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Special Interest Groups

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Lisa Fitzpatrick, State Secretary

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Secretary’s report VICTORIAN HOSPITALS MOST COST EFFICIENT

Valuable feedback tells us your priorities Lisa Fitzpatrick, State Secretary When we wanted to discover what our members would prioritise when voting in the November state election, we did what you would expect of us – we asked you! And the response was terrific. The survey results certainly show your continuing desire to participate in the ongoing work and development of your union. Almost 80 per cent of members listed stopping the violence at work as “extremely important�. This strongly supports our campaign for greater safety in our hospitals through increased security personnel as well as our insistence that the state government fulfils its pre-2010 election promise to spend $21m on staff security. We’re still waiting and we continue the fight. Almost 77 per cent classed reopening of beds in the same category, echoing our efforts through lobbying and in the media to stop the closures, reclaim closed beds, and open the extra 800 beds we were promised (also in 2010’s election). Workloads were also classified as “extremely important� by more than 85 per cent of respondents, further evidence that we must continue to work hard to maintain and improve nurse/patient ratios across the board and ensure that they remain legally enforceable. We will be looking for XQGHUWDNLQJVIURPWKHPDMRUSDUWLHVRQWKLV important issue. Needless to say, that fight is far from over. Building a stable nursing/midwifery workforce, mental health, quality aged care and wages all scored high. Making sure that our enrolled, registered and midwifery graduates gain employment is also a critical key to building and sustaining our future workforce. Many thanks to the thousands of nurses and midwives who responded to our survey. It is very pleasing to see that more than 13,000 opened our email and read its contents. #See the full results on page 5.

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workers in a massive door knock campaign throughout the Carrum electorate this month, undertaken as part of a Victorian Trades Hall Council initiative. More than 100 volunteers took part. Home owners were asked to prioritise their requirements for the next term of state government and who they thought would deliver the best health service. As a VTHC affiliate, the ANMF has HQMR\HGWKHVXSSRUWRIRWKHUXQLRQV in the past, particularly during our last, long-fought EBA struggle. Mutual support amongst the union movement is essential if we are to maintain and improve wages and conditions for our members and provide a better service to the community.

Delegates Conference The Annual Delegates conference will be held again at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 26 and 27, providing a great opportunity for all Job Reps to debate and influence the union’s policies and direction. Delegates will have their say on wages and conditions and policies and get the opportunity to network with their peers. New and younger Job Reps also have the chance to find out more about how their union works and build confidence in approaching their union for assistance with workplace and professional issues. Don’t forget to bring your ANMF Membership Card to swipe in and register your attendance.

Celebrate your contribution International Nurses and Midwives Day will be celebrated on May 12 and May 5 respectively. Members are urged to take some time out together to celebrate the achievements and contributions we make on a daily basis to the Victorian community. On behalf of the Branch Council and staff of the ANMF (Vic Branch) – thank you and well done.

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Prison nurses take protected industrial action

Know your entitlements...............................................................4 Payslips and timesheets

News ..........................................................................................5-7 Staff welfare protected in Weighbridge closure ‡(OHFWLRQVXUYH\UHVXOWV‡WK$QQXDO International Workshop on Women in the 21st FHQWXU\‡0DNHQXUVHWRSDWLHQWUDWLRVODZ ‡1DWLRQDOVHFOXVLRQDQGUHVWUDLQLQJSURMHFW ‡0HQWDO+HDOWK$FW)RUXP

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What information should be included on my payslip? ‡the name of your employer ‡the Australian Business Number (ABN) (if any) of the employer ‡the name of the employee ‡the date of payment ‡the period of payment (for example 24/3/14 to 30/3/14) ‡the gross and net amount of payment ‡any loadings, penalty rates or other separately identifiable entitlement paid ‡the ordinary hourly rate of pay and number of hours worked at that rate and the amount of payment at that rate ‡any deductions made from the employee’s pay, including: { the amount and purpose of each deduction (including superannuation) {the name of the fund or account into which the deductions were paid

What deductions can be made from my pay? Generally speaking, an employer is allowed to make a deduction from an employee’s pay if: ‡the employee agreed in writing and the deduction is principally for the employee’s benefit, or ‡the employee authorised the deduction in accordance with an enterprise agreement; or ‡the deduction is authorised by or under an award or an order of Fair Work Australia; or ‡the deduction is authorised by or under a law or an order of a court. However, an employer cannot make a deduction from an employee’s pay even if it is authorised by an award or an enterprise agreement if: ‡the deduction is for the benefit of the employer or a party related to the employer and is unreasonable in the circumstances, or ‡if the employee is under 18 years of age and the employee’s guardian or parent hasn’t authorised the deduction in writing.

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What are the requirements for electronic pay slips?

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Electronic pay slips must list the same information as hard copy pay slips. Employers must give electronic pay slips to each worker via email or into an electronic personal account, etc., rather than simply storing them on a database By way of best practice, employers should: ‡issue pay slips in an easily printable format ‡issue pay slips to workers securely and confidentially ‡ensure that workers can access and print their pay slips in private (e.g. it would be inappropriate to issue an electronic pay slip to a worker who doesn’t have access to a computer to privately read and print their pay slip).

Each employee is responsible for submitting a true record of their attendance in the format prescribed by your employer. This will in most workplaces be through the completion of timesheets. If an employee is on leave and unable to complete their timesheet, their manager may complete it on their behalf.

‡Employers who are required to make superannuation contributions for the benefit of employees should include the following details on the employee’s pay slip ‡the amount of each superannuation contribution the employer made or is liable to make during the pay period ‡the name of the superannuation fund into which the superannuation contributions were made or will be made. Note: Employers who contribute to a defined benefit interest in a defined benefit fund don’t have to include these contributions on the pay slip.

When must a pay slip be issued? Employers must issue a written pay slip (in electronic form or hard copy) containing the above information, to each employee within one day of the payment of wages.

Breaches of pay slip requirements Fair Work Inspectors can issue an infringement notice to employers for identified breaches of pay slip and recordkeeping requirements. Breaches of a serious, wilful or repetitive nature may lead to legal proceedings being brought against the employer by the union or Fair Work Inspector.

Who can make amendments to my timesheet? The Fair Work Regulations 2009 prescribe that an employer (e.g. Manager) may only alter timesheets if there is an error on that record. If an error is identified and corrected the amending person must record the nature of the error along with the correction. This should ideally be done in consultation with the employee who has made the error in their timesheet.

