The 2019 Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) has just wrapped up for another year. Held in Hobart over two days, Thursday 25 July and Friday 26 July, the event was a great success for all those involved including speakers, sponsors and delegates!

ANMF Tasmanian Branch Workplace Representatives from across the state gathered at the RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel to gain valuable professional development and networking opportunities. This year the theme of ‘empowering leaders for change’ was evident in all sessions of the two day program. Speakers such as Nurse Practitioner Jane Laidlaw of Mission Health, and Diana Butler of Care for Africa, were particularly inspiring standouts. Both women spoke of how everyone has opportunity to lead change, no matter how big the idea or hard the issue may seem - one person standing up has the power to do great things.

Other speakers on day one of the conference included ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler, Australian Medical Association CEO Lara Giddings, and Mental Health Tribunal President Yvonne Chaperon. The theme of leadership remained at the forefront of these sessions in which delegates were empowered by topics of collaboration, influence and responsibility. Day two followed on from a great evening of dinner and drinks, awards and dancing. Resolutions were discussed and decisions regarding the future direction of the ANMF Tasmanian Branch were motioned and voted on. Guest speakers then embarked on a full day of sessions approaching ways in which leaders can be enabled to lead.

Sarah Coulson, Clinical Nurse Coordinator of Cancer Services, spoke of approaching difficult conversations, Alex Pryce from Launceston General Hospital delivered an impressive case study on bed block in Emergency Departments, before former ANMF Branch Secretary Neroli Ellis presented an informative session on the Tasmanian Industrial Commission in her capacity as Deputy President. Before the day concluded, delegates were encouraged to explore social media as a means to spread their message for change during a double session on  mastering the art of social media and understanding the risks involved. As they made their way home on Friday afternoon, delegates were asked to write down one way in which they would like to lead change before the next ADC in Launceston. We will be checking in on these in a year’s time.



This year in lieu of speakers gifts, the ANMF presented a donation to Mission Health. From seeing something and wanting to change it, Jane now provides medical care to the underprivileged, ensuring everyone has access to medical treatment. While currently based out of Launceston, Jane has big ideas for expansion, and we will continue to support her journey in achieving this.

Rep of the Year

During the conference dinner on Thursday 25th July, Workplace Representatives were recognised and celebrated as part of the Faye Hoppitt Workplace Rep of the Year award. Reps from around the state were nominated by their peers as part of the HESTA sponsored event. Gracie Patten and Jane Pond were announced as joint runners up, with Tom Millen from the Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department awarded the title of Rep of the Year.

Become a Rep

If you are reading this and are not already an ANMF Workplace Representative, we encourage you to get involved. Simply get in contact with your current Workplace Rep (yest there can be more than one!), ANMF Organiser or email for more information.