Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

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The "Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation" (ANMF) is now the largest union in Australia with over 249,000 members. The ANMF is run by nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing to advance the industrial, political and professional status of its members. The ANMF was established in 1924 and was previously known as the Australian Nursing Federation. The ANMF is a federated union with strong and active branches in each State and Territory throughout Australia.


All of the federal executive officers of the ANMF are qualified nurses and or midwives and have had years of experience in clinical settings.

Current Leadership

Sally-Anne Jones - President

Maree Burgess - Vice President

Lee Thomas - Federal Secretary

Annie Butler - Assistant Federal Secretary

The ANMF's 249,000+ members are employed in a wide range of enterprises in urban, rural and remote locations in both in the public and private sectors, including hospitals, health and community services, schools, universities, aged care, GP clinics, schools, the armed forces, statutory authorities, local government, offshore territories and industry.

The ANMF advocates for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing who face challenges on every shift. Right across Australia there is a frustration with the health system, not enough money, underfunded hospitals, not enough nurses, midwives or beds, and not enough time to spend with patients and residents. Safe patient care and decent healthcare for every Australian is a priority for the ANMF.

ANMF Federal Campaigns

Nationally the ANMF runs campaigns for all members throughout Australia, such as Demand Dignity for Older Australians, Employment of Graduate Nurses, and Government budget cuts to paid parental leave, Medicare funding, public hospital funding and proposed reductions to penalty rates.

We stand up for all Australians

Universal healthcare and high quality patient care is central to what we do as nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing. Recent threats to Medicare and proposed co-payments for GP visits are a real concern to the ANMF. We will fight to ensure that Medicare remains free for all Australians, and that politicians and health bureaucrats understand that more funding for healthcare, not less, should be a priority. Safe patient care and protecting the public are our priorities.

The ANMF has a range of national policies, guidelines and position statements relating to nursing, health and social justice issues, for the guidance of members in their practice and at their workplaces.

ANMF Federal Structure

The ANMF is a Federally Registered Organisation [1] and has branches in each State and Territory. Most branches also have a 'State Registered Union' operating as the state entity in the state system. For example, the ANMF Queensland Branch operates as the Queensland Nurses' Union and the ANMF New South Wales Branch operates as the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association in their respective state systems.

ANMF International Representation

The ANMF represents Australian nursing internationally through links with other national and international nursing organisations, professional associations and the International Labour Organisations. The ANMF is a member of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation and the South Pacific Nurses Forum and is affiliated to the ACTU, International Centre for Trade Union Rights and Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA (Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad) which is the overseas aid agency of the trade union movement.

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