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We are implementing strategies to ensure that our services will keep running and we are able to continue to work with you and for you in these critical times.
We are preparing for our staff to work increasingly from home and putting in place technology and processes that will ensure that you continue to receive advice and assistance when you need it.
New Enterprise Bargaining Agreement has been secured
The new public sector Enterprise Bargaining Agreement has officially came into effect in July, affording members protection of existing working rights, job security and wage increases.
View the 2020 Public Sector Enterprise Agreement
Telephone and email services
Critical services including the telephone advice line, legal services, industrial representation, NMBA/AHPRA and other representative services will all continue to be available through our usual telephone number and email contacts.
In response to high demand and increased urgent and pressing enquiries, our Duty Officer services have been extended to provide assistance 7 days per week, with weekend online services from 10am to 4pm. Please note our weekend online service is only available by submitting an online form and only urgent matters will be responded to on weekend shifts. We encourage you to check our FAQ’s and COVID-19 information online before you contact our Duty Officer to discuss:
- Any questions or concerns about your workplace preparedness for COVID-19
- Any safety or PPE concerns
- Advice for personal circumstances on rosters, workload, taking leave
- Any other workplace concerns you may be experiencing
A range of frequently asked questions are available on our COVID-19 information and resource page .
Some workplaces may restrict access to our staff in the interests of avoiding transmission of the virus to vulnerable clients. Where that is the case, we will remain in touch through worksite representatives as well as through our information and communication systems.
We will, wherever possible, continue to visit workplaces to support and advise members and to work with managers to balance the interests of members and the demands of service provision. These worksite meetings and visits will be held in areas away from patient care delivery to avoid risks to all.
Courts, tribunals and member representation
Members will be represented in workplaces and tribunals in ways that may seem unusual to some. Courts and tribunals are already implementing new ways of operating, including video conferencing, email submissions and requests for orders and other indirect ways of hearing matters.
We will also use these systems to undertake meetings with managers where attendance in the workplace itself may heighten risk - to patients, to members or to our staff.
At this challenging time, it is important that we take care. Care of ourselves, care of each other and care of the people in your care in the days and weeks ahead. We will be together with you every step of that journey.
ANMEC student services
As an ongoing strategy to minimise the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, all ANMEC classes will be delivered via a variety of face to face, online and self-directed formats. This means student attendance at face to face classes at ANMEC may change during this period of restrictions and precautions.
ANMEC learning experiences are not shutting down or ceasing to be delivered, and student progress is a high priority. Students, please keep an eye on your ANMEC emails for updates from educators regarding expected attendance times and course requirements.
As a safety precaution, usual face to face time at ANMEC may be reduced or limited in a variety of ways. All students are asked to follow safety precautions and compliance with restrictions, as communicated by ANMEC.
Social distancing and infection control measures are being strictly enforced at ANMEC.
We continue to offer enrolments in several programs and you are welcome to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries about how we can meet your educational needs.
ANMFSA office and library
The ANMF (SA Branch) office, including the Library, in Ridleyton will be closed for member and student services from 12pm (midday) Monday 23 March until further notice. We will continue to be available through our usual telephone number and email contacts.
What we're advocating for?
We are currently seeking to work with governments, both state and federal, to:
- Boost the number of nurses, midwives and care workers.
- Implement improved leave arrangements that will assist you to meet the needs of the community whilst attending to family responsibilities.
- Establish an urgent if imperfect resolution of the Public Sector Enterprise Bargaining processes so that we can focus on the needs of our community in the time ahead.
Importantly we want to acknowledge the incredible work that you all do every day to keep our community safe. During these difficult times we need to continue to work together and take care of one another. Together we will get through this.