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Shift-working nurses should have access to nannies: ANF

By Karen Keast | Last Updated: 19-11-2013

ANF federal secretary Lee Thomas

The Australian Nursing Federation has supported moves to consider subsidised nannies as a child care option for nurses working shifts.

ANF federal secretary Lee Thomas said nurses were frustrated at the lack of round-the-clock child care options.

“There should be mechanisms in place to meet the costs of child care for shift working parents such as nurses,” Ms Thomas said.

“Nurses continue to express frustration at the lack of long hours child care available.

“While there are some longer hour child care facilities available they are not commonplace.”

Ms Thomas’ comments came after Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott stated he would request the Productivity Commission cost an extension of the child-care rebate to cover private nanny care.


ANF’s policy on child care states child care should be available to meet the specific needs of working parents, including occasional and vacation care, before and after school care, 24 hour seven days per week services to meet the needs of shift workers, and provision for women to continue breast feeding.

The policy also states: “All new health and aged care facilities and those being developed, whether public or private, should consider incorporating work-based child care facilities in their plans”.

Ms Thomas said Mr Abbott’s referral of the issue to the Productivity Commission was “one mechanism to deal with the issue”.

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