Nursing and midwifery registration renewal fees have
increased from $47 in 2003, to $80 in 2004, to $95 in 2009, to $115 in 2011 and to $160
2012. This is an increase of $113 or 340 per cent in less than nine
the unprecedented registration renewal fee increases, the Nursing and
Board of Australia (NMBA) is yet to confirm it will fund and expand the
successful, evidence-based Nursing
and Midwifery Health Program Victoria
(NMHPV) that protects patients and keeps nurses and midwives well and in
Please sign our online petition to save this
health program that has helped and supported many hundreds of Victorian
midwives and nursing and midwifery students.
last six years Victorian nurses and midwives have had access to this
confidential health program to help with alcohol and drug health issues
mental illness. The program has successfully encouraged nurses and
self-refer early to protect their patients, to seek treatment and to
program is unique to Victoria and was self-funded through annual
nurses' and midwives' registration renewal fees at an annual cost of
per nurse and midwife.
changed in July 2010 when state nursing boards were abolished and
registration was introduced with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of
now responsible for the registration of 343,703 nurses and midwives
2010 the then Victorian Health Minister Daniel Andrews secured funding
sale of the Nurses Board of Victoria city property to operate the
Midwifery Health Program for the next three years. This funding will run
Baillieu Government also publicly supported the program making an
commitment in October 2010 stating: "The Coalition is committed to
that the new Nurses Board under the Australian Health Practitioners
Registration Authority [sic] fund in full and permanently the Victorian
Health program, a uniquely Victorian program that is at risk under the
national registration program."
let the Nursing and Midwifery Board know how important this program is
Victorian nurses and midwives.
only take a few minutes to sign
our online petition calling on the
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Chair Anne Copeland to confirm
and support for the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program in Victoria and
extend the program to other nurses and midwives in all Australian states
territories so that all nurses, midwives, their patients and their
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the petition please share this easy to remember online petition link www.tiny.cc/nmbapetition
nursing and midwifery colleagues.