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About the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation - Victorian Branch


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The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Vic Branch) (previously the Australian Nursing Federation) is the largest nursing and midwifery organisation in Victoria representing over 72,000 nurses, midwives and carers in relation to industrial, professional and occupational health and safety matters.

ANMF (Vic Branch) works tirelessly to improve the ability of nurses, midwives and carers to provide high quality care to patients, residents and clients, and to improve wages and working conditions.

The ANMF (Vic Branch) is also involved in the development of policy relating to issues that affect and are impacted by the nursing and midwifery professions, including:

  • nursing and midwifery practice, professionalism, regulation, education and training
  • workforce and industrial relations legislation and planning
  • occupational health and safety
  • health, aged care and community services delivery and funding
  • socio-economic welfare, veterans’ affairs, social justice, human rights, immigration, foreign affairs and law reform.


The ANMF (Vic Branch) is also a registered training organisation and contributes to vocational education and training of enrolled nurses, and professional development for registered and enrolled nurses and registered midwives which can be completed face to face through the ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre which is separate to the ANMF (Vic Branch)  CPD Portal. The ANMF (Vic Branch)  Education Centre may be found here. The Federal Office of the ANMF also has a seperate Continuing Professional Education training room.


The ANMF (Vic Branch) CPD Portal – plan, learn, record

The ANMF (Vic Branch) CPD Portal has been developed to assist all nurses, midwives and carers, in particular Victorian Branch members, to advance their professional career by providing affordable access to quality professional development and eLearning.

The CPD Portal has the support of a dedicated team of professional educators including Vanessa Brotto (Manager: eLearning and online CPD) and Alistair Spooner (eLearning Officer) who are constantly assessing current modules and working with expert clinicians and organisations to develop new ones.  Other nurse educators work in the department supporting further module development in various ways.

The eLearning component of the CPD Portal offers evidence-based, peer reviewed modules and online seminars that provide participants with the assurance that the modules they are completing exceed the profession's benchmarks.  The modules offered are flexible and allow participants to complete the requirements in their own time and in multiple locations on their computers, tablets, and smartphones. Once a module and feedback is complete the participant receives a certificate they can download and print and the module information is saved to their online professional portfolio.

The CPD Portal is an online learning tool that also provides the user with a professional space, a central hub to record all their employment, formal education, and professional development and workplace project details. This hub is designed to complement the ANF Professional Portfolio folder sent to all members in 2012/13, and assist you to easily record, organise and update your professional information. Modules completed through the ANMF (Vic Branch) Online CPD Portal are automatically included in the portfolio. Keeping an up-to-date record of your continuing professional development and employment will help to maintain an accurate recency of practice and CPD evidence record.  These will also assist you when developing a professional and complete resumé.


Maintaining best practice

It is important that you maintain and update your practice based on best practice research. Likewise the ANMF (Vic Branch) CPD Portal and Professional Portfolio will be constantly assessed and updated to meet your learning needs and industry standards of best practice.  Before completing a module you will be asked for feedback, which will enable us to continually update the program to meet the needs of practising nurses, carers and midwives.


CPD Portal support

By using this CPD Portal you have access to a dedicated support team led by staff with current qualifications and experience in eLearning and university education. We believe this is important because it gives you access to the highest standards of education and learning in the area of eLearning.

You can also have access to technical support through our 24h 7 days/week help desk for technical help. This is accessible by calling:

CPD Support  1800 084 481


Introducing the team

Manager: eLearning and Online CPD - Vanessa Brotto RN, BN, B.App.Sci (Health Prom), GradDip AdvNursing(Critical Care), CradCert Higher Ed, M.clin Nurs, PhD Candidate Currently

Vanessa works part-time with the ANMF as Manager: eLearning and Online CPD.

Vanessa Brotto is also an academic at a metropolitan University lecturing part time in the Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) degrees. Vanessa has won a number of University teaching commendations/awards in the 11 years she has been at the University and has developed a great passion for engaging and innovative education.

Vanessa works clinically as a bank Clinical Nurse specialist in the Intensive Care / Post Anaesthetic Care units at the Alfred Hospital and has been involved in educational and clinical research with Deakin, Cabrini and the Alfred hospitals. She is a reviewer for a number of Australian and International nursing/critical care journals and has contributed to a number of nursing and pharmacology textbooks as a writer and/or reviewer. Vanessa wrote Clinical Dosage Calculations for Australia and New Zealand (2012) together with Kate Rafferty which has been very popular with nurses and nursing students for its different approach to learning calculations. It has earned the endorsement of the Royal College of Nursing Australia and was the joint winner of publisher Cengage Learning's book of the year for top sales in Australia.

Vanessa has established the ANMF (Vic Branch) CPD Portal and has collaborated with leading organisations and experts to develop the online modules.  Vanessa has a commitment to high quality, evidence-based education which is practical and readily useable.


eLearning Officer – Alistair Spooner BSc

Alistair joined the ANMF with over fifteen years experience in eLearning. His prior work included developing and managing eLearning for Pearsons/Edexcel, the UK Police, the University of New South Wales, and at the BBC where he worked on Europe's largest eLearning project. He is a qualified project manager and instructional designer. He recently returned to Australia from Brazil, where he spent four years working in the international student market in São Paulo. His initial career was as a geologist, where he spent five years looking for gold in various deserts before making the change to eLearning. His philosophy of eLearning is that while technology constantly changes and improves, the goal of education remains the same; to help the student learn as effectively as possible. His interests include mobile learning and collaborative learning models, and he is currently studying a Masters in eLearning Technology at the University of Hertfordshire.


eLearning Assistant - Helen Cerin

Helen was employed by the ANMF for over 10 years before retiring in April 2013 and has rejoined the ANMF’s eLearning department on a part time basis as of May 2014.  Helen’s secretarial experience spans over forty years working for Melbourne-based lawyers and architects, then London-based architects, before returning to Melbourne to take up a PA position for the CEO of a leading mining company.  Helen then spent approximately seven years raising two boys before returning to the workforce at the local Hospital in a part time secretarial capacity and in a part time capacity handling all the media and promotions for the hospital, later moving to an American shoe company in a PA role and then arriving at the ANMF in 2002 as an IP secretary.  Helen’s interests are social get togethers with family and friends, tennis, shopping, caravanning to all parts of Australia and travelling overseas with her partner Mike.



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