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NURSES - You don't have to be a hero. Contact us before you hit crisis point.
We are increasingly hearing from nurses and midwives who want more support. We listen to you say:
  • I feel overwhelmed and I have trouble focusing on specific things, and
  • I’m stressed at work and even on my days off, and
  • I don’t know if I can do this anymore.
MIDWIVES - You don't have to be a hero. Contact us before you hit crisis point.
At NMHPV, we can support you because we are nurses and midwives who have worked in the settings where you work, and we understand where you’re coming from. It’s normal to feel anxious at this time. It’s normal to feel exhausted. We’ll work with you to put together a care plan, or just listen.
PERSONAL CARE WORKERS - You don't have to be a hero.
Contact us before you hit crisis point.
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

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.

As nurses and midwives, we understand the importance of good health and wellbeing to those we care for. But sometimes, we put our own health and wellbeing last which can compromise good health. No matter what stressors we face in life, we need to nurture our own emotional, physical and spiritual health. What techniques can we build into our day so that we don’t just cope, but thrive?

Carolyn McDonald is a registered nurse who provides advice, tips and techniques for how students, graduates, early career nurses and midwives can nurture your emotional, physical and spiritual health. This includes how to establish self-care as a routine so it becomes part of your nursing and midwifery toolkit to refresh and restore your health and wellbeing.
LISTEN to Episode 3
Our Guest: Carolyn McDonald
Carolyn is a registered nurse who joined NMHPV as a Senior Clinician in 2009. She has experience in peri-operative, mental health and alcohol and other drug nursing. Carolyn is also an Iyengar yoga teacher which has greatly influenced her holistic approach to client centred nursing practice.
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 3
Links to resources

Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria (NMHPV)  
Nurse & Midwife Support
Self-care techniques for nurses and midwives that you can build into your day so that you don’t just cope, but thrive.

Tara Brach
Mindfulness and Meditation 

Dr Russ Harris
ACT Mindfully – What is Mindfulness? What are the benefits?
NMHPV: Have you ever wondered what we do?

You can now WATCH our first webinar. In this 60-minute panel discussion, we answer your questions and share practical strategies on how to overcome the barriers of fear, shame, isolation or loneliness that may prevent you from seeking help.

Panellists: Glenn Taylor, Carolyn McDonald, Kayanne Breinstampf
Host: Mark Aitken | Duration: 56:43
WATCH Webinar Recording
Learn mindfulness techniques

Looking to learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance?  Try this free, online short course developed by Monash University. It's practical and highly rated (4.9 out of 5 stars from 420 reviews).
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Please support Team NMHPV

This October, Team NMHPV is walking to support and raise funds for mental health, wellbeing and research with One Foot Forward at the Black Dog Institute. Can you please donate to Team NMHPV and help us reach our goal? Any amount is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
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.
You can help us ensure Victoria's health services have healthy nurses and midwives. Thanks for your support.
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