Making the world a better place

As nurses and midwives, caring and advocacy are part of our DNA, so it’s no surprise our capacity to care and advocate stretches beyond the wards and clinics we work in.   
As an organisation the QNMU supports a number of social justice and charity activities as part of our commitment to building a healthier, safer, smarter and more inclusive society   

Charitable support

Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA  

Of all the charitable organisations we assist, our support for Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is our most enduring.

The QNMU regularly provides funds to the clinic to help support APHEDA’s much-needed training and primary health care programs across the globe.

We have a particular interest in supporting the award winning Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot in Thailand. 

This clinic treats about 150,000 displaced and vulnerable people living on the Thai-Burma border every year.

We also often contribute to APHEDA appeals as needed – for example we donated $10,000 to their Vanuatu Appeal in March 2015 to assists with rebuilding in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Click here to support Union Aid Abroad APHEDA

Sisters Inside | Fund for Children 

In October 2013, the QNMU Council partnered with the Sisters Inside for the Fund for Children.

Sisters Inside is an independent community organisation which advocates for the human rights of women in the criminal justice system and to address gaps in services available to them.

The Fund for Children supports programs for children of such women, enabling them to maintain a healthy relationship with their mother and to grow and develop and enjoy their lives.

In the past few years state funding for Sisters Inside has been axed making our contribution all the more important.

Click here to support Sisters Inside, Fund for Children

The 139 club

Based in south-east Queensland the 139 Club is a drop-in centre with an ‘open-door’ policy, offering support to the homeless, those at risk of becoming homeless and others struggling with difficult personal circumstances.

The QNMU holds fundraisers and supply drives during the year to support the work of the 139 Club.

For example money raised during International Nurses’ Day and International Day of the Midwife breakfasts has been used to support the safe sleeping strategy which provides temporary beds and a referral service for women at risk of homelessness.

Click here to support the 139 Club

Zonta birthing kits

For the past few years the QNMU has supported and promoted Zonta Club’s safe birthing kit program which aims to reduce child and mother mortality in developing countries.

The basic kits which include basic items like soap, gauze, sterile scalpel and ties which are used by traditional birth attendants and village health workers in some of the poorest countries in the world.

More than 1 million kits have been distributed across 30 countries since 2004.

Annual donations

Every year the QNMU council supports a variety of deserving causes which are in harmony with the social objectives of our union.

Our donations for the 2015-16 financial year were:

 Sisters Inside  $10,000
 APHEDA Thai Burma Border Shan Health Clinic
 $10,000
 Aussie Helpers drought assistance for farmers  $5,000
 Zonta Club of Brisbane for Birthing Kits  $2,000
 Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy Christmas Appeal     
 $1,000
 Other various including Asbestos Related Disease  
 Support and National Sorry Day
 $1,960
Support for Indigenous Australia

The QNMU continues to be a strong supporter of the Council of Australian Governments’ Close the Gap initiative aimed at reducing disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

One of the issues we have taken particular interest in is the capacity for Indigenous women to give birth on country – that is, to give birth on country that gives a baby a spiritual, physical and social connection to their land.

This connection can be significant later in life, by providing traditional rights on and to the land, as well as creating responsibilities towards the land and the community.

This means there needs to be models of care that ensure Indigenous women have access to safe birthing options in their communities, and to midwifery services that embrace culturally appropriate antenatal care and education.

The QNMU supports a culturally sensitive partnership being developed between the midwife and the Indigenous family.

This partnership can empower the expectant mother in the decision-making process on where her child will be born, which in turn can have lifelong significance to the health and wellbeing of the baby.

Keeping tabs on our carbon footprint

The QNMU takes climate change and environmental protection seriously.

Our support for sustainability is enshrined in our Nursing and Midwifery Values Statement, and our operations are conducted with this in mind.

The clearest example of our green can be seen at our head office in Brisbane.

For the past few years we have submitted to the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), and every year we are recognised for our eco-friendly credentials.

We’ve even won state awards! NABERS is a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings over 2000sq metres.

In 2015 and 2016 our Victoria Street building was awarded five stars for energy efficiency and an impressive five-and-a-half stars for water saving under the (NABERS) program. Six stars is the highest rating available.

This building has been fitted with a number of resource-saving features including automatic sensor lighting, paper recycling, rainwater tanks which are plumbed into the toilets, heat blocking blinds and smart air-conditioning.

These eco-friendly features coupled with our clean, green office culture are part of the QNU’s commitment to being a responsible organisation which acts in a sustainable manner.