ANMF Welcomes Medicare Reforms

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has welcomed the news that nurses have been recognised as playing a vital role in initiatives to reform Medicare and improve healthcare for Australians.

Acting ANMF Federal Secretary Lori-Anne Sharp said reforms to Medicare were long overdue and will be welcomed by the union’s members.

“While Medicare is a vital scheme, after 40 years it is no longer fit for purpose. We welcome the Government’s focus on making the system work better and committing to crucial reform needed to improve patient outcomes and equitable access to primary healthcare,” Ms Sharp said.

“It has been a welcome shift to have a Government recognise the importance of nurses and midwives in building a system that is more patient focussed and our members are well prepared to play a bigger role in helping to create this change.

“All health professionals have a pivotal role to play in providing care for the community, including nurses and midwives. Nurse Practitioners also play a critical role in primary care when enabled to work to their full scope of practice.

“We are all striving to provide a healthcare system that is patient-centred, affordable and accessible so every Australian can access care when and where they need it. This will go a long way in relieving the burden experienced by many emergency departments across the country,” Ms Sharp said.

The ANMF, with over 320,000 members, is the industrial and professional voice for nurses, midwives and carers in Australia. ANMF media release authorised by Lori-Anne Sharp, A/ANMF Federal Secretary. 1/365 Queen St, Melbourne

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