Am I allowed access to my timesheet after it has been submitted for payment? An employer must make a copy of a record available to an employee to whom the record relates or to a Fair Work Inspector. The employer must make the copy available in a legible form in English to the person making the request for inspection and copying. The employer must make the copy available if the record is kept at the premises where the employee works or worked - within three business days at those premises, or by posting a copy of the record to the employee or former employee within 14 days of receiving the request. If you believe your employer is not complying with the above requirements, please contact the ANMF Information Line or speak with your Industrial Organiser.

The ANMF Information Line is a member-only service. Information and advice is only given to ANMF members. To reduce delays to this valuable service please have your ANMF membership number ready.

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News Staff welfare protected in Weighbridge closure

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A recent Federal Court decision involving WKH&RXQWU\)LUH$XWKRULW\DQGWKH8QLWHG )LUHILJKWHUV8QLRQKDVHPSKDVLVHGWKH need for our nurse to patient ratios and other staffing provisions to be in legislation rather than enterprise agreements. 7KH8)8KDGDUJXHGWKDWWKH&)$ (the employer) had failed to meet a number of minimum staffing obligations that were agreed to during enterprise bargaining and detailed in their enterprise agreement. Justice Murphy found that the agreed staffing and recruitment provisions in the CFA enterprise agreement were unenforceable due to the intricacies in the Australian constitution which stop the federal government making laws that limit a state’s capacity to determine the ‘number and identity of its employees’. Enterprise agreements are made enforceable by federal law in the Fair Work Act (2009). The argument used by the Napthine government was thought to only apply to Awards, where Industrial Commissioners

Election survey results A survey of our members regarding the upcoming state election has revealed the key issues confronting nurses, midwives and carers in 2014. The graph (pictured) shows that wages, workload and stopping the violence at work are rated as extremely important or important to over 98% of respondents. Almost 50 per cent of members who completed the survey rated the environment as important, showing a growing concern for sustainability among our ranks.

arbitrate requirements, not enterprise agreements that are entered into freely. Justice Murphy himself recognised the difficulty with finding that clauses agreed to in good faith could be made unenforceable; however, he was restricted by the Australian constitution in finding otherwise. More recently, the Napthine government has sought to terminate the Metropolitan Fire Brigade enterprise agreement, which has a number of similar clauses. While this decision relates to firefighters and their EBAs, it is apparent that the Napthine government could also seek to run the same argument against nurse patient ratios and mental health staffing requirements, in the respective enterprise agreements with the ANMF. Consequently the ANMF will be lobbying very strongly to have our ratios included in state legislation, where the legal issues that affect enterprise agreements will not apply. 7KH8QLWHG)LUHILJKWHUV8QLRQLV appealing the decision of Justice Murphy.

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ANMF (Vic Branch) continues discussions and negotiations with North West Mental Health management concerning the redeployment of all Weighbridge nursing staff on the closure of the facility. It was announced that the 30 bed psychogeriatric home would be closed by Melbourne Health on 30 June. ANMF (Vic Branch) has worked closely with our members to endeavour to ensure that all members are redeployed to acceptable alternative nursing positions across Melbourne Health. Many of the Weighbridge residents are under the care of the state trustee and have lived in the nursing home for many years. Residents have significant care needs and many have dual or multiple mental health disorders in addition to dementia.

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With the support of the ANMF (Vic Branch), I attended the 9th International workshop on Women in the 21st Century in Havana, Cuba in 1RYHPEHUZLWK0HOERXUQH8QLYHUVLW\ Professor Christina Cregan to deliver our SDSHUœ$%OXHSULQWIRU8QLRQ5HYLYDO¡ZKLFK analyses the sustained success of the ANMF (Vic Branch) during the past 20 years during a time of broad union decline. The conference, organised by the 8QLYHUVLW\RI+DYDQDIHDWXUHGPRUHWKDQ 300 academics from Cuba, South America, WKH86$DQG(XURSH:HZHUHWKHILUVW academics from Australia to attend the conference series. There was a range of diverse topics, from ZRUNOLIHEDODQFHLQWKH86$ZRUNSODFH violence against women in Cuba, to the conditions of women in the labour market in Venezuela. Havana is a truly unique place. Every Cuban owns his home outright (mortgages are considered a tool of capitalist oppression) and is provided with rations of food and supplies each month. The city has almost full employment and absolutely no crime. And yet, since the collapse of the Soviet 8QLRQDQGRSSRUWXQLWLHVIRUWUDGHQHDUO\ all Cubans live in poverty. Because of trade

HPEDUJRVZLWKWKH8QLWHG6WDWHVWKHRQO\ cars are Soviet Ladas and ’58 Chevrolets. Walking down the streets of the old town, where the people are too poor to renovate their beautiful but dilapidated Spanish colonial homes, the city appears frozen in time. One local academic at the conference lunch told us that her wage was 13 Cuban &RQYHUWLEOHSHVRVRU$8'DPRQWK When we finished our meals, she took the bread from our plates to feed her child. Nonetheless, healthcare is one of Cuba’s great triumphs. All Cubans have access to free, high quality healthcare and they export doctors and nurses all over South America DOWKRXJK&XEDQVWDIIDUHVXEMHFWWRVWULFW checks to ensure they don’t flee the country permanently). There are dusty general medical practices on most main roads, where Cuban nurses wait for patients/ clients. As proud as the ANMF (Vic Branch) should be of its industrial victories, it is worth noting that Cuban nurses may have outshone them, managing a 50% pay rise last year... from $12 a month to $25. The conference took place in the old prerevolution gambling district of Vedado, at the Hotel Riviera, which, in typically baffling Cuban style, was a beautiful art deco building set against the water’s edge, yet was without running water for three days. The conference received much publicity in the national media as women’s issues

are taken very seriously in Cuba. I gave my paper in English and it was translated into Spanish. The interpreter did her best to relay my discussion of ‘Leeza Fizzpatrick’ DQGWKH%UDQFKEXWMXGJLQJIURPWKH concerned and perplexed faces, I wasn’t VXUHVKHZDVQDLOLQJP\EHVWMRNHV During discussions after the paper, I was told that much of the concern was due to the fact that unions in Cuba are state institutions, and most professional people are not paid well. Thus, our paper, underpinned by the notion that wages and conditions can be improved for nurses through industrial action, was a challenging message to get across to the Cuban GHOHJDWHV+RZHYHUDGHOHJDWHIURPWKH86 where trade unions are struggling to survive, voiced her surprise at the effectiveness of the ANMF (Vic Branch)’s strategy. The discussions throughout the conference were fierce and intense. I am immensely grateful to the ANMF (Vic Branch) and its members for providing me with the opportunity to attend this conference. It was an exciting and exhilarating conference and a fascinating city. I was very proud to share the achievements of the ANMF (Vic Branch) and its members with conference delegates so committed to improving women’s labour market rights across the world.

