Established in 2006, the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (NMHPV) has a proud history of providing support to nurses, midwives and students of nursing and midwifery throughout Victoria.
NMHPV is a free, confidential and independent support service for nurses, midwives and students experiencing sensitive health issues related to their mental health, substance use, family violence or any issue impacting their health and wellbeing.
NMHPV also supports employers, managers, and People and Culture personnel to promote health and wellbeing amongst their nursing and midwifery workforce.
NMHPV was designed by nurses and works within a recovery focused counselling framework, provided exclusively by experienced nurses and midwives.
NMHPV 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: .
What We Do
• 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, mental health or family violence concerns.
• Designed and delivered by nurses for nurses, midwives and nursing/midwifery students.
• Does not require a formal referral – simply phone 03 9415 7551 or visit the page.
• Provides employers with expert guidance, support and advice.
• Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) accredited organisation.
• Victorian state-wide service with a presence in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Traralgon.
We will visit health services to introduce and promote - NMHPV and present tailored information related to nurses, midwives and nursing/midwifery student’s 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.
Healthy and safe nursing and midwifery professions.
We are a nurse led organisation committed to the health, wellbeing and resilience of nurses and midwives. We do this by adopting a person-centred approach to our work which includes:
• Providing a sensitive response to all those whom we come in contact.
• Providing appropriate and considered information, advice and referral options.
• Providing case management and counselling support for nurses and midwives and students of nursing and midwifery with alcohol and other drug problems, and/or mental health concerns, and/or family violence challenges and or other sensitive concerns which impact their health. This is provided in order to promote individual health and wellbeing.
• Reducing risks to those who use nursing/midwifery services by assisting nurses/midwives to maintain their health.
• Providing advice and a pathway of support for employers managing nurses/midwives with health issues relating to drug and alcohol and or mental health and or family violence challenges and or other sensitive concerns.
• Supporting resilience and self-care through prevention and early intervention programs and education and training.
• Developing partnerships to pursue research opportunities to guide and direct our work.
The following statements underpin NMHPV policies, procedures and practices:
• The organisation’s Strategic Directions incorporates a focus which delivers client centred, evidence based, outcome oriented, well planned, responsive, interactive and safe services.
• Provision of an opportunity for the participant to choose and shape their service options. This includes their service interventions and treatment modalities.
• Acknowledgment of the rights of the broader community to receive safe and high-quality nursing and midwifery care.
• Treating all people with whom NMHPV have contact in the course of our work fairly, courteously and confidentially
• 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, including research and evaluation of the program.
• Fostering collaborative partnerships which will achieve the best outcomes for NMHPV participants.
Our Model of Care
We know that early intervention with substance use, mental health, and family violence concerns increases the likelihood of positive outcomes.
NMHPV 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).
NMHPV 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 NMHPV 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.
Please contact us for more information or if you require assistance. The downloads below provide additional information about our service.