The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has formed a Retired Member Activist Group (RMAG). After all, just because you’ve retired doesn’t mean you want to drop all involvement in issues which have been your daily concern for many years.
RMAG member Lorraine at the Medicare rally.
A survey of retired nurses and midwives found they were interested in staying involved on:
- Aged care – especially elder abuse and RN 24/7
- Public health – especially the privatisation of health services, disability services cuts and Medicare
Involvement could include visiting, ringing or writing to their local MPs, calling talkback radio, writing to local papers, attending rallies – and in fact this is already happening, with retired members attending the recent elder abuse public hearings and coming along to the Medicare rally in February.
There is no cost for NSWNMA Life Members, Retired Members and Professional Members who elect to join the RMAG.
Membership offers the following benefits:
- The Lamp (11 issues per year)
- Access to Union Shopper
- Legal advice – retired members are able to access a wide range of discounted legal services from NEW Law, a firm part owned by the NSWNMA. First consultations are free on any matter.
- Special offers – the NSWNMA is occasionally offered discounted tickets to events or shows and will notify RMAG of these.
It’s envisaged that local groups will form to meet up socially or for campaign purposes, without a formal structure. It’s up to members to shape the direction they want to take to make RMAG work for them. Life Member Charles Linsell has offered to be the interim convenor.
Download the RMAG sign-up form: Retired Member Activist Group
Download and print a flyer about RMAG to share with retired colleagues and at branches: NSWNMA Retired Members
Return forms to RMAG, c/o Lynne Ridge, NSWNMA, 50 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo, 2017 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org