The Andrews Government has provided an extra $350,000 funding to the Nursing & Midwifery Health Program Victoria to expand its telehealth service and manage extra demand.
The funding was in recognition that the COVID-19 crisis may have created additional stress specifically for Victoria’s nurses, midwives, and carers, and student nurses and midwives.
The NMHPV provides free, independent and confidential counselling and support to Victorian nurses, midwives and student nurses and midwives who are experiencing mental health issues or concerns about alcohol and other drugs. The program is also a safe space in which to discuss experiences of family violence.
The extra funding will enable NMHPV capacity to extend its screening, assessment, referrals and treatment services and use innovative ways to engage groups and individuals most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and other significant challenges.
The NMHPV can be contacted on 03 9415 7551 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A 24/7 telephone support service is available at 1800 667 877 or visit www.nmsupport.org.au
NMHPV CEO Glenn Taylor said: ‘Our dedicated team at NMHPV is incredibly proud to have had our work recognised by Health Minister Jenny Mikakos and we are excited for the opportunity to expand our reach and to support many more of our Victorian colleagues at this very challenging time and into the future.’