We recently interviewed Mark Aitken from Nurse and Midwife Support.
Mark’s team is comprised of nurses and midwives trained in counselling and has been operating since March 2017 supporting clinicians all over Australia. They’re on a mission to ensure that there’s no need for any nurse, midwife or student to feel that they’re not getting support because they’re only a phone call away. Thousands of nurses, midwives and students have accessed the service. Issues raised were about workplace stress, mental health issues with drug and alcohol use, family issues, and career transition. They deploy their combined 400 years of knowledge and experience to give Australian nurses & midwives real help when they need it.
As Mark says, “There’s real power and being able to tell your story and for someone to hear what you have to say without any judgement – and I think there’s a great benefit in that”. Mark is absolutely passionate about nurses & midwives taking the time out to give themselves what they need.
What Can Nurse and Midwife Support Offer Me?
Nurse and Midwife Support (NM Support) is the first national telephone and online service to offer health support to nurses and midwives in Australia. It is free, confidential and available 24/7.
The aim of Nurse and Midwife Support is to contribute to better health and wellbeing for nurses and midwives, and safer care for the public. The service offers:
“Nurses and midwives who call the telephone service will have 24/7 access to an experienced team who can assist with a wide range of health and wellbeing related issues that may be affecting their practice. The service also provides support to nursing and midwifery students, educators, employers and concerned family members.”
The website has been designed for nurses and midwives so that they can find health services and information and access to email support.
“NM Support is a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) initiative and is run by Turning Point, a leading addiction treatment, research and education organisation. NM Support is independent of the NMBA and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre was established in 1994 to provide leadership to the drug and alcohol field in Victoria, Australia. We became part of Eastern Health in 2009 and are formally affiliated with Monash University. Turning Point operates a number of telephone and online support services across Australia. To find out more go to the Turning Point website.