The Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (formerly the Victorian Nurses Health Program) is an independent support service for nurses, midwives and students of nursing and midwifery experiencing health issues related to their mental health or substance use concerns.
We provide sensitive and compassionate screening, assessment, referrals, individual support sessions and groups for those seeking help to manage these health concerns.
We believe that early intervention is the best way to address health problems and encourage our colleagues to contact us to discuss how we can best help.
We also welcome contact with managers and HR personnel in relation to supporting their nurses and midwives who are experiencing these health issues.
The NMHP values participants confidentiality and unless compelled by law or with consent the names of participants are not divulged to anyone. The program complies with the privacy act and we conduct it with the utmost discretion.
Anonymous enquiries are welcome and can be attended to without the requirement of the caller identifying themselves.
Callers seeking urgent attention out of office hours with Substance Use issues, can phone Direct 1800 888 236.
For those with Mental Health issues: FIND YOUR NEAREST MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE.
What We Do
The Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (NMHPV):
• Is a free, confidential and independent support service for nurses, midwives and nursing/midwifery students in need of support with sensitive health issues related to their substance use and/or mental health impairment.
• Is designed and delivered by nurses for nurses, midwives and nursing/midwifery students.
• Conducts a Wellness Group that provides a safe place for nurses and midwives to share their challenges, receive peer support and seek professional advice.
• Does not require a formal referral – simply phone 03 9415 7551 or visit the REFERRAL INFORMATION page.
• Provides employers with expert guidance, support and advice.
• Is a Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) accredited organisation.
• Is a Victorian state-wide service with a presence in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Traralgon.
We will visit health services to introduce and promote the NMHPV and present tailored information related to nurses, midwives and nursing/midwifery students health.
This very successful initiative of training nurses and midwives about the NMHPV and how, when, where and why to access it continues. If you or your organisation is interested in becoming a ‘NMHPV Champion’ please contact us or complete the expression of interest form.
Our Shared Values
A healthy and safe nursing profession.
Provide an initial point of contact, referral and case management support for nurses and students of nursing with alcohol and other drug problems and/or mental health concerns in order to promote individual health and well being.
Reduce risks to those who use nursing services by assisting nurses to maintain their health.
Provide advice and a pathway of support for employers managing nurses with health issues relating to drug and alcohol.
The following statements underpin NMHP policy, procedures and practice:
• Delivery of services which are client focussed, outcome oriented, well planned, responsive, interactive and safe.
• Provision of an opportunity for the client to choose and help shape service options.
• Acknowledgment of the rights of the broader community to receive safe and high quality nursing care.
• Treating all people with whom NMHP have contact in the course of our work fairly and courteously.
• Fostering an environment where staff are valued, their skills and talents developed and their ideas encouraged.
• Ethical management and practice.
• Accountability in the use of all resources
• Fostering collaborative partnerships which will achieve the best outcomes for NMHP clients.
Our Model of Care
We know that early intervention with substance use issues and mental health concerns increases the likelihood of positive outcomes.
The NMHP emphasises the importance of early presentation into the program and we encourage colleagues with potential or actual problems to refer themselves to our service.
The reality is, however, that some will be “assisted self-referrals” – that is, they will come to us voluntarily, but on the advice or encouragement of a professional colleague or manager. In some cases recommendations will be made by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The NMHP conducts assessments, develops individual management plans and coordinates treatment, including the arrangement of appropriate referrals. We supervise aftercare and follow up and when required, support the participant's re-entry to work.
The management of these issues may require a range of therapeutic interventions and the appropriate expert assistance will be obtained in each individual case.
Advice and referral will also be provided to family members and where appropriate, work colleagues (if this support relates to a specific participant, the participants consent is required).
The program will assist in the development of a supportive social network, which may involve existing support groups in the general community or the opportunity to join the NMHP support groups if appropriate. These groups address participant's issues and provide them with peer support to meet the challenges of managing their health and careers.
We also provide advice and support to managers and HR staff seeking assistance to support our colleagues and develop processes to address these health concerns in the workplace.