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and contentious practice issue. ANMF (Vic Branch) wants its members to inform the national debate about the seclusion and restraint of people with lived experience of mental health issues. Please complete the national Seclusion and 5HVWUDLQW3URMHFW6XUYH\ The survey is available online: www. socialequity.unimelb.edu.au/seclusion-andrestraint/ Just click on the ‘get involved’ tab. The results of this research will have important implications for policy development. The survey has ethics approval, is

anonymous and open to anyone over 18 years. It does not seek detailed information about experiences of seclusion and restraint. People with a personal experience of mental health issues, their families and support people as well as practitioners and other service providers working in a range of mental health, general health, custodial and community settings are particularly encouraged to participate. More information on the national 6HFOXVLRQDQG5HVWUDLQW3URMHFWLVDYDLODEOH on the Mental Health Commission website.

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News Mental Health Act Forum %POOB)BOTFO .FOUBM)FBMUI/VSTJOH0GÌDFS On 18 March, the ANMF (Vic Branch) held an education forum on the new Mental Health Act, which becomes law on 1 July 2014. Mr Pier de Carlo, Director of the Department of Health’s Mental Health $FW,PSOHPHQWDWLRQ3URMHFWRSHQHGWKH forum, highlighting the significant changes within the new Act, including: ‡ provisions for staged assessment and treatment of persons with a mental illness ‡ improvements for the least restrictive and least possible restrictions on rights and dignity ‡ a legal shift to enable and support persons to make or participate in decisions about their assessment, treatment and recovery ‡ new mechanisms to provide legal oversight and safeguards for people receiving care from mental health services, and ‡ greater recognition of the role of carers. Critically, the shift away from substituted decision making towards supported decision making will better enable nurses to provide care where person-centred care is central to all service provision. ANMF welcomes the paradigm shift in legislation to reflect this nursing approach. New mechanisms that promote supported decision making include: ‡ recognition of advance statements: to ensure patients have greater control over treatment and clinicians understand treatment preferences ‡ introduction of Nominated Person: expected to better support patients and will be able to receive information from service providers in relation to the patient ‡ second psychiatric opinion: is mandated to promote patient self-determination and a dialogue between clinicians and patients about treatment ‡ increasing Advocate role: to assist patients to participate in decisions about their assessment, treatment and recovery and new orders for assessment and treatment. The new legislation promotes voluntary treatment in preference to compulsory treatment and seeks to minimise the use and duration of compulsory treatment to ensure that the treatment is provided in the least restrictive and least intrusive manner possible. Staged orders for compulsory patients XXXBONGWJDBTOBV

are being introduced in the legislation. It is noteworthy that ‘compulsory’ is the new terminology to replace ‘involuntary’. There will be orders of assessment, temporary treatment orders and treatment orders which will replace the current legal processes known as request, recommendation and involuntary treatment orders/community treatment orders. For more information: www.tiny.cc/ dohmenhealthact Professor James Ogloff, Director of Psychological Services, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health and Foundation Professor of Clinical Forensic Psychology, 0RQDVK8QLYHUVLW\WKHQGHOLYHUHGD presentation on Capacity, consent, risk and clinical decision making in relation to the new mental health act. Professor Oglaff outlined the clinical and legal influences for change highlighting the UHFRJQLWLRQRIWKH81&RQYHQWLRQRQWKH Rights of Persons with Disabilities Article 12 which requires that mental health legislation supports the presumption that people with disabilities, including mental illnesses, are capable of making their own decisions, and that any other form of decision making must be seen as a measure of last resort. The new legislation now includes a presumption of capacity to make treatment decisions regardless of age or legal status. Professor Ogloff highlighted that the REMHFWLYHRIOHJDOSROLF\LQUHVSHFWRI decision-making capacity requires a careful balance of autonomy and freedom of choice and protecting vulnerable people from making decisions (or failing to make decisions) of which they are incapable. Cath Roper, Consumer Academic, Centre IRU3V\FKLDWULF1XUVLQJ8QLYHUVLW\RI Melbourne presented Supported decisionmaking: What does it mean for me? Cath encouraged participants to consider the opportunities regarding the changed role of practitioner under this legislation and summarised with the following: ‡ Much of what nurses already do is formal or informal supported decision making (SDM). ‡ 8QGHU0HQWDO+HDOWK/HJLVODWLRQ practice will always be a combination of paternalistic and facilitative. ‡ However, the principles of SDM push us to support people’s autonomy and decision making, regardless of capacity ‡ There are resources, tools and practice

approaches, to help get creative in supporting people’s decision making ‡ SDM puts the person in their context, within their network and the service provider is one part of a support network for that person. 'U5RVHPDU\&KDUOHVWRQ3URMHFW'LUHFWRU Maggie Clarke, Trauma Informed Care Expert and Andrea Hall, RRI Team ED Nurse Expert from the Victorian Reducing 5HVWULFWLYH,QWHUYHQWLRQV 55, 3URMHFW convened a session on Reducing Restrictive Interventions: What needs to be different and how will this be achieved? The RRI team spoke about the aims to support the reduction, and where possible elimination, of restrictive interventions in mental health services and EDs. Advance Statements was presented by Beth Bennett who clarified their purpose, reviewed how “advance statements� are recognised in the proposed Victorian mental health legislation and identified how mental health nurses can promote use of advance statements. Our Mental Health Nursing Officer then facilitated a series of presentations with senior nurse representatives and then a Q&A along the theme So, what does this mean for nurses’ and midwives’ practice? Presenters included Tracy Beaton, Chief Mental Health Nurse, Clinical Quality and Safety Branch, Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division, Department of Health, Fiona Reed, Chief Nursing Officer, Mental Health Services, Peninsula Health and Sue &RZOLQJ1XUVH8QLW0DQDJHU(PHUJHQF\ Department, St Vincent’s Hospital. The final presentation was provided by Matthew Carroll (pictured above), President, Mental Health Review Board (MHRB) of Victoria. Matthew highlighted the proposed functions of the Mental Health Tribunal, outlined criteria for treatment orders and ECT orders under the MHA 2014 and the practical differences between the current operation of the MHRB and what will be required for the Tribunal. A further Mental Health workshop is being planned for 21 November 2014. For more information contact ANMF Mental Health Nursing Officer Donna Hansen via email dhansen@anfvic.asn.au 0O5IF3FDPSE.BZ7


Feature /PUJĂŚDBUJPOTBOE$PNQMBJOUTUP")13" #Z.BSJOB-FJLJOB -BXZFS 3ZBO$BSMJTMF5IPNBT-BXZFST Since the introduction of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (‘the National Law’), the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (‘AHPRA’) deals with complaints about nurses and midwives on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (‘the Board’). Ryan Carlisle Thomas Lawyers (RCT) acts for ANMF members in relation to notifications (complaints) made to AHPRA. While AHPRA receives complaints and manages the investigation process, the final decisions are made by the Board. The Health Practitioner National Law Act 2009 provides the legal framework for the making of notifications, conducting the investigation and the decisions made by the Board. The following information is a brief overview of how complaints are handled by AHPRA and the decisions which can be made by the Board.

