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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.

One of the main reason’s nurses, midwives and nursing/midwifery students contact NMHPV is for support to address an alcohol or other drug issue. This may be through a phone call, a counselling consultation with one of our qualified and experienced nurses or midwife, or our website resources. We are pleased to add to these resources with our first podcast.

Twenty-six years into recovery, Heather Pickard, a registered nurse and Chair of the NMHPV Board, shares her personal journey of a nurse in recovery from addiction. She shares her thoughts on the risks for nurses and midwives in relation to developing addiction, the reasons people may not seek support, the importance of self-care and maintaining a healthy work and life balance, and how to access support.

We gratefully acknowledge Ausmed's contribution in editing this podcast
Listen to Episode 1
About our Guest: Heather Pickard

Following a personal experience of recovery from addiction, Heather directed her career as a registered nurse toward the alcohol and other drug (AOD) and mental health sectors. Since 2008, Heather has been CEO of the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC), a sector leader in lived experience AOD work.
About 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. You care for others, so let us care for YOU.
Listen to Episode 1

If you are concerned about your alcohol or other drug use or for the welfare of another nurse, midwife or student, please call NMHPV from 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday on 9415 7551 or email:

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