Supporting Australian nurses and midwives through burnout and burnout
November 15, 2022
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The Albanian government has invested $25.2 million to establish and run the National Nursing and Midwifery Health Service to provide peer-to-peer support and referrals.
This new national support service will help Australian nurses and midwives, including students, better manage their health and wellbeing through counseling and support services. This support aims to reduce the rising rates of fatigue, stress and burnout that we know have intensified since the start of the pandemic.
It will provide a welcoming and stigma-free entry point for nurses and midwives with a range of health issues, from stress management to rapid assessment and referral to address mental health issues requiring additional services.
The health service will employ registered nurses, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives to offer free, confidential and independent advice, support, information, treatment and specialist referrals.
Telephone consultations will also be an important part of the service, making support more accessible to nurses and midwives in regional and rural areas.
This service will help keep more of our nurses and midwives healthy and supported, which will ultimately keep more nurses in the workforce and caring for patients. This will help alleviate some pressures on the healthcare and hospital system and will benefit other healthcare professionals, families, communities and the public.
The new national service committed to in the 2022-23 Federal Budget builds on the success of Victoria’s Nursing and Midwifery Health Program, which has been operating since 2006.
Work will begin shortly on the national roll-out framework, led by the Australian Federation of Nurses and Midwives in consultation with Australian and state and territory governments, key service providers and nursing peaks.
The service will operate through four central hubs, including Victoria-Tasmania, New South Wales-Australian Capital Territory, South Australia-Western Australia and Queensland-Northern Territory, and additional regional offices.
QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO DEPUTY MINISTER OF HEALTH AND ELDERLY CARE GED KEARNEY MP:
“It’s about providing a familiar doorway for nurses and midwives to talk about their mental health issues to their peers who have come to understand it.”
“Our nurses and midwives are exhausted and exhausted from working during the pandemic.”
“It is important that we provide them with adequate support so that they can continue to have fulfilling careers and personal lives.
“Our nurses and midwives contribute so much to our communities and it is imperative that we help them manage their health in a way that works for them. The expansion of this program nationwide is all about providing this support in a welcoming and accessible way.