8IPDBOCFUIFTVCKFDUPGBOPUJĂŚDBUJPODPNQMBJOU to AHPRA? According to the National Law, AHPRA KDVMXULVGLFWLRQWRGHDOZLWKFRPSODLQWV made about any practitioner who holds registration with the Board, such as enrolled and registered nurses and midwives. It should be noted that AHPRA cannot handle complaints in relation to persons who do not have registration, such as personal care workers.

8IPDBONBLFBOPUJÌDBUJPO A notification to AHPRA can be made by any person who has a complaint or grievance about a health practitioner. A notification can be made verbally (e.g, by telephone) or in writing. Further, a notification to AHPRA can be made anonymously. As a matter of practice, anonymous notifications to AHPRA may lack sufficient detail to enable AHPRA to investigate the complaint and therefore result in no further action being taken. In RCT’s experience the most common source of complaints made to AHPRA about nurses and midwives are made by employers. Patients/clients and their families are the next most common group 0O5IF3FDPSE.BZ

to make complaints. Complaints may also be referred to AHPRA by another regulatory authority, such as the Health Services Commissioner.

8IBUIBQQFOTXIFOBOPUJÌDBUJPOJTNBEF  AHPRA has a duty to advise a practitioner as soon practicable after a complaint has been made about them. AHPRA will usually write to a practitioner enclosing a copy of the notification. A preliminary assessment will be conducted to determine the substance of the complaint. During this assessment AHPRA may request a response from the practitioner, however this is not always the case. If a response to the notification is required, a due date for the response will be stipulated in AHPRA’s correspondence. RCT recommends that a practitioner who receives notice of a complaint seeks advice or assistance as soon as practicable. It can take time to prepare a response to allegations and request relevant information. It is important that any response to AHPRA is clearly drafted to address issues raised in the notification.

Immediate Action In circumstances where the Board believes that the nurse/midwife’s conduct, performance or impairment may pose a serious risk to the public, the Board may propose to take immediate action. Such action can include suspending a practitioner’s registration for a period of time. In these instances the nurse/midwife is provided with a short time frame to make a submission to the Board’s Immediate Action Committee. It is important that a practitioner who receives notice of proposal to take immediate action seeks assistance from ANMF as soon as possible.

5IFTVCKFDUPGOPUJÌDBUJPOT There is an obligation on all registered health practitioners, including nurses/ midwives as well as employers, to inform AHPRA of a practitioner’s conduct in

certain circumstances. A mandatory notification is made to AHPRA in circumstances where a practitioner: ‡ practised while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs; ‡ engaged in sexual misconduct in connection to practice; ‡ has an impairment which places the public at significant risk; ‡ practised in a way that constitutes a significant departure from accepted standards. Notifications in relation to all other matters are voluntary, which means an employer or a health practitioner can decide whether or not a complaint is made to AHPRA. Generally, notifications to AHPRA fall into three broad categories: ‡ conduct; ‡ performance; and ‡ health ,QVRPHFLUFXPVWDQFHVWKHVXEMHFW matter of a complaint can include a combination of the above issues; for example, a health issue which causes a nurse to have issues in relation to performance or conduct.

What actions AHPRA may take to investigate a complaint? How a particular complaint is investigated by AHPRA depends on the grounds of the complaint. In circumstances where a complaint is made about a practitioner’s performance broadly (such as issues with medication administration) AHPRA may decide to request the practitioner undergo a performance assessment. A report about the practitioner’s performance is then provided to AHPRA by the assessors, who can make recommendations. In the event a complaint is made about a health issue or an impairment, AHPRA may choose to refer the practitioner to a health assessment by an appropriately qualified medical practitioner, who will then provide a report. $SUDFWLWLRQHUZKRLVWKHVXEMHFWRI an investigation about allegations of unprofessional conduct or misconduct will be asked to provide responses to the allegations. AHPRA may also interview XXXBONGWJDBTOBV


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Registration renewal witnesses, including the complainant. In matters where allegations are serious, such as allegations of elder abuse, the practitioner may be required to attend a hearing before a Performance and Professional Standards Panel.

Outcomes Following the AHPRA investigation, the Board will make a decision about how a complaint is addressed and what action is taken, if any. The Board can make a decision that no further action is necessary to address the complaint. Examples where no further action is taken include circumstances where there is insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations, the allegations are vexatious or the complaint has already been dealt with by the employer. Actions taken by the Board can also include: a) issuing a caution; b) issuing a reprimand; c) imposing conditions on a practitioner’s registrations, for example, a condition to complete a specific course, to provide employer reports or to comply with certain medical treatment; d) accepting an undertaking from a practitioner (rather than imposing conditions); e) referring the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). According to the National Law, the Board does not have power to revoke a practitioner’s registration. In the event the Board believes the practitioner has engaged in professional misconduct, the matter is to be referred to VCAT for consideration. Any ANMF member who receives correspondence from AHPRA informing WKHPWKDWWKH\DUHWKHVXEMHFWRID notification should contact the ANMF without delay. The ANMF will refer appropriate cases to RCT for advice, assistance and representation through the AHPRA investigation process. ANMF members’ legal fees are generally covered by the ANMF in such circumstances.*

Nurses and midwives have until 31 May 2014 to renew their registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. If you haven’t received email notifications from AHPRA then they do not have your email or they have an incorrect email. To find out more about how to renew online, renewal fees, updating your contact details visit www.ahpra.gov.au

