Con­fi­den­tial sup­port for Queens­land nurses and mid­wives

Western Times - - NEWS -

NURSES and mid­wives across Queens­land now have ac­cess to free, con­fi­den­tial health and well-be­ing ad­vice, thanks to a new na­tional ser­vice.

Nurse and Mid­wife Sup­port is the first na­tional ded­i­cated tele­phone and on­line ser­vice that pro­vides 24/7 ac­cess to an ex­pe­ri­enced team who can pro­vide ad­vice and re­fer­ral to nurses and mid­wives about their own health and well­be­ing.

Turn­ing Point pro­gram di­rec­tor Anthony Den­ham said many nurses and mid­wives were con­cerned with the lack of avail­able ser­vices. “With­out ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port ser­vices, many of these nurses and mid­wives can fall through the cracks if they don’t know where to seek help or fear the reper­cus­sions of no­ti­fy­ing their em­ployer,” Mr Den­ham said.

The ser­vice also of­fers sup­port to nurs­ing and mid­wifery stu­dents, ed­u­ca­tors, em­ploy­ers and con­cerned fam­ily mem­bers.

Mr Den­ham said the ser­vice was about pro­vid­ing anony­mous, “no strings at­tached” sup­port that helps nurses and mid­wives deal with health is­sues that may af­fect their per­sonal lives and work. “I would en­cour­age any nurse or mid­wife who needs our help to call us to­day, you are not alone – help is avail­able.”

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