Well placed at the
I was extremely fortunate to attend advantage of the new Act to further our
the ANF’s 9th Biennial National objectives.
Conference in Sydney on 29 and 30
We also heard from Professor Mary
October this year.
Chiarella from the University of
There were 18 QNU representatives Technology at Sydney, who spoke at
who attended the Conference, our own Annual Conference in 2007. the national level as well in the
including Secretary, Gay Hawksworth, Professor Chiarella gave us an overall states and territories. A thoughtful
Assistant Secretary, Beth Mohle, and analysis of global nursing work and presentation was given by our own
Vice-President, Sally-Anne Jones. encouraged us to be on the front foot Assistant Secretary, Beth Mohle on the
The opening ceremony, a performance to maximise any opportunities which
significant support we’ve received to
by Indigenous opera singer, Deborah are presented to us in the continuing
date for the campaign in Queensland.
reform of our health system.
Cheetham, set a magical scene for what
The closing address by David
was a wonderful two-day conference. Through a Primary Health Care Forum
McLeod, from Lempriere Abbott
we also discussed the many possibilities
Federal Health Minister and Minister McLeod Barristers and Solicitors,
for nurse practitioners going forward,
for Ageing, Nicola Roxon presented the was memorable. McLeod spoke
such as undertaking community renal
keynote address. During her session all about David Hicks’ journey and
dialysis patient care, as is currently the
conference delegates wore blue Because natural justice. It was an excellent and
case in New South Wales.
We Care campaign t-shirts with the inspirational finish to two busy days.
Message to my MP: Time to deliver for On social justice issues we discussed
the American Bill of Rights and Most importantly, I think this
aged care in Budget 2010 emblazoned
examined whether one should be national conference gives us a critical
across our chests. Roxon acknowledged
introduced into the Australian opportunity to discuss important issues
our campaign and took our message on