ANMF (Victorian Branch) members have elected a new branch council – the organisation’s highest policy and decision-making body.
The council comprises a president, a vice-president, four executive members and 14 ordinary councillors, who must be practising registered or enrolled nurses, midwives or personal care workers; as well as financial members of the ANMF. They are commonly also ANMF Job Reps and/or Health and Safety Reps.
Elections are held every two years for the council and executive committee positions, which are unpaid and honorary. But they come with significant responsibility and require diligence and the ability to put personal interest aside, because councillors are tasked with determining sometimes difficult and contentious policy decisions that must balance the interests of 95,000 Victorian nurses, midwives and carers, their patients, and the ANMF as a union.
Examples include members-only policies as well as the breadth of industrial, professional and occupational health and safety policies on subjects such as vaccination, working in bushfire prone areas, infection prevention and control, and occupational violence and aggression (OVA). They also include policies on medical use of cannabis, facilitating quality of life decision making, homelessness, medically supervised injecting facilities and voluntary assisted dying.
The council is also responsible for overseeing the financial administration, governance and legal compliance of the union under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009. To assist in fulfilling this requirement, each councillor must undergo specific approved training as well as a comprehensive orientation to the role.
Following training, ordinary branch councillors attend 11 council meetings a year, while the branch president, vice-president and executive members attend a minimum of 22 meetings a year. The Branch president and vice president are also members of the Branch finance and risk committee and attend its meetings.
Branch Secretary and Assistant Secretaries
In addition to the ordinary councillors and executive committee, the council also includes the Branch Secretary and two Assistant Secretaries. These are paid, full-time positions, elections for which are held every four years. They initiate and co-ordinate the day-to-day activities work, and management of the Branch, and all its staff.
Branch Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick and Assistant Secretary Paul Gilbert were re-elected unopposed. Assistant Secretary Madeleine Harradence, who replaced Pip Carew following her retirement in 2021, was also elected.
BRANCH COUNCIL 2022
Pictured above from left to right, are:
|Maree Burgess||Maternal and Child Health Nurse||Banyule City Council|
|Andrew Morgan||Registered Nurse||Outer Eastern Mental Health – Eastern Health|
|Mel Carron||Enrolled Nurse||Austin Hospital|
|Marie Jones||Registered Nurse, Midwife||Royal Women’s Hospital|
|Kate Reid||Registered Nurse||Goulburn Valley Health|
|Stephen McKenzie||Registered Nurse||Ballarat Health Services|
|Natalie Berniard||Registered Nurse||Monash Medical Centre|
|Ruth Bloom||Enrolled Nurse||Royal Melbourne Hospital – City Campus|
|Melinda Connan||Registered Nurse||Monash Medical Centre|
|Ross Donaldson||Registered Nurse||St Vincent’s Hospital|
|Roxi Ingleton||Registered Midwife||Royal Women’s Hospital|
|Anna Kenny||Registered Nurse||Bass Coast Health District Nursing|
|Lara Jeffery||Registered Nurse||VFA Learning/Barwon Health|
|Kate Mason||Registered Midwife||Box Hill Hospital|
|Catherine Morales||Registered Nurse||Thomas Embling Hospital|
|Kim Pentreath||Registered Nurse||Bendigo Health|
|Jimmy Parel||Registered Nurse||Northern Health|
|Kylie Somerville||Maternal and Child Health Nurse||City of Whittlesea|
|Natasha Swayn||Registered Nurse||South West Healthcare – Camperdown|
|Catherine Williams||Registered Nurse||Royal Children’s Hospital|
(filling in for Kim Pentreath until July 2022)
|Registered Nurse||Bendigo Health|