Field of Women 2014 Help Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) reach their target of 15,000 people standing in the shape of their Pink Lady on the MCG this May. Tickets are on sale for the Field of Women event which will be held on Saturday 10 May at the MCG, prior to the Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs evening match. Over 15,000 supporters of BCNA will form the shape of BCNA’s iconic Pink Lady logo to represent the number of Australians who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Invite your family, friends and colleagues to stand with you at this moving and inspiring event in support of Australians affected by breast cancer. Everyone is welcome to participate – you don’t have to have had breast cancer to

take part. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to BCNA to ensure it can continue its work supporting Australians affected by breast cancer. BCNA is the peak national organisation for Australians affected by breast cancer and works to ensure that Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care. Tickets cost $55 and include a pink poncho, backpack and tickets to the AFL match on the night. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.bcna. org.au

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News Commissioner Cribb addresses Workplace Bullying Seminar ,BUIZ$ISJTĂŚFME 0)46OJU$P0SEJOBUPS The ANMF (Vic Branch) held its Prevention Cribb spoke about the new Anti-Bullying of Workplace Bullying seminar on Laws that commenced on 1 January 2014. Wednesday, 2 April and the event was Commissioner Cribb provided valuable attended by over 120 particpants. information on who can apply to the The OHS unit ran a new program this FWC, what the role of the FWC is and year with seven key speakers including its experience to date. Commissioner Commissioner Anna Lee Cribb from the Cribb explained that orders made by the Fair Work Commission. FWC are focussed on preserving working ANMF (Vic Branch) OHS Co-ordinator, relationships and that the Commission Kathy Chrisfield opened the event and cannot order payment of compensation. spoke about the legal definitions of The FWC has had a high level of enquiries bullying, giving examples of what is and to its website since January and as at 19 isn’t bullying, clarifying the terminologies February it had had 66 applications. and providing information on the legal Executive Coach and Organisational framework relevant to bullying. and Counselling Psychologist Dr Michelle The next guest Pizer spoke to attendees speaker was on her insights into Prevalent themes of the seminar: Human Resources Bullying Behaviours. Consultant Kim Michelle shared how q Early prevention is the best Attwood from the she learnt at a young Royal Victoria Eye age about dignity and q Don’t ignore the problem, it won’t got and Ear Hospital. respect in the workplace. away Kim gave From a valuable life attendees her lesson Michelle was q Take your own notes, whether it be perspective from inspired to work with emails or diary notes her experience people to make sure q Obtain your workplace policy and/or working in Human that their work lives are Resources in the without unhappiness procedures health industry and tears. She provided q Speak to your counsellor or medical for 10 years. She information to attendees outlined what she about abrasive leaders/ practitioner believes makes managers and how to q Seek advice from your ANMF Organiser work with them. a robust bullying prevention Brian Martin, an procedure, Occupational Health emphasising the importance of staff and Safety Officer from the Independent training and giving examples of the (GXFDWLRQ8QLRQ ,(8 9LFWRULD7DVPDQLD complaint resolution process at her Branch explained his experiences hospital. Kim believes that to control DVVLVWLQJ,(8PHPEHUVZLWKEXOO\LQJ bullying in the workplace, support and complaints. Brian used a clever analogy commitment from the Board, CEO and involving killer whales and penguins. Killer Executive staff is vital. whales (or ‘bullies’) are ruthless predators Following morning tea, Mr Chris Hicks, wrapped in a beautiful, attractive skin an investigator from CWH Mediation and can be deceptive to an unaware & Workplace Relations addressed the penguin (or victim). Further, killer whales seminar. With over 17 years of HR and have learnt they are more likely to Industrial Relations experience, Chris succeed when penguins are isolated from manages workplace mediation, dispute the pack. Brian expressed that in his resolution, and gives generalist HR and IR experience penguins who flock together advice to employers. Chris spoke about can take down the killer whales. the key ingredients in prevention of To wrap up the day our ANMF (Vic workplace bullying, complaint resolution Branch) OHS Bullying and Harassment and the investigation processes. He Officer, Alison Ross, spoke about bullying provided attendees with solutions that in healthcare and how the Branch assists are critical for resolution. members, closing the seminar with some Fair Work Commissioner Anna Lee practical advice.

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Photos from top: Fair Work Commissioner Anna Lee Cribb; Mr Chris Hicks, CWH Mediation & Workshop Relations; and Ms Kim Attwood, Human Resources Consultant, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital

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News The right of nurses, midwives 6QHSBEFZPVSFOSPMMFE and other healthcare staff to OVSTFRVBMJĂŚDBUJPO 6QHSBEFZPVS$FSUJĂŚDBUF*7JO/VSTJOH )-5 UP search for weapons a Diploma of Nursing "MBO8BMUPO 0)40GĂŚDFS The Violence in Nursing Taskforce, which was undertaken under the previous state government, and reported in November 2005, identified significant issues related to weapons and dangerous articles within the healthcare setting, and in particular, around the seizing of such articles if they were discovered. As such, Recommendation 7 identified the need for statewide guidelines, and the introduction of legislation relating to the searching and removal of these weapons, as well as other legislative issues. In response to this, on 1 November 2010, amendments to the Firearms Act 1996 and the Control of Weapons Act 1990 came into effect allowing for specified health professionals (which includes nurses and midwives), health service security staff and ambulance workers (operational staff members) to be exempt from breaches of these Acts in regard to the seizure and temporary storage (‘possession’) of weapons in the course of their duties. These amendments were reflected in a 2011 revision of the Department of Health publication Deter, Detect and Manage: A guide to better management of weapons in health services.

In order for health services to utilise these changes to legislation, each health service must develop its own search policy which clearly states the need for consent, who can conduct a search, processes to follow when conducting a search and who is authorised to refuse entry if a person refuses to consent to a search, and processes around this. If there are any suspicions as to whether weapons are being carried, nurses and midwives should alert security immediately within their health service to enable them to undertake a search. It is not expected that nurses and midwives should undertake searching of persons or belongings, and this should be undertaken by appropriately trained and skilled staff, such as security staff, in an appropriate environment. If weapons are detected at any time, this should be reported as an incident via the appropriate internal reporting mechanisms, as a potential occupational violence situation. Additionally, ANMF (Vic Branch) encourages our members to notify the ANMF via completing our online form http://anfvic.wufoo.com/forms/ ova-notification/.

ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre is offering a bridging course that includes intravenous medication administration, simulation learning through our nursing lab, clinical placements and on campus study days for face-to-face teaching. This course will also assist in improving your employment options and contribute to the CPD hours required by the NMBA for registration renewal. Enrolled nurses currently employed in aged care may qualify for the Aged Care Education and Training Incentive Program. The closing dates for applicants who have completed VETASSESS testing is Friday 6 June and for applicants who have not, the closing date is Friday 23 May. The course commences on Monday 23 June. If you are interested please complete an expression of interest form or apply online now on the ANMF (Vic Branch) website. You may also wish to contact the ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre on 9275 9363 and speak with one of our staff about whether the Bridging Course is suitable for you. Please note this course is funded via the Skills Victoria initiative and is offered to enrolled nurses who meet the specified criteria. In addition applicants must hold Cert IV in Nursing (HLT43407) to be eligible for enrolment.

Job Rep and Health & Safety Rep invitation "/.' 7JD#SBODI "OOVBM%FMFHBUFT$POGFSFODF5IVSTEBZ'SJEBZ+VOF .FMCPVSOF$POWFOUJPOBOE&YIJCJUJPO$FOUSF 4PVUI8IBSG This two-day conference provides Job Reps with an opportunity to participate in the process that helps determine claims for wages and conditions and provides input into ANMF policies. Register now for an experience that will leave you refreshed, inspired and motivated. Register at www.tiny.cc/14dels

Nominate a Job Rep

Nominate an HSR

Do you have an active Job Rep who has made a real difference to your workplace? Nominate them for the Hannah Sellers Job Rep of the Year Award.

Do you have an active HSR who has made an outstanding contribution to the health and safety of colleagues at your workplace? Say thank you by nominating them for the Health and Safety Rep of the Year Award. Nominate at www.tiny.cc/14hsraward by 30 May 2014

Nominate at www.tiny.cc/14jraward by 31 May 2014

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News www.anmfvic.asn.au/calendar

OTR diary 6OEFSHSBEVBUF4UVEFOU4UVEZ%BZ 16 May 2014, 9am – 4pm MCG, Brunton Avenue, Richmond All final year student nurses and midwives should attend this essential guide to the 2015 graduate year application process Register online www.tiny.cc/14studay

"OOVBM)FBMUI4BGFUZ3FQT$POGFSFODF Wednesday 25 June 2013, CPD: 6 hours Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, Melb ANMF members who are HSRs or Job Reps are invited to this conference scheduled the day before the Annual Delegates Conference. No cost. Register online at www.tiny.cc/14hsrconf

Annual Delegates Conference 5IVSTEBZ+VOF'SJEBZ+VOF .FMCPVSOF$POWFOUJPOBOE&YIJCJUJPO$FOUSF All ANMF Job Reps are invited to this two-day conference, including the Delegates Dinner on Thursday 27 June. Register at www.tiny.cc/14delsconf

Working Hours, Shifts and Fatigue Seminar Thursday 17 July 2014, 9.30am – 4.30pm, CPD: 6 hours .FMCPVSOF$POWFOUJPOBOE&YIJCJUJPO$FOUSF Learn about the health and safety effects of working hours and fatigue on nurses and midwives and find out practical strategies to reduce the impact. Register online at www. tiny.cc/14shifts

"VTUSBMJBO/VSTFT.JEXJWFT Conference 5IVSTEBZ'SJEBZ4FQUFNCFS .FMCPVSOF$POWFOUJPOBOE&YIJCJUJPO$FOUSF up to 14 hours CPD This two-day program features 44 speakers exploring professional and clinical issues and innovations in nursing, midwifery, mental health and aged care. Details www.anmfvic. asn.au/events

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Staff changes It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of two new staff members. Samantha Sonogan (pictured) is our new Communications and Media Manager, replacing Robyn Asbury. Sam has more than eight years experience working in communications, beginning her career DVDMRXUQDOLVWIRUIRXU years with Sky News and AAP before moving across to media and PR roles in the Australian 5XJE\8QLRQ0RVW recently, Sam held the position of Head of

Corporate Communications and Media while ZRUNLQJIRUWKH4XHHQVODQG5XJE\8QLRQLQ Brisbane. Also, Lisa Stuetzer has been appointed as Hospitality Officer within the Recruitment team replacing Brett Stevenson. Lisa moved to Australia from Germany six years ago and since then has worked with the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre and Amnesty International, among others. Lisa also has a diverse volunteer work history which includes working in Nicaragua tutoring children in shelters. We look forward to the great contribution Samantha and Lisa will make to ANMF (Vic Branch).

ANMF Supports Thai Burma Health Care Thousands of people from Shan State in Burma have been displaced by years of war and disruption in their communities. Many now live inside Thailand while others live in camps in mountainous terrain along the border between Shan State and Thailand. 8QLRQ$LG$EURDG$3+('$DQGWKHORFDOO\ based Shan State Development Foundation are working together to provide health services to the Shan people on both sides of the border. For 16 years ANMF (Vic Branch) has supported this important initiative and together with most other branches of ANMF will provide all of the funding for 2014 to ensure these vital services continue. In 2014, the SSDF will work to build medic’ and health workers’ capacity and knowledge base and to expand their work further into remote areas of Shan State where there are few government services and health and education development indicators are below the national average. The recipients of these services are people who have had to flee violence and conflict and there are many women and children whose ongoing health issues require immediate support. 8QLRQ$LG$EURDG$3+('$KDVEHHQ directly assisting refugees and migrant workers on the Thai-Burma border since 1995. Some key issues facing refugees from Burma include; ‡ lack of security and uncertainty about the future ‡ threat of repatriation of the established refugee camps

Photo: Access to adequate health services inside Burma remains poor. The Shan Health Clinics and their staff, like the trainee medics pictured, provide vital community health care.

‡ fear of potential attacks from the Burmese military or their allies ‡ minimal or no opportunities for employment and income generation ‡ low standard of living with poor water and sanitation, no electricity, minimal education for children ‡ no freedom of movement as refugees are not allowed to leave the camp ‡ Thai government policy that doesn’t allow for new arrivals to be registered as refugees. ‡ health problems including malaria, diarrhoea diseases, obstetric emergencies DQGZDULQMXULHVFDXVHGE\ODQGPLQHV ANMF is proud to partner with APHEDA and the SSDF to provide this assistance and we encourage members to consider becoming a Global Justice partner by making regular donations to APHEDA. For more information please visit apheda.org.au XXXBONGWJDBTOBV


2014 Introduction to Industrial Relations and the Job Representative Role www.anmfvic.asn.au/jobreps/ Job Rep training programs, provided free to Job Reps, are designed to build your knowledge and confidence in your important role in the union. Details regarding leave entitlements and provision

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

notified with your registration confirmation. Paid training leave applies where eligible. Course and registration information is available DWZZZDQPIYLFDVQDXMREUHSVRUFDOO$RLIH Ni Dhalaigh on 9275 9333 for a registration.

