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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.

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Treat App

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.

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Black Dog Institute

The importance of self-care planning during Coronavirus.

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Promoting psychological and emotional wellbeing

Presented by Glenn Taylor, CEO, Nursing and Midwfery Health Program


Many more nurses and midwives have contacted us to report they are feeling unsettled and ‘just not right’. They associate these concerns with COVID-19.


Some of the common examples of what they are feeling are:

• Anxious and uncertain

• Tired and exhausted

• Guilty for not being at work

• Isolated due to social distancing and lockdown

• Worried about going home after work and infecting others

• Concerned that there is not enough support available

Nurses and Midwives – You’re only Human – Support during COVID-19

Department of Health and Human Services Victoria

Information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) including symptoms, travel and what to do to reduce the risk of infection.

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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.

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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.

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Australian Government Department of Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert, current situation and case numbers.

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Australian Government

Coronavirus (COVID19) This site is regularly updated to give you the latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia.

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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.

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Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this online course.

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The HeartMath Experience

Ease Stress Overload and Increase Your Resilience

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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.

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Beyond Blue

How to support a healthcare worker during the coronavirus.

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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?”

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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.

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Rural Health Pro

Connecting people and organisations who care about keeping rural communities healthy.

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Mindful. Zoom Exhaustion is Real

Here Are Six Ways to Find Balance and Stay Connected

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ABC Life

How can we flip the moments of frustration we may feel towards each other into empathy and kindness? These 5 ways show you how.

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The Kindness Pandemic

This Australian-based initiative promotes acts of kindness and helps people impacted by Coronavirus around the world.

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VIA Institute on Character

Stay Mentally Strong with these Research-Based Activities.

Loving-Kindness Meditation - Boost Compassion with this Activity

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Three Good Things - Focus on Gratitude with this Activity

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Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (NMHPV) is pleased to provide you with resources to support your health and wellbeing.

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Beyond Blue

Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is regularly updated with information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during this time.

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Black Dog Institute

Practical evidence-based resources that provide individuals and workplaces with the tools they need to cope in the face of uncertainty.

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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.


COVID Coach App

A free mobile app designed to help people stay sane, connected, and cope with stress, navigate parenting and care-taking, and find resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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COVIDSafe app

This app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). Downloading the app is completely voluntary.

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Reducing anxiety

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Practical

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Support for Victorian nurses and midwives at the frontline of COVID-19 is here

Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (NMHPV) has partnered with the ANMF (Vic Branch) in the ‘I’m only human’ campaign. Nurses and a midwife have shared their experiences about working within the COVID-19 pandemic in new posters and videos aimed at encouraging nurses and midwives to develop your own self-care plan and seek support with NMHPV.


“People who aren’t healthcare workers don’t understand what we’ve been through.” – a nurse


The video message to nurses and midwives is that while you’ve been doing an amazing job working within COVID-19, you’re only human. The stress of working and living within a health pandemic has been ongoing for months – and long-term stress can have serious impacts on your physical and mental health.


“It’s taking even more from us than usual. Not only are we coping with our own lives at home but trying to give 100% at work. It’s a difficult time.” – a midwife


Seeking out support and developing a self-care plan before you hit crisis point is a practical approach to living and working within a health pandemic. It only takes a few minutes to complete our self-care survey and develop your own self-care plan to monitor and focus on your health and wellbeing. View the self-care plan

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These concerns are to be expected at the moment and they can pass in time. However, many nurses and midwives ignore the negative impact of these feelings on their health and wellbeing and try to push through it, to their detriment. We know that early intervention provides better health outcomes.


The good news is, we are here to support you. Please reach out and call us on 9415 7551 between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email: admin@nmhp.org.au


In addition, Nurse & Midwife Support is available 24/7 nationwide on 1800 667 877 or visit www.nmsupport.org.au. It’s anonymous, confidential and free for nurses, midwives and students and anyone concerned about the welfare of a nurse or a midwife.