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Australian nurses and midwives unite against an unfair budget.
In June 2014, the ANMF took to the web in order to protect Australia’s universal healthcare system from reforms introduced in the Abbott government 2014 budget. Under the proposed reforms, all Australians would need to pay a $7 GP co-payment, state health budgets would be slashed and the cost of studying nursing in an Australian university would become prohibitively expensive and create lasting debt for the next generation of nurses and midwives.
Using the website 'ANMFtakeaction', Australians shared their pledges and stories to register their dissent against the 2014 budget health reforms. In July, parliamentarians met with federal ANMF leadership in Canberra to learn more about how the reforms would damage Australian nursing and midwifery.
By the end of July, over 5000 Australians had pledged against the 2014 Budget Emergency. The #healthcareemergency hash-tag was used a little over 600 times per month. Over two months, the Federal ANMF Facebook page attracted a little over 2000 new followers while on twitter, the top performing #healthcareemergency messages reached over 35,000 people.