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Message from the CEO, Glenn Taylor

Family violence is one of our society’s most destructive and pervasive issues. Those impacted by family violence report that it damages the lives of many nurses and midwives.
This is why Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (NMHPV) believe it is important to speak up, acknowledge the issue and its impact, and to highlight its prevalence.
Highlighting the impact of family violence is a priority for NMHPV because we believe YOU have the right to be safe and live a life free of violence and coercive control.
NMHPV is well placed to raise awareness and contribute to the discussion that family violence is never OK. Our team of nurse and midwife clinicians are trained and skilled to provide the support you may need. We are committed to supporting all nurses and midwives impacted by family violence.
If you are experiencing family violence, please call us for support on 9415 7551 between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email or visit

Welcome to our podcast series, 'Conversations that Connect'.

We’re pleased to connect with you and share relevant and practical information to support your health and wellbeing.

Family violence is a distressing problem in Australian society. Everyone has a role in eradicating family violence and its impact on victim survivors and society in general.
Podcast Episode 4: Have you ever wondered why Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (NMHPV) has a focus on family violence?

Rachael Pallenberg works as the Quality and Safety Co-ordinator with NMHPV and leads the Strengthening Responses to Family Violence Project. She has extensive experience working with victim survivors experiencing family violence. Rachael provides her knowledge, experience, wisdom and resources in relation to the complex issue that is family violence. Additionally, a range of information, resources and supports are provided.
LISTEN to Episode 4
Our Guest: Rachael Pallenberg

Rachael is an experienced manager, practitioner and consultant who has been employed in the heath and community services sector for over 30 years. She has worked primarily in family violence and sexual assault support services and prevention programs in service delivery and leadership roles.
Our Host: Mark Aitken
Mark is Deputy Director of NMHPV and was part of the team who set up Nurse & Midwife Support. A proud registered nurse for over 30 years, he is passionate about ensuring nurses, midwives and students have support for any issue whenever they need it. 
LISTEN to Episode 4
Links to podcast resources

Simone Sheridan, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Vic
2021 HESTA Awards, Nurse of the Year, Finalist
Listen to Simone’s interview on ABC Conversations, Pandemic nurse

Research Article:
Victorian maternal and child health nurses’ family violence practices and training needs: a cross-sectional analysis of routine data. Published: 10 September 2020.
BMC Women's Health
Research Article:
“It happens to clinicians too”: an Australian prevalence study of intimate partner and family violence against health professionals. Published: 26 June 2018.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story. Published: 2019.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV)
A state-wide specialist family violence organisation, DVRCV adopts a dual approach towards ending violence, focusing on effectively responding but also on prevention.
Free training: Family Violence Foundations - highly recommended as base family violence training suitable for nurses and midwives. 
Specialist training courses

For the FULL LIST of resources, please click here.
What's happening in May
On this special day on 5th May, International Day of the Midwife, we want to say how grateful we are for the incredibly important work you do in caring for and supporting women, babies and their families.
💛💜💚 Thank YOU!
On this special day on 12th May, International Nurses Day, we want to say how appreciative we are for the extremely important work you do in caring for and supporting women, men, children and their families.
💛💜💚 Thank YOU!
Mindful in May - transform your mind and the world with just 10 minutes of meditation a day. Here are Four ways mindfulness enhances your happiness by Mindful in May founder Dr Elise Bialylew.
Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is an annual event held each May to raise community awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence and the support available to those affected. For resources, please visit our website
Self-care resources
How to Practice Mindful Nursing
Do you ever feel panic at the end of a long weekend or holiday, wondering where the time went? Do your days, weeks, and months blend into one another, each day bringing you more of the same? If so, please read this article.
5 Tips to Deal with Workplace Bullying for Nurses and Midwives 
Bullying and violence can cause significant harm to a person’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Please read these tips for detailed information on how to deal with it.
Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
If you're looking to learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance, try this free, online short course starting on Monday 31st May 2021.
We are here for Victorian nurses, midwives, nursing and midwifery students, and personal care workers working in residential aged care during COVID-19.  If you need support, please 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.
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