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The industrial and professional standards of nurses, midwives and carers in Victoria rely on active members who promote and defend the industrial, professional, occupational health and safety, social, political and democratic values that underpin the profession. We hope these resources inspire you to get involved.

The shape of hope: how a group of young Australian asylum seekers broke the barriers to further education and employment

By Hope Co-Operative

Learn about the human impacts of government policy, and about what various people, including young people seeking asylum, are doing to change things. The shape of hope includes vividly told personal stories of a group of young asylum seekers and the Australians who, through radical and creative advocacy, were able to open doors for them. These students are now studying nursing, para-medicine, pharmacy, bio-medicine, physiotherapy and more. And two of them worked with us at ANMF to help fund their studies.

Biblio = 5100

The Indi Way: how a rural community sparked a social and political movement

By Voices for Indi

This is the incredible story about how a group of locals, including nurses, gathered at their kitchen tables and started a political movement. Two independent candidates, Cathy McGowan and Helen Haines, and a vibrant voices movement in Indi are used as evidence to challenge a widely held Australian belief that people are not interested in politics.

Biblio = 5135

A collective bargain: unions, organizing, and the fight for democracy

By Jane McAlevey

A rousing and electrifying call to arms, A collective bargain shows us why we must strengthen and defend the only force capable of fighting back against social injustice and inequality: a strong, democratic union movement.

Biblio = 5102

On fairness

By Sally McManus

On fairness outlines the critical role of the Australian union movement in achieving a fair and more equal society. The book is a reminder that Australian unions created the fair go by insisting on rules for fairness. It also explores the true cost of social injustice and inequality in the workforce.

Biblio = 4856

The activists’ handbook: a step-by-step guide to participatory democracy

By Aidan Ricketts

The essential activist handbook, written by an environment activist, offers a step-by-step guide for groups eager to start or get involved in grass-roots movements.

Biblio = 4827

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