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.

Lisa Fitzpatrick

Lisa Fitzpatrick

State Secretary

Lisa trained at Prince Henry's Hospital in 1980 and became a Job Rep in 1982. She was Branch President from 1990 to 1996 while working as a Diabetes Educator. Lisa joined the Branch as Projects/ Recruitment Officer in 1997 and became an Organiser in 1998. She was first elected Branch Secretary in 2001.

Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert

Assistant Secretary

Paul undertook his nursing education in the mid-1980s and has nursed in Bendigo and Queensland. He became a Job Rep in 1989 and joined the Branch as an Organiser in 1991. In 2000 Paul became an Industrial Officer and in 2005 was appointed to Senior Industrial Officer. Paul was first elected Assistant Secretary in 2009.

Pip Carew

Pip Carew

Assistant Secretary

Pip graduated as an RN in 1981 and has worked in public and private hospitals, neurosurgery, aged care and family planning. She became a Job Rep in 1999 and was appointed to Branch Council in 2000. Pip joined the Branch as an Information Officer in 2001 before becomming an Organiser. Pip was elected Assistant Secretary in May 2010.

Maree Burgess

Maree Burgess

Branch President

Maree has been nursing for more than 30 years. She is a Maternal and Child Health Nurse at a local Council. Maree became a Job Rep in 2007. She joined the Branch Council in 2008 and was elected Branch President in 2010.

Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan

Branch Councillor

Andrew has been a mental health nurse for over 20 years. He currently works as a senior clinician for a mental health unit of a metropolitan hospital. Andrew has been a Job Rep since 2015 and has also spent stints as a Health and Safety Rep.

Deb Holoway

Deborah Holloway

Branch Councillor

Deborah is an enrolled nurse and works at a regional hospital. A Job Rep since 2006 and a Health and Safety Rep since 2008, Deborah was first elected to Branch Council in 2011.

Fiona Cresswell

Fiona Cresswell

Branch Executive Member

Fiona has been nursing for 13 years and is a Nurse Unit Manager at a major metro public hospital. She has been a Job Rep since 2003 and was elected to Branch Council in 2013.

Jacqui Kriz

Jacqueline Kriz

Branch Executive Member

Jackie has been nursing for more than 30 years. She is a community psychiatric nurse working in aged psychiatry at a major regional hospital. A Job Rep since 1999, Jackie and was elected to Branch Council in 2011 and to Executive in 2013.

ANMF Branch Council member Jessica MacLean

Jessica MacLean

Vice President

Jessica MacLean works as a clinical support midwife at a public hospital, and is a registered nurse and midwife. She has been a Job Rep since 2015 and was elected to Branch Council in 2017.