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Stay the course and keep up the fight: Our strike and rally actions for shift-by-shift ratios are on pause during the COVID-19 lockdown, but when it is safe we will step it up again. Aug 1, 2021 642
Listen to the science on ratios: An evaluation of Queensland's ratios has swept away the last tenuous excuses for not implementing them in NSW. Jun 1, 2021 686
A road map forward: The Royal Commission into Aged Care final report is not perfect but there are strong recommendations in key areas such as workforce and governance that can drive the sector to a much better place. Apr 1, 2021 637
Safety is the number one priority: In a difficult and dangerous year, the safety of nurses, midwives and patients has been our overriding concern. Dec 1, 2020 660
A blind belief in the market will no longer do: An evidence-based approach is just as important for economic recovery after COVID-19 as it was in the health response to the pandemic. Jun 1, 2020 671
The lessons of Covid-19: A well-resourced, robust health system is essential to combat pandemics. Apr 1, 2020 730
Our community campaigns pay dividends: According to documents leaked to the opposition the state government has earmarked $150 million in funding cuts to LHD budgets this financial year. This will inevitably put more pressure on staffing. Nov 1, 2019 636
Safer work, safer care: October has been nominated as Australian Safework Month. Oct 1, 2019 617
Our kids' strike for climate deserves our support. Sep 1, 2019 627
Stronger together: Over the last year strong campaigning by nurses and midwives has kept our high priority issues in front of the public. Aug 1, 2019 640
Ratios remain our long-term goal: The NSWNMA welcomes the government's commitment to fund more nurses in the 2019-20 budget but we still maintain ratios are the key to safe patient care. Jul 1, 2019 638
We choose fairness not fear. Jun 1, 2019 669
An opportunity to change the rules: Australia needs policies and an economic direction that deliver a better life for working Australians. May 1, 2019 640
Our campaign will still deliver more nurses and midwives: Now that the Liberal National Coalition has been re- elected in NSW we will need to keep them honest about their commitment to fund more nurses and midwives in the public health system. Apr 1, 2019 655
Shift-by-shift ratios are within our grasp: This state election is crucial if we want to win shift-by-shift, nurse-to-patient ratios across the entire public health system. Mar 1, 2019 745
Chronicle of a fiasco foretold: Normally it takes a bit of time before the flaws and inadequacies in service provision from a privatised public service become obvious but at the Northern Beaches Hospital it has been on show from the beginning. Feb 1, 2019 565
Introducing our new councillors. Feb 1, 2019 1646
Labor sticks to its pledge on ratios: The NSW Opposition has changed its leader but its policy on ratios remains the same. Dec 1, 2018 722
Our first shift-by-shift ratios victory: A well-organised, hard-working branch along with an enlightened employer has delivered an agreement with NSW's first shift-by-shift ratios. Nov 1, 2018 574
Persistance pays: The state of the aged care sector is a national disgrace and our arguments for change are beginning to gain traction. Oct 1, 2018 612
A golden opportunity for better ratios. Sep 1, 2018 630
Working with the community for positive change: Nurses, midwives and the community all have a common interest in improving the public health system. Aug 1, 2018 648
Our resolve for better ratios is undiminished: Nurses and midwives deserve the pay rise they are about to receive but our patients deserve safe ratios as well and we will continue to fight for them on their behalf. Jul 1, 2018 673
Make aged care ratios law now! Jun 1, 2018 597
Let's change the rules on staffing: The current rules on staffing in our public health system are clearly not working. Our 2018 ratios campaign aims to change that. May 1, 2018 669
Northern Beaches bungle staff transfer: The process of transferring public health staff to the privatised Northern Beaches Hospital has left many nurses angry, confused and uncertain about their future employment. May 1, 2018 955
Let's keep fighting for a better public health system: Our successful campaign to stop the privatisation of five regional hospitals provides us with the inspiration to push on and improve our public health system. Mar 1, 2018 592
A wonderful win: Retaining Shellharbour and Port Kembla Hospitals in public hands is a significant victory. Editorial Dec 1, 2017 553
Enough is enough. Nov 1, 2017 652
Advancing reconciliation: the NSWNMA will do its utmost to help improve the health and lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders just as we are committed to improving the health and lives of all Australians. Jul 1, 2017 534
Respect nurses and midwives: the state government has responded to our public health system log of claims and on the big staffing issues they have nothing to say. Editorial Jun 1, 2017 593
'Specials' require extra staff. Cover story Jun 1, 2017 698
Housing is a job changer: nurses are enduring inflated house prices, exorbitant rents, and increasingly long commutes. Jun 1, 2017 1140
Be alert, be aware and join the fight to defend penalty rates. May 1, 2017 645
NSW can afford improved ratios: Strong economic growth means the NSW government can afford to improve safe patient care through improved ratios and the federal government has no excuse for not protecting the penalty rates of the lowest paid. Editorial Apr 1, 2017 650
Aged care questions answered: the NSWNMA has produced a series of leaflets to help consumers navigate their way through the complex process involved when transitioning a loved one into residential aged care. Apr 1, 2017 456
