20 Good reasons to join the ANMF (SA Branch)
#1: Comprehensive legal and industrial advice and representation
Members can access advice and representation on industrial and related professional matters from specialist ANMF (SA Branch) staff. In addition to accessing expert in-house ANMF (SA Branch) staff, the ANMF (SA Branch) has a relationship with the law firm Duncan Basheer Hannon, who we refer matters to in accordance with the ANMF (SA Branch) legal services policy. Legal services include (but not limited to):
- Advice on defamation and civil claims related to the workplace
- Advice and representation on WorkCover claims
- Advice and representation on discrimination / harassment / equal opportunity claims
- Advice and representation on Coroner’s inquests
- Advice and representation on disciplinary proceedings such as Nursing and midwifery Board Disciplinary Proceedings
#2: Expert professional and industrial advice from the ANMF helpline including email advisory service on professional and industrial issues
The ANMF (SA Branch) provides a dedicated telephone advisory service to members on a broad range of industrial and related professional issues. Officers are available to answer questions and provide advice on work place issues Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00.
#3: Professional portfolio, face-to-face CPD and career advice and assistance
The Professional Portfolio is essential to develop and provide documented evidence your of skills, qualifications and CPD. This is important for any Nursing and Midwifery Board audits on CDP and/or reclassification applications or job applications. The ANMF (SA Branch) also has a career advisory service that provides assistance with developing a curriculum vitae, responding to job applications, developing a professional portfolio and reclassification applications.
#4: Access to pay-rates and the employer star rating system
The members-only area of the ANMF (SA Branch) website provides you with access to pay rates, a rating system that rates all employers against the public sector so you can compare the wages and conditions of a current or prospective employer.
#5: An industrial expert to check work-related statements
Members will be assisted with the preparation of work-related statements as such statements may become a piece of evidence in a Coronial Inquiry or Nursing and Midwifery Board investigation.
#6: Free on-line Continuing Professional Development tutorials, helping you achieve 20 hours CPD a year
ANMF (SA Branch) members have free on-line Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to over 100 on-line CPD tutorials. These self-directed learning tutorials are designed to provide Nurses and Midwives with best practice learning on health issues that can then be applied to nursing practice. This new benefit will assist members in meeting the required annual CPD hours. Results from each completed tutorial will be incorporated into an electronic record that can be added to your professional portfolio.
#7: Journey accident cover
Protecting your income, for travel to and from work or study. Changes to Workers Compensation laws mean that the drive to and from work is no longer covered by the employer – so any injury sustained in a journey to or from work is not considered a workplace injury. Unless you have insurance, you may end up without an income. ANMF (SA Branch) members do have cover. Bothworking category members and student membersare covered (as long as they are financial). Aggregate Limit of Liability: $5,000,000
#8: Expert industrial advice and assistance in bargaining better wages, conditions, career structures and work loads
ANMF (SA Branch) has specialist staff that negotiates wages and conditions with and on behalf of members. Members working collectively ensures we are always protecting, developing and empowering our professions.
#9: Influence law and policy
ANMF (SA Branch) members have the opportunity to contribute to and influence nursing and midwifery issues and health broadly at a State and Federal level. Members are invited to comment and contribute to issues of broad policy and debate and these comments are used to formulate numerous verbal and written submissions throughout the year.
#10: Expert representation for Coronial and Nursing and Midwifery Board Inquiries
A comprehensive range of free and reduced cost legal services are provided in association with Duncan Basheer Hannon Solicitors to assist members with professional issues. Members are provided with legal assistance and representation for Nursing and Midwifery Board disciplinary proceedings as well as Coronial Inquests.
#11: Additional legal services at no extra charge or at preferential rates
Through ANMF (SA Branch)’s relationship with the law firm Duncan Basheer Hannon - one of South Australia’s most prestigious law firms, members have access to free or reduced rates on family law, the preparation of wills and estates and residential conveyancing. Members and their partners also have access to reduced rates for the preparation of wills and Power of Attorney.
#12: Monthly journals: ANMJ, AJAN and In Touch
Members will receive monthly a copy of both the ANMJ and In Touch magazines which cover local and national news as well as clinical, industrial and legal information critical for keeping up to date in today’s environment. AJAN is an on-line professional journal and can be accessed on-line through the Federal website
#13: Financial planning and advice from a leading Australian financial advisory firm
ANMF (SA Branch) members have access to a financial planning service for advice on matters including superannuation and retirement planning, investment advice and portfolio management, personal insurance and estate planning. For more information contact the office.
#14: Expert advice and assistance with OHSW and WorkCover
The ANMF (SA Branch) has experts in OHSW and WorkCover matters, who provide advice, assistance and representation to members.
#15: Continuing Professional Development to help you achieve 20 CPD hours a year
CPD is important to everyone, but essential to Nurses and Midwives who must now achieve and demonstrate at least 20 hours CDP per year. The ANMF (SA Branch) owns and operates the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre, a Registered Training Organisation with a purpose built state-of-the-art learning centre that includes a skills laboratory that simulates a hospital environment. We run a comprehensive CPD program which can be viewed here Members also have free access to over 100 on-line CPD tutorials
#16: Weekly electronic news bulletins with breaking news and information
Members receive a weekly e-Bulletin that provides industry specific information on topics such as National Registration and Regulation, Public Sector Enterprise Bargaining, events and conferences, latest topics coming up in the ANMF (SA Branch) Professional Development Program and requests for member comments to inform ANMF (SA Branch) submissions on subjects such as Mental Health and Aged Care Reform.
#17: Discount on a range of items including new cars, health insurance, movie tickets and plenty of give-aways and competitions
The ANMF (SA Branch) continues to provide improved member advantages resulting in members benefiting from the buying power of the ANMF (SA Branch).
#18: $10m Professional Indemnity Insurance
PII is important for everyone working in Nursing and Midwifery including Enrolled and Registered Nurses, Midwives, Assistants in Nursing and Midwifery and Personal Care Assistants. PII is important for everyone but essential for Nurses and Midwives as the Health Practitioners Regulation National Law imposes a specific obligation on Nurses and Midwives not to practice unless appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance arrangements are in force in relation to their practice (Section 129). ANMF (SA Branch) PII protects members:
- sued for negligence or malpractice
- sued for damages arising from a public liability claim
- if you are given notice requiring you to attend before and inquiry / hearing of a court inquiry or professional board tribunal
- cover for professional indemnity (malpractice) - up to $10 000 000
- cover for public liability (negligence for injury to a third party, persons, or property)up to $10 000 000
- 24 hour insurance cover for Good Samaritan acts
#19: Ambassadors Card savings in 2,000 shops, restaurants, hotels and cinemas
Members enjoy a vast range of new and improved benefits and savings offered through the Ambassador Card. The Ambassador Card provides members access to a range of discounts, savings and special offers at more than 2,000 shops, restaurants, hotels, cinemas and attractions across Australia.
#20: Access to the ANMF library with a range of professional resources and assistance
Free access to the ANMF (SA Branch) library offering a wide range of up-to-date reference books, resources and assistance with searches and bibliographies. Books and journals can be accessed and reading these and recording that activity in your Professional Portfolio can count towards your 20 mandatory CDP hours.