR AWARD

2013 award goes to vigilant HSR Mental health nurse Christian Sanderson, from Weighbridge Residential Care Facility, was named 2013 ANMF Health and Safety Rep of the Year for his commitment to representing his colleagues and facilitating changes to create a safer workplace. Announcing the $1000 award at the Annual ANMF Health and Safety Reps Conference, Federal ANMF Assistant Secretary Yvonne Chaperon said Mr Sandersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent achievements underpinned the importance of the unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occupational violence and aggression campaign. One of the key messages of the campaign is the critical need to report all violent and aggressive incidents to ensure that this significant issue cannot be swept under the carpet any longer. HSRs are critical in getting the message out to workplaces and in the success of this or any other workplace safety campaign. Weighbridge is part of Melbourne Healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aged Persons Mental Health Program and Mr Sanderson advocated an online clinical aggression training package was not enough to protect staff and that all staff should receive face-to-face training with clinical educators, to provide the most appropriate level of training for staff to respond during critical incidents. Management agreed and this training occurred on-site in 2013. He has often demonstrated his commitment and concern for staff safety and wellbeing. He went a step further during changes to a clinical review process by organising a members meeting for staff to raise safety concerns and then communicated this information back to management in his capacity as a Health DQG6DIHW\5HSDQGD-RE5HS As a result, a new process for clinical review was established actively involving staff, including the opportunity to provide feedback about client behaviours before changes to medication management occur. Staff are anticipating a reduction in the number of aggressive episodes. Importantly, Mr Sanderson consistently uses Riskman to record all hazards, incidences of physical aggression and actively encourages all staff to use Riskman as a tool to highlight the level of workplace aggression and facilitate change. On The Record August 2013

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PRACTICE NURSE WAGES CAMPAIGN

Backpay claim win

Fair Work Commission decision ends ‘low paid’ case option

Jody Kerrins, Organiser

ANMF has assisted a private aged care member receive a payment of underpaid wages worth almost $12,000. The member initially contacted ANMF for assistance with an issue of underpayment of her shift allowance over several weeks. ANMF investigations revealed the member had been consistently underpaid the enterprise agreement’s hourly rate over four years. ANMF calculated the unpaid wages and requested the employer pay the unpaid wages. The member has since received the total amount owing from the employer.

The Fair Work Commission has rejected ANMF’s case for a low paid authorisation to force over 800 medical clinics to bargain with the ANF for enterprise agreements for practice nurses. ,QKLV-XQHGHFLVLRQ9LFH3UHVLGHQW Watson acknowledged barriers to bargaining, but did not consider practice nurses generally to be ‘low paid’ and would not order employers to sit down to negotiate under the Fair Work Act. ANMF had argued that the nation’s 10,000 practice nurses, including 1500 Victorian practice nurse members, were relatively low paid compared to other nurses employed in health. Practice nurses are paid between $3 and $12 per hour below comparable public and private sector nurses. Compared with most other nurses, practice nurses also have fewer conditions with no professional development allowances or paid study leave, no

qualifications allowances, fewer personal leave days and half the long service leave. Vice President Watson, however, said the relevant ‘industry standards’ to compare practice nurses with the medical practice industry not the health and aged care industry.

Where to from here? On a positive note, over the past 12 months ANMF has negotiated an enterprise agreement for more than 200 practice nurses employed in Healthscope medical clinics across Australia, as well as agreements covering another 150 practice nurses in 35 Victorian medical practices. ANMF has writtten to practice nurses about alternative options to pursue the ability to negotiate agreements. For details contact your your Organiser or the ANMF Information Line on 9275 9300 or 1800 133 353 regional toll free.

ENVIRONMENT

EDUCATION

ANMF signs up to CitySwitch

Midwifery course review

As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, the ANMF (Vic Branch) has signed up to the Melbourne City Council CitySwitch Green Office Program. The program works with office tenants located in Melbourne to improve office energy efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions and results in emissions and cost savings. ANMF will soon have an energy usage assessment at its Elizabeth Street building and will implement initiatives to reduce our energy consumption and waste production. The recently formed ANMF staff environmental committee will be planning these initiatives and where possible these changes will also be implemented in our six regional offices. Members are encouraged to check out the CitySwitch website www.cityswitch.net.au and think about how they can get involved at work. Please let ANMF (Vic Branch) know about the initiatives you are involved in at work or in the community by emailing environment@anmfvic.asn.au

ANMF (Vic Branch) and its state and territory counterparts have been actively involved in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council’s (ANMAC) review of the standards governing the accreditation of midwifery courses. ANMF’s submission to the review last month was based on advice from our members experiencing difficulty with implementation of the standards released in 2010. The key areas of concern are the requirement for student midwives to attend an increased number of births and participate in a large number of ‘follow through journeys’. Members have also raised issues about ensuring a postgraduate pathway into midwifery. First round submissions and an online survey closed on 12 -XO\)ROORZLQJVWDNHKROGHUIRUXPVWKLVPRQWKLQ%ULVEDQHDQG Perth the expert advisory group will analyse all feedback to develop the second Consultation Paper to be distributed to stakeholders including ANMF in mid-October. ANMF will keep members informed about opportunities for input to the ANMAC consultations.

