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Brett Holmes
Brett Holmes May 6, 2019

Dementia residents suffer under poor staffing numbers

Low ratios of nursing staff in residential aged care facilities is taking a toll on the care provided to residents living with dementia, according to a report released by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) today. The report ‘Who Cares? Dementia Care in NSW Residential Aged Care Facilities’ highlights the importance of safe staffing and skills mix, with 82% of those surveyed stating insufficient staffing ratios within residential aged care facilities increased the risk of abuse. General Secretary of the NSWNMA...
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Brett Holmes

Brett Holmes

General Secretary, NSWNMA

Brett Holmes is the General Secretary of the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) and Branch Secretary of the ANMF NSW Branch – which represents the industrial and professional interests of nearly 65,000 nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in New South Wales as well as in forums at state, national and international level. Brett is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Progam; and, has been a part of the nursing profession all of his working life. Brett has been General Secretary of the NSWNMA since 2002 – commencing in 1990 as an Organiser, progressing through the Association to Organiser Manager then election as Assistant General Secretary and subsequent election to General Secretary. He sits on a number of boards and committees, including ACTU Executive, Unions NSW Executive, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Federal Executive and Federal Council, the NSWNMA Council and various committees of the Council. Brett is a strong advocate of the advancement and recognition of nursing and midwifery as a profession. Under his leadership, the professional and industrial profile of nurses and midwives at a state, national and international level has been vastly elevated.

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Brett Holmes Mar 28, 2019

Aged care residents falls on the rise

The number of aged care residents hospitalised due to falls has continued to rise in NSW, putting extra pressure on already stretched public hospitals and renewing calls for minimum staff to resident ratios in the aged care sector. A report released by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has revealed 94 per cent of aged care workers surveyed had transferred a resident to hospital for treatment after a fall in the past year alone. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes...
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Brett Holmes Sep 25, 2018

Audit reveals unsafe conditions at nursing homes in Sydney’s east

As 4 Corners aired the second part of its investigation into failings in aged care, an audit of select nursing homes in Sydney’s eastern suburbs uncovered shocking understaffing and associated neglect. All eight aged care facilities visited by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in the federal electorate of Wentworth last night failed to provide an acceptable level of nursing care per resident. NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes said the ratio of nurses to residents was nowhere near what...
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Brett Holmes Sep 4, 2018

Taxpayers footing the bill for provider profits in aged care

A Senate Inquiry will hear evidence today of government aged care funding contributing to overt profiteering by for-profit providers, putting residents and their care second to excessive corporate revenue within the sector. Tax avoidance and profit shifting within the sector will be a key focus of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) appearance at today’s Senate Inquiry into financial practices in Aged Care. A joint ANMF report found Australian taxpayers, via Government funding, contribute around 70% of the expenditure...
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