Often different worksites will have some form of ANMF campaign surrounding industrial or professional issues. The ANMF (Tasmanian Branch) and our Federal Branch may make posts which demonstrate current campaigns. It is important to maintain professionalism when sharing or commenting on such posts. We understand that these are issues our members are rightly passionate about, but we also want to ensure our members are able to participate in campaigns safely.

The ANMF Federal Executive policy and position statements are updated and reviewed regularly, they can be found here. Policy guidance is also required for the ANMF’s Facebook community. The following sets out the ANMF’s guidelines and standards for that community. Whilst these guidelines apply to the ANMF’s own page, the following Community Standards within the guideline can also be a good reminder for all our members to adhere to on their own pages too, particularly if considering posting anything about your workplace or to colleagues:

  • Keep it abuse free. 
    Comments using inappropriate language, which are abusive towards others, or appear to deliberately provoke arguments, will be deleted. Any behaviour that makes supporters feel harassed or likely to disengage with the community can also be removed.
  • Don't break the law
    Do not post comments which are defamatory, discriminatory, incite violence, infringe copyright or are otherwise unlawful. Messages that are factually wrong and misleading will be deleted.
  • Health professionals need to stay professional
    Do not post anything that breaches patient confidentiality or NMBA regulations. Maintain professional standards with any post and be aware of your specific workplace social media policies.
  • Stay on topic
    The space provided on news articles and opinion pieces is provided for you to discuss the articles' content. Do not post messages which are irrelevant. Irrelevant comments can be removed.
  • Be concise 
    By keeping your contributions short and to the point, they're most likely to engage and inspire other people.
  • Don't dominate the conversation
    Everyone has a right to share their views, as long as comments are not in violation of these guidelines. Be respectful of others and try not to take up all the space.
  • Don't advertise 
    Contributions that seek to endorse commercial products or activities or solicit business will be deleted.
  • Keep it real 
    Do not use a nickname or alias that is defamatory, abusive or contains swearing. Contributors must not intentionally impersonate other people.

Nurses and midwives must also take into account the social media guidelines laid down by the Nursing Midwifery Board of Australia to the professional conduct on social media for registered health professionals.

The ANMF also has its own professional policy on social media use for members here

All our members need to also be aware of, and abide by, their individual workplaces social media policy.

If you have any queries, please contact the ANMF Member Support Team on 03) 6223 6777 or 1800 001 241 (outside Hobart area) or via email membersupport@anmftas.org.au