NPAQ stemmed from a discussion between a group of nurses voicing their annoyance at the union being vocal about ‘union opinion’ of the then state LNP government. The union website and newsletter equally expressed their ‘opinion’. Whether their opinion was right or wrong is irrelevant, and not the issue. As the polls and frequently rotating door of the premiers and prime ministers office displays, people have different political opinions. The nurses’ frustration was that an organisation which existed as their only option for Professional Indemnity Insurance, support and protection were happy to take their membership money to battle for political causes which quite possibly at least half of their members disagree with.
NPAQ was cautiously grown to allow the back-end systems to be developed and for ongoing research and collaboration with nurses to take place.