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On behalf of everyone at NMHPV, I would like to welcome you to 2021, and to the NMHPV Newsletter Series.

The past 12-months will be etched in our memory for a very long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsurprisingly, our Victorian nursing and midwifery colleagues stood up to every challenge they faced, continuing to provide high quality care and support to the Victorian public despite the enormous challenges they encountered at work and at home.
Through our newsletters, NMHPV is more determined than ever to provide you with a practical and informative package of resources and tools which you can use to maintain your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in 2021.
We are planning an exciting program for 2021. In addition to our tailored health and wellbeing forums and other various interactive seminars, I am pleased to announce that our biennial ‘
Nurses and Midwives Wellness Conference’ is scheduled for Friday 7th May 2021 and registrations are now open. Also, we are planning a return of our ‘NMHP Champion Training’ series later in 2021, with more details to follow in future editions.
On the back of such a devastating 2020, we are committed to supporting each and every Victorian colleague, and as such, the first edition of our 2021 newsletter is dedicated to you! Thank you for everything you do and please remember NMHPV is an independent service which is free to access, confidential and here exclusively for your sensitive health needs.
I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Glenn Taylor   
Nurses affected by substance use issues, mental health and family violence have a place to go

Nurses help us get through some of the toughest times in our lives. And this year during COVID we've needed them more than ever.

Where you seek help can be just as important as getting the help itself and having someone who truly understands can be the key to your recovery.

But where do you go for help when you're a nurse and it's YOU that needs the support? 

Listen to Glenn Taylor & Carolyn McDonald on ABC Nightlife as they share how NMHPV can support you

Palliative care nurse and Melbourne-based writer Steven Amsterdam has won the 2020 Horne Prize for his essay ‘There and here’. It’s a poignant work about an affliction shaping the lives of one third of Australians that for many grew more painful in 2020: homesickness amid the travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

There and here
When I arrive – mask on, goggles steamy – the man’s hip pain is already stable, so there’s nothing palliative going on and not much nursing to do.

“The grandchildren are all social distancing. It’s been quiet here.”

He’s from Glasgow, an accent that demands I lean in closer than 1.5 metres.

Since he told the Greek family next door about his cancer, the wife’s been dropping off sweets, which he’s hungry for again. Their son came over to mow his patch of lawn. The conversation never flows easily to the subject of bowels, so I go there. They are fine, even with all the morphine.

CLICK HERE to continue reading this emotive and finely wrought exploration of distance, time and nostalgia.

Self-care resources
We encourage you to take this short Self-Care Survey to develop your own Self-Care Plan. It only takes a few minutes and it will help you to monitor and focus on your health and wellbeing goals and intentions.
Podcast Episode 3: Tips for nurses and midwives on how to make health, wellbeing and self-care a priority with a bonus mindfulness activity with guest Carolyn McDonald and host Mark Aitken.
Are You Okay?

Whether the answer is YES or NO, we have resources and links to help support you, a family member, friend or colleague.

We are here for nurses, midwives, nursing and midwifery students, and personal care workers working in residential aged care during COVID-19.
So please reach out and call us on 9415 7551 between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email or visit
Nurse & Midwife Support is available 24/7 Australia wide on 1800 667 877 or visit  It's anonymous, confidential and free for nurses, midwives and students and anyone concerned about the welfare of a nurse or a midwife.
Please donate and help us support the health and wellbeing of Victorian nurses and midwives. Thank you for your support!
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