The ANMF office will be closed from 1pm, Friday 23 December and re-open 8.45am, Tuesday 3 January.
During this time on non-public holiday weekdays, a small number of ANMF staff will monitor member assistance inquiries to ensure urgent matters receive a response.
An ANMF officer will also be on-call (except on public holidays and weekends) between 8.45 and 5pm – for urgent matters only, such as a member being dismissed. For clarity, the ANMF staff on-call days are Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December.
For non-urgent matters, you may find the information you need on our member assistance page or complete our member assistance inquiry form. However, member assistance inquiries lodged within the above dates may not be responded to until after 4 January, with priority given to the most urgent.
Unfortunately, holiday periods can see an increase in domestic violence, sexual assault, alcohol abuse and mental health episodes. Often nurses, midwives and carers are on the frontline and, at the same time, may also be personally affected.
If you or your colleagues are experiencing family violence, we have created Safe Haven, which contains information for nurses, midwives and carers.
Looking after yourself year-round is important, but with the Christmas season fast approaching, it’s even more important. The ANMF librarian has put together this collection of self-care and wellbeing resources to support you.
If you are in immediate danger, please contact 000.
The Nursing and Midwifery Health Program (NMHPV) will be open 8.30am–5pm weekdays (except public holidays) for those needing confidential support and referral; they can be contacted via the phone on 03 9415 7551.
If you need support outside those hours, contact Nurse and Midwife Support (24/7) online or free call 1800 667 877.
Specialist services available 24/7, including public holidays
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre – 1800 015 188
CASA (Centre against sexual assault) – 1800 806 292
1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
Directline (alcohol and drug) – 1800 888 236
Gambler’s Help – 1800 858 858
Lifeline (mental health) – 13 11 14
Switchboard Victoria (LGBTIQ) – 1800 184 527 (3pm to midnight)
MensLine Australia – 1300 789 978
Other specialist services (not 24/7)
Djirra – 1800 105 303 – assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault.
inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence – 1800 755 988 – services, programs and responses to issues of family violence in CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) communities.
Men’s referral service (No to violence) – 1300 766 491 – anonymous and confidential telephone service for men who are wanting to stop their violent or abusive behaviour.
Victims of Crime Victoria – 1800 819 817 – for men experiencing domestic violence
WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange) – 1300 134 130 – support and referral for women, nonbinary or gender diverse people on any issue over the phone, online and in-person.