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News NATIONAL NURSES UNION CONFERENCE SAN FRANCISCO

ANMF strengthens relationships with international nursing unions to advance ratios Advancing, improving and securing nurse international guests, including ANMF, patient ratios was high on the agenda and NNU leaders took place to have during ANMF (Vic Branch) Assistant a conversation about the issues and Secretary Paul Gilbert’s recent attendance concerns in different countries and at the United States of America’s National Nurses Union’s threeday conference and international nurses meeting. The event in San )UDQFLVFRLQ-XQHZDV an important step in developing the ANMF (Vic Branch) relationship with the only union in the world that has secured mandated minimum ratios in legislation. Mr Gilbert attended ANMF (Vic Branch) Assistant Secretary Paul Gilbert speaking at the the NNU’s two-day Golden Gate rally about the Victorian nurses and midwives campaign to conference which protect mandated ratios. included speaking to about 1000 nurses ways all parties can work together more and midwives from across the United closely to build the international nurses’ States of America at a rally at San movement. Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. While The meeting formed a group called the conference and rally focused on Global Nurses United to work together enhancing ratios it also looked at social to protect our professions, patients, justice and environmental issues. communities, work, health, environment A special meeting between the and planet.

YOUR UNION

ANMF Branch staff changes Graduate Occupational Health & Safety Officer

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Victorian Collaborative Psychiatric Nursing Conference 8 & 9 August 2013 Moonee Valley Racecourse, Moonee Ponds This two-day conference focuses on the practice of psychiatric nursing and how it contributes to better health outcomes for the consumers of mental health services. Hosted by the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (Vic Branch) and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Vic Branch). Register www.tiny. cc/psychconf13

Seminar with Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone 19 August 2013 Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House CPD: 1 hour The Palliative Care Nurses and Advance Care Planning ANMF Special Interest Groups present this free seminar ‘Cultural diversity: therapeutic communication and the ethics of truthful disclosure in cancer care’. Register at www.tiny.cc/sigseminar

ANMF Professional Issues in Practice Conference 19 & 20 September 2013 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf CPD hours: up to 14 hours More than 50 speakers over two days will inform and inspire as they explore contemporary professional and clinical issues in nursing, midwifery, mental health and aged care. The program includes an occupational violence and no lifting stream and lifting equipment display. Register at www.tiny.cc/13profconf

Inaugural Australian Day Surgery Nurses Association Conference

Yiota Paraskevopoulos Yiota has recently been appointed to the newly created role of Graduate Occupational Health and Safety Officer. This 12-month position provides experience in the health industry and within a variety of occupational health and safety forums. Yiota will be responsible for the recruitment, retention and updating of information relating to Health and Safety

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Representatives in the workplace, and safety and security of nurses and midwives while travelling to and from work. Yiota has been with the ANMF for almost seven years and was the OHS Industrial Professional Secretary and completed her occupational health and safety studies in 2012.

12 & 13 October 2013 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf The Day Surgery Special Interest Group is assisting with the inaugural Australian Day Surgery Nurses Association Conference which will be a weekend packed full of interesting speakers and networking with colleagues. Register www.adsna.info

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2013 Job Representatives Training Program: www.anmfvic.asn.au/jobreps/ -RE5HSWUDLQLQJSURJUDPVSURYLGHG IUHHWR-RE5HSVDUHGHVLJQHGWREXLOG your knowledge and confidence in your important role in the union. Full details regarding leave entitlements and provision

of accommodation and meals are included in the registration brochure and at www.anfvic. asn.au. All Melbourne-based programs are held at ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Regional program venues are

notified with your registration confirmation. TUTA leave applies where eligible. Course and registration information is available at www.anmfvic.asn.au/jobreps/ or call Bree Taplin on 9275 9333 for a registration brochure.

Introduction to Industrial Relations and Job Rep role

Melbourne courses:

Metropolitan Advanced Job Rep Training

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9.15am-4.30pm daily.

