Branch Council

ANMF (Vic Branch)

The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) is governed by the Branch Council which is the organisation's highest policy and decision making body.

Branch Councillors are practising registered nurses and midwives and enrolled nurses who are elected by the financial ANMF (Vic Branch) members.

Branch Council comprises:

    Branch President and Vice President
    Branch Secretary and Assistant Secretary (x2)
    Four Executive Members
    14 Branch Councillors

The Branch Councillors and Executive Committee members are elected for a two-year term. Branch Secretary and Assistant Secretary (x2) are elected for a four-year term. The Branch Secretary and Assistant Secretaries are full-time paid officers for their elected term. All other Branch Councillors hold honorary positions.

The Branch Secretary and Assistant Secretaries coordinate and oversee the day-to-day activities and management of the Branch which includes almost 160 staff members. The Branch represents individual members or groups of members before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Nurses Board of Victoria and the courts.

The Branch also represents members during negotiations with employers regarding agreements for wages, working conditions and entitlements and during disputes which may include health and safety issues, workloads, shift arrangements and ward changes.

The Branch represents members in professional forums on issues such as nurse education, standards of care and promoting the nurse's role in the provision of health services.

Rachel Weaver

Rachel Weaver

Branch Executive Member

Rachel has been nursing since 2007 and works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist on an upper gastointestinal and vascular surgical ward and as a Sessional Clinical Nurse Educator at a metropolitan hospital. A Job Rep and a Health and Safety Rep since 2008, Rachel was elected to Branch Council in 2009 and joined Branch Executive in 2011.

ANMF Branch Council member Ruth Bloom

Ruth Bloom

Branch Councillor

A Job Rep since 2005, Ruth Bloom is committed to standing up for Medicare, safe staffing levels and fair pay. She supports the Branch’s policy on providing choice regarding end of life decisions.

Stephen McKenzie

Stephen McKenzie

Branch Executive Member

Stephen is an Associate Nurse Unit Manager in the ED of a major regional health service. An EN for six years Stephen obtained his nursing degree in 1994. A Job Rep since 2004, Stephen participated in the Belinda Morieson Job Representative Training Program in 2010. He was first elected to Branch Council in 2010 and to Executive in 2011.

Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien

Branch Councillor

Tim is a clinical nurse specialist at a regional health servicel where he works in paediatrics. An enrolled nurse for 10 years, Tim obtained his nursing degree in 2000. He has been a Job Rep since 2004 and was first elected to Branch Council in 2009.

ANMF Branch Council member Therese Smyth

Therese Smyth

Branch Councillor

A Job Rep since 2006 and an industrial organiser from 2010–11. She is committed to safeguarding nursing and midwifery workloads, and ensuring regional Victoria’s ratios are improved and protected in legislation.

Tara Nipe

Tara Nipe

Branch Councillor

Tara has been nursing for more than 20 years and works as an educator at La Trobe University's Alfred Hospital campus. Tara has been a Job Rep since 1992 and was first elected to Branch Council in 2013.