2021 HESTA Australian Nursing & Midwifery Awards
Outstanding Organisation finalist
NURSING AND MIDWIFERY HEALTH PROGRAM VICTORIA
Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria is recognised for their work supporting Victorian nurses, midwifes, as well as student nurses and midwives, during the COVID pandemic.
Designed by nurses, Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria is a free, confidential and independent support service for nurses, midwives and students experiencing sensitive health issues. The organisation has supported more than 3000 of Victoria’s caring workforce.
With COVID having a significant impact on the nurse and midwife health and wellbeing, the organisation quickly adapted their service delivery. A telehealth platform was created, new staff were trained and all consultations were altered so clinicians could work from home. They also created COVID-specific health and wellbeing resources including podcasts, interactive forums and self-care plans.
From August to December 2020, there was a 55% increase in the number of Victorian nurses, midwives and students seeking, and provided support compared to 2019.
Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria plans to continue improving their telehealth and video health services to ensure every Victorian nurse and midwife gets the support they need.