What will I learn in the Introductory Job Rep program?

disciplinary procedure ‡ your role in representing members and helping members to help themselves ‡ building and unifying workplace membership.

Regional courses:

This program is held over three consecutive days and will focus on: ‡ the role of ANMF and unions ‡ your role, rights and responsibilities as an ANMF Job Rep Melbourne courses: ‡ the Fair Work Act and your rights at work 9.15am – 4.30pm daily. ‡ what to do when you don’t know what to do M02/14 13, 14 & 15 May (fully booked) ‡ finding out who, what, where and how to M03/14 access ANMF resources Program 1: Introduction to industrial relations and the3, 4 & 5 June M04/14 22, 23, 24 July ‡ identifying the roles and responsibilities of role of the Job Representative (3 days) M05/14 26, 27 & 28 August ANMF staff and officials All Job Reps who have not attended training30 Sept, 1 & 2 October M06/14 ‡ a problem solving process to address years 2, 3 & 4 December workplace issues or attended training more than three M07/14 ago are strongly encouraged to attend this ‡ WKHSULQFLSOHVRIQDWXUDOMXVWLFH procedural fairnessthree-day and the introductory program. You’ll gain confidence in your role, learn when to ask for help and find out what resources are available to you from the ANF to assist you in the role.

9.15am - 4.30pm daily. R02/14 Ballarat R03/14 Echuca R04/14 Latrobe R01/14 Geelong

27, 28 & 29 May 29, 30, 31 July 12, 13 & 14 August 23, 24 & 25 September

(please note change of date)

R05/14 Wangaratta 21, 22 & 23 October R06/14 Bendigo 11, 12 & 13 November R07/14 Warrnambool 25, 26 & 27 November Regional program venues are notified with your registration confirmation.

Contact Aoife Ni Dhalaigh on 03 9275 9333 or jrt@anmfvic.asn.au for

Become a Job Rep or a Health and Safety Rep

Melbourne programs (9.15am - 4.30pm daily) M08/11 6, 7 & 8 Do you have Job Reps at yourDecember workplace?

Health and Safety Rep elections

To achieve wages and conditions that value Did you know that you can have a say in who represents you on health and safety issues? &#"3&41&$5063803, the work of nurses, midwives and private 8QGHUWKH2FFXSDWLRQDO+HDOWKDQG6DIHW\$FWDOOPHPEHUVRIDGHVLJQDWHGZRUNJURXS aged care personal care workers, ANMF have a right to vote for who represents their workplace health and safety interests. It is also recommends all wards, units and facilities up to you to decide on how the election of your Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) elect at least two Job Reps. place. HSRs are usually elected for a period of three years. When this term expires, a new Every ward/unit should have at leasttakes two Job election must be held and previous HSRs are eligible to renominate for a new term.

Do you have Job Reps at your workplace?

Download a nomination form at www.anmfvic.asn.au/jobreps or call your Organiser on 9275 9333 or 1800 133 353 (regional toll free).

If you do not have an HSR and are interested in becoming one, or need to have an election for a new HSR, contact your Organiser on 9275 9333.

0DDVQBUJPOBM)FBMUI4BGFUZ5SBJOJOHwww.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. 6XEMHFWWRFRQVXOWDWLRQZLWKWKH employer, HSRs have the right to choose the five-day initial HSR OHS course they will attend provided it is a WorkSafe approved course.

8QGHUWKH2FFXSDWLRQDO+HDOWKDQG6DIHW\$FW 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.

Five-day Initial HSR OHS Course (WorkSafe approved)

Register online: www.tiny.cc/14hsr5day

Register online: www.tiny.cc/14hsr1met

This course relates specifically to health and aged care workplaces, with a strong focus on issues and hazards relevant to nursing, 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.

One-day HSR OHS Refresher Course (WorkSafe approved)

Regional courses:

Course 2: 4, 5, 6 June, 19, 20 June Course 3: 3, 4, 5, 18, 19 September Course 4: 10, 11, 12 Nov 4, 5 December Time: 9am – 5pm each day Venue: Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St, Melb Cost: $750 (payable by employer).

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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 is designed to refresh HSRs’ knowledge and understanding of the OHS regulatory framework. It is also designed to provide participants with the skills required to implement effective hazard control strategies in the workplace.

Metropolitan courses: Course 2: 23 July Course 3: 29 October Time: 9am – 5pm Venue: Carson Conference Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth Street, Melb Cost: $250 (payable by employer).

Course 1: Latrobe 21 May Course 2: Bendigo 13 August If you would like us to consider presenting a course in your area, please email a request. Time: 9am – 5pm Venue: Notified on registration confirmation. Cost: $250 (payable by employer). Regional courses are subject to a minimum number of 10 participants per course.

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Seminars (ANMF House) Working Hours, Shifts and Fatigue: 17 July Prevention of Workplace Bullying: 16 October

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Course 2: Tuesday 6 and 20 May 2014 Course 3: Tuesday 15 and 29 July 2014 This two-day, nationally accredited course is designed to meet the learning QHHGVRIWUDLQHUVFXUUHQWO\KROGLQJD&HUWLÂżFDWH,97$$ZKRQHHG to upgrade to TAE40110. It is also suitable for people who have the latest TXDOLÂżFDWLRQEXWZRXOGOLNHWRHQKDQFHWKHLUNQRZOHGJHDQGVNLOOVE\ completing the Language, Literacy and Numeracy unit TAELLN401A. )URP-XO\7$(//1$ZLOOEHDFRUHXQLWIRUWKH&HUWLÂżFDWH,9LQ Training and Assessment TAE40110 so completing this two-day course now ZLOOHQVXUHWUDLQHUVKROGWKHPRVWXSWRGDWHTXDOLÂżFDWLRQ Member $600, non-members $650, Job Rep/SIG member $550

5IFJNQPSUBODFPGEPDVNFOUJOHOVSTJOHDBSFXJUIJO UIFBHFEDBSFFOWJSPONFOU CPD: 6 hours 9 May, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Margaret Lang This new seminar focuses on the what, why and when recording DQGUHSRUWLQJLVUHTXLUHGDQGLGHQWLÂżHVWKHOHJDOLVVXHVSHUWDLQLQJWR documentation, the principle of effective handovers and the recording and reporting process in the cycle of care. The discussion incorporates the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and Aged Care Accreditation Standards. Member $160, non-member $195, Job Rep/ SIG member $150

