Annie Butler has been re-elected to lead the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) as Federal Secretary for the next four years.
Lori-Anne Sharp has also been re-elected Assistant Federal Secretary, with Sally-Anne Jones re-elected Federal President and James Lloyd re-elected Federal Vice President. All were elected unopposed.
Ms Butler thanked the ANMF’s growing 275,000-strong membership of nurses, midwives, assistants in nurses and carers throughout Australia for their trust for four more years.
“We are all deeply humbled that we have again been given the chance to represent and advocate for our growing membership who work in some of the most important positions of trust in the Australian community,” Ms Butler said.
“The continuing endorsement of our federal leadership team will inspire and drive our ongoing campaigns.
“This year, we will be continuing our focus on fixing the crisis in aged care, and fighting to get our politicians to legislate minimum staffing levels and skills mix in order to address the chronic understaffing in Australia’s aged care homes and provide safe, best practice care for elderly residents.
“Our members in aged care are struggling to cope and provide the care they know residents need, while providers are continuing to cut nursing and care staff hours in nursing homes.
“In the lead-up to the Federal Election and as the Royal Commission into aged care continues, we will be fighting for change on behalf of our members and the vulnerable nursing home residents they care for each and every day.”
Ms Butler and Ms Sharp will serve four-year terms, while Ms Jones and Mr Lloyd will serve two-year terms.