Time: 9.15am-4pm Venue: ANMF House, Melbourne M06/13 27, 28 & 29 August This program is held over three consecutive The new advanced level training program, Effective M07/13 1, 2, & 3 October days and will focus on: Dispute Resolution in the Workplace, includes M08/13 22, 23 & 24 October Â&#x2021; the role of ANMF and unions -RE5HSWUDLQLQJSURJUDPVSURYLGHGIUHHWR-RE LQIRUPDWLRQRQ\RXUULJKWVDWZRUN-RE5HSVZKR M09/13 12, 13 & 14 November Â&#x2021; your role, rights and responsibilities as 5HSVDUHGHVLJQHGWREXLOG\RXUNQRZOHGJHDQG undertake the advanced training will develop M10/13 3, 4 & 5 December DQ$10)-RE5HS FRQÂżGHQFHLQ\RXULPSRUWDQWUROHLQWKHXQLRQ dispute resolution knowledge and skills about: Introduction Â&#x2021; the Fair Work Act Program â&#x20AC;&#x201C; learn 1: about your to industrial relations and the )XOOGHWDLOVUHJDUGLQJOHDYHHQWLWOHPHQWVDQGSURYLVLRQ Â&#x2021; parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rights to request flexible working Regional courses: rights at work RIDFFRPPRGDWLRQDQGPHDOVDUHLQFOXGHGLQWKH role of the Job Representative (3 days) arrangements 9.15am-4.30pm daily. Â&#x2021; what to do when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what Â&#x2021; the difference between poor performance R04/13 Geelong 13, 14 & 15 August UHJLVWUDWLRQEURFKXUH $OO-RE5HSVZKRKDYHQRWDWWHQGHGWUDLQLQJ to do and professional misconduct in the context R05/13 3, 4 & 5 September$OO0HOERXUQHEDVHGSURJUDPVDUHKHOGDW$1) or attended training more than three Bendigo years Â&#x2021; finding out who, what, where and how of the disciplinary procedure 29, 30 & 31 October+RXVH(OL]DEHWK6WUHHW0HOERXUQH5HJLRQDO ago are strongly encouragedR06/13 to attendWangaratta this to access ANMF resources to assist Â&#x2021; workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rights when dealing with poor R07/13 19, 20 & 21 Nov SURJUDPYHQXHVDUHQRWLÂżHGZLWK\RXUUHJLVWUDWLRQ three-day introductory program. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;llWarrnambool gain you in your role - identifying the roles FRQÂżUPDWLRQ performance or professional misconduct confidence in your role, learn when to ask for and responsibilities of ANMF staff and 787$OHDYHDSSOLHVZKHUHHOLJLEOH allegations to ensure procedural fairness help and find out what resources are available officials Â&#x2021; the role of the Fair Work Commission, EBA to you from the ANF to assist you in the role. Â&#x2021; a problem solving process to address &RXUVHDQGUHJLVWUDWLRQLQIRUPDWLRQLVDYDLODEOHDW dispute settling procedures and legislation workplace issues Melbourne programs (9.15am - 4.30pm daily) ZZZDQIYLFDVQDXMREUHSVWRSLFVKWPORU when dealing with the above. Â&#x2021; the principles of natural FDOO(ODLQH7RPDRQIRUDUHJLVWUDWLRQ M08/11justice, December 6, 7 & 8 procedural fairness and the disciplinary EURFKXUHRTS09/13 October 16 procedure This program is provided with assistance from the 2011 EBA:members RESPECT and OUR WORK Â&#x2021; your role in representing Trade Union Education Foundation. helping members to help themselves Â&#x2021; building and unifying workplace Contact Bree Taplin for further information: membership. (YHU\ZDUGXQLWVKRXOGKDYHDWOHDVWWZR-RE 9275 9333 or jrt@anmfvic.asn.au

Do you have Job Reps at your workplace?

2013 Occupational Health & Safety Training - www.anmfvic.asn.au/ohs/ ANMF OHS courses cater for the health sector, with a strong focus on issues and hazards relevant to nursing. ANMF Health and Safety Reps are urged to attend the approved training course, which relates to nursing and provides up-to-date

information about your industry. Subject to consultation with the employer, HSRs have the right to choose the five-day initial HSR OHS course they will attend provided it is a WorkSafe approved course. Under the Occupational Health and Safety

Act 2004, employers must not obstruct or prevent an HSR from attending an approved course of their choice; to do so may constitute an offence under the Act. Requests to attend training must be made at least 14 days before the course commences.

Five-day Initial HSR OHS Course (WorkSafe approved)

Regional One-day HSR OHS Refresher Course (WorkSafe approved)

OHS Seminars and Conferences

Time: CPD: Cost:

9am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm each day 35 hours $750 per participant (payable by employer)

Course 2 (Part 1) 7, 8, 9 August (Part 2) 29, 30 August Course 3 (Part 1) 13, 14, 15 November (Part 2) 5, 6 December

Time: Cost:

9am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm each day $250 per participant (payable by employer) Course 4: Bendigo 21 August Course 5: Wangaratta 25 September Course 6: Geelong 20 November ** Regional courses are subject to a minimum number of 10 participants per course

Metro One-day HSR OHS Refresher Course (WorkSafe approved)

ANMF (Vic Branch) Professional Issues Conference 19 & 20 September Day 1 - Occupational Violence Stream Day 2 - No Lifting Stream Prevention of Workplace Bullying Seminar 17 October

Contact the OHS Unit for further information: 9275 9333 or ohs@anmfvic.asn.au

Course 3: 23 October

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