The state government needs to listen to the community. Editorial Sep 1, 2016 814
Our critical choice on public health, Medicare, Aged Care and penalty rates. Editorial Jun 1, 2016 688
Ratios in aged care would improve the lives of many older Australians: better care for aged care residents requires more nursing staff. Editorial May 1, 2016 668
Funding cuts are a time bomb in our health system: the impact of health budget cuts is beginning to be felt but much worse is to come as the states face a significant funding shortfall from next year. Editorial Apr 1, 2016 519
No one should have to tolerate violence: there is no silver bullet to the issue of violence in our hospitals but recognition by the government and NSW Health that there is a problem is a major step forward. Mar 1, 2016 560
A high price to pay for neglect. Editorial Dec 1, 2015 609
A righteous rebellion from within: there is a time when decent people need to take a moral position and act against laws that sanction cruelty. Editorial Nov 1, 2015 589
The health minister should do the right thing by the aged. Editorial Oct 1, 2015 563
We must evolve or be left behind: this year's annual conference--our 70th--was dynamic and creative and these are the qualities we will need as an organisation to meet the formidable challenges in front of us. Editorial Sep 1, 2015 601
Ratios forward march! Editorial Aug 1, 2015 557
Another battle looms over penalty rates. Editorial Jul 1, 2015 664
We appreciate and are honoured by your confidence. Jun 1, 2015 701
Ramsay members show the way. Editorial May 1, 2015 602
Ratios remain the key to patient safety: both major political parties promised more nurses for our public health system in their state election campaigns--which we welcome--but we need a bipartisan position on ratios to ensure patient safety. Editorial Apr 1, 2015 495
The public are justifiably concerned about privatisation. Editorial Mar 1, 2015 709
Medicare and public health are sustainable and cost efficient: governments are quick to use economic arguments to justify cuts to healthcare spending--but there are compelling economic arguments for a well-resourced public health care system with sufficient nurses. Editorial Feb 1, 2015 573
We must insist on RNs in aged care 24/7: recent legislative changes have threatened the role of RNs in aged care and there are implications for the wider nursing profession. Editorial Dec 1, 2014 561
Value the people caring for people. Editorial Nov 1, 2014 542
Let's engage the community in the debate about public health: the Baird government's health privatisation agenda is broad and advanced and we must redouble our efforts to inform the public about what is going on. Oct 1, 2014 693
A clear choice: the presentations of the NSW health minister and the shadow minister for health at our annual conference highlighted the clear differences between the two main parties when it comes to health and wages policy in NSW. Conference notes Sep 1, 2014 619
War on health on two fronts: both the state and federal governments have aggressive, ideologically driven policy agendas that are not conducive to health, NSWNMA general secretary Brett Holmes told annual conference. Sep 1, 2014 824
Baird to public sector nurses and midwives: take or leave your 2.27%. Aug 1, 2014 665
Nine months to build some pressure: when it comes to spending our money governments have choices and we need to pressure them to make the right ones for public health. Editorial Jul 1, 2014 584
A disastrous budget for health: Medicare as a universal health care system will be finished if Tony Abbott gets his way. Jun 1, 2014 622
Medicare is under serious threat. Editorial May 1, 2014 668
We will not let the Abbott government silence your voice. Editorial Apr 1, 2014 587
We can stop privatisation: look to Queensland. Editorial Feb 1, 2014 527
Privatisation: a major policy shift underway, without debate: an agenda of privatizing public health services is now apparent in New South Wales. Dec 1, 2013 556
We must stand up for what we have won. Editorial Nov 1, 2013 604
We are determined to continue our campaign for safe patient care. Editorial Oct 1, 2013 705
We will not allow public hospitals to be privatised by stealth: the privatisation of public hospital services is on the political agenda and we have made an intervention with a TV ad leading up to the federal election to ensure the public are aware of it. Editorial Sep 1, 2013 643
We're not going away: the O'Farrell Government wants nurses and midwives to just go away, but it isn't going to happen: we're in for the long haul. Editorial Aug 1, 2013 672
Nationals are letting down their constituents. Editorial Jul 1, 2013 662
An unacceptable offer: the O'Farrell Government has responded with a curt "No" to our public health system ratios and pay claim so we must continue to make our case with the community and increase the pressure on MPs to change their stance. Editorial Jun 1, 2013 527
Alarm bells ring on Abbott's plans for public hospitals: comments by the federal opposition's Shadow Minister for Health Peter Dutton on plans to privatise the management of public hospitals have flown under the radar but they should set our alarm bells ringing loud and clear. May 1, 2013 612
We won't tolerate a two-tier health system: nurses, like other working people, need money to pay their bills and take care of their families--yet members have chosen to prioritise more nurses over more pay for our 2013 public health system campaign. Editorial Apr 1, 2013 680
Let's take our campaign wider: voting has now closed on our 2013 Public Health System log of claims with a comprehensive vote in favour of the recommended claim (see page 12). Mar 1, 2013 674
Ratios put patient safety first: the focus of our Public Health System 2013 award claim is to improve and extend the nursing hours/ratios system. Editorial Feb 1, 2013 599
