Nurses and midwives who have recently contacted us said they are feeling:
• Scared and worried
• Guilty for not being at work
• Like there’s a ‘calm before the storm’
• Socially isolated with the rise of social distancing
• Terrified of going home to family after being at work
• Concerned that there is not enough support available
To help address these concerns or for a bit of extra support, we have put together accurate and practical information about COVID-19 as well as resources on maintaining good health, wellbeing and self-care during these challenging times. These resources are being updated on a regular basis, so please check back here often to see what’s new and helpful for you, your colleagues, your family or friends.
We are here to support you, so please reach out if you need us.
We are available between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday on 9415 7551 or email NMHPV is a free, independent and confidential support service for nurses, midwives and students of nursing and midwifery experiencing health issues related to their mental health, substance use and family violence concerns.
In addition, Nurse & Midwife Support is available 24/7 nationwide on 1800 667 877 or visit It’s anonymous, confidential and free for nurses, midwives and students and anyone concerned about the welfare of a nurse or a midwife.
Support for Victorian nurses and midwives
at the frontline of COVID-19 is here
Many of our Victorian colleagues have felt the impact of the devastating bushfires and now we find ourselves in the midst of another major crisis dealing with COVID-19 challenges.
ANMF Vic Branch
Important links to the official federal and Victorian health department coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information for its members all in one place, so you don’t have to go looking. Please bookmark and check this page regularly.
ANMF Vic Branch: Library Resource Guides
Although fresh news is breaking daily, the library has put together online resources on COVID-19, to keep you up to date and how it may impact your practice.
Australian Government Department of Health
Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert, current situation and case numbers.
Coronavirus (COVID19) This site is regularly updated to give you the latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia.
FACE COVID – How to Respond Effectively to the Corona Crisis
In this brief animation, Dr Russ Harris, author of the international best-seller The Happiness Trap, illustrates how to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to deal with the Corona crisis and the fear, anxiety and worry that goes with it.
Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this online course.
Special Care Focus: Coronavirus, Technique for Reducing and Overcoming Fear
COVID Trauma Response Working Group Rapid Guidance
Guidance for planners of the psychological response to stress experienced by hospital staff associated with COVID: Early Interventions.
Nurse & Midwife Support
Self-care techniques for nurses and midwives that we can build into our day so that we don’t just cope, but thrive.
Made for health professionals by health professionals. Treat is a unique app designed to help you find calm, clarity and balance during your busy working day.
Black Dog Institute
The importance of self-care planning during Coronavirus.
R U OK?
It is now even more important that we all promote a sense of community, reach out and ask our friends, family and colleagues, “Are you OK?”
Head to Health
The connections you make through relationships, places, and social activities can build a safety net for your physical and mental health. Healthy connections with family, friends, partners and co-workers, and having a pet, are known to lower levels of anxiety and depression, and raise self-esteem.
Rural Health Pro
Connecting people and organisations who care about keeping rural communities healthy.
The Kindness Pandemic
This Australian-based initiative promotes acts of kindness and helps people impacted by Coronavirus around the world.
VIA Institute on Character
Stay Mentally Strong with these Research-Based Activities.
Loving-Kindness Meditation - Boost Compassion with this Activity
Three Good Things - Focus on Gratitude with this Activity
Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
Black Dog Institute
Practical evidence-based resources that provide individuals and workplaces with the tools they need to cope in the face of uncertainty.
Stay Up to Date
The situation has been changing quickly. To stay up to date you can:
Download the Coronavirus (Covid19) app
• Go to your app store.
• Search Coronavirus.
• Find the Australian Government app.
• Download the app – its that easy!
Join the Government WhatsApp group
• Download WhatsApp on to your phone.
• Add the Coronavirus Government number +61 400 253 787
• Send the number a message (it can be anything).
• You will receive a message back.
• Follow the instructions for the information you need.