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New program delivers urgently needed support to Australia’s midwives and nurses

Nurse Midwife Health Program Australia 1 min read

The nation’s nurses and midwives will receive urgently needed support under the new $25.2 million Australian Government-funded Nurse and Midwife Health Program Australia (NMHPA) being announced on Tuesday.

The NMHPA is a free, confidential and independent service for nurses and midwives, as well as nursing and midwifery students, experiencing any sensitive psychological health issue.

The Government has committed to a five-year investment to deliver the NMHPA, which is being rolled out in stages.

Nurses and midwives are Australia’s largest group (54%) of registered health professionals. Fatigue, stress and burnout have been identified as a threat to both the Australian and global nursing and midwifery workforce.

NMHPA Implementation Director Heather Pickard said the new service enables early intervention to address sensitive health issues faced by the nursing and midwifery workforce.

“Nursing and midwifery are very rewarding professions, but demanding workplace environments, high workloads, long hours and emotional stressors can put nurses and midwives at greater risk of mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and burnout,” she said.

WHAT: Launch of the new $25.2 million Australian Government-funded Nurse and Midwife Health Program Australia – offering help to nurses and midwives who are shown to have higher vulnerability and potential exposure to mental health risks.

WHEN: 11am Tuesday 30 April, 2024                     

WHERE: QT Canberra (Eureka Room), 11 London Circuit, Canberra

WHO: Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney MP

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Federal Secretary Annie Butler

Australian Government’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Adjunct Professor Alison McMillan PSM

NMHPA Chair Denise Heinjus

NMHPA Implementation Director Heather Pickard

Registered nurse Anthony McGrath

Performance by Royal Melbourne Hospital Scrub Choir


Contact details:

Chriss Mannix
Soda Communications
M: 0418 408 035 | E: chriss@sodacommunications.com.au

Karen Strahan

Soda Communications

M: 0417 361 465| E: karen@sodacommunications.com.au 

 

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