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NPAQ: A Nurses' Union That Actually Works for You

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We believe in the value of unions. That’s why the Nurses’ Professional Association of Queensland (NPAQ) exists; to be a union that actually works for nurses and midwives in Queensland. The old, bloated, monopolistic and uncontactable style just doesn’t work. QNMU members are just not getting what they pay for. 

Unions represent the collective voice of the industry and empower us to advocate for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. However, we also believe that unions should provide high-quality services to their members and be accountable and be contactable by their members.

Unfortunately, many nurses have been let down by the existing nurses' union. As a monopoly, they have been overcharging their members and under-delivering.

They refuse to pick up the phone. When a member has a simple question, and as nurses, these questions are often time-sensitive - they are told by a robot “sorry, we're too busy. We'll call you back”. We tried it, and it was OVER 24 HOURS until we got a call back.
That’s a minimum not a maximum.

For around $760 per year, don’t you deserve better?

The NPAQ is a nurses' union that was created by nurses to provide a better alternative to the existing monopoly (the QNMU). We believe in providing high-quality services to our members, being accountable and most of all contactable. The NPAQ is able to do that for ~$300 less per year than the QNMU. How? By focusing on people, not the politics. 

A better question is why does the QNMU charge so much? Where does the money go?  

We understand that nurses have busy lives and that their time is valuable. That's why we are committed to picking up the phone fast (under 45 seconds) and providing same-day responses to our members' email inquiries.
We believe that our members should have access to timely and accurate information so that they can make informed decisions about their careers and their lives.

In addition, we provide (the same) PI Insurance nurses require for their registration and (better) workplace protection. We understand that nursing is a challenging profession that comes with inherent risks. That's why we offer comprehensive workplace protection and insurance to our members. We believe that our members should be able to focus on their jobs without having to worry about their safety, security, support or the need to become Industrial Relations experts overnight. 

Nurses deserve better. Nurses deserve a union that provides high-quality services, timely responses, and comprehensive workplace protections and insurances. Nurses deserve a union that responds to them.

We invite all Queensland nurses & midwives who want to pay less for a union that will actually pick up the phone - join us. 

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