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 Fair Work Commission, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 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 nursing and midwifery roles 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 becoming 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.

ANMF Branch Council member Jessica MacLean

Jessica Foley

Vice President

Jessica Foley 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.

Marie Jones

Marie Jones

Executive member

Marie works associate nurse/wife unit manager at an emergency department of a metropolitan hospital. She has a particular interest in family violence and working with women affected by female genital mutilation. She's been a member for over 30 years and became a Job Rep in 2006.

ANMF Branch Council member Mel Carron

Mel Carron

Executive member

A Job Rep since 2005, Mel Carron has been active in EBA campaigns including the 2011–12 Respect Our Work campaign. Ms Carron endorses the need for ongoing education and a strong professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and carers.

Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan

Executive member

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.

Stephen McKenzie

Stephen McKenzie

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.