5IFBSUPGDPNNVOJDBUJOHTVDDFTTGVMMZJOUIF DPOUFNQPSBSZOVSTJOHFOWJSPONFOU CPD: 6 hours 29 May, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Jenny Poulter This workshop is designed to support nurses to communicate in a clear, concise, assertive and sensitive way in a multidisciplinary, multicultural and sensitive environment where clients, patients and colleagues alike have diverse and varying needs. Member $160, non-member $195, Job Rep/SIG member $150

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"MM3FHJTUFSFE&OSPMMFE/VSTFT .BOBHJOHEJGĂŚDVMUQFPQMF CPD: 6 hours, presenter Brendan Scully 8 May, 9.30am-4.30pm This seminar addresses a variety of techniques that nurses and other KHDOWKFDUHSURIHVVLRQDOVPD\XWLOL]HWRPDQDJHGLIÂżFXOWSHRSOHDQGWHQVH situations. Member $160, non-member $195, Job Rep/SIG member $150

"EWBODFETLJMMTGPSEFNFOUJBDBSF CPD: 6 hours 4 April, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Dr Rosalie Hudson This workshop assists nurses to increase their knowledge, skills and FRQÂżGHQFHWRRIIHUSHRSOHZLWKGHPHQWLD LQDQ\VHWWLQJ WKHEHVWSUDFWLFH evidence based person-centered care emphasising end-of-life care for people with advanced dementia and appropriate symptom management. Member $160, non-member $195, Job Rep/SIG member $150

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*OOPWBUJPOJOXPVOENBOBHFNFOU CPD: 12 hours 14 & 23 May, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenters Julie Bauch & Sandra Dean This wound management course focuses on wound prevention and assessment, use of the latest products and appropriate and cost effective wound management techniques. Member $320, non-member $390, Job Rep/SIG member $290

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CPD: 6 hours 23 May, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Helen Reeves The focus of this workshop will include the exploration of depression and anxiety, regarding the aetiology, and bio-psychosocial principles of intervention. Participants will gain practical, work-related skills and knowledge. Member $160, non-member $195, Job Rep/SIG member $150

"$'*GPSSFHJTUFSFEBOEFOSPMMFEOVSTFT CPD: 6 hours 6 June, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Margaret Lang This seminar explores all Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) business rules, a comprehensive breakdown of the 12 ACFI questions and a practical review of compiling and completing the ACFI answer appraisal pack. Member $160, on-member $195, Job Rep/SIG member $150

"QBMMJBUJWFBQQSPBDIGPSBHFEDBSF CPD: 6 hours 13 June, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Dr Rosalie Hudson This seminar focuses on skill development for palliative and aged care nurses wishing to provide best practice 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 FKURQLFLOOQHVVHVZKLFKDUHQRWDPHQDEOHWRFXUH7KHÂżQDOSKDVHRIOLIHZLOODOVREH addressed, with information on pain and symptom management drawn from the latest research. Ethical issues will be covered as they affect end-of-life care, and a holistic approach will include psycho-social, emotional and spiritual components of care, as well as physical. Member $160, Non-member $195, Job Rep/SIG member $150

-BXFUIJDTGPSSFHJTUFSFEBOEFOSPMMFEOVSTFT CPD: 12 hours 20 and 26 June, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Jenny Poulter This course is designed to reacquaint nurses with the fundamentals of law and the legislation that impacts on nursing practice. It will outline the legal precepts, documents, scope of practice of registered and enrolled nurses in light of the recent regulatory changes and includes the legal and ethical principles of nursing practice. Member $320, non-member $390, Job Rep/SIG member $290

.BOBHFNFOUPGDISPOJDQFSTJTUFOUQBJOJOPMEFSQFPQMF CPD: 6 hours 20 June, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Dr Rosalie Hudson This seminar focuses on advanced skills development for nurses caring for older people in any setting who suffer from chronic/ persistent pain. Many older people needing nursing care suffer from one or more serious, chronic illnesses that are characterised by pain. How is this pain assessed and how are appropriate LQWHUYHQWLRQVLGHQWLÂżHGSDUWLFXODUO\IRUWKRVHZLWKFRJQLWLYHLPSDLUPHQW":KDWDUH the myths and counter facts of opioid use in older people and what is the place of QRQSKDUPDFRORJLFDOWKHUDSLHV" Member $160, Non-member $195, Job Rep/SIG member $150

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CPD: 12 hours 8 and 15 May, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Sue Pleunik This two-day workshop is designed to update the register nurse’s skills in medication

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*7DBOOVMBUJPOGPSSFHJTUFSFEOVSTFTBOENJEXJWFT CPD: 6 hours 9 May, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Emily Luchini This seminar focuses on inserting peripheral cannulae in adult patients and includes anatomy, insertion sites, cannula selection and techniques, infection control, common problems and corrective action. Member $160, non-member $195, Job Rep/SIG member $150

7FOFQVODUVSF DPOEVDUJOHBMFBE&$( DPOUFNQPSBSZQBUIPMPHZDPMMFDUJPO CPD: 6 hours 5 June, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Kate Potter This new workshop delivers a comprehensive one-day program relating to venepuncture techniques and conducting a 12-lead electrocardiogram. A wide range of practical training aids for blood collection is provided, and the program allows participants to undertake practice of the relevant techniques under guided supervision in a simulated clinical environment. It is a must for nurses who are required to perform phlebotomy and undertake 12-lead ECG recording as part of their role. Member $160, Non-member $195, Job Rep or ANF SIG member $150

1TZDIPUJDEJTPSEFST CPD: 6 hours 6 June, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Paula Duffy This seminar explores issues related to diagnosis, management and treatment of psychotic disorders. Member $160, non-member $195, Job Rep/SIG member $150

.JEXJWFT (FTUBUJPOBMEJBCFUFTrUIFmOFXnDPNNPOQSPCMFN CPD: 6 hours 22 May, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Cheryl Steele This seminar is designed to expand a midwife’s knowledge of gestational diabetes. The seminar will have a practical and contemporary focus to assist participants in managing the realities of this condition. Member $160, non-member $195, Job Rep/SIG member $150

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CPD: 12 hours 19 & 26 June, 9.30am-4.30pm, presenter Lissa Ryan The ANMF Education Centre is offering a 12-hour professional development opportunity for Endorsed (4 routes) Enrolled Nurses to refresh and update their medication administration knowledge. This two-day workshop revises the foundation knowledge of pharmacology, medication administration, legal requirements, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory standards, calculations and averting errors and includes a nursing laboratory practice. Member $320, Non-member $390, Job Rep or ANF SIG member $290

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