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.

Ross Donaldson

Ross Donaldson

Branch councillor

Ross works in the emergency department of a major metro hospital. He has been a Job Rep since 2011 and holds a graduate certificate in emergency care. Ross was elected to Branch Council in 2019.

Jill Gardner

Jill Gardner

Branch councillor

Jill is a registered nurse and midwife and is currently working in ‘Hospital in the Home’ in Geelong. She began training at Western Hospital in 1978 and has also worked in Darwin and Perth. She has been a Job Rep since 2010 and was elected to Branch Council in 2019.

Kate Mason

Kate Mason

Branch councillor

Kate is a clinical midwife specialist at a metro hospital who began her midwifery career in 2014. She joined ANMF as a student, became a Job Rep in 2017 and was elected to Branch Council in 2019.

Chris Morgan

Chis Morgan

Branch councillor

Chris is an EN with 20 years’ experience, working in the emergency department in outer metro Melbourne. She has been a Job Rep since 2021 and was elected to Branch Council in 2019.

Rachael Whyte

Rachael Whyte

Branch councillor

Rachael has been a nurse since 1998 and currently works as a bed access manager for a metropolitan health service. She has been a Job Rep since 2010 and was elected to Branch Council in 2019.

Catherine Williams

Catherine Williams

Branch councillor

Catherine is a RN working as a clinical nurse specialist at RCH. She has over 20 years’ experience with stints in emergency department, surgical and adolescent wards and as a school nurse. She became a Job Rep in 2019 and was elected to Branch Council later that year.

Lisa Auchetll

Lisa Auchettl

Branch councillor

Lisa is a midwife at a private hospital. She has been nursing for more than 30 years and has worked in the private sector for 21 years. She has been a Job Rep in the private sector since 1994 and was first elected to Branch Council in 2009.

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.

Fiona Cresswell

Fiona Cresswell

Branch councillor

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.