The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) supports calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Israeli-Hamas conflict, the release of all hostages and for food, medical and aid supplies to be allowed into Gaza, as a matter of urgency to ensure humanitarian agencies can deliver to those in dire need.
The ANMF condemns the escalating conflict and suffering in the Middle East.
We express hope and solidarity for all Palestinian and Israeli nurses and midwives who continue to carry out their duties under such dangerous and extraordinary circumstances. We acknowledge and show our respect and appreciation for their courage and commitment in delivering care to people who are injured, wounded and unwell and pregnant and birthing women.
At the ANMF’s Biennial National Conference (BNC) held on 12 and 13 October, Victorian Branch delegates joined with their colleagues from around the country to endorse a resolution expressing support for all international nurses and midwives in the face of increasing global wars and conflicts.
The conference highlighted Palestinian, Israeli and Ukrainian nurses and midwives, with the resolution including an important message of hope and solidarity for lasting peaceful solutions to all wars and conflicts.
On behalf of our members, we reiterate our heartfelt condolences to those around the world who have been hurt and suffered, and continue to suffer, as a result of the conflict in the Middle East and we extend our support for a lasting, peaceful outcome in the region.
The ANMF (Victorian Branch) remains committed to seeking peace and safety for all peoples and for all nurses and midwives who are trying to care for their communities in the midst of terrible conflicts.
What members can do
Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA has launched an email campaign for people to contact their local MP or Senators, asking them to advocate for a ceasefire and full humanitarian access to Gaza to prevent more civilian deaths.
Their email campaign on the Dogooder platform allows people to immediately email their local MPs and Senators, using a template or in your own words.