Since 1997 wards, units or small workplaces with 10 or more nurses, midwives or carers that achieve 100 per cent ANMF membership among staff have been rewarded with $10 per member – on top of strong representation and all the benefits of membership.
As of 1 July 2023, this reward has been increased, and wards, units or small workplaces with 10 or more nurses, midwives or carers that achieve 100 per cent ANMF membership among staff will now be rewarded with $20 per member.
Of course, 100 per cent membership also means all staff are in a better position to achieve the best industrial and professional outcomes, with members also enjoying all the benefits of ANMF (Vic Branch) membership, including:
- 24/7 access to Member Assistance for industrial, professional and OHS advice and other work-related matters
- Free and unlimited, 24/7 continuing professional development (CPD) through our Education Portal online modules
- Further CPD opportunities through regular, discounted events, conferences and seminars on issues of significance to nurses, midwives and carers
- Professional indemnity and public liability insurance up to $10 million, as well as 24/7 Good Samaritan insurance †‡
- Legal services# from the history-making lawyers at Gordon Legal
- Advice and representation if you need to access WorkCover†, as well as advice and support to dispute a WorkCover insurance decision through Union Assist†
- Savings on everyday purchases, and cash-back opportunities, through Union Shopper
- Modern and award-winning accommodation options in Ocean Grove, Bright and the Melbourne CBD at up to 50% off market rates
- Access to Australia’s only non-profit electricity retailer, Cooperative Power
- Eligibility to join the not-for-profit Nurses & Midwives Health insurance fund
- Discounted movie tickets and merchandise, including nursing & midwifery quick reference cards, drip rate cards, graduate and student nurses’ essentials packs and more
- The ANMF Diary App, with shift planner and public sector pay calculator – giving you estimates for shifts allowances, qualifications allowances, on-call allowances and more
- Discounted services from online conveyancer Settle Easy
- Access to the Branch Library, with ProQuest and CINAHL databases, as well as other specialist digital and print nursing and midwifery resources and research assistance
- Up-to-date news and industry information through ANMF national and Victorian journals and publications
- Access to ANMF Reference Groups with a specialised clinical area of focus
- Access to the ANMF sustainability Facebook group Green nurses and midwives
What has the ANMF done for members in Victoria?
On top of the individual benefits of being a member, ANMF’s strong and unified membership has enabled the Branch to make a real difference to nursing and midwifery in Victoria. Just some of the many achievements we have achieved together include:
- Nurse/midwife to patient ratios – we were the first in the world to achieve mandated, and then legislated, nurse-to-patient and midwife-to-patient ratios
- 2023’s historic private aged care pay rises and the introduction of 24/7 registered nurses and minimum care minutes only occurred thanks to years of political campaigning by ANMF and our members
- the registered undergraduate students of nursing (RUSON) and registered undergraduate students of midwifery (RUSOM) student employment model, which is unique to Victoria
- accrued days off (ADOs), reinstated after being abolished by the Kennett Liberal Government
- qualification allowances
- night duty allowances
- professional development leave
- study leave
- parental leave
- superannuation payments on paid and unpaid parental leave
- paid and unpaid parental leave counting as service for the accrual of long service leave
- paid family violence leave
- paid voluntary emergency management leave and special paid disaster leave
- no-lifting policies
- the lead apron allowance
- improved occupational health and safety standards.
ANMF (Vic Branch) also secured ongoing government funding in 2010 for the Nurses and Midwives Health Program Victoria (NMHPV), which has proved so successful that the Albanese Government in 2023 has established a national version; and negotiated for the creation of the Victorian Department of Health waste education officer role to oversee a coordinated approach to improving public hospital waste management.