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Safe Patient Handling SIG

An ANF (Vic Branch) SIG to provide a forum for communication, discussion and professional development amongst Victorian Nurses and Midwives in respect of safe patient handling and related injury prevention



Belinda Clark, ANMF (Vic Branch) Professional Officer
Ph:  9275 9333

About the SPH SIG

The ANF (Vic Branch) SPH SIG encourages all nurses and midwives to join the ANF, including associate membership where appropriate.

The group operates within the ANF (Vic) SPH SIG By-laws. The group is formally affiliated with the ANMF (Vic Branch) the largest Industrial  and Professional Organisation representing nurses and midwives in Victoria.

ANF (Vic Branch) SPH SIG members can raise issues relevant to their workplace and clinical setting.

For example:

  • Workshops / Seminars
  • Education and information sessions appropriate to members needs
  • Networking opportunities at local, state and National level
  • Participation in local, State and National Nursing Conferences

The membership fee is $50.  Associate membership is $25.

Membership is from 1 September to 31 August.  No part year membership is available.


  • To provide a forum which facilitates communication and discussion amongst nurses and midwives in Victoria and to encourage professional development for safe patient handling and injury prevention.
  • To promote recognition of safe patient handling nurses, midwives and co-ordinators as a professional nursing and midwifery specialty.
  • To enable a forum for safe patient handling nurses, midwives and co-ordinators to identify issues of concern and increase understanding of safe patient handling.
  • To foster unity amongst safe patient handling nurses, midwives and co-ordinators.
  • To facilitate professional development within members of the SPH SIG.
  • To provide an environment for safe patient handling nurses, midwives, co-ordinators (and persons directly involved in a role encompassing safe patient handling) to network, exchange ideas and seek information.
  • To investigate issues of concern and make recommendations.
  • To promote special projects and research in the area of safe patient handling.


  • Raising the public profile of ANF (Vic Branch) SPH SIG.
  • Providing a forum for the sharing of information and ideas between members to facilitate mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Providing leadership in relation to safe patient handling policy, legislation and guidelines.
  • Making submissions to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the Department of Health and regulatory bodies including Work Safe Victoria.
  • Participating in relevant conferences, seminars and decision-making forums and being involved in activities that enhance the role of members.
  • Increase awareness of safe patient handling best practice amongst the public and health care sector.
  • To work collaboratively with the ANF (Vic Branch) and to highlight the critical importance of safe patient handling in Victoria and Australia.

2014 Forum (see agenda in resources box)

Friday 22 August 2014
ANMF House, Carson Conference Centre, Level 7
10am - 2pm

2014 Annual General Meeting (see agenda in resources box)

Friday 22 August 2014
ANMF House, Carson Conference Centre, Level 7
1.20pm – 1.35pm

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