Evidence mounts for the value of ratios: there is now a very strong body of research coming out of the United States and Europe, that gives a glowing assessment on health outcomes resulting from improving nurse-to-patient ratios. Editorial Dec 1, 2012 583
Award talks begin on a respectful note: NSWNMA General Secretary Brett Holmes reports on initial talks with the state government to kick start negotiations for the 2013 Public Health System Award. Dec 1, 2012 508
Your journey accident and professional indemnity insurance safety net: the NSWNMA cannot and will not stand by and leave nurses unprotected after the New South Wales government walked away from its responsibility to ensure that workers injured on the way to work are looked after. Nov 1, 2012 642
Unity is vital as attacks intensify: local health boards have been given the nasty responsibility of implementing New South Wales and Queensland state government budget cuts. Editorial Oct 1, 2012 624
Taking the lead: there was a theme at our 2012 Annual Conference: build on our legacy and strive to improve as a union and as a champion for safe patient care. Editorial Sep 1, 2012 603
Nurses must be protected from danger; while nursing is an enormously rewarding and fulfilling career, the nature of the job can leave us vulnerable to injury and the environments in which we practice can be inherently dangerous. Editorial Aug 1, 2012 604
An attack on the injured: as The Lamp goes to print the state government's changes to workers' compensation have passed through parliament, reducing the New South Wales scheme to the meanest in the country. Editorial Jul 1, 2012 559
We have strict financial safeguards in place: the very public ructions at the Health Services Union (HSU) have understandably caused a lot of disquiet among members in the broader union movement, including nurses. Editorial Jun 1, 2012 551
New South Wales Nurses' Association summary of the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2011. Jun 1, 2012 545
A great win for aged care: it has been a mixed month with a massive boost to aged care funding--a tremendous achievement--and a nasty attack brewing against workers' compensation. Editorial May 1, 2012 731
These attacks can be stopped: the bad news is the O'Farrell Government has revealed its true character with an agenda to roll back public sector wages and conditions. The good news is our Victorian colleagues have shown that determined action by nurses is more than a match for any government that treats patient care with contempt. Editorial Apr 1, 2012 577
It's time to act for better pay: our campaign to improve pay and conditions in for-profit aged care facilities is now well under away. Editorial Mar 1, 2012 628
History repeats in Victoria. Editorial Feb 1, 2012 654
Victoria's secret plan to cut nurse numbers. Dec 1, 2011 553
Strong action gets results: nurses and midwives won a great outcome from our ratios campaign but, at the local level, nurses may need to take another step to make management accountable for their implementation. Editorial Nov 1, 2011 554
Standing up for safety and quality of services: nurses are standing up for safe patient care and better services--in our hospitals and in a wider realm in unison with other public sector workers. Editorial Oct 1, 2011 516
Public sector attacks based on false premises: in NSW, public sector workers' pay and conditions have been attacked and the Federal Liberal Opposition has a plan to axe 12,000 federal public sector jobs. The rationale for these attacks is wrong. Editorial Sep 1, 2011 575
Attracting nurses back to the system: our nurse-to-patient ratios campaign delivered funding for around 1,400 extra nurses for our Public Health System. Now, we need to attract nurses back into the system. Aug 1, 2011 563
We can't trust the Coalition on workplace rights: Barry O'Farrell's attack on public sector wages and conditions shows that the Liberal Party's commitment to rolling back workplace rights is as strong as ever. Editorial Jul 1, 2011 592
O'Farrell wipes out IRC's powers on wages: after only 50 days in office, the new Liberal Government in NSW has already moved to make it more difficult to get pay rises in the public sector and has started to significantly wind back the State's OHS laws. Editorial Jun 1, 2011 615
Our next task is to make ratios work: the improvements to staffing won in our pay and conditions campaign are excellent but there is still work to be done in order to make the benefits tangible. Editorial May 1, 2011 667
Global events give us perspective: nurses in the NSW public health system have just won very good improvements in pay and conditions but vicious attacks on public sector workers elsewhere warn us that we can never be complacent. Editorial Apr 1, 2011 606
90% vote 'yes' to ratios and pay offer: public health system nurses and midwives have won 9.7% pay rises over the life of the agreement, and ratios as an equivalent to Nursing Hours Per Patient Day are now embedded in a legally-enforceable award. Editorial Mar 1, 2011 535
A historic win: we are on the cusp of winning nurse-to-patient ratios in NSW. This is a momentous achievement and NSWNA members are to be congratulated. Feb 1, 2011 672
Strong action for safe patient care: a successful strike resulted in the Government starting negotiations on our ratios claim. Dec 1, 2010 704
It's time to take on the State Government: nurses want ratios and the public thinks they already exist. The main obstacle is a Government afraid to make the necessary bold move to save our health system. It is time to take it on. The future of our public health system and nursing depends on it. Editorial Nov 1, 2010 630

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