Anna Patty

Anna Patty

Anna Patty is Workplace Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a former State Political Reporter and Education Editor

Martin Place Lindt cafe siege: Premier Mike Baird vows life in Sydney will not change

Anna Patty It was a day that Sydney was being tested, but the Martin Place hostage situation would not change life in Sydney, NSW Premier Mike Baird has vowed.

Stay away from windows in Martin Place during siege, police say

A screengrab of people being evacuated.

Anna Patty Police have advised people working in the Sydney CBD to stay away from windows until the hostage situation in Martin Place is resolved.

Union action as ABC redundancies get under way

Pockets of the ABC have been allowed to get too fat, flabby, wasteful and unaccountable.

Anna Patty Two unions representing the public broadcaster employees have lodged an application with in the Fair Work Commission.

Whitlam's education legacy: Was his vision for needs-based schools funding realise

Equal opportunity: In the early 1970s, Gough Whitlam introduced needs-based funding for non-government schools. He believed the Commonwealth should fund schools in government and non-government sectors to give all students equal educational opportunities.

Anna Patty Despite Gough Whitlam introducing needs-based funding in the 1970s, the equity gap between schools seems to be widening.

The pioneers who first got jobs outside sheltered workshops

First step: Anna Chan at the KU Childcare Centre in Concord

Anna Patty Anna Chan has never considered herself a pioneer. But her decision 30 years ago to look for a job has earned her that recognition.

MEAA federal secretary Chris Warren to be replaced

MEAA federal secretary Chris Warren.

Anna Patty The union representing journalists, actors and musicians will replace its federal secretary, Chris Warren, with a newly created CEO position in March next year.

ABC staff reject 'cruel and inhumane' approach to redundancies

Anger: More than 300 Sydney-based ABC staff have voted for

Anna Patty Sydney-based ABC staff have rejected a so-called "Hunger Games" approach to forced redundancies as "cruel" and "inhumane"

Police on the scrap heap: Call for inquiry into mental health

A leading psychiatrist has called for an inquiry into police suicide.

Anna Patty Psychiatrists have called for an inquiry into police suicide because injured officers have died waiting for help and support from the NSW Police force.

Police on the scrap heap: the effect of the job on mental health

Kate Carragher whose marriage broke down after her policeman husband was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Anna Patty The distressing events with which police officers have to deal are taking a toll on their mental health and on their families, too.

Retailers warned about Christmas trading

Shop union members protest against any Christmas Day retail trading outside the NSW Parliament House in Macquarie Street.

Anna Patty The union representing shop workers has alerted the NSW Government about retailers who might trade on Christmas Day in breach of the law.

Mental health in the workplace is costing business $11 billion a year

National Mental Health Commission chairman Professor Allan Fels (right) with lawyer John Canning, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Anna Patty New research has highlighted the huge workplace cost of poor mental health and isolated key strategies to address the issue.

CFMEU: Royal commission failed to take evidence into unions

Falling short: The CFMEU has accused the royal commission into trade unions of failing to test evidence against it.

Anna Patty The CFMEU has accused the royal commission into trade unions of failing to test evidence against it and has challenged the commission's power to make findings in relation to alleged criminal offences.

Australian Sales and Promotions charity fundraising company faces court over underpaid worker

Anna Patty An Australian company that arranged fundraising activities for charities is facing court and fines of up to $51,000 for underpaying a worker almost $8000.

Mark Scott announces ABC job cuts: TV and radio programs axed, bureaus closed

ABC managing director Mark Scott announced job cuts and the axing of television and radio programs on Monday.

Anna Patty ABC staff confronting forced redundancies consoled each other with hugs after managing director Mark Scott announced on Monday that more than 400 jobs will be cut.

Newborn in drain: Why mothers abandon their babies

Found: the boy was down the drain for six days.

Anna Patty An Australian expert in post-natal depression has said mental illness or desperation might explain why some mothers may abandon their babies.

Newborn in drain: How a baby can survive for six days without food or water

Found: the boy was down the drain for six days.

Anna Patty Human biology and luck helped a baby survive without food or water for six days after being dumped, a paediatrician says.

Newborn baby survived for six days after being dumped in Sydney drain

dumped newborn

Anna Patty, Amy McNeilage and Leesha McKenny A newborn baby survived for six days at the bottom of a stormwater drain in Sydney before being discovered on Sunday.

Work-life balance is getting worse for Australians: new report

Making money by keeping his cool: Recessions don't bother Paul. Pullbacks entertain him. He's immune to that stuff, which is a big advantage over most investors.

Anna Patty The balance between work and life is deteriorating for four in 10 people, according to a new study which also found Australians are donating billions of dollars in free labour each year.

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Psychologists say police not being monitored for work-related mental health issues

Anna Patty Rotations and high status desk jobs need to be available for more police who can no longer cope with trauma and stress to combat mental illness and prevent suicides, psychologists have warned.

Julia Gillard refutes royal commission claim of 'questionable' conduct as a solicitor

Former prime minister Julia Gillard: Questioned over claims that a union slush fund was used to pay for her home renovations.

Anna Patty The royal commission into union corruption is told it should reject any findings "adverse to or critical of" the former prime minister.