Nurse Uncut is pleased to bring you the first in a regular post by Coral Levett, President of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association. Coral’s columns appear in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, which goes to more than 120,000 members each month.
In this stimulating piece, Coral compares vaccination with unionism – and finds many similarities.
Since 1945, when vaccines first came into widespread use in Australia, we’ve seen a significant and steady decline in vaccine-preventable disease across all populations. Vaccines available until the late 1960s included tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and polio. The ‘70s and ‘80s added measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis B to the mix and eventually in the last 20 years we’ve seen the widespread use of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis A, influenza, varicella, pneumococcal, meningococcal, human papillomavirus and rotavirus vaccines throughout Australia.
Coral is second from left in the red cape with members of the NSWNMA holding placards showing gains made by unions for nurses and midwives (Sydney May Day 2013).
‘Joe Hockey’ and ‘Tony Abbott’ were down at Sydney’s Circular Quay on Sunday, taking a stroll with a business friend during a break in the G20 Finance Ministers’ meeting.
Suddenly a band of merry nurses waylaid them with some questions.
‘Instead of a co-payment for GP visits, why not introduce a Robin Hood tax to fully pay for Medicare?’
‘Are you going to tax me and my family more or the bankers?’
‘Instead of increasing the GST, why not bring in the Robin Hood tax?’
Watch the video below for a very merrie time!
Today’s post, the first of two parts to mark Sydney Mardi Gras, is by Paul van Reyk, foodie, social worker and queer activist. Paul’s article about nurses on the frontline of the ‘AIDS crisis’ during the 1980s in Ward 17 South at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, was presented to the Australian Homosexual Histories Conference at Melbourne University in November 2013.
It tells of the intensity, camaraderie and rollercoaster of nursing young people with the new and unknown – and lethal – condition that was AIDS in the 1980s.
This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco,
this ain’t no fooling around
I’d like to kiss you, I’d love to hold you
I ain’t got no time for that now.
‘Life During Wartime’ by David Byrne
Nursing staff on Ward 17S in 1987 or 1988. Thanks to Colin Clews for this photo.
Today’s guest post is by Rebecca Roseby, an Enrolled Nurse who tells the proud history of the Enrolled Nurse Professional Association of NSW.
The 2013 Enrolled Nurse state conference, held in Sydney in September 2013, marked 20 years since the inaugural state conference in 1993. The annual conference is organised by the Enrolled Nurse Professional Association NSW to provide a platform for enrolled nurses to network with colleagues, update on current professional issues and share the diversity of their practice.
The ENPAC 2014 conference committee.
Are you a registered nurse, midwife or nurse practitioner currently employed in a clinical service environment and interested in joining your colleagues in influencing the development of the nursing and midwifery workforce for the 21st century?
Professor Glenn Gardner (Queensland University of Technology) and Professor Christine Duffield (University of Technology Sydney) invite all registered nurses, midwives and nurse practitioners currently employed in a clinical service environment to participate in the National Nursing / Midwifery Workforce Survey (ANSWER). The survey will commence on Wednesday 19 February and can be accessed here. It will conclude